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BlueBay Grand Esmeralda

Carretera Federal Chetumal- Puerto Juarez km 300 Camino a la Pileta, Playa del Carmen 77710 Mexico
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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#133 of 267 hotels in Playa del Carmen
Ideally located in an area of 445 acres in a prime position on the beach on the Riviera Maya, BlueBay Grand Esmeralda combines elegant Mayan features with contemporary design and a wide range of service to suit the most discerning traveller. BlueBay Grand Esmeralda provides a relaxed atmosphere for holiday makers. The hotel features 979 elegant and well-appointed rooms and suites with the option of a sea or garden view.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Tennis court
Paid wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Fitness classes
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Poolside bar
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Table tennis
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Currency exchange
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
Room service
Flatscreen TV
VIP room facilities
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Carretera Federal Chetumal- Puerto Juarez km 300 Camino a la Pileta, Playa del Carmen 77710 Mexico
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colleencici wrote a review Sep 21
Belfast, United Kingdom13 contributions20 helpful votes
I stayed here for two weeks and it was amazing! The restaurants were so lovely and the food was better than any other all inclusive I have stayed in! The swing bar was brilliant to sit around and the bar staff loved making different drinks and shots to suit our tastes! The pool area was so relaxing with beds in the water which was perfect on a hot day! Would 100% recommend
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Alex wrote a review Sep 5
1 contribution1 helpful vote
We have been to Riviera Maya hotel “Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda” hotel in August 2020. Because of COVID-19, the hotel was filled at about 25% of its capacity. That’s the reason why the variety of food was limited, but the food itself was pretty tasty. Only two restaurants were open per night, and in order to make reservation for next day dinner, you have to physically appear at the lobby every morning to see concierge. The beach was disgusting, the sea water was dirty and the button has plenty of silt. Never go there if you beach lover! Terrible color of the sea! However, the swimming pools are very good and really giant. At the evening time, there’re tons of mosquitoes, swarms of those flying insects! Probably, they don’t fight mosquitoes, we never saw fumigation process. At the hotel’s territory, there are 2 or 3 real swamps, where those mosquitoes breed. Mosquitoes was the reason why we never visit any show at the theater. The personal at the hotel was nice and friendly, everyone was wearing mask and other protective equipment. Service of “Cheap Caribbean” was really disappointed; we’ll never be their client anymore. During 11 days of our stay, they never show up and ignored our calls. We tried to buy some excursion via “Cheap Caribbean”, but with no success. Finally, we bought couple excursion from local company. The room was spacious and clean. Every room has balcony of patio.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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John S wrote a review Aug 2020
Conroe, Texas5 contributions8 helpful votes
I wouldn't return to that resort if it was free. The rooms were very old and smelled funny. We got the upgraded room that we originally paid for and it was ok at best. My wife decided that she wanted one of the rooms with the somewhat personal pool outside the door so we requested that on day two. They charged us another $400 for that room and we paid it only to find out that it was a standard upgrade from the garden view room. In other words, the upgrade for ocean view was the same upgrade as the pool room. The room with the pool had no view so the $400 could have been used for a pool OR a view. They charged us twice and refused to refund the money. We also paid for another couple to do the same thing and they has also already upgraded to an ocean view once we got there. So basically, they took my $800 for nothing! The second room had an air conditioner that didn't work. We complained about it several times and they did NOTHING. Another couple in our group that was next to us had the same problem. Sleeping was miserable! Finally I had enough and raised hell in the lobby and insisted on another room. We had good air for one night as they gave us a different room on the final night. They claim to offer shuttle service to and from the lobby as it is a long very hot and sweaty walk, but the shuttle runs about once every hour or so. It's less than customer friendly. The concierge and I got into a verbal yelling match. We went fishing one day and caught some mahi. We brought the mahi back and asked if they would cook it for us at the resort. Alonzo, the concierge assured us that we could have the fish prepared any way we liked by the "chef" in the steakhouse. That was going to be our last night meal and we made arrangements for everyone to meet at the steakhouse. We all got there only to find out that they would not cook the fish. Now my wife made the reservation and spoke to Alonzo but I also asked Alonzo myself personally about them cooking the fish and he assured me that that would cook it. That fishing trip cost me about $1500 for two boats and we wanted to enjoy our catch. I confronted Alonzo the next day as we were checking out and things got heated. Alonzo literally called my wife a "f'ing liar". I almost took a swing at him right there in the lobby. I told him that I personally confirmed with him that they would cook the fish and then he called me a liar. I had to be pulled away by our friends. The food was awful and the drinks were a joke. They used the worst liquor I've ever tasted. The beer consisted of ONLY Dos Equis. We literally went and bought our own liquor and beer and had it delivered to our rooms every day. The bartenders and servers were great and very attentive but the product was horrible.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
5 Helpful votes
Michelle S wrote a review Aug 2020
Minneapolis, Minnesota247 contributions61 helpful votes
We stayed here for a girls trip. We are Circle One members. Everything about this place was perfect. I know they were renovating a few spots, but we didn't let that ruin our time while we stayed here. All the restaurants had WONDERFUL food and service. All the workers gave impeccable service no matter what they were doing. It was always clean and if you needed something they would always respond very quickly. We loved the shops there. We also really enjoyed the market that was there on Tuesday night. We wish they had multiple nights for the market. We also got a tour to Chichen Itza through the lobby and the did a great job. I wish I would have done their crafts by the pool area. No trouble getting a taxi to go somewhere either. They were very accommodating with everything. Can't wait to go back! Only things we didn't like were: My mom had to meet with people about her membership, and they kept trying to pressure her to spend more on her membership. Sometimes the music was really loud at the pool. It made it feel like a college frat party. We wish the Circle One side of the beach had a pool.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Response from Sophie Murguia, Atención al huésped/Recepción at BlueBay Grand Esmeralda
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear R5453RXmichelles, Thank you very much for sharing your excellent rating and positive remarks for our service and facilities on this platform. We are very glad to read that you spent an excellent vacation at our resort and that the service provided by our staff has exceeded your expectations. As you are a Circle One member we look forward to welcoming you in the nar future. Kind regards,.
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F3claire22 wrote a review Aug 2020
Playa del Carmen, Mexico56 contributions1 helpful vote
Stayed here for 3 nights last September. Was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. The rooms are pretty dated but we literally only slept in there. The food is amazing and the drinks are top shelf, couldn’t fault this part. Hotel grounds are large and well kept. Beach isn’t the best due to mangroves but the pool area is large and a lot of fun. Good service in the restaurants and bars.
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
1 Helpful vote
Response from Sophie Murguia, Atención al huésped/Recepción at BlueBay Grand Esmeralda
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear f3claire22, Thank you very much for sharing your good rating and positive remarks for our service and facilities on this platform. We are delighted to know that you had an enjoyable experience with us and that you particulary appreciate our food and drinks selection. We wish to have the honor of hosting you again soon. Kind regards,
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$132 - $277 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about BlueBay Grand Esmeralda
What are some of the property amenities at BlueBay Grand Esmeralda?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at BlueBay Grand Esmeralda?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at BlueBay Grand Esmeralda?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at BlueBay Grand Esmeralda?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to BlueBay Grand Esmeralda?
Conveniently located restaurants include El Puerto, Punta Bonita at Rosewood Mayakoba, and Piaf Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at BlueBay Grand Esmeralda?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and fitness classes during their stay.
Does BlueBay Grand Esmeralda have an airport shuttle?
Yes, BlueBay Grand Esmeralda offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at BlueBay Grand Esmeralda?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does BlueBay Grand Esmeralda offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to BlueBay Grand Esmeralda?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Zona Arqueologica Playa del Carmen (5.9 miles).
Does BlueBay Grand Esmeralda have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.