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Raleigh, North Carolina
October 8, 2007
From journal Fiesta Americana Cancun II
by Bob Y.
Bellport, New York
February 1, 2007
The whole experience was incredible: the service and staff were great and the location is perfect, right in the heart of the Hotel Zone and walking distance from restaurants, flea market and storefront shopping, and those famous Cancun nightclubs. The resort is right on the water, with a panoramic view of the northwest part of the strip leading to downtown Cancun to the west and Isla Mujeres to the east. At night you can sit out on the beach (excellent security, so you feel safe but not bothered), hear the gentle waves caress the shore, and watch the sunset, then relax as the lights come on across the water and the stars appear above with a gentle breeze, cooling off the 80-degree January night. It doesn't get any better than this.
The best restaurants nearby are "La Joya," two hotels away in the unbelievable Grand Coral Beach, the world-class flagship hotel of the Fiesta Americana chain. Make sure you go when the "Mexican Ballet" is performing. This restaurant was recommended by Travel Channel on their "Best Mexican Beach Resorts" program, as was that hotel itself, and it did not disappoint us in the least.
"Alfredo Di Roma" is less then 5 minutes away and is the strip's best-kept secret. It's an amazing Italian restaurant with impeccable service, atmosphere (with romantic music playing softly in the background), and amazingly reasonable prices. We had three glasses of wine for me, two cocktails for the wife, an appetizer, two incredible dinners, coffee, and spectacular desserts, and our bill, including a 20% tip (not required but much deserved), came to just under $100 for the two of us.
This was our second trip to Cancun. We went in 2005 before the hurricane and were amazed at how this destination has not only completely recovered from that disaster, but has actually improved. We will go back every year.
From journal Cancun, January 07
December 22, 2006
The bath was awesome, with a sliding glass door and jets! We had to wonder about the water room/bathroom, though. There was, what appeared to be, an area with a ledge that you could sit on in there. Through the whole vacation, we joked about what it could be for. We took a picture of it for laughs.
The bed was very comfortable and nice. Every day the maid came in and cleaned! We have never had this in any of the condos that we stayed at before, without an additional charge.
If you're looking for a resort with a huge beach, this is definitely not it. We had more fun at the pool, which was beautiful and very nice. The beach, if you want to call it that, was just big enough for the chairs and shade huts that were part of the resort. Keep in mind that the "beach" is considered public in Cancun, so you will have folks pandering T-shirts, jewelry, etc., while you are lying there relaxing. We also had a situation where some locals took up residency at the beach area, played loud music, and were generally rude all around. We had to move to the other side to avoid them.
The restaurant was excellent, and we would highly recommend it, especially for dinnertime. At night you can eat and look out over the ocean, and it is very beautiful and peaceful. One night after eating we found some locals fishing right there. They were pulling in amazing numbers of fish with their nets. Everyone was very friendly at the resort, and the service was superb.
From journal Fiesta Americana Cancun
Hong Kong, United Kingdom
May 6, 2002
The off-peak internet rate is 7000 yen for one room including traditional Japanese breakfast and dinner. Excellent value.
There are a few rooms with sea view.
No international phone booth.
It is near the wedded rocks.
It is an old looking 2 story building, but even the toilets are electronically heated with jet stream butt-cleaning service.
The ryokan and the ryokan street is very quiet during weekdays of non-sea-bathing seasons. Most are run by families/small business local people. Therefore, with their English standard, you must bring very good English-Japanese Japanse-English dictionary or translation machine. (Unless you can communciate in Japanese.)
From journal 3 places in Mie: Ise, Futami, Toba (Japan)
May 14, 2007
From journal Cancun in May
October 17, 2006
From journal Cancun in September
May 9, 2005
There was a nice range of activities available at the resort: aerobics, kayak tours, beach and pool volleyball, etc. We were offered some all-inclusive meal options at check-in and did not take advantage of them. With so many restaurants available in walking distance, we were glad that we did not spend the money for the all-inclusive options.
On check-out day, the resort made a "hospitality room" available to us for a half-hour so we could shower and change before leaving for the airport. You need to reserve this in advance.
From journal Cancun in December
July 26, 2004
From journal Fiesta Cancun
November 6, 2004
Little to no hotel activities -- no nightly entertainment staff, no live band, no bar/lounge. The only included activity was the welcome party. You can purchase tickets for Mexican Party (Tuesdays at the resort) for $40 per person; it includes the Folkoric ballet, a buffet dinner, contests, an open bar, a Mariachi band, and a "break the pinata" game. You can also do a booze cruise to Isla Mujeres (food included).
The beach was great, with lots of chairs. It's also used by people staying at Rio Palace, next door. The water was blue and shallow. The waves were not rough enough for body surfing/boogie boarding, but great for swimming, kayaking, or jet skis. It's a fifteen-minute walk to clubs/bars. Across the street from the mall is the Plaza Caracol. The local Mexican restaurants across the street are pretty bad -- I recommend 100% Natural or somewhere down the "party strip": Carlos & Charlie's, Rainforest, KFC etc...
Breakfast at the hotel (a buffet) was great! Very tasty.
HOTEL DOES NOT EXCHANGE CANADIAN DOLLARS -- US and EUROS ONLY.
From journal Ladies Week in Cancun Pt. II
by Gerri Mom
Rural Ridge, Pennsylvania
November 10, 2007
From journal Cancun Getaway