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GR Caribe by Solaris
Ranked #25 of 180 Hotels in Cancun
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Peterborough, Canada
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“Best Vacation Ever!!!”
Reviewed 29 February 2012

My boyfriend and I (and another couple) just got back from GR Caribe by Solaris. It was our first time doing an all-inclusive so we were a bit skeptical in the beginning. Luckily it turned out amazing. The resort itself is beautiful and very well maintained. We had an lagoon view room which ended up being perfect as we were on the 6th floor and opening up our front door we had beautiful views of the sunrise and the ocean. We weren't able to get a King size bed but they were more than happy to switch our room. Of course we loved our rooms location so they suggested pushing the 2 double beds together to make a huge bed for us!!! The staff is great, no problems what so ever and they are all very friendly with a smile on their faces. We enjoyed learning spanish from the waitors and they always had a drink in our hands. The food was great, but we found ourselves eating almost every dinner over at the Solaris buffet which was awesome because they switch it up every night to accommodate everyone. After dinner we usually went to the show at Solaris which we all really enjoyed. It was mostly dancing and the announcer is pretty funny.

I wouldn't reccomened this resort to spring-breaker type crowd as it is pretty quiet and there weren't many people our age. Even next door at the Solaris there didn't seem to be to many party-people although the Solaris does offer rides to the clubs every night. We went to COCO BONGO which was the most amazing club I've ever been to!! Defiantly go if you are into the bar scene, you wont be disappointed.

There was always something to do and the day trips are all very well priced. We booked our trip through Pablo at the Solaris travel place to go to Coba. Defiantly go if you want to climb the temple (absolutely amazing, but wouldn't recommend it for small children due to the safety factor of falling). We also got to go kayaking, repelling, zip-lining and swimming in a cenotes. Other than day trips, you can catch the bus out front of the resort, which costs 8 pesos 50, or one american dollar. It is safe and takes you down the strip to the mall, the market or the resturaunt/ bars. There are tons of resturaunts to experience if you want something other than resort food. The mall was also amazing, as there was tons of shops, a boardwalk by the water, and a river running through it!

Make sure you bring either pesos or small american bills to give as tips. We brought just $20 US bills and often had trouble changing it into smaller bills in order to tip (can change at front desk, but they often didn't have enough change). Make sure to always tip!!!!

All in all a great vacation, great weather, great beaches, great resort, and great staff. I will defiantly be recommending!!!!

Room Tip: The higher the floor the better! We had no problems with our lagoon view room!
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 February 2012

I went to the GR Caribe with my best friend to celebrate my birthday. We were looking for looking for an inexpensive, all inclusive getaway to a warm location.
SERVICE: Everyone was very friendly and helpful. When you arrive they give you a drink and proceed to explain the two properties that you may access (Grand Solaris). We had such a nice time at the resort we never left it! They brought in vendors to set up tables for shopping in the evening and there also were vendors that approached you on the beach. We also never were approached by time share people.
RESTAURANTS: Though all were good, the restaurant by the beach on stilts (Bogavante) was the best and the Italian restaurant was very beautiful. We enjoyed the fact that we did not need to make a reservation too. In our lobby, they also set up flaming coffee or a martini bar in the early evening. We liked to eat at Bogavante for lunch. There were snack bars at the pools that had standard snack type food. The menus change daily, so you’ll want to check them before making your dinner plans. Drinks were abundant and good quality. We loved the flaming coffee in the lobby before dinner too.
ROOMS: They were nicely decorated. Our room was on floor 5 above the courtyard so you certainly could hear the noise below but it never was loud too late. I am sure you could ask for a room farther away from that area but we liked the convenience. The beds were firm but perfectly comfortable and we loved the showers - always lots of pressure and warm water. They also kept the fridge stocked in the room so we always had bottled water.
NIGHTLIFE: We would go to the show onsite each evening. The performers also were the pool staff, etc. so the dining was mediocre or lip synced but the dancing was good enough to keep you entertained. They also took a bus each evening to a designated bar where your dinner would be included but you would have to pay for drinks. But we never left the resort!
SPA: It rained one morning so we decided to go to the spa. They run some great specials and did a good job. We had the chocolate body treatment.
SUMMARY: I highly recommend this place for the value if you are looking for a nice relaxing getaway. If you are someone that craves more action, you might be better off next door at the Royal Solaris or at another hotel.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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Reviewed 28 February 2012

Visited the GR Caribe February 18-25. Loved the intimacy of the hotel. Clean, great service, perfect beach, nice pools. They need to ditch the music at the Caribe pool though, they play the same songs all day and it's obnoxious. No music would be great...if people want music they can walk over to the Solaris pool. Food was OK...lunch at the pool was the best. Go see Zul at the lobby bar and Vanilly at the pool bar! They were great servers!

Room Tip: Ocean view is nice but get one with a balcony...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Texas
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Reviewed 28 February 2012

My husband and I had a really great time! we had so much fun :) it was a really great expierence!

rooms were clean and food was good! (we traveled in Februry 2011)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kesiakerendlt/sets/72157626427638150/ here are some more pictures!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 February 2012

Stayed for a whole week 2/18 through 2/25 and I couldn't say enough about the wonderful and helpful staff. The room was very clean and Oscar always had the towels posed in the form of a new animal or a heart shape on the beds and the fridge was always well stocked. I would say the one complaint I had was that there were small children always splashing in the pool or eating in the shallow end of the pool which caused the seagulls to swarm, we got pooped on twice while lounging on our chairs under the pergola because of the kids dropping food. The food was very good with Bogavante and Marco Polo was right next door and we ate a few nights at the large buffet at the Solaris next door and always found something we liked. We traveled with my sister and her husband and did book a couple of trips through the on-sight travel agency but found there were different prices from the lobby desk to the pool area desk so shop around.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Arlington, Virginia
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Reviewed 24 February 2012

We stayed in GR Caribe by Solaris for three nights at the end of January. Clean room, beautiful beach, and great service. Enjoyed all the onsite restaurants. Had a great family vacation there. Highly recommended. The only regret is TOO SHORT.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

Recently stayed at the GR Caribe from 02/11 through 02/18. From a high level this is a great place to stay if you're looking for a nice, quite little hotel with a lot of charm.

Room: We stayed in room 2461, which had a decent ocean view from the side room. The room itself faces the sister hotel Royal Solaris. There isn't a lot of foot traffic, but you could hear the pool music when they started it at 9:00 AM. The bed was firm, but pretty good overall. TV was kind of small, but I don't watch a lot of TV on vacation. Bathroom was nice, but it only has a shower and one sink. RATING 4 OF 5

Food: I am a vegetarian so ill give you that disclaimer up front. The breakfast buffet was okay at best, but the made to order omelets and waffles were very good. Lunch at Bogavantes has a great view and was always very good. Dinner at Vineto was always nice. If you're a veg like me they dont have a lot on the menus so just ask them to make you something. RATING 4 OF 5

Alcohol choices were good, just be sure to ask for the top shelf brands, which were Johnie Walker Black, Crown, Absolute, 1800, and Beefeater. RATING 5 OF 5

Service: Service was great and friendly 9 times out of 10. Azrini in the lobby bar. Drink service on the beach is a little slow, but its nice to get served on the beach. RATING 5 OF 5

Beach / Pool: Beach was great, waves a little high, so you're mostly playing in waves and not swimming. The pool was cold and a bit small. The two hot tubs were very large and heated, which were nice. The sister hotel has a great pool setup so bonus points there. RATING 4 OF 5

Entertainment: This is the biggest drawback as they only have a guy playing trumpet at nights in the lobby, very old after the first night. The pool music isnt very good either. There is not real bar, just the lobby bar and no dance floor. The sister hotel does have a nightly entertainment, but that is just ok, RATING 2 OF 5

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Property: GR Caribe by Solaris
Address: Blvd.Kukulkan, Km 20.5 Lote 64B, Cancun 77500, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Cancun
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#23 Top resorts Hotel in Cancun
#24 Luxury Hotel in Cancun
#24 Family Hotel in Cancun
#25 On the Beach Hotel in Cancun
#29 Romantic Hotel in Cancun
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — GR Caribe by Solaris 4*
Number of rooms: 200
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
GR Caribe by Solaris, Deluxe All Inclusive Resort, features a unique and elegant Mediterranean architecture, stylish interiors in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. A Luxury family friendly resort that has it all. The property features 200 luxurious guestrooms and suites, most of them with breathtaking ocean or lagoon views. Imported drinks and use of all facilities and services of sister resort Royal Solaris Cancun (located next door).This private resort is unique in its kind in all Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean. A Luxury family friendly resort that has it all. ... more   less 
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