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Reviewed February 15, 2008

I've been looking for the perfect place to stay. After searching over the Internet, me and my girlfriend decided to go at the Catalonia Yucatan. The difference between this resort and the others is the fact that it's located in Puerto Aventuras. It's like a small rich town with little traffic. So if you wanna see something else rather than being stuck at the resort, you can go for a walk at the marina that's only 5 min away from your hotel where you can watch dolphins and sea lions. You can also rent a bike for free at the resort and visit Puerto Aventuras.

As for the resort, nothing wrong about it. The beach is nice, a bit rocky on the left side but good for snorkeling. Don't be surprise to see a lot of topless woman at the beach. The water is so clear that you can see all kinds of different fish.

Food is excellent with different buffet every day. Two buffet restaurant and one snack bar that is open all day in case you get hungry. No need to worry about the ice in your drink, they use purified water for ice and also for washing the fruits and vegetables. So you won't get sick. You get three restaurant a la carte but you need to reserve them as soon as possible, they get full fast.

Hotel room, very clean, the only bad side is you can run out of water. Take your shower at different hours than the others. Also, on your first day, if you arrive at your resort before 3pm be prepare to wait a long time before having a room. We arrived at 12:30pm and waited for more then 3 hours before having a room. After all that waiting our room wasn't ready so one of the clerk at the reception gave us a beach front room without any extra charge. Security deposit box located in every room, $3 a day. Be sure to get a receipt cause they will ask you when you'll do your check out!

As for the weather, don't listen to the news, the weather change very fast. When we were there, it was suppose to rain three day straight but it was sunny all the time. If it rains, it's usually early in the morning at around 5 am but only for a few minutes. It's warm but very windy so it's comfortable, if you don't get some sand in your eyes. In your hotel room, even if you turn on the air conditioning, still you feel the humidity. Your cloths gets humid and your hair, well, nothing you can do about it. Prepare yourself for a bad hair week.

If you wanna see the real Mexican side, you will need to rent a car at around $80 a day with full coverage. Deal with them for a better price but don't take the first insurance, if something happen with the car, you will need to pay the first $1000 so get the full coverage. Driving there is ok but don't be afraid cause they drive fast and they don't stop at any stop sign. We rent a car for one day to go to Chichen Itza, it takes around 2 hours to get there and the entrance is $10 each. On your way, you get to see Valladolid, a Mexican city (population 40 000). You can always go with a tour, it's $100 each, bus ride around two and a haft hour to 3 hours but you won't past trough the city of Valladolid. They take a different route, I believe a pay toll route. So if you go by car, make sure to fallow the sign Chichen Itza LIBRE or it will cost you $30 for the pay toll.

The only excursion we took with the agent at the hotel was Coba 2, at $115 each. If you are afraid of heights don't take Coba 2, go with the first one. With Coba 2, you will descend a canote in the forest, a bit of canoe (which is not as describe on the internet, it's more like a field with streams of water), swimming in a cenote (if you want too), cross a mountain by a rope attach to you and have a meal with one of the family that lives there. One very important thing to know, bring your camera, they will tell you to leave it in the van cause you get to swim but don't listen to them, it's a way for them to sell their photos on dvd for $50. When it's time to swim, you can leave your camera on the side. It's only a small pawn inside a cave, you don't swim anywhere else. The only dangerous time for your camera is when you have to do some canoe, just bring a plastic bag and put your camera in it in case something happen. These boats are very stable so you won't fall.

Between Chichen Itza and Coba, I prefer Chichen Itza, there's a lot to see and many temples to visit. As for Coba, you get to see a bit of Mayan temples and plenty of Mexican families that lives out of no where which was an experience.

Park Xcaret, when there for haft a day, you pay $50 each or for a full day around $80. Fantastic place to see, it's basically a zoo but with a lots of vegetation. The show at night, a must see, it's a 2 hour show with the first hour of the Mayan culture and the second part the Mexican culture. To get there, Taxi is $16 one way and you get there very fast cause they drive fast, no matter the speed limit!!!!

Playa del Carmen, where you can shop with plenty of stores but a bit disappointed. I was expecting a Mexican flea market but there were to many big stores.

As for the tips, it's your choice to leave some or not. You will get a briefing the next day of your arrival with Nolitour or Transat. They will tell you that the tips are all included but it's always a good thing to give some. A dollar is enough or in pesos $10. We would leave $1 in our room each day but you have to place it on the bed or they will not take it. That mean, everything you leave on the bed they take it as a gift. So, don't leave your underwear on it. Basically, if you get a very good service, leave a tip.

Overall experience, very satisfied but next time I'll go to Puerto Vallarta, supposedly you get to see the real Mexican side minutes away from your resort. As for Riviera Maya, more of a place to relax if you don't book any excursions.

For more information or photos, you can always write us at alliyance@yahoo.com (in french or english)

Phil & Gen

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 15, 2008

we stayed for one wk at this resort.

We had read all the reviews before deciding on this hotel. Most of the reviews said everything was really excellent. I do have to disagree a little. (We picked this as a last minute get-away)

The rooms are VERY Standard. No Clock Radio, No coffee maker, Could use some serious upgrades. Mattress very hard,
pillows flat.

Also in most resorts in Mexico they have Mexican or Spanish
music playing while at the pool or on the beach---but this place
if and when , there was any music, was really old classic rock and roll -- just thought this was strange in Mexico.

The shows at night were to say the least ,quite pathetic and poorly done. All songs were lip-synced to and again the music was very old, I guess whomever their choreographer is, likes this type of music.

But on the other had the beach and water were beautiful and all the pools and grounds were kept immaculate. We did have a nice time and the weather was good.

this is definitely a bargain hotel and if you want to get standard, clean accommodations this is then a good choice.

From Canada

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 12, 2008

I recently vacationed in Nov 07 with 2 couples at Catalonia Punta Cana and liked it so much (wrote a review for that one too!) that I decided to recommend the Catalonia Yucatan Beach through exitnow.com to my 3 "mature" sisters to celebrate one of their 50th birthdays. They had not travelled to Mexico before and felt very safe and had a great time (it is located in a gated community). Our rooms on the top floor facing the pool and ocean were wonderful; the balconies with their open wood trim and brick inlay on the floor added to it; we enjoyed spending time in the early am and also before dinner. I have read reviews about the rooms not being fancy but they are nice and always clean (I have stayed at a lot of 4 1/2 - 5+ star resorts); they even had the door sill piece to keep any critters out (most hotels do not have this!). We loved the beach and the ocean and spent every day there; went out on the catamarans and snorkeled around the coral and the lagoon (lots of fish). Buffet food very nice and plenty of choices; loved the Mexican rest. Blender drinks everywhere and not problem with getting any type (drinks in real glasses in the evenings in the bars - liked the bar by the a la carte restaurants). Staff friendly and pleasant; gardens, pools and beach areas are beautiful. Boutique hotel (good for people with physical limitation - they had lots of ramps and elevators) and nice that it was in same complex as Catalonia Mayan. Also, resorts shared the bay with Sunscape and people when back and forth on the beach to each other’s resorts no problem. You get all for such a reasonable price. I agree with others that it would be nice to have a fridge, coffee maker (my sister delivered our coffee every morning to us :-), and clock in the rooms but it did not take away from our experience as everything is so close together. Went to Playa del Carmen (resort offers twice daily free shuttle!), Tulum (by taxi; easy!) and Xcaret (swam the lazy river). This is one of the smallest resorts I have stayed at but it will be one of my favorites. PS my sister had a great birthday, the staff brought out tequila puffs and a special cake and helped make it special for her and us. Also pleased with the reno at the Cancun airport (very nice!)

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 11, 2008

Just returned from a week at Catalonia Yucatan with my two kids and some other family members. Rooms are okay, lacking a mini-bar to keep anything cold (given an ice bucket but no ice machines) and no coffee maker. There was a safe but that was extra. Serving staff were surley and not very helpful. Lobby staff were especially bad and didn't want to know or care about any problems. A-la-carte restaurants fully booked every night. Could only obtain one reservation (for 6 people) for the whole week and had to beg a manager to find space for just 2 of us another night. Shame cause beach is lovey and pools are great.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled with family
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catrivieramaya1, Director General at Catalonia Yucatan Beach, responded to this reviewResponded March 2, 2015

Dear Burt05,

Thank you very much for your feedback. We deeply apologize if your stay with us was not a perfect experience

Starting with myself and all my colleagues and managers, we are disappointed to have not met your expectations during your stay with us.

I hear all your comments, and certainly we will take seriously your feedback and see possibilities to improve and make sure your next visit will exceed your expectations.

Yours sincerely,

Hotel Manager

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Reviewed February 9, 2008

The rooms were very clean the only thing was no coffee maker and no fridge in the rooms at the Catalonia Yucatan. we brought a alarm clock for a excursion because you could not rely on the front desk.

The buffet was excellent. It was a great resort to bring your children because the beach and restaurants and your rooms the volleyball was all close to each other. You need aqua shoes to go into the ocean for the first 20 feet and then after that it was sand. You have to booked all bookings for shuttles and A la carte right away the first day because they get booked right away. You get three and we used only one. To be honest the buffet was way better. The hotel is surrounded by condos the area is very clean and beautiful. there is a marina nearby with stores and restaurants and dolphins, sea lions, for the kids and adults to enjoy. In your budget for your holiday put more in for taxi because its a 20 minute walk to the highway to take the bus. You can get together with other guests if you want. The escaret exercusion was the best one we saw its a international show and its worth the money you pay. that should be a 1200 to 8:00 day.

The entertainment we saw two, the theatre is in inside we were not used to it its usually outside. so it gets smokey and hot in there. No tables to sit at. Just chairs. Its only an hour. and then you go to the disco. We made our own fun. When you are in sun all day from 900 to 1200 you are toast by midnight. some nights till 2:00 p.m.

when you go to Mexico pack your bags accordingly we had one couple lose their luggage and they did not receive it till 30 hours later. So this is the advise I have packed one suitacase with femaile items and then male items. The second suitcase the same. then your carry on bag should have clothes for two days.

She was in 86 degrees wearing leggings. Not good and then have to get to Playa de Carmen to buy clothes and they only give 25.00 dollars a day. Lucky other couples were her size and we help out. But it can put a damper on your holiday. At least your bathsuit for sure you were that 80 of the time.

One gentlemen from Montreal saw his luggage get all the way to the hotel and then gone. He had only his shorts on. It was 10 hours and he still did not have his luggage yet. Go figure it got to the hotel.
Overall we would go back because it was clean and not so many people and the food was great.

P.S. If you leave behind any electronics like video cameras or diital cameras its gone for good.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled with friends
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