My girlfriend and I have just returned from our two week stay at this hotel. We weren't expecting it to be anything amazing for the price we paid but we were pleasantly surprised.
I can find no major fault with the hotel and therefore give it Excellent. Nearly every member of staff was friendly, food was great, especially in the two specialty restaurants (you must book these at reception between 8am and 2pm on the day you want to eat there - no additional charge), and all the pool areas and beach are spot on.
All inclusive says domestic alcohol only but many international brands can be had for no additional charge e.g. smirnoff, barcardi, many other spirits. Alcohol was very good quality and measures very generous! Also Mini bar was included which is rare and very nice to have. Fairly big cocktail menu, but if they don't have it tell them whats in it and they will give it a shot!
The hotel really has something for everyone. There is music all day and different poolside games run by the entertainment team throughout the day at the main pool, but if you would rather have some peace and quiet the other two pools are great, especially the adult pool with the swim up bar! The main pool is by no means rowdy as said in other reviews, and we spent most of our days there. Other than that there is a different evening show every night, which were actually really good, not your typical hotel show! The urban dance and circus shows were probably the best.
The entertainment team also provided free buses to a different club every night if you wanted, however the clubs in Cancun are incredibly expensive, at least by my standards! Most of the decent clubs were $45 US or more for open bar. (no non open bar tickets available). We only went to Coco Bongo which was $70 for Open Bar, but don't let the price put you off! Definitely worth it for Coco Bongo, its unlike anything you would have ever been to. The shows are spread out between the music and really are amazing. There weren't any loud groups late at night as you might expect because of these trips, never got woken up, so if clubbing isn't your thing this shouldn't put you off!
Strongly recommend The Albatros Boat trip to Isla de Mujeres, a great day out, and again great friendly staff. This can be booked through the hotel. The Chichen Itza trip booked through the hotel was also great (if you can't stand the heat this probably isn't for you, incredibly hot and sweaty day out but if you appreciate history its definitely worth it!). The hotel booking agent was surprisingly not that expensive, especially if you booked a couple trips at the same time (they offered us 10% off both trips).
Last thing worth a mention, the hotel has a photo company onsight and has a deal with them. Every guest is entitled to a free 30 minute shoot around the hotel, and 1 free photo (no obligation to buy extras). Extra photos are only $10 (very cheap if you have ever done this kind of thing before!). we only planned to buy a few but loved the photos so much we got a very good deal on the whole lot on a cd!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Well located, with spectacular beach, mostly all the rooms looking for the ocean. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Barcelo Hotel Cancun
- Barcelo Hotel Tucancun Beach
- Barcelo Tucancun Beach Hotel
- Tucancun Hotel
- Cancun Barcelo
- Barcelo Tucancun Beach Resort