Oasis Palm Hotel
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... but Aquaworld were able to fit us in for their 8am dives of which would be a 2 tank dive to the Underwater Museum and then the reef for dive 2. We paid for it and were told we had to be there by 7:30am so no late night NYE celebrations for us. We continued walking to La Isla Mall and it took a lot longer than expected. We saw many public buses going up and down the hotel zone and they appeared to come at least every minute, if not more frequently. La Isla is an open mall ...
... quiet and peaceful and the food was some of the best Indian I've ever had. We had samosas, naan bread and curry and rice, it was all very tasty. They gave us complimentary tea at the end of the meal. It was a little expensive but well worth it. We both came out very full and satisfied, we returned to our hotel on the bus to get a good nights rest before heading to Playa del Carmen ...
... special area but we had to leave to make tracks for the airport. The storms are getting quite full on so we have decided to leave Mexico a couple of days earlier. We are heading back to Las Vegas (cause one time just wasn't enough!!!) to spend some time by Lake Mead and this time be able to do the drive out of Vegas and experience driving through the desert then down to San Diago before making tracks back up to LA to finish what we didn't last time and then make our way home. M&S ...
Greetings from Cancun! Once again I find myself playing catch-up on the blog and beg your indulgence. This one will be extremely brief but by the time you read the next few updates you will understand why. So, without further a-do....
After departing from the Canfield's Rae and I made our way by night bus overland to Cancun. The bus is run by ADO but we just call it the rolling meat locker. If you take the over night bus be sure ...
... mine to hold :) We then enjoyed exploring the beautiful reefs for just under an hour, with some incredible fish for company. I did feel for the poor Mexican guiding us as we were all in our own little worlds with the fish, and I had to keep telling them all to follow the man… So happy to share this experience with them, even though it is not scuba diving, the reefs and fish were still incredible.
How has this resort rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
Historical Traveler Reviews Oasis Palm Hotel Cancun
Not the best place to go
This place sucked. service was awful, front desk very rude. very corrupt. we wanted to bring some friends that were staying at a another hotel up to see our room. sercurity would not let us. They wanted us to give them (sercurity guards) $20 to let are friends see our room. Give me a break we payed to be there and they treated us like we were in a dormatory. We had no problems visiting our friends at there hotel there staff was nice.(barcelo club las perlas) taxi drivers perverts and corrupt and DO NOT get on a bus late at night if you a girls because the bus drivers are perverts.
Best time ever!
Although i understand the food is not the best and it's hard to get a bottle of water!
I do know the staff were nothing but freindly and i had no problem only paying 5 dollars for a taxi!
you have to expect to pay these people tips to get better service, put yourself in their shoes!
I can't wait to go back to Calinda Beach and Spa!!
My friends had stayed at Calinda (CAT) for new years 2001/2002. As soon as he got back, he said that it was good for the price, and that if we were to go back on spring break we would have stay there. At first I didn't like the idea, b/c I had never heard anything good about Calinda. Finally, I decided to go, and when I got there I was so surprised. The staff were the nicest people I have ever met on a vaction (especially Jose). They always took us out to clubs at night, and hooked us up with drinks......we never had to wait in line, and we always went to the best clubs on the strip! The food wasn't AMAZING, but the snake bar was pretty good, especailly the LYNCOTT....if u ever stay here u have to ask for the Lyncott! The restaurant was also pretty good, and the waiters were very polite and curtious towards us. The beach was quite, but that was exactly what we needed after a long night. The bikini bar was good too, and Alfredo made us the best drinks, and we didnt even have to tip him.....So all in all, although I woulnd't say that Calinda was the BEST hotel in Cancun, I would recommend it to people who want to party in the night and chill in the day!
K....we went to Calinda for New Years 2001/2002. This time of year is over priced, and Calinda offered a good price. Also a friends father had reccomended it too. When we got there we were impressed, nice hotel. We checked in got settled, and got ready to head out to the clubs. We went to the buffet.......and were SOO mad. The food looked so bad, and we thought we'd hafta eat this the whole week. After the meal we walked outside and discovered an a la carte restaurant which we now ate for the rest of the week. This was good. The lunch snack bar was sooo good, offering goot tacos and the cheese fries were soo good (LYNCOTT). Anyways, the days were really quiet, but we managed to put our own cds on....so it made us happy. The staff here was the best part of the trip. They were so friendly, and a lot of them accompanied us to the clubs when we were lost.....they hooked us up at the clubs, especially considering we dont speak spanish....we never waited in line, and got quick drink service. Needless to say...i went to Cancun 5 weeks after this trip, and although I knew Calinda wasnt the BEST hotel, I satyed there again....cuz its good for the price, and the staff is amazing!
Hotel was awful, but still had a great time
The hotel was awful. The worst service I ever experienced. Shower would overflow onto floor and one guest's shower flooded into the hallway. Could not get any towels. Broken balcony door that would not shut properly. Air-conditioning did not work. I felt hot and sweaty even in an air-conditioned room. No security. People at front desk would flirt with you more than help you. Waited forever to exchange money at front desk. The only good thing was the biniki bar and the pool. Beach was dirty. Overall the hotel was terrible, but don't let that stop you from coming to Cancun. I had a great time, just don't stay at this hotel.
1.Terrible Food!! Dinner: Ranging from mystery meat to a watered down broth that they claimed was soup. Lunch: a huge array of choices here. Hamburgers or Tacos.......Every Day!!! Breakfast: the only somewhat decent meal.
Try other place
People in the reception are just not willing to help you and even worst try to make you have a hard time on your vacation. If you expect to have the Caribean blue beach on this Hotel it just wont happen is a big salt pool (nice if you have kids with you). If your budget allows try other place.
Yes, we absolutely loved it there. I couldn't help write this, after reading the previous remarks. We stayed at the Calinda approx. seven years ago, it was our first stay in Cancun. We absolutely loved it. The people were absolutely terrific. They knew our names before we would even say. Each day we went to the beach the gentleman working at the towel stand greeted us by name. As for the security guards, they did just that, they guarded the property. I've always made it a point to make sure, if at all possible, take the bus. We were warned about the taxi drivers. And for goodness sake, don't go alone. It is no different than traveling to any other country. Always be safe. Regardless if you are all inclusive or not, tip, yes tip. Don't be so tight. Yes, you do get better service, but, you get what you pay for. If people see that you will give, or pay them for their services, then they will repay you with better service. The only problem I have ever experienced is towels, not enough towels in the bathroom. This I have found to be a problem in every hotel we have ever stayed at, whether it be domestic or international. Oh, let me say this, the beach at the Calinda is wonderful. The perfect place to learn how to snorkel. The water is really calm. The food there was excellent. No one can beat their quesadias. LOL, Babyboo
Although the hotel itself is very attractive, I cannot over stress how utterly corrupt the staff is. A caution to all future travellors here, expect to spend hundreds more dollars than already paid for your "all-inclusive". If one is not regularly tipping substantial tips at the restaurant, you will find your reservations cancelled. At empty bars, the bartenders will blatantly ignore you. In a group of 30 whom I recently travelled here with, over 15 of us were threatened to be thrown in jail for non-existant misdeameanors by the guards at the hotel. For those who were picked up by the police (about 4), they were forced to pay $100 US dollars to be let go. We went to the Canadian consulate, who was shocked by this, and pointed out how utterly illegal it is. An example of why I was threatened to be thrown in jail: I bartered a taxi down to $7, yet when I arrived at the hotel the taxi said $10. I started arguing, at which point the hotel security guards ran over, and did not even listen to what I had to say, simply said they would throw me in jail if I did not give more money. I am a 21 year old female, and mexican prison is not appealing, so countless times I overpayed waiters, taxis, etc to avoid this very problem. The staff takes pleasure in ignoring and bullying guests, regardless of their age. I spoke to a number of older couples staying there as well who were shocked by the hotel's rudeness. Having spoken to other people who went to cancun the same week as me, and stayed at other hotels and had impeccable service, I strongly strongly recommend staying elsewhere.
Calinda Beach and Spa - Don't bother
We decided to spend Christmas/News Years in Cancun at the Calinda Beach and Spa. It was recommended by several friends that had gone 2-5 years ago. BIG MISTAKE. Apparently years ago it was an enjoyable spot. Most of the staff were rude and spoke english only when they chose to. The food was terrible and the service even worse! They do not cater to all-inclusive customers the leave you waiting for hours, but do service cash paying customers.(for tips) Also their drinks are incrediably watered down and bottled beer hard to come by. All in all the accomidations were clean and ok but its as though staff dislike tourists and they are cutting corners BIG TIME. I wish someone would have warned us!!