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Mayan Palace verses the Grand Mayan..

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chicago
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Mayan Palace verses the Grand Mayan..

We plan to visit NV next January and will be accompanied by

our son/daughter in law and our daughter/ 8 year old granddaughter.

Have any of you stayed at both resorts? We are trying to decide and

have enough points with RCI Weeks to get a 2 bd + hotel at both, but would rather save points by using Mayan Palace if it is comparable to the Grand.

Boston...
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The Mayan Palace and the Grand Mayan buildings are on the same grounds at the resort. But the amenities are upgraded at the Grand. My husband and I are owners and stayed at the Grand a couple of years ago, while we got a room for his parents at the Mayan Palace. HIs parents were not able to come over to the Grand Mayan pools and use the lazy river without us. The wristbands are different colors. I don't know how strict they are about those things, but the waterslide, kids water park and the lazy river are all part of the Grand Mayan.

The other thing is they have gotten rid of most of the Mayan Palace buildings in NV. I think they are down to 2 buildings now. They have been torn down to make room for the top of the line Grand Luxxe buildings. And most of the construction noise is on that side of the resort.

chicago
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Dear Runner Girl,

Thank you so much. Your comments will be very helpful in making our decision.

Looks like we will be going to the Grand.

Best,

Jubilada

Calgary, Alberta
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Hello Jubilada

We stayed at both the Mayan Palace and the Grand Mayan last March. We started out at the Mayan Palace for the first week but were upgraded to the Grand Mayan for our second week. We thought this was a great perk at first but we soon found out that it was just the hook to get us to attend what they call an "Introductory Breakfast" which was in fact, you guessed it the dreaded "Time Share Presentation" complete with a lying pushy salesman by the name of "Johnny Mac". We got up and left after breakfast when the B.S. began. Never lie about to an old sailor who was stationed at the same you claim to have been stationed at Johnny.

Anyway the Mayan Palace is a nice place but it is probably the oldest of the complex. They claim it to be 5 Star but it's 3 Star at best. It was neat and clean and the staff were great but the furnishings are old and worn and unless you are an owner your suite will face the new construction area and it can be a bit noisy during the day. The bathrooms are smaller and there are no tubs, just a walk in shower. This could be an issue for families with small children. The balconies are small and there is barely enough room for a couple of chairs. The living area is a good size and has a good size kitchenette. We had to get the maintenance staff to come in every other day to repair faulty appliances (toaster, coffee maker etc.) I'm thinking that if you're an owner you get better amenities. They have a very nice pool area but it's quite a hike from the complex. The grounds are well kept and quite lovely. You can access all the other complexes quite easily along the pathways and everything is well marked. It wasn't a bad place it was just old and tired.

The Grand Mayan is big step up from the Mayan Palace. Large modern suites with large bedrooms and large balconies with a small pool on each one. The living areas are large with newer modern amenities. The kitchenettes are a good size with much better appliances than the MP. The bathrooms are large with jacuzzi tubs and large walk in showers. The pool area is a short walk from the complex and it is very nicely laid out. If you are not an owner you will not likely get an ocean view suite but even the suite on the other side have a pretty nice view and are far enough away from the construction area that you don't get the noise or the dust. The Grand Mayan is rated as a 5 Diamond but 4-5 Star would be more accurate.

There is a shuttle service that will take you all over the resort complex and even out to the front gate if you are planning to use the public transit system.

The resort itself is quite nice overall but it is a bit remote. If your vacation plans are just to hang out and relax by the pool this is a great choice. If your plans include exploring Bucerias or Puerto Vallarta it's a bit of a trek into either of these places by bus and cabs can cut into your vacation funds if you don't budget for them.

Once again and as always this is just my humble opinion and 2 pesos worth.

Chapala, Mexico
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K-Man 60 gave a great overview above....not sure if mentioned the Grand Mayan units also have a plunge pool on balcony...

chicago
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Dear K Man 60,

Thanks for the great comparison/evaluation.

After a brief discussion, our minds are made up. We will go with the Grand.

Don't want to "deprive" the kids or especially not the granddaughter of a

more enjoyable vacation experience.

This was so helpful.

Wishing all of you happy travels!

Best,

Jubilada

chicago
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Dear Bezerk,

Thanks for the input re the individual pools. This will only add to the excitement!

Best,

Jubilada

Chapala, Mexico
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Have an incredible time!!! :)

Edmonton, Canada
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Your grandaughter will love the lazy river, the wave pool and the waterslides at the Grand Mayan. Very fun. Excellent choice!

Calgary, Alberta
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Hello Jubilada,

The Grand Mayan is a good choice. You won't be disappointed with the accommodations at the Grand. The space you are looking for sounds very much like what we had. We rented a 1 bedroom suite and a studio suite which is basically a 1 bedroom suite with no kitchen or living room, ergo a 2 bedroom suite with the bedrooms on either side and the living room and kitchenette in the centre which gave us a bit of privacy. We were able to access the studio suite from the living room. This also gave us 2 complete bathrooms with jacuzzi tubs. The studio also had it's own balcony with a devider wall that opened up giving us quite a large balcony area. With all the pull out beds and sofa beds we ended up being able to sleep about 8 - 10 people comfortably and there were only the 3 of us.

Your kids and grand kids will love the lazy river and the water slide. Have a great holiday.

Edited: 11:02 am, January 08, 2012
holland,mi
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I have seen posts that say there are computers in the suites at the Grand but can't confirm this. Are there computers in the rooms?