Solymar Beach & Resort
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Firstly, welcome to Joel's first travel blog entry, sorry I've been a little slack but this one promises to be a doozey. I will pick up from where Joseph left off in Washington DC. After our day of sightseeing and a restful nights sleep we made our way to BWI airport and boarded Airtran flight 3 direct to Cancun, Mexico. As Joseph is fond of an …
... chance to get a few badly needed z's. I knew it was more important for him to sleep as he would be doing the driving from Belize City to Hopkins. The park was lovely and sort of out of place in what I would describe slum like conditions. I wasn't prepared for what I saw in Mexico. A different way of life. Such poverty. It was funny to see how things are so lackadaisical. R made me laugh, as he describes it as" ...
... habitation. Actually, it doesn't take a comparison to realise that Finca should not be allowed to accommodate people.
That was all. We boarded a plane for the first time in months and flew back to the land of the free in preparation for a Caribbean cruise. It was at this point when we both agreed on one thing - life could be worse.
Next up is some consumerism, we discover that lifts promote flatulence and we find out how it feels to live in Miami.
... I've felt in California. Hawaii still has it beat. :)
I'm including video footage that I took today with my flip video camera processed with some basic editing in IMovie. Including AVI format so that both Mac and PC users can view.
The pelicans diving in and out of the water and flying so close to people and the sand were a treat. The water is turquoise blue and so clear that you can see pelican feet in the water ...
... up his bag and gives he a can of beer, I sit and talk with him awhile it is his 17th time here, he has been here three months, he pays 300 a month for his condo right on beach. I saw the place! It's bad ass!! Well I had jut arrived and had been walking a little while and it was starting to get dark so I told him I was going to find hotel and chill for a while, he invited me to dinner! I said sure!! So I walked to hotel resort got in room, chilled ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
TravelPod Member ReviewsSolymar Beach & Resort Cancun
Don't expect too much and you'll be satisfied with this place. It's cheap but has a fantastic position right on the beach. Don't come here expecting five star service, accomodation and food and you will be satisfied. Its a case of getting what you pay for here.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Solymar Beach & Resort Cancun
My boyfriend was away for six months on tour with the Canadian military...this was supposed to be our two weeks of romance in Cancun. NOT! Not only was the food terrible but whenever you went to the bar you had to fill in a receipt for EVERY single drink?? We were there for 12 days (supposed to be 14 but Sunquest decided to change their schedule one week before departure) and housekeeping kept forgetting(?) to change our sheets or give us clean glasses..we noticed the ring on the table..I think housekeeping just flipped the glass over. Our room overlooked the parking lot. And to top this off on our last day AFTER checking out Sunquest called, our flight was delayed...fortunately we made lemonade from lemons and enjoyed the beach (which is the ONLY good thing about this hotel)...we were told by other travellers that the hotel would honor any food or beverage up until 2pm...at 1:15pm we ordered two clubhouse sanwiches and they were brought out at 2:10pm...when the bill arrived we explained the extension...the manager then escorted us to the front desk of the hotel stomping all the way...he then had an arguement with the manager at the front desk, stomped off again and barely under his breath apologized...we spoke to the manager of the hotel and that was when we brought up the dirty sheets and glasses issue and her response was that we didn't say anything about it before...and we would have just let it go but the whole lunch issue broke the camels back. My opinion, there is such a variety of different hotels in Cancun, don't waste your money on this one.
We booked into the Solymar Cancun about a week before travelling (Mar 23-30, '03). We booked a standard room, but Eunice told us they were close to 100% booked, so we (family of 4) would likely be upgraded on arrival to a Junior Suite. On arrival we were taken to a small building on the beach housing their villa and jr. suites. The view was unbelievable and being only a few steps away from the main building and restaurant gave us both privacy and convenience. The food was fine, other reviews state that some customers get preferrential treatment... depends on whether you tip (we were on an all-inclusive package and didn't tip so we didn't get the better treatment). Some waiters were better than others. The resort was quite busy the first couple of days with college kids from the US, but later in the week the crowd became a little older and more families were present. Resort is good for all ages young and old. Highly recommend the jr. suites and villas. Villas are expensive, but have private pools and private view of the beach and personal access to beach. We will go back!
Loved the Solymar
My husband and I Just returned from the Solymar last week.We had a great time,very relaxing.The food was good most of the time,there was a few dishes we did not like. The staff was polite and never rude.The beach was very nice but the waves were rough.The pool was better for swimming.The rooms were clean and comfortable.We would stay at this hotel again.
My family and I had the experience of staying at the Barcelo Solymar in Cuba last week. First let me say that I honestly do not know where the people stayed who wrote the good reviews! Our week started in a bungalow. The air conditioning did not work and we were infested with ants and cockroaches. Management informed us they do not have ants. Well, I can guarantee they didn't come from Canada with us! It was so bad they were crawling up my arms. My daughter still has the bite marks on her legs. We were finally moved to the bungalow next door - still no air conditioning. We argued for hours with the maintence man and mangement. Finally we got a room in the hotel complex. Besides the cockroaches and condom wrappers in the hall and shower that did not word it wsn't too bad. OUr fridge was restocked once and we had trouble getting fresh towels. Our bed sheets were never changed. We could sit on our balcony a couple nights because of the sulphur smell from the refineries. The food was absolutely terrible! We ate pasta, bread and the french fries (poolside restaurant) all week. I was going to try some salad at the pool restaurant but a bird was sitting on the cucmber so I opted for the lettuce. I could pick the dirty of it. It was a challenge to find a clean plate at the buffet ( in doors) and check for ants on the tables. The pools were filthy. I almost stepped on a broken glass in the pool. I told staff but they simply shrugged. Getting new beach towels , which you put $10.00 US on, turned out to be fight. STaff were extremely rude and couldn't have cared less. Be cautious about buying from the store by the pool. The label said $5.75 but when I in to buy it I was told they have to pay a tax to sell things there - the cost went up to $12.50 US. This did not happen to any other guess that I spoke to. The Visa machines were broken all week so take plenty of cash. Do not take your children to the nightly entertainment - it is unsuitable for under 18. Those were the main problems we encountered . There are more but I won't get into them. If we had only paid $2000 -$3000. to go on this vacation I would have considered it an experience , not a pleasent one but an experience. But we paid $6000.00 for a week of itching and hell. At least I lost 7 pounds and got a great tan!
My husband and I stayed at the Solymar from February 13 to 16, 2003. We are in love with the place! The beach is gorgeous and easily accessible from the pool area of the hotel. The rooms were very clean and comfortable. The food was average but there was always a lot of it. One night we had shrimp on the buffet that was about 3 inches long! Most of the people who work there are wonderful - our waiter in the restaurant (Alex), our bartender on the beach (Gabriel), the maids, and the concierge (Enrique) all went out of their way to make us happy. The people at the front desk were not the most helpful (e.g., they received a message from our travel agency that our flight was canceled and they failed to give it to us) but, thankfully, we did not have many dealings with them. We can't wait to go back to the Solymar next year!!!!
We were going to take our children to Cancun for a "memorable" Christmas vacation. We paid $135 per night plus tax and booked 5 months in advance. When we arrived, we were reassigned to Cancun Plaza Condominiums. It was horrible. The beds should have been thrown away years ago, it was dirty, the beach was one big rocky reef, the pool was old and in need of repair. Our shower broke and it took 2 days to get it fixed. Solymar said that a condo broker (...) paid them to sell our reservation to Cancun Plaza Condos. Since it was the week of Christmas and most hotels were full AND we had paid in full in advance--we were stuck. It was a real Mexico scam and there was nothing we could do about it. I want to warn everyone so you don't have to go through the same thing. These are dishonest people!!!!!!!!!!!
The Deal - Having a week of vacation to burn or lose by the middle of January, my wife and I hurriedly booked a cheapie trip to the Solymar January 4th thru 11th. Through www.VacationExpress.com we were able to get airfare and 7 nights all-inclusive for about $800 per person (including all taxes, fees, and gratuities).
This was our first trip to Cancun during late September and we stayed at the Solymar. The weather was great the beginning of the week... a hurricane started to come in the day we were leaving, the staff was conscious. The ocean front view was picture perfect. Solymar is located right on the beach where I got a great massage. Lounge chairs and towels are there free of charge! Definately go ALL INCLUSIVE!! The food was great, you can choose anything off the menu at the resteraunt. The first day we had filet minon. The distance from night-life was easily covered by bus. I would definately recommend the Solymar! We can't wait to go back!!
We absolutely loved the Solymar. I can't say we ate there a lot. We were constantly on the go. But, while we were there, the food was great, and the service was excellent. We loved our room, it was just beautiful. The only complaint I would be able to find is... The rocks off the beach, when you went into the ocean from the hotel, there were a lot of rocks. But, that is mother nature. And, the Soymar was a beautiful place to stay. LOL, Babyboo