So, I know this post is long overdue, but I finally had the time to pull these pictures off my camera. I can’t even begin to tell you how many pictures of hotels I’ve taken the past year that are just laying around. To get back on track, I wanted to start by writing this hotel review of the Ritz Carlton Cancun. We only got to stay here for a night at the end of our Cuba + Mexico trip, but it was well worth it. It was also a nice change of pace from all the Airbnbs we were previous staying in.
I feel like the Ritz Carlton brand usually caters to older crowds, but we got such a good deal on the room that we wanted to try it out. Also, since we were only staying one night, we didn’t want to spend the money on one of those all-inclusive resorts. We wanted to go out and experience the Cancun nightlife and try different restaurants.
The hotel is located right in the middle of the Hotel Zone of Cancun. The party area where all the clubs are is located at the northern part of the beach strip so it’s definitely a taxi ride away. The property does sits right on the beach so you can walk out of the hotel and be in the water in one minute.
The hotel grounds are kept in pretty great condition. The lobby was nice and clean as expected from the Ritz Carlton. They even gave you a welcome drink while you check in. The inside consists of your usual bars, restaurants, ballrooms, retail, etc. One cool thing we noticed was this garden courtyard in the middle of the hotel. It looked more like something that you would find in New Orleans rather than the middle of Mexico.
Outside of the hotel, there are a couple casual restaurants and bars located between the pool areas. There are also cabanas located right on the beach that you can rent during the day or evening.
The rooms type that we got was called “Ocean View Room” with a single king bed. The room size is about 435 square feet and is probably one of the most spacious regular rooms that I have ever stayed in. We were located on the 7th floor on the south side of the hotel. The condition of the room is somewhat outdated. Some of the furniture seemed to be more modern than others and the bathroom kind of looked dark and yellow. Regardless, the view from the balcony was the star of the show. We lounged outside during dusk and in the morning hours too before heading down to the beach.
There are various pools on the property if you are not in the mood to go to the beach. We didn’t get to try it out since our stay was so short, but did have lunch at El Café Mexicano (the hotel’s casual outdoor dining option). The drinks were amazing, but the food was just your typical poolside fare. There is a club lounge on-site, but again, we decided to opt out of it since we were going to be spending most of our time outside the hotel. I’ve only heard great things about it though. Especially, since this is not an all-inclusive hotel, this will probably be your best option for getting unlimited drinks.
TAXIS: We had a group of 6 with us so we needed to use a taxi van instead of a regular cab. The price came out to about $20 each way to and from the party area. Be aware that taxis will definitely try to rip you off. You should probably just accept it right now. Especially after all the nightclubs let out, the taxi drivers know you’re going to the spend money. Also, not that I’ve confirmed this myself, but my friend who has family in Mexico told me that Uber/Lyft is almost non-existent and shouldn’t be used since there seem to be some tension with the taxis.
LORENZILLO’S: We had dinner here because we were impressed by the amount of reviews it had. 4,000+ and 4.5 stars! We thought it was going to be the best lobster we were ever going to have, but it was only okay. It was nothing special to be honest. They do give you a large menu with various different types of preparations, but I would have preferred a couple choices done really well instead.
Also, the décor is made to look like you are in a wooden ship. A little too much on the “theme” side if you know what I mean.
Lastly, maybe it’s just the day we went, but there was no one there. The restaurant is huge and we were probably one of five tables. You maybe wondering what about all those reviews though? Well, there were signs all over the restaurant reminding guests to write a review on TripAdvisor.
NIGHTCLUBS: The thing that caught me off guard the most was that ALL the night clubs were all-you-can-drink! There was no other option! You pay a single cover at the door ranging anywhere from $30-$60. We decided to go try Congo Bar since it was the most affordable cover ($30). Looking back, I think we all wished we paid the $60 and went to Mandala across the street instead. This might have been a definite case of you-get-what-you-paid-for. The crowd and music seemed better at Mandala so definitely do your research before you go!
MORE PICTURES: If you would like to see more pictures of the resort, I did a fashion blog post awhile back where we took pictures around the hotel and beach.
Well, I hope you enjoyed my hotel review of the Ritz Carlton Cancun! If you have any tips yourself or would like to share your story, don’t hesitate to comment below. I read every one of your comments!