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Catalonia Yucatan Beach
4.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Av. Xcacel Lote 1 Plano 2 MZ, Puerto Aventuras 77783, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #14 of 15 hotels in Puerto Aventuras
Snow Lake, Canada
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“Catalonia Yucatan Review”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

We normally fly out of Winnipeg but the return flight times were terrible for people our age. We opted to fly out of Toronto as we had relatives there and the flight both ways with Air Canada (surprise) was reasonable and pleasant. The same for the flight to and from Cancun on Transat (options plus) and we had excellent flight attendants both ways.
We arrived at the hotel just after lunch and it was getting full. Pablo at the front desk was very accommodating by arranging a room with a view of the pool for us after a short wait. Another couple travelling on the same flight became quite irate that the room they had wanted was not available. This seemed to set the tone for them for the rest of their vacation and when we saw them at the end of it they were not impressed with any of it. They did however both have very nice tans. The room was fairly spartan but clean and comfortable. The washroom had a small leak from the air conditioning but it was quickly fixed when mentioned. Our shower leaked onto the floor a bit so we blocked the edges with face cloths. It wasn't a big problem. We only had one chair in the room but a second one showed up during our second week. We didn't spend much time in the room except to sleep and on two rainy days.
The maid service was excellent with new towel art every day. The room was spotless. Make sure you tip the maid every day so you reward the one who cleans your room.
The food was very good at both the buffets and the a la cartes. The service was very good. The el Mercado had very good breakfasts and lunches but dinners were a better bet at the a la cartes. All al la cartes were good although some people mentioned that the Mexican (Alebrijes) was not for them. The only complaint we had at the Mexican restaurant was that they gave us too much food. Our favourites were the Bamboleo (steaks), the Mikado (Japanese), the Bellavista (Italian), and la Creperie. The Bamboleo was also great at lunch time too but watch the seagulls if you sit near the outside. They are creatures of opportunity. We lined up between 5:30 and 6:00 pm and always got a table. If you prefer a later seating show up between 7:00 and 8:00 although you may have a short wait. There is always a bar nearby to sit in.
The resort is actually a combination of two, the Catalonia Yucatan and the Catalonia Riviera. The layout is a bit of a maze but after a few exploratory excursions we got the hang of it. The beach is okay and for us the snorkelling and swimming out past the stony beach was good. The main beach becomes quite crowded with the usual towel on chair for reserving it. The beach all along the Yucatan was wiped out by a hurricane a few years ago and they have made an effort to haul sand back in. It's a narrow beach. There is a little stone half bridge near the lagoon and is a fantastic place to see tropical fish. The water is shallow so even the kids can enjoy snorkelling there. Beware the seagulls if you feed the fish. None of the water is over 6 feet deep and some people complained it was too shallow. There are 5 pools on the property with some more lively than others, so something for everyone. Beach volleyball, horseshoes, bocce, catamaran rides and kayaks were free. There were nightly shows and most were enjoyable.
Being right in Puerto Aventuras is an advantage. It's a gated community so we always felt safe. We did not do anything different than we would at home and that seems to be the key anywhere you travel. Don't make yourself a target. There are dolphins and manati within a 10 minute walk at the marina and you don't have to pay to see either. For a fee you can swim with the dolphins or feed the manati. There are also shops and restaurants there.
It's about a 20 minute walk to the entrance of the community and another 5 minutes to a large store where you can buy everything from groceries to washers and dryers. I took a bike (free) and toured the area. Look for monkeys early in the morning or at dusk.
We would definitely stay here again.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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catrivieramaya1, General Manager at Catalonia Yucatan Beach, responded to this review, February 27, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

We would like to thank you for your feedback about your recent stay with us, being of the utmost importance for us and our main source to improve our facilities and service.

It's a pleasure to know that you had a good time with us and you will keep a good memory of Mexico and our Hotel.

We certainly hope you will decide to visit us again in the future, thus giving us another chance not only to comply with, but to exceed your highest expectations.


Yours sincerely,

Hotel Manager
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Edmonton, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

Pros: central to most activities, ok snorkelling, close to marina, adequately clean, Japanese restaurant was good

Cons: the hotel overbooks to the point they cannot accomodate even the most basic of requests. My boyfriend and I had 1 request - king size bed. I was first off the bus and first in line to Register in the lobby where I was told there was not 1 room available in the entire hotel (& adjoining hotel) that had a king size bed. We were Fred & Wilma for 3 nights in 2 double beds.

Two single women - behind us in the check in line - requested 2 double beds, and received a King bed with an upgrade to the Privelaged section.

3 days of going back to the lobby to request a change - was not until I brought up trip advisor that suddenly a room with a king bed became available.

late check out - IF you can get a late checkout it is $40 CAN. There were 6 of us in our group, checkout is noon, our bus did not leave to the airport until 11:30pm, all of us were refused late checkout - at both lobbies. I persisted and finally got a small room for the 6 of us to share until 6pm.

I have never seen front desk staff so programmed to say NO. I have stayed at Breezes, Bahia Principe, Palladium, Las Brisas, and I have NEVER seen such unaccomodating staff.

NEVER AGAIN

Room Tip: section 1 was close to everything, we finally had a room with king bed in 1011
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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catrivieramaya1, Directeur général at Catalonia Yucatan Beach, responded to this review, February 23, 2013
Dear IvI1967,

Thank you very much for your feedback. We deeply apologize if your stay with us was not a perfect experience

Starting with myself and all my colleagues and managers, we are disappointed to have not met your expectations during your stay with us.

I hear all your comments, and certainly we will take seriously your feedback and see possibilities to improve and make sure your next visit will exceed your expectations.

Yours sincerely,

Hotel Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

Our second visit here, 1st time in 2008. Overall a decent trip, the weather although warm was cloudy quite a bit and we had mostly red flag days except for 2 yellows in a weeks vacation. Food was ok, service was great.
We had a standard room in the 2 building. Very quiet area, but central to everything. No alarm clocks or fridges in rooms. You only get a few water bottles in your room first day then you need to refill them on your own. I hear the privileged rooms for extra $'s had these amenities that were lacking in the standard rooms.
We traveled with teenagers and there was def a lot of activities to keep them occupied. The sports center has pool tables and ping pong, a great way to meet other people.
The beach IS rocky, water shoes def recommended. Snorkeling is awesome as there is a reef just feet away from shore. Not the sandy beaches of Cuba by far.. And can't walk on beach very far, just to the right to walk thru the adjacent hotel then back. However great walk in the gated area of Puerto Aventuras... So beautiful and safe.
We did the ATV tour, with a visit to a cenote and snorkeling, was awesome, even though rough for a beginner rider.
Overall a good trip.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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catrivieramaya1, Directeur général at Catalonia Yucatan Beach, responded to this review, February 23, 2013
Dear TGIFOntario,

Thank you very much for your feedback. We deeply apologize if your stay with us was not a perfect experience

Starting with myself and all my colleagues and managers, we are disappointed to have not met your expectations during your stay with us.

I hear all your comments, and certainly we will take seriously your feedback and see possibilities to improve and make sure your next visit will exceed your expectations.

Yours sincerely,

Hotel Manager
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Having arrived with extended family all looked promising good surroundings decent food/facilities friendly staff hope was in the air ,daytime fine ,upto midnight all bars busy to be expected fine,what we did not expect from midnight to five in the morning every night was the constant flow of loud mouthed obnoxious drunken scum (American French and Spanish)that seemed thourorly intent on destroying any chance of a few minutes rest ,hence having booked 2weeks holiday and despite the best efforts of representatives and staff and at great expense after8days it was more acceptable to leave one week earlier than planed than stay any longer and loose our sanity unfortunate

Room Tip: Do not stay on the yuca tan side if you want to remain sane
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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catrivieramaya1, Directeur général at Catalonia Yucatan Beach, responded to this review, February 23, 2013
Dear Nick G,

Thank you very much for your feedback. We deeply apologize if your stay with us was not a perfect experience

Starting with myself and all my colleagues and managers, we are disappointed to have not met your expectations during your stay with us.

I hear all your comments, and certainly we will take seriously your feedback and see possibilities to improve and make sure your next visit will exceed your expectations.

Yours sincerely,

Hotel Manager
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Hamilton, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Well this is two resorts connected together. You just enter at opposite ends of the resort. We hvae had better vacations in the past throught out Mexico and Dominican, but out of all of them this was the one we were least pleased with. It started off checking in and they try to get yout o upgrade to a different room for extra money without even seeing the room I have. Once I said know they wanted to upgrade me to a higher room for more money. Again I said no. Get to the room and its and not bad. Basic room. They dont tell you that you have to pay for your room safe. The lunch restaurant was infested with birds so you couldnt even eat without being dive bombed. The serving staff at the yucatan said swim up bar were rude. my 4 year old and I swam up and waited 25 minutes and still didnt get served, no-one wanted to come down to the pool side. all 5 servers were on the upper level searving other people and chatting with each other. When I went up to the other said and asked if anyone was working on the pool side. He said no and turned away. I asked he could send someone down for all of us waiting again he said not right now he was busy. And again he turned away and was talking to another employee. That's a little annoying. ALL SHOPS IN THE RESORT DO NOT TAKE ANY FORM OF CASH. You have to charge it to your room and pay for it when you check out. Then when you check out they only accept Canadian no Peso and no USD. On day 4 the power went out in the morning and almost all the bars were closed and the resturants werent open either. Just the Buffet's with limited lighting. None in the lights in the rooms or hallways were on with the backup generators. People were stumbling to find their way around and some people got injured falling down stairs in the dark. We had to fumble around in the dark to find the reception desk just to beg to get a candle to put in the room for some light. Once all the problems were fixed at the hotel the last 2 days were fine. but al I said not the best vacation but definately not the worst. If i had a choice to come back to this location. The answere would be no. I'd rather goto the Pacific side like Manzanillo Mexico or to Punta Cana The Dominican Republic. But just my option.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Canada
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

I loved my vacation at the end of January 2013 at this resort , so clean, excellent food but mostly the service...A special Thank You to Pablo, Luis, Manuel, Jeremias and Miriam you made my cacation a very special one

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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catrivieramaya1, General Manager at Catalonia Yucatan Beach, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

We would like to thank you for your feedback about your recent stay with us, being of the utmost importance for us and our main source to improve our facilities and service.

It's a pleasure to know that you had a good time with us and you will keep a good memory of Mexico and our Hotel.

We certainly hope you will decide to visit us again in the future, thus giving us another chance not only to comply with, but to exceed your highest expectations.


Yours sincerely,

Hotel Manager
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St. Catharines, Canada
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Just returned from a week at the Catalonia Feb 8-15. This being our first all inclusive wasnt sure what to expect after taking 7 cruises and visited Disnely numerous times. A brief overview of the disappointments. We had booked a "king" sized bed with our agent yet when we finally got our room, three hours after arriving found two double beds, although the room was quite nice and very clean. We took the room in stride. Next was the safe which we had to pay $3 a day for. There was no mechanism inside, so we called the number listed for assitance and well guess it was nap time since we never did get an answer. The next day we finally complained to Richard from Transat vacations and we got our safe fixed, well for one day anyways. After the insides were installed we locked it, we returned and opened it to obtain our possesions and well it broke, nap time again because well the next day it was repaired. On the second day we also never did get our room cleaned and when we complained to the girl from Transat we were told must have been our fault, we hung the please clean our room card out maybe we hung it backwards. We also expressed our concern about the two beds and were told we should never have been told that we could have a king since 80% of the rooms were doubles. However for a small fee you can upgrade. Yea right. The food, well if your a picky eater.... sorry. The food in the buffets was for the most part very unappatizing and poor selection. However the alacartes that we visited were better. We visited the steak house three times (hint hint) and the japanese restaurant once. The wait for the steak house was up to an hour as ther seating is limited but only had a 10 minute wait at the Japanese restaurant. The pools were spotless and the beach was nice. Yes its rocky but its no different than most of the resorts in the area. There isnt much to do around the resort if you like to shop except for limited shops in the marina, there are a lot of restaurants located at the marina also which looked very good. If you want to shop you must take a cab, bus or excursion into town. We tried the excursion which was late arriving so we lost about 30 minutes of the supposed 3 hours you get. Over all not a good excurions. We visited the ruins at Ek Balam on the advise of the Transat girl and well its a great bus ride, we spent about 5 hours on a bus that day. Not enough time at the ruins, and the swiming in the cave although fun was so so. Would recomend Rio Secreto as it is much more spectactulor and the water is warmer. We did the tour with one other couple, it was a short bus ride, less expensive and definatley more dramatic. When we checked out we were billed for the two days the safe did not operate however they were willing to call someone to have them come look at our bill if we were willing to hold up the other 10 couples in line waiting to check out and get on their bus to the airport so we sucked it up. Also apopeared to be mostly french people, the two resorts are more like two lobbies.

Room Tip: Try to get a fourth floor room facing the Dreams. It was quite, no foot traffic, overlooks the pool...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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catrivieramaya1, General Manager at Catalonia Yucatan Beach, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you very much for your feedback. We deeply apologize if your stay with us was not a perfect experience

Starting with myself and all my colleagues and managers, we are disappointed to have not met your expectations during your stay with us.

I hear all your comments, and certainly we will take seriously your feedback and see possibilities to improve and make sure your next visit will exceed your expectations.

Yours sincerely,

Hotel Manager
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Address: Av. Xcacel Lote 1 Plano 2 MZ, Puerto Aventuras 77783, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Puerto Aventuras
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in Puerto Aventuras
#12 Top resorts Hotel in Puerto Aventuras
#13 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Aventuras
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Aventuras
#14 Business Hotel in Puerto Aventuras
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Catalonia Yucatan Beach 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 4 star Catalonia Yucatan Beach Resort & Spa is located in the heart of the Riviera Maya, on the private estate of Puerto Aventuras. Located on the beautiful Mexican Caribbean coast, this resort is directly on the beach and offers a comfortable and peaceful atmosphere, perfect for a relaxing break. This mystical area boasts many Mayan archaeological ruins that include Chichen Itza, Tulum and Tikal as well as the natural attractions of Xel-Ha, Cozumel and Xcaret. ... more   less 
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Catalonia Yucatan Beach Puerto Aventuras
Catalonia Yucatan Beach Riviera Maya/Puerto Aventuras, Mexico

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