NileGuide Expert Says:
This hotel is unique, for its remarkable architecture, its Hollywood history and its proximity to the Cliff Divers, Acapulco's great icon. Even if you don't stay here you have to see it, both the dive show and the Salon de la Fama.
Plazoleta La Quebrada, 74
39620 Acapulco, Mexico
tel: +52 744 83 1221
fax: +52 744 83 8800 / +52 744 82 4564
Hotel star rating:
NileGuide Expert tip:
Come here for a late buffet breakfast in the Don Carlos restaurant. You can feast to your heart's content and be sure to sit on a balcony where you might spy the cliff divers practicing or their children frolicking on the rocks.
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The history of this phenomenal hotel, with its rock-encrusted chalets that sprawl quaintly around – and up and down - two cliffs wriggling with iguanas, is part of the knobbly backbone of Acapulco itself. Built as individual chalets in the early 1930s, the hotel first gained fame for its moonlit dances, the birth of Acapulco's great Cliff Diving tradition, and one of the continent's landmark nightclubs, "La Perla", founded by "Mr. Acapulco" (Teddy Stauffer) in 1949. Check out the "Salon de la Fama" (Hall of Fame) where you will see signatures and photographs of everyone from Liz Taylor and Frank Sinatra to contemporary stars. Best of all, the rooms – of great variety, my advice is ask to see your first, act fussy and ask to see another – are touched with fairy dust, led to by mysterious staircases whose corners recall a fantasy world between Escher and The Brothers Grimm.