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Coral Mar
Ranked #76 of 176 Hotels in Cancun
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 24, 2009

Our stay at the Coral Mar was about perfect for us. I had read the reviews here before going and was concerned, but we had no issues. Problems can happen anywhere. It felt more like staying in a friend's condo than a hotel. There is no way I'd have enjoyed a crowded high rise. But then, I'm an old fart.

The staff was friendly and courteous. They always answered our questions (the night desk didn't speak English) and were attentive to our requests. The units are nicely appointed, the beds were comfy and still firm, not sagged out. The property was made over after hurricane Wilma in 2005 and is still fresh. They have small kitchens and there are two mini marts on the street but one of the on-site travel agency gals told how to get the large super market that the Mexicans shop at. They also gave us a map locating Sam's Club, Costco, Walmart, Burger King, McDonalds, Dominoes, etc downtown.

The units all overlook the pool and the lagoon and the Strip beyond. Each has a small patio with the prevailing breeze (or squall) blowing in. The pool is on the small side, set up for volleyball and soaking, not for laps. The shallow kids end has a little slide in the middle but was the right depth for soaking without effort.

The small palapa restaurant has a varied menu of Mexican dishes, fish, shrimp and hamburgers too. Pricing was fair and better than in town. Beers were cold. Twofer well drinks happy hour daily. The waiters are fun and wanted to please.

We did the snorkeling, Mayan ruins and "eco" theme park tours. The agency sets them up for specific days for scheduling and we always had 12 people on board. The van picked us up at the front door. The driver was a kick and very helpful. They set us up with a great guide for the Chichen Itsa tour. Very worthwhile. They offer many other packaged activities.

We went with our two, early 20s, sons who travel on their own and can now hang with the folks. A while. Their sentiments echo reviews of other young singles. Being at the end of the road, it was a little far from the main drag and the nightlife. Did it stop them? No. They would have liked a hotel on the strip for more action and the club scene. They did complain about the clubs being pricey and the drinks watery. And the wet t-shirt contest was ho hum. The deejay really worked hard. I guess every week can't be Spring Break.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 17, 2009

i dint like this hotel we stayed for one week but its far from the ocean you have to walk 2 miles to get to the main street and take the local bus to get to the beach it was 90 degres outside a the hotel di not have electricity for 2 days so we dint have water and no a/c it was an aventure all the people were sleeping at the swiming poll because it was so hot at night so i will never stay in this hotel

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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4  Thank gdelar
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Reviewed June 16, 2009

This small hotel is just a bit out of the way (about a mile from the main road) but taxis are always parked outside.
Our one bedroom unit had a great view of the lagoon and was well maintained. Staff is friendly and helpful. The coffee pot was immediately replaced when we requested a new one.
The little restaurant is very nice (try the Coral Mar special cocktail).
We had attended a wedding at Dreams cancun the week before and this was just the place to unwind and relax.
There are no laundry facilities bur there are a couple of launderias up the road where they do a great job very inexpensively.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Fauxqui
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Reviewed May 15, 2009

Traded in a timeshare for a week here. Very pleasant smaller hotel - if you want beach and nightlife this isn't the place as it is about 2-3 miles from the Cancun strip via road (though only 1/2 mile across the lagoon). Decent restaurant, friendly staff. Taxi's to downtown or the local beaches were never more than $8 USD and tours picked us up from the hotel.

Rooms were very comfortable and reasonably equipped. Only loud noise came from one of the Cancun strip nightclubs coming from over the lagoon and didn't last for more than an hour.

  • Stayed: April 2009
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1  Thank ElCel
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Reviewed January 30, 2009

We stayed at Coral Mar from 1/24-31/09. It is a little off the beaten path, which makes it nice. You're not in the heart of the hotel zone always being pushed to buy something from the aggressive locals.

It's a quaint place. It reminds me of a more residential experience than a hotel. There are no elevators, so request a lower floor if you don't want to climb the steps.

There is intermittent wireless Internet access for free. You can usually get a signal by the restaurant/pool area.

We didn't rent a car. We walked to the main road, about 1 mi from the hotel and took the bus downtown and to the hotel zone. It costs 6.50 peso (50 cents US). There is usually a taxi waiting at the front of the hotel as well. I think it costs about $10 to go to hotel zone. The front desk has a map with the rates. Make sure you negotiate the price before you get in the taxi. Bring good walking shoes even if you are renting a car.

The restaurant onsite is good. The prices are reasonable.

The rooms do not have a safe, there is no fitness center onsite or a hotub/jacuzzi (only pool). The kitchen is fully equipped; however, this is no oven.

Overall, our stay was great and I would stay here again.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank rozhah
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Reviewed January 27, 2009

I recently went to Cancun with friends. We were placed at the Coral Mar by RCI, a timeshare company. At first, we were having a great time--we liked the food and the staff. The unit wasn't the nicest we'd stayed in (we go away every year) but we didn't plan on being there very much. It was a little annoying that Coral Mar was so far away, but we'd rented a car, so it wasn't too big a deal.

My sister had decided to bring her laptop, seeing as the website wrote that they had available WiFi--little did we know, we'd have to pay for it. So we didn't. No one saw her laptop, seeing as there was so reason to have out. Since there was no safe in the room, we decided to put it in the master bedroom's closet, in her carry-on bag. We also put the "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door.

Well, we were at the pool one day, and came back to get showered to go to dinner, and my friend noticed that her cell phone charger was not plugged in the wall, and that her bag was open. We had unlocked both the door lock and the dead bolt to get into the room, and were all very vigilant about locking them when we left. That's when we started looking around, and realized that not only had her phone charger been stolen, but so had my sister's laptop and her IPod!

The staff was unhelpful. They refused to call the police for us, and when we told them that, they suggested we bring a man that worked at the hotel along with us to the police station. Three scared girls, alone in Mexico for the first time, with a strange man in the car! They also made outlandish accusations, like that "someone" had seen one of us going up to the room with a man, which was totally untrue! The manager refused to see us until the next day in the afternoon. They knew it had to be someone on our staff--locked doors are only opened by keys--and so they clammed up and refused to help.

You know, these things can happen, we're well aware of that...but the fact that it was OBVIOUS that it was a staff member, and how unfairly we were treated because of that, is inexcusable.

The next day RCI moved us to an amazing place called the Gran Melia. If you're going to Cancun, stay there instead! Keep your valuables safe at the Coral Mar!

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 14, 2008

My family just returned from a stay at Coral Mar. It is a nice, quiet resort - that is no joke! We only saw a handful of people during our entire weeks stay. We stayed in unit #54 which had a great view of the pool and bay. The unit was a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom with a small kitchen - no stove! It was nice enough and clean. It is a no frills place, which is fine for my family and the way we generally like to travel. We read in the guest book in our room to avoid the "free" breakfast because it is a time share sales pitch. I planned nearly all of our activities online prior to our arrival so did not even stop into the travel office - but it's there if you don't like to plan things in advance and all the reviews in the guest book raved about Linda.

We followed the advice posted online and went to WalMart to purchase a few items. If you like coffee - bring it or purchase it in town once you arrive. (Unless you like Folgers instant) We do not like Folgers. Also, there is no washer or dryer on the premise. All reviews were correct about the air conditioners. They work well, however are quite loud.

The restaurant and staff are great. We ate a few meals there- breakfast was not so great. Dinner was fine and we really enjoyed the beef tacos. Most items on the menu are not mexican food. The cheese they use is different? My daughter did not like the quesadillas - they had an odd flavor. We were a bit surprised because we live in Arizona and eat Mexican food all the time.

I suggest a rental car if you plan to get out and see the sights. We did note there was always at least 1 taxi out front at all times. Most of our activities were not in Cancun. We did an all day tour with Edventures. Awesome and highly recommend. They are based out of Tulum which is about a 2 hour drive. (80 kms or so) You may contact them by sending an email. You will get a response within the day. Prices are reasonable for a very memorable day. Email address is: edventure68@hotmail.com. The tour included 2 ziplines, a cliff jump into a lagoon about 100 feet from the ziplines for a quick refreshing cool down; snorkeling in the Cenote Dos Ojos (snorkeling in a cave that is open on one side to the jungle); lunch at La Buena Vida which was the perfect spot on the beach that has 2 treehouses for the kids to climb up; snorkeling in the coral reef and then swimming with sea turtles; and then off to a lagoon where the salt and fresh water mix - the fish were unbelievable as was the experience! All this with a personal guide - George whom rode in our car with us for the day.

We also enjoyed swimming with the dolphins at Delphinius - Dreams Cancun. If you book online you can swim with the dolphins for $126.00 for an hour that includes the foot push. It was very well done and I would recommend this place. They also do this at Xcaret. We also went to Xcaret and if you purchase tickets online or through a travel agent you will save a lot of money. It is a beautiful park with things to do for all ages. The underground river was a once in a lifetime experience and great fun. Also a great way to cool off as it was rather hot the day we were there. My daughter enjoyed the show; my husband and I not so much. It was very long with a 15 minute intermission in a covered outdoor stadium. It was the heat and humidity that bothered us more than anything.

All in all it was a great trip and Coral Mar is a nice place to stay for those that don't mind not being catered too and like the quiet type of vacation.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with family
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4  Thank lravelingprincess
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Additional Information about Coral Mar

Address: Pok-Ta-Pok Avenue, Cancun 77500, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Cancun
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Room Service
Hotel Style:
#32 Family Hotel in Cancun
#38 Luxury Hotel in Cancun
Price Range: $90 - $115 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Coral Mar 4*
Number of rooms: 49
Also Known As:
Coral Mar Hotel Cancun
Coral Mar Cancun

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