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.
Our Editor Loves
- 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
Rooms & Rates
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.
Tried the Barcelo again after several years...found it excellent. Staff is the nicest I have encountered in Mexico in last couple years. Can tell they like working there. Would definitely go back again.
Very close to the beach and pool area just steps away from the elevators. Ocean unsafe for small children - red flag for 2 weeks.
Wait staff in the buffets great, food on par with Cuba or the Dominican Republic. Good clubhouse sandwich at the pool bar.
Japanese restaurant a disappointment. Sushi was rice was on the dry side; tiny choice of shashimi; no sake; no Wasabi!
When we arrived at resort, the airline had misplaced a suitcase. Informed the front desk that when the airline delivered it, to have it sent to our room. 4 hours after bag had been delivered, we had to go to the front desk to retrieve it from where it was sitting in the open.
Rooms were clean but strong mildew odor in the hallways and room. Maid service great.
After the Saturday night BBQ, half our group was out of commission for the next day with vomiting and dihorrea.
Through the resort concierge, ordered roses to be sent to two rooms. Had to make multiple trips to the front desk to get the flowers located and actually delivered. They had been dropped upside down on the floor by the fridge.
Ran out of bottled water in our room (tap water is not potable); asked the maid; called front desk twice; 3 hours later, finally grabbed a couple of bottles off a cart in the hallway.
Two of 4 main elevators shut down for repairs. Remain elevators slow and sometimes missed floors. Construction on the repairs very loud in the main buffet.
Better value for money in the DR or Cuba.
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.
Planning & Tips
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.