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Ambiance-This is a massive resort with almost 700 rooms located about 3 miles north of Playa del Carmen making it convenient to get into town. The resort is fairly spread out so even when full you do not feel like there are people everywhere.
Beach-The beach is very nice and wide and they have done a great job of providing plenty of opportunity for shade along the beach for those fair skinned blokes like myself.
Charges (extra) - Spa treatments, motorized water sports long distance and business services like internet access would be extra. They are a bit unusual in that a couple of the Specialty Restaurants have a surcharge like the Seafood and Asian unless you are staying in a higher room category.
Distances- A great location just north of Playa del Carmen. Many people like to be close to Playa for the shopping on 5th Avenue or to maybe take the 45 minute ferry across to Cozumel.
Entertainment on Property -They have activities all during the day, and entertainment in their Princess theatre in the evening.
Fitness Area - Excellent state of the art fitness center and spa. Since it is brand new, they have all new equipment. They have every spa treatment you could want. Something about being covered in Chocolate in one of the treatments does not float my boat but spa lovers rave about it.
Food- They have 7 restaurants, 5 are specialty restaurants serving Asian, seafood, International and Italian cuisine. They also have a Specialty Grill and a restaurant serving fondue which is unique to an all-inclusive. The Asian and Seafood restaurant have a surcharge unless you are staying in the Platinum and Laguna Villa Suites. 24 hour room service is also offered for the Platinum and Laguna Villa Suites.
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. You are so close to Playa del Carmen that it will not break the bank to go into town.
Internet Access -For people staying in the Junior Suites, there is Wi-Fi access from the lobby for a charge, up to $25 for 24 hours. The Deluxe Junior Suites have access from the rooms also with a charge. The Platinum Suites have access from the rooms with no charge.
Jackets and Ties- Keep them at home, but bring slacks and polo shirt for dinner in the Specialty restaurants.
Kids-They have a kids club for children ages 4 to 12. They are also one of the few resorts that offer a teens club for ages 13-17. Babysitting is also offered.
Little Known Fact-The resort is brand new and just opened in December 2007..
Medical Services-On call medical services.
Negatives-Ok, ok, if large resorts turn you off, then this might not be a good fit. I tend to like the larger resorts for they offer more restaurants, pools and amenities but that is more a personal preference.
Nightlife- They have entertainment in the evening and there is plenty of nightlife a short taxi ride away in Playa del Carmen. If you get a chance to walk down 5th avenue during the evening it is a whole different experience than during the day.
Opportunities- The reason why I wanted to see this resort so much was their pricing for their Junior Suites is incredible for this level of resort. Since it is brand new, I think they want to attract many new guests with their pricing so the word of mouth gets out there. Take advantage if you can for I have to believe can increase their pricing to be in par with other resorts in their class.
Pool-I couldn't believe when they said hey have 12 pools but they do. I am in pool heaven. The have 8 main pools and 4 pools just for the munchkin's. The kids pool is not zero slope entry but only 1.3 ft in depth at the edge. Some of the pools have jacuzzis built in.
Protection-In room safe at no extra charge.
Recreation- Not sure where to start, you have tennis, basketball, volleyball, water sports both motorized and non motorized. You can take a scuba lesson in the pool or partake in the daily activities. Or you can do my favorite recreational activity by sitting by the pool with one of those fancy drinks with an umbrella in it.
Rooms- Their standard rooms are Junior suites with either a king or two double beds plus a small sitting area with a sofa. They have Deluxe Junior Suites that have a more partitioned off bedroom and larger sitting area and the Platinum Suites bundle in much more amenities. More details are listed below in the "Just the Facts" section of my review.
Shopping-They have a small shop at the resort for incidentals and small gifts plus you have plenty of shopping in Playa del Carmen.
Spa- They have a very nice spa with all of your standard treatments.
Terrain-The resort is spread out but very flat so easily to navigate. Though large, you don't need little golf carts to get you around the complex like some of the other even larger resorts.
Updates-Brand new! Just opened in December 2007.
View-Right on the ocean but keep in mind the way the resort is built perpendicular to the ocean your views will be of the pools and courtyard areas not the ocean.
Weather-Mid December through May has the best weather. September and October gets more rain.
WOW Factor-The size of the resort and all of the amenities that a large resort will have like 12 pools.
X-Y-Z-Right now, you will be hard pressed to find a resort with all the amenities for the price point. I think most people will enjoy their stay here.
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"Just the Facts"
GRAND RIVIERA PRINCESS Ctra. Federal Cancun-Playa del Carmen Km. 298 Playa del Carmen, Solidaridad Quintana Roo Riviera Maya, Mexico, 77710 Distance from Hotel to Town, 2 miles (3 kms). Distance from Hotel to Airport, 22 miles (35 kms). This property is located in a prime location on the Mayan Riviera, just three miles north of Playa del Carmen. The natural spectacular beach is further enhanced by the 300 palm trees that line the coast of the resort. The resort takes advantage of all the natural beauty of the area, as the gentle sloping beach and abundant white sand creates a privileged setting. You can enjoy so many activities and amenities at this hotel - from three pools that run across the property, tennis in the morning, disco dancing in the evening and relaxation amidst the carefully-maintained surroundings. This all-suite hotel is a perfect location for honeymooners to start their lives together, and couples to reconnect.
Hotel Room Details
JUNIOR SUITE ACCOMMODATIONS
JUNIOR SUITE DELUXE ACCOMMODATIONS
24 Laguna Villa Suites
98 Platinum Suites rooms
* "La Tortuga" Restaurant. Air Conditioned.
* Bar "Gym Bar", inside gym , energetic drinks not included.
* Pool bar“Fantasy Bar” 10:00 – 18:00 h. In the pool.
* Pool bar“Maya Bar” 07:00 – 12:00 h. In the pool.
* Pool bar“Tequila” 10:00 – 18:00 h. In the pool.
* Chill Out "Ibiza" 17:00 – 23:00 h. Near Sports bar.
* Lobby Bar Sunset 08:00 - 12:00 h. Inside Sunset Lobby.
* Lobby Bar Riviera 08:00 – 12:00 h. Inside Riviera Lobby.
* Platinum Sunset Bar 07:00 – 23:00 h. in Sunset Platinum.
* Platinum Riviera Bar 07:00 – 23:00 h. in Riviera Platinum.
* Bar Punta Bete 18:00 – 23:00 h. between "Mamma Mia" & "La Vaqueria" restaurants.
* Bar Chactemal 18:00 – 23:00 h. between "La Hacienda" & "Le Fleur" restaurants.
Activities & Entertainment
ALL INCLUSIVE FEATURES AND FACILITES.
FEATURES AND FACILITIES WHICH ARE NOT INCLUDED
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· Funtastic Teen’s Club (ages 13-17 years)
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