Cancun after the renovation
The new lobby is gorgeous. Looks like the reception area at Columbus
Isle. Generally speaking they were going for the Columbus Isle look all
the way around, without actually spending THAT much money.
They are actually delivering messages to the rooms now on real message
slips. Couldn't believe it.
They've "sponge" painted all the common area buildings at the village
center different colors. The buildings with all the rooms are now all
white with yellow trim on the outside and all the frames around each
doorway have been painted sea green. The doors to each room are new,
they're semi-attractive and look like unfinished wood from a distance, but
when you get up close you realize it's metal with a wood grain finish.
Sort of cheesy, but oh well.
Inside the rooms are dramatically different. They've redone
EVERYTHING. All the floor tile is new. It used to be the rust colored
saltillo tile, now its a nice, sand colored tile and the shower is done to
match. The closets have white louvered doors you can actually close. All
the sink and toilet fixtures are new, along with a new vanity and shelving
in the shower/sink area. The water pressure still sucks and the air
conditioner stills leaks, but you can't have everything. The bedspreads
and the drapes are now a sunny yellow with some (but not too many) flowers.
There's a nice wood sideboard type table up against the wall where the
cheesy grey faux leather chairs and small glass table used to be. There
are lamps behind each bed. Sort of hammered dark, brown tin, shaped sort
of like a sunflower. The lamps were so nice I wanted to take one home! I
know at this very moment, you're thinking, "But what about that groovy, but
stupid Mayan sculpture thing in the room that had no real purpose other
than to throw wet clothes on it?" Am I right? Well, they've decided that
it makes a great addition to everyone's patio. Ha ha!
The lagoon does not smell anymore. Hallelujah!
The food was OK, the usual Club Med menu, just not as great as it's
been at other villages and/or other times. Although the dark chocolate
bread could never be bad.
The scuba excursions to Cozumel are $127 for a two-tank dive. They bus
you to Playa del Carmen and then you take the ferry over. It can be done
for almost 1/2 that, though. They go on Wednesdays and Fridays.
They still have windsurfing down by La Palapa, but no more sailing.
They organize a trip at night into downtown Cancun on Thursday nights.
You pay $20 to get in, then it's all you can drink ALL NIGHT LONG (the cab
ride down is $8 with four people in the cab). They take you to Daddy O's.
I'm not sure if you've been there or not so I'll tell you about it just in
case. Think HUGE, MASSIVE club - non-stop pounding music. It was fun and
I danced all night long (came back in a cab at 5:30am), but that's not
someplace I would ever want to go more than 1 or 2 times a year.
Incredible laser light show too.
Booze cruise (replacement for the infamous picnic) is on Tuesdays,
which unfortunately is also Tequila Night. Most people are so burned out
from the booze cruise so Tequila Night isn't as hapennin' as it normally
would be on any other day of the week.
Here's an odd thing: The door locks in the rooms. You can't press
the button on the inside of the door when you're leaving, because if you
do, or if it's pressed from the inside by a person staying inside the room,
it CANNOT be opened from the outside with the key. Some people say they've
done this so that if one roommate has "company" the other roommate can't
just walk in on them. Whatever . . .
The Hands Up song is a new version. This one is the 90's disco
version. Not bad if you like all the Crazy Signs (which I do). It doesn't
have all the same words in it either.
Overall, they've done a FANTASTIC job and have put a lot of money into
the place. Like I've said previously, I could definitely do without the
TV's and phones, but what can you do.
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