Avalon Grand Cancun
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... recently been marked but that makes no difference, nor do traffic lights. I don't think they have such a thing as a Highway Code here. I'm told they don't have to pass a test for a Mexican driving licence, you just pay the fee and get it. That explains a lot. Everyone cuts everyone else up - buses, cars and particularly taxis. After the heavy rains back in November there were a lot of pot holes in the road, some hidden under large puddles as our friend ...
... time with two German brothers, Christian and Daniel. Their english was good so I decided to teach them some drinking games. They spoke of their travels and affinity for the American Bar Hooters where they had spent all of their cash the night previous. It looks like the Germans are here to party...
Tyler should be arriving soon so I will look forward to that.
This kinda thing just doesn't happen in Australia so we took full advantage of our situation.
By the end of the day we were busting at the seems and loving it.
By far the best experience we could have had out of Cancun i think. although we were trying to go to hooters. but this was definitely a really sweet way to end our time traveling in central and South america.
... the airport bypassing the hotel circle. Checking in with Air Cuba I find out that you have to pay a tax to leave Mexico. I scrape together my last cash and make my way to my gate. A rendezvous in Varadero awaits me. Some people with the same last name as myself want to meet up with me after not seeing me for 5 months. Here I come mom and dad.
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Back in Cancun, I am in an unfamiliar situation. For the first time on this trip I have ...
... and said 'he sell me for better price, no? Understand?' tho I did understand - I told him I was on vacation and was not currently looking for employment tho I thoroughly appreciated his offer that would have given me a 100% profit margin. Switching gears, he offered me an invite to his friends party at a 3 bedroom penthouse sweet. he continued to emphasize the three bedrooms... And I could not construe if he was trying to impress me ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Avalon Grand Cancun
All I can say is try the place for yourself and form your own opinions. After reading the reviews on this site you would think twice about staying at the Grand. Every hotel has something wrong especially if you want to find a problem. We stayed at the resort from Jan.25 until Feb.1. This was our 1st time to Cancun and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay but maybe anywhere in the world would have been great when you only want to sit and relax. We found the staff very friendly, the food was OK not fantastic but we always found something that we really ejoyed. At the Mexican restaurant we enjoyed being waited on, we enjoyed the production when the special coffees were made and as other reviewers stated we enjoyed the honey garlic shrimp, the coconut chicken and the especially good tortilla soup ( a nice spicey creation). The drinks were watery for the most part unless you had only beer and wine. I was introduced to a new drink that really quenched the thirst- an amaretto sour. The grounds are kept very manicured and clean. Hot tubs- of the 3 one was empty,one very warm and one luke warm. The pools were ice cold but maybe on a very hot day this would be appealing. Our room had a small balcony , a view of the ocean and the courtyard with pool and hot tubs, boring art on the walls and paper thin walls between the rooms. The thin walls were annoying as we did not want to hear our neighbour burp and cough. The location is great if you want to walk to a shopping centre-one block to the right to the Flamingo and about 3 blocks to La Isla. The bus stop is in front of the hotel and cost 6 pesos to the market or downtown. Last but not least we were not bombarded by time share sales people but maybe that was because we had our Avalon Grand band on our wrist. Oh yes,one more comment, the music by the pool was of good selection to be enjoyed by all guests. I'm sure you would like this small complex if you give it a try.
My wife and I stayed at the Avalan Grand from 24-31st Jan on an AI. The place is smaller than most others but that made it more enjoyable. We had an Ocean Junior Suite on the top floor (but that only meant a climb of about 4 flights). The buffet food was OK and the meals in the evening restaurant, Mi Casa were excellent every night. There wasn't a beach as such but the 'step ladder' people are complaining about involved two steps! The drop was approximately 18 inches to the sand (my grandma could have coped with it!). The staff were always helpful and even though we were on AI we were tipping where appropriate. Our maid left our towels 'sculpted' into seashell and animal shapes (a swan and a pig!). The bars aren't all open during the day but, sat by the pool, somebody dropped by every 30 minutes to ask if you wanted anything from the bar (so it was only really a problem if you wanted to sit inside by a bar!). There were also activities organised by staff (trial scuba, pool volleyball) but nobody seemed to want to join in. And for the whole week I was there I was NOT once asked if I was interested in timeshare. Overall, not a 5 star resort but, if you got a good price, a really nice, cosy, friendly resort.
Eleven of us spent one week at the Avalon Grand. The rooms were nice for most of us. We did have to do some room rearranging but, the staff was prompt and very helpful.
Not What They Say
This is NOT what they say it is. If you want a time share then its your cup of tea. They only want people who will buy into the shares. If you have no intentions of buying they ignore you. There isn't any beach. You climb down a ladder to reach the water. Only one bar open during the day, in the lobby with no where to sit. Rooms shown are for the time share only. Motel 6 has better rooms for none buying guests. There wasn't any entertainment at all. Only lounge open to sit and talk was Kelly's Pub, with music that would blast you out. Food, Same thing day after day, with only 6 to select from. Will NOT go back. We travel atleast twice yearly and know what to expect from a resort, this is NOt it.
Not a very good resort to stay. The only way to get to the beach is to climb down a ladder or jump off off a porch, Avalon does not really have a beach because the water from the waves(which is a beautiful sight) comes up to the wall of the resort. If you want to enjoy the beach, you must walk behind some of th other resorts.
Just got back from the Grand Avalon in Cancun. We had a pretty good time for what we paid ($1400 cdn. per person for 1 week. We had no balcony on our room, so make sure you book one if you want one. A good deal of the beachfront was washed away, but there's a vacant resort beside the Avalon , and we just used their beach. The food was your basic buffet fare, nothing spectacular, but good just the same. Kelly's sports bar was a neat little placefor wings, ribs and the like. The Mexican restaurant was excellent. It wasn't too busy when we were there, so reservations weren't a problem. There are no elevators to the majority of rooms, so if you don't mind stairs, you'll be fine. Any problem with the room was dealt with in literally 10 minutes (you gotta love small resorts!) Planet Holl ywood, Margaritaville, and the mall are right across the street, and take the bus if you go anywhere else (6 pesos). It's a good little place to go if you want quiet, but there are no events at the resort to speak of. All in all, we give it a 7. Feel free to e-mail me if you need to know anything else. And take the Jungle Tour, it's the best bang for your buck. Micster.
Loved It. Visited 11/17/02 for a week. Staff was great. Smaller hotel which was nice. Had one studio and one suite and both were great. Our suite was on the veranda overlooking the beach and was perfect. Food and drinks were good also. It was about half full which was nice and in a great location. Further down the Hotel Zone towards downtown was flooded due to rain storm. Beach was great and the water was an incredible blue. Close to the Hilton Golf (which also was good). Note: use buses not cabs.... The fact we got two of the seven nights free made it that much better....Would book here again.
My husband and I travelled to the Cancun Avalon Grand in December 2001. Our room, with an ocean view, was clean and comfortable, albeit small. We were with another couple who had complained about their room and were put into a fabulous room (a suite, really) with a superb ocean view. I found the staff to be extremely courteous and helpful. Really, they couldn't have been nicer. The food, however, was AWFUL!!! We had the all-inclusive option, but ate out after the first night. Breakfast was fine, lunch just bearable, but dinner impossible. One thing to note about this resort is that every room is very different, as I noticed when doing a tour of the property, and some are truly spectacular, so if you're not really happy with the one to which you are assigned, request to see another. We agreed to sit through the resort's sales pitch, and found that those salesman were overbearingly rude and pushy........Don't do it (despite the freebies you get with it)!!! Another thing, when we went, the resort was still under the final stages of construction. I think that they filled the outdoor hottubs before the paint dried properly, because both my husband and I had blue paint on the seats of our bathing suits (which they courteously agreed to clean).
Not all that
This resort may be new, but I can honestly say that I was not impressed. There is no a/c in the lobby/check-in, so if you get there early be prepared to sweat a little because check in is not until 4pm. Our room stayed pretty damp, we had littled tiny bugs crawling on the walls! Oh, and don't stay on the bottom level, because the bugs are on the floor too! The room looks nice, but the bathroom floor never seemed to get dry, even after the cleaning people come. I would pay a little extra $ and stick with a more experienced and well known hotel. I would give this hotel a 3 star on a good day. Don't let the looks of the hotel fool you, they have a way to go to catch up with the hyatt. "5 Star"? I beg to differ!