Firstly, this was our third trip to the BM, the Beach in '05, Tropical in '06 and now Colonial. We do not expect much pampering on vacation and are usually very patient with staff and sometimes other guests.
We did send out our room request for 3rd floor Jalisco building with King Bed and got 2nd floor Jalisco building with two twins!! With how busy it still was we accepted what we received. The room was cleaned daily but we did have trouble with a couple stinky pillows (B.O.) that we thought would be taken care of after we pulled them from the cases and left them on the chair. We did bring a room spray of our own that partially cured the problem.
Weird thing happened on the second to last day, I think the maid ran out of time or was pulled somewhere else. When we returned after our day the sheets were still a mess and the daily $2 I would leave on the table between the beds was placed on one of our pillows like they didn't feel they deserved it.....not sure what happened there.
Our room fridge was stocked daily and a few days we were given 5 bags of chips after he knew we liked them.
As with every other year, the grounds are meticulous. I sometimes think it is the landscapers that deserve some of all that tip money.
We did not eat at any A La Cartes simply because we get everything we need at the buffet including lobster on two different evenings. Also, my wife has Celiac disease so being able to see the food up front is a great benefit.
The breakfast omelette is a great start to the day and I am now going through bacon withdrawal too!!
After dinner, I would enjoy my Kahlua in the chairs outside the buffet's and watch the staff through the glass. It looks like a bee hive in there the way the staff is getting drinks, making tables, cleaning up plates!!!
As for the pools, it was busy and not our usual time of early February so the towel game was going strong. Because we are only a couple we had no problem finding a suitable place in the sun after arriving at the pools by 10 or 10:30.
It was probably much busier around the pools because after Monday, the rest of the week was windy and the red flag was out!! I was not impressed since we had brought our own snorkel gear down with us to see the expanded snorkel areas by the Palace but what can you do. We made sure we took a couple walks a day end to end of the resort. I find a Rum Punch lasts just long enough for a one way trip and then refill to go back. Lol!
After walking up and around the Palace, we were kind of glad we didn't spend the extra $ on it. I think those guests are getting hosed as there is: very little beach area, only one tennis court per that many guests and it's the Palace!!!! They should have their own set of watersport equipment. It is quite a walk to want to take out a watertrike that badly. Just our observation.
We are quite glad we only had a couple days left after a few high school classes arrived for their break. I thought we were going to miss all that. We had the misfortune of overindulgent kids throwing up, being rude to bar staff, tossing their empty Modelo cans in the gardens and generally being disrespectful.
Heck, we even saw that someone must have had a good time at the tennis court upon our early morning arrival judging by the empty Trojan package on the ground. Get a room people!!!
To sum it all up, we did have a good time. We met some nice people, and the Barcelo did once again not dissapoint us. We have decided that although this has been our go-to resort for awhile, we need to check out some other spots in the area. We really don't have anything to measure the Barcelo against in the RM. I am sure we will be back, it just might take some time.
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