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Historical Traveler Reviews Girasol Condo Hotel Cancun
Loved the Girasol Hotel
We stayed at the Girasol the first part of Dec/2004.
Found the conditions to be great stayed in PH10 and the view and accomadations were Great.
The busilding is easy to get around and the staff was very friendly and helpful.
The Pools were very clean and the area around the pools and sitting area were vey well kept.
The buidling was was quiet. We will most diffently return and will recommand the hotel to our family and friends.
In fact we have already done just that.
Great Place to stay.
I just read some of the negative reviews on this site and those people must have stayed in a different unit than we did. We stayed in Penthouse unit #4 over Christmas break and it was great. The condo was clean, nicely decorated in a Mexican theme, the furnishings looked new, and the kitchen was fully equipped with full-sized refrigerator, range, microwave, and dishes. Also, our unit came with boogie-boards, beach towels, and beach mats. We had a balcony off the living room and another one off one of the bedrooms. We would sit out on our balcony and watch the surfers, the beachcombers, and the occasional cruise ship pass by. Our kids didn't use the pool much, as they were mostly on the beach. The beach is beautiful with soft white sand and great waves for bodysurfing or boogie-boarding.
I can heartily disagree with this review. My family of 3 stayed at the Girasol, penthose #10 from Jan 6 to Jan. 13, 2005. It was a great location and the owner was very helpful and nice. We never had a problem with the elevator and there was no "little man sitting in it" pushing buttons. I don't understand. Our unit had 3 bathrooms and all toilets, sinks, and showers worked perfectly. We did clog a toilet one day, but the maintenance came and repaired it as soon as we asked. We heard that the building had gone through some renovations over the past 6 months and I noticed that most of the reviews were from years ago. I would go back again to the same penthouse. The location is perfect, and in the center of most activities. Iloved the hammock on the large walkout balcony. There was a locked closet for our valuables and even included lounge cushions for the beach and for the lounge chairs on the balcony. I know that many of the rooms in the lower floors are pretty sparse and rented to spring breakers who crash with extra people and don,t pay, wreck stuff etc.
We got to the Girasol at night and from the outside everything seemed ok. No--this is so not true! First problem was the $100 CASH they asked us for for each room, second was that the safety deposit boxes are holes in the wall behind the front desk. They do not shut! Third problem was that we got one KEY per room...actual old school keys and if you ever went home without the keyholder you had to ask the ancient man behind the counter to go up and let you in your room. The rooms smelled, dirty, dingy and weird seedy lighting. I almost cried when I saw the bathroom and as other reviewers have said, yes, the water goes everywhere. I believe the variety of reviews is because no one room is identical. I was in a bunch of the rooms and every room is completely different setup, different everything--even air conditiong or tv units! Bizarre. Also, the way the maids clean is by throwing buckets of water on the ground and sweeping it around so its never clean and always wet and slippery. Impossible not to slip. Oh, and the elevator. So small, so gross, never working and during the day manned by a short perverted old man who hold the elevator open at the first floor, making it impossible to get when u wanted it from another floor. Scary anyway, take the cave like stairs over the elevator. Also, as we discovered upon arrival, people live on the first few floors (sadly). The pool is crap and the bar is a joke. The beach is the beach so they cant really mess that up, but for a fun atmposphere or a spa-like relaxing atmosphere, you'd be better off at another beach. Basically theres just you and the sand water, etc. No chairs, huts, bar service! The restaurant was too scary to even enter, we avoided it at all costs. It isnt a real restaurant, but more like a sectioned off area with tables and food cooking under lights. Yum! The location is great, however, and since I was there for spring break the hotel was filled with all spring breakers so that was fun too. But bottome line: I have been to Cancun before for spring break and there are plenty of other hotels for spring breakers at the same price which are MUCH NICER!!! DO NOT STAY HERE UNLESS YOU HAVE TO!!! i HAD TO FIGHT FOR MY DEPOSIT BACK AT THE END!!! The man pretended he didnt speak English, yeah, really convenient! We almost missed our bus back because of him. Also, dont know if its true or not, but a girl on our trip in another room claimed robbery by the maid. Oh yeah, and IT COULD HAVE BEEN ANYONE SINCE THEIR DOOR DIDNT EVEN LOCK!!! Im serious, no lock!!! they thought they were locking it but it never really locked!!!! Unsafe, dirty and all around disgusting! You have been warned!
GREAT for college students ready to party
I was very weary before I had stayed in this hotel, but I was pretty satisfied....basically this hotel is a place to sleep, shower, and party. The beach is great, and the location is KEY for partying-you can almost walk to any club which is nice. I dont recommend you swim in the pool, but the ocean is amazing. The hotel staff is very friendly and bascially dont care what you do or how loud you are. I would recommend this hotel for any person who wants to party from dusk til dawn, but if you are here to relax and just chill, I'd pick a different hotel. By the way, the elevators werent that bad, me or my 27 friends that stayed there had no problems.
Some Call it Ghettosol
Excellent location. Only stay here if you can sleep through anything.
Rude, obnoxious, inconsiderate spring breakers everywhere when I stayed march 7-13. Beds were very hard, but I hear that is standard. Elevator is scary, I saw someone stuck in one. Prefered the ocean to the pool.
regardless of what the other reviews said, there is plenty of room to lay out, both pools were filled, but not clean enough for me. I had a phone, the ac worked (have them turn it on with remote), i had a toilet seat, the shower was hot after 2 min runtime, the staff is very friendly, but this place is a dive. if you want a nice hotel, don't come here. would not return. I would stay in the same area, but at a nicer hotel.
We stayed at this hotel for one night and that was a scary experience.
Went for spring break junior year of college in spring of 2003(march).
Great Location at a great price. The rooms were clean and the staff was friendly, but the best part was the location, close to everything with amazing views of the beach and the lagoon. Don't expect the Ritz Carlton, but for basic comforts and amazing views this hotel does the job.
This place sucks!
The motel had no hot water the whole time we were there (one week). The "beds" were as hard as a rock and impossible to sleep on. The elevators worked about once a day and were broke constantly. There is no spa or gym, just a pool. The pool was probably the only good thing their. The toilet never flushed right, and clogged all the time. The staff was nice and easygoing, but did not know the answers to any questions.