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Iberostar Tucan Hotel
Ranked #49 of 212 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
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Reviewed March 19, 2014

We really enjoyed the Iberostar Tucan. The beach was beautiful and there were always fun activities when we wanted to do them. The a la cart restaurants were better than the buffet, but everyone was always able to find food they liked. We LOVED the monkeys, peacocks and the jungle scenery. Buildings 14 and 15 are the best for seeing monkeys from your balcony in the morning. I do recommend bringing earplugs though as the monkeys start howling very early and the peacocks are very loud.

The service all around was great and kudos to the star friends who work so hard to keep everyone entertained day and night. We are already looking forward to going again next year.

Room Tip: Buildings 14 and 15 are the best for seeing monkeys from your balcony in the morning. I do recommend...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank Lisa S
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Quality manager I, Quality Manager at Iberostar Tucan Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2014

Dear Guest,

First and foremost, on behalf of the Management of IBEROSTAR Tucan & Quetzal, we would like to thank you for choosing our beautiful resort to enjoy a wonderful time during your holidays.

We are very pleased for your kind remarks regarding our services, gastronomy, friendly team members and the beauty of our premises and tropical grounds. As you could experience, at our premises, we host wildlife that allows our guests to interact with our natural environment and appreciate the flora and fauna of the Mayan tropics.

We would be very happy to have the opportunity to host you back again in the near future so that we can offer you more of the selective entertainment and quality services that characterizes us.

Best regards,

Quality Manager
IBEROSTAR Mexico

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Reviewed March 19, 2014

We have had a great time at Iberostarhotel Tucan.
Staff cannot do enough for you and are always cheerful.
The wildlife in the "jungle" area made our holiday really special, especially the little black chicken!!
Room OK, food good (managed to put on a few pounds)
Our only complaint is the reserving of sun beds. Didn't expect to have to get up so early to get one! It became a real chore everyday.
Overall very happy.

Stayed: March 2014
8  Thank Michelle S
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Quality manager I, Quality Manager at Iberostar Tucan Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2014

Dear Guest,

On behalf of IBEROSTAR Tucan & Quetzal, we would like to thank you for visiting our resort during your recent holidays. Your experience may help others to choose our tropical resort for their next vacation in the Mexican Caribbean.

We appreciate your highlights our services and the beauty of our tropical forest.

It would be a pleasure to welcome you and your beloved ones to our resort in the near future.

Best regards,

Quality Manager
IBEROSTAR Mexico

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Reviewed March 18, 2014

We couldn't find any major fault with this resort. It is well maintained, clean and modern. It's located in the middle of a jungle setting with lots of people friendly animals roaming around. Mini bars and safes in the rooms. Great maid service. Firm mattresses. Modern showers with shampoo and conditioner dispensers.

It's the cleanest and nicest beach on the strip. Good variety of food and different locations to eat. Take a 7.00 cab ride to playa del Carmen to shop. It's worth it. There are local vendors that display their products in the lobby every few days. Don't buy anything from them. Their prices are very inflated. The same goes for the gift shops in the lobby.

The animation staff is the best I have ever seen. The nightly shows were great. Friday night is karaoke night and my husband Barry sang purple rain and brought the house down!
Yohel, Angie, Ary ,Andre and especially Mauricio - you guys rock!

Lots of fun going on at the pool and you will never be bored. Great swim up bar with no kids allowed. The bartender is Daniel and he is the best!

Nathaniel at the Italian a la carte and Ricardo at the buffet Cozumel were our favorite waiters. They made sure we always had everything we needed.

Tips -

reserve your chairs early at the beach and pool, especially if you want prime seating.

If it's in your budget, get a junior suite. They are ocean view.

The silver that is being sold on the beach may not be real.

Don't pay full price for anything - negotiate!

There is no free wifi at the hotel. Take the 7.00 cab ride into town, have a drink at one of the many places that offer free wifi and download whatever you need to.

Room Tip: Spend a little more and upgrade to a junior suite
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank LaceyLovers
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Quality manager I, Quality Manager at Iberostar Tucan Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2014

Dear Guest,

On behalf of the General Management of the IBEROSTAR Tucan & Quetzal resort, we truly appreciate the time you have taken to write about your stay experience with us and to share it on the TripAdvisor community.

We are much delighted to know that you have enjoyed our All Inclusive plan, our gastronomy, our accommodations and amenities, and most likely, the hospitality of our staff.

Thank you for the special mention of our team members: Nathaniel, Daniel, Yoel, Angie, Mauricio, Angie and Ari. They will be very pleased to receive your compliments.

We look forward to seeing you again at IBEROSTAR Tucan & Quetzal.

Sincerely yours,

Quality Manager
IBEROSTAR Mexico

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Reviewed March 18, 2014

My husband and I have never done an all inclusive before now thats all we will do. I am so Happy my girl Tammy at CC recommened The Tucan. It was more than I could have ever dreamed of. The staff if WONDERFUL they will do anything to make you happy. The food was plentaful and if you love waking up to nature this is the place for you. I love how they have keep a piece of the jungle for us to enjoy. The pool and beach was so beautiful I and you never felt crowded.we will definatily be back

Room Tip: any room in bildg 14, 15, 16
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Quality manager I, Quality Manager at Iberostar Tucan Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2014

Dear guest,

We are delighted to read your nice travel note and the recommendations that you courteously posted on the TripAdvisor travelers ‘community.

On behalf of the General Manager of the IBEROSTAR Tucan & Quetzal, we want to thank you for your nice gestures of appreciation for our tropical resort and on the warm hospitality that you have received from our team members.

We are very happy to know that you have enjoyed our jungle. We gladly inform you that our property holds a unique concept that is integrated to this natural space that invites you to learn and appreciate the endemic flora and fauna of the Mayan tropics. This is a plus we proudly share with our beloved guests.

We will be much honored to welcome you back again to keep providing you our best service and attentions.

Respectfully yours,

Quality Manager
IBEROSTAR Mexico

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Reviewed March 18, 2014

Our family of four stayed at the Iberostar Tucan last week. I had emailed ahead twice to make sure our two rooms were attached or at least close by. I had requested one room with a king size bed and the other room with two beds. When we arrived we were given rooms far apart from each other and two king sized bed rooms. We were told our kids, which are older so it wasn't a huge deal, could be moved the next day. My husband explained they needed a room with two beds and after quite some time they found one but thee-four buildings away from us. I asked why nothing was done with my request and the woman said she doesn't know why they didn't honor any of it because the manager saw the email. I know these requests are not guaranteed but it felt like they didn't try to honor them at all. We have stayed at Iberostars in the past and they have honored our room requests. What we did get for returning were fruit baskets and T-shirts which were left in our room one day.

Our room (1403) was extremely musty and a sewer smell in the bathroom. We kept the bathroom fan on and the door shut. It had a nice view of the jungle area and one day we had a peacock hanging out on our deck. The animals were fun to watch all over the resort. Housekeeping was good except for one day. You need to leave your towels in the shower on the floor if you want new ones. We put them in the shower only to find the housekeeper had rehung them to use...gross. I had to call to get new towels. They never arrived so I had to go the front desk and ask again. They did bring new towels that night.

We could hear everything in the room next door and especially the shows at the neighboring resort. Trucks also drive down the walkways and that makes it noisy as well. There were a lot of spring breakers at the hotel. We chose a family style resort thinking it would not be as bad. There were at least two high school groups and a large college group. We had a group of spring breakers next door which woke us up at all hours...one morning at 4:00am. We had to bang on the door to get them to quiet down. Again, not what we expected this vacation to be.

The beach and pool areas are beautiful. The swimming was great. However, I have never experienced the towel games like at this resort. It is not an exaggeration that you need to be up at 6:00am and reserve seats under the palapas. The chairs are on top of each other as well. The organized games were fun for our family and I think it is a good idea to get people together and play the games they might not ordinarily do on their own.

The food was not as good as other Iberostars we have stayed at in the past. You will not starve and some of it is quite good. But it was the same old same old every day. The wait staff was friendly and very courteous and helpful. Most times I wondered if they put an alcohol in the drinks at all. It mostly just tasted like the mixers. I can get a better margarita or sangria at home. The sangria was sprite with a dash of red wine poured over the top that you mixed together yourself. I drink decaf coffee and it was packaged instant not fresh brewed.

The a la cartes were not anything special. We ate at the Japanese and the Steak House. The hibachi show was good but the food was average. The meat was tender but the chunks were too big to eat with chopsticks or just a fork (no knives). The shrimp still had the tails on. There wasn't any dipping sauce other than soy sauce that was on the table. The steak was okay at the steak house and cooked as requested but the baked potato that came with dinner was the size of a golf ball. There was one spear of broccoli and a cut up piece of corn on a stick about 1" wide. There was a salad bar that was good.

Room service was the worst food. The Caesar salad wasn't edible (soggy lettuce). Our daughter was ill one day and we ordered food for her in the room. They won't deliver any drinks at all which we thought was strange. She was out of water in her room so I had to bring one from our room. The only place to go and get a drink to bring back to the room was the pool/beach area.

The couples show at night was funny. The mexican dancing one was very boring and we left along with most of the crowd.

We bought wifi for each of us ($38/pp) which worked good the first few days but we had problems with connections the rest of our stay. The front desk did reset it for us once. The Starbucks down the street does not have wifi at all. The Starbucks in Playa Del Carmen does have free wifi.

It's hard not to relax and enjoy yourself with the beautiful beach and pool area (as well as all the animals) but it definitely could be better with some changes. If I had to plan this vacation again I would definitely go back to the Iberostar Maya over this resort.

Room Tip: Room 1403 bottom floor had a nice jungle view, however, room was musty. Room 705 had a view of the...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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Quality manager I, Quality Manager at Iberostar Tucan Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2014

Dear guest,

On behalf of the General Manager of the IBEROSTAR Tucan & Quetzal resort, we would like to thank your for choosing to stay with us for your recent holidays.

We are sorry to hear that your experience with us did not live up to our usual level of service.
Your feedback is very important for us and you can be certain we already shared it with the departments involved and we are looking for new ways and procedures in which we can enhance our services. We will for sure be looking into the situations that you kindly informed us regarding humidity in your room.

Regarding the food and services provided by our room service and our a la carte restaurants, we would like to mention that our Executive Chef works hard to provide all of our guests with delicious plates created with fresh and quality products. However, please rest assured we will review your comments with him.

On the other hand, we are sorry to hear that your staying with us was not fully satisfying due to the presence of spring break groups at our premises. We kindly inform you that we welcomed a limited booking number of student groups with an adult companion for holidays, in the understanding that our resort is family oriented.

We apologize for the inconvenient presented during your stay. We do everything in our hands to ensure that our guests feel attended and receive our courtesy at every moment.

Regarding the internet access, we would like to inform you that thanks to our guest’s suggestions we are working to improve that point. Unfortunately this service is not part of our All Inclusive plan at this moment, but we are trying to add it so that guests may have it for free in the near future.

You can be sure that we will follow up your review in detail to apply corrective actions in accordance to our customer service standards.

We would highly appreciate to have the opportunity to welcome you back again or at any of our IBEROSTAR resorts worldwide.

Sincerely,

Quality Manager
IBEROSTAR Mexico

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Reviewed March 17, 2014

Our family just returned from a fantastic March Break at Iberostar Tucan. The hotel is beautiful, clean and well-maintained. The rooms are spacious, modern and the housekeeping staff do an excellent job of keeping everything clean and tidy. The beach is beautiful and clean with crystal blue water and the free form pool is stunning. Even though we were there during Spring Break, the sprawling grounds and spacious public areas ensured that the resort never felt crowded. The large pool meant that young kids and pool activities were held at one end so you could relax and enjoy some peace and quiet at the opposite end. My teenage boys particularly liked the "jungle- like" setting and the free roaming monkeys, peacocks, lizards and other animals. We had a room backing onto the garden so we could watch the monkeys playing in the tree tops from our balcony each morning. The buffet food was far better than we have experienced at other all-inclusive resorts as it was always fresh and hot. The a-la-carte restaurants were good as well, Our favourite was the Japanese restaurant where the chefs prepare food at your table and put on an entertaining show while doing so. Service throughout the resort was excellent and staff were always friendly and welcoming with most being fluent in English. The only disappointment was the nightly entertainment, we found it to be very amateurish and hokey. It would have been better if they featured traditional Mexican entertainers from the region instead of performances by the entertainment staff. Overall, the resort met or exceeded our expectations.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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Quality manager I, Quality Manager at Iberostar Tucan Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2014

Dear Guest,

On behalf of the IBEROSTAR Tucan & Quetzal Resort and the General Management, we thank you for your stataying with us and for posting your review on the TripAdvisor traveler’s community website.

We highly esteem your words of appreciation regarding our well maintained premises, our tropical grounds and the flavors of our specialty meals.

Additionally, we value your compliments to our team members who were attentive and provided you a service of excellence.

We wish to have the honor to host you again at our family oriented resort located at the heart of the Riviera Maya.

Best regards,

Quality Manager
IBEROSTAR Mexico

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Reviewed March 16, 2014

The best food, the best beach and the best service. The beach and the gardens are awesome and the wait staff is always there to bring you fresh coffee or new drink. Get up early 6 am to reserve your spot on the beach and be ready to RELAX!

Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Quality manager I, Quality Manager at Iberostar Tucan Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2014

Dear Guest,

On behalf of the General Management of the IBEROSTAR Tucan & Quetzal resort, we thank you for choosing to stay with us and for taking a moment of your time to share your lovely comments with the on-line community.

We are glad to know you had a pleasant stay with us and we really look forward to welcoming you back in the near future!

Sunny regards,

Quality Manager
IBEROSTAR México

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Address: Avda Xaman-Ha, Lote Hotelero | Fraccionamiento Playacar Nro 2, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Playa del Carmen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#13 Family Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#17 Green Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#25 Romantic Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#25 Top resorts Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#34 Spa Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#36 On the Beach Hotel in Playa del Carmen
Price Range: $207 - $585 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Iberostar Tucan Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 350
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Privileged situation directly on the beach of Playacar, around 3 km from the town of Playa del Carmen. Specially recommended for honeymooners. Varied, colourful entertainment programme. Large pool area. ... more   less 
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Iberostar Playa Del Carmen
Iberostar Tucan Mexico
Iberostar Tucan Playa Del Carmen
Playa Del Carmen Iberostar
Iberostar Tucan Quetzal
Iberostar Tucan Playacar
Iberostar Tucan Hotel Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

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