The Fairmont Acapulco Princess
What We Love
- Gorgeous beachfront property with lush gardens, waterfall-fed swimming pools, tennis courts and two award-winning 18-hole golf courses
- Full-service spa with hydrotherapy rooms, massage suites, steam and sauna rooms, a boutique beauty salon and a fitness center
- Exquisite alfresco dining options including tapas, Italian, Mexican and international cuisine, as well as a chocolate café and several bars
What To Know
- Members of the Fairmont President’s Club receive free WiFi access; otherwise rate is around $11 per day
- Pearl, an exclusive luxury beach enclave within the property, sparkles from a $30 million remodeling
- Self-parking is available, but it’s a bit of a walk, so valet parking ($9 per day) is well worth it
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
The award-winning Fairmont Acapulco Princess has been an icon in Acapulco since 1971, located on 480 verdant acres with beachfront. The hotel’s unique design is a 15-story Aztec pyramid–shaped building, with 1,011 luxurious guestrooms and suites offering a minimum of 485 square feet of space. The accommodations have pops of sky-blue, lime-green and magenta, and they feature marble floors as well as floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors that open onto private terraces with views of the Pacific Ocean, the golf course or the hotel gardens. Suites also include rain showers, iPod clocks, 37-inch flat-screen TVs, separate dining areas and wrap-around balconies. The hotel has four bars and light dining destinations in addition to four main restaurants, such as Tavola, an Italian trattoria with an organic herb garden that lines the entranceway. There’s also Chula Vista, an open-air venue beside the saltwater lagoon that serves Mexican fusion dishes such as corn tortillas stuffed with turkey and molé sauce. For relaxation, retreat to the full-service spa, kick back on the private beach or go for a round of golf at one of the two premier courses.
In the Area
The hotel is about 20 minutes from downtown Acapulco, where visitors can find dining, nightlife and shopping opportunities, including the Zócalo, a plaza that comes to life in the evening with musical entertainment. For dining try Restaurante Zolache, a European fusion venue with live outdoor music, before heading to Mandara, a trendy new nightclub. During the day watch the cliff diving show at La Quebrada (a favorite tradition in Acapulco) and stay for the incredible sunset on the water. For a bit of history, head to El Fuerte de San Diego — it’s a fascinating 18th-century Spanish fortress that has been turned into a museum.
How to Get There
Complete hotel with very good rooms, decent food, services and their own beach. Pools are adequate and they offer palapas at a reasonable price with consummation going toward the price of the service.
We are a family of 4 and had a pretty okay time at the Palacio Mundo Imperial in Acapulco. We didn't go w/ the all-inclusive and had no trouble finding delicious drinks and foods around the resort area! Everything that is needed is within walking distance. We also took advantage of the shuttle services and visited the Princess Mundo Imperial & the Pierre Mundo Imperial. We went w/ a tour guide for the Acapulco tour w/ the Cliff Diver Show and also went w/ a tour guide for the Lagoon tour w/ Baby Turtle Release.
This hotel was built beautifully and is relatively well maintained, but the staff service is generally very average and the hotel is not set up for families. Specifically there are no activities for kids and few families with children present other than smaller children. Many items have additional cost which is reasonable, but when the service is fair at best that is not ideal. This would be perfect for a business meeting, but not for a family vacation. We will not return, but found the beach and hotel property beautiful. Management needs work...
We were not staying at the Princess, but they allowed us to buy a day pass to use their beautiful facilities for the day. Everyone was great and very friendly!
We especially loved Marco Gutierrez at the lobby bar! And the spa was fantastic.
We stayed several times at this hotel when it was managed by Fairmont. We stopped going because we found better service elsewhere. After 10 years, we returned with Sunwing Vacations. We could not have been more impressed. The service was excellent. The staff responded immediately to any need. The buffet wait staff were very attentive. The hotel finally realized that people need bottled water in Mexico & we were able to get several bottles each day. The amenities were greatly improved, such as the Nespresso coffeemaker. You can rent a mini fridge for your stay. The buffet food was the same as 10 years ago. It is geared to Mexican/Latin tastes. They have a real struggle keeping the grackles out. The Italian was over-burdened as the only a la carte restaurant open. The only bar is also over burdened. However, they include all domestic drinks in the Sunwing all inclusive package now & that enabled us to enjoy a few evenings there after dinner listening to good live music.
We were REALLY impressed with the palapa reservation system and all the palapas that were available. By reserving there is no need to get up at 7am & throw towels all over the chairs. These are HUGH 12X12 PPpalm & wood palapas each with 2 loungers, 2 chairs & a small table. Excellent. They even have lights!
The three pools were very well kept. They size & shape of these areas make it hard to find shade but they do have many umbrellas. The water slide was cleaned twice while we were there & there is a life guard to monitor the activity.
We were also very happy that the advertized FREE WIFI throughout the resort actually worked!
The golf is no longer a package but you do get 1 free green fee per week. The course is much improved from 10 years ago. The carts are electric & they give your ice & 2 small water bottles. You can leave your clubs for free & they are safe. We had excellent service at the course & they always accommodated us when we wanted to play.
We went by cab to the mall nearby & found it to have many interesting stores, bars & restaurants. There is a huge store near that mall selling fresh fruit, all groceries, liquor beer, clothing, toiletries.. everything imaginable & better prices than the Walmart nearby.
We felt very safe at the hotel and we are really glad we decided to return to a hotel we have previously enjoyed.