My girlfriend and I visited this hotel for 2 weeks at the end of last August. It was our first time to Cancun and absolutely loved the place. We went there with the intention to do lots of excursions as well as relax, drink and enjoy the sun. Unfortunately at that time of year, the weather at night was quite cloudy and there was rain for many of the nights.
Hotel - The hotel is not too far away from the airport at all, though we were one of the last to be dropped off. The exterior of the building makes it look quite outdated, as it is between 2 very modern, expensive hotels. We were greeted with welcome drinks and check in was very efficient and ran smoothly. The interior of the hotel is lovely and can't be complained about at all, with a few shops surrounding the lobby. The pool wasn't to our taste but the beach, beach bar, Tiki bar and the hot tub pool were all amazing. Could have stayed in any of these places all day. In fact, there were many days where we did just that! We were lucky enough to meet some of the new born baby turtles too, which was something we loved! The little guys were very cute and we could have
taken one home.
Rooms - We were given 2 double beds initially, but after a conversation with the front desk, we were able to move to a room with one king size bed the following night no problem. This did not
bother us at all but were glad of the change. Both rooms were lagoon views but the first was only on the 2nd floor so the view was still of the hotel itself. However as we moved rooms to the 4th floor, our view was amazing. Even though it isn't quite as good as the ocean view, it is still pretty amazing! Bed was huge and comfortable & bathroom was good with a large shower. Shame
there was no mini fridge!
Food - With the amount of choice at this hotel, there is no way you'll ever get hungry. The Barn was ONLY good for the steaks, in our opinion, as they were top quality! The buffet was great for
breakfast and a quick lunch whilst relaxing by the beach/pool as it's only a few steps away. Despite not being fans of fish or seafood, we tried Pier 12 for lunch and absolutely loved it. Sitting out on the terrace looking over the ocean whilst eating their coconut shrimp was the perfect lunch! We went back many a time. The Japanese restaurant was good but nothing to rave about. Shangri La on the other hand had some amazing choices for meals and a lovely, chilled atmosphere for the quiet nights! The snack bar was great too for drunken meals after a few drinks!
Entertainment - In our opinion, the entertainment provided was pretty poor. We are always up for a laugh but it was always cringey, forced fun. It was always by the pool so quite difficult to relax round the pool. We much preferred being sat by the bar or on the beach sunbeds. The Argentinian girl was quite rude, we found, and was very pushy. She ran the abysmal games that went on in the Sixties bar. This place was really tacky looking we thought and was nothing compared to the entertainment provided by the staff at the Tiki bar. Busy or quiet, the Dolphin & Tiki bars were the place to be. The bar staff were loads of fun and always made sure you had a drink in front of you. The guys who ran the sports games were good fun. There's always a game of beach volleyball going everyday which is fun. Also got to play a game of beach soccer which was hard work ha!
Staff - Some of the staff here really made our holiday. We loved chilling out by the bar during the day when Fonzi and Jose were working. These guys were amazing. They were hard working, fun, polite, generous and funny! They definitely do not just 'work for tips' but these 2 along with many others, deserved a tip everytime due to their service they gave. The lady who circled the pool and beach, collecting empty glasses and serving drinks to wherever you were, worked her backside off in the heat. And ALWAYS with a smile on her face. Many of the staff were like this, but these 3 deserved a special mention. Also, ask Fonzi to make you some of his spicy cucumber! Perfect snack for the weather haha. They also gave us advice on where to visit and what to do whilst in Cancun, which was most helpful.
Drinks - There is a large selection of cocktails on offer, but after a few, they do get a bit much with the amount of sugar in those flavoured liqueors haha! But the staff put some great concoctions together for you. They can pretty much make you anything you like. And there are premium spirits available if you ask. Our favourite drink of the holiday was the liquid viagra. This stuff blows your head off! Tastes much better than regular tequila though hahaha!
Excursions - Make sure you do Coco Bongo whilst there! This is a MUST. We swam with dolphins at the Plaza, as the overall package deal worked out much better for your money. Lots of nice restaurants down the strip to choose from and a top quality night out too, with the amount of clubs.
We visited the sister hotel a couple of times too, but we found the food and atmosphere was more to our taste in the Golden. Much better with no kids about!
All in all, I think this hotel was just what we wanted on our first trip to Cancun. Compared to all the other hotels on the strip, it is very small and old-looking, but the staff and whole place was
amazing. We loved spending our days by the bars and on the beach. The only problem we had, was that we found ourselves going out most nights, due to the poor/lack of entertainment provided. No shows worth going seeing or anything tempting us to stay. But it's a good job it's Cancun and there's LOADS to do. Everywhere! Best holiday of our lives. Thank you GP!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Golden Parnassus All Inclusive Resort & Spa Cancun, Golden Parnassus Cancun, is an Adults Only All Inclusive Resort Situated on an unspoiled sandbar tucked between Nichupte Lagoon and the Caribbean Sea is one of Cancun's premier adult all-inclusive resorts. A beach resort wholly devoted to the "in the moment" lifestyle, Golden Parnassus Cancun is a destination where exclusive personal service and a sophisticated yet casual spirit offer the backdrop for the ultimate in relaxation. ... more less
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