Holiday Inn Cancun Arenas
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... heat and humidity, whilst reading the hound of the baskervilles. Checking into my room, I met Nadia from the tour who I'm sharing a room with. The room is hilarious. Genuinely there is just a shower and a toilet in the room, so every time somebody wants to use the loo the other has to go out the room. We have already showered in front of each other - the time for being coy is long gone. We met the rest of the group for the welcome meeting, where ...
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My husband and I stayed at the Holiday Inn Arenas February 23 through 27. First of all, it is not a 4 star hotel in my opinion. It is a 3 star. The food was for the most part terrible. My husband even had trouble finding something to eat and he's very easy to please in the food department. Also disapointing was the water. Because the hotel is blocked by Isla Mojeras, the water is murky and has lots of seaweed, unlike most of the other hotels in the area. The hotel is not finished and won't be for a long time. Only one elevator was working, the ice makers are not installed, we ruined a battery charger by plugging it into a wall outlet and finding out later that it was mistakenly a 220 instead of a 110. (not marked as such)
The only good part was the price
The room smelled awful. You can hear guests in the next room. We were ocean side and in the evenings there was entertainment so if you wanted to go to bed early forget it There were no dressers in room making us have to live out of a suit case all week. Front desk ran out of pesos . Elevator broke down and was stuck in it first day. last night of stay at 11:30 pm men were fixing elevator and the noise was awful. Food was awful.
The only positive was delightful staff
would not stay there again
If you are looking for a clean, basic hotel with a relatively helpful staff then this is the place for you. Having read a couple reviews before booking the hotel, I knew to stay away from the elevator as much as possible. I also knew some construction was still going on. They start work between 8:00 & 8:30 a.m. but it is in a limited part of the hotel at this point. But it is true, when doors slam or pounding takes place it is loud.
This hotel should have a 2 star rating. First off, on the day I arrived I was stuck in the elevator for 25 minutes and it was another guest that went and told the staff I was trapped, as there was no phone in the elevator and the alarm button didn't work. When I went to the front desk to let them know what happened, they had no idea I was stuck in the elevator but said that alot of people had been getting stuck because the elevator was broken. Yet, they took no steps in warning people. The service is non existing, they are in no way helpful. The hotel has very large cockroaches running around. The food in the buffet is alright but it is the same everyday and once they run out, they don't bring anymore back out. Unless you are looking to drink excessively or don't care where you stay, I would never recommend staying here especially if you are a family and have kids. Worst stay I have ever had. Ever.
Not sure why we had just an "Ok" time here after reading many positive reviews - but we were not overly impressed -with the Holiday Inn or Cancun. After all the nonsence at the airport and trying to explain that we wanted to "Arenas" and not the Holiday Inn Express, we finally arrived. Both our check-in and Check-out were a hassle due to the hotels computer not indicated that we had paid for 3 people for the entire stay, then they tried to tell us that the teenager would have to pay as an adult - we quickly squashed that idea. As the hotel is not finished, there are not many people yet staying there, which is nice, the bars, pool,beach and restraunts are'nt too crowed (At least I suspect it's because the hotel is'nt finished?) I'm not sure what was worse, the constant banging and sawing that starts daily at 7am or the other distruntled guests that would slam doors and yell at the maids. Because the hallways are not finished you can hear a "pin drop" in the halls from your room-it is very ECHO enhanced. The hotel itself seems like it was under budget or just cheap craftmanship, the hotel elevator is extremly small and was actually out of service our last day -which made getting our luggage down the stairs and adventure. Although some of the couples we spoke with didnt seem to mind, we didnt care for the buffetts at all. If you love hot dogs for breakfast, on your pizza and for dinner, then this is the place for you! The beach is similar to any here in Mass with seaweed and not the clear blue waters of the Caribbean, the sand is some sort of clay, cement, sand & dirt mixture and it's pretty clear that most of the resorts are still repairing damages done from the last storm. The Security force at front and back of the hotel we always present. there is also a lifeguard on duty most of the day. As there is little to do at the hotel, we often took the bus down to one of the shopping mall areas and it was'nt untill we talked to another couple that we realized that you are entitled to a discount for the restraunts that are on your all inclusive wrist band (Outback Steak house, Bubba Gumps, Jimmy Buffett's etc) The hotel never mentioned that to us. All in all it was an "Ok" vacation, nothing exciting, nothing much of a disaster either.
Stayed for 6 days, Feb 10-16. Currently, while they are finishing the hotel, the price cannot be beat and is an exceptional value. For a 3.5 to 4 star hotel this one is top notch. Uncrowded, at least for now, excellent service and friendly, helpful staff in all areas. The buffet food is better than average for a discounted hotel. The chef excels at desserts - pecan pie, cakes as well as the usual confections. Every evening the buffet has some very good choices of meats, which can be hard to find at some of the other Cancun all inclusives in the lower prices ranges. The rest of the buffet was fairly typical. The bar tenders work their butts off and you can always get a drink in just a few minutes, even when the bar is busy. Once they get all the rooms open I think they will need to open another bar just so everyone can get in. Wireless internet in the lobby and room safes big enough for a notebook computer - so bring you laptop if you like. The beaches, in this are are protected by the island, so you can enjoy getting in the water more and actually use the kayaks and go snorkeling from the beach. There is some grass in the water but all in all the beach is much more usable than along the main hotel zone where the waves prevent much activity other than horsing around in the waves as they crash on the beach. The smaller hotel atmosphere can also be very nice, plus you aren't wandering endlessly around the corridors, grounds and levels of the huge hotels.
First and foremost, my girlfriend and I booked through travelcomm. As im sure most of you know from other posts stay as far away from them as possible! Any how we were lucky enough to stay at the holiday inn cancun arenas. Now there is still some contruction going on and we were informed that the hotel will not be completely finished until march, yet the 2nd of 3 to be restaraunts was in shambles when we arrived and we ate there on our last day for breakfast! They have crews working exceptionally fast. There was some early noise of construction at about 8am which wasnt that bad as we woke up, got breakfast at the restaraunt and either layed out and went shopping.
When we got to the hotel, they knew we were comeing. It is all inclusive and the service is better then anywere. We got three rooms on the top floor and it was direct ocean view, They just opened another resturant, (breakfest, lunch, dinner. buffet style. The hotel is still a little bit under construction but book now or you will never get a room. there are currentle 170 rooms of 248 open. The weighters give the best service ever, the noove your chair, carry your plate, its 200% service. Buy the way pleace give them nice tps, there sallery is 7 dollars a day. I got back tosay Jan 30 , to New york and wished i stayed there nicer. We gave them over 500 dollars of tips in like 5 days. Yes thats true. This is the nicest hotel you will ever stay at, trust me. Walk on the beach and your in all the attractions, parrasail, pirate cruisem jetski(waverunner). RIDE IN THE CAR (MALL, AQUARRIUM, airport etc) take the fairy and your on the Isla Muharris island and that island is great.** The best thing you can bargin with anyone in like a store** The hotel has wireless internet. The weather is great most of the time. There are many things to do. So go there and you wont be disapointed
First and most importantly this hotel is still in the start up stages and with only 40 rooms available I have to admit the sevice was very good, but on the other hand as an all-inclusive it still has a long way to go. Lets say primative.