CANCUN: GR SOLARIS CANCUN
Lola & Family (baby 16mos)
We stayed at the GR Solaris from September 19-24th. They were fantastic! The hotel is in great shape, every single last staff person that we came in to contact with was absolutely wonderful! They were fantastic to us, to our son, and to other guests. And honestly, the time share people were really not that bad. Truly, the staff is the key reason we would continue to come back to this hotel! I can’t say enough good things about the entertainment staff (who are always working!), the bartenders, the waiters and waitresses (who were fantastic to our 16 month old son), the front desk, the bellmen, the room attendants, etc.
Food wise, the breakfast was the highlight of the day, everything from omelettes, to tacos, to Bloody Marys and Mimosas. Lunch was fine, but dinner was just O.K. (the dinner shows were nice too). Tea time, however, was very nice. The drinks were good too (bartenders are great). The deli looked good, but we really didn’t take advantage of it. For an all-inclusive place, the food was just what we expected, with a couple of pleasant surprises.
The pool at the hotel is nice; large, with a separate children’s pool and separate “relax” pool for adults only, as well as a nice swim up bar. The only negative at the hotel is the beach. Certainly not the Cancun beaches I remembered. It was very narrow, only enough room for maybe 6 loungers, very rough (we were only able to go in to our ankles twice, and the flags were up most days), although it was stormy for a couple of days, and very rocky and uneven. They did say they were working on bringing in sand after hurricane season. The other hotels in the area seemed to be in the same boat. However, I was told that the beaches that were sheltered by Isla Mujeres still had decent beaches.
If you get to the GR, check out the Mayan Ruins half a mile down the street. Also check out La Isla Mall and Lorito Joe’s for dinner.
For all you honeymooners, or people going for a romantic get- away, consider upgrading to the jacuzzi room (which you can do for a cost, or listen to the time share speech), you can also have strawberries and a cheese plate, or flowers and cake delivered to your room. You can also have a surf and turf dinner on your balcony or in a semi-private beach side gazebo.
Despite the condition of the beach, I would absolutely go back to GR Solaris!! They did a great job of keeping everybody happy and entertained even on rainy miserable days, and were the friendliest people I’ve encountered in a long time.