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Summary


Pros

  • Directly on the beach
  • Large, well-maintained pool
  • Spacious, airy rooms with mango-hued walls and crisp, white furnishings
  • 4 restaurants and a snack bar providing assorted meal options
  • Fun beach-front activities, including a bar and equipment rental
  • Nice, naturally lit fitness center

Cons

  • Small, lackluster beach can get crowded
  • Entertainment can be loud and cheesy
  • Hectic hotel zone lacks charm and an authentic Mexican experience
  • Wi-Fi for a fee
  • Some rooms have old tube TVs

Bottom Line

In comparison with other Hotel Zone properties, the 357-room all-inclusive Barcelo Costa features an above-average beach, decent-size pool, and pretty grounds with some palms and tropical plants. Barcelo Costa is smaller than many other mammoth all-inclusive resorts just outside Cancun, and offers guests an entertainment-centered atmosphere that can feel tired and tacky at times. For instance, giant pirate ship attractions perch right beside the resort's tiny slice of beach, and loud music pumps throughout the pool area at night. On the upside, though, rooms are spacious, airy, and bright, many with flat-screen TVs and massive marble showers.

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Location

Surrounded by small, commercialized beaches, other all-inclusive hotels, and random bits of undeveloped land

Map of Barcelo Costa Cancun - All-Inclusive

Not quite in the Hotel Zone, note quite in Cancun, the Barcelo Costa Cancun sits along the northern-most arm that extends toward the thin Hotel Zone strip. The immediate area lacks attractions, being that it's only surrounded by other hotels and random bits of undeveloped land. A bit of a drive to the airport, it's a decent place for visitors that don't care too much about large, pristine beaches, and instead want to be relatively close to shops and the tourist-centric Cancun nightlife. Still about a 15-minute drive to Ciudad Cancun, where locals live and play, it's actually much closer than other hotels in the Hotel Zone.

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, the real downtown, where smaller, better restaurants, local shops, and quieter bars are located.

  • 25-minute drive to Cancun International Airport
  • 15-minute drive to downtown Cancun (Ciudad Cancun)
  • 40-minute drive to Puerto Morelos, with quiet beaches and great snorkeling spots
  • 1-hour drive to Playa del Carmen, a laid-back and bustling town with great shopping, and a well-heeled crowd
  • 1-hour and 45-minute drive to Tulum Mayan ruins

Rooms and Rates

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Amenities

Key Features
Pool
Fitness Center
Spa
Internet
Cribs
Kids Club
Jacuzzi
Hotel Services
Concierge
Free Breakfast
Laundry
Rental Car Service Desk Onsite
Room Service
Family Services
Babysitting Services
Cribs
Kids Allowed
Kids Club
Supervised Kids Activities
Things to Do
Beauty Salon
Business Center
Fitness Center
Located on the Beach
Pool
Spa
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Balcony
Television
Mini Bar (with liquor)
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
Smoking Rooms Available
Internet
Address
Boulevard Kukulcan km. 4.5,, Lote D7 5 Zona Hotelera, Quintana Roo, Cancun 77500, Mexico
Phone (998) 849-4100
Room Types
  • Deluxe Oceanfront Room
  • Deluxe Sea View Room
  • Deluxe Swimming Pool View Room
  • Junior Suite Sea View
  • Superior Garden View Room
  • Superior Room
  • Superior Sea View Room
  • Superior Swimming Pool View Room