Last week we posted fresh reviews of the five best hotels in Acapulco. I reviewed three of them myself and Diana Rowe stayed at the two Fairmont properties. There’s one strange element to these reviews: none of the hotels are on the main strip of beaches in Acapulco itself. Sure, there’s a Crowne Plaza, a Hyatt, and Fiesta Americana, but after visiting all three I can safely say that they’re routine chain hotels appealing to the mass market.

The best hotels are outside of the traffic-choked center, which means they’re a good distance away from the famed Acapulco night life and the cliff divers.

Las Brisas Acapulco

Starting from the center and heading toward the airport, the best hotel of all comes first: Las Brisas (pictured here). This is a really special hotel that has a hint of Hollywood grandeur to it. The casitas with private pool and deck make you feel like you’ve got your own little villa with an incredible view. The rooms here are the best in town and despite the constant shuttling up and down the hill in a Jeep and the lack of a proper beach, this is our highest recommendation. Quinta Real Acapulco is the other small, high-end hotel appealing to those looking for personal service and it also has a prime hillside spot with great views. The restaurant and bar here are especially attractive and there is a beach.

The other three hotels we feature, including the Fairmont Pierre Marques, all have something special about them though, so if you’re heading down that way anytime soon, read through them all and figure out which is the best match for your needs.