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As soon as I came out of the airport, knew that Cancun was not a real representation of Mexico. The airport exit was filled with countless resort representatives awaiting the numerous tour groups coming from the US. I stood there having a smoke and waiting for my cheap bus into the centre and I noticed that half the tourists around were already drinking beer, the person who usually hangs around bus ...
... he could translate for us but the doctor spoke English so he didn't have to come into the surgery. The doctor asked lots of questions and examined Mike thoroughly and came to the conclusion that he has a chest and head infection (sinusitis). He prescribed strong antibiotics, painkillers, anti inflammatories and liquid medicine which cost a total of $35 US which is not really that bad when you think how much four prescriptions would cost in England. He also told him not to ...
... the turquoise sea. It was lovely to see her again. Another evening, we went to the central part of "old" Cancun, which we have come to enjoy and watched the Mexican families enjoying themselves in the Parque de Palapa.
At the end of the week, we embarked on the 4 hour bus ride to Merida where we were met by Abel, from whom we were able to rent a car for our time in ...
... and bars downtown also.
After clueing myself up on the city I decided to go for a bit of a wander, I must have covered most of downtown on foot. There's a laidback feel here and I guess I was surprised at the number of people roaming the streets on a weekday. There are street food vendors on most roads offering their home-made wares and common sights were 'salons' or 'haciendas' which are for hire, for those wishing to hold ...
... travel insurance but a convoluted process to claim on it. My favourite statement for the insurance company in Australia, which I still can't believe, was the response when I said that we had emails dithering medical report 'but its in Spanish', I couldn't help myself with 'what did you expect, we are in Mexico'! I was pretty astounded at that response seeing as they are a global insurer. Anyways, pete is admitted to hospital all dripped up and we are hoping that things will go well for ...
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Bait and Switch !
Please do not stay at these condos. We booked what seemed a great condo on the internet, even saw beautiful photos of condo. Once we got ton Villas marlin, we got the SHAFT.... The supposed condo we wanted was not available as the the owner was sick and was selling her condo. JUve attempted to give us something else...well let me tell you this other condo was garbage. He said nothing else was available nothing he could do.. I guesss this would explain why he was not answering my emails for 2 weeks. Needless to say we had to go around Cancun searching for other condos, with 2 children and luggage.
Therefore, don't even bother with this condo complex, not worth the headaches
A wonderful place to stay
Villas Marlin is wonderful. I was very skeptical about staying there because of the horror stories that I had heard about Mexico in general. I am only 19 but loved the stay. I didn't find it to be a party hotel. We did our partying elsewhere. Everyone that worked at the hotel was very friendly. The only people that I ran into that I had a hard time communicating with were the housekeepers and the security guards. That was my fault though, I didn't speak spanish in a country where that is their language. The beaches behind the hotel are beautiful. The pool with the swim up bar was the only one we went to and we all enjoyed it. No toys are allowed in the pool so it made for it so be very quiet and relaxing. NO ONE is allowed on the premisses unless they are staying at the hotel, which is very comforting. A group of people we were there with were staying over at a different place. When they came to visit us the guards had told them that they could not come in because "the girls had left." Two of us had, and two of us were still there but it was reassuring to know they weren't letting them in.
The condo itself was great. There were only four of us and we were in a two bedroom condo. It was perfect. Bottled water was brought to our room whenever we needed it.
We went to the main office whenever we needed anything. One of the people working there ordered a pizza for us because we didn't speak spanish.
I would reccommend Villas Marlin to anyone. This includes Grandparents, and parents. This is a great place to stay for people of all ages.
Be careful when considering a stay at the Villas Marlin Condos. They ask for 100 percent payment in advance! When I asked the agent to guarantee that we would be staying in the exact condo as shown in the listing, she advised me to book somewhere else! This does not sound like an honest way to do business, so be careful.
Some owners ask you payment in advance
if you take to much time to decide some one else may book the condo and these was not your case. this person was not happy because we did not accept the way they wanted to pay us. thats all about.
Stay somewhere else....
Unless you are traveling with a larger group, I wouldn`t recommend staying at Villas Marlin. The condo we stayed in was in ok shape. We rented through an individual owner and they had taken very good care of their property. My only real complaint was the "ocean front view" which was very much blocked by a large air conditioning unit on the roof. We could see the ocean, which is better than nothing.
The facility was a real problem. Somewhat run-down and basically deserted. October in Cancun is the extreme off-season (no one had really mentioned to us before we went exactly how empty Cancun would be). Businesses were not closed down or anything, but it did not bode well for Villas Marlin. There was no one around, we never found any type of front desk and the pool bar was a joke- closed and didn't look like it was opening up any time soon. We found the place to be sort of depressing and not vacation-like at all.
We moved to the Le Meridien 3 days later. After experiencing 2 different housing options in Cancun, and being someone who stays in hotels all the time, in no way can I recommend Villas Marlin. I would strongly urge anyone looking for accomodations in Cancun to look at something else.
P.S. It was not much more expensive to stay in a wonderful, luxury hotel in Cancun- at least in October.
Just came back from a one week stay (10/01)
two bedroom with a beautiful ocean view. Villas Marlin was very centralized within the hotel zone.
We had one of the swimming pools all to our selves for three days.The ocean is just in front with a private lifegard. We also saw security guards 24hrs walking around the gated premises.
We did not use their services for any of our tours.
Overall this is a great condo resort to stay in.
P.S. go to Walmart to stock up on your groceries.
Villas Marlin ROCKS!!
I just returned last week from an amazing vacation in Cancun (10/04). Villa's Marlin was a great condo for my group of 10 friends. We had a large, 2 story, 4 bedroom, 3 bath condo with a great deck and view of the ocean. The location was awesome and the condo was very roomy, even with our large party. There are 2 pools located right next to the ocean and the beaches were BEAUTIFUL. We went in the low season and basically had the place and beach to ourselves and loved it!!
If you like the outdoor rustic life and enjoy camping in tents than this is the place for you. Otherwise it is, very disappointing, the place is small, run down, tired, noisy without hot water and air conditioning.
A 2 bedroom unit has a bed in the kitchen, very misleading. Two baths means 2 doors for the same bathroom, again very misleading.
Book at your own risk...stay away from this one.
Beautiful Condo, Great Service
The penthouse we rented was all that was stated in add on (---). When we walked in the view was breathtaking, and the furnishings were not your "typical" rental garbage. We also found having the onsite agent, a real plus, when we needed help booking an excursion. They went out of their way to make sure we were satisfied. I can't wait to go back next year! Because there are a lot of questionable properties, here's the one we rented. (---)
We Booked Our Stay At VILLAS MARLIN Through OWNERS DIRECT Back in SEPT 03 The Condo We Booked Was Supposed To Be A 2 Bedroom Penthouse CONDO With 4 DoubleBeds and 2 Single Beds, Nicely Decorated With all the Comforts Of Home.. Sounds Great Huh.. Well when we arrived Thats Not What We Got.. After Receiving Our Condo Key, And Left To find it On Our Own, Which Took About 45 min .We Opened The Door And Guess What We got A Run Down 2 Bedroom ( 1 Kingbed 2 Twin Beds).. HUMM..( How Do You Sleep 6 PEOPLE ?) I Went Back To The Office And Said There Must be A Mistake With My Reservation, That The Condo They Gave Me Was Not what I had Booked Way Back In SEPT. And Of Course The Manager was no where to be found.. And no Other Condos Where Available.. The Final Resolution after one hour of discussion Was To Get Two Extra Mattresses And Place Them on the already Overcrowed Floor.. CANCUN Is A Great Place To Visit, and We Had A Great Time, But We Will stay somewhere else next time..
Villas Marlin a catch and release!
We arrived on a late flight to Cancun. We had phoned to condo earlier to inform then and were told that someone would be there to let us in. Well, no one was there and finally (the cab driver) was able to get a phone number of someone to contact. We got into our room at 1:00am. There were 8 people in our party. The condo had only 4 towels, no washclothes, no soap and as for the gourmet kitchen...it didn't exist. We were lucky enough to have 5 spoons and 4 bowls for some cereal in the morning. Thank God there was a Wal-mart within a 15 minute bus ride for needed supplies!The condo boasts a swimup bar and on site restaurant. The first two days, neither existed. The bar did open up on day 3 for 2 hours and we took advantage of that. The restaurant was not in operation...ever!Also, the tour service at the condo is not recommended. We paid $200 US for an all day excursion to the ruins and Xeh ha. The ride was over 8 hours and we got lost 3 times. It was a disaster!I can not recommend this facility to anyone. We will not be back!
nobody could not make it, unless you rent a private air plane.