A group of myself and five of my friends decided to stay at this place because it was A) affordable, and B) the only place that seemed to offer 5 person rooms, an odd number at best to be sure. Oh how wrong we were. The room had, understandably, tile floors and one incredibly claustrophobic bathroom. Said bathroom had a toilet that clogged at least twice a day (pretty much anytime somebody used it for that sort've activity, you know, the one that you'll do plenty of times if you go to Mexico) leaving us to be forced to use the public lobby bathroom which was one of the grossest things I've ever seen. Leaks, dirt, that bathroom had it all. On top of that we had no hot water for half of our 6 nights in Cancun, and even then it would go cold in about five minutes of use after being "fixed". The room felt pretty insescure too, with just a rickity wood door that had trouble shutting and the lobby seemed like an open doorway so far as people wanting to get in. I kept expecting to wake up with someone trying to rob us in the room.
To stay on the topic of how sad this room was, having been promised a suite that could hold five people comfortably (expecting two doubles, perhaps, and a cot), we instead got a room that had one extended bed (meant to hold three people, awkwardly at best) and two cots. One of the cots was a legit bed, which meant that alongwith that it had a broken leg. Meaning that the lucky camper who had to sleep on that bed (me) was forced to sleep at a diagnal incline on a bed that rocked back and forth anytime you moved like a High School desk that is missing part of one of its legs. Neverminding how uncomfortable three people in one bed is for sleeping (who wants to be the guy in the middle?), the last bed was hardly even a bed. No, instead, it was a mattress with white sheets tossed onto the floor by the wall. So that makes a three person mess of a bed, a mattress on the floor, and a bed that is doing its best impression of a rocking chair.
On top of this the hotel only gets 2 or 3 television stations (friends of ours stayed at Oasis and had the usual 20-25 hotels get) and there is virtually no where to sunbathe on the hotel proper. Instead, you need to go across the street to the public beach, which is relatively dirty and full of the locals trying to sell you things. Hardly relaxing.
But once you escape the Marina Club, Cancun is great. There are tons of great restuarants (except THE SHRIMP BUCKET, where they will rip you off and none of the workers know any English), and there are lots of great clubs and bars. The mall was surprisingly nice too, and contrary to a lot of what I heard, the open markets were a lot of fun so long as you kept a keen eye open for getting swindled (don't pay $20 for a T-Shirt you can buy across the street for $6).
Next time I'll shell out the extra money for an all-inclusive.
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