Hotel Solymar Hotel Cancun Hotel 3 star
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Boulevard Kukulcan Km. 18.5 Zone Hotelière 2a Secc Quintana Roo 77500 Cancun, Mexico
Amy Adejokun Section editor

Somewhere between a time-share and a club, this outdated all inclusive property is somewhat sleepy. The entire hotel is more suitable for a quick stop-off than a long stay. Several storey-high buildings, no entertainment, very little choice and little in the way of facilities: guests here will be confronted with the disadvantages of both small and large hotels without the advantages of both, apart, perhaps from the size of the two swimming pools. It's a shame as the beach is superb, though again not very well shown off!

This hotel review is a translation from the French version published on our French site Easyvoyage.com.

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    Location 5.51 /10

    The hotel is located on the seafront at the start of the resort between two competitors, about 6 mi from the resort of Cancun and 6 mi from its airport. Transfer time is around 10-15 minutes by car. The Solymar is located between a lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean, on the large and only avenue connecting the centre of Cancun to the tourist heart of the city. In either case you will need to take the bus to get to the different parts.

    Accommodation 7.20 /10

    The 97 bedrooms are very large, basic and light and are all different in terms of layout and decor, which can range from antiquated to very flashy. The entire building was once used as time-shares. Half of the bedrooms have a view of the ocean whereas the other half overlooks the lagoon and the road. All have a rather hard bed, individual air-conditioning, a payable safe deposit box, cable television (22 channels), a telephone, a private marble and wood bathroom with a shower, a hair-dryer and many hospitality products. Out of the 97 bedrooms around fifteen have a kitchenette.

    Overview 6.95 /10

    A large staircase leads to the rather bare reception of this outdated hotel built in the 80s. Large picture windows facing the somewhat uninviting lobby allow you to look out over the sea. This building is charmless from the outside, and nothing changes on the inside, which fails to make you want to explore the rest of the place. Although the hotel has a total of 285 bedrooms, only 97 of them are allocated to the resort. Once in the corridor, they are surprisingly accessed via small, narrow staircases in between floors and located behind doors. The atmosphere is very private! Two lifts operate between the hotel's 4 floors. The external communal areas include two square swimming pools surrounded by a few parasols and deckchairs. The lack of facilities and the absence of a children's club are lamentable.

    Food and drink 6.20 /10

    The Solymar has a single, small restaurant. It does, however, have an enviable location: surrounded by the two swimming pools and overlooking the turquoise waters of the ocean below. The hotel's buffet is open between 7am and 11am, 1pm and 4pm and 6pm and 10pm. Choice is very restricted here! The same goes for the beach bar. There is also a snack bar and two other bars including the pool bar.

    Beach 7.95 /10

    Due to its seafront location the hotel overlooks the exceptional, superb and incredibly long Cancun bay (around 17.5 mi). The beach is very peaceful and very uneven and provides a wide stretch on which to relax facing the clear turquoise blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. A few plastic deckchairs with no covers topped off with parasols await guests on the almost fine, white sand mixed with small pieces of shell. The wind-beaten sea does create waves. There are no rocks on the stretch of sand.

    To know

    Lots of groups spend a night or two at the hotel and there are few children here. More than half the clientele is American, a third is French and the rest Mexican. Entertainment and shows are only organised for major festivals such as Christmas and Easter.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, aqua gym, aerobics, beach volley, horse riding

    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Solarium

    advantage

    • Peaceful
    • Communal area with swimming pool and dense lawn facing the sea
    • Beach

    disadvantages

    • Few facilities
    • Little entertainment

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