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Well I have made it to Mexico! The journey was made a lot more painless due to the fact that I flew business class for the first time in my life. What a difference to a long haul journey it makes. The fact that I could actually lie down for a nap also means that I appear to have seen off the majority of jet lag already. Unlike the rest of world it …
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... posted the first part of this blog on the plane (I paid for wifi access, first time I've paid for wifi my entire trip). I'm now in LA and cleared customs with no problems and then waited for my bag, I started to get a bit worried as I thought I was late landing, turns out I hadn't taken into account the time difference... Duhhh. Currently sitting at the NZ gate ready to fly home, it's so strange hearing all the kiwi accents around the place. Next post will probably be back in ...
... day has in store for me. Food hopefully. I make my way towards the lift. Now, last night after my dinner I discovered a new elevator, right next to the doors to the dining area, and, awesomely, right near my room. No more walking down a hall and through the lobby for me. So I make a left turn out of my room and around the corner to the new lift. I was feeling pretty pleased with myself as I walked the short distance to the lift. When I got to it, the doors were open ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa
We just got back March 1, 2003 and had a fabulous time at the Camino Real. The deal we got was so good that we had relatively low expectations for the hotel and were pleasantly surprised! The first night, we stayed in the main hotel. Our room was on the first floor with patio, overlooking the crashing ocean. The room was perfectly fine -- clean, bright, easily acceptable. The rest of the trip, we stayed in the "concierge tower," which is newer, the same basic room, with breakfast and happy hour. Nothing wrong with the main hotel, but the tower was a little more secluded and upscale; I highly recommend it. The staff was very friendly, helpful, and when our toilet had a small leak, the staff were there within 20 minutes to fix it. The view was incredible, the beach (both the tower beach and the main hotel beach) were excellent, with white, powdery sand. Drinks were pricey, $9 or so, but you could get 25% off all food and drinks by buying "credits" of either $40 or $100 (you pay $100 and they credit your room with $125). One small aside: the reviewer talkiing about stealing a cup of coffee below is simply wrong, in my opinion. Carlos (the waiter who works the tower 6 days a week) is incredibly friendly, helpful and gave us better service than we get at most expensive hotels in the States. He has a great job and one of his duties is to make sure that only Tower guests have the continental breakfast and happy hour. In the big picture, if he lets one guest accidentally have breakfast, he can get into trouble, and if that is multiplied by the many hotel guests all stopping by for their one free breakfast, you see the problem.The hotel is located on a private point and you do not get any itinerant hustlers trying to sell things on the beach -- it is very private. The pool is great, and there is an artificial salt water lagoon with beach that is sheltered from the wind if it is windy and its great for kids too, who want to snorkel in a safe place (they have a sea turtle and fish in there). The only drawback to the hotel's fine location is that because it is on a secluded point, it is a hike to the nearest bus stop (10-15 min), which made it less convenient than some of the other hotels to use the cheap (60 cents per person) and very efficient bus service that goes up and down the main drag every few minutes and we ended up taking taxis all over at $6-$10 per ride. Otherwise, our trip was flawless, the hotel was very safe (we walked around at all hours of the night) and I suspect that the reviewer who thought someone was breaking in probably had some late night revelers trying to get into the wrong room. One final word. The food in Cancun is great. We had excellent meals at La Dolce Vita, Lorenzillo's and Faro's, among others. Not cheap -- USA prices -- but fabulous food and service. If your budget can handle it, don't go all-inclusive, try the restaurants. This is a great hotel, great service and great location. You can get amazing deals on this hotel too!
We stayed here after two people recommended it to us, one a travel agent/friend, the other someone who lived in Mexico for a few years. It definitely does not look as grand & luxurious as the other hotels you pass by from the airport. But it's actually very nice one you step inside the lobby and walk around the grounds, especially at night when the pool and the garden is lit up. The beach is really beautiful and the pool is nice. The rooms are on the simple side but clean.This seems to be a relaxed, clean hotel that is good for couples or families. The restaurants here are excellent too! And it's very conveniently located so that you can ride the bus to go downtown, shopping, and many shops, restaurants, malls are within walking distance. Another plus was a small convenience store across the street where we bought beer, water, snacks (to avoid mini-bar charges). I loved this hotel. My impression is that some of the other hotels might be more luxurious. But the price here is very reasonable & you get much more for that price compared with what you would get in most American major cities. If I get the chance to go back, I would definitely stay here again.
Nice outside but old inside
We spent 4 months picking out this hotel. We wanted it mainly for the location. It does have a beautiful beach and we loved the waves crashing on the rocks. Its when we went inside we had the problems. It was so old the air conditioner quit working after 2 days of being there. They did not really tell us that is was broke. I thought I just didn't have the settings right. Only after I called did they tell us. It was misserable at night. We could hardly sleep and felt tired most of the time I was there. They did not compensate anybody-not even a free drink to forget abuot the heat inside our room-barely an appology. In fact everyone there pretty much ignored us except the men who served us breakfast in La Brisas every morning.
We stayed at the Camino Real in Nov 2002 and found it to be quite lovely. For the location and the price, it is a good deal. The pool area is nothing special, but the overall location on the point makes you feel that you are not part of a huge row of hotels on the beach. This hotel is much smaller that some of the other resort complexes, which I find to be almost overwhelmingly large. The hotel design is kind of "seventies moderno" which is similar to the one in Mexico City. Some people don't like the style, but I find it to be cool, clean and bright. Many rooms have a fantastic ocean view, no other hotel in sight, just the blue blue ocean. Food was pretty good, but I would walk over to the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral next door for their delicious breakfast. Their buffet is better than the Camino Real. It was a great chill out place - quiet, peaceful. Staff is nice. Take advantage of the happy hour, as the regular drink prices are outrageous. Also, it is only a short walk into the main strip where the shope, night clubs and restaurants are. Very convenient! Lots of good, affordable food available for a short walk. We even found an all you can eat sushi place for $10US!
If you want to see what its like to stay where the staff can give two sh*** about you, try the Camino Real. Example:
The Camino Real made my vacation. Upon arrival my friend and I were somewhat disappointed because the hotel is perhaps not as glamorous as some of the others we had passed en route. Once we got inside however it was obvious that the hotel had much to offer. Our room was on the simple side but had a beautiful balcony with an amazing view. The food at the swim up bar and the little resturant right on the beach were the best meals we had the entire trip. The service is impecable!! Miguel at the bar will make you an amazing drink and speaks enough English to have a pretty amusing conversation with. The rest of the staff was kind and extremely helpful. It seemed as though everyone on the staff spoke adequte English. The beaches are great, the grounds are clean and the service is quite possibly the best I've experienced at any hotel I've ever visited. The only downfall I can think of is that they don't offer an all inclusive package, which is forcing us to stay at another hotel on our next trip. I'll give you all my review ofthe Oasis Playa after I get back and let you know how it measures up. PS: Don't leave the Camino Real without having an Ameretto Beach during happy hour!!
Despite many warnings from friends and family, my friend and I travelled to Cancun , Mexico for 10-days of "fun in the sun"!
Probably the best-located hotel in Cancun, the Camino Real is not what you expect. The rooms are not the fanciest in Cancun, by any means, but they're clean and relaxed, and have strong showers, balconies, and safes, and all have fantastic views - probably the best in town. The lobby is not gleaming marble and trendy decor like some others (in fact it's idiosyncratic and kind of 60's modern with some striking touches), but is informal and comfortable. Situated right on the "point" of Cancun, it is the only hotel with both bay and ocean beaches, and in fact is surrounded on 3 sides by water. Being right on the point, it's easy walking distrance to all the partying and nightlife and restaurants you could want, but the property itself is the quietest in Cancun, and a pleasure to come home to after a night partying. The restaurants are outstanding and not at all pretentious or stuffy. The pool and lagoon area is lovely, large, varied, private and has a superb view. Choose a small but picturesque and fairly private ocean beach or the large expanse of shallow, calmer bay beach, where you can also rent a boat, float, kayak, etc. The walking path around the property and along the rocky wave-crashing shore to the lighthouse is a unique highlight not equalled anywhere else.
My best friend and I were forced to stay at the Camino Real due to an overbooking of our hotel of choice. The purpose of our vacation was Spring Break, so we were a bit disappointed with what we were moved to. I've stayed at dozens of hotels throughout Mexico, and this was a very nice property. The resturaunts were a bit pricy for our modest budget, but when we did dine there, the food was wonderful. The service at the swim-up bar and pool-side resturaunt were excellent. The atmosphere was very relaxed as there were not very many children or other spring breakers. We were disappointed because we were looking for the party-scene, which was definately not there.
Definitely not what expected
We were expecting a 6 star hotel and found much less. The rooms were very simple with 2 queen beds and were somewhat rundown. This is definitely not a luxury hotel experience. Throughout our entire vacation, we wished we had stayed at the luxury hotels next door, the Hyatt or Fiesta Americana,which only rated 5 Stars, but looked MUCH better. The gym did not open until 8:30 or 9 am.
The only redeeming qualities were very good food and exceptional service in the beachside restaurant. However, good food and service were found throughout Cancun. If you want a nice, luxury stay this is not the place. Pretty average.