by Courtney Elko
Located less than 15 minutes outside the local Mexican town of Zihuatanejo, this all-inclusive, family beach resort is situated on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Families with more than two children or families traveling with multi-generations will love staying here because the Family Room Suites can accommodate up to six people, with space to spare.
The main pool area is the perfect place to go for a dip and the kids will love hanging out at the kids’ club and the beach. The all-inclusive, family resort offers several dining options — buffets and a la carte specialty restaurants — along with live musical performances each night.
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- Large suites that can accommodate 5 or 6
- Pools overlooking the beach
- All-inclusive rates
- All Inclusive Rates
- Children Programs
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Game Room
- Kids' Pool
- Onsite Dining
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There are 398 guestrooms, suites and family rooms to choose from at Barcelo. Connecting rooms, cribs and rollaway beds are available upon request.
The guestrooms feature two double or a king bed, a mini-fridge, air conditioning, a flat-screen television and a stand-up shower in the bathroom. Four people can fit comfortably in these rooms.
The family rooms feature two double or a king bed and a separate living room area with two day beds. Some of the Family Rooms offer two living spaces, with a total of three day beds. There are two full bathrooms with a tub and stand-up shower and a terrace; some of the terraces feature a Jacuzzi tub. Multiple televisions can be found in these rooms as well.
The family rooms can accommodate between five and six people. Some of the Family Rooms are also situated near the main pool area so request that at booking if you desire being near the pool.
Premium level rooms feature one king or two double beds, a DVD player, coffee machine, laptop safe and a terrace. The bathroom features a stand-up shower. The upgrade to the premium level package includes additional amenities like free Wi-Fi, room service and a fully stocked mini-fridge that has higher-end beverage options (and a wider selection) in the guestrooms.
The suites feature a king bed and living room area with a sofa. The suites (despite the name) are best for couples.
I visited Ixtapa, Guerrero for the very first time from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2. My husband and I were celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary and I must say we enjoyed our stay. We got a regular hotel room because we figured we wouldn’t even be in our room the whole day BUT when checking in we got upgraded from street view to ocean view for free!! Thank you so much for that. The all inclusive includes a mini fridge with two waters, two juice boxes, beer cans, two bottled sodas, and peanuts. I might be forgetting what else but it gets replenished once a day for free. There’s a few buffers and they’re all included for free. There’s a snack bar by the pool they have nachos, ice cream and bunch of other food. The bar pool is also located right there so it’s really easy to be in the pool and enjoy a lot of free drinks which are already included. There’s three restaurants that you can attend ONCE for every 3 night stay. They are by reservation only and if you want Italian food please dress formal since it’s strictly enforced if not you’ll have to eat in the terrace which is still very nice! My husband and I made reservations at the concierge office (it’s located to the right when entering the hotel lobby before the Barcelo shop) you must go in person starting at 9 am be on time or they run out of reservations for the day. In the concierge office we booked a boat that took us fishing. If you catch fish once you arrive to Playa Veradero they’ll cook it for you. If you don’t then food is already included once you arrive. You can go swimming in the beach or snorkeling which was really fun and such an amazing experience. If you want to do it on your own you can or you can pay an instructor 100 pesos ($5.50) to give you a private lesson. He also takes pictures with his waterproof camera so keep yours safe and dry, for about 200 pesos ($10) . On our way over to Playa Coral the boat conductor took us to see dolphins and sea turtles! He is very knowledgeable and I highly recommend it. You can get it cheaper if you go directly to muelle de Zihuatanejo and book it with the fishermen there but I felt super safe since they provided transportation to and from Barcelo and we were never left alone which is good for our first visit. They also have ATV tours, horseback riding, and direct boats to go snorkeling, and to Barra de Potosí. Staying all day at the resort and the beach which is only steps away is amazing but exploring Isla de IXTAPA and all they’re beaches like Playa la Ropa, Playa Linda, Playa las Gatas, and Playa Coral which is 1 of 4 beaches on the island is amazing. The fisherman told me there’s a beach next to Playa Coral which is for nudists but I’m not too sure it was empty when we passed by. Make sure to take bug repellent they will EAT your legs lol. Ask if they will do a release the turtles during your stay that was something really amazing to see. Stay hydrated! Wear lots of sunscreen since it’s always sunny and very humid you sweat uncontrollably but being in the pool and on the beach you cool down a lot. During the night you must go to Sanca Bar for a few drinks and live music. It’s a bit small but if you go all the way to the back you might find more open seats. I wish it was bigger though. Another fun thing to do is to go to Fiesta Mexicana night. They have a LOVELY show and AMAZING food. The best thing about this hotel is that customer services is a 10! I can’t complaint cause they were all very amazing employees and I never saw one worker be rude to any guest and I loved that. Have fun and enjoy!
We just returned from a 7 day trip to Ixtapa and a stay at the Barcelo. We stayed in a Premium Level room and were very pleased with the level of service at the hotel. The staff was wonderful, especially the food and entertainment departments. A big thank you tot to Alejandro and Jose the Food and Beverage managers. A special thanks to Guadalupe our waitress at Kioto and La Fontana.
Marco at the pool who handled the entertainment and water activities was wonderful.
Their nightly entertainment was fabulous. Great singers and dancers. The best I have seen at any all inclusive resort in Mexico.
The rooms were very comfortable and I understand the hotel will be undergoing a renovation in the next year which will make it even more enjoyable in the future.
I highly recommend the Barcelo if you are traveling to Ixtapa.
There are three pools - a family pool, kiddie pool and adults-only pool - so everyone will be happy poolside. Lounge chairs and umbrellas surrounding all of the pools and there is a splash fountain at the kiddie pool. Pool towels are provided.
The white sandy beach is only a few steps away from the pool. Families will find even more lounge chairs and some palapas for shade.
Tennis, basketball, giant chess and volleyball can all be found at the resort, and a golf course is located nearby.
Kids, ages 5 to 12 years old, will love hanging out at the Kids' Club, which is situated near the Family Room Suites. Kids will find board games, XBox, foosball, Ping-Pong, movies, and more at this air conditioned area. Children are welcome to stay with the professional staff between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily and enjoy the daily activities like arts and crafts and games.
Live shows and musical and dance performances take place in the huge open-air theater called Plaza Mexicana. Dancers, a dinner-theater show, a Michael Jackson tribute, an acrobatic show and more are performed in the evenings Monday through Saturday. There is also a kids' show once a week. Plaza Mexicana is open from 9 to 10:30 p.m.
The all-inclusive package includes all meals, drinks, activities and a fully stocked mini-fridge that is refreshed daily. The upgrade to the premium level package includes additional amenities like free Wi-Fi, room service, early check-in and access to the premium level lounge, where premium alcohol and snacks can be found throughout the day. The fully stocked mini-fridge also has a wide selection of high-end beverage options in the guestrooms, as well when opting for the premium level.
This buffet restaurant serves a delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner in an open-air setting. There are numerous options to choose from at each meal. Keep an eye out for some iguanas who like to hang out just outside the buffet and are happy to eat any leftovers.
Kyoto Sushi Bar
This specialty restaurant offers fabulous sushi options for dinner only. Reservations are required for one of the three dinner seatings.
Don Quijote Restaurant
This specialty, a la carte restaurant serves a delicious Spanish menu for dinner only. Reservations are required for one of the three dinner seatings.
This snack bar area is located near the pool and is open for lunch from noon to 6:30 p.m.
La Palapa Restaurant
This buffet restaurant offers water views for lunch and is open from 1 to 5 p.m.
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All About the Extras
The all-inclusive package includes all meals, drinks, activities and a fully stocked mini-fridge that is refreshed daily. The upgrade to the premium level package includes additional amenities like free Wi-Fi, room service, early check-in and access to the premium level lounge, where premium alcohol and snacks can be found throughout the day. The fully stocked mini-fridge also has higher-end and a wider selection of beverage options in the guestrooms, as well when opting for the premium level.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is included with the premium level package. If you do not elect the premium package, Wi-Fi packages can be purchased for a daily, per-device fee.
The gym, which is situated not far away from the Kids' Club, offers cardio and weight machines and fitness instructors are available.
The Art of Smart Timing
Winter is the busiest season at this tropical hotel, but truly it is always busy here. Most people (both local and international) are visiting from November through March. January, February and March are busiest with travelers from the United States and Canada and the Easter Holy Week is busiest for Mexican travelers. July is also a busy month for local travelers to visit.
The Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo Internaitonal Airport is about 20 minutes away from this hotel.
Barcelo Ixtapa is a compact resort so everything is a short walk away. A rental car is needed to explore Zihuatanejo, which is less than 15 minutes away. Taxi services are also readily available.
For Mom and Dad
Adults can enjoy some relaxation and quiet time at the spa, where a variety of treatments are available.
After the evening show, the adults can head to Sanca for even more live music or DJs. Bar Sanca is open until 2 a.m.