If you want Waikiki, go to Hawaii. If its a real Mexican experience you want, stay at the X. The rooms are tile and stucco, the bathrooms almost clean, the water temperature fluctuates for no apparent reason, the bed was hard but huge, the nights are alive with the sounds of traffic, and the buzz of weekend parties. There is a police station right behind the X, armed troops around the hotel day and night and they live in the X as well. A local said there is a drug war going on so the police are ....a little tense, but not at all hostile. There is a money changing booth right outside the X with current exchange rates. Across the street we found the best fish tacos, and Mayan style food, and the X opened a Mayan food spot the day we we were leaving, so we took a couple of killer tortas with habenero salsa for the plane. Mercado 28 is 4 blocks or so from the X, and it has everything Mexican or Mayan you would want. Everyone was friendly and helpful at the X. They went above and beyond for us if we asked for info or help. My wife is Mexican American , and I (white guy)can get by , so language was not an issue. One night we found a park behind the X that had street food vendors and little bumper electric cars and a playground for the kids. There are numerous restaurants and stores in the centro area of Cancun . If you are so inclined to rough it for a night or two, and get a feel for what real Mexico is about, try the X , the Caribe, or Margarito, which all can be seen from the X. We engaged the folks working at the small tiendas, taxis,hotel maids, and strangers everyday, and had the best time just chatting about Cancun, and what their lives were like. Bottom line is that staying at the X allowed us to experience daily Cancun from a totally non " Hotel Zone" perspective. Next time maybe we stay at the Caribe to get another take on Cancun. The Chitzen Itza Tour was outstanding. If you go, be prepared for the humidity and heat. Its a jungle, not a theme park. Otherwise be prepared to be amazed at what the Mayans and Toltecs we able to do so long ago. The X was not exactly comfortable, but not as some have suggested. I guess it depends on your needs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cultural Hotel that represents the Mayan Culture and mythology. 80 standard rooms, are usually decorated to reflect the constant desire to show the Mexican culture, its colors and carved stones.We have Spa, Relaxation Massage, Reductive, Steam Bath (Temazcal), Facials, Treatments, Beauty Salon, Meeting rooms, Conferences, Yoga, Pilates, Film Art, Art Gallery, Swimming Pool (Out Door), Beach Club, Car Rental, Travel and tours, Wireless Internet, Parking, Elevator, Radio Station, Handicap Room. ... more less
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