Booking the ME, relying on tripadvisor (as usual) was a nerve-challenging experience.
The reviews here are mixed, there is a strong leaning to the positive, but those that are bad are REALLY bad, and quite specific.
Those that are good tend to favour generalizations ("best ever").
I now understand this 'great divide'.
What I would like to do is break it down from my perspective and thus my title for this review and the ME really may not be YOU.
First let me address some of the negatives because they were - largely - correct.
Yes, the noise from the corridor is really quite extraordinary. You can hear BREATHING (as well as entire conversations).
If you are a light sleeper and frustrated by that, then this resort may well not be for you. (On top of the noise from the corridor, there is the loud dance music from the disco below - if you are on the ocean side).
The elevators are also 'challenging'... As you may have seen in other reviews, they were out of service for weeks and while now back in service, they are still a bit hit and miss, so you might face a wait (and stops at EVERY floor, for no apparent reason).
The music is constant... and everywhere, on the beach, by the pools and in all public spaces (including the elevators!).
If, like me and my partner and friend (who was traveling with us) you like that, then it's a good thing.. you really feel like you are on vacation in a place that is plying you with non stop music )and drinks!)
If you find low (and sometimes loud) constant dance/trance annoying... then you will be pulling out your hair (it's inescapable).
And that 'vibe' gets to the root of my 'perhaps not for YOU' assessment.
This is a very trendy and mostly 20/30 something place (we're older, mid-forties, and if you have a younger attitude it's fine... but if you crave and 'older' or more 'mature' environment, please be warned).
The ME is, palpably, a place for people who ARE cool, WANT to be cool (or at least SEEN to be cool).
I don't consider myself 'cool', but I do like a good 'vibe' and the ME definitely has that.
This is a place for the Club crowd. Think the 'W' hotel brigade, or the 'Metropolitan Hotel/Met Bar' in London... The place is a great space (converted from an older resort, post hurricane). There's a really good sense of design and space and lighting. It deserves its tripadvisor ranking as the 'trendiest' hotel in Mexico.
The rooms have a spa feeling. I have seen reviews that the bathrooms are too small, but give me a break... it's a resort, the bathrooms are very sleek (and clean) with great rainshowers (and room for two)... and quality Aveda products. But, yes, they are not the size of a 'his and hers' bathroom in an oversized midwestern suburban house of horror!
The beds are very comfortable (not quite Westin, but definitely at the better end of the hotel scale) and there is space to spread out, including a comfy little lounge.
The infinity pool and beach area and main pool are all wonderful.
The 'water ritual' is a bit of a joke (just high pressure water to sit under, a'la a waterfall... not bad, just not a surprise that it's "included at no charge"... it would be hard to put guards on a part of the pool that just happens to have some water spurting out of a few walls!).
There is lots of poolside and beach seating, including lounges and beach beds which are a great, really great, way to experience Cancun's main beach.
And then, as you see in the reviews, there are the BALI beds. I like to think of them as 'the controversial Bali beds' (since they have generated so many comments on tripadvisor).
Again, to the naysayers, GET OVER IT!
They are fantatic and wonderful value... and quite decadent!
Yes, you DO pay extra (officially $40 per day - except for weekends - but they seemed to generally go for $30 per day, and at check in we got some vouchers that took that down to $10)...
You pay extra because it is an EXTRAordinary experience, and sheer luxury, at a bargain price!
They come with bedside food and drinks service and are a stunning way to chill and enjoy the sea and sun (and music!).
Look at it this way. If you don't want to pay, there are lots of decent options, poolside and on the beach.
If you are prepared to pay a little then it's a wonderful extra... and well worth it (we ended up using them four out of our seven days).
Finally, on the negative review front is the drill of signing after your eat or order a drink.
To be honest, when I first confronted it I was a bit taken aback (despite the warnings from fellow travelers).
The key problem is that you find yourself confronted by a bill with a total amount in pesos, a 'comparison' amount in $US and lines for 'tip' and 'total'.
There was also a clear line saying 'no charge' but, despite this, the psychology of good bill etiquette kicks in and you find yourself wondering "am I really expected to tip 20% on all of this?" (if so, this was starting to feel like it was going to be a VERY costly 'all inclusive'!).
I am not sure what the correct etiquette actually is, but we soon settled into a routine of just marking the checks up with a zero on the tip line and then leaving tips in cash (we usually tipped around 10%, sometimes a bit more, sometimes less, and we had great service throughout).
The bottom line, I understand why it makes people unhappy and, frankly, I wish they did away with it... That said, it's not the 'horror' that it seems to be billed as in some of these reviews.
Okay - so there you have my take on the negative reviews... They are accurate but, in my estimation, misleading.
They don't take into account that this really is a quite wonderful resort property, perfectly located if you are seeking a Cancun experience and with a sense of luxury and decadence that holds its own with the best and trendiest out there.
It really has some quite stunning attributes and you definitely feel you are here for a great time.
I won't dwell on the food, there are so many others who have complimented it, deservedly so.. The standout restaurant is Silk, especially the teppanyaki grill.. but, frankly, all of the restaurants and menus were terrific, especially by all-inclusive standards.
And, finally, talking of 'standouts' I have to end this review by giving a 'shoutout' to the quality of the staff. They were consistently wonderful, often outstanding... From Edwardo at the front desk, Elsie at the 'pool concierge' desk to Eddie at the infinity pool (and many more we could name).
To the people who made negative comments about the staff here, I have to wonder if you should be taking a long hard look in the mirror... and especially at your own behavior.
I simply can't believe such wonderful, friendly, professional and caring people would treat anyone badly... unless... well, I'll leave it at that.
I think that's an appropriate wrap for my review.. Before booking the ME, think about yourself and what you are looking for.
If you want very quiet, I'd suggest it's not the place.
If you are looking for the 'form a conga line' type entertainment, then definitely give it a miss (PLEASE - for everyone's sake).
But if you are looking for cool and trendy with a 'party/dance' soul (and first class taste) then maybe ME really is for YOU!
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