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  • Spacious, clean rooms with private furnished balconies overlooking pool or beach
  • Suites available with sitting area and well-equipped kitchenettes
  • Flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi in rooms
  • Resort is close to buses that can take guests downtown
  • Two outdoor pools
  • Three restaurants -- a buffet, gourmet Italian, and oceanfront taqueria
  • Two bars, with nightly entertainment like karaoke and bingo
  • Fitness center with a few treadmills, stationery bikes, and dumbbells
  • Good children's activities, including a kids' club with video and board games, movies, and pool activities
  • European plan and all-inclusive rates available
  • Guest laundry room


  • In an isolated area of the Hotel Zone, not close to shops or restaurants
  • Beach area has a lot of seaweed; not the best area for swimming
  • Plastic lounge chairs with no padding
  • Walls are thin and let in some neighboring noise
  • No Jacuzzi or swim-up bar

Bottom Line

The first thing potential guests should know about this mid-range, all-inclusive-optional Holiday Inn is that it's not in the heart of the Hotel Zone. It's actually located at the very northern end, and requires a bus or taxi ride to get to local shops and restaurants (at least there are bus stops right next to the hotel). The 214 rooms here are minimalistic -- all-white with pops of color (either blue, green, or red -- just one color) -- but clean and spacious, and have private balconies overlooking either the pool area or the ocean. The suites have well-equipped kitchenettes, which can come in handy for families who don't want to pay the all-inclusive rate. Standard resort amenities exist here -- two pools and a fitness center, though no full spa (just massages available) -- but the beach is full of seaweed, making swimming a less-than-pleasant experience. Still, this hotel is a good value, and families may especially enjoy it -- there are good kids' activities, and kids eat free in the three restaurants. Business travelers might also appreciate the free and reliable Wi-Fi.

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At the northern end of the Hotel Zone, guests must take a bus (or taxi) to get to local restaurants and shops

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The Holiday Inn is one of many all-inclusive resorts located in what is referred to as Cancun's Hotel Zone. While most resorts take up residence on the narrow stretch of land between the Nichupte Lagoon and Caribbean Sea, this hotel is situated at the very northern end, far from central restaurants and shops. The beach area here is also smaller than that at other resorts, and not the best spot for swimming due to an abundance of seaweed.

Buses that run round-the-clock are steps from the property, and can take guests to more central areas of the Hotel Zone (and better beaches). Business travelers might appreciate being closer to the mainland where the government buildings and corporate offices are located.

  • 31-minute drive to Cancun International Airport
  • 21-minute drive to downtown Cancun
  • 47-minute drive to Puerto Morelos, with quiet beaches and great snorkeling spots
  • 64-minute drive to Playa del Carmen, a laid-back and bustling town with great shopping, and a well-heeled crowd
  • 112-minute drive to Tulum ruins
  • 3-hour drive to Chichen Itza ruins

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Key Features
Fitness Center
Pets Allowed
Kids Club
Hotel Services
Transport to / from Hotel
Dry Cleaning
Free Breakfast
Rental Car Service Desk Onsite
Room Service
Pets Allowed
Family Services
Babysitting Services
Kids Allowed
Kids Club
Supervised Kids Activities
Things to Do
Business Center
Fitness Center
Located on the Beach
Tennis Court
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
Smoking Rooms Available
Km 2.5 Blvd Kukulcan Manzana, Cancun 77500, Mexico
Phone 52 (998) 287-0500
Room Types
  • King Guest Room
  • Standard Guest Room
  • Two Doubles Guest Room

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