JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The luxurious, 448-room JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa rests on a soft white-sand section of beautiful beach just off the crowded Hotel Zone. Sophisticated rooms are outfitted with carpet and finished wood, and every one comes with an ocean view. Marble bathrooms with separate tubs and showers have plush towels and quality Aromatherapy toiletries. While there are kids activities, the grown-up vibe, fine-dining options, and extensive business features, including the large business center with work desks and conference room, make this resort best-suited for couples and business groups.
The Westin Resort & Spa Cancun Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This 379-room resort is located on a gorgeous quiet beach at the very end of the Hotel Zone, far from the Cancun buzz but very near the airport and a 30-minute drive to Downtown Cancun. Its large, bright rooms come with the convenient amenities for business travelers, such as flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and coffeemakers. There are 16 well-equipped meeting rooms, a 9,700-square-foot ballroom, outdoor venues, and a wide array of activities for companies. The hotel also features four great pools, two lighted tennis courts, a luxurious spa, and several adequate restaurants. It is a great pick for families and those in need of some peace after a long day of meetings.
Paradisus Cancun All Inclusive Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The Gran Melia is an all-inclusive Cancun megaresort with 678 clean and updated rooms. Business travelers will probably appreciate the solid in-room amenities, including large work desks with several power outlets, flat-screen TVs, and well-stocked minibars. The pool area is well-designed and massive enough to handle big crowds, and is the perfect place to unwind after a long day of work. The remarkably clean beach is a big plus, as are the impressive spa and large fitness center. Among other great amenities, the resort boasts a 9-hole golf course, 31,000 square feet of meeting space with modern AV equipment, numerous dining and drinking venues, and water sports available.
Omni Cancun Hotel & Villas Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This 343-room all-inclusive hotel is situated along the Nichupte Lagoon's expansive beach -- just a 15-minute drive from Cancun Airport. Rooms offer nothing special as far as decor, but redeeming amenities include balconies, purified tap water, minibars, coffeemakers, flat-screen TVs, and iPod docks. As for dining, DaVinci's, with pool and ocean views, is a hit. Overall, it's a comfortable business- and family-friendly option, and grounds include tropical gardens surrounding three pools, and the mega-Jacuzzi with seating for up to 35 guests. In addition, there are tennis/basketball courts, a huge event space plus a business center with three workstations, a fitness center, and spa, but there are no work desks in the rooms and a pesky fee for Wi-Fi.
Radisson Hotel Hacienda Cancun Rating: 3.0 Pearls
This 247-room, no-frills, mid-range hotel is located in downtown Cancun. Rooms are clean and spacious, with flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, but feel generic and basic. The hotel features a nice pool, a tiny fitness room, a staffed business center with updated computers, and a decent restaurant, plus a free shuttle to the beach. In short, it’s a good budget pick for a short stay, but it lacks the charm of other properties in the area.
Holiday Inn Cancun Arenas Rating: 3.0 Pearls
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 privatebalconies 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, three restaurants and a fitness center. Business travelers might appreciate the business center and free and reliable Wi-Fi.
Holiday Inn Express Cancun Zona Hotelera Rating: 2.5 Pearls
Cancun's Holiday Inn Express is a standard mid-range hotel: It offers good value, but it's nothing special. Thehacienda-style structure is well-maintained, with 119 rooms that surround a spacious outdoor pool, lawn, and courtyard area with a few palm trees. The pool is worth elaborating on, as the details are impressive -- stone steps, stone arches, and a waterfall. But that's where guests will spend all of their time, as this hotel is actually not on a beach (a free shuttle takes guests to local beaches twice a day), and there is nothing else in the way of amenities here. However, the rooms, while basic, are clean and comfortable, and have small private balconies, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and coffeemakers. Business travelers can use the 24-hour business center and meeting room (it holds 25 people), and may appreciate being so close to the convention center. And the free daily breakfast buffet makes for a nice start to the morning.