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Iberostar Tucan Hotel
Ranked #50 of 214 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
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Reviewed 20 June 2014

This was our second time going to the Tucan - we absolutely loved it!!! - When we arrived they only had a room with 2 double beds, as this was our 28th anniversary we wanted a king as I had booked - they were able to get us the correct room the very next morning. The beach is absolutely beautiful if no Palapas were available they have umbrellas you can get from the towel hut along with towels. The pool was very nice but a bit on the warm side also a bit deep if you are short like me. The food was good had no complaints at all and the specialty restaurants were very good we went to all but the Japanese one. One thing we noticed and are very upset about is that nobody was tipping the waitstaff at all. They work so hard to make your vacation very enjoyable and nobody took care of them which we did. Along those lines one issue we did have was no change was available in the lobby so we really encourage them to offer this so maybe more people will start tipping better. We were in building 12 which was close to the beach and pool and the hotel was very pretty and the rooms very comfortable.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Denise F
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Quality manager I, Quality Manager at Iberostar Tucan Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 25 June 2014

Dear guest,

We are delighted with your review, thank you for choosing IBEROSTAR Tucan & Quetzal to celebrate your 28th anniversary.

We are glad that you were able to get the room you were expecting. Our Front Desk Manager always does his best to accommodate requests, which cannot be guaranteed in advance.

We would like to thank you for praising our beach and pool area. In regards to our culinary offerings, we are very excited to know that you appreciated our buffet and a la carte restaurants; our Chef will be very happy with your kind words.

Once again, we thank you for your review and for the trust you have deposited in us for such a special celebration, we hope to welcome you for many other celebrations at IBEROSTAR Tucan & Quetzal.

Kind regards,

Quality Manager
IBEROSTAR Mexico

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Reviewed 19 June 2014

I stayed at the Iberostar Tucan at the beginning of June with my boyfriend. We are both in our 20s and this was our first time in Mexico.

The location of the hotel is great. 5 minute walk away from a starbucks, a couple of souvenir type shops and drug stores and only 70 pesos for a taxi to Fifth Avenue if you want a wider variety of shops, restaurants and bars.

The beach is beautiful and we could always find a sun lounger and usually could get one in the shade. There was always activities you could take part in on the beach and all non-motorised equipment was free (kayaks etc). We took out jet skis one day which cost the equivalent of £40 for half an hour and was a lot of fun. Having stayed in Ibiza previously where jet skis cost £100+ we thought it was good value for money.

The swimming pool was good as well and we also didn't have any problems finding sun loungers here. One annoying thing was guests who would reserve the cabanas and then disappear for hours. The pool is a great size however we sometimes found the water was quite warm which isn't always ideal when you want to cool down from 30 degree heat. We also liked the adults only pool and swim up bar. There was occasionally plasters, cups etc floating about in the pools which was a bit off putting.

In the area between the beach and the pool there are showers, a beach bar, ice cream vendor and a grill where you can get burgers, hot dogs etc. There are also waitresses who come round the sun loungers taking drinks orders.

We stayed in block 16 on the ground floor, which we loved as we had visits from a crowd of peacocks every morning. The room was very nice, moderns but traditional Mexican decor. We found the bed to be very comfortable. Our only problem with our room was that the hairdryer in our bathroom didn't work.

The grounds of the hotel are really nice we loved seeing all the animals roaming about. If you are not an animal lover this hotel might not be for you. Howler monkeys, coaties, agoutis, parrots, lizards, tucans and even a cat can all be spotted in various areas of the hotel. Peacocks can often be seen walking through the lobby too. We loved walking through the jungle and looking out for what different animals we could see!

The buffet restaurant was a bit hit and miss for us, Breakfast was always great - lots of variety. Lunch was good but got a bit samey after a week and dinner was never very great. We did also have a problem with ants at one of the tables we were sat at in the buffet restaurant. We booked the Mexican restaurant on of our first nights but we really didn't enjoy it and this put us off of booking any of the other restaurants. We ended up eating out in Fifth Avenue quite often which suited us fine. (We particularly enjoyed the Blue Lobster and Texas Burger joint).

Drinks were better than some other all inclusive hotels we have stayed in however by the end of the week we realised the cocktails all pretty much tasted the same. The bar staff were great, especially the bar where the entertainment was. If you asked for smirnoff etc you got it.

As is to be expected, the hotel shops are very over priced.

You can book excursions through the hotel, we went to Chechen Itza, Coco Bongo and Xplor all of which we would recommend. For all excursions we were picked up and dropped off at the hotel lobby. One tip would be to book the vip experience for Cogo Bongo, definitely worth the extra money as your chances of actually being able to see the show without a seat are slim!

We went for a couples massage at the spa which was very good - 1680 pesos which we thought was an okay price. There were various locations where you could have your massage including the beach, the pool, the jungle or the spa at the front of the hotel. The ladies who worked in the spa were all very nice.

We are never really big on hotel entertainment and only seen a couple of the shows at night, however we found them enjoyable and it is clear how hard the star team work.

One tip is to be careful with your room keys. We went through about 5, apparently if you hold your key too close to your camera of mobile phone it becomes de-magnetised and no longer works.

Overall we loved this holiday and would definitely return to the Iberostar Tucan!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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13  Thank nicolacanavan
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Quality manager I, Quality Manager at Iberostar Tucan Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2014

Dear guest,

First and foremost, we would like to express our gratitude for taking your time to share your great observations regarding our resort IBEROSTAR Tucan & Quetzal.

We highly value your comments about our great location and beautiful beach. Also, we are glad to know that you did some of the water activities and were able to enjoy our huge pool area. Moreover, our snack stand at the beach, ice cream and waitress service is a plus to make our guests feel more relaxed to enjoy their day at the beach or pool area.

Thank you for your words about our cozy room and its décor. Thanks to our guests' suggestions we have changed all the mattresses of the resort to new ones which include pillow tops.

Regarding our amazing tropical jungle and its fauna, our intention is to offer our guest a special holiday experience by getting our guests closer to our exotic Mexican fauna, so we are very excited to know that you enjoyed this experience. In regards to our gastronomy, we would like to thank you for your kind words about our breakfast and lunch. Thank you for praising our bar staff and our spa staff, they will receive your compliments.

On the other hand, we would like to apologize for any discomfort you may have encountered with the sun beds, our guests are informed about our policy of not reserving sun beds and we have placed extra sun beds to ensure that all guests have a chair at the pool or beach area. We also have a Pool Concierge to assist our guests with this.

Regarding the pool temperature on the hot days the pool gets warm because of the sun, our pool does not have a heater and we apologize for the inconvenience. Also we would like to mention that our pool is cleaned daily. Your suggestions will be addressed to the Maintenance Manager.

Furthermore, we are sorry to read that our buffet and a la carte Mexican restaurant did not live up the experience you were expecting, our Executive Chef only works with fresh ingredients and his team is constantly looking to offer new dishes and flavors to our worldwide guests. Your valuable suggestion will be redirected to him for improvements. Last but not least, your suggestion regarding our drinks will be forwarded to the Food & Beverage Manager.

Hopefully we will be able to welcome you again at IBEROSTAR Tucan & Quetzal.

Sincerely,

Quality Manager
IBEROSTAR Mexico

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

Have been here multiple times with family and friends. We celebrated our 25 wedding anniversary there in 2013 and sons graduation all in one trip. It was fun for all and Ivan at the adult pool was a champ. He made so many drinks for our group but never quit smiling.

The resort is well taken care of with the garden area with all the wild animals is a treat to be seen.
Just a fun place to relax or cut loose.

Room Tip: The buildings in the middle like building 12 &13 are close to everything. We always get a beach...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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4  Thank Phillip P
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Quality manager I, Quality Manager at Iberostar Tucan Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2014

Dear guest,

We are delighted with your review and we would like to thank you for the trust that you and your family have deposited in us. It is a honor for us at IBEROSTAR Tucan & Quetzal to be part of so many special moments.

Thank you for sharing your experience at our resort and we will make sure that Ivan receives your compliments. Additionally, your appreciation for our jungle and fauna are highly valuable for us.

We hope to be able to be part of many other celebrations and encounters of your family and friends; it would be a great pleasure for us to host you soon at IBEROSTAR Tucan & Quetzal.

Best regards,

Quality Manager
IBEROSTAR Mexico

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

Hotel was not a concerne during holidays - This is exactly what you need during holidays.
People is amazing and nice, cleaning of rooms and variety of restaurants and activities are excellent.
Nature and beach will surely not disapoint you!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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3  Thank ppint
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Quality manager I, Quality Manager at Iberostar Tucan Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2014

Dear guest,

We would like to thank you for choosing IBEROSTAR Tucan & Quetzal during your recent holidays at the beautiful Playa del Carmen.

We value your comments about our staff, the cleanliness of our facilities, and our fun activities promoted by our entertainment team “Star Friends”. Additionally, we are very excited to know that you enjoyed our cuisine. Our Chef will be pleased with your remarks.

Thank you for your compliments about our beautiful jungle and paradisiacal beach.

It would be a pleasure to host you again at IBEROSTAR Tucan & Quetzal.

Kind regards,

Quality Manager
IBEROSTAR Mexico

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

I support the typical TripAdvisor rating that resort is nice, but far from the best all-inclusive we experienced over the past ten years. If you want the best then you need to pay a higher price, but overall Iberostar Tucan was a fair value. Rooms were spacious, even for a Family of four. Dinner meals were all average, with Italian our favorite. Top shelf is exaggeration of what is available, and even that is only one bar in the lobby.

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3  Thank Donald Walter S
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Quality manager I, Quality Manager at Iberostar Tucan Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2014

Dear guest,

We would like to thank you for taking your time to share your observations on our resort IBEROSTAR Tucan & Quetzal.

We appreciate your comments regarding our rooms and our a la carte Italian restaurant.

On the other hand, we apologize if our gastronomy did not meet your expectations. Our Executive Chef and his team work incessantly to bring to our worldwide guests different flavors and recipes; your valuable suggestion has been addressed to him. In regards to our liquors, our Food & Beverage Manager only works with national and international brand liquors and we are sorry for any inconvenience you may have encountered.

Hopefully we will be able to host you again at our resort.

Warm regards,

Quality Manager
IBEROSTAR Mexico

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

Went last July for a wedding and what a great place, the hotel was lovely and very clean, the staff were very friendly and the food which was all inclusive was great, several restaurant's within the complex and such a large choice.
Would definitely go again and will!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank jenny w
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Quality manager I, Quality Manager at Iberostar Tucan Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2014

Dear guest,

Just a short note to thank you for sharing your review about your holiday at IBEROSTAR Tucan & Quetzal.

It was a pleasure for us to have served you and it brings great joy to know that you had an amazing time. Thank you for your gentle words about the friendliness of our staff, cleanliness and extensive options of dining and buffets.

We will be waiting to welcome you back soon to IBEROSTAR Tucan & Quetzal.

Warm regards,

Quality Manager
IBEROSTAR Mexico

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

We loved our stay at the Tucan in May. The grounds are beautiful and the animals are really what make this a special place to stay. Our room was spotless and always cleaned to perfection each day by our maid Orfa. The restaurants were all good and the only one we didn't try was the Italian dinner. The buffets were good and actually better than the more expensive resorts that we've stayed at in Jamaica. The pool was never crowded and we never had a problem finding a place to lounge. We did do the scuba lesson in the pool with Matt, he was such a nice guy and even told us where to find some really good food in Playa del Carmen! We didn't do many activities on the resort, but we did participate in archery and had a fun time. The beach was beautiful as well! We've already booked a return trip next month!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Brian S
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Quality manager I, Quality Manager at Iberostar Tucan Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2014

Dear guest,

We are delighted with your review, thank you very much for taking your time to share your vacation experience at our resort IBEROSTAR Tucan & Quetzal.

We are very excited to know that you had a wonderful time with us and we value your comments regarding our beautiful grounds and exotic fauna. Thank you for your kind words to the cleanliness of your room, we will make sure that Orfa receives your compliments.

Our Executive Chef will be very excited to know that you enjoyed our a la carte restaurants and buffets; he is always working on offering high quality and a great variety of dishes at our restaurants and buffets.

We are pleased to know that we exceeded your expectations in general and that you got a chance to participate in some activities that our animation team offers.

We feel privileged to see that you will be visiting us back soon, please make sure to get in touch with the hotel representatives with anticipation for any request you might have.

Warm regards,

Quality Manager

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Additional Information about Iberostar Tucan Hotel

Address: Avda Xaman-Ha, Lote Hotelero | Fraccionamiento Playacar Nro 2, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Playa del Carmen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#13 Family Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#17 Green Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#25 Romantic Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#26 Top resorts Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#34 Spa Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#37 On the Beach Hotel in Playa del Carmen
Price Range: £155 - £452 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Iberostar Tucan Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 350
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Privileged situation directly on the beach of Playacar, around 3 km from the town of Playa del Carmen. Specially recommended for honeymooners. Varied, colourful entertainment programme. Large pool area. ... more   less 
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Iberostar Playa Del Carmen
Iberostar Tucan Mexico
Iberostar Tucan Playa Del Carmen
Playa Del Carmen Iberostar
Iberostar Tucan Quetzal
Iberostar Tucan Playacar
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