Let me start by saying that we had never been to an all-inclusive resort before. We tend to visit developing countries and mingle with the locals in budget to mid-range places. So with that in mind, we thought this resort was definitely worth the money. We booked through Orbitz for a standard room. Why stay in your room when there is a pool, jacuzzi and beach right outside? The room did have a humid feel, and there was only a fan, but we slept fine. It did take several days for wet clothes to dry. Our room was on the 2nd floor tucked in a corner facing the pool. We never had noise issues. The biggest draw for us was the ability to use the sister resort next door. It doubled our food options and we could go to the theme shows at night. The pool at the GR was decent. My only complaint were all the chairs with folded towels to claim a spot that went unused most of the day. But we never had an issue finding chairs down on the beach. The pool next door was a party zone with techno music and college students. Take your pick. The breakfast was a let down. Go to the buffet next door. The restaurant on the beach was great. Good selection and portions weren't so big you felt stuffed all day.The fancy restuarant was also good. I think my husband got away with wearing nice sandals, long pants and a hawaiian shirt. There was only one light beer selection which was fine by us. The tropical drinks were much better. They would make anything you asked for, and if you don't like it they will make you something else no questions asked. I did hear the house wine was pretty bad. We thought the service was fine. We started off our first drinks at every place with a tip and never had to wait long. We switched up breakfast between the two places. Then we headed down to the beach to get chairs in the shade. Abigail came down mid morning to take drink orders. She was super friendly. Then we normally had lunch at the beach restaurant, and once at the buffet next door. After that we hit the swim up pool bar next door all afternoon until the shade set in. Then we went back over to the GR jacuzzis and met a lot of nice people. Don't be fooled by the No Children sign though. They were allowed. Make sure you are nice to Vanilly. He is the man at the pool bar. After a decent shower we hit the lobby lounge before dinner. A buffet is a buffet, no matter how you look at it. We tried dinner everywhere and never had to wait for a seat. We went to most of the night shows, which I enjoyed being a musician. The bar next door was a party scene with kareoke, etc. We found the GR lobby lounge to be much quieter at night. They had live jazz several nights which was a little cheesy, but good background music. All in all, we were impressed with all of the options. We wouldn't have wanted to stay next door the whole time with so many people, and we would have gotten bored at the GR the whole time with limited choices. But mix the two and we had a blast. No, it's not a 5 star resort, but we liked the quieter location down the beach. We weren't looking for a 24-7 spring break party. Most of the children were behaved, and I never saw anyone get super out of hand at the GR. There was a huge range of ages, mostly couples or small groups of girlfriends. With the same set up we would go back for sure. And regarding the time share trick - we ended up checking in next door due to shuttle miscommunication, so we avoided that mess. We did talk to a few people who were "owners" and got mixed reviews. Most said it was a waste of money. If you want fancy, there are plenty of other options. If you want an affordable resort this is your place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- GR Caribe by Solaris, Deluxe All Inclusive Resort, features a unique and elegant Mediterranean architecture, stylish interiors in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. A Luxury family friendly resort that has it all. The property features 200 luxurious guestrooms and suites, most of them with breathtaking ocean or lagoon views. Lobster dinner included (one per adult, per stay, min 4 nights stay), imported drinks and use of all facilities and services of sister resort Royal Solaris Cancun (located next door).This private resort is unique in its kind in all Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean. A Luxury family friendly resort that has it all. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gr Caribe By Solaris Cancun Hotel Cancun