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On the beach in the Hotel Zone
The ME Cancun is directly on the beach near the southern tip of the Hotel Zone, an easy drive to the airport. It is a great spot for those who want a beautiful, half-empty beach but aren't seeking a real Cancun experience -- restaurants (aside from U.S. chains like Chili's and Outback Steakhouse), shops, and the world-famous Cancun nightlife are farther north. Also, it is about a half-hour cab ride from Ciudad Cancun.
The Zona Hotelera (or Hotel Zone) is the megaresort, mega-mall area in Isla Cancun that caters to mass tourism. The cheesy nightlife is one of its main draws, as are its brand-name shops and restaurants -- but there's little of Cancun's original flavor here. To get a hint of what that is, you'll have to take a cab to Ciudad Cancun, the real downtown, where smaller, better restaurants, local shops, and quieter bars are located.
The ME Cancun is an upscale option on a quiet stretch of beautiful beach -- with crystal clear waters and soft white sand -- in Cancun's Hotel Zone. The overall look of the hotel is sleek and sexy, from the marble lobby with high ceilings and modern artwork to the minimalist rooms. The resort is definitely more geared toward couples than families: Though children are allowed, numerous features -- such as two pools, the bars, and a collection of rooms (for guests under the ME + all-inclusive plan) -- are adults-only. The ME Cancun provides guests with a luxurious experience and offers all the amenities of a top-notch hotel: a 24-hour fitness center, a spa, and numerous dining options. However, many guests feel nickel-and-dimed by the levels of all-inclusivity; ME + guests get preferential treatment in regards to restaurant and spa reservations, and guests with the minimum all-inclusive plan have to pay cover charges for entrance to the Beach Club during weekends and events.