Being a small town Alberta (Canada) girl, Qualton was just my flavour.
The rooms, at first, were a fright, but after a night or two, the relaxed atmosphere of the entire place grows on you, and the rooms fit right in. I loved how all the rooms have two external exits, and you aren't passing people in the hallways all the time. I also liked how there are only two levels, and several different buildings. There are many paths to take to the different rooms, so you never feel like there are alot of people there at once, even on the weekend when it is quite busy.
I do recommend the upgrade to a suite, it is definately worth it. The bed is more comfortable, the pillows aren't cottage cheeze rocks, and the inside is much nicer than the other rooms. The rooms with no view are bigger than the rooms with a view, but the view is certainly worth the cramped spaces. As the grounds are spectacular, you hardly want to spend much time in your room anyways!!! I highly recommend playing a game of volleyball, basketball, and perhaps a giant game of chess.
The entertainment staff is somewhat cheezy, but deliciously so. For being on vacation, their shows are worth sitting for. By the 5th day I became familiar with the different dancers, and started to enjoy what they brought to the stage. After the entertainment, a cab was always close at the gates to take into Ziwa or Ixtapa. Make sure you find out what the cost will be before you leave the hotel tho.
For the nights when there are a few more guests, the Hola Ola night club located on the grounds is hopping with Mexicans who are also on Vacation. I visited it one night, and was the only white person in the place, and had the best night of my entire vacation!!!! I danced so much I was pouring sweat, and once they knew I was from Canada they wanted to know all about the snow and mounties!! They were welcoming, and so unbelievabley fun!
I have to admit, the food was good.... until I ate out of the resort a time or two. I didn't enjoy the steam table food for long once I ate on the island, and had some good tacos in Ziwa.
The housekeeping staff is AMAZING!! We trudged alot of sand and slop into our room everyday, including into our bed. After they were done, there was never a spec of sand anywhere in our room!! Nothing that was laying out was ever touched.
Finally, I loved how they flew the Mexican and Canadian flags. I knew I was welcome there when I saw that!
I could write so much more, but I know when I was planning my trip, I didn't read this much... ;)
If you go, please say Hola, and tip well, they definately deserve it. We started tipping a buck or two on the first day to each staff member that asked us what we want, and by the end of the week we were well taken care of.
I loved and appreciated the laid back atmosphere of the Qualton club. It was definately a place to get centered, and have a little fun.
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