We stayed at Golden Crown Paradise Resort from Feb 23rd-28th, 2014. My husband and I met up with a group of 6 friends that had arrived there 2 days prior to us. We have been to Jamaica 6 times and this was our first time to Mexico.
This is a nice adult -only for an affordable price with great staff. We have been priced right out of Sandals and some other popular adult only Caribbean resorts, so this gave us a great place to go and still enjoy an adult only atmosphere. We never had any problems with the food and enjoyed all of it. Get the sexy coffee at Salvador's! We ate at all the restaurants except Paradise, and enjoyed a couple restaurants at the connecting family resort. It was nice to be able to go over there and use the restaurants and the awesome new, huge, hot tub with swim up pool bar. That was a highlight! Large beach, lots of loungers, parasailing right from the beach, watching the cruise ships come in, long beach for walking, beautiful view: these were all things we really enjoyed. Pool volleyball was a blast! Loved watching the drinking games on the beach- what a hoot! There's an internet café just a few doors down that has 2 computers (only one was working though) for a very reasonable rate and I used that to keep in touch with the kids back home. Nice alternative for those of us who don't have tablets or laptops for WIFI use.
We had fantastic weather and went on a whale watching trip, a city tour that the hotel provided for free, and parasailed from the beach! Loved all of it and would highly recommend! We also ended up with a fantastic room with an unbelievable view- 4th floor on the corner near the beachfront rooms. And with room service!
Our air conditioner in our room did not cool the room down at all, but when we told the staff they were very prompt about fixing it. However, as soon as it was fixed, water leaked in the roof of our closet and soaked some of our clothes. They were very prompt about fixing this too. No other problems with the room after that.
All-inclusive should include more that 2 bottles of water a day. Refrigerators in all the rooms would be nice.
Elevators worked but were very creaky and jerky. We always used the stairs to go down, and sometimes to go up too, since we were only on 4th floor. Didn't quite trust the elevator to use all the time.
Lobby bathroom had motion lights that come on when you open the door and one evening I went in and when the lights came on there were two huge cockroaches on the wall- hotel needs to treat for this. This was the only time I saw anything like this, otherwise hotel was very clean and tidy.
The vendors!! Ugh- if you lay in the shade under a cabana for the day, expect to be bothered by approaching venders NO LESS that 30 times a day (I know, I counted) I understand they need to make a living, however, it was CONSTANT. Tees, necklaces, hats, ect, ect, ect, Nonstop! I like how Jewel Runaway Bay Resort in Jamaica has it set up: one area of the beach that has 4 or so vendors set up selling their items and they stay in their hut and people approach them to buy! So much nicer!
No adult nightly entertainment. Club Nitro is a great idea, but the evening entertainment was all geared towards the kids/families. It becomes "adult only" at 11pm and by then it was empty. I would like to see separate entertainment like show/bands, ect similar to what we've seen at Sandals and Jewel. We were in a group so we made our own fun.
Overall, we had an enjoyable stay with a great group of people and met some other fun guests from the US and Canada. Also, a fellow Iowan had left something there a few weeks before I arrived and she contacted me through Facebook (saw me comment on Golden Crown's Facebook page) and asked if I could bring the items back with me. The resort was very nice to work with us on this and I saved the guest money in shipping. There is great staff there and I hope they continue to improve this resort with a new pool \ hot tub and better entertainment and we may go back someday!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Golden Crown Paradise All Inclusive Resort where our unmatched personalized and friendly service are a cut above the rest with a great location just 10 minutes from downtown and 15 minutes from the International Airport. As an adults-only all-inclusive resort, our focus is on pampering, tranquility, and rejuvenation. ... more less
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