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Presidente InterContinental Ixtapa

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Our Opinion
Like the Tesoro Ixtapa, the Presidente is an older building and probably more along the lines of a 3.5 star rather than a 4 star. The location is good, right in the hotel zone and pool has a swim up bar with lots of activities going on. A combination of low rise and a high rise building, the Presidente is a good choice for singles and couples who want to be in the hotel zone.
This popular holiday resort is an All Inclusive pleasure mecca for sun and fun seekers, where one price covers all the comfort of this tropical sanctuary.
Location: Right on El Palmar beach, 15 minute drive to Zihuatanejo, 25 minutes from the airport.

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  • Darlene T :
A week at the Holiday Inn Ixtapa

I stayed with my husband and son at the Holiday Inn Ixtapa from February 13th to 17th and overall our stay was great. I have broken down my review based on amenities and experiences below:Room - we stayed in a Garden View room in the 3000 block area and it was very comfortable. Friday and Saturday night was loud until midnight because the sports bar cranks the music pretty loud on these nights but because it was over at midnight is was ok by us. The rest of the week was quiet. I suggest bringing some ear plugs to help block out the noise. I could see other rooms being louder depending on where your room is and the proximity to the sports bar.Beach and Pool - both were great. The beach is beautiful. The water in the ocean is quite rough. If you have young kids you should watch them and not let them go in alone because I think it can be dangerous. But that being said the water is bathtub warm and very pleasant. I liked that there is a quiet pool and more rowdy/bar pool. You can sit at the quiet pool and read or go join the party on the other side. It’s great to have the option! I did find the water in the pool bar pool got quiet dirty by afternoon. We mainly swam in the quiet pool because it was always clean.Staff - fantastic is all I can say. Everyone was friendly, relaxed and helpful. I can’t say enough good things about them.Location – The location is awesome. Its right across the street from restaurants and shops and a short inexpensive cab ride to Zihuatanejo and to the boats to Ixtapa Island. My advice is to not pay for the excursion to Ixtapa just go yourself and you’ll save a lot of money.Food and Drinks – Drinks were fine but unfortunately the food was not. I have been to many resorts and I do not consider myself to be picky but I found it repetitive and just not very good. My son was looking forward to eating the roast turkey at one lunch and I found it was raw and we could not eat it. To me it’s a shame that such a great resort has such low standard of food. If Holiday Inn fixed this problem this resort would have been one of my favourites. Overall I would say if you want a great resort at a great price you can’t go wrong. Just be prepared for some weekend noise and the buy some food from across the street most meals.

  • thefergfam : Wisconsin
Consistant and dependable.

We just got back from Ixtapa, again. This was our fourth time to Ixtapa and our fourth time at this resort. The things that keep us going back are not the rooms nor the food. We return for the things we know will not change, such as the location, beach, weather, service and friendly faces of staff and tourists that are there each year. The grounds and pool are well kept, and the beach is perfect. I often enjoy snorkeling in the morning and boogie boarding in the afternoon. This year the snorkeling was exceptional as there were many schools of various fish traveling through. It was fun to experience the pelicans dive bombing the fish from above and below the water surface. I also swam with a sea turtle right out front of the resort. We take boogie boards with us from home and they are also available for purchase across the street. Respect the waves, never turn your back to them and be careful. Before sunset (they want to go home by 6) go to the right and get a massage. Only $10 for an hour. It's about a ten minute walk down the beach and they will find you. I recommend hut 5 or 7. To be honest the food at the resort is average and very repetitive. However I have never eaten anything that I had to spit out. It all tastes good it just lacks on presentation. This year there were more fish dishes that before. Which I enjoyed. Saturday night fiesta is always a highlight filled with all our favorite Mexican dishes. If you get bored with the food there are many great restaurants across the street. We have always stayed in the lower rooms with a garden view. They are very average but we are only there briefly during the day. The beds are comfortable. The shower is hit and miss. We haven't sought a room in the tower because we love the proximity of the lower rooms. We have talked to many guests that have stayed at other resorts in Ixtapa and it all sounds the same. average food and average accommodations so I would recommend going to the best value when you're ready to purchase your trip. The holiday inn has been the cheapest but the other comparable resorts in Ixtapa have become more competitive in recent years. Not many back home have heard of Ixtapa or Zihuatanejo and I sort of like it like that. It is very laid back , uncrowded and extremely safe. We will be returning, and yes probably to the holiday inn. The Holiday Inn is dependable and really takes the guess work out of our vacation. If you find this helpful in any way don't forget to give it a helpful vote. Also for other tips to this location you can read my previous years reviews. Thanks. Oh and a special shout out to our friends working at the resort Jorge, Carlos(the man), Thomas(the jokester), Samuel, Mary-lou, Cleofas(my cousin) Orlando, Lucas and Adolfo for making our trip extraordinary. Also our friends Samuel and Ivan on the beach you guys are always fun to watch and talk with.

  • Kyra G : Kelowna, Canada
Clean, modest, great location

Located right in central Ixtapa. Close to shops and restaurants. Food is kind of bland - buffets. Only one a la carte on site. Splurge on the ocean facing rooms. Garden rooms kind of dark. Visit Ixtapa island!

  • Stacy G : Litchfield, Minnesota, United States
First trip to Ixtapa

We spent four nights at the Holiday Inn - very impressive staff, less than impressive accommodations. We reserved an Oceanview King room when booking our trip. When we arrived we were given an Oceanview room (great views) with two double beds. The room smelled of fresh paint and mold, by day two we just smelled mold. Since we liked our room location we didn't request a change. Our traveling companions reserved an Oceanside King room and received a double. They were told they would be moved the next day, but the next day they were told they "might" be moved. The shower didn't work in their room either. The food at the resort was ok, but not fabulous. The hotel location is very good. Directly across the street from many restaurants and shopping.The service at the hotel was outstanding! Great service and good people. It is clear that the employees are very genuine and care for their guests. I can't say enough about the employees we interacted with at the resort.

  • Rudy U : Vancouver, Canada
Beautiful Location, Friendly Hosts

We just got back from a glorious week at this hotel with our extended family - 12 of us in 4 rooms, ranging in age from 18 months to 88 years. I won't repeat what many of the previous reviewers have written, except to say that we were all in the lowest priced "garden-view" rooms in the low-rise building, and we had no complaints at all about our rooms. Sure - it's an older building and some of the patio doors were a bit sticky, and some of the shower heads didn't spray like brand new ones. On the other hand, the mattresses were amazing - I don't recall ever staying in a hotel in Mexico with more comfortable beds. The sheets and towels were changed regular with clean, fresh ones. Never noticed any mustiness or bad smells.The staff were wonderful and so accommodating of any special requests for babies or Great Grandpa.Really, the only negative thing to say about this property is that it is not the easiest place for someone who uses a walker to get around. Many of the stairways have no handrails, and the ramps that are there are MUCH steeper than our Canadian building codes would ever allow.While the food choices did get a bit repetitive by the 6th and 7th days, the food was quite good. The chef's interpretation of things like pizza and lasagna were not the greatest, but as long as you stuck to Mexican dishes, it was all delicious! All of us agreed that we'd gladly return to the Holiday Inn Resort in Ixtapa!

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature

  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Snacks
  • 3 a la carte dinners
  • 24 hr room service
  • House wine w/lunch & dinner, Domestic beer & select International brand drinks from 10am-Midnight
  • Bicycle tour
  • Tennis (reservations required)
  • Volleyball
  • Gym
  • Dance lessons
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Disco, drinks included until 11:30pm
  • 420 rooms in one 11-storey building & several villas
  • Restaurants including 4 a la carte (Italian, Steakhouse, French and Sushi), dress code & reservations required
  • Snack bar
  • Grill
  • 2 bars including swim-up bar
  • 2 pools
  • Children's pool
  • Tennis courts
  • Gym
  • Sauna & steam bath
  • Gift shop
  • Beauty salon
  • Massage service (fee)
  • Internet access (fee)
Gardenview Hotel Rooms include:
  • 1 king or 2 double beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • Full bathroom
  • Some rooms w/balcony or terrace
Oceanview Tower Rooms include:
  • Same as above but with 2 double beds and ocean view
  • Max occupancy 4 persons, no more than 3 adults
Kids Deals - Two kids 12 and under stay & eat free when sharing a room with 2 paying adults.

For the Kids - Kids 4-11 can enjoy supervised activities at Kids' Club, Tue-Sun. Babysitting service 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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Holiday Inn Resort Ixtapa
Boulevard Ixtapa S/N Lote 2, 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.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

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.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules. makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice. is not responsible for any changes, errors or omissions that may occur.