Cancun's Holiday Inn Express is a standard mid-range hotel: It offers good value, but it's nothing special. The hacienda-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. However, vacationers, especially families, might not appreciate having to pay for a taxi ride to go out and get lunch and dinner every day (there's no full restaurant on-site) -- or travel on a bus to the beach.