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Excellence Riviera Cancun
Ranked #2 of 25 Hotels in Puerto Morelos
Certificate of Excellence
Ansonia, Connecticut
Level 6 Contributor
51 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
“Excellence Without too Much Sun”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

We were there from Sept. 10- 18. We've been there many times before. Each time is a little different because they are always making improvements. We stayed in the club area.
We were disappointed because the weather wasn;t as nice as we had hoped, but the entire staff was the sunshine for our vacation. Starting with the GM, Mr Girault, the staff is professional, efficient and go above and beyond to help in any way possible. Their smiles are always there to brighten the rainiest of days. If you have a question, they will do their best to answer it without hesitation.

We were greeted by Marianna, Susanna, and Daniela when we arrived, and served our favorite beverage by our friendly bartender Melissa. The welcome made us smile....We were "home again". It started us off in the right direction.

Some plans had to change because some activities couldn't be held out of doors like the wonderful celebration of the Mexican Independence festival. What a great feast, music,and show...wow...just wonderful. The other nightly shows were great also , but this was my favorite because I got to try foods I don't normally eat, and found some wonderful new foods.

During the day when it was nice enough, there is music and my favorite was the Jamaican singer and band. In the evening, Claudia's singing was just wonderful to sit and listen to. She also sang one evening at the martini bar...just beautiful. There is also the fire show. We sat close enough this trip to get a close feel of just how hot those flames are...I was impressed with the show.

Room service is 24 hr. a day, and Ari keeps the staff on schedule, or as close as possible considering the weather. They will try to accommodate you eating choices. They have a menu in the room for room service.

We went into Puerto Morelos for a little bit of shopping. Visit my friend Lucy and her Mother's store. We bought some hand painted margarita and martini glasses. You can also take a bike ride from the resort into this small fishing village....and sign up for some fishing is you choose.

As for the restaurants, the food was all great. It's a personal thing really. The type of food you like and how you are use to getting it cooked may be a little different than it is when you have it at home. Be daring and try something you wouldn't normally have at home...enjoy... they are all very good. Try as many of the restaurants as you can; each is very different.

If you upgrade to the club, you can enjoy a couple of really nice additions. Chocolate day and tea day. If you are a chocolate freak, there is everything choc....including beverages...and so much to choose from. My only request is to add dark chocolate with some nuts in it....if they had any I didn't find it...maybe next trip. But they had plenty to choose from..even more than I could eat. The tea day had a lot of unusual teas to try and pastries...OMG...so many cakes, cookies and pastries to choose from.....wonderful stuff.
They also have the expresso/coffee machine if you're not into teas. I stopped every morning and every evening before we retire to get a cup of great coffee. There is also a coffee machine in your room...along with tea bags .

The martini bar is centrally located with all the restaurants only steps away. If you choose to eat later in the evening you may find you have to wait a short time. Just go back and enjoy yourself at the martini bar until they call you back for dinner. It's never a long wait....and the expresso martini is great....I think so anyway!!

I would like to put in some special thanks to some staff members. Marianna who I mentioned before, took special care of us, along with Karen, Grace, Susanna, all who went above and beyond to make us smile. Armando Baldino, Franciso Moreno, and waiters, Enrique, Antonio. Ramon, and our special waiter Edy who celebrated a BD while we were there....along with Mr Girault too.
Bartenders, Moises, Melissa, Rosy, Juan and Luis. And at the club there was Jenny, Ricardo, Maribel, Allan and Ana. All very professional and helpful in many ways. A thank you for all your kindness and help, and especially your friendliness that made our trip so nice. You were all the sunshine that we missed this trip.
I know I missed a few others, like the young lady who cooked the omelets every morning. Now she was GREAT at her job and very quick...but of course her name escapes me right now....I know I wrote it down somewhere, just not sure where. Anyway, thanks for the memories. We will return. How could we not return when we are treated so well by so many...thank you!

Room Tip: Check out the resort map to find a location that is best for you....if you prefer to be near the poo...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Excellence_Group, Community Manager at Excellence Riviera Cancun, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
First of all, allow us to thank you for giving us the opportunity to welcome you back at Excellence Resorts.

We are glad to know that every time you have stayed with us, you have been able to enjoy of many unique and memorable experiences due to the courteous attention of our staff, comfort room accommodations, and enjoyable food & drinks in our restaurants and bars. It was a delight to see you enjoyed our Mexican Independence Day fiesta and the rest of the entertainment program as well.

Comments like yours constitute some good motivation for us to keep working to achieve our guests’ satisfaction. It means so much more when it comes from the opinion of our valued guests.

We look forward to having the opportunity to receive you on your next Caribbean holiday and to make your next stay with us a pleasant one.
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

Well what can I say! This is by far the best hotel we have ever stayed at , 5* it's even better. The hotel was amazing has everything you could ever wish for it is so spotlessly clean friendliest staff ever , they couldn't do enough for you .
They made our honeymoon so special in every kind of way great location literally 15 mins from the airport. And the food well amazing best food in the resturants we have ever eaten !
Entertainment well their is always something going on in the resort shows are brilliant.
We would defiantly recommend this holiday for couples we are definately coming back here next year perfect in every way.
Thankyou excellence riviera cancun for our amazing honeymoon :-)

Room Tip: Pool room swim up sweet
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

This is hands down the best proprty we have ever been to! We were married here in 2008 without a hitch, and honeymooned here. The food is excellent, the facilities are excellent, the service is excellent. I can not say one bad word about this hotel.

We have returned since our wedding to enjoy this hotel again. You will not be disapointed with your vacation if you book here!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Middletown, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed September 24, 2013

Out of the six, five star, all-inclusive resorts in the Cancun area that I've been to; this is the best so-far. Maybe not the best value it depends what you're looking for. If you want top shelf liquor, a selection of beer at the bars and booze in your mini-bar you can't go wrong here. Great service and great food if you pick the right restaurant. Loved the architecture and landscaping. Layout was well planned. Pools and bars everywhere. Entertainment consisted of the same shows we've seen at other resorts but they have other bands and musical acts playing elsewhere during the evening.They have catamarans, kayaks and wind-surfing available if the weather is good.The room where we stayed had a strong wi-fi signal if you want to bring a laptop.The maid did a great job cleaning the room and they have a nightly turn-down service. They also have a little closet for your dirty dishes so they don't clutter the hallways.
There are a few caveats to be aware of. There is a reef about 1/2 mile out from the shore. As a result the beach is cluttered with sea grass and sea weed even though it is raked everyday. Also because of the reef the waves only break about a foot at the shore and the water is filled with sea grass. If you go to the beach just for the sun it's not a problem because there are plenty of lounges and sun beds to go around. The main pool is small with one swim-up bar and it gets crowded. People still try to reserve spots at the pool even though there is a policy against it. The enforcement of the rules was hit and miss.
There are larger pools with more swim-up bars and great beaches at another 5 star resort down the road but the overall quality wasn't as good as this place. Again, it depends what you're looking for.

Room Tip: Buildings 1 and 6 are closest to the main pool and restaurants. Try to get a top floor for less nois...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Roanoke, VA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed September 24, 2013

My wife and I went to the Excellence Riviera Cancun for our 20th wedding anniversary and the visit was wonderful. This was our first time at an all-inclusive and we will definately return. There is absolutely nothing to complain about at this resort. Everything was perfect. The room was very spacious and clean. The entire staff is so friendly and pleasant. The food in the various restaurants was scrumpcious (we tried 6 of the restaurants) and the serve staff was very efficient and friendly.
Make sure you pay the little extra and join the Excellence Club. It is well worth the extra money and you will not be sorry.
This is a great place to stay and we will visit again.
Gary

Room Tip: Pay the extra for a Junior Suite. Lots of room and two private hot tubs.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed September 23, 2013

Going back to this resort in November for the second time. If you are looking for an outstanding all-inclusive this is the place for you. The service is impeccable, the food is very good, all top-shelf alcohol, and plenty of activities inclusive of water sports. As the numbers attest, the great majority of people love this place. Of course, you certainly can't please everyone and some people are just born to complain. It is a very nice gesture to throw a couple of dollars around during the day to the bartenders and give a tip for dinner. Americans tend to do more of this than Europeans which is quite sad but I guess that is their culture. The beach is very nice, (not St John nice) but certainly better than driveway you left to come on this trip. The shows at night are better if you take advantage of the alcohol and realize you are not on the Vegas strip. The swim-up bar is the place to be after an afternoon on the beach....NOA is a great bartender.....he will leave you legless. The rooms are very nice with a couple of channels on the tv that might interest some. Overall, if you can;t have a good time here, you should save your money and holiday in your garage.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cornwall, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed September 23, 2013

Although we had rain alot the service people could not have made our stay
more comfortable.Every need was accomodated by the staff. One conciege
was extremely helpful and pleasent, her name is Mariana and deserving of
alot of praise.Also booking the Club grouping is well worth the extra money, it comes with alot of extra benefits. We had a swimup room,that was great.No
lack of good features. The pool bar has some of the best help you could want,
taking care of your every desire.This was our second and not last trip here

Room Tip: Swimup rooms are very convienient for pool people.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Excellence Riviera Cancun
Address: Carretera Federal 307 Chetumal-Puerto Juarez KM 324 -342 | Manzana 7, Lote 1, S.M. 11, Puerto Morelos 77580, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Puerto Morelos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Morelos
#2 Spa Hotel in Puerto Morelos
#2 Luxury Hotel in Puerto Morelos
#2 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Morelos
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Puerto Morelos
#5 Business Hotel in Puerto Morelos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Excellence Riviera Cancun 5*
Number of rooms: 440
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This all-suite, all-adult Resort is set along Mexico's renowned Mayan Riviera, between Playa del Carmen and Cancun, on an immaculate white sand beach. Six meandering pools wind through their grounds. You have unlimited access to eight international restaurants and ten bars, plus such amenities as an expansive swim-in spa, a full-scale fitness and cardio-conditioning center and an unparalleled range of activities on land and sea. ... more   less 
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