We traveled to Cancun via Sun Wing vacations. The entire trip was really great with the exception of the flight there and back. The Sun Wing airplanes are straight out of the 80's and have 0 room for a family to fly, and their in flight entertainment is a joke. We have a 4 year old and a 16 month old, and it was a nightmare in the tight compartments. The hotel and every other aspect of the vacation was brilliant, its too bad the flights were so hideous.
Barcelo's is an all inclusive resort with a plush and beautiful property. We stayed in the Junior Suite with a family of 4, and it was just right. The rooms were new and well kept, the maid service was just what it should be with turn down services at night. We actually tried to cut down on the maid visits but they would clean the rooms and towels anyhow. I was very happy with all the services.
The food at the buffets was fair to very good, and the al a cart food was excellent in my opinion. We traveled with another family of 3 who were equally if not more impressed than we.
One note regarding the bar drinks... Our vacation was a 7 day get away, and for a non drinker I figured I would step out of my norm and relax with some tropical drinks on the beach. So my drink of choice was the Pina Coloda. So get this... For the first 4 days I was pounding back the Pina Colodas like they were going out of style, thinking my tolerance for alcohol was pretty good for a guy that drinks about once a year. Then one day we are at the bar talking to a bar keep, and we ask about one of the slushy orange drinks in the mixer, the bar keep says what the drink is and mentions you need to add alcohol if you want a mixed drink. So, I notice the yellow Pina Coloda mix beside the orange and ask if that is pre mixed already, and of course the bar keep says no, you need to ask for alcohol for those too. It turns out my excellent tolerance for alcohol may not have been quite as good as I thought, I had been drinking virgins the whole time. Needless to say, once I started adding the booze to my drinks it was a different story, and even more embarrassing than this one...
My over all opinion of the Barcelo's resort and Playa Del Carmen was truly excellent, and I would recommend Barcelo's to anyone, especially if you have you children.
While planing our vacation I looked through a number of these reviews and found a lot of negative and positive reviews. I was a challenge to sort out what was valid and what was overly picky. I live in an average house in Coquitlam BC and work in the film and TV business. I have seen a lot of hotel rooms from my travels, and stayed in both ends of the spectrum, from the roach motels to plush luxury in New York and London. From a guy who has some modest experience, I hope this helps.
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- Barcelo Maya Tropical Hotel Puerto Aventuras
- Barcelo Puerto Aventuras
- Barcelo Hotel Puerto Aventuras
- Barcelo Maya Tropical Riviera Maya/Puerto Aventuras, Mexico