Regarded as one of the world’s top travel destinations, Cancun Mexico attracts visitors with its world-class beach resorts, nearby natural sights like ruins and cenotes as well as a vibrant nightlife. Luxurious and innovative hotels continue to spring up to cater to the massive tourist influx.
There are over 32,000 Cancun hotel rooms catering to everyone from the couple looking for a romantic luxury hotel to downtown hotels for the budget-minded traveler as well as Cancun family resorts. The majority of the all-inclusive resorts are located in the sandy white sand beaches in the Zona Hotelera area.
During a stay in Cancun, I had the pleasure of touring two hotel properties in the Park Royal Hotel portfolio. Park Royal is a Mexican hotel chain with locations throughout Mexico as well as Argentina and Puerto Rico.
Park Royal Cancun Beach Resort Hotel Review
There are two Royal Cancun hotels located in the Zona Hotelera in Cancun. Both the Park Royal Beach Hotel and the Grand Park Royal are beachfront hotels. This article is a review of Park Royal Cancun Beach Resort.
The resort complex is surrounded by beautiful landscaping, tropical plants and is located on an expansive stretch of white sand beach.
The 310-room Park Royal Cancun is a mid-range all-inclusive optional hotel that is a bit smaller than the mega-resorts in Cancun. The hotel sees their size as a benefit and the concierge shared with me that she feels “one of the things that make the Park Royal Beach Hotel special is that they are a small property and because of this, able to take care of their guests extremely well”.
The hotel is known for the friendliness of the staff and this is an area where they shine in their online reviews on sites such as TripAdvisor.
They strive to deliver authentic Mexican hospitality in their everyday service as well as new programs like the Mexican Family Memories which is quickly making them one of the best family resorts in Cancun.
The hotel consists of two pyramid-shaped buildings and guestrooms and suites face the Caribbean Sea and/or Nichupté Lagoon. The main building houses all the restaurants, bars, the lobby and guest rooms. The second building, located on the same property offers guest rooms. They are in the midst of a major upgrade to the rooms. This means some rooms have been redecorated and updated and some are still slated for the upgrading as of the writing of this article.
The Park Royal Beach Hotel is a relaxed, laid-back, affordable family hotel.
The family-friendly resort offers all-inclusive options and has three pools and nine bars, restaurants and snack bars. The resort offers standard rooms as well as 20 spacious suites that accommodate up to six guests, making them ideal for families. Direct beach access offers great opportunity for time to enjoy the sun and sand. The turquoise water in the Caribbean Sea can be calm and nearly as flat as a pool, but can also have quite an undertow. When the sea has waves it is best for strong swimmers to swim and snorkel but is not suitable for beginning swimmers.
Restaurants serving Italian, Mexican and seafood are the culinary highlights as well as buffet options and snack bars open during the afternoons. Open for ages four through eleven, the newly opened kids club offers unique amenities like a water playground, family pool, kids PJ party.
Park Royal Beach Hotel Check-In and Lobby
The Park Royal Beach Resort lobby is expansive and staffed with many for easy and quick check-in. Upon arrival, we were greeted with a choice of a welcome cocktail or non-alcoholic drink and brought to the check-in desk. At the reception desk, we were greeted by a friendly front-of-house team who quickly checked us and gave us an overview of the property.
Location, Location, Location
The hotel is located on the beach in the hotel zone, just 20-minutes by car or taxi from the airport. Across the street is La Isla Shopping Mall which is a few minutes by foot. In case you didn’t come all the way to Cancun to lounge at the pool at La Isla you’ll also find a Ferris Wheel, plenty of shops, a movie theater and restaurants.
Rooms are clean and simple with color schemes reflecting the Caribbean Sea. Almost all rooms have a view of either the Caribbean Sea or the lagoon that parallels the sea. Most rooms have balconies and there some that offer private swimming pools.
If you are participating in the kid’s club, upon arrival children will find fun gifts to welcome them!
I stayed in a two-room suite in the second pyramid building which had a great view of the lagoon and partial view of the Caribbean sea. Our second room was very spacious and offered a second balcony.
The bathroom was finished with marble tile and was stocked with Kaab organic honey lotion, shampoo, conditioner and soap.
- Robes (adult and kid-sized)
- Iron and ironing board
- Kaab organic honey lotion, shampoo, conditioner and bar of soap
- Park Royal Beach bag
- mini fridge stocked with water, Mexican sodas, beer and juice
Turndown Service & Nightly Treats
A turndown service is so decadent and pampering! I love having my room prepared while we are at dinner and they do a lovely job. What is even more fun is the delicious snack they leave, like cookies and chocolate milk.
Dining at Park Royal Beach Resort
The resort’s dining options don’t disappoint – you’ll find restaurants specializing in Italian, Mexican and seafood. One restaurant serves a buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers a wide variety of dishes for any taste. During the afternoons, you’ll also find two snack bars set up serving favorites like nachos, pizza, hot dogs and hamburgers. Three bars, including one swim-up bar, complement the restaurants and keep guests refreshed while they enjoy Cancun’s delightful outdoor weather.
The theme restaurants such as Frida serving authentic Mexican cuisine and Andiamo serving Italian cuisine provide quite a bit of variety of choices for dinner options.
The restaurants offer enough choices you won’t need to leave the resort grounds for any of your meals unless you feel like it.
The rooftop bar, Ekinox opens at 6:30pm and is a wonderful spot to see a beautiful view of the La Isla shopping area, Ferris Wheel, the beach, and lagoon. From the rooftop bar, is one of the best spots for sunset as well as a great nighttime view once the town lights up. There is live music most evening starting at 8:45 and a cover charge depending on what hotel package you have. The bar is adults only.
One of three bars on property, the lobby bar offers beer, wine, and cocktails. It’s also where activities such as Karaoke take place. In addition, there is a bar located at the adult pool and a swim-up bar at the main pool.
The resort has three pools including the main pool as well as an adults-only pool and a kids pool. Dotted all around the pools are palapas, cabanas and umbrella-shaded lounge chairs. There is a bar located at the adult pool and a swim-up bar at the main pool.
The kid’s pool and waterpark is located near the kid’s club and tucked away where kids can splash and play. There is also a jungle gym for them to play on.
The hotel has direct beach access, that offers a great opportunity for time to enjoy the sun and sand. The turquoise water in the Caribbean Sea can be calm and nearly as flat as a pool, but can also have quite an undertow. When the sea has waves it is best for strong swimmers to swim and snorkel but is not suitable for beginning swimmers.
Regardless of the waves, you can still relax in a palapa, join a volleyball game or just take a stroll on the miles of white sand.
You don’t need to trek all the way to Chichen Itza or Tulum to see ancient ruins in Mexico. On the hotel property, you’ll find a private path that leads to the Scorpion’s Temple. This is local history! The temple dates to the Late Post-Classic Period (1200-1500 A.D.)
It was given its name due to a scorpion’s sculpture found in one of the walls of the temple. From the temple, there is also an amazing view of the beach and sea.
Eco Tourism | Turtle Sanctuary
Many of the local hotels in Cancun including Park Royal Beach Resort have partnered with conservationists to create a highly informative sea turtle rescue program. Resort guests can gather nightly to assist in releasing baby sea turtles into the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean during the turtle hatching season.
The fenced areas each contain numerous nests, along with markers noting the dates the eggs were laid and their anticipated hatch date. The eggs go through a 50-60 day incubation period prior to hatching.
Hotel Activities & Entertainment
Activities are plentiful on the beautiful beach and at the main pool. You’ll find a full day of options from water aerobics to beach volleyball and games like Bingo. Each day there is a new assortment of fun activities to choose from. There is also a nightly activity or entertainment such as Karaoke and magic shows.
Between the relaxing pools, water sports and swimming at the beach there’s plenty to keep you entertained throughout the day.
Kid’s Clubs are as much for the kids as the parents and Park Royal understands this! Just like the All-Inclusive plan, the Park Royal Kids Club is designed so that parents get a break, and kids get maxed out fun.
The Park Royal kid’s club includes time at the pool, video games, movies, arts and crafts and lots of additional activities like a kid’s PJ party.
Mexican Family Memories Package
The Mexico City-based, Park Royal company is all about creating Mexican family memories. The program, geared for families with kids ages five to twelve, features activities adults and children can enjoy together as well as kids-only activities with built-in “alone time” for adults.
The package features making and decorating an authentic Mexican piñata and a choice of a family beach dinner featuring local cuisine or a kids’ pajama party in the Kids’ Club while parents enjoy a romantic dinner in the resort’s Mexican or beachfront seafood restaurant.
I visited Park Royal with my teenage son, and even he had fun building a pinata!
The Park Royal Cancun All-Inclusive Includes:
- Unlimited Meals at two outstanding restaurants
- Unlimited Drinks for Adults & Kids at 4 inviting bars
- All Day pool and deck refreshments
- Daily activity programs include everything for adults and kids. There’s beach and pool volleyball, live entertainment and bingo. Kids’ Beach & Pool activities last all day with Super Heroes, crafts and games.
- Pool DJ and games coordinator
- Catamarans, Sail Boats & Kayaks
- Snorkeling & non-motorized water sports
Park Royal Beach Resort In a Nut Shell
- Beachfront all-inclusive within walking distance of shopping, restaurants, and bars
- Rooms have air-conditioning and flat-screen TVs
- Some suites with balconies or terraces, some with outdoor whirlpools
- Four restaurants and four bars on-site
- Three pools, one for adults only, one for games and activities; one kid’s pool
- Lovely beach with activities and lounge chairs with palapas
- Gym with a sauna and steam room
- Kids club
- activities including pool aerobics, beach and pool volleyball, beach soccer, and physical conditioning classes. Kids get their own arts and crafts and games, as well as an outdoor play area. The wide sandy beach is beautiful, and there are lounge chairs and palapas for relaxing on the sand.
Rates start at $199 – $399 depending on low or high season. Rates for an all-inclusive family of four start at $329. As always, check the website for current pricing and resort specials. You can check for reviews and best rates on TripAdvisor and HotelsCombined.
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Cancun with Kids – Tips and Recommendations
- The best kid-friendly tour in Cancun is the Cenote Day Tour which takes you to four amazing cenotes where you will swim, snorkel, and zipline. (Kids need to be 6 years or older.) Swimming in a cenote (a sinkhole filled with cool fresh water) is the highlight of any trip to the Yucatan and this is an easy way to see four really unique ones. Tour includes hotel pickup, lunch, snorkel gear, and life vests.
- Another fun kid-friendly tours is the Tulum Ruins & Turtle Swim Combo Tour. This 6-hour package combines 2 amazing activities. First, you’ll step back in time at the Tulum Mayan ruins. Later, you’ll swim and snorkel close to the marine turtles and a variety of multi-colored fish in the protected environment of the Caribbean sea.
The Best Time To Visit Cancun
Cancun is a good year-round destination but the best weather for a family vacation is between December and April. Summer can get fairly hot and late summer also adds the possibility of hurricanes.
Recommended Cancun Travel Resources
- Travel Insurance: World Nomads.
- Transport: AirfareWatchDog and Skyscanner (Best Sites to Research Flight Prices)
- Park Royal Cancun Hotel Reviews: TripAdvisor
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I visited Park Royal Beach Resort on a media trip and I’d love to say a huge thank you for their generous hospitality. As always, all opinions are our own.
Alexa Meisler is the editorial director of 52 Perfect Days. Born in Paris, France she has since lived in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon. She currently resides in San Diego with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring California and Mexico.
Travel has always been a part of her life; traveling to such places as Morocco, Tangiers and Spain as a young child as well as taking many road trips to Mexico with her grandparents as a young girl. Since then, she has traveled abroad to locations such as Russia, Taiwan and throughout Europe.
Prior to working at 52 Perfect Days she was a freelance travel writer; focusing on family and women’s adventure experiences.