What I saw today was the beach in front of the Hilton to the Marriott’s. The Oasis Cancun was the first hotel I have seen where the ocean had taken away a bit of the hotel from underneath. The 3 Royal Resorts where in great shape. Hardly any broken windows, pools untouched. Really, the best hotels I have seen. 60 or so more pics at http://localhost/eplus/cancunphotos4.cfm
The Hilton management told me a team from the US was on the way to check the entire hotel. No one in Cancun is able to report on the hotel progress. All info will come from the corp. office in the US.
The Cancun Palace was hit really bad. http://localhost/eplus/cancunphotos4.cfm and the 2 Marriott’s did not seem too bad but I could not get close. What I saw today was all the hotels I went to now have guards that will not let you pass.
What I thought as I walked along the beach (yes there is still some beach left…not as much but enough for one guy) is that most hotels do not need to open soon. We are in the middle of the lowest season in Cancun. It was going to average about 50% of the rooms taken. However, 2000 rooms where not being used as a few hotels where closed for renos. So really, the 50% is even lower than that. So, here I am, a hotel that was not going to be very full anyway. I can now what for the insurance money. Fix up my hotel in a big way, open my doors whenever and have a completely renovated hotel. So what if it is Feb 06. I have a new hotel and lose really only a few weeks of high season. Now, not all the hotels will think like that BUT if my hotel is older you bet it would have crossed my mind the second Wilma hit here.
On the other hand I see all these small businesses trying to open ASAP and again I cannot figure out why. Lorito Joe’s, now the only lobster house in Cancun until Lorenzillo’s opens again and if they want the same feel or look to the restaurant it will be a bit, will open next week to sell lobsters to who? The workers fixing the hotels? Odds are no as that would equal several days pay. So, it will be very interesting business wise to see what goes on over the next 4 weeks.
The clean-up is everywhere in the hotel zone but now that the major roads are cleaned up downtown, things are not moving as fast here.
When will it be back to normal here? Well, to every normal is different. For me it will be when I get up, take my kids to school, have a big bowl of fruit, take a hot shower no matter what the temperature is outside, make my 100 calls a day, reply to 100’s of e-mails, turn on the a/c when I want, not having to wait in line to buy anything, watching the odd movie, playing with my kids, talking to Claudia, watching and betting on Sunday football, having a cold beer with friends. Well the only things on this list I do not have is running water for a shower and the school is not back yet. Both will return any day now so for me…normal is right around the corner.
The top ten things that have not changed due to Wilma…
10) The beach is still soft and white and feels great between the toes
9) Taxi drivers still honk at you thinking you might want a ride even if you are in the bathroom
8) People are selling stuff to tourists that I cannot imagine them having any need for
7) The 18 shades of blue and green in ocean are amazing
6) The hot salsa is still really hot and hotter yet the next day
5) All the hotels are in the same place as there where
4) The saying at a flea market, ‘check out my junk’
3) If you look like a tourist everyone will call you over (just less of that now)
2) I need to lose weight
And the number thing that has not changed…
1) The bus driver are all NUTS and drive like they are applying for a Mad Max part