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Historical Traveler Reviews Oasis Viva Cancun
Better Than I Expected
My friend and I stayed at the Calinda Viva 3/14/03-3/21/03 for Spring Break. I was pleasantly surprised when we got to the hotel, it was 1 am when we checked in, due to our delayed flight... stay away from Ryan International Airlines, they suck bad! Anyway, we got out room right away, the man who checked us in was very nice and professional, he clearly went over the rules with us before we signed the agreement in which they make spring breakers sign. Since it was so late there was no bellman on duty so a security guard helped us with our bags, he was very nice and helpful, he provded us with some tips about Cancun. He informed us that if we slipped him a little something he would bend the rules for us for the week, Calinda Viva has a rule about brigging packaged food and beverages in from outside, however I gave him $20 and he treated us like gold for the week, he was great and we enjoyed talking to him for the week, my point is the $20 I gave him was worth it... he tried to help us in any way he could. When we got to our room (403), I liked what I saw, the room was spotless, there was a new 25 inch color television with many channels, most in english. The beds were very comfortable and didn't come apart as they do in most hotels I've stayed in. The bathroom had both a tub and shower, the sink area was seperated from the toilet/bath area... something I really liked. One disappointment was that there was no balcony... most rooms at this hotel do have a balcony... here's a tip... rooms ending in 16-28 all have balconys plus little kitchenettes, even numbered rooms in the 01-15 side of the building have the same. There was a minibar with very reasonable prices in each room as well... prices were comparable to vending machines. The view was so awesome, all rooms are oceanfront here. We did not eat here during our stay so I cannot comment on the resturants here... I only saw one. The pool bar was nice, drinks were hella strong and a few of them could put you on your butt! Durwas cool, very inexpensive at $2. This place had a great beach, plenty of lounge chairs and towels, we never had a problem finding a spot on the beach and this was the busiest spring break week. Water was very calm and relaxing. Pool was very nice as well. Housekeeping was great... room was always cleaned in a timely manner and it was cleaned well, floor was always mopped. Overall we both enjoyed Calinda Viva... while there are many more better hotels in Cancun this place isnt bad at all, it made for a very enjoyable stay and for a great spring break. (With the exception of Ryan International... trust me beware of that craphole airline... they left 200 bags in Cancun... took my friend over a week to get his bag... sorry I had to throw that in. I do recommend this hotel... but only if you are looking to save some $$$... I wanna live it up next time and do an all-inclusive. Please email me if you want more info!!
Worth my while
I stayed here for spring break and i really enjoyed my stay, if your looking to stay here if your a student on Spring Break or Senior trip it wil be worth it! ITs not that expensive, the pool and beach are beutiful, and the view from your room is awsome! If your a couple wanting to go for a vaction with funds to spend and not on a budget this may not be your best choice. There are plenty of REALLY nice hotels but i liked it and it was suitable for me and my friend! :)
I agree! Stay away!!!!!!!
Let me start off by telling you that there is only one bar, no lobby bar, just a beach bar that closes at 5p.m. The staff didn't speak any english and were very rude. The rooms looked nice, but they were damp and musty. My clothes were wet every morning, along with the bed sheets. It felt like I was sleeping in a tent it was so damp.Location is not that bad. You cant bring any food or drinks in the hotel, the security guards will jump on you if you do. They have a travel agent at the hotel named Ramon, stay away from him. He boasted that his prices were the lowest in cancun, but I took his list to an outside agent and beat all of his prices by a bunch.The only good thing was the beach. The resturant was horrible! I repeat horrible. Save your money and go elswhere.
The only nice thing i can say Is great view!!! Room was clean but nothing in it worked. Nobody who worked there spoke any English. Spent an hour trying to call home with no assistance from anyone in the hotel.
Sewer smell in the bathroom. Poor breakfast buffet and way to expensive. Seems to be the place where all of the locals stay for their vacation.
Couldn't even get a bottle of water after 11:30pm at night. Mini bar in room but they would never give us the key. It's not stocked...or plugged in. i guess it's just for show. Fake phone in the bathroom....Hot water comes out of bathtub faucet but cold water comes only out of shower head. It was a terrible experience. Would not recommend it to anyone else.
Spent two weeks at this hotel at Xmas...one week with two sons (in their 20s) and one week with my mother (75 years young)! Best features: location (within walking distance to shopping plazas, many great restaurants and clubs/nightspots), staff (super-helpful, friendly), cleanliness of grounds and rooms (basic but comfortable), kitchenette facilities (our own freshly-brewed coffee in the mornings...priceless!), oceanview balconies, white sand beach and crystal-clear waters...gale winds for four days kept the "fancy-hotel dwellers" on the strip out of the surf while we, in the calmer bay section, enjoyed!...value ( at peak season, hotels along the strip charge $300-450 a night, this one (charter package) was under $200 CDN). This is not a luxury hotel (towels, for example, were sub-standard) but it is relaxing ( no hyped-up music blaring or over-zealous activities coordinators!) and small enough to ensure personal attention (all staff knew us by name within days of our arrival!) We three generations of Canucks have no regrets!
Calinda Viva..take it or leave it
Calinda Viva is an great place to stay for the price, but you may run into minor inconveniences. The lobby is fantastic, the rooms are priced for value. Found small room things like stray wiring and ceiling mold, but otherwise very clean. Restaurant downstairs food holds little desire and be aware that, even as a great view, you will be on the quiet and calm lagoon side. Most staff was friendly. The hotel was very quiet, not the place if you are looking for an exciting atmosphere.
Very Nice Hotel
This hotel is a great value. We stayed in early December, 2002. The view from the room was excellent, and the rooms were decently sized, clean and recently decorated with new, firm, but not excessively firm bedding. The standard hotel rooms have a nice oceanfront balcony, which we used every morning. The showers were full flow, although temperature fluctuated some what during peak usage periods. Maid service was generally good.
We did not go all inclusive, but found the restaurant onsite to have good food and reasonable prices (we did not do dinner there). You could get an omlette breakfast for about $5.40 including coffee/tea, but if you wanted the buffet it was about $9.00. The staff was attententive, but their command of english language varied... however never a problem working it out and never a mistake. There are also about 10 restaurants within walking distance of the hotel.
At the pool/beach bar, beer was $2.70 and good sized pina coladas/daquaris less than $5.00, and you could have food delivered to your chairs. Palapas were abundant, and there was never a problem finding a covered chair.
The pool was large, but shallow (~ 3ft.) and square. There was no lobby bar or live music in the evenings, and tasteful outdoor music was played only on the weekends. Public facilities were well maintained.
Hotel clients were of all ages and all appeared comfortable at the hotel. We are in our early 50's. In fact young people may find it a little too subdued,..., but then there are several disco's within a 5 minute walk of the hotel.
Probably the best beach in Cancun, clear blue water with clean white sand. We have just returned from 2 weeks at this hotel, we will be back!
We had a great time
The view from our room was absolutely beautiful. All rooms face the water. The staff was friendly and helpful. Outside bar and eating area, plus an indoor restaurant. Walking distance to shops and clubs. On a main bus route, taxis were plentiful.
Things didn't match up with reviews
Things were not the way we expected them from the way the reviews came across.
The Quality Calinda Viva-Cancun
The reviews I read prior to leaving for Cancun were not good at all, so I thought I would add my comments that are the total opposite of those I read.
The Calinda Viva was great, the rooms were spacious, the food was good (but expensive) the people were real helpful and polite and the ocean view was great to wake up to. Me and my husbands experience was one were going to experience again in the very near future.