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Loved the beach low water current The suite upgrade was amazing Weather was perfect It would of been better if they had an all inclusive plan
Great location, Attentive staff and Cold AC. Cheap 2 star food service. If you don't ask for it you won't get it. This was my fifth visit to the Reef. Every year the overall food service has gotten progressively worse especially in the Italian Restaurant. Four years ago that restaurant had an excellent antipasto salad bar now it has the same salad bar as the main restaurant. The entrees youst to be very good to excellent and the house wine and champagne were surprisingly good, no more. We never went back to that restaurant after the first try, nothing special. The hamburgers at the snack bar are mixed with a filler that does not taste good. I couldn't eat it. The food in the main restaurant varies little from day to day. They use the cheapest meat available but prepare them well and in a tasty manner. Beef is rare but if you ask for it they will get you a steak. Years ago the Italian restaurant was NYC quality, the main restaurant had fresh squeezed orange juice for breakfast, champagne flowed all day, now you have to pay for it after 11 AM and the overall food service was much better. I have to admit I found something I like to eat at every meal and they served steaks after I asked for them. Our bathtub needed replacement, it was cracked on the bottom. Our TV was broken as well.
Terrible: On the worst Experience EVER, Since we walked in and we checked in they asked for our passports Really!! The we get to the room that smelled HORRIBLE the lights did not work and latch was missing, The Beds where so hard, I think the floor was Better all the servers where so rude. NO ACTIVITY at the pool area the pools where so small plus if you needed to pay extra if you wanted a different beer and then to get a coffee at the lobby was 3 bucks really what part of all inclusive was I missing. I hated this Hotel it was the WORST EVER NEVER AGAIN. We also got food poison, and other people staying here at the REEF also got food poison. The food is not kept at the right temperatures and the service was HORRIBLE you would ask for your Drinks they either took forever or they would not come at all. At the food stations the cooks where always in a BAD MOOD. There beach was super dirty this was the only hotel that did not clean the sea weed. JUST THE WORST HOTEL EVER
the only good thing was the ice cream parlor and it's location was amazing so close to 5th Avenida! We walked to the little town of playa del Carmen and all it's shops!! The beach is always dirty with sea weeds, the food is horrible the staff are not attentive not greetifull. Bartenders are horrible and drinks suck! If you want to go and have diarrhea and vomiting for two days with you and your children all together go to this place! We were 9 In our party and 8 of us got sick!! And I heard from other quests that people in There party got sick also!! The restaurant is outdoor it's hot and humid and food is not kept at a good temperature so any dairy product or meat will be prone to bacteria very quickly. They do not have enough ice and do not keep food fresh! If they use beans tonight for dinner the left over is served for breakfast! It's so disgusting!! Would never stay at the reef playacar again! So many Mosquitos!!! Be prepared to get bitten and get food poising beach is terrible!!
My first time in Mexico and at an all inclusive. I really enjoyed the area and the feel of the resort. The separate restaurants had nice dinners and the buffet breakfast lunch and dinner was pretty good. The beach and the pool were very nice and the resort was located close enough to the downtown area that you could walk or take a cab for next to nothing. I would come back and would recommend this place to others. Our check in had some confusion based in the american websites that we had read and what actually was the case regarding her son and kid staying free. However they were pretty sympathetic and work out a very reasonable deal with her. They have some guys not he beach that r selling excursions and asking for money to hold your place that don't work for the resort and if you didn't know better then you think it's ok. They are a scam and they will take your money and refund you if you decide not to go. Beware or them!!
Beach is impeccable - best beach in playa. Pool area was beautiful. Got a great deal via kayak $125 incl tax per night all inclusive for two. Alcoholic beverages included and paddleboard free for 30 min. Located in gated community so beach was a bit exclusive - no one hassling you/ begging for money. Menu variety very generic, bad attempt at American dishes. We didn't even understand why. Food quality subpar - fruits weren't sweet, ceviche poorly done. Dinner was OK. Hotel would not allow me (parents staying at hotel) to access property without a playacar membership card (hotel is located on golf course/ in gated community) had the card thanks to my Airbnb host but was not allowed after 6pm to watch sunset with parents to celebrate their anniversary.
Nothing - The place was completely mediocre. The only good thing is that it is a beachfront hotel. The check in procedure was a nightmare. I flew in from spain and had done the reservation the night before. Upon arrival, they tell me that the reservation is not in the system because the person who takes care of reservations is on a holiday until tuesday! The man tells me that he'll put me in a provisional room. We walk there ( mind you Im carrying my whole kitesurfing equipment with me ) and as the bellman opens the door, we notice the room is occupied. So then we had to go back and I was put in another room for the night and then had to transfer the following day. My check out date was on Friday and I needed an extension until Sunday - I contact the lobby and they tell me they have no availability. While I was booking my room elsewhere I decided to look at their webpage and they did in fact have rooms available. Completely unprofessional people. Yes this is an all inclusive too, but the food is terrible. Breakfast and dinner tastes exactly the same.
The hotel had no reservation from booking.com and the last room they gave us was not good Personal, limpeza, animacion
Its on the beach, staff was extremly nice-amazing. The beds were hard as rocks. The food needed help!
Yoshi the bar tender at the sports bar is an amazing bar tender. Hotel is close to everything in the area. They push too much with buying a time share "wait they don't call it time share". Just say ur not interested and they'll leave you alone.
Is beachfront but the beach is the marina so it's stinks like sewage and the water is brown not blue and full of boats.
Location - close to downtown Carmen Pool some staff Standard rooms are closets food was not impressive and repetitive low shelf alcohol for the price we had a lot better
Generally it was clean and the booze was of good quality. No beach, poor service, resort smells bad and the food is not very good
The room was cleaned and made up very nicely each day. Different animals made out of the shower towels were placed on the bed each night. The food was not up to the usual standards for a hotel of this price range. Spent a lot of time pushing time share options....
Location The rooms were musty smelling. By the end of the trip, everyone had runny noses from what was most likey mold causing the musty smell. Service was terrible, I understand nothing happens quickly in foreign countries, but they were not helpful and didn't care, unlike other all inclusive I've been to in Mexico. The AC in one room did not work, they didn't not want to move the people in that room to a new room with working AC and instead said "Oh, it's working, you have to wait until the sun goes down for it to cool off." Really? No beach side drink orders, you have to go to the bar yourself. Food left a lot to be desired. The Mexican restaurant did not have AC and when we requested to be moved closer to the patio to feel the breeze, we were told no. There were only three other parties in the entire restaurant! I would not recommend this resort.
The all inclusive nature was great, the staff were fantastic. The wine
Everything, was nice! access to the beach you could improve
This was our second stay at Illusion Boutique Hotel. After a year away, it was nice to see familiar faces at the front desk as well as re-connect with the hotel Manager, Yesica. We found birthday and anniversary "surprises" in our room on more than one occasion and always had warm and friendly interaction with all staff members of the hotel.
The location is half a block from the beach and half a block from 5th Avenue. Our room was quiet, clean and comfortable. The AC was great. The shower was hot and had good water pressure. The beds were comfortable, and the housekeeping was great. As soon as we arrived Fanny was at the front desk and we saw her every evening. Her friendliness was so genuine and we loved seeing her and we came and went about our day. She even gave us a wedding gift as she knew we were moving to a resort to get married after our checkout at Illusion. We had the breakfast included package, which was a simple continental spread with an amazing fresh fruit bowl each day. We paid a couple extra dollars to order some eggs off the menu, which was great value. Our server each morning was Alberto who was always so friendly and attentive. Carlos, the concierge, was great at booking us some excursions as well as making some recommendations for a few restaurants to check out off the main strip. Would stay here again when returning to Playa del Carmen.
Good breakfasts available from the hotel restaurant. Price was only $3.00US for anything on the menu. The room needed routine maintenance. Light bulbs out and not replaced, missing shower door, shower head was broken and not replaced until 3rd day. The view from the roof deck is awful due to construction going on all around. The staff is given little authority to make simple decisions. For example, there was a mix up about our breakfast charge. Instead of being able to correct it immediately the staff had to call the manager at home to get his ok. I can't imagine what would happen if there were a real emergency!
The outdoor space, the service and breakfast. The outdated room and damp smell in it.