Crown Paradise Club Cancun
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So, we are checking in at the all-inclusive Crown Paradise Resort on Blvd. Kulkulcan in Cancun's Zona Hotelera. It is incredible here.....perfect weather....very breezy and warm. The lobby is amazing. It is open air- just slightly pressed into the hotel. There is a small river and a little bridge, and an open bar, along with handycraft tables and …
Heading for the airport and catching the flight to Cancun (Mexico) was easier than I thought. No formalities (except paying 25 CUC departure tax)! This was waiting for me in Cancun at the immigration…we had to wait for three hours in a damn long queue! But there were again new fellows waiting beside me, Nick and Dave from Australia. Again easy-going, relaxed guys from the same flight, that were visiting friends in Cancun. A ...
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... a very large raccoon and an anteater. Would have loved to have seen one of those! These, along with the iguanas, roam the grounds more or less like squirrels, and the long driveway into the resort is lined with signs telling drivers they have to stop for iguanas and coatis. (Coati?)
Attended the "Closing Banquet" this evening; I generally go for a few minutes--long enough to eat. Since I am always here on my own dime and by myself, ...
... we set off to find the supermarket where, much to Sarah’s delight, we were able to buy some SPF 15 sun cream. The supermarket was huge, and there was an awesome in-store bakery, from which we bought an absolutely beaut blueberry muffin. We spent the rest of the day in our nice air-conditioned room playing with the laptop and watching yet more Prison Break. In the evening we headed to the local McDonalds for a health conscious quarter pounder with cheese meal.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Crown Paradise Club Cancun
Crown Paradise has a fantastic entertainment staff by the main pool, they really cater to children! The food is fine in the buffet, excellent in the 50's restaurant and pretty good in La Piazza too. We have stayed there twice, March of 2001 and July 2002, both times in the newer tower and NO mildew smell at all.
BETTER than my expectations!
First of all I think it is definetly better to book a Crown Club room. I heard from several people that the Crown club rooms are much better than the old ones. My husband and I stayed there for the week of August 31-Sept 05 and it was awesome. The CPC has purchased the Jack Tar Village and it is called the Golden Paradise now, we were told upon our arrival that we could also visit that property and eat, drink and play for free as well with transportation provided. The mini bar in the room is included in the all inclusive package even though the web site says there is an extra charge. We got free internet access on the crown club floor, unlimited 24 hour room service, express check in and check out. The employees would make all reservations for you whether it was for a restaurant on the property or one downtown. (Saving you the phone charges) All of the employees smiled all the time and seemed to love their jobs, with the exception of some of the gift shop clerks on the property, they couldn't care less if you bought anything or not which was kind of a welcome change from the downtown shopkeepers. We were never asked to pay a deposit or leave a credit card imprint either. I don't know if they neglected to ask or if it is no longer policy. The pools and the beach were beautiful. The drinks were definetly NOT watered down. I got tipsy after one margarita. Normally it would take about three. Employees were CONSTANTLY cleaning everywhere. So it was spotless the entire time we were there. As for the food, the buffet was the best, because there were several stations that cooked to order. They had a hamburger station with burgers grilled in front of your eyes, a pizza station with pizza made to order, sushi, oriental, where you can choose the ingredients and they cook it for you, mexican, the same thing, pasta, thats not to mention the regular buffet. OOH and the desserts, delicious! There is something for every taste at the buffet. We were NEVER hungry or thirsty. Our favorite bar was... or "the HELMET drink" or better yet tell someone you are with to ask for it so you can watch! We will definetly be going back!
Wonderful but...a few cautions for parents...
This was a beautiful place to relax - Kids' Club was great fun for an hour or two though we preferred to spend the majority of our time together as a family - Beware of the henna tattoos - I didn't know anything about them and she has developed an allergic reaction a week later - the warnings about "black henna" tattoos are scary and can be found in abundance on the net. I never would have allowed her to get one if I had known what I do now. The entertainers were entertaining but the belly-flop contest for kids (off a high stool) in 4 ft. of water is a potential parapalegic accident waiting to happen. My sister was a professional diver (cliffs in Hawaii) and diving into shallow water is a bad contest idea. I suggested to the director a biggest splash contest/cannonball as an alternative. I don't think he took me seriously. We found the beach and pools beautiful - use lots of sunscreen as the Mexican sun is intense - liked Wayne's Boots but would pass on the Italian rest. - No one in our family got sick from water/food with the exception of my husband -- I think he just overindulged...We'd come back!
Not quite paradise.....
Just finished our stay July 28,2002 with my wife and four kids (5,11,14,14). Definitely stay in the new tower as old tower is not well maintained, smaller rooms and has a bath room which is small and poorly located. We were originally placed in old tower but got switched. Pools and beach were very nice. Food was ok. A large food court open all the time but we tired of food after several days. The other restuarants were good, not great, but had no menus for children. Must make res. 24 hrs in advance. Minature golf course was poor but youngest child enjoyed it regardless. Don't expect U.S. drinks, only Corona for beer and Mexican wines. Can get hard alcohol, but nothing topshelf. Staff is friendly and bus transportation readily available, no need for taxis. Probably would not stay there again but still had a decent time.
Crown Paradise is a wonderful place! I did a lot of research before booking vacation and I am so glad I booked the Crown Paradise. You are treated as royalty by staff. The rooms are nice, very clean. I do not have one complaint and I am a very picky person! I traveled with my teenaged daughter. I felt perfectly safe during the entire vacation. One hint... in order to get those choice loungers under the shaded area, you must go down before 7:30 and put your towels on them. It is worth it, you can stay outside all day in doing this! The buffet was huge there is something for every one. It was also fun talking to other guest, there where people from all over the world there. The hotel is Very Kid Friendly!
The hotel is quite large and we did a lot of walking but we enjoyed it!!!! One thing that I was not aware of......ATM's are not at any of the hotels, so be sure you take enough cash or you will be taking a trip in search of one.
Crown Paradise in June 2002
Hi, we stayed at the Crown Paradise Club from June 17-July 2. It is a great resort with children. They have a wonderful kids club for which you can drop off the kids under the age of 12 from 9:00 A.M. til 9:45 P.M. Overall it was a nice hotel. Did not like the food and the waiting in lines for food and drinks. The beach is nice but the waves and undertow where really strong. I would go back with the kids but not for adults.
Lived up to billing
The place was fantastic. When we got out of the shuttle from the airport (an experience all by itself), a bell boy met us and called us by name, even before we gave it. Room was fantastic with an incredible view of the pool and water. Room was very clean with the only negative being a slight mildew smell (all hotel rooms in Cancun seem to have this). The service at the bars were great and so was the buffet although they had lots of stations that cooked to order too. Probably the only weak spot were the restaurants. Under-sized portions and slow, snooty service seemed to be the norm. The bright spot was their Western restaurant called Waynes Boots. Fantastic steak and incredible service. Could have eaten their all week. Pool and entertainment staff were great and really make you feel at home. Feel free to email at email@example.com if you want to know more.
Great place for a family vacation.
We took our three children ages 2,6 & 8 to the Crown Paradise. It was more than wonderful. The older two could come and go as they pleased to the children's water park. They also provided activities, meals and evening entertainment for them at no extra cost. There is a fifties resteraunt that is adults only, so we let the kids eat and play while we enjoyed a dinner alone. It's the best of both worlds. Lots of things for the kids, and there is also a way for Mom & Dad to be alone.
We stayed at the CPC in January, 2002. This is an absolutely wonderful hotel. We saw people from infants to senior citizens having a ball! The rooms are very nice and comfortable (we were in the new tower with a fabulous view of the pool and Caribbean). The food is out of this world at all restaurants (the buffet restaurant is incredible!), the activities are fun, and the staff treats you like royalty! Unfortunately, due to overbooking, we needed to stay at a nearby all-inclusive hotel for 3 nights until a room opened up. We were able to use both facilities during that time with transportation provided. We ended up spending a wonderful 4 days at the CPC, and for the inconvenience, they gave us vouchers good for a free weeks stay next year! It was definitely worth the inconvenience!
What a wonderful place!
The CPC is amazing. Everything about it - food, staff, pools, beach, activities, rooms - everything! All-inclusive at the CPC is the way to go - you can't beat the price for what you get!