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Fontan Ixtapa Beach Resort

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Our Opinion
The Fontan Beach is a very basic resort that delivers exactly what you pay for. Basic but clean rooms, average food and pretty good service considering it is only rated 2.5 stars. The Fontan Beach is a good choice for those on a budget who are looking for a low cost vacation and are not expecting anything fancy, but still want a clean and comfortable resort.

In the hotel zone with an 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Course virtually across the street. Deep sea fishing for marlin and sailfish may be arranged at the Fontan. Restaurants, nightclubs and shopping are a few minutes walk away.
Location: Right on El Palmar beach in Ixtapa, 15 minutes drive from Zihuatanejo and 20 minutes from the airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • richardxlalo : Montreal, Canada
the best deal in the hotel zone

We were here for our second year and we are extremely pleasedwith the Fontan. We traveled as friends and occupiedrooms 818 and 819 with breathtaking view of the beach and sea.we feel we are really getting good serviceat a reasonable price. A lot of improuvement and renos have been done since last year. Good beds and clean well maintained rooms.all the staff does the impossible to please you, they are all very pleasant and efficient.The food is great with a lot of variety from fresh fruits, salads, fish, meatand good variety of excellent deserts also. Good concept with themesdaily, asian, italian mexicain etc.Gorgeous beach, excellent for long walks or jogging.One little drawback wine selection and quality of drinks could beimproved.

  • Tish C :

well the food was terrible the staff was nice only one plug in the room for charging devices if you did not get to the pool or beach at 6 am forget about getting a chair on the upside great restaurants nearby were good the excursions were not value for money quite a rip off for some too many kids especially at the 16 plus pool which started out clean and at the end merky the drinks were watered down as if you had one outside the resort quite potent at the resort u could have 10 and be sober catered more for the mexican families you get what you pay for but Ixtapa was nice and surrounding

  • Chris M : Ontario, Canada
2 star at best

Food was not good. Hotdogs were called sausage at breakfast. Not many choices at buffets. No beer or pop stocked in fridges in your room. I saw only 6 lounge chairs on the beach and they won't take one down there from around the pools. Pool areas very small and crowded. It may be a nice place to visit if you are Mexican and have a family. Otherwise spend more money and go to a better place.

  • Heidi A :
Great value

Room was very clean a little dated but we were happy. My only issue was the lack of electrical outlets which were impossible to find. Once we discussed this with other travelers we found one under the desk but it is not easily found. I would ask the bell hop to show you where they are when your bags are delivered.. The entertainment staff did a great job. Shout out to Crystal from the kids club for making my sons vacation a blast! He absolutely loved it. Lots for the kids to do everyday. The food was really good but the lines were a bit of a problem especially at the bars.We were there over Christmas so hotel was full and that was my biggest complaint. This is definitely a 3 star hotel so if you are expecting luxury this is not the right hotel for you. I can say that while I was there they bought more lounge chairs for the pool but they do need more for the beach.Something for management to consider. I would definitely recommend the a la carte restaurant.It was delicious.All in all if you want a beautiful long beach, clean hotel, great location, and good food I would highly reccomend if you get a good price. I will most definitely return again.

  • LOVETOTRAVEL : Ontario, Can
Hotel Fontan - the Real Deal Dec 24 - 31

We stayed at the hotel as a family from Dec 24 – 31 as a family of 5 ranging in age from 22 to 75. We have travelled extensively throughout the Caribbean, Cuba, Costa Rica and gone on a number of cruises. This was our 2nd visit to Ixapa but our first to the Fontan. 3 yrs ago we stayed at the Presidente which is now the Holiday Inn . We paid $1200 ea double occ which was very reasonable for this time of the yr. In Summary, we loved the Fontan and Ixapa for the weather, the beach, the food, the people. The newly renovated pool with swim up bar is great for adults only and the kids area has 2 pools and a water slide to keep them entertained . We loved the NO SMOKING policy which was enforced throughout the resort and recently upgraded to include no smoking on the sea wall (other reviewed spoke of this ). We loved the FREE WIFI throughout the resort including in your room!! The staff work hard to keep the grounds clean and the make your stay memorable. I would recommend this hotel to families that are looking for an affordable vacation with guaranteed hot sunny weather and a perfect location in Ixapa.Read on for further details on our stay Flight - We flew Air Canada and were happy with the in flight services( free movies on individual scenes, lots of leg room, good food that we bought) . Our bags were off the turnstile before we got through customs and the transport from airport to Fontan was quick and informative ( 15 min ) . Cold beer was available for purchase on the bus for 2 for $5 US. Check in – was very slow and could use improvement. We asked for 2 rooms together and we were in 2 separate towers. There was a bit of a language barrier but nothing we could not resolve. We were able to grab drinks while we waited for the check in. Our bags were taken to our room and we were shown how to run the air etc.. The hotel is comprised of 700 rooms in a couple towers with restaurants and pools very close to beach . When we were there is was 20% Canadians and 80 % Mexicans. The Mexicans are wonderful people and the kids are well behaved. Food – There are a number of buffet restaurants that have ocean view that are open for all meals. Service at all the restaurant was excellent. We booked the Ala cart at the main buffet. Breakfast – 3 buffets available with typical Mexican breakfast menu with a bit of variety every day. Fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, oatmeal, enchiladas, crepes, ham, egg dishes, and custom made orders for eggs and omelets. If you are looking for bacon there was none but we never missed it due to the other variety. Coffee is served at the table .Lunch – 3 buffets sometimes 4 included a snack bar that served hamburgers, fries, potatoe wedges (real potatoes not frozen) pasta and nachos ( deep fried with real tortillas) with all the fixings. We liked that we could sit under the thatched roof or take the food out to the pool or beach to eat. You could also go to the buffet for lunch which had more selection like soup, salade bar, chicken etcDinner – 3 buffets and 2 alacarts – Buffets were awesome and changed every night – our favorite was oriental Mexican – lots of variety and food was excellent . We went to the 1 alacart it the front f the resort 3 times – and it was excellent – they served soup, salade, main course and dessert. We enjoyed the Caesar salade, mussels, French onion soup, beef and shrimp, salmon, smoked pork and fresh fish.Christmas Eve And New Years Eve Dinners – We got there Christmas eve and they served a traditional turkey dinner with the fixins in all the buffets. We left New Years Eve day but they were setting up for a big party with a band and dinner served around the pool. Next yr we will plan to stay for New Years as it looked like it was going to be quite the party. Also for Christmas Day Santa came in on a parasail!! The kids went crazy. It was a lot of fun with the staff dressed up like elves and the kids all able to sit on Santas lap. Rooms – We had room 514 and 531 which are in separate towers. The room 531 was renovated and did not have a balcony. Room 514 was older ( had a bit of a smell to it ) but we did have a balcony . No fridge( but you could request one not sure the cost) No coffee makers, Safe was included, bathroom and fresh large towels exchanged daily. AC worked but one of the rooms never got cold enough. Rooms were very clean. We never saw the maid as we left the room at 7am and did not return until 6 pm. Helpful Hint – bring a power bar as some rooms only have 2 receptacles Towels – Beach towels were included and could be exchanged with a towel card . They never ran out of clean towels and they were available from 9 am to 6 pm. Entertainment and Animation - There are 9 animation staff – they all work very hard all day and all night to make your vacation memorable. Daily activities include yoga and stretching, Zumba, beach walk to see Dolphin show, water polo, beach vball, Spanish lessons, food cutting demos, tequila drinking contest, face painting, kids exercise, sand castle making – the list goes on . Lots of kids in the kids club having a ball. The kids earn Fontan Bucks for activities during the day and then can bid on items at the show to redeem the $$. There is an evening show every night that ranges from karaoke, Mexican show - the usual entertainment at resorts. We only went to one of them. Pools /Bars – There are 3 pools – 2 kids pools and 1 adult only ( this is enforced) with swim up bar. Pools are kept clean and decks / chairs are cleaned daily. There are lots of chairs and lots of shade but it you want that perfect location you may need to get up early to reserve that sun hut or poolside chair. Kids pool has a slide and a vball net and the toddler poop has palm tree shaped sprinklers. Adult pool has area on both sides for chairs in the water and a swim up bar. We had great service at the bar which serves just about anything you ask for. We enjoyed many blender drinks, Modela beer, Miami vice, Long Island Ice Tea, etc etc. This pool and bar only opened Dec 23 – the day before we got there. Beach and Ixapa area – the beach goes on forever so if you are a beach walker you will love it. The sea is very rough – with most days red flag so if you are going to swim laps you would have to go beyond the waves breaks – you do not need water shoes as the sand is soft and not rocks in front of Fontan. Lots to do on the beach including Vball, massage, parasailing etc. Lots to do just across the street where there are restaurants, shopping , straw markets etc. all very safe to walk to from Fontan. Grad a buggy pulled by an ATVV ( vs horse) to see the sitesExcursions – We had been here before so we only went to Ixapa Island – you don’t need to pay for a tour here. Grab the bus for approx. 70 cents to Play Linda . Take the water taxi to the Island for $3.00 and once on the island you can snorkel or just have a few beers and fresh meal. We brought our own equipment for snorkeling but you can rent it there. It was a fun day but if you go head there early to beat the crowds. Some opportunities for improvement • Food - We did not see any ice cream, no bacon ( could provide at the grill and by order with eggs or omelet) Coffee – Spanish or specialty coffees would be nice as well as latte or cappuccinos, Guacamole was available to order but not in buffet – this should be a staple in mexico • Areas to sit or gather in evening - there was really no place to sit for a group who wanted to visit or play a game – and since the bars closed at 11 there would be no where to get booze if you did gather in the lobby ( which has a few chairs but they were not comfortable) • Bar hours –10 am to 11 pm - the swim up bar opened at 10 am – I think we were the first ones there every day . Lobby Bars close at 11pm and then you have to go to Sports Bar for drinks which is open til 2 am. Suggestion – have 1 bar with drinks until 10 am – we are used to resorts with 24 hr bars so this was a change for us . Also – there should be a bar open for the show in the Conference CenterIf you have questions please contact me for more info and I will try to answer your question

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  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
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  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Snacks
  • Unlimited Domestic drinks & House wine
  • Use of gym
  • Use of bicycles 
  • Volleyball
  • Kids club
  • Daily activities program
  • Nightly entertainment
  • 472 rooms in three 8-storey buildings
  • 2 buffet restaurants
  • 1 Mexican a la carte restaurant, dress code & reservations required
  • Snack bar
  • 2 bars
  • 2 pools
  • 1 children's pool
  • Gym
  • Gift shop
  • Car rental
  • Laundromat (fee)
  • Safety deposit boxes at reception (fee)
  • Internet access (fee)
  • Golf nearby
Hotel Rooms include:
  • 1 king or two 3/4 beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • Bathroom w/shower only
  • Balcony or terrace (subject to availability)
  • Max occupancy 3 persons
Kids Deals - Kids under 12 stay & eat free when sharing room with 2 paying adults. Max 2 kids.

For the Kids - Kids 4-12 can enjoy supervised activities at the Kids' Club. Babysitting available (fee).

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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Hotel Fontan Ixtapa
Blvd Ixtapa S/N Zona Hotelera, Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo 40880 Mexico

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

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Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

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