This place has five pools and seven restaurants, plus it’s right next to a great stretch of sand.
There’s a real castaway vibe here – thatch-roofed buildings peek out from in between palm trees. Plus, the complex opens out onto a white, sandy beach.
But what really sets this place apart is the pool scene – there are five in total. They’re all flanked by bars and spacious sun terraces, and some lead down to the sand. Inside, meanwhile, bedrooms have a classic flavour. They pair oak and wrought-iron furniture with simple whitewashed walls and tiled floors. Each one comes with a furnished balcony, too. And in-room extras take the shape of cable TVs and air-conditioning. On the dining front you’ve got the option of five à la carte restaurants, with menus from Mexico, Italy, Spain and Japan. The latter comes complete with teppanyaki tables. The buffet restaurant does a good range of international favourites. There’s also a creperie that does a great range of pancakes and milkshakes.
Honeymoons get a bottle of sparkling wine, a decorated room, chocolates and a surprise gift from the hotel - please request at time of booking. Please note: Marriage date should be no more than 6 months prior to honeymoon booking - certificate to be shown on arrival. This offer does not apply to those booking a honeymoon room.
Food & Drink
Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Selected local-brand alcohol, soft drinks, tea and coffee until 02.00.
Snacks until 02.00.
Superior double room with sea view sleeps up to 3 with an alarm clock, bathrobes, slippers, ceiling fan, iron and board, coffee-maker and a plasma TV. You'll also gain privilege benefits which include access to a private lounge, concierge service, private check-in welcome cocktail, beach towels, pillow menu and selected discounted facilities.
Superior double room sleeps up to 3 with alarm clock, bathrobes, slippers, ceiling fan, coffee-maker, iron and board, and a plasma TV. You'll also gain privilege benefits which include access to a private lounge, concierge service, private check-in, welcome cocktail, beach towels, pillow menu and selected discounted facilities.
My husband, friends and I just got back from a greatly needed vacation. We had a wonderful time. The resort was smaller than the ones we have been to in the past but we really liked it. There seemed to be a lot activities offered and we did enjoy some of them. The staff were very friendly and kept the dining and pool areas clean. The entertainment staff were also friendly and energetic, especially Javier. The food and drinks were very good and the specialty restaurants filled fast but were worth the wait.
The only complaint I would have is 2 days in a row we came back to un-cleaned room at 3:30 after being at the pool and beach all day and wanted to shower and get ready for dinner. The front desk explained the 2nd time that they clean rooms until 5pm and I could request early maid service and I did. It was a great value and I definitely got more than I paid for and would consider returning in the future.More
We loved Hotel Catalonia!
My family and I went from October 6, 2014 to October 11, 2014 and we had and amazing time! It was my first time in Mexico at all, and my parents second time. We had a rough time on the first day but that wasn't the resorts fault it was the airlines.
When we booked the resort we originally thought we would be fine just being normal guest, but after a few days we decided to upgrade to a Privileged Suite and it was so worth it. We had a wonderful time and would definitely go back.
TRANSFER: From previous vacations we knew how annoying it is to travel to the resort with a bunch of other people so we booked our own private car which was nice. It took 45 minutes on the way to the resort and an hour and 5 minutes on the way to the airport.
CHECK IN: I don't know why people say check in is long and annoying. My family and I got there walked up to the front desk and 20 minutes later we were in our room. At check in you get a bracelet indicating if you're privileged or not, and if you're over 18 years old or not; however many room keys you need; and towel keys which you can't lose or you'll have to pay extra for towels. When we upgraded to privileged we asked them if we can see the rooms and they gladly showed us around the resort to the rooms we could've gotten.
ROOMS: Our first room was a basic room which was a little tiny, but not too bad. It had two queen sized beds, and end table, a dresser, a desk, a tv, a mini fridge with 2 water bottles, a closet, a safe ($3 USD extra a day), a decent bathroom, and a balcony with two chairs and a table. There were just two things that could be improved about this room. We had a room on the fourth floor and the elevators were out of service so we had to take the stairs every time we left our room which really isn't that bad. Also, the mattresses were a little hard. My mom had the most problem with that. Our second room was a lot nicer and bigger. I had my own room and so did my parents. This room had three rooms. In the first room there was a pull out couch, a twin bed (which the hotel brought up for me for no charge), a desk, a tv, a coffee pot, a mini fridge stocked with sodas and 3 water bottles, a phone, and a doorway to the balcony. The second room had a king size bed, a desk, a tv, 2 dressers, a full length mirror, and another doorway to the balcony. The third room is the bathroom which includes two sinks, a huge closet, another closet, yet another closet, a safe (free of charge), a shower, and a toilet with its own room. The balconies are different depending on what floor you're on. The first floor is much bigger and includes a hot tub, 2 chairs, a table, 2 lounge chairs, and a garden area. The second floor is tighter but still nice. It includes a hot tub 2 chairs and a table. (For $15 USD extra a day per person you can keep the same room but get all of the privileged perks. For $25 USD extra a day per person you can get a more modern room and all of the privileged perks. For $35 USD extra a day per person you get a suite and all of the privileged perks.)
FOOD: We loved most of the food. All of the buffets come included. When you check in you get a meal ticket to go to 3 of the 4 a la carte restaurants. If you upgrade to privileged you also get a meal ticket for a privileged a la carte dinner. Being privileged also gets you better seating and service at the restaurants.
- La Brisa: A buffet style restaurant with a different theme every night. This place was just okay, we didn't go here very much.
- El Mercado: A higher end buffet style restaurant. This is where we spent most of our eating time. We enjoyed it very much.
- Bellavista: Italian style a la carte restaurant. We enjoyed the food there very much. If you want to go here you should come right when it opens because it fills up fast and and you can't make reservations. We came back on multiple nights because we couldn't get in. There is a dress code but they really dont stick by it. During breakfast and lunch this place turns into an a la carte restaurant for privileged guests.
- Los Alebrijes: Mexican style a la carte restaurant. The food there was very good as well. The decor was really cool, and the waiters come around and put sombreros on you and take pictures with you. They also have a dress code that they dont really stick by.
-Bamboleo: In the morning, afternoon, and after dinner it is the snack bar, which had some good food. At night it turns into a steak a la carte restaurant. This is the restaurant we decided to leave out because we could only go to 3 of the 4.
-Mikado: Japanese style a la carte restaurant. This was our favorite out of the a la carte restaurants. It was more of an hibachi place than anything. As before it has a dress code but it is not really enforced.
-La Creperie: We LOVED this place. We came here almost every night. They serve crepes, ice cream, and coffee. Its all delicious!
-Tapas Lounge: Spanish style a la carte restaurant exclusively for privileged guests. It has very small portions, and the food is very different. We actually didn't stay. They have a dress code of casual elegance that they actually do enforce.
POOL & BEACH: There are 5 pools here. This resort is technically 2 resorts, Riviera Maya and Yucatan Beach. There are two larger pools with a swim up bar and kiddie pools built in, 2 smaller pools with volleyball nets, and a privileged pool on the Riviera Maya side. The larger pools also have smaller, shallower pools within them with jets inside of them. The beach was nice and big. It had a basic side with lounges and umbrellas, and a privileged side with nicer cushioned lounges, beds, more umbrellas and a private bar. Definitely bring water shoes if you plan on going into the ocean because the water is rocky and has lots of coral. If you get the chance rent snorkel equipment (free of charge), because the water is so clear and beautiful it is ridiculous. You can see all of the wildlife and it is breathtaking. You can also kayak, windsurf and rent a catamaran free of charge. You can also pay (about $125 USD) to scuba dive. You have to take a course which only takes about and hour, where they teach you everything and teach you how to use the equipment in the pool.
STAFF: The staff were so kind it was ridiculous. At the restaurants we also got a refill whenever we were running low on drinks and the come to check on us often. Our favorite staff members were at El Mercado. They were Manuel and Ester I believe. They just seemed so happy to be there and didn't get annoyed or anything when you asked for something.
ENTERTAINMENT: There was also something scheduled to do. They had nightly shows, live music, the night club "La PiÃ±ata" archery, tennis, bocce ball, water sports, a gym, bingo, karaoke, ping pong, pool, checkers, foosball, and the golf simulator. The only annoying thing was the golf simulator seemed to be open at different times and whenever we would go it was closed. The show was cool. They have a different show every night. Since we went around Halloween we got to see the Nightmare show. It was cool. It all professional dancers that lip synched to popular music. They also had a Rocky Horror Picture Show section which was my personal favorite part.
Overall we had a great time and would definitely come back again. The Hotel Catalonia was great!
Stayed October 2014.More
Lucas R, Port Jefferson Station, New York
very nice resort with an amazing staff.
just stayed at the cat oct 4-11, didn't book privlileged was offered on check in but declined. never missed it! the room was clean and cumfy, had an unstocked mini fridge for water. only 10% of the resort is reserved for privileged so there is plenty there if you decide not to upgrade. the staff was amazing very friendly and accomadating. grounds were super clean and well kept. ate at all 4 ala cart restaraunts all were very good. the crapery is amazing. beach is rocky but I guess you have read that already. pleanty of activities sail boats , snorkeling, kayaks and bikes to go into town and explore. check in is a little slow due to explanation of all that is offered there. had a wonderful time and would go back.More
Nice hotel over all, staff very friendly
The hotel was nice, rooms were ok, food was ok, the restaurants were nice, all the pools were good. Also the pro dive is on site to learn sucba. The instructor Leela was awesome and I would highly recommend her if you wish to learn or just go out for fun! More
This was my birthday gift to myself. Me and my woman had a good time in Rivera Maya. The resort wasn't really up to par. The staff wasn't very friendly. Had to go to Cancun on day trips to enjoy ourselves. We also went to see the pyramids which was amazing. Overall the hotel was just average. Not really worth the money we paid to stay there. More
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