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On a somewhat quiet promontory in the lively northern area of the Hotel Zone
Dreams Cancun is located in the northern area of the Hotel Zone, less than a 30-minute drive from the airport. It is a great spot for those who looking for the quintessential Cancun experience, with plenty of restaurants, shops, and clubs nearby. The sprawling grounds feel a bit more tranquil than neighboring resorts, thanks to the hotel's unique spot on a promontory surrounded by crystal-clear waters.
Comprised of a narrow strip of land flanked by the green waters of the Nichupte Lagoon on one side and the Caribbean's turquoise waves on the other, the Hotel Zone is where most of the all-inclusive, self-contained resorts are located in Cancun. This one long stretch of white sand is lined with hotels and businesses that cater exclusively to tourists, with most locals living in the downtown area (known as Ciudad Cancun). Alongside the massive resorts are a mix of entertainment spots, restaurants, and retail malls -- including the open-air La Isla Shopping Village and the cavernous Kukulcan Plaza, which both offer a mix of luxury boutiques, souvenir shops, and eye-catching art.
At the heart of the Hotel Zone is an area known as Party Center, home to the city's most well-known clubs like Coco Bongo, Dady'O, and The City. Once darkness falls, the fiesta begins, with clubs, bars, and lounges here and in the surrounding areas providing a steady supply of alcohol, along with lively entertainment that ranges from booming techno beats to mesmerizing acrobatic performances.
The all-inclusive, family-friendly Dreams Cancun is in a convenient location near shops and restaurants, but still maintains a relatively tranquil atmosphere. The property occupies a unique spot in the Hotel Zone, with sprawling grounds that jut out into the ocean. Highlights include a cheery kids' club, serene spa, massive pool, and saltwater lagoon where guests can swim with dolphins. Rooms are large, but could use an update: Some have old tube TVs, and the beach-inspired decor in some rooms verges on kitschy. The all-inclusive rates include just about everything, but some guests feel nickel-and-dimed when they have to pay for in-room Wi-Fi.