I stayed at the resort January 13-17. I went with Funjet's Black Friday special which happened to be Gran Caribe Real.
The Resort: A smaller resort (compared to Riveria Maya) with two small pools BUT on a great beach front. We did not go in the pool or use the pool activities.
The Clientele: A very cosmopolitan feel (which is what we like) with about %25 Americans, %25 Canadians, %25 Mexicans, 25% Europeans. The resort was about 50% full on Sunday and less during the week. The guests and staff were very friendly. We had many nice conversations.
Check-in: Upgrade was mentioned and that was all. HOWEVER, they provided a free upgrade since the resort had a lot of empty rooms. A very nice touch and we appreciated this.
Rooms: We found them very clean and a nice "step down" design to the balcony. We needed two double beds and the room had one king bed. The Gran Caribe sent up roll around bed and matress which my son found very comfortable. This ended up being better than expected.
Weather: Perfect. No rain and highs of 82 and lows of 72.
Food: We all (five adults) enjoyed the food at all loctions. No complaints. The Il Pescatore reastaurant was our favorite and the Mayan coffee presentation was as good as it gets. Sunset Grill was second favorite and very good with menu ordering. Maria's fillet steak was outstanding.
Restaurant reservations: We tried to book right away but our Conceriege had to do it. He said reservations can only be made from 8a-1pm and we got ours in just before one. So we got in to the two restaurants. Once we were in Maria's, the restaurant was only 25% full at most. So I think they book around their staff availability.
The hall nosie: Yes, the doors slam through the night so expect to get woken up with loud door slams and drunk people talking loud when coming back. Luckily the resort was not busy and Monday -Wednesday the evenings and nights were mostly quiet with just 1-2 door slams.
The Resort front: This is were the cooling tower is and there is a constant noise heard throughout the Sunset grill and childrens area. Just a nusiance during dinner but not that bad. Also both areas are next to the street with a lot of street noise. Once again, not a show stopper but not quiet either. I now understand reviews complaining about the rooms in the front of the resort. I would not like it either.
The Beach: Outstanding. CLEAN, smooth sand and you can walk for miles up and down. Gran Caribe had the most chairs out (and that was a LOT) and only 10-20% were filled. Plenty of canope areas too. The other resorts were EMPTY on the beach and most had about 10 chairs out on their beach so it was very quiet and RELAXING all week long.
Overall: We had a very nice time. The Cancun resorts have to fit inbetween the main street and the beach so Gran Caribe did the best they could with the noise up front. Best to mention for those that are noise sensative. We would return but the 40% discount and free upgrade really made the experience better for us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On a beautiful stretch of pristine white sands in the heart of Cancun's famous Hotel Zone stands the spectacular Gran Caribe Resort, welcoming couples, families, friends, and colleagues to relish all-inclusive luxuries, enjoy genuine hospitality, and explore the region's cultural heritage and vibrant entertainment district. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, BookIt.com, Despegar.com and Jetsetter so you can book your Gran Caribe Resort reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Gran Caribe Real Cancun
- Caribe Real Resort Spa
- Gran Caribe Cancun
- Gran Caribe Real Resort & Spa
- Cancun Gran Caribe Real Resort
- Gran Caribe Real Hotel