Cancun Resort Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Off the Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Pros

  • Large pool with slides and a waterfall
  • Large apartment-style villas with cozy wooden furniture
  • Lots of family activities, including a game room and organized events

Cons

  • Isolated location and no attractions in immediate area
  • No gambling or professional entertainment
  • Limited dining -- only one restaurant, serving bar-style food
  • Rambunctious family atmosphere can prevent adults-only relaxation
  • Small fitness center and small spa

Bottom Line

Far from the Strip and other tourist attractions, Cancun is a family resort with lots of kid-friendly features -- and not much appeal for adults traveling without kids. Limited on-site dining means a lot of home-cooking in the large apartment-style villas. There's a spa and a fitness center, but the best feature is the large pool with a Mayan-style pyramid in the middle.

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 Scene

A time-share resort located 20 minutes by car from the Strip; full of family-friendly features but no casinos, entertainment, or fine dining.

Mayan-style pyramid at the main pool
Mayan-style pyramid at the main pool

Cancun Resort looks great on paper -- or at least online. Its address is on Las Vegas Boulevard South, more famously known as the Strip. And the hotel's website features gorgeous photos of a Mayan-style pyramid at twilight, surrounded by a pool and palm trees, not a soul (let alone a child) in sight; elegantly dressed couples shooting craps; and a lobby lounge where two adults sit quietly catching up on their reading.

Nothing, in other words, that would lead one to suspect that it's actually a family destination -- in fact, very much a family destination, with screaming kids and large clans hoarding banks of lounge chairs. Or that it's actually a 20-minute drive from most of the casinos. In short, solo travelers and couples without kids will probably want to look elsewhere, even if they're members of the Monarch Grand Vacations time-share program, of which the resort is a part. (Non-members are welcome here as well.)

For families, however, the Cancun is a solid choice. With two large pools, organized activities, and no casinos or sexy shows in sight, parents can let their kids loose while lounging in the spacious, beach-villa-style suites. The meager dining options in the hotel will inspire -- or force -- families to cook their own meals in the suites' fully-equipped kitchens. As its name suggests, staying at Cancun is like a beach retreat -- but without the beach.

 Service

Friendly but slow. A pizza order took 45 minutes. Housekeeping took an hour to respond to a request.

Friendly front desk attendants
Friendly front desk attendants

The staff, which caters mostly to the needs of families and large groups, is frequently overwhelmed by the volume of guests. The servers at Caribe Lounge never seem to get a break, as there's no other on-site restaurant. This means a really long wait for food. Guests get a nifty buzzer to inform them when their food's ready, but these gadgets stay silent for a full 45 minutes to an hour.

The hotel offers full-service housekeeping for regular -- non-time-share -- guests. But housekeeping seems similarly overstretched -- perfectly nice, but far from speedy. In one case, it took an hour for them to let me know the hotel didn't have a cooking utensil that I requested.

The hotel has a guest services desk that organizes resort activities and can help secure show tickets and dinner reservations.

 Location

A 20-minute car ride from the Strip and no nearby attractions.

Located on Las Vegas Boulevard South, about 20 minutes by car from the Strip. There's very little in the immediate vicinity besides a string of budget hotels, a public library, and a shopping complex that has a Food 4 Less supermarket, Starbucks, nail salon, and pub. To get to this strip mall on foot, you would have to cross the highway with fast-moving traffic.

Free parking is available on-site.

 Pool

Large pool with a cool Mayan pyramid at the center, slides, and a waterfall!

Large pool complex
Large pool complex

The pool is the resort's most attractive feature. A large Mayan pyramid sits at the center of two free-form pools; on one side a cascade of water flows down from the steep steps to a pool buzzing with kids and lounging adults. On the other side, four slides open up to a quieter, less crowded pool. (And at the top of the pyramid is a reclining statue of Chac-Mul, supposedly a Mayan messenger to the gods and receiver of human sacrifices -- a little morbid, but no one seems to care.)

There are no cabanas for rent, but lounge chairs are plentiful. Some guests prefer to lay on the grass, underneath palm trees, or have lunch beside the pool at Caribe Lounge's patio. There are Jacuzzis situated around the pyramid, including a particularly cozy one underneath the waterfall. Unlike most Vegas pools, this one is actually deep (5 feet), providing adults with space and sparkling water away from the shallow edges, where kids splash all day. Floater beds and towels are available for free, but you must bring them back to the towel stand or pay a fee.

 Rooms

Large apartment-style villas with Jacuzzis, fully-stocked kitchens, separate living rooms, and balconies.

Huge master bathroom
Huge master bathroom

The large but cozy apartment-style rooms with flat-screen TVs and new kitchen appliances, are not competing for any high design awards. They are made to look like a beachside cottage, with its wooden-slat screens, boxy furniture, and stone sculptures.

The one-bedroom villa has everything a family could need for a week-long vacation: a fully-stocked kitchen, a dining table, a sofa-bed in the living room with a 14-inch flat-screen TV and a DVD/VHS player, two full baths, a Jacuzzi, and a balcony. It's very relaxing, but keep in mind --you're not allowed to use the Jacuzzi between 10 p.m. to 8 a.m., which is designated as the resort's quiet hours.

The king-size bed is comfortable -- not as plush as most in Vegas, but the warm lighting and wood accents add to the coziness.

The master bathroom is huge, with dual vanities and a Jacuzzi. Bath products are from Tarocco, which makes a very fragrant soap with Sicilian red orange extracts.

If I had to find a fault, it's the poorly designed kitchen in a cramped alcove too small for the refrigerator. The shelving is hard to access and the counter space is tiny.

 Features

An underwhelming spa, a small fitness center, and an activity lounge. Almost no gambling.

The Activity Lounge
The Activity Lounge

For a resort cut off from other attractions, the spa is surprisingly uninviting -- just a medical-clinic-like space offering the usual assortment of treatments. Prices are slightly below average, like a Swedish massage for $90. For the full spa menu, click here.

The gym is small but serviceable, with fairly new LifeFitness equipment including three treadmills, four stationary bikes, two ellipticals, free weights, and a multi-purpose strength training machine. Machines have no individual video screens, but there are two hanging box sets with cable.

The adult lounge features a pool table, Ping-Pong, foosball, and a DVD rental machine.

The business center, located inside the lounge, has two PCs and a printer. Board games are available at the front desk at no charge.

For outdoor activities, there's a horseshoe pit and regularly scheduled activities like water aerobics, scavenger hunt, and bingo.

The hotel also has a courtesy shuttle that runs between Cancun and the Tropicana Hotel on the Strip.

 Family

A very family-friendly resort with a game room and organized kids' activities.

With two big pools, a game room, organized kids' activities, apartment-style rooms, and little sign of Vegas-style, adults-only activity, this place is all about bringing the kids -- in fact, given all the alternatives, I don't know why anyone not traveling with kids would stay here. There are no rollaway beds, though the hotel does offer free Pack 'n Play cribs.

 Cleanliness

Very clean.

The carpets and tiles are spotless.

Unlike at other time-share properties, housekeeping does full-service cleaning for regular guests (as opposed to time-share guests). This includes loading up the dishwasher, clearing the trash, vacuuming, and changing the sheets and towels.

 Food

Caribe Lounge, currently the only on-site restaurant, serves mediocre American bar-style food. Coba Cafe is closed indefinitely.

Pizza at Caribe Lounge
Pizza at Caribe Lounge

The dining options are limited, to say the least. The only restaurant on-site is Caribe Lounge, and once you've had your fill of pizza and chicken wings, you'll be dying for variety. The problem is, the only other restaurant, Coba Cafe, is closed indefinitely. A sign said it was "closed for the winter season," but I was there in May.

Most guests cross Highway 604 and head to a nearby grocery store, Food for Less. (The supermarket is close enough to walk, but crossing the highway is dangerous.)

Room service is available from Caribe Lounge from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. A breakfast sandwich costs $3.99, a fresh fruit bowl, $7.95. A 12-inch pizza full of toppings costs $12.95.

 Bottom Line

Far from the Strip and other tourist attractions, Cancun is a family resort with lots of kid-friendly features -- and not much appeal for adults traveling without kids. Limited on-site dining means a lot of home-cooking in the large apartment-style villas. There's a spa and a fitness center, but the best feature is the large pool with a Mayan-style pyramid in the middle.

Things You Should Know About Cancun Resort

Address

  • 8335 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Cancun Hotel Las Vegas
  • Cancun Las Vegas
  • Cancun Resort In Las Vegas
  • Cancun Resort Las Vegas
  • Cancun Resort Spa Las Vegas
  • Cancun Resort Villas
  • Cancun Resort Villas Las Vegas
  • Las Vegas Cancun Hotel
  • Las Vegas Cancun Resort

Room Types

  • One Bedroom Villa
  • Penthouse Suite
  • Two Bedroom Villa

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 440
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Kids Club: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Off the Strip, Las Vegas
Address: 8335 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV
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