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At the northern end of the Hotel Zone, guests must take a bus (or taxi) to get to local restaurants and shops
The Holiday Inn is one of many all-inclusive resorts located in what is referred to as Cancun's Hotel Zone. While most resorts take up residence on the narrow stretch of land between the Nichupte Lagoon and Caribbean Sea, this hotel is situated at the very northern end, far from central restaurants and shops. The beach area here is also smaller than that at other resorts, and not the best spot for swimming due to an abundance of seaweed.
Buses that run round-the-clock are steps from the property, and can take guests to more central areas of the Hotel Zone (and better beaches). Business travelers might appreciate being closer to the mainland where the government buildings and corporate offices are located.
The first thing potential guests should know about this mid-range, all-inclusive-optional Holiday Inn is that it's not in the heart of the Hotel Zone. It's actually located at the very northern end, and requires a bus or taxi ride to get to local shops and restaurants (at least there are bus stops right next to the hotel). The 214 rooms here are minimalistic -- all-white with pops of color (either blue, green, or red -- just one color) -- but clean and spacious, and have private balconies overlooking either the pool area or the ocean. The suites have well-equipped kitchenettes, which can come in handy for families who don't want to pay the all-inclusive rate. Standard resort amenities exist here -- two pools and a fitness center, though no full spa (just massages available) -- but the beach is full of seaweed, making swimming a less-than-pleasant experience. Still, this hotel is a good value, and families may especially enjoy it -- there are good kids' activities, and kids eat free in the three restaurants. Business travelers might also appreciate the free and reliable Wi-Fi.