My boyfriend and I just returned from our 5 night 6 day trip (July 17-22). It was the first time we have been to a Catalonia hotel. The hotel was amazing and beautiful. We arrived around 430pm so check-in was fast and smooth. It is about an hour away from the airport but it is in a private and safe community. We asked about upgrading and they had a promotion going on. The privledged superior room was $100 total for the both of us and the suite was $150. We went with the superior only because we didnt want a room on the ground floor and a suite on a higher floor wouldnt be available till the next day. The room was great. It came with a mini-bar that was stocked daily with three bottles of water, 2 cans of beer and soda. There was also a huge bottle of water in the bathroom and one by the coffee maker. The room also came with a safe and robes. The furniture was very modern, there was a nice size balcony and a walk-in shower. The king sized bed was very comfortable. The TV was not that clear but that didn't bother us because we didn't spend that much time in the room. The only thing about that bothered us was we saw ants on the bathroom counter. Also, be prepared there are no elevators and it echoes in the hall. So you will hear people slamming their doors and talking bright and early.
The food was very good and we definitely did not starve on this trip. Because of the upgrade we received 3 vouchers to the a la carte restaurants and one voucher to the Tapas restaurant. The Japanese was amazing. The chef puts on a great show and the food is sooooo yummy. The fried ice cream is a must for dessert. There is a wait for this since they only have a couple of hibachi tables but you can sit at the bar while you wait and have a drink. The bartender was amazing. He had my second drink ready before I even had the chance to ask for it. The Tapas restaurant was another amazing choice. We saved it for our last night. It has a more classy feel to it and more romantic. The wait time was about 20 minutes. We got the grouper with salomn and pork chop as our main dishes and wow were they yummy. Everything was perfect about this place. It's on the roof so the view was breathtaking. Third on our list was the Mexican restaurant. We were seated immediately when we arrived and they gave us chips with guacamole and salsa while we ordered. The service here was amazing. They were fast and friendly. They brought sombreros over to our table and took pictures for us. The last a la carte restaurant was the steakhouse. We liked this the least our of all the restaurants. The hostess told us there would be a 20 minute wait but instead it turned out to an an hour. Someone came and took our drink order then someone else came and took our food order. Well the appetizers arrived and we still didn't get our drinks. Apparently our drink order was never put through. The crab cake was mushy and not edible. My boyfriend got the T-bone and I got the arrachera. The steaks were delicious. Then they asked if we would like the dessert menu and we said yes. 15 minutes later and still no dessert menu and the waiter was just standing around in the front so we got up and left. Unfortunately, the service here is not the best. The breakfast buffet was beyond good. They have everything and anything you can think of. You definitely will leave the buffet satisified and full. They have the oh so popular omlet station. You put what toppings you want in your omlet on a small plate and give it to the chief and they make the omlet in front of you. Be prepared there is always a line at the omlet station. There is also a crepe station where they make fresh crepes for you. They had everything....sausage, bacon, donuts, sweets, french toast, pancakes, different cheeses, fruit, fresh flavors of cream cheese, different meats such as ham and salomi, you name it and they had it. They even had a bloody mary station as well as fresh juices. During the day the steakhouse restaurant is a snack bar and grill. We went there everyday for snacks. They have burgers, hotdogs, fries, calamari, nachoes, and desserts. You can eat over there or take the food to the pool or your balcony.
We really enjoyed the amenities and activies offered. We mainly stayed at the pool with the swim up bar. We had our own water bottles which they had no problem filling up with drinks. It made it easier instead of constantly have to ask for another drink. They made the drinks good and fast. I give the staff alot of credit for always keeping up with the orders. Everyone wakes up early and put a towel or something to reserve a chair. If you come after 930am you might not be able to find a chair by the pool. The beach has a lot of chairs and the water was beautiful. Yes, you do need water shoes. There are lots of rocks and it is impossible to go in the water without water shoes. The beach on the Yucatan side is less rocky so you can always try that one. We brought our own snorkeling equipment but the hotel does offer it for free for one hour each day. We went kayaking at the hotel. That was also free for one hour each day. That was alot of fun except no one really gives you any instructions. There is a bar area by the beach where you can get drinks. Other amenities that we used was archery. My boyfriend loved this. It is not available all day so please check the times before hand. It was mostly offered at 1030am and 4pm. We went to the 4pm one. They had a tournament of about 15 guys. It was fun and a way to make friends. Diana was instructing and hilarious. We also played tennis on the roof. It was nice and quiet and hot of course but they have two huge courts and give you the rackets and balls at the front desk. We took about an hour bike ride around the compound. The bike center is right next to the parking lot. That was a fun way to get some exercise in while being on vacation and it allows you to see the area. The entertainment staff is wonderful and topnotch. They try to get everyone involved and have such great attitudes. Pita, Diana and Giovanni are just a few to name. They handled the entertainment around the pool as well as the evening shows. They had karaoke at the lobby bar our last night and it was a packed house. Everyone seemed to really enjoy that. Since we upgraded we were allowed to use some of the spa amenities. The spa had a massage pool and sauna. It is so peaceful and relaxing. That was definitely a good time.
The hotel also has vendors come and set up certain days. We saw them there about 4 days out of the 6 we were there. During the day if you take a 5 minute walk to the marina you can catch the dolphines, seals and sting rays. It was pretty cool and free.
The staff are so friendly and go above and beyond for the guests. They are always keeping the grounds well maintained. We really enjoyed our stay at the Catalonia Riveria Maya. There were so many activities that we didn't even get a chance to try them all. You definitely need to spend at least a week here if not more. It is very relaxing and we are so glad we chose the catalonia. Thank you for a wonderful experience!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Caribbean Sea's turquoise waters can be seen from this hotel-paradise. Come and get ready to spend some unforgettable days in the heart of the Mayan Riviera, surrounded by marvelous landscapes and seductive, white sand beaches. The hotel is located in the wonderful Puerto Aventuras development. This is a tourist development which boasts a marina for yachts, a golf course, restaurants and dolphin tanks, all within easy reach of the main Mayan Riviera attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Catalonia Riviera Maya Puerto Aventuras, Mexico
- Catalonia Hotel Mexico
- Catalonia Rivera Maya
- Riviera Maya Catalonia
- Hotel Catalonia Riviera Maya
- Catalonia Riveria Maya
- Catalonia Riviera Maya Resort
- Catalonia Riviera Maya All Inclusive
- Catalonia Mexico