Some rooms and public areas are slightly worn and dated
Far from the Cancun action and nightlife
Fee for Internet access
Rooms are not really luxurious and feel a bit empty
This 379-room resort is located at the very end of the Hotel Zone, in a quiet spot far from the Cancun buzz. Its large, bright rooms come with the solid amenities (flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and coffeemakers), but have bare walls and feel somewhat dated. The beach is gorgeous, with white sand and turquoise waters, and is quieter and less crowded than other beaches in the area. The hotel also features four great pools, two lighted tennis courts, and several adequate (but unexceptional) restaurants. It is a great pick for families and those in need of some peace, but hard partiers might want to consider other hotels more centrally located in the Hotel Zone.
In a quiet spot in the southern tip of hotel-packed Zona Hotelera
The Westin is one of the last resorts in the Zona Hotelera strip in Cancun, on the southern tip of the zone, which is an easy drive to the airport. It is a great spot for those who want a beautiful, half-empty beach and little more -- restaurants, shops, and the world-famous Cancun nightlife are farther north in the zone.
In general, the Zona Hotelera (or Hotel Zone) is the mega-resort, mega-mall area in Isla Cancun that caters to mass tourism. The nightlife is one of its main draws, as are its 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 a half hour away, the real downtown, where smaller, better restaurants, local shops, and quieter bars are located.
20-minute drive to Cancun International Airport
30-minute drive to downtown Cancun (Ciudad Cancun)
36-minute drive to Puerto Morelos, with quiet beaches and great snorkeling spots
53-minute drive to Playa del Carmen, a laid-back and bustling town with great shopping, and a well-heeled crowd
1-hour-30-minute drive to Tulum Mayan ruins
2-hour-20-minute drive to Coba Mayan ruins
2-hour-30-minunte drive to Chichen Itza Mayan ruins
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