The Coba is a beautiful resort full of warm hard working people ready to cater to your every need. I read reviews daily for 3 months before going. I suggest doing the same especially if you've never been out of the country or at a all-inclusive resort before.
Ride to the hotel: kinda long-non stop transfer through Apple Vacations (extra $30) and took about 1hr 20 min.
Check In: Quick and easy
Food: Buffets and snack bars-really good-lots of variety-Seafood ala carte/not so good-to fancy for my taste-didn't like the choices
I was disappointed that the Japaneese ala carte was closed during our stay
Drinks: Can get them anywhere-not real strong but really good-if you want to get buzzed, do shots of tequila (mixed drinks won't get you there)
Room and Grounds:Imaculate, clean and fresh-towel art is great and always plenty of towels, soaps, tissues etc.
Tipping: I didn't see a difference is service whether we tipped or not. I left $2 a day for the maid and $2-$3 for our waiter at breakfast and dinner. The people that work at this resort are very friendly, eager to please and extremely hard working. If you can afford to go on vacation then you can afford a few dollars here and there for these wonderful people. I can't say enough good things about them.
Currency: Everyone is more than happy to take American money. No need for pesos.
I loved this resort and the service we got from Apple vacations. I did learn a couple things from this trip. 1st of all, we've never gone anywhere like this before. We only went for (4) days. Need at least 6. I would opt for a resort closer to the airport next time with such a short stay. If you are looking to party, this isn't the resort. Nightly entertainment (gotta see the M.J. show) is ok but disco doesn't open until midnight and it's for the younger crowd (we're 36 and 40). The entertainment it kind of repetitive as well. I would have liked a more adult atmosphere (pools shut down @ 7pm, shows are over around 10:30-11pm). It would have been nice to party @ the pool late and perhaps had a more adult club (like I said the disco was geared for the younger crowd). With that being said, the Coba is a wonderful family resort and we had an amazing time.