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1. Posted by Melbournetracy (Budding Member 14 posts) 36w Star this if you like it!

Hello all.
Hubby and I have decided to go to Cancun before Hawaii
We are looking at the All Inclusive Hotels.
Has anybody stayed at one?
If yes, would love to hear your feedback

2. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1787 posts) 36w Star this if you like it!

I have only been to Cancun through the airport on my way to Cozumel. I did the tip grouping for Cancun on the old VT website, and nothing I found made me want to go there. It is basically a made-up place for tourists (IMO). It is cheap to get to and inexpensive to stay there. I don't really have any A/I recommendations though.

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Jan-2020, 16:35 GMT by greatgrandmaR ]

3. Posted by 55vineyard (Budding Member 106 posts) 36w Star this if you like it!

I stayed in Cancun once on my first trip to that area of Mexico. We did not stay at an AI though, in fact back in 1999 there were not too many AIs other than Club Med and a few others. It was not our cup of tea (mostly one high rise after another) and is not located in a convenient location if you plan on visiting other places like ruins, cenotes, eco parks, etc. although it is easy to take the ferry to Isla Mujeres.
There are a lot of other AIs in the Riviera Maya south of Cancun, the Playacar area just south of Playa del Carmen has a bunch of them.
I did stay AI once, 10 years ago, but the food was only OK and got kind of repetitive and after about 5 days I got bored and rented a car the next day.
Guess it depends what kind of vacation you are looking for, a "fly and flop" or "out and about".

4. Posted by Melbournetracy (Budding Member 14 posts) 36w Star this if you like it!

It will be a short stay 4 nights. And yes fly and flop as we will be doing Vegas prior. That will be full on.

5. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1787 posts) 36w Star this if you like it!

4 days will be OK if all you want is bed, beach and food.

6. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1103 posts) 36w Star this if you like it!

Just look for the cheapest one with the facilities you desire. The few A/Is I have stayed at I find are all the same. Just make sure to check for hidden fees like resort fees when working out the price. Personally I would not stay in Cancun. Of all the places I visited in Mexico I found it to be a dreary city. I would rather make the detour to Playa Del Carmen. It is touristy but overall it just felt more alive than Cancun.

7. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2094 posts) 36w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Teoni

Just look for the cheapest one with the facilities you desire. The few A/Is I have stayed at I find are all the same. Just make sure to check for hidden fees like resort fees when working out the price. Personally I would not stay in Cancun. Of all the places I visited in Mexico I found it to be a dreary city. I would rather make the detour to Playa Del Carmen. It is touristy but overall it just felt more alive than Cancun.

I've done A/I in Cancun, as a way to see some of the Mayan sites. The cheapest ones attract Mexicans (and British) rather than Americans, and I imagine the Americans demand a lot more for All Inclusive. So expect Mexican food on the breakfast buffet, and fairly basic drinks available.

It's a J-shaped strip of hotels that looks like Las Vegas by the sea, and then a town centre that's just any town. A bit soulless. Depending what your priorities are, it does the job. We used it as a base for excursions to Chichen Itza, cenotes, Xel Ha ecopark, etc and it was fine for our purposes.

8. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1544 posts) 36w Star this if you like it!

Adding to AndyF's post above, self-drive car hire is pretty cheap and easy in this part of Quintana Roo and is probably the best way to visit Tulum, Valladolid, Chichen Itza, Coba, Xel-Ha, Xcaret and other places along the coast. :):)

9. Posted by Dymphna (Respected Member 223 posts) 36w Star this if you like it!

We just got back from the Hard Rock Hotel, all 32 of us. They did well taking care of us. If you asked for something, they tried to get it. The facilities were really nice. Take a bunch of $1 bills to tip with. You get better service and it really improves the lives of those who work there.

We went through AAA to get the accommodation and plane tickets, package deal. I don't recommend it. AAA now goes through a .com called Pleasant Holidays. They are anything but pleasant.

If you do any tours down there, you can negotiate the price. My sister-in-law is really good at it. Because there were 13 of us who took one tour to the ruins, we only paid $45 each. Going to the ruins is really worth the time. It is one of the 7 wonders of the world, but it is also a 2 1/2 hour bus ride there. Go over to the Island of Women or Isla Mujeres. But don't do a tour for this one. Take the boat, it is $21 round trip. Then rent a golf cart for $40 for the day. Take your snorkeling equipment, you have areas on the island that are free to snorkel. There is the turtle area for a couple of $$. One of the best beaches in the world is on one end of the island and on the other is ruins. You can also swim with the dolphins.

10. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1103 posts) 36w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Dymphna

. Take a bunch of $1 bills to tip with. You get better service and it really improves the lives of those who work there.

Just to add when you tip in Mexico sure to tip like a local and not like an American, even though in some resorts it might feel like America. Here is a good guide:

Tipping In Mexico

[ Edit: Edited on 14-Jan-2020, 04:08 GMT by Teoni ]