I decided that I really needed to start writing reviews based on my trips. Therefore, I'm writing this one from last year. I have many reviews on Trip Advisor, and many of you already know this, but read the reviews and key in on what matters to you. If you aren't worried about the little things someone else is and that person docked a place because of that, then don't count it for you.
Over the past year and half my wife and I have vacationed in the Riviera Maya 3 times and will be making our 4th visit in 1 week from now. We love Playa del Carmen and especially love the resorts we've stayed at. We've stayed at El Dorado, Riu Palace Riviera Maya and The Royal. The Royal was our favorite, but the Riu was close second. The Royal had a plus for us being an adults-only resort. I'm going to try and make this short and sweet with all of the positives, because honestly, we had no negatives.
The location of the Royal is perfect. You are a very, very short walk to 5th avenue and wonderful massages from Veronica's and dirt cheap prices.
The food is fantastic and you don't have to make reservations. The room service is not bad either, obviously not as good as the restaurants, but not bad. Also, room service was quite prompt. They will bring you whatever you need.
Canned beer. If you like drinking beer, this is a huge plus. If you want a fruity drink, you can't beat their Mango-Tangos.
The pool area has a great vibe, relaxed but can also be upbeat. The "people soup" or hot tub, is a great mingling place as it gets later in the afternoon.
The room and accomodations are incredible, although it's hard to be the Riu on this. Except at the Royal, the room had a jacuzzi tub.
The beach is open to the public, but that isn't a problem. If anything on the weekend, it makes better people watching if you'd like. There is a bar up the beach to the north that is a lot of fun during the day. Again, location is awesome here. You can walk down the beach all the way to the Cozumel ferry if you'd like.
If you are unfamiliar with the town of Playa del Carmen, keep this in mind....very safe and so a great, fun town. Enough said.
My only negative would be that the beach cabanas are generally all reserved for the higher priced rooms. However, charis were easy to find. The beach may be a bit busier than some may like, but their is a bar right on the beach for guests, which is great. The entertainment at night is sub-par, whereas the Rius is quite good. But, the entertainment for us is in town at night. Check out Alux bar. It's a short cab ride, and it's all built inside of an actual living cave.
I have recommend the Royal to people that have then visited and also had nothing but fantastic things to say. I will go back to the Royal several times in the future, god willing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Along the powdery white sands of the Caribbean, The Royal welcomes guests to a world of all-inclusive luxuries exclusively for adults. Situated on the Riviera Maya just steps from Playa del Carmen's famous Fifth Avenue, the AAA Four-Diamond resort boasts all-suite accommodations with private balconies and spectacular views, plus special options such as swim-up suites and beachfront walkouts. From beach butlers to romance concierges, the attentive staff provides genuine hospitality at every turn as guests enjoy the luxurious spa, exquisite cuisine, natural beauty, and many other delights of The Royal. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Royal Playa Del Carmen Hotel Playa Del Carmen
- Royal Hotel Playa Del Carmen
- Royal Porto Real
- Royal Playa De Carmen
- The Royal Playa Del Carmen Riviera Maya, Mexico