Grand Park Royal Cancun Caribe
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This past week has been absolutely surreal, my parents and twin sister came to visit me in my second home, paradise! I hope I do this blog entry justice, describing the highlights of this incredible week.
The week flew by so quickly and of course Baby Kim was back saying a tearful goodbye as we parted ways again and they set off on their …
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Alright, in the spirit of full disclosure, I work for the Park Royal, so I am not really going to write a story about Cancun that tries to convince you to visit, and it would be utterly dishonest to recommend the Park Royal over any of the other hotels, though of course, that …
... for boarding. The weather was great again which was a bit of a shame we were leaving. The flight was an hour and 40 and went by pretty quickly. When we arrived in Toluca we went and found the place to buy the bus ticket to Mexico City, it was pretty easy to find and the next bus was 7pm which was a half hour wait. The bus was a mini van and it took about 1 hour and a half to get to Mexico City. It was cold and stormy in Toluca, it was the first time I've felt cold since ...
... a few hours and enjoyed it as much as we could, once we got hungry we headed back. We stopped for a cheeseburger on the way back to the hotel. Once back at the hotel we hung out for a bit, had showers, freshened up then decided we would go to a restaurant on the hotel zone called Bubba Gumps which is from the movie Forest Gump. We jumped back on a bus and headed back to the hotel zone. I was writing blogs on the bus going through the hotel zone and Bobbie said "I think this is it", ...
... 26th of April since we we travelling for a few weeks longer than expected. Then there were a couple of banking problems as our Nationwide cards had been rejected at cash machines in Cancún Airport so we used an HSBC card instead and they had promptly called both our mobiles and left a voicemail.
Resolving these three issues required three calls to the UK, and at well over £1 per minute on our mobiles would have cost a small fortune but for the magic of Skype. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Park Royal Cancun Caribe
Great week even with teenager
Second trip to Cancun stayed week at the Hyatt Caribe, in one of their villas. expensive but very cool. amenities of hotel but felt separate, own private beach with nice palapas and great surf. Spent many days doing virtually nothing. Teenage son went clubbing every night and loved it. Good restaurants in downtown Cancun, less expensive than on the hotel strip. Parilla is good value. on strip Distilleria very good, Maria Bonitas only fair.Bus is great value and puts you very near everything.
Instead of the hotel proper, my wife & I opted for a stay in the "Villa" section. The villas could best be described as clusters of small houses on the hotel grounds, but separated from the main hotel building. Our villa contained three private units with a shared entrance and hallway. Each unit had a small outside deck with lounge chairs for sun bathing. Our unit was clean, roomy and comfortable, with air conditioning, a refrigerator and a safe for valuables. The sink had a sign on it saying the water was filtered. I guess it was true, because we drank it and neither of us had any stomach problems. Most of the villas had a superb view of the ocean, but our view was partially blocked by another villa in front of ours.A villa room was a bit more expensive than a regular room, but in my opinion worth it for the following reasons. The main building seemed to have a fair amount of young vacationers that were prone to being loud and boisterous. The villa section was quiet and peaceful. The villa section also had a small pool & jacuzzi that was separate from the main hotel pool. Another perk was the 'Club Villa', which was a small private lounge with tables, chairs & couches that was available only for guests staying in the villas. Free of charge, each morning they offered continental breakfast, in the afternoon a light lunch, and in the early evening cocktails & hors d'oeuvres. The only food I ever had to pay for was dinner each night!The Hyatt itself is centrally located, close to many of the best restaurants & shopping, the beach is beautiful, and the staff was efficient and friendly. I would definitely stay there again, only next time I will insist on an unobstructed ocean view!
I thought this hotel was overall great. My one true complaint was that room service was terrible. The hotel: It's ideally situated in the lagoon. Right infront of the hotel is a bus stop and it's only a short walk to several to Pat O'briens, The plantation house, and Outback steakhouse.The Pool: Fairly sized (Bigger then most but smaller then some). It was relatively empty at all times and was surrounded by comfortable lounge chairs. (They actually were cushined)The Beach: White sandy beach with almost no rocks in the beach. There were several huge boulders but they just added to the scenery.The room: Fairly sized and spotless. The maid did an awesome job keeping the room clean. She mopped and even folded the ends of the toilet paper rools into fancy seashells.The bathroom: Small in size and in need of refurbishing. The toilet needed to be flushed twice, and the shower kept changing temperature whenever someone else in the building turned on their faucet. We also had a drainage problem with the shower but never once did it get to the point where it merited a complaint.Payphones: The hotel has one payphone. It charges an arm and a leg. If possible by the TELMEX phone cards from the store and use the payphones immediately outside the hotel.Tennis Courts: 3 tennis courts in perfect conditionThe shops: The cafe was extremely pricey ($5.30 for a small bottle of water), there was a designer shop as well which was equally pricey (mostly Versace, armani, etc..). There was a souveneer shop which seemed to have a beautiful collection of things from the flea market. It was fairly priced and there was no need for negotiation. Lastly there was a small convienience store and that too was fairly priced.RoomService: This was my one true complaint. Food took forever to arrive, the waiter had to make 3 trips to verify signatures, etc.. For the most part they seemed to be very unmotivated.
The Hyatt Caribe shows a few signs of age (having been built in the mid 70s, it's old by Cancun standards), but is still quite nice. It was very clean and the staff friendly. Housekeeping did a thorough job, and the linens were crisp & white. Outside, the pool and sundeck were nice, making up for a somewhat small beach area. We stayed from Feb. 2 - 7th, '03, and the tide closed the beach off on both sides. The photos on the website show a larger beach and much lower tide line. There are maybe a dozen large rocks just off shore. The rocks along the beach line were actually quite beautiful. The ocean was very rough though; we had one good day when you could go into the water for more than a quick dip. The food was delicious, even at the outdoor snack bar. Servers took our orders and we only had to leave our lounge chairs to take a bathroom break. The grounds and gardens are gorgeous, complete with wildlife; a peacock and his hens wander about the grounds, as do several iguanas (one must've been 20" long). The Hotel is within walking distance of the Flamingo Plaza, which has a small mall and several nice restaurants. Plus, 2 of Cancun's nicer restaurants are a few minutes walk away (Lorenzillo's and The Plantation House). We didn't try the hotel's Blue Bayou; as expensive as everything was, we didn't want to spend a fortune at the hotel. At the beach/pool, drinks ranged from $3.00 for a beer to $7.00 for an 10 oz. Mudslide. The breakfast buffet was around $16 dollars per person. The minibar was ridiculously overpriced, so we didn't use it. Except as a cold beer exchange ;-) The expense was really the only downside, though.
We had booked into another hotel, which didn't have anyroom for us! The Hyatt took us in at no extra charge. We had a deluxe room with a terrace (the terrace was wonderful). Accomadations are very nice. The service was awesome. The hotel is very quiet, we went in the bar several times and we were the only ones presant!The one drawback here...............they are big on selling timeshares for thier villas...it became quite a pain in the butt - to the point that we would change directions when we saw certain staff approach us.This would probably be a very nice spot for a Honeymoon - quiet, peaceful.
Beautiful hotel and beach
Stayed Jan 22-27 2003. Had a great time. The hotel was very clean and beautiful. The staff was very attentive and friendly. I highly recommend the Regency Club rooms. The Hyatt Cancun Carib is a great mellow place to stay with one on the best beaches in all of Cancun. The pool was to cold but the ocean was perfect. Food was good, especially the Blue Bayou, but as to be expected priced on the high side. A quick ride on the bus and you have your pick of great restaurants at a reasonable price. If your looking for a rowdy hotel than stay somewhere else. If your looking for a relaxing vacation this is the place. We will definetly stay there again.
My wife & I stayed at Hyatt Cancun Caribe 2nd week of January, 2003. Stayed in the Regency Club, and took a two room suite. $290 per night, which included breakfast & the evening 6-8 pm drinks & snacks. They never were represented as a 6 star facility, and frankly, we didn't want one. This was to be a sun, swim, sleep, shop, sightsee trip.........not an exercise in hotel opulence. We stayed in the separated Regency Club duplex units because we didn't want to be down a long hotel hall with rows of doors, elevators, etc to get down to the beach & pools. We really enjoyed the place. Our room was 75 feet from the water! Sitting out nights on our private patio was lovely and very romantic. The staff was very nice & comfortable to work with. The facility was relaxed---not a "Wild-On" party till you puke crowd. We had never been to Cancun before, but got what we wanted. We especially took advantage of the 6-8 pm evening drinks & snacks that were included in our room price. Beer, wine, margaritas, pina coladas are free---all you want. Snacks were enough for us to be a dinner! So our only food bill for the week was going out for lunch! Everybody has their own tastes & expectatons for a vacation. I did a lot of research, knowing what we wanted, and found it at the Hyatt Cancun Caribe.
Just stayed Hyatt In November. Hyatt Cancun Caribe was described to us a a 6 Star Luxury All Inclusive package. It definitely was not. We took family and friends with us and bragged about how great it would be. Hyatt's rooms were very average, bathroom old and small. We were supposed to have bathrobes and had to call and request them. Our room had a mini-bar but we would have to pay if you used anything, which didn't make sense, because we were all inclusine. My sisters room did not have a mini bar. The pool area is nice but very boring, no music. Drinks started at a small bar outside and it would take forever to get waited on and you had to sign your life away for drinks, food, towels all day long, not only were you waiting for drinks, food, etc. you then had to wait for the bill to sign, even thought you were not paying. The one bar inside could have been nice, started closing at 10:30 p.m. The Blue Bayou was advertised as a great restaurant with blues/jazz music. The restaurant was nice, but now music the whole time we were there. What a disappointment. The beach area was nice in front of the resort. But on all this was a average place and I would not have paid what we did for this trip. Would not recommend this resort.
I had a great time in beautiful cancun. The beaches are powder white, the water is sparkling blue... I enjoyed it more than Maui. I went with my cousin and a very good friend of ours.
We stayed at the Hyatt Cancun Caribe in APril for our honeymoon. We had the EP plan=didnt want and All-inclusive, there are so many great places to eat in Cancun. (Lorenzillos for Lobster across the street) ALL ROOMS at the Hyatt are Ocean view with balcony, & marble baths. An upgrade to the 2 story villas will put you beachfront...wonderfully large balconys right on the beach. This is where we stayed and we loved it. The villa buildings also had separate small pools with jacuzzis. But we mostly used the beach..it was very nice, not as crowded as the larger pool and the palapas near the villas were readily available for shade. The food was very fantastic at the hotel's Blue Bayou restraunt, very romantic & elegant with a ivy and water running down a wall. The beach grill is the BEST for lunch...authentic quesedillas, pico de gallo, guacamole and a ice cold Corona...I crave it now!!