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Acapulco features in many a song about sunshine and good times, because this is Mexico's original 24hour beach party town, and playground for the rich, famous and glamorous. In the town's heyday this was where JFK took Jackie on their honeymoon - and some of the best places to stay in Acapulco have a certain amount of retro cool.
As well as the beach bars and sunshine, people came for Acapulco's beauty. It's set on a long, wonderful bay with steep, arm-like cliffs, hugging the white beaches. All along this coastline are small coves and beaches, so despite the popularity of the resort town it's still possible to find a plot of sand to call your own.
Acapulco hasn't aged that well; it's become built up and busy. But Old Acapulco, the old town, with its beautiful old cathedral, 17th Century fort and charming main plaza is just as impressive, the botanical gardens just as fragrant, and the romantic, cliffside restaurants have views which are just as enchanting as they always were. And if it ever feels too crowded take a jaunt along the coast to one of the quieter villages.
It's always a popular destination however, so if you want to make sure that you get a room in one of the best places to stay in Acapulco, you'll have to plan ahead and book early.
- Boca Chica is a beachfront hotel on one of the 'arms' of Acapulco Bay, looking directly across the water to the little island of La Roqueta. You're not in the centre of town, so you'll find a relaxing haven here, but it also has a lively bar and its own nightclub, so you can dance the night away after swimming, golfing, fishing, snorkelling or cliff-diving the day away. The hotel also has a nice spa and a seafood restaurant.
Best Hotels in Acapulco
Las Brisas 251 rooms from $114Acapulco (Fracc Marina Brisas)
Las Brisas sits in luscious gardens atop a hill overlooking Acapulco Bay. It features contemporary casitas which share a pool between 3 of them whilst the suites have their own private pools. Make use of the free bus service to spend the afternoon at the private beach club! A wonderful experience.Beach Life - The property is just 5 minutes from the beach so you can easily wander over and spend your days lounging by the seasideTotal relaxation - Bask in your beautiful surroundings, enjoy the view and treat yourself to a massage or spa sessionSights nearby - Rent one fo their jeeps and go check out the Chapel of Peace, House of Culture or San Diego FortGreat walks - Wander down the beach along the coast at sunset and admire the stunning views
Encanto 44 rooms from $218Acapulco (Brisas del Marqués)
This contemporary hotel overlooks Acapulco Bay at the highest point of the Brisas del Marqués district. Its suites and villas are minimalist in design and feature plenty of white whilst some even come with their own private pool! Be sure to visit both of the splendid restaurants. A first rate stay.Romantic Break - Fabulous accommodation, stunning views of the sea and evening drinks at the Sunset Bar-perfect for a romantic getawayTotal relaxation - Enjoy the beautiful sea views or treat yourself to a massage if you want to fully unwindSights nearby - Visit the nearby Chapel of Peace, House of Culture or San Diego FortDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.Recommended by - Tablet
Boca Chica 30 rooms from $113Acapulco (Fracc. Las Playas)
Beachfront hotel which offers a lively social scene in the form of bar and nightclub, as well as a relaxing chance to while away the days in the swimming pool or on the beach. Spa, boutique shops and seafood restaurant also on site. Golf, cliff-diving, fishing and snorkelling all nearby the hotel.Spa - Natural and herbal ingredients. Artisan aromatherapy.Lively - Nightclub on siteDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.Views - Great views from hotel
Banyan Tree Cabo Marques 47 rooms from $239Lote 1 Col. Punta Diamante Acapulco
A stunning eco lodge boasting spectacular sea views. Secluded rooms offer enormous terraces (the best have plunge pools), free standing baths, plenty of glass and minimalist furniture. Spend evenings in the romantic restaurant and sampling tequila and days basking in the sun. Superb.Hideaway - Find utter tranquility in this luxury property overlooking the sea.Cooking classes - Take a cooking class with the celebrated chef.Barefoot Luxury - For total relaxation.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Recommended by - Tablet