Golden Parnassus Resort & Spa Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Hotel Zone, Cancun

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Pros

  • Lively, adults-only resort
  • Beautiful beach area that doesn't get too busy
  • Large outdoor pool and bar with frequent drink service and fun entertainment
  • 5 restaurants (including steak, seafood, and Japanese) and 5 bars
  • Large rooms with light blond wood floors, balconies, marble baths, and flat-screen TVs
  • Club rooms have additional amenities like double Jacuzzis and bathrobes
  • Plenty of on-site activities, including tennis and beach volleyball
  • Excursions can be arranged, such as parasailing and scuba diving
  • Full-service spa and salon
  • Ample fitness center (though a bit dreary)

Cons

  • Lower floor rooms facing the ocean can get noisy at night
  • Not all restaurants are open every night
  • Bathroom lighting is insufficient
  • Beds are on the short side
  • No swim-up bar
  • Daily fee for Wi-Fi
  • Theater is old and dirty with broken tables

Bottom Line

The mid-range Golden Parnassus (not to be confused with the Great Parnassus up the beach) is an adults-only, all-inclusive resort in Cancun's popular Hotel Zone. Sure, the white nondescript structure pales in comparison to the luxurious Ritz-Carlton next door, but the laid-back vibe and friendly staff -- who go out of their way to make sure everyone has fun -- draws many repeat guests. All 214 rooms come with small furnished balconies and marble baths, and the "club" level rooms have extras such as double Jacuzzis, bathrobes and free fruit baskets. The room decor is basic but fresh -- bare walls, neutral tones, and light wood floors. And the bathrooms, though a bit dark as far as lighting goes, have spacious showers and ample counter space. There are five restaurants to choose from, serving fare from Mexican to Japanese, and most guests find at least one they really like. The pool is large, as at most at Cancun all-inclusives, but this one doesn't have a swim-up bar -- a bit of a letdown at an adults-only hotel. On that note, this place can get a bit rowdy, so guests looking to relax in their room at night should ask for a higher floor on the lagoon side of the resort. Kids aren't welcome here, but families can check in at the sister resort, the Great Parnassus.

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 Location

In the heart of Cancun's Hotel Zone, next door to the Ritz-Carlton

The Golden Parnassus is one of many all-inclusive resorts in the Hotel Zone, nestled between the Mexican Caribbean and secluded Nichupte Lagoon on Cancun Island. The hotel faces a white-sand beach with turquoise waters on the eastern side (great for sunrises), and a tranquil lagoon on the western side (great for sunsets). Boating excursions depart from the area, but guests will need a rental car or taxi to get to central Cancun and area sites. For local culture, head to downtown area (known as Ciudad Cancun), which is a short drive away.

  • 15-minute walk to local mall
  • 25-minute drive to Cancun International Airport
  • 30-minute drive to downtown Cancun
  • 42-minute drive to Puerto Morelos, with quiet beaches and great snorkeling spots
  • 1-hour drive to Playa del Carmen, a laid-back and bustling town with great shopping, and a well-heeled crowd
  • 93-minute drive to Tulum ruins
  • 3-hour drive to Chichen Itza ruins

 Bottom Line

The mid-range Golden Parnassus (not to be confused with the Great Parnassus up the beach) is an adults-only, all-inclusive resort in Cancun's popular Hotel Zone. Sure, the white nondescript structure pales in comparison to the luxurious Ritz-Carlton next door, but the laid-back vibe and friendly staff -- who go out of their way to make sure everyone has fun -- draws many repeat guests. All 214 rooms come with small furnished balconies and marble baths, and the "club" level rooms have extras such as double Jacuzzis, bathrobes and free fruit baskets. The room decor is basic but fresh -- bare walls, neutral tones, and light wood floors. And the bathrooms, though a bit dark as far as lighting goes, have spacious showers and ample counter space. There are five restaurants to choose from, serving fare from Mexican to Japanese, and most guests find at least one they really like. The pool is large, as at most at Cancun all-inclusives, but this one doesn't have a swim-up bar -- a bit of a letdown at an adults-only hotel. On that note, this place can get a bit rowdy, so guests looking to relax in their room at night should ask for a higher floor on the lagoon side of the resort. Kids aren't welcome here, but families can check in at the sister resort, the Great Parnassus.

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Address

  • Blvd Kukulcan Km. 14.5, Cancun, Mexico 77500

Room Types

  • Club Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 214
Pool: N/A
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Cribs: N/A
Kids Club: N/A
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Hotel Zone, Cancun
Address: Blvd Kukulcan Km. 14.5, Cancun, Mexico 77500
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