Pros

  • Lively, adult-only all-inclusive in the heart of the Hotel Zone
  • Beautiful beach area that doesn't get too busy
  • Ocean-view pool with frequent drink service and fun entertainment
  • Several restaurants (including steak, seafood, and Japanese) and bars
  • Spacious rooms with balconies, marble baths, and flat-screen TVs
  • Club rooms have additional amenities like double whirlpools and bathrobes
  • Plenty of on-site activities, including tennis and beach volleyball
  • Excursions can be arranged, such as parasailing and scuba diving
  • Full-service spa and salon, and a gym
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Cons

  • Lower-floor rooms facing the ocean can get noisy at night
  • Dated furniture showing its age throughout
  • Entry-level rooms lack fridges and coffeemakers
  • Not all restaurants are open every night
  • Beds are on the short side
  • No swim-up bar
  • Daily fee for Wi-Fi
  • Gym and theater are particularly worn
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Bottom Line

The upper-middle-range Golden Parnassus is a dated adult-only, all-inclusive resort in Cancun's popular Hotel Zone. The laid-back vibe and friendly staff draw many repeat guests, while daily activities and entertainment keep them busy. All 214 rooms come with small furnished balconies, air-conditioning, and marble baths, plus some add two-person hot tubs and robes. Unfortunately, decor is old-fashioned, simple, and in need of an update, and entry-level units lack fridges and coffeemakers. There are multiple restaurants to choose from, including Mexican and Japanese cuisines and a creperie. The ocean-view pool is well-sized, but this one doesn't have a swim-up bar. On that note, this place can get a bit rowdy, so peace-seeking guests should ask for a higher-floor room. Kids aren't welcome here, so families should consider the more contemporary Panama Jack Resorts.

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Oyster Hotel Review

Golden Parnassus All Inclusive Resort & Spa Cancun

Scene

Fun and relaxed adult-only all-inclusive that's showing its age

The Golden Parnassus All Inclusive Resort & Spa Cancun opened in 1990 and looks like it hasn't been updated much since. The low-ceilinged lobby has brown marble tiling and simple black-leather seating, while rooms are decorated in old-fashioned furniture and minimal embellishments. Restaurants are designed with their cuisine in mind, such as the nautical-themed Pier 12 restaurant with anchor-motif booths, the red- and Asian art-filled Sumo restaurant serving Japanese fare, and rustic OldBarn with antler chandeliers. Wear and tear is evident, and the resort could use a full renovation. 

On the upside, the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, attracting adult couples and groups of friends wanting a simple all-inclusive on the beach. Entertainment staff running poolside activities and evening shows are well-regarded, as are friendly bartenders who reportedly remember names and drink orders. Travelers rave about "tequila volleyball," but there are limited quiet areas during the day aside from the beach. Also on the downside, the pool lacks a swim-up bar, though poolside service is reportedly attentive. 

Limited in-room amenities and added fees hurt this hotel's value, so it's worth considering the pricier Hyatt Zilara for another adult-only option, or the Panama Jack Resorts, which offers a great bang-for-your-buck, but does accept kids. 

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Location

In the heart of Cancun's Hotel Zone, next door to the Ritz-Carlton

The Golden Parnassus is one of many all-inclusive resorts in the Hotel Zone, nestled between the Mexican Caribbean and secluded Nichupte Lagoon on Cancun Island. The hotel faces a stunning white-sand beach with turquoise waters on the eastern side (great for sunrises), and a tranquil lagoon on the western side (great for sunsets). It's set a bit back from the main road, next to the Ritz-Carlton. A few restaurants are across the street (five-minute walk), while La Isla shopping mall and an aquarium are a seven-minute drive. Nightlife hotspots Coco Bongo and Senor Frog's are about 12 minutes away by car. Boating excursions depart from the area, but guests will need a rental car or taxi to get to central Cancun and area sites. For local culture, head to downtown area (known as Ciudad Cancun). A cheap local bus does run from the Hotel Zone to downtown in about 30 minutes. Cancun International Airport is a 25-minute drive.

Puerto Morelos, with quiet beaches and great snorkeling spots, is a 45-minute drive, and it's an hour drive to Playa del Carmen, a laid-back and bustling town with great shopping and a well-heeled crowd. Tulum and its ruins are an hour and a half away by car, and the Chichen Itza ruins are two and a half hours.

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Rooms

Old-fashioned rooms with balconies, but no fridges in some

The 214 rooms are outfitted in old-fashioned decor that's showing wear and in need of an update. Traditional wooden furniture, beige floors and walls with little artwork, and patterned bedskirts complete the bland look. Also on the downside, entry-level rooms don't have mini-fridges or coffeemakers, and none include free Wi-Fi. Additionally, note that some past guests have complained beds are on the short side. Travelers wanting to avoid poolside noise should request a higher-floor unit. All rooms do have sliding glass doors that open to furnished balconies -- some with gorgeous ocean or lagoon views. Standard amenities consist of flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, desks, small sitting areas, closets with safes, and ironing facilities. Travertine-tiled bathrooms have roomy showers, toiletries, and small wall-mounted hairdryers. Upgraded units add two-person hot tubs in the bedrooms, bathrobes, minibars, and coffeemakers. 

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Features

Ocean-view pool, beach with sunbeds, and array of included dining options 

Most activity at the Golden Parnassus takes place around the well-sized outdoor pool. It overlooks the ocean and is surrounded by plentiful loungers and umbrellas. Although it lacks a swim-up bar, poolside service is attentive. Lots of activities are held poolside, so travelers wanting a quieter spot to relax should head to the beautiful beach area. It's lined with sunbeds and palapa-style umbrellas, plus a volleyball net that gets a good amount of use. A simple spa is on-site, housing treatment cabins, a sauna, steam room, and hot tubs. A gym is available, but equipment is old. 

Eleven restaurant and bar options are covered by the all-inclusive rate, and food overall receives positive reviews. Paradise is the all-day buffet serving international fare, while Sumo serves Japanese, Pier 12 offers seafood and pasta dishes, and Creperie has crepes and coffee drinks. Bars are sprinkled throughout, and one late-night option includes Sixtie's, which shows sporting events on TVs and has pool tables. Room service is available 24/7, but past guests report limited options and poor quality. No restaurants require reservations, but some are closed on certain nights.

Wi-Fi requires a fee.

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Cancun Essentials

Things You Should Know About Golden Parnassus All Inclusive Resort & Spa Cancun

Also Known As

  • Golden Parnassus Resort & Spa

Room Types

  • Club Room

Address

Blvd. Kukulcan Km 14.5, Retorno San Miguelito Lote 37, Cancun 77500, Mexico

Phone

52 (998) 287-1400

Website

Oyster Hotel Review

Golden Parnassus All Inclusive Resort & Spa Cancun

Scene

Fun and relaxed adult-only all-inclusive that's showing its age

The Golden Parnassus All Inclusive Resort & Spa Cancun opened in 1990 and looks like it hasn't been updated much since. The low-ceilinged lobby has brown marble tiling and simple black-leather seating, while rooms are decorated in old-fashioned furniture and minimal embellishments. Restaurants are designed with their cuisine in mind, such as the nautical-themed Pier 12 restaurant with anchor-motif booths, the red- and Asian art-filled Sumo restaurant serving Japanese fare, and rustic OldBarn with antler chandeliers. Wear and tear is evident, and the resort could use a full renovation. 

On the upside, the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, attracting adult couples and groups of friends wanting a simple all-inclusive on the beach. Entertainment staff running poolside activities and evening shows are well-regarded, as are friendly bartenders who reportedly remember names and drink orders. Travelers rave about "tequila volleyball," but there are limited quiet areas during the day aside from the beach. Also on the downside, the pool lacks a swim-up bar, though poolside service is reportedly attentive. 

Limited in-room amenities and added fees hurt this hotel's value, so it's worth considering the pricier Hyatt Zilara for another adult-only option, or the Panama Jack Resorts, which offers a great bang-for-your-buck, but does accept kids. 

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Location

In the heart of Cancun's Hotel Zone, next door to the Ritz-Carlton

The Golden Parnassus is one of many all-inclusive resorts in the Hotel Zone, nestled between the Mexican Caribbean and secluded Nichupte Lagoon on Cancun Island. The hotel faces a stunning white-sand beach with turquoise waters on the eastern side (great for sunrises), and a tranquil lagoon on the western side (great for sunsets). It's set a bit back from the main road, next to the Ritz-Carlton. A few restaurants are across the street (five-minute walk), while La Isla shopping mall and an aquarium are a seven-minute drive. Nightlife hotspots Coco Bongo and Senor Frog's are about 12 minutes away by car. Boating excursions depart from the area, but guests will need a rental car or taxi to get to central Cancun and area sites. For local culture, head to downtown area (known as Ciudad Cancun). A cheap local bus does run from the Hotel Zone to downtown in about 30 minutes. Cancun International Airport is a 25-minute drive.

Puerto Morelos, with quiet beaches and great snorkeling spots, is a 45-minute drive, and it's an hour drive to Playa del Carmen, a laid-back and bustling town with great shopping and a well-heeled crowd. Tulum and its ruins are an hour and a half away by car, and the Chichen Itza ruins are two and a half hours.

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Rooms

Old-fashioned rooms with balconies, but no fridges in some

The 214 rooms are outfitted in old-fashioned decor that's showing wear and in need of an update. Traditional wooden furniture, beige floors and walls with little artwork, and patterned bedskirts complete the bland look. Also on the downside, entry-level rooms don't have mini-fridges or coffeemakers, and none include free Wi-Fi. Additionally, note that some past guests have complained beds are on the short side. Travelers wanting to avoid poolside noise should request a higher-floor unit. All rooms do have sliding glass doors that open to furnished balconies -- some with gorgeous ocean or lagoon views. Standard amenities consist of flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, desks, small sitting areas, closets with safes, and ironing facilities. Travertine-tiled bathrooms have roomy showers, toiletries, and small wall-mounted hairdryers. Upgraded units add two-person hot tubs in the bedrooms, bathrobes, minibars, and coffeemakers. 

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Features

Ocean-view pool, beach with sunbeds, and array of included dining options 

Most activity at the Golden Parnassus takes place around the well-sized outdoor pool. It overlooks the ocean and is surrounded by plentiful loungers and umbrellas. Although it lacks a swim-up bar, poolside service is attentive. Lots of activities are held poolside, so travelers wanting a quieter spot to relax should head to the beautiful beach area. It's lined with sunbeds and palapa-style umbrellas, plus a volleyball net that gets a good amount of use. A simple spa is on-site, housing treatment cabins, a sauna, steam room, and hot tubs. A gym is available, but equipment is old. 

Eleven restaurant and bar options are covered by the all-inclusive rate, and food overall receives positive reviews. Paradise is the all-day buffet serving international fare, while Sumo serves Japanese, Pier 12 offers seafood and pasta dishes, and Creperie has crepes and coffee drinks. Bars are sprinkled throughout, and one late-night option includes Sixtie's, which shows sporting events on TVs and has pool tables. Room service is available 24/7, but past guests report limited options and poor quality. No restaurants require reservations, but some are closed on certain nights.

Wi-Fi requires a fee.

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Beach

  • Beauty / Hair Salon

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Free Breakfast

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Smoking Rooms Available

  • Spa

  • Swim-Up Bar

  • Tennis Court

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