Everything from luxurious, private hideaways and high-rise international hotel chains to modest mom-and-pop places is available in Acapulco. Most of the resort hotels are located along the Costera, from Las Brisas to Playa Caleta, but the most glamorous hotels are east of town, in the Acapulco Diamante area, and development is on the upswing with new luxury brands opening or committed to opening in the next few years. New strip malls are cropping up in Diamante to anticipate their arrival.
The best-located places tend to be the high-rise hotels lining Acapulco Bay, which are within walking distance of many shops, restaurants and discos. Other splendid, glamorous hideaways dot the hills overlooking the bay. The older, less expensive hotels on and near Caleta Beach, many of which retain the ambience of the 1950s and 1960s, are favored by Europeans and Canadians, who tend to have longer vacation periods than visitors from the U.S.
Be aware that getting a room during the Christmas or Easter holidays, and during July and August school vacations, can be difficult—many Mexican vacationers visit the city then. Honeymooners continue to favor Acapulco for its air of romance, and a number of hotels cater to newlyweds—or those wishing to rekindle the flame. Some offer private casitas, and some will even provide you with your own personal pool. Many bigger hotels have activities for kids and provide babysitters.
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