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Hotel Marina El Cid Spa and Beach Resort - A to Z Inspection

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Ambiance-Though isolated this is like an all-inclusive oasis on the ocean. Once here you will have no need to leave the resort for they have enough to keep all age groups happy. This is also one of the few all-inclusive resorts that will allow a family of five in one room. It also boasts one of the very few multi bedroom all-inclusive's. It is also one of the few resorts that have rooms right off the beach.

Beach- A nice beach but having the marina right there takes away a little bit of the ambiance of a long stretch of beach. They have palapas for relaxing and even provide outdoor open air massages.

Charges (extra) - Spa treatments, long distance and business services like internet access would be extra.

Distances- In Puerto Morelos about half way between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Figure a 20-25 minute ride from the airport so not bad at all.

Entertainment on Property -Oh my goodness this is like the Disneyland of all-inclusive resorts with all the activities. They also have dinner shows in the evening.

Fitness Area - They are very proud of their state of the art fitness center. Where else can get get a workout in right next to the ocean.

Food- They have four restaurants with three of them being specialty restaurants serving Mediterranean, Mexican and a seafood restaurant. They also have 24 hour room service.

Getting Around- Taxi is the best bet for I do not suggest you renting a car unless you really know what you are doing driving in Mexico.

Internet Access - They have wireless internet access in the common areas and convention center with a surcharge. Since I always have to work while there I wish more resorts would offer free wireless inside the room. I look like a geek with my laptop, portable printer and briefcase sitting in the lobby. I guess if I have to work, still not a shabby place to do it.

Jackets and Ties- Keep them at home, but for the men bring slacks and polo shirt for dinner. The Mediterranean restaurant was a bit more strict about the dress code.

Kids- This is where El Cid shines. They love families and kids and their kids club offers numerous activities for kids ages 4-12.

Little Known Fact- They are one of the few all-inclusive resorts that allow a family of five in one room and have multi bedroom units.

Medical Services-On call medical services.

Negatives- Having the private marina there is good for those who have boats but it takes a bit away of the visual for me of the beach and ocean.

Nightlife- They have entertainment at the resort in the evening and you are not that far from either Cancun or Playa del Carmen if you want to go there for their nightlife.

Opportunities- If you can get one of the oceanfront room categories the views are wonderful.

Pool- One of the largest pools I have seen at any of the resorts in the Riviera Maya. I also liked the Quiet Zone adults whirlpool.

Protection-In room safe at no extra charge.

Recreation- They have sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, aquatic bikes and daily free tennis clinics. With the marina right there you have access to boat trips and dive trips (extra cost).

Rooms- Very modern, bright and tropical. They also have 1-3 bedroom villas so great for larger families. Consider upgrading to Platinum status which gives you either ocean view or oceanfront views plus priority in dinner reservations.

Shopping-They have a small shop at the resort for incidentals and small gifts plus you have plenty of shopping in Cancun and Playa del Carmen.

Spa- They have a new state of the art spa facility so even the spa experts should be satisfied.

Terrain- This is a fairly large resort but not so much that you feel you have to walk forever to get from point A to B.

Updates- Alhambra is their new International buffet.

View - The best views are the Oceanfront rooms where you are literally feet away from the beach.

Weather-Mid December through May has the best weather. September and October gets more rain.

WOW Factor - The abundance of activities for families and the 1-3 bedroom villas.

X-Y-Z- This is a perfect choice for families who need extra room and those that want a great offering of things to do at an all-inclusive resort.

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"Just the Facts"

Hotel Location

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Located in Puerto Morelos


Local Phone: 011-52-998-871-0
Toll Free Phone: 1-866-306-6113
Fax: 011-52-998-8728999
Website Address:


Hotel Facilities

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Barber / Beauty Salon
Car Rental
Currency Exchange
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Physician on Call
Number of Pools: 2
Outdoor Pools: 2
Swim-up Bar
Two free-form swimming pools featuring cascading waterfalls, caves, water slides, swim-up bar, and vegetation. Adults only Jacuzzi bar. Moon and Beach lounge, hammock or plus mattresses beneath cabanas, enjoy drinks and reggae music.
Holes: 18
Number of Courts: 2
Outdoor Courts: 2
Court Fee: Complimentary.
Racquet Rental Fees: Complimentary.
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Additional Charge
Hobie Cats: Complimentary
Paddle Boats: Complimentary
Wind Surf: Complimentary
Other Sports Available
Racquetball: Additional Charge
Health Club / Spa
Jacuzzi: Complimentary
Nautilus Equipment: Complimentary
Sauna: Additional Charge
Steam Room: Additional Charge
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Facials: Additional Charge

Hotel features 350 suites built in a mix of colonial and modern style architecture.

9 low rise buildings- 4 or 5 stories each overlooking the ocean and pools. There are elevators in each building.


Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 noon
Total Rooms: 350
Year Opened: 2006

Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, American Express

Minimum 5 night stay is required for dinner at the La Marina Restaurant. No Spring breakers. Must be at least 25 years old to check in. Fee required for internet.

Hotel Room Details

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  • Luxury Double Suite - Two double beds and a private balcony. Maximum occupancy: 4.
  • Luxury King Suite - One King bed and a private balcony. Maximum occupancy: 4.
  • Junior Suite Double - Two double beds, one Queen Murphy bed and a balcony. Maximum occupancy: 5
  • Junior Suite King - One King bed, one Queen Murphy bed and a balcony. Maximum occupancy: 4.
  • Junior Suite Jacuzzi - One King bed, one Queen Murphy bed, a balcony, and an in-room Jacuzzi. Maximum occupancy: 4.
  • Junior Suite Platinum - One King bed, one Queen Murphy bed and a balcony. Platinum Club Level included. Maximum occupancy: 4.
  • One Bedroom Suite - One King bed, one Queen Murphy bed and two balconies. Boasts an independent living/dining area with a kitchenette. Maximum occupancy: 4.
  • Studio Suite with Jacuzzi - One King bed plus one Queen Murphy bed. This spacious, bright and airy Studio Suite features your choice of ocean, pool or garden views. The suite has elegant decor in modern minimalist decoration, with an in-room and / or terrace Jacuzzi. 417 square feet.
  • One Bedroom Suite Platinum - One King bed, one Queen Murphy bed and two balconies. Boasts an independent living/dining area with a kitchenette. Platinum Club Level included. Offers two bathrooms. Maximum occupancy: 4.
  • Two Bedroom Suite - One King bed, two double beds and two balconies. Boasts an independent living/dining area with a kitchenette. Offers two and a half bathrooms. Maximum occupancy: 6
  • Three Bedroom Suite - Indulge in the pleasures of our spacious, elegant Three Bedroom Suite. Eat in the dining area or simply relax in the living area. The suite is air conditioned and offers satellite TVs in each bedroom and a plasma TV in the living room. Maximum occupancy: 8.

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Hotel Marina El Cid Riviera Maya features 1 meal plan options:

All Meals, Drinks & Tips-Minimum 5 night stay is required for dinner at the La Marina Restaurant.

There are 4 Restaurants at Hotel Marina El Cid Riviera Maya:

El Alcazar - 6:00 to 10:30 PM, blend of asian and Mediterranean cuisine -gourmet restaurant offering indoor/outdoor dining. With its sleek minimalist decor and extensive wine cellar, ideal for romantic dinners and celebrations
La Alhambra - 7:00am to 10:30pm Dine al fresco or indoors. Gourmet or a la carte dishes. The menu pleases the palate with everything from Salads, sandwiches, pizza and sushi, chicken to roast beef and to die for desserts.
La Marina - 6:00pm to 10:00pm 5 night minimum stay required to dine here. Fresh seafood with stunning sunset views, One dine per week.
Hacienda Arrecife - 6:30 AM to 10:30 PM, casual, serves up fresh Mexican specialties poolside with spectacular ocean views. The adjacent swim-up bar serves premium brand beverages.

Activities & Entertainment

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Daily Activities & Entertainment:

Windsurf, kayaks, hobie cats, paddle boats, boogie boards. Entertainment and activities all day.

Nightly Activities & Entertainment:

Nightly Shows


Children's Programs

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Cid's Kid Club provides a full day of fun activities for children led by trained staff, kids engage in games, painting, drawing, puzzles, kite-making, shell jewelry, volleyball, sand castle contests and more.
Applicable Ages: 4-11 years old

Children's Facilities
Game Room

Babysitting Fee: $15 per hour


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