Golden Parnassus Resort & Spa
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... of American visionaries, who made the centuries-old dream of uniting the two great oceans a reality. In 1534, Charles I of Spain ordered the first survey of a proposed canal route through the Isthmus of Panama. More than three centuries passed before the first construction was started. The French labored 20 years, beginning in 1880, but disease ...
... the wind picks up and it becomes overcast. So I sit by the pool and blog this. I get a little too relaxed by the pool. Sleep is beckoning. Is sleep the level of relaxation you want while lazing by the pool? And I don't want to be that snoring guy. So I get up, stretch, and make my way back to my room. It's still a few hours till dinner. I play with my phone and check the news. I leave for dinner only to find it's actually right next to my room in the theatre room. ...
... in Mexico. I sit quietly eating my shrimp burrito while watching a bloke in one of those water jet packs smash into the lagoon every so often with a massive amount of force. I finish up and make my way out of the mall and head for the bus stop. At this stage I'm pretty confident in using the public transport system. I climb on the bus and tell the driver 'holiday inn' and take my seat. It's still pretty difficult to tell exactly what stop to stop at. So I'm ...
... German) who worked at the hostel painted German flags all over me and called me Jeremy from Germany. We arrived to find our VIP bottle service private tables ready with over 10 bottles of spirits ready for us. Roughly 12 of us went out, it was $55 for unlimited VIP service and drinks all night. We could order and mix any drink we wished from the bar or just drink from the bottles on ...
... had a shop full of statues that he couldn't sell so he disposed of them in the sea. It's so bad that there isn't even a story behind it - probably because the story behind it is very similar to the story I just made up. The least they could do is lie and say that these were being transported in a hovercraft and an asteroid smashed into it, sunk the craft and all that is left is some moldy old statues that represent troubles past and future hopes. They could go even ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Golden Parnassus Resort & Spa Cancun
Nice hotel but nothing to do but drink there. Food ok, but always cold. Never enough coffee. Everybody expects tips on "all inclusive". Bartenders would take time waiting on you until you tipped them.
This Hotel was recently remodeled and it is very
nice and clean. We stayed here late Nov and we
all loved it. The beach is beautiful, staff is friendly,
and the food is great... The only negative is that
the cleaning crew will absolutely steal any money
that is left out in the open + they will make long
distance phone calls from your room and you
will get charged before you check out, so be
carefull but overall this place is terrific.
Loved it till
We had a wounderful trip. We had brought our 20 month old with us and we used the baby club. Thay are grate with kids she swam did arts and crafts. They would lay her down for her naps and feed her. It gave us a chance to spend some time together enjoying the sights and the beach. All was grate till we went to check out and was informed that a plastic soap dish was missing from are room. We had never had one in the room so we did not know it was missing. We tryed to tell them that it was never there and that we did not have it. We ask to speek to the manager. The person helping us went to tell him and when she came back she told us that he "did not wish to come out". Our ride was waiting to take us to the airport and we were holding up a couple. I had ask that are lugage be loaded in the waying car but they would not load it till thay got there $10 for this soap dish. We paid the money so we would quit holding up the couple who where sharing are ride. It is not the money that is the problem it is the insalt of being acqused of steeling. So as wounderful as the hotel and staff was we will not stay there agen. If the manager does not wish to help us out the this matter he will not in the bigger problems.
We were somewhat apprehensive about going to an all-inclusive, but we had an excellent experience. The hotel was beautiful, the food wonderful and the staff at the Golden Crown were friendly and always ready to help. When we return to Cancun the Golden Crown will be our destination of choice!
Walk away from this one
My wife and I went here for our honeymoon Oct, 2001. Our first impression of this resort, if you can call it that, was to leave and go home. Driving to the hotel you see all of these beautiful hotels and resorts. When you arrive you hope you have the wrong place. It's small and unless you drink there is nothing free for you to do at all. After a rain storm one of the elevators had a waterfall coming through the top of it. Needless to say we took the stairs from then on. We ended up loving Cancun just not our mildew smelling hotel. Trust me it's worth a little more money to go elsewere. Like thay say, you get what you pay for.
Great Value for the Money
I have just returned from a weekend away at Jack Tar Village in Cancun, and let me just say I was very impressed. We arrived and were instantly given our wristbands to go eat lunch. We ate at the snack bar, which had a wide selection of food that was fresh and good. They had made to order hamburgers and other things that were good for lunch. We did not check into our room untill 3pm and it was lovely. Very clean and spacious. They are renovating all of the rooms and we are told that this should be finished in about 1 year. We had a huge balcony that faced the lagoon, but it had the sunset and we were able to soak up the sun in the afternoon.
The a la carte restaurants were alright. Food was a bit boring but never the less still tasty. They had a wide variety of fruits and salads which we ate and never had a problem. Water tasted a bit clorine-like but we bought bottled water downtown for one quarter of the price that they were charging at the hotel. Our room was on the first floor and during the evening's entertainment we couldn't even hear ourselves speak when we were in the room.
The bell boys were very helpful and the water staff were great at getting activities organised.
I would highly recomend this property to anyone who is expecting good value for their money.
Jack Tar - Cheap trip to Cancun
I, along with six other friends stayed at the Jack Tar last July. I was not impressed with this resort what so ever. I expected a lot due to my previous trip to Cancun the year before. I had stayed at the Barcelo Maya Beach resort and was extremely impressed. The Jack Tar was small, had crappy food, crappy alcohol, and crappy customer service. I lost my wrist band one night and had to pay a real nice fee to get a new one, even though the hotel employees new that I was staying there. The good thing about this place was that for young adults ... it was cheap, party friendly, and there was always something to do (ie. girls, volyball, beer drinking contests, etc.) I did have a lot of fun because I made it a point to have fun. I can honestly say that I only spent one night in that hotel. The other nights I spent in the sister resort Caribean Village. The Jack Tar is by far much more fun than the C.V. That place is setup for families and has little activities that the younger crowd would enjoy. Over all ... I would probably rate the Jack Tar as a low 3 (out of 5).
Poor Jack Tar
We just got back from our second trip to Jack Tar Village in three years. Jack Tar should be completely remodeled or just torn down. Cheap, dirty, unsafe are just a few words of description. We picked Jack Tar because of the no kids policy and recommended it to our friends who joined us on their first trip to Cancun. This trip was our fifth. The building was in bad shape, poor landscaping, dirty hall-ways, electrical panels uncovered in numerous locations. Rotting stairways. The liquor was so cheap even college kids were going across the street to buy their own after paying for the all inclusive package. The help was good considering what they had to work with. The room was clean but Beat..Cheap old furniture, no clock, no ice, broken door.
The view was the same..awesome and the beach was the same ..just as pretty. Its a shame they can't get their act together with such a pretty piece of real estate.
Three years ago I thought the place was showing its age but was okay...this year they have sunk to new levels. Stay somewhere else!!
A Great Honeymoon
My bride and I took our summer honeymoon at the Village in June of 1999. Yes, it rained 4 of the 7 nights we stayed, but when you think about it, a hard summertime rain in steamy heat is just about as romantic as you could get! The rains were short and driving, and were a great excuse to tuck away for a couple hours and 'watch a movie' together.
Our first impression was of our Jack Tar approved taxi-minivan driver. Funny, polite, and full of local trivia and knowledge. The 1/2 hour trip flew by and we found ourselves at the Village. We arrived before the Noon checkout to hear "we don't have a room for you yet" -- big sigh from me, who has traveled the globe and slept in airports and lobbys too many times! It was quickly followed with "here is your wristband. Leave your bags here, and head down to the beach for a drink and some lunch. We'll come and get you when your room is ready."
I can't tell you the last time, if ever, I heard that at a Days Inn in the States :) And he wasn't kidding. My bride and I walked down to a beachside hut where a smiling man named Villareo whipped up two frothy pina coladas in the blink of our eyes -- oh, and he COULD NOT accept a tip for the drinks.
Over the next couple hours, we took a tour of the pool, dining room and the beach area. A couple pinas later our room was ready; AND they rememered to come and tell us. In fact, we stayed out of the room for another hour or two just talking before heading back inside!
The room was sparse, but extremely clean. Kind of a late 70s Mexican disco look; carved and varnished headboard, cheesy window seats, simple bathroom... But the main thing was, it all worked. There was no doubt, YOU were in MEXICO and having fun. The cable brought in a good variety of channels, including a couple 'spicy' ones. We had a mini fridge, and a mini mart across the street from the hotel so fruit, beer, juice, and the forgotten items like toothpaste all were five minutes away. Our 'patio' looked out over the pool area. Although small, and obviously open on one side, it was very private for those special moments.
We were there at the onset of hurricane season, though most of the passing showers came between lunch and dinner and didn't last too long. The one morning we woke up to rain, the "cruise directors" of Jack Tar Village organized a game of Mexican Bingo where they basically ran around the lobby, screaming traditional Mexican chants and made people drink Tequila and Margaritas from 9am to Noon, while you watched the rain fall through open walls and doorways. It was incredible. The employees took the worst day of that week and turned it into one of the most memorable.
The bartenders, waiters, cooks, and counter help are all there to please. We did not have a single problem during our trip which went unadressed or unexplained, and came with immediate results.
One of the nicest things was being just far enough from the more populated stretch to have a quiet beach, yet we were only $2 or 3$ by cab from being in the center of the shopping and clubs. In fact, a few times, we jumped on the bus (there's only one route) for $1.25 and rode about ten minutes to the main shopping area. Although the beach is spare from the hawkers, you're only a few minutes from any hotspot.
We had considered many different cruise plans prior to choosing Jack Tar Village. Now we're planning on getting back to Jack Tar for an upcoming anniversary.
If you try it, keep an open mind for new experiences and unexpected adventure!
Jack Tar Village - Cancun
I stayed at the Jack Tar Village in Cancun in early November of 2001. I have to admit that upon arrival I was shocked at how dumpy the property appeared. The exterior of the building was badly stained and all of the plants in the exterior built-in plant boxes were either dead or removed. There was no doorman or bellhop present so my wife and I hauled our own luggage into the lobby.
The interior is a big atrium affair but again - all the plantings were either dead or removed. Only one of two elevators were operational and to get any ice you had to take your ice bucket all the way down to the lobby restaurant and ask for it! There were no ice machines on any floor. The common area ceilings were in very bad shape with exposed conduit, pipe, etc. My oceanfront room was clean,
but run down. The food wasn't bad at the buffet and the one operational italian restaurant was excellent. The pool area was nice with a swim up bar. Beach access was easy.
I would rate this hotel as an economy two star property. For what I paid it served my needs. Just don't expect to find anything plush or impressive about the place. On a scale of 1 to 5 here is my breakdown. (1=poor 5=great)
Appearance from street 1
Lobby & interior 2
pool area 4
beach area 4