My husband and I stayed at The Royal from April 28-May 5. We were both a bit nervous about going after reading the negative reviews about this resort. But from the time we arrived till the time we left, it was nothing but heaven! We had a fantastic time!!
Was a breeze (this was my main worry) We had no problems whatsoever. And we didn't hear of anyone else there who had trouble with it either.
Our room was AMAZING! We had room 466 and it overlooked the pool/courtyard. It was gorgous! We had a partial ocean view, it wasn't much but we were not going to complain about it. Seriously, if you want oceanview, book an oceanfront room. It's the only way you will get the full ocean view.
They were fantastic! We had towel art 4 out of the 7 nights we stayed
there. It was very cool! The room was always spotless after they came. We usually tipped them $5 each time. It was well worth it.
~Spice is definately the place to go for breakfast. The buffet is awesome and had pretty much everything you could think of. They will make your omlettes right in front of you and you pick what you want in them. They were so good! We didnt care for their dinner meals though.
~Pelicanos was incredible! If you love seafood I definately recommend the Seafood Marinara. OMG it was too die for!
~Asiana was really good too. I personally love sushi but my husband doesn't so unfortunately we only ate there twice during our stay. I thought the food was incredible and wish we could have ate there more.
At this resort you also have access to all the restaurants at The Gran Porto next door. We went over there once and it was alright, just not as good as at The Royal.
Neither of us got sick once from the food. We did pack Immodium just in case, but we came home with the package still unopened. We were also warned not to drink the water down there either but that was hard since most of our drinks had crushed ice in them. We were also told that this resort's water was filtered so we drank it anways. We didnt get sick from it.
We are Canadian and was told we didn't need to bring American money, that the resort would exchange it for us no problem. Well, yes the resort would exchange it but only in Mexican pecos. And their exchange rate sucked! We had to go down 5th Ave to one of the money exchange vendors to get American money. Not a big deal but it was kind of a pain. For the Canadians- I suggest you bring American money.
We did bring about $100 in American $1 bills for tipping and it ended up being enough and we tipped for everything! You definately get better service down there when you tip them. And really, whats a couple bucks here and there? They really do appreciate it.
The service in the restaurants was great. Its not like home where when you eat out you have one waiter/waitress to serve you. Down there, you had a few different people. If one saw your glass was empty they would ask you if you needed another, if one saw your plate was empty they would grab it on their way by. They really outdid themselves. We were very impressed.
The service down by the pool or on the beach was a little slower but there were sooo many people down there it was no wonder. We started ordering a couple drinks for each of us at a time, cause usually by the time we were almost done the last one, the waitress would be back to take our order again.
They were nice and cold and it was so refreshing after being in the heat. We loved the pools and when we went, they were never crowded. My husband and I preferred to lay on the beds over the lounges. It was nice to lay in the shade and read. So relaxing!
The beaches were a little more crowded but we never had a hard time finding a lounge or bed. We LOVED to walk along the beach at sunset.
It was beautiful. You can also get dinner on the beach if you want. We saw the setups for it and it was gorgous!! One couple even had someone play the violin for them!
The resort activities were kinda lame, but we didnt plan to participate in any of them anyways so we didnt care. We did go to one of the vendors on the beach and rented a seadoo. It was $60 US for half an hour. That might seem a little pricey but we had so much fun. Going seadooing on lakes and whatnot is nothing compared to going on the ocean! The waves were awesome. I highly recommend it!!
We also went parasailing. That cost $105 US for both of us. We were able to go up at the same time. Again, a little pricey but well worth
the money. The view was phenominal! We didnt do any of the tours because we werent interested in the whole day ones and thats what most of them were. If there were half day tours, we would have went. They did sound like alot of fun though. And if you are interested, DO NOT book one through the resort!! Go down 5th Avenue to one of the vendors, they are WAY cheaper!!
If you are going to this resort, you MUST go down 5th Ave. There are so many little shops and stores. We bought all of our souveniers,
clothes, and trinkets down there. And never pay the asking price when you are in the privately owned shops. You can barter with them and if they are being stubborn, dont be afraid to walk away. We had a couple of the people wait till the last minute before they hollered, "OK" to us. LOL We got some pretty sweet deals!
My husband fell in love with the huge wooden Mayan masks. They were very nice and the guy wanted $99 US for it and my husband got it for $45...after walking away first. LOL So barter, barter, barter!
We were warned not to go down 5th Ave at night but we went many times, and there were so many other people (tourists) down there at night that we felt 100% safe. There are lots of restaurants and sports pubs down there too. Also, it was beautiful at night!
The shopping was awesome. We wished we had bought more. Also, for those looking for a little night excitement, we recommend going to The Blue Parrot. Its about 3 or so blocks from the resort down 5th Ave. We went one night and they had a really cool fire show! It was awesome. There is also a dance floor if you want to boogy. They always had signs being pulled behind planes flying past the beach so watch for them.
The spa at this resort was awesome!! So beautiful. We didnt get any treatments there though because they were pretty pricey. We did hear from alot of people though that Spa Itza (down 5th Ave) was THE place
to go if you wanted anything done. They were cheaper and were also supposedly the best in town. We did walk though it was it was SO NEAT! You will have to check it out for yourself.
Ok, one last thing-- A tip for ladies, who like me, are not used to humidity. Bring de-frizz cream! My usually very managable and straight hair was not cooperative down there. Can you say POOF? LMAO!
Well, I think my novel is long enough. For those who are thinking about going to this place but aren't sure--- GO!! We LOVED it so much. We have not one complaint about The Royal. We are planning to go back only next time, we will book an oceanfront room. We can't wait to go back!
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- 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