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Which hotel is best for me?

Posted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:37 pm
by Cancun Manny
When trying to decide which hotel or resort in Cancun or the Riviera Maya is best for you, there are many different factors to consider. I can help you with some of the information.

First you have to decide "where" you want to stay, either Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, etc. I will briefly describe the differences.

Cancun. Most of the resorts and hotels in Cancun are located inside the hotel zone, which is a 28 km stretch. In Cancun it is easy to use the local bus system to move up and down the hotel strip. They have resorts to fit all kinds of budgets. At night time there isn't much to do if you have young ones in your group. Cancun's night life is tailored more for the party goers. There are some resorts and hotels in downtown Cancun, and some in Playa Mujeres. The resorts in Playa Mujeres are nice (like the excellence), the draw back is that they are a bit secluded, so making trips to downtown Cancun or to the Hotel Zone require long taxi rides.

Puerto Morelos. PM is just south of Cancun. The town itself is very small, more like a fishers village. They mostly have all inclusive resorts. If you plan to stay most of the time enjoying the amenities of the resort, then this wouldn't be a bad choice, but if you plan to go out often, you might find these resorts somewhat secluded.

Playa del Carmen. Playa del Carmen is a rather large city, at this point I think it is larger than Cancun. I would consider Playa del Carmen to have 3 sections of hotels (this is my breakdown, nothing official). You have some resorts just north of Playa del Carmen, but similar to Puerto Morelos, this resorts are very secluded. To leave the resort you pretty much need a taxi or pre hire transportation. The second section would be the boutique resorts in down town Playa del Carmen (there are one or two resorts in down town PDC). The boutique hotels tend to be smaller than the resorts, but they are in the heart of Playa del Carmen, so you can usually walk to 5th Avenue, and to the local restaurants and bars. The 3rd section is Playa Car, which is about a 10 to 15 minute walk from 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen. In Playa Car there are some resorts, and this would be the ideal location for those that are looking to stay at a resort but also want quick access to local restaurants and attractions.

Tulum. Tulum if furthest south in the Riviera Maya. Similar to Playa del Carmen, they have some resorts just north of Tulum that are somewhat secluded. In Tulum beaches itself, they don't have any regular hotels or resorts, instead they have cabins. Basically the building codes in Tulum beaches are very strict, and currently there isn't any power lines or sewage lines in Tulum beaches. The cabins range in price depending in the amenities they offer. Staying in Tulum cabins can be an amazing experience, since you are usually right on the beach, but it is not an experience for everyone, since usually they don't offer phones, tvs, pools, etc.

Once you have decided in which general area you want to stay, it is time to chose a resort or hotel. For this, it usually comes down to budget. Usually the more you can spend, the more amenities you will receive. My suggestion is to do a search by date in the area you are interested in, then narrow your list to about 3 to 5 resorts that are within your budget. From there you can do a bit more research on the resorts, and decide which would be a better fit for you.