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Barcelo Maya Palace
Ranked #6 of 17 Hotels in Puerto Aventuras
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 October 2012

We've been going to this hotel since the first year it opened, at least once a year, and to the Tropical (same complex) before the Palace was built. We've never had a bad experience here., and have spent the majority of the time at the hotel whenever we go (although we usually opt for a couple of excursions each trip).
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Arrival: Always greeted with a welcoming smile and a drink. Depending on arrival time, this could take a while, unless you've opted for Club Premium. We never have at this property - more on that later. We've never minded the wait, though - anticipation is great!
Bell service: Never a hitch, and the service person always takes the time to point out features of the room and the complex. We've gotten to the point where we just tip him before he gets too much into features, since we're pretty familiar with the hotel. NOTE: Tipping is included in the cost of the hotel, but we always give a little extra, since we found out (from several sources) that service staff at these hotels make ~$5(US) per day. This includes Bell staff, housekeeping, restaurants and bar staff.
Rooms: Great rooms, always clean and nicely decorated, pretty good size. There is a mini-fridge that is restocked daily (or on demand), a combination safe, flat screen TV, couch and sitting area, and spectacular bathroom.
Restaurants: The buffets and snack bars around the property are very good, with variety that changes daily. There are cooking stations in all of them, for all meals, so you don't have to settle for food that has been under the lights until they cool. Service has always been great. The a'la carte restaurants offer something for all tastes, although reservations can be iffy at the more popular ones. NOTE: As a Palace guest, you can make reservations at any of the a'la carte restaurants in the 5 hotels in the complex. Ask to see the menus for any restaurants that spark your interest. Same goes for the buffets and snack bars - you can eat at any in the complex.
Bars: Upper shelf pours in the Palace bars, and some of them set up snacks and appetizers throughout the day. The Lobby Bar is especially nice. NOTE: If you wander over to other parts of the property, you'll be charged for that Cazadores margarita, or the Absolut gimlet - upper shelf orders are only included when you're on Palace grounds.
Grounds: In a word, Spectacular! Huge, clean beach, abundant hammocks and lounges, huge, clean pools, many with swim-up bars. "Green" areas around and between the buildings have nice little placards identifying the wild critters you might see - lots of iguanas!that it is just as easy, and sometimnes cheaper, to book shortly after arrival. We especially like ALLtournative - locally owned and operated, eco-friendly tours.
Activities: Plenty to do right on the grounds, but if you want off-site excursions, Barcelo has arranged for tour operatiors to ply their trips in a secluded area near the lobby - no hawkers hounding you before you even get checked in! NOTE: First year at the complex, we followed "conventional wisdom" and booked excursions online before our trip. We have found
Miscellaneous: Lots and lots of sea life in the water - try taking a banana into the water and dropping it ,small bits at a time, into the water around you. You might just be surrounded by fish. We've also seen barracuda, sting rays and turtles.Free scuba lessons daily (go to the dive shop near the pier), activities all over the grounds, shops (not your best deal - go into the towns for shopping), shows, etc.
Club Premium: We've never used it here, as the benefits are not that spectacular related to the extra cost. There is a private lounge, check-in is expedited, and you get as many a'la carte restaurant reservations as you want. We've booked Premium at other Barcelo properties, but that was for short stays. Up to you and your preferences!
Summary: Going back in February - Can't wait!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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4  Thank Phil L
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First of all we want to thank you for your preference and we appreciate the fact that you took some time to write your feedback about our resort.
As a hotel is it is very satisfactory to see that our guests enjoyed their stay here, and we will continue providing the service with the same quality and improving in our areas of opportunity.
We hope to welcome you back soon !!

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Reviewed 24 October 2012

My husband and I went to the Barcelo Palace (our second trip in 2 years) for a 50th birthday celebration with 6 other couples. We were there from 10/5 through 10/20, and had a blast. A big Hola to our friends Fernando in the French restaurant (still the best waiter ever) and Ulysses at the Adult Pool Bar, who makes the best Cabanas on the planet. We had some surprise conventions show up (a bunch of teachers as well as the federales) so there were days that it was pretty packed, and things took a little longer to get done. But the people who complain are ridiculous - you are on Mexico time! Why does everything have to be done in a hurry? Enjoy your vacation! We visited the French three times, Caribe twice, Rodizio twice, Mare Nostrum twice, and the Italian, Santa Fe Steakhouse and Kyoto restaurants once. Least favorite was the italian, though the osso buco was very good there. We had no troubles making all the reservations for our group of 14 exactly when we wanted them, and props to Oscar at the French when we made a last minute change on the same day to accommodate the 8 of us that were still there. For those that have trouble with their reservations - don't have such a demanding attitude and you might find that people are very happy to try to accommodate you. The french was by far the best - and not just because of Fernando. We have eaten there at least 8 times so far, and every meal was fabulous. Best Filet Mignon and Creme Brulee we've ever had.
The beach is spectacular as always, pool is extremely clean, and karaoke at the lobby bar is a crackup. This is a great resort for both families and couples. The only drawback to the entire place is the bed and pillows - could be softer, but it in no way makes me not want to go back. And for those who complain about the walking - with the amount of food and drink this place provides, you better move around if you want to fit in your clothes when you go back home!
If you are going to do some trips outside the resort - avoid Playa Del Carmen at all costs. It's a fleamarket with obnoxious people, and you can get the same prices at the resort if you bargain. it's not worth the cab fare. Selvatica, however, is awesome. The cab ride takes a while, but they took care to change the jungle surroundings as litte as possible, so that it didn't end up looking like Disneyland, like XPLOR does if you drive by it on the highway. When we go back, I will go back to Selvatica - it was that cool.
I miss the rainshower already. Can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: Oaxaca building is a good central location
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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6  Thank Melanie R
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Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your amazing feedback, this motivates us as a hotel to keep up the good work and improve day by day to create great experiences to our guests.
We really appreciate your evaluation and hope to welcome you back soon!!

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Reviewed 24 October 2012

My first time in Cancun (actually about 1.5 Hr. south of,) so kind of worried about the package we got from discount vacation sites.

So, the review has some parts on the booking experience based on the agencies, but mostly on the hotel experience.

This is my first time doing review and second time doing all-inclusive resort, so bare with me with the review:

Booking:
First time booked through cheapcaribbean.com, the site was easy enough to navigate, there are additional options/excursions available, but only booked the airport/hotel transport service (highly recommended, it's cheaper and less hassle.) The only down side with the transportation option is that they typically drop off at 3 hotels, but you could pick the more expensive private option. Since this hotel is about 1.5 Hr. from airport, the additional drop off makes the travel 2+ Hr. ...not fun when you are ready to get down to party!

Travel Agencies:
the actual local agency is Olympus. They are not bad at all, but it was kind of confusing because cheapcarribean can't get the actual info. on which hotel we get assigned to clearly, since Barcelo has like 4 hotels onsite and the names of the hotels are kind of confusing even for the local agency that dropped us off and for excursions.

Hotel:
We supposed were assigned to Colonial, but due to the huge convention at the time of our arrival, we got moved to the Palace (as a very nice upgrade.) However, no one at the other Hotels/Lobby we stop by first (inside of the Barcelo complex has our info. until we finally arrived at Palace and took a bit of time to sort out our booking.

Check-in took a very long time (I guess it might be common with other resorts from other reviews I read before.) They were not able to put my friends room near by ours, but I guess the hotel was too busy. We also happened to have gotten a newbie front desk person a few times when we needed help, and he was super slow since he needed to keep asking for help.
Regardless, they were all fairly polite!

Room:
It was great! I can't complaint, the decor was nice, beds were decent and 2 beds as we requested, didn't have too nice of view (slightly smelly mangroves,) but we didn't pay extra for ocean front or anything fancy, so can't fault them for it.

Facilities:
The pools and beach was very nice. The water was clear and mostly sandy (besides some shells/rocks/sea debris,) it was very nice! There were even some schools of tropical fish and even a small sting ray right at the beach on my last day!

The only complaint I had was that the pool bars were closed super early...I think after 6pm? I mean I expected it to be opened much later since this is a resort and people want to party still right? The bartender even took my drink from the ledge before I finished.... Some of the bartenders weren't as nice as the rest of the resort staff for some reason....maybe they are tired from all the demands, but still kind of disappointing, since 98% of the resort staff was super friendly and nice!

Eats:
It was a lot better than some other resorts reviews that I had read before. Sure, the variety could be better, but I can't complaint at all. The formal restaurants (Seafood, Brazilian, and French) were very nice especially the French restaurant experience was awesome.
Our French restaurant waiter Adrian and his partner Mr. Chan helped to celebrate my 1 day late-bday and entertained my friends throughout the entire meal service. We had such a good time that we went back again the next night unplanned and they were able to accompany us due to slow night. The staff really made a difference!

Drinks:
As expected, the alcohol wasn't as great as you would get from a good bar, but since my friends are not big drinkers, we didn't drink as much during our stay and I settled for the mini-bar canned Coronas mostly to make things easier for me. However, their fruity frozen drinks were pretty good and the lobby lounge makes great Capacinnos!


Location:
I don't really know if I like the location that much, since it's 1.5 Hr. straight drive from Cancun and still 15min from Playa Del Carmen. The upside is that since it's further out from the happennings, you probably get better services since its more secluded.
Also with that said, any excursions that you might wan to do will require lots of in the bus time!

Weather:
Well, overall beautiful most of the the 6 days that we were there, but got rained out 2+ days, including like an hour of light rain on the day of our departure. I was originally planning on taking some sunrise shots before we leave, but didn't get to. The temp. was fairly nice during the day, but does get a bit cooler during the night especially if you are still in the pool. The sea breeze brings down the mugginess feel of the inlands.

Summary:
For what we have paid for, it was a great experience! I think we got lucky for the upgrade, since the rooms at the other ones are probably not as nice from the quick visit we made during our stay. With some minor complaints such as the bar pool time and lack of jacuzzi/hottub, we were very happy with our exprience. My friends even considered planning on going back again before we even left. i wish we didn't plan for so many excursions or maybe stayed 1-2 more days to be able to relax at the resort and beach to soak in more sun.

Lastly, I think many people felt for the same time share trick at the airport before the exit to where they pick you up at the shuttle stop. They called it "vacation club," and ensure that you that it's not time share, and only there to spend some time visiting the hotel and advertise their new hotel for them in terms get a discounted trip to chichen-itza. Do not fall for it like we did, spend the extra $40 on the trip yourself and have a great vacation instead. The vacation club is such a scam and we wated 4 hours on that stupid thing, that is 4 hours you paid for already and can't get back. (this is nothing to do with Barcelo, but just want to warn you to go straight to the shuttle...these people cliamed that they work for the airport, but I think they are just vendored who paid to have a spot at the airport to sell you these time-share!)

Lastly, do not fly Spirit! The seats are terrible and the luggage policy could put it over other airlines!! Also consider if you are bringing back alcohol to US and have connecting flight without paying checked in luggage, well you are screwed, since when you bring your luggage out of customs for your first airport back to the US, you are leaving the airport and have to check the luggage back in. So, if you don't have checked in luagge, well, you are going back to the security line like everyone else would with bottle of liquid that is more than 3 oz...well, you know the rest.

Anyway, hope you get to enjoy this wonderful hotel "Barcelo Palace" as we did! Hats down to these great and hard working folks at the resort who made our stay a wonderful experience!

Room Tip: Ask for pool side if you don't want to see the mangroves. I think the ocean side is higher price...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Kid S
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HBarcelo-Maya-Palace, Gerente at Barcelo Maya Palace, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2017

Dear Guest,
First of all we want to thank you for your preference and we appreciate the fact that you took some time to write your feedback about our resort.
As a hotel is it is very satisfactory to see that our guests enjoyed their stay here, and we will continue providing the service with the same quality about the things you liked and improving in our areas of opportunity as the ones you´ve mentioned.

We hope to welcome you back soon !!

Best Regards

The Management

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Reviewed 24 October 2012

we went to barcelo last year and liked it so much that we went back this year. the resort is fantastic. the food is wonderful. we took a tour of the kitchen on a thursday and it was really impressive to see and so clean. we do not have any complaints. even a waiter and a bartender recognized us from last year and that made us feel even better. we ate at the brazillian, caribean and french restaurants. and all three were fantastic. the buffet is also very good. every body was very friendly and helpful. and the walk to and from the room is really not that bad. the pools are nice and clean and so is the beach. we will be going back next year!!!

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dear Guest,

We are very happy about your feedback as our main goal is to leave all our Guest satisfied . We will continue all the hard work to keep satisfying all our guests and we hope to host you back real soon!!

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Reviewed 23 October 2012

This is a very good resort for families with children. The water playground for the kids was fantastic. It is a very large resort so be ready to do a lot of walking. The walks are nice though because the grounds are so beautiful. We have been to five different resorts in the area and this is by far the best. The staff lets you be if you wish and you are not bothered by time-share salespeople.
The food was very good. We tried the brazilian the first night and it was good, but the two buffets were just as good and had much more variety. We stayed in the family suite which was large and very comfortable. The kids loved the lime-flavored nuts in the refrigerator. My daughter called them "limy-beans".
The pool was excellent and very large. We had no trouble finding a spot and moved frequently to enjoy other areas. There was a big meeting while we were there and they cancelled all the shows for them, but we were tired every evening anyway from all the swimming and walking.
The beach was excellent as well and the ability to snorkel 20 feet from the beach was astounding. The fish are all over the place and the kids loved it.
The ride from the airport takes about an hour, but it is well worth it.

Room Tip: Try to get a room closer to the lobby or beach to reduce all of the long walks.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your amazing feedback, this motivates us as a hotel to keep up the good work and improve day by day to create great experiences to our guests.
We really appreciate your evaluation and hope to welcome you back soon!!

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Reviewed 23 October 2012

Our stay was nothing short of AMAZING. We have been to Mexico countless times, and have never experienced such an incredible vacation. We were greeted upon arrival with fancy cocktails and a shirley temple for the 9 yr old. My husband's luggage had been picked up by someone inadvertently at the airport and resort personnel (knowing how concerned we were) called and offered to bring it to our room at 1am! Very modern amenities - interesting interior decor, and brilliantly clean rooms. Maid service 2x day - turned down the beds at night, The pools endless, the beach simply fantastic. Our meals were incredible- espec. at the French Restaurant - we had lobster and filet mignon, escargot, oysters and lobster capuchinno soup... Many choices, excellent buffets - fantastic bloody marys, strong top shelf drinks. Simply can not say enough good things about the resort and staff. The staff never stops - you almost feel guilty at how great the treatment is. I highly recommend the deep tissue massage inside the spa. Entertainment was the only thing mediocre. And the pillows could be softer. Best advice is stick to the beach side when exploring the grounds - at first you can feel overwhelmed at how far Barcelo expands. We will be returning on our next visit without question.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your amazing feedback, this motivates us as a hotel to keep up the good work and improve day by day to create great experiences to our guests.
We really appreciate your evaluation and hope to welcome you back soon!!

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Reviewed 23 October 2012

Had a great time at the Palace Resort. Worst part of the trip was when we arrived at Cancun airport we had to search for our prepaid Best Day transportation. When we waded through everyone who tried to sell us excursions and finally found them in the hot parking lot they where arrogant and we had to wait 30 minutes for our transport not 5 as they had said.
The Palace resort is awesome the food was fantastic. Upraded to club premium for a Ocean view and close room. Best part was room service and free internet. Beautiful beaches and pool area. Get the shrimp cocktail and Chicken Ceaser from room service awesome. The room was very nice and the ac worked great. Disapointed that you had to pay extra for decent wine at dinner. Super clean resort! Went oct 8th -13th and had great weather.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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HBarcelo-Maya-Palace, Gerente at Barcelo Maya Palace, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2017


Dear Guest,
First of all we want to thank you for your preference and we appreciate the fact that you took some time to write your feedback about our resort.
As a hotel is it is very satisfactory to see that our guests enjoyed their stay here, and we will continue providing the service with the same quality about the things you liked and improving in our areas of opportunity as the ones you´ve mentioned.

We hope to welcome you back soon !!

Best Regards

The Management

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Address: Carretera Chetumal-Puerto Juarez km 266.3 | Xpu Ha, Puerto Aventuras 77750, Mexico (Formerly Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe)
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Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Puerto Aventuras
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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#2 Family Hotel in Puerto Aventuras
#3 Business Hotel in Puerto Aventuras
#4 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Aventuras
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Aventuras
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Puerto Aventuras
#5 Luxury Hotel in Puerto Aventuras
#6 Spa Hotel in Puerto Aventuras
Price Range: £175 - £451 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Barcelo Maya Palace 4.5*
Number of rooms: 756
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