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Hotel Villas Paraiso 2.0

Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo, Guerrero

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Pros

  • In Ixtapa, a 15-minute walk to Playa el Palmar
  • Rooms are spacious, with TVs, air-conditioning, and separate bedrooms
  • Open-air restaurant serving Mexican breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Massive pool terrace includes children's pool and seating
  • A few common areas for guests to hang out
  • Free reliable Wi-Fi throughout the common areas
  • Some free on-site parking and plenty of street parking

Cons

  • Wi-Fi is spotty in the rooms
  • Some of the rooms have a smokey smell 
  • Maintenance issues and wear and tear in some rooms 
  • Kitchens lack cooking equipment

Bottom Line

The Hotel Villas Paraiso is a decent two-pearl option just outside of downtown Ixtapa. All 96 suites are spacious and simple, with separate bedrooms, full refrigerators, and living rooms. Spotty housekeeping and faulty air-conditioners can be an issue. Features include a busy open-air restaurant for Mexican breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, as well as a spacious pool terrace that includes plenty of seating. With a handful of common areas, a small children’s pool, and spacious rooms, this is a fine option for families and leisure travelers on a budget. As an alternative, check out Holiday Inn Royal Ixtapa, which has more amenities and sits on the beach. Just keep in mind that rates there are higher.

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Scene

Relaxed hotel with plenty of open-air spaces and lively poolside restaurant

Hotel Villas Paraiso is a fairly standard budget property for this part of Mexico, though it's not without its charms. The hotel has a relaxed and laid-back vibe and centers around a massive pool terrace. During our visit, guests were lounging and sunbathing by the pool throughout the day, or coming to and from nearby Playa el Palmar. The hotel does cater to long-term travelers, so many guests stay for several months, though don't expect self-catering amenities. The poolside restaurant, Restaurante Villas Paraiso, is a popular destination for locals and travelers in the area, staying busy for breakfast and dinner. There's a small social scene at the bar at night, with many locals hanging out and mingling, but there isn’t too much noise heard in the rooms. Otherwise, expect to see mostly tourist couples and families here, both domestic and international. 

Location

In Ixtapa, a 15-minute walk to the beach and 25-minute drive to the airport

Situated on a quiet residential corner, Hotel Villas Paraiso is within easy walking distance of the restaurants and shops in downtown Ixtapa. It's a 15-minute walk or four-minute drive to the white sands of Playa el Palmar. Ixtapa is a pedestrian city with plenty of wide sidewalks and crosswalks, so renting a car isn’t necessary for most guests. The Ciclopista (bike path) is a four-minute walk from the hotel and is several miles long. Zihuatanejo is a 25-minute drive from the hotel, and features popular restaurants, traditional Mexican food stalls, and a bustling market. The quiet sands of Playa la Ropa are a 20-minute drive away from the hotel. For stunning views of Zihuatanejo Bay, the restaurants and popular boardwalk of Paseo del Pescador are also 20 minutes away by car. Budget 30 minutes to reach the airport by car.

Rooms

Simple and spacious, with separate living areas and furnished terraces

All 96 rooms at the Hotel Villas Paraiso are spacious and simple -- if not downright basic. Each includes a living room and separate bedroom. The bedrooms come with two double beds, dressers, and tube TVs. The living areas are spacious, with two couches and a casual counter bar with black stools. The white, purple, and black hues don't do much style-wise and there's almost no artwork of which to speak. You should expect some wear and tear, including scratches and scuff marks. Amenities are the definition of spartan, including air-conditioning, full refrigerators, and tube TVs. Some features -- including the air-conditioning -- aren't always reliable. We also noted smokey smells in some rooms. There's some tableware in the kitchen area, but there's nothing with which to cook a meal, so it seems superfluous. The front porches are a nice extra, and feature white plastic tables and chairs with lovely views of the serene garden and pool. There's ostensibly free Wi-Fi, but it doesn't work well in the rooms. Bathrooms are moderately sized and include stall showers, a few towels, and bar soap. There's a decent amount of counter space for stowing your own bath products.

Features

Nice pool terrace with lounge chairs, poolside restaurant, and free Wi-Fi

Hotel Villas Paraiso has a massive pool terrace that's the center of the property, making it easily accessible to most of the rooms. The pool has plenty of heavy wooden lounge chairs and is surrounded by lovely tropical flowers. A small children’s pool is situated adjacent to the main pool. The hotel is serviced by the open-air Restaurante Villas Paraiso, which is a popular destination for locals and guests. The restaurant doesn’t have a set menu, but serves a traditional Mexican fare with fresh produce from the markets for all three meals. It also has a full bar. A few parking places are available at the entrance drive of the hotel, but there is also plenty of free street parking on offer as well. Wi-Fi is free in the common areas, but spotty to nonexistent in the rooms.

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Address

Paseo del Rincon Lote 1, Manzana 3, Supermanzana III, Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo 40880, Mexico

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