Paseo del Quinta No. 6, Fracc. Real Diamante, Acapulco, Mexico
Competing head–on with Las Brisas as the most posh resort in Acapulco, Quinta Real Acapulco is also perched over the sea in a posh residential area, but has access to a secluded sandy beach.
Quinta Real Acapulco overlooks the long Revolcadero beach that is home to the two Fairmont resorts and endless condo construction near the airport, but it is miles away from that scene in every sense. This refined and elegant hotel seems incongruous at times, with guest rooms exhibiting many of the same frilly fabrics and furniture seen in the chain's city hotels. The sound of crashing waves adds some beach presence at night though and the views from the public areas are sublime.
The first impression here is a strong one, with the lobby area looking out at a fountain, the resort spilling down the hill, and the Pacific Ocean beyond. You sit down at a desk with a welcome drink for check–in, then proceed to your room while a bellman sweats the stairs with your bags.
The restaurant here is considered one of the best in region and it's certainly one of the most visually impressive. It is situated under a dramatic palapa roof, but the carved wood chairs are hand–painted with intricate designs and painted floral designs adorn the walls between columns. Large windows and a terrace afford 180–degree views of the water. The food gets higher marks from guests than the inconsistent service. In the "as you wish" style of the best Mexican resorts though, the Quinta Real staff is happy to deliver meals to your own balcony or to set up a romantic dinner in a private spot over the water.
The bar here is a delightful semi–circle space with terrific views, leather epuipales chairs, and colorful indigenous masks on the wall. Floor–to–ceiling windows take advantage of the hilltop view for a sundowner.
The crescent pool and attractive beach are the main diversions here, both situated at the bottom of the hill. (Save some energy for the climb back to your room.) Cushioned chaise lounges and white canvas umbrellas are abundant and the attentive staff is always ready to fetch a drink or take a food order. The waves break high and heavy here, which is great for boogie boarding, but not so great for weak swimmers and children. The spa here is not a big draw, but it does offer the usual treatments and some exercise facilities.
In the rooms you may recognize the antiqued off–white furniture, marble floors, elaborate carved headboards, and lace curtains at the entrance to the bathtubs. The same items are common to every Quinta Real hotel in Mexico. That may be fine for the locations in Guadalajara or Monterrey, but here at the beach the style looks downright strange. Otherwise the rooms are luxurious and well–equipped, but don't come close matching the size and pizzazz of the casitas at Las Brisas. The circa 1998 rooms have regular TVs in wardrobes, minibars, king or two double beds, a sitting area, and a balcony or terrace. Baths with combination tubs have all the expected amenities, robes, and Hermes toiletries. Internet access is limited to the lobby and comes with a fee.
With only 74 rooms and suites and usually no children, Quinta Real Acapulco is a quiet, upscale choice between the brashness to the north and south. This is a popular hotel for executive groups, upscale wedding parties, and honeymoons, but when occupancy is low it can feel either lonely or blissfully private, depending on your point of view. This is a good choice if you intend to spend your time reconnecting with a significant other or getting some conference work done: a 20–minute taxi ride is required to get to Acapulco proper and it's about 10 minutes to the hotel zone where the Fairmont is located, especially when the frequent construction delays are in place. While not quite matching up to Las Brisas in terms of professionalism and "wow factor," the beach location and attractive public areas make it a solid alternative.
Web Address: Quinta Real Acapulco
Total Number of Rooms: 74
Published rates: $209 to $1,200
Review and photos by Timothy Scott