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Culture Trip Guide To The 10 Best Hotels In Acapulco

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Acapulco is a traveler’s dream. Situated on the coastline of Guerrero, a Southern Mexican state, it enjoys crashing surf, sandy beaches, and internationally acclaimed restaurants. Not to mention the famed nightlife, which rivals that of Cancún and even Ibiza. However, the culture significance of this legacy is important too – Acapulco gained fame in the ’50s by playing host to a number of Hollywood stars and being the first resort destination in Mexico. Relive some of that culture and Hollywood glam in our top 10 cultural hotels.
Sunset in Aca © Esparta Palma/Flickr
Sunset in Aca | © Esparta Palma/Flickr
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Hotel Boca Chica

Reopened in January 2010, Hotel Boca Chica is a return to the ’50s heyday and splendor of Acapulco. The exterior has been preserved, meaning you can lounge around poolside – while enjoying the spectacular views over Roqueta Island – and pretend you’re enjoying a long weekend with Don Draper. Stepping inside, the beautiful ’50s-inspired interior with its modern touches is the work of design team Frida Escobedo and José Rojas, who also had the input of the Mexican artist Claudia Fernández. Don’t miss the opportunity to try out the amazing Japanese food Chef Keisuke Harada can whip up for you in their onsite restaurant.

Address & telephone number: Playa Caletilla, Acapulco, Mexico, +52 744 482 7879

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Hotel Los Flamingos

This historical hotel is situated high up on the cliffs of the Acapulco coastline, meaning the views are nothing to be sniffed at. It was built in the 1930s, and it was in the 50s when things got interesting, as the infamous Hollywood Gang led by Cary Grant et al became frequent visitors here, using Hotel Los Flamingos as their escape from the stress of their Hollywood exploits. But if you’re coming to Acapulco to experience culture of the present, not of the past, Hotel Los Flamingos is still the perfect place given its ideal location next to La Quebrada, the spot from which you can watch experienced cliff divers expertly jumping from daily.

Address & telephone number: Avenida Lopez Mateos, Acapulco, Mexico, +52 744 482 0690

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Hotel Encanto

For art lovers, this art gallery cum hotel is the place to be, as works by famed Spanish artist Fernando Bermejo are dotted around the place. The artistic prowess of Acapulco’s Hotel Encanto doesn’t end inside however, as the entire place is a work of art in its own right. Architecturally striking, and set high up on the cliffs of Acapulco and immersed in the lush jungle, Encanto can be described as clean, white and geometric. According to the architect Miguel Ángel Aragonés, the hotel is an homage to the ocean, but more than that it’s transformative. Sleek, wide open spaces in the day time become chic and glamorous in the evening.

Address & telephone number: Jacques Costeau 51, Acapulco, Mexico, +52 744 446 7101

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Bali-Hai

Bali-Hai is perfectly located on one of the main streets in Acapulco, smack bang in the tourist zone and right in the center of Acapulco Bay. While not as high concept as the previously listed options, this is a basic and comfortable hotel, if a little retro, which allows you easy access to all the sights and sounds of Acapulco; it provides the jumping off point for your cultural exploration of this fantastic city. While not right on the beach, there are swimming pool facilities and it’s a good option for those on a tighter budget who don’t want to be surrounded by party seeking backpackers in hostels.

Address & telephone number: Avenida Costera Miguel Alemán 186, Acapulco, Mexico, +52 744 485 6622

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Hotel Elcano

Right on the beach, Hotel Elcano is a fantastic example of a traditional Acapulcan beach hotel that has been modernized to keep up with the times and it shows in the unified, vintage inspired, but modern aesthetic on offer throughout. Whites and blues reign supreme in this Golden Zone hotel, which also has onsite restaurant facilities, bars, and swimming pools. Relax under one of the palapas and enjoy the beautiful Acapulco Bay. A flashback to the Acapulco of old, brought into the present day.

Address & telephone number: Avenida Costera Miguel Alemán 75, Acapulco, Mexico, +52 744 435 1500

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Casa Yal’ma Ka’an

A mere stone’s throw away from Acapulco, Casa Yal’ma Ka’an is actually situated just outside the center of this bustling holidaymaker hub, making for a more relaxing spot to take up residence. Small and intimate, this spot is made up of rustic cabanas which are located on their own private strip of beach. Bamboo in the bathroom, tiled stone floors and a quaint balcony will make you feel back to nature. Enjoy a Mayan temascal – a physical and spiritual cleansing ceremony – and rest easy in the knowledge that the sights and sounds of Acapulco are less than an hour away. Be aware though that it is pricey for the pared down, rustic amenities you’re provided with.

Address & telephone number: Carretera 200 Acapulco-Pinotepa Lote 189, Acapulco, Mexico, +52 744 444 6389

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Villas La Lupita

Vibrant and colorful Villas La Lupita has an ideal location right in the center of town, making it the perfect base from which to explore Acapulco. Not known for being a cheap city, Villas La Lupita offers extremely reasonably priced services and is just one block from the main street to boot. Clean, comfortable and incredibly welcoming, the staff speak good English and are knowledgeable about the area. Put them to use and get the insider information on the best things to do around Acapulco.

Address & telephone number: Anton de Alaminos 232, Acapulco, Mexico, +52 744 485 4368

Family pool villa | courtesy of Banyan Tree Cabo Marques

Family pool villa | courtesy of Banyan Tree Cabo Marques

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Banyan Tree Cabo Marques

Banyan Tree Cabo Marques’ location is spectacular. The villas are built into the cliff side and therefore offer an abundance of vantage points from which to admire the lovely view of the Pacific, although this is by no means the selling point of this hotel. There is a distinct fusion of cultures notable in all aspects of this popular Acapulco spot, from the divine Saffron restaurant which marries Indian and Thai flavours to create an unmissable dining experience, to the contemporary Mexican design with Asian artwork accents. Sink into the infinity pool at this AAA Five Diamond Award winner which regularly features on best hotels in Mexico lists, and soak up your luxurious surroundings.

Address & telephone number: Boulevard Cabo Marqués, Lote 1, Acapulco, Mexico, +52 744 434 0100

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Sol y Arena Beach Hostel

Thirty minutes north of Acapulco, Sol y Arena Beach Hostel offers the best of both worlds: the proximity to one of the most vibrant, exciting, and cultural cities in Guerrero, but also the tranquil, beachfront vibe that many holidaymakers seek. Step out of your room and take in this awesome location sandwiched between a freshwater lagoon and the ocean, and on a virgin beach. If you don’t fancy swimming, relax in one of the colorful hammocks strung around the place and get your nose in a good book. If you want, Sol y Arena Beach Hostel can even be hired out for yoga or writing retreats with full catering provided.

Address & telephone number: Camino Barra de Coyuca Km. 9.6, Pie de la Cuesta, Mexico, +52 55 5877 1690

Casa Nuestra-Sai | courtesy of Casa Nuestra-Sai

Casa Nuestra-Sai | courtesy of Casa Nuestra-Sai

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Nuestra Casa-Sai Pet Friendly Hotel and Beach Club

Another option located just outside of Acapulco, Nuestra Casa-Sai is located in the lovely Pie de la Cuesta and is known for being one of the only pet-friendly hotels in Acapulco. They have pet menus and lots of open, green areas for your furry friend to enjoy. For the human companions of the pampered pooches, there’s a pool area, surrounded by swaying palm trees which really help you feel like you’re in paradise. This is the ideal option for anyone looking to enjoy the culture of Guerrero with their four legged (or otherwise) friend.

Address & telephone number: Cosmos 10, Camino Barra de Coyuca Km.6, Pie de la Cuesta, Mexico, +52 744 444 4122