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“Small hotel, beautiful view from balcony, nice beach.” 4 of 5 stars
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Holiday Inn Cancun Arenas
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Km 2.5 Blvd Kukulcan Manzana, Cancun 77500, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #102 of 175 hotels in Cancun
Mexico City, Mexico
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Small hotel, beautiful view from balcony, nice beach.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

This Holiday Inn is not within walking distance from any restaurants or shops or Cancun´s commercial area. Rooms are big, clean and nice, view from balconies is beautiful, buffet is very good and plentiful. Small family hotel, convenient and nice to rest and enjoy the beach. However, no service after 10 PM, either in the bar or the restaurant.

Room Tip: Choose one that has a balcony with sea view.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

The service at front desk was great. Friendly and efficient. My stay was well enjoyed!!! I would recommend this place for an all inclusive as they do hv that option available. They have ocean view from the rooms as well.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

Although my initial room had a leaking air conditioner and broken room safe, I was quickly moved to the adjoining room and everything was fine from that point on. Very comfortable bed and free WiFi was an added bonus!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

Firstly, it is a decent drive and very long walk from where all the action is in Cancun. However the bus runs regularly and if splitting a cab between 4 was only about $6US each so no real problem, just depends what you're wanting out of the stay.

The property itself, clean, comfortable, relatively modern and nicely furnished. The on site store is well stocked and quite well priced compared to the rest of Cancun. Staff were friendly and helpful when I needed to organise a cab. Pool and beach location nice and relaxing. The rooms can be a decent walk from the lobby so keep that in mind if staying with a group, you may end up a long way from one another!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pachuca, Mexico
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

It did not ruin my honey moon but certainly was the only bad experience of it. The beach is not good at all, rooms are just ok and the shower has the purpose of being eco-friendly but is far the worst I have tried in my life, even compared to much cheaper hotels, the pressure is so high that you can not feel the temperature of the water, it is always kind of cold, the only good thing is the location, it is easy to get in a bus and head to a nicer beach. The price is really high if you consider that you are not actually in the nice part of Cancún (it is at begining of the beach strip, 15-20 min from the nice stuff), the poor and indifferent service, ugly pool and beach and old and tired bedroom. Next time I will spend some extra pesos and really enjoy Cancún.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Cancun Arenas, responded to this review, June 5, 2013
Dear jjfu,

Thank you very much for your recent review of our property. Our hotel is very proud of its level of service, cleanliness and quality of its product and we strive to provide competitive rates within the area. I'm deeply sorry that we fell below your expectations. I have noted you valuable comments and I will make sure that this will be looked into and be forwarded to the departments involved for improvement and future upgrades.

Thank you for staying with us and we hope to serve you again should your travels bring you back to Cancun.

Sincerely,

Zelyn N
Case Manager
IHGCare
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Portland, Oregon, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

I was not sure of what to expect when I last-minute booked this property in Cancun. I needed to be close to downtown to run several errands while enjoying my stay in beautiful Cancun, the land of the Maya. I am very familiar with Cancun and most of its hotels both in downtown and in the Hotel Zone, because I have been traveling to Cancun for the past 15 years. My budget was a bit tight this time and because I could not plan ahead of time my options were limited. I totally trusted a local recommendation from a resident and booked the Holiday Inn Arenas located right at the beginning of the Hotel Zone and only five minutes away from downtown Cancun and all of its great bars and shopping malls. I did not book the all-inclusive option because I tend to have reservations on all-inclusive packages (but that’s a totally different review).

When I arrived at the Hotel I asked Alejandro at the front desk to give me a comfortable and pretty room since I was traveling alone (as I often do and love to). He immediately offered a beautiful room with an ocean view. Alejandro was cordial and incredibly professional. My room was spacious, clean and it had a great balcony with an ocean view. The hotel is framed by two small ports where small yachts and boats come and go taking tourists scuba diving and snorkeling so the view of the ocean is a bit blocked but beautiful nonetheless. Nearby, there’s a public beach so locals walk back and forth and local vendors offer a few items for sale at the beach. I personally enjoyed the mix of patrons at this hotel and I have to give them an A- in service. The only reason they don’t get an A+ is due to one of the waiters that tends the snack bar at the beach, who was unprofessional by making a misogynist sexist joke that offended me. Other than this immature jerk, the rest of the service was above average and went beyond my expectation. The hotel’s installations are impeccably clean and the security is tight.
I would strongly recommend this hotel to anyone whose budget is tight and would like to experience a modest, clean and very professional property that includes free WiFi access among its many amenities.

Room Tip: Ask for Ocean Views they're very quiet and you will be lull to sleep by the sound of the ocean.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mentor, Ohio
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

Not much to say. O.K. place to sleep. There is no room service menu. You need to go to the dining room and could not order over the phone, (which kinda defeats the concept of room service) to order room service which consists of a pathetic wilted and brown lettuce sandwhich, a club sandwhich with grisley rubberlike meat, or a fruit plate. While ordering, we saw beef tacos leave the resturant, and were told that no, we couldn't order those, and were never really given a reason why not. Hmmmm.... The jacuzzi was dry, no water. Other than the gentleman at the front desk acted helpful, but nothing was ever done about the room service options. We were also told we could eat there, but needed to have reservations one day ahead of time for dinner. Like that was possible as we were only staying one night. We were made to feel uncomfortable, and unwanted. There seemed to be a lot of extra guests of the people staying at the hotel which seemed to account for the busyness. And, that may have contributed to the lack of

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Cancun Arenas, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
Dear SmartDiverGal,

Thank you for your feedback and for choosing our hotel. Please accept our deepest apologies for the issues you had encountered during your stay. Rest assured that your comments will be reviewed by our team and take actions accordingly. We take all comments into consideration and welcome any opportunity to improve. If there is anything you need next time you stay with us, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Sincerely,

Karen G.
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Also Known As:
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Address: Km 2.5 Blvd Kukulcan Manzana, Cancun 77500, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Cancun
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#68 On the Beach Hotel in Cancun
#102 Spa Hotel in Cancun
#102 Business Hotel in Cancun
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Cancun Arenas 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
**** ALL INCLUSIVE OPTION ALSO AVAILABLE**** KIDS FREE UNDER 12 Beautiful BEACH FRONT Hotel, Mediterranean style, perfect for couples and families. Located in front of the calm Cancun beaches. Holiday Inn Cancun Arenas with the best location in the Hotel Zone with a warm environment, surrounded by beautiful gardens, with a walk way that brings you a gorgeous view, that goes from Cancun downtown to the heart of the Hotel Zone, where night clubs, shopping mall and restaurants are located. The Hotel offers All Inclusive Plan and European Plan, beautiful and comfortable rooms with ocean or lagoon view, quality service and four star facilities. Your all inclusive package includes: - Comfortable rooms with Internet access, hairdryer, safe deposit box, iron & ironing board, TV cable, voice mail system, alarm clock and coffee maker. - All meals at the International buffet Restaurant. - Snacks next to the pool - Italian Specialties a La Carte for dining option & The Ocean Grill Tequila a'La Carte' (Reservation required) - Domestic Drinks at the Lobby bar, Pool Bar and the Theater Bar. - Room service (limited menu and hours) - daily activity program and night entertainment. - kids Club - Gym. ... more   less 
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