In the last 6 weeks I've spend 2 separate weeks at the Azteca. I went back for a reason.
The property is nice and small (not the monster resorts with the carts that take you from point A to point B).
The resort is clean and comfortable. Not stuck up or snobby. You can wear comfortable clothes without feeling the need to over-dress at night (some resorts I've been to people are practically wearing ball gowns for dinner).
The rooms are well air conditioned, have a stocked mini-bar at the beginning of the week, a safe and are clean and comfortable. The beds were totally fine.
Washrooms are spacious and clean with lots of counter space.
Balconies aren't really usable balconies, but I'm not a balcony person anyways!
The pool is a good size and is always clean with something fun happening in or around it.
All staff are exceptionally friendly.
The music is great. Loud, but I like that by the pool on vacation.
The beach is clean, with a lot of space and soft sand. You can walk right out without stepping on sharp rocks.
The dive shop is great. Diana does a wonderful job there!
Beach activities are always going on and a good time.
The catamaran guys are wonderful and it's a great experience if you've never been.
I didn't bother with the a la carte's, and stuck to the buffet. It was ok. Not great. The best night was (not suprisingly) Mexican night. They do have an Italian chef there cooking great pasta, but that's not what I want in Mexico on vacation. There is variety, but I wouldn't say it's extensive or exceptional. Truth be told, I've had better food at other resorts. Nothing to get excited over. Having said that, I never once was ill or spoke to anyone who was ill. The food is ok...just ok.
The animation team and sports team are so much fun. They really treat you nicely, are always joking around with you and make you feel comfortable and 'at home'.
The shows at night are hit and miss. The comedy show is great, as is Moulin Rouge. The Hollywood show is not the greatest. The Mr/Ms Azteca are hilarious.
The bar in the courtyard area is great. Friendly, generous bartenders. It does get crowded before and after evening shows, so getting a seat can be a challenge.
The disco after the show is ok. Hot as hell (no a/c and no air circulation). Great music, but sweaty.
Overall, no - it's not a 5 star. So don't expect a 5 star.
I would say it qualifies as a solid 4 star. What I mean is that it is better than your average resort/hotel (what I would consider a 3 star), has good food (but not great), a great beach, great staff and good rooms (not luxury). It is great value for the price.
If you want a 5 star - book at a 5 star.
This is a 4 star, so judge it as a 4 star.
I've been to all of the Azul properties, the Bahia, Occidental, Barcelo, Catalonia etc... so I am a good judge of what is considered 5, 4 and lower.
I would absolutely go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Be close to everything. White sand beaches. Mayan ruins. Lush jungles. A championship golf course. And exciting nightlife. The Wyndham Azteca All-Inclusive Resort, a stunning resort on the breathtaking Mayan Riviera on the east coast of the Yucatan, has it all. And it's just 45 minutes from Cancun International Airport in Mexico. Explore captivating Mayan ruins. Find your own private seaside cove, or experience the fun in the sun and nightlife of Playa Del Carmen, just two miles away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Viva Wyndham Azteca Hotel Playa Del Carmen
- Viva Azteca
- Wyndham Playa Del Carmen
- Playa Del Carmen Viva Azteca
- Playa Del Carmen Wyndham
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