“Great place! Would go back. Be careful of the day trip to Chichen Itza”
We had a fantastic time at the Catalonia. The staff was excellent, very pro. We opted to spend a few extra bucks to upgrade to the Honeymoon package, in the larger Privileged Suites. We had free massages, a special dinner at the Tapas restaurant and many other perks in the restaurants and on the grounds. I would highly recommend spending and extra 100 bucks or so for this. The rooms are massive, outdoor bathtubs on a double patio, marble bathrooms with overhead shower fixtures. There are lots of storage and closet space for long stays. 2 flat screens with HD broadcasting, a minibar fridge and AC that gets cold if you need it. Both rooms have ceiling fans.
Most of the food is ok here but the reviews about the Mexican restaurant are true. It's just not good at all, and the seafood in most all of the restaurants taste old and smell of refrigerators or cardboard. The Tapas are great, the Japanese place is great and the Creperie is fantastic.
The beach on the left side facing the ocean is not rocky at all. The water is shallow and not cold with great snorkeling right off shore. The pools are clean, well designed and fun in both resorts. (You share the next door resort because both are very small.)
We LOVED this place and would definitely go back.
We have researched and longed to see Chichen Itza for many years. As far as I know this hotel only offers two versions of the day trip (it is an outside company not associted with the hotel I believe) to see the pyramids there, the cheaper one does not serve food on the way. Take the cheaper one because you will stop for a free lunch anyway. We left at 7:50 in the morning, and did not get to Chichen Itza until nearly 2:30 in the afternoon. We spent most of the morning driving from one hotel to another, sometimes picking up people and sometimes not.
We stopped at a beautiful cave with a 150ft. deep swimming hole/sink hole in the bottom. Very beautiful, but we kept thinking "when are we going to see the pyramids?" we were told by our tour guide to not buy any souvenirs here, that we were then going to another town to have lunch and there would be shopping there.
An hour later we were at the outdoor restaurant but to get to the food you had to walk through a large market with the vulture-like vendors hawking some pretty good souvenirs and jewelry at high prices, but all is negotiable. They will BEG YOU and hound you to death to buy from them. It is annoying, but to unlike many parts of Mexico. I would WAIT until after lunch (which was 90 minutes long) and buy souvenirs at Chichen Itza, if you ever get there in time. They are much cheaper there.
After a few more hours, and stopping at some scenic agave fields and a few other spots (thankfully not getting off the bus) we were at Chichen Itza. The place closes at 5:00 and at 4:30 the park rangers are barking and screaming at everyone to leave. The vendors will absolutely follow you from place to place begging you to buy from them, but prices are much better here.
This place is beautiful, although you cannot touch or climb on anything. I suppose I understand that, but you cannot even enter ANY building on the grounds. Everything is roped off. Our tour guide wasn't telling us anything we didn't know so we separated from the group after 1/2 hour.
It is VERY VERY hot there in May. But this place is so magical. If you are a history buff, read up on it before you go and wander around on your own.
Exhausted and disappointed that we couldn't spend more time there, it was time to go back, but we didn't. We stopped at another little Spanish style town on the way back. It was a lovely short visit, but we were ready to get back.
We didn't get back until 9:00 p.m. because the Catalonia was the last stop on the tour.
We will rent a car next time and drive straight there. Mexico is very easy to drive in, and I found rentals before we left @ 10-12 dollars a day! Very good pricing..I wish we had done it.
Like I said we loved the place. Sorry to be so wordy.
Johnny and Jason
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