I went solo on this trip and had a nice time. The room was clean and spacious, and I had an ocean/pool view (I think that most higher floor rooms do). The only cons were that my phone didn't consistently work (a problem in an emergency situation) and the bathtub took forever to drain. Also, they didn't provide you with any mini shampoos/conditioners. Not a huge issue, but had I known I would have brought mine from home.
The staff was friendly, although it seemed to catch them off guard to actually have someone traveling alone. And my only wish was that upon check in they took a moment to explain the options available for in-house activities (pottery, tennis, etc etc). I loved my beach/pool time, but I continued to discover activities I could have been doing, as well. I never had a problem finding a lounge chair at either the pool or the beach, although the resort was definitely not packed when I was there. Could imagine it being a problem during busier times.
I took the shortcut tour to Chichen Itza through Thomas Moore (the resorts' guides), which I highly recommend. Only negative was that it was quite pricey, but it was a great way to see the site, and we arrived before many of the tourist buses did. There are quite a few options to see Chichen Itza, but this was convenient for me and left from the hotel. Left at around 6:15A, and you were back by about 3:30P. There were about 10 of us in the van, and we had our own guide who was great.
The food was good overall, but for the price I would have expected something of higher quality. They did have a nice market on-site - a mini grocery store that had a lot of options. And I had a fridge and microwave in my room, so I could eat breakfast there. I also ate at the expensive Captain's Cove across the street, which had great fish dishes that I thought was worth the price (sauteed grouper!). It's also conveniently located next to a drug store and convenience store (with prices a little cheaper than those at the resort, obviously).
Saw a wide-range of people - families, friends, couples, and some solo travelers. Ages ranged from babies to those in their 80's, which was great to see.
The grounds were well maintained - someone was always working on something! But the plants were cared for, the buildings kept up, and the beach was clean.
I would stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Royal Caribbean(R) Nestled between a magnificent stretch of powder-white sand and lovingly tended tropical gardens, our two resorts offer an exceptional collection of services... And twice the fun. Escape to paradise. Sink your toes into soft white sand that's always cool to the touch and listen to the murmur of the waves. Start the day with a swim in the pool, work out in the gym or sign up for tennis. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Royal Caribbean Hotel Cancun
- Royal Caribbean Hotel Cancun
- Cancun Caribbean Resort Royal
- Royal Caribbean Resort Cancun
- Royal Carribean
- Caribbean Royal