Gran Caribe Real (formerly Continental Villas) **** AI/EP

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  1. Steve

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    Gran Caribe Real

    Renamed in March 2004 from the Continental Villas. Post comments, reviews, trip reports and links to your pictures for Gran Caribe Real here.

    Located at Km11 it is a short hop by bus to the party center. This hotel is Ocean side. Downtown is a 25 minute bus journey away.

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  2. Logan

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    Just returned from a week here, and I liked the resort for the most part. We stayed in the tower sections and had a lagoon view room with a 12 by 10 balcony which overlooked one of the three pools.

    Pros

    The rooms were nice, the staff was great, the time waiting for drinks was short. The beach was pretty good, plenty of room and enough chairs for everyone that wanted one. It looked like there was a little beach erosion, but nothing to bad. I swam in the ocean everyday, the surf was a little rough, and the flag was always yellow. They closed the beach between 5 and 6 pm everyday. (for swimming) There were plenty of activities everyday to keep you happy. Pat O'Brians and Margaritville were across the street. 8)

    Cons

    The food at the Albatros and Gavitos and even the pool side outdoor resturants got old fast. They served the same things it seemed everyday. It wasn't all that great either. Marias and the one by the beach (can't remember the name) were good. The Villas looked nice but were a long way from the activities. The resort seems large, and if you didn't set a time with people to meet them again, you might not see them again during your stay there. Never a problem at the smaller resorts. The 24 hour snack bar was at the end of the resort by the villias pool. Which made for a long walk for a snack at 3:00 am after a night out on the town.

    I will stay here when I return in June with my kids, but when I go alone or with a friend in November I will look into a smaller resort like the Costa Real or BBG.
     
  3. ckolden

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    Grand Caribe Real

    Has anyone stayed at the Grand Caribe Real?

    7 Friends and I are going to in a week or so. What did you like? Dislike? Any suggestions on where we should eat, activities, ect? Thanks.
     
  4. grbella

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    I am confused :?
    2 postings say this resort is near km11.... the map link below says it is near km5 or km6...
    what is the acurate location of this resort?

    http://www.cancuncare.com/maps/cancunmap.jpg

    Thanks! :sunny:
     
  5. Logan

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    That is a older map, and the original Grand Caribe was there, I believe it's now the RIU.
     
  6. grbella

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    I hope someone can help me decipher which hotel is which.... I am to be staying at the Gran Caribe Real (per the travel agent)....
    One board says the Gran Caribe Real was "Continental Villas"
    Another says "Riu Caribe" formerly "Gran Caribe".... is the Gran Caribe Real NOW the Riu Caribe? OR is the Gran Caribe Real still known under that name? oh...I am SO confused...and I haven't had any margarita's yet!! :?

    Perhaps maybe a KM marker number would be helpful too, if anyone knows it.
    Thanks!
     
  7. lindat

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    We stayed at the Caribe Real ( formerly Continental Plaza) last year...it was NOT good. Service was horrible, food was really bad. Rooms were beautiful, but air conditioning didn't work, and neither did the fridge. Elevator broke 5 times, ( once with us in it). Managment was rude and surly. We would NOT go back again.
     
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  9. cruiserlv

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    we are visiting oct. 2-10th for a friends wedding. What can we expect? All the pictures I have seen of the resort just show one pool...yet someone said this is a huge resort?
     
  10. Brookers13

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    i dont know about the pools...but the resort is very long...not like the moon palace...but longer than most on the strip...just what i noticed...we didnt stay there but had friends who did
     
  11. grbella

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    mixed feelings...

    We stayed for 7 days in July... it was VERY hot (we live in Florida!) and humid. The A/C hardly worked at all! They ended up giving us a fan in our room, which did help a little.
    We had a room in the villa area, not the tower (main hotel area)...yes, it is a long walk to go eat, etc. but the privacy was nice.
    We enjoyed the food...although I came to Mexico to eat Mexican food...hardly got any! Service was always good, food always fresh. We were on an all inclusive plan and took advantage of the room service a couple of times...which I recommend against...each time, the order was wrong and cold!
    We tipped well, so perhaps that is why we had good service (not room service). I am glad we didnt stay in the "towers"...the power was out 1 day for about 6-8 hours...those stairs get a bit difficult after a couple of floors. Just so happened that the day the power went out there was a lot of rain...so you couldn't even swim or go for walks to amuse yourself...just how many times can you play BINGO?!?!?!

    Anyway...the place certainly does need some work, but our maid kept our room nice for us and we took lots of cool showers to keep cooled off. It probably isn't the nicest/best hotel on the strip...but we enjoyed it!
     
  12. cruiserlv

    cruiserlv Guest

    Great info....thanks!
     
  13. Drewbert

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    Anyone know if the Gran Caribe Real is up and running and taking guests for Nov 21?
     
  14. aztec_guera

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    I have heard and they are not. The tower portion will reopen on dec 15th with the Villa portion to open at a later date. The sister hotel might be able to accomodate you. It is the Gran Costa Real. I know it officially re-opens on Dec 1 100%. I am not sure if they have a portion open now for guests. It was my understanding that they don't but it would be worth a call. They are located on Playa Linda and didn't sustain the damage that the Gran Caribe did. Give the Costa Real a call. I have the number if you need it.
     
  15. 4stix

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    Gran Caribe Real in march break

    Does anyone know if the gran caribe real is a party spot during march break. I have stayed there before but never during that time and i have enjoyed myself very much everytime i have gone. I only want to stay there during that time if there are going to be a lot of young people staying there. If anyone could give me any help i would appreciate it. thanks
     
  16. whdream

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    I think it is pretty good during March Break I am lookin to go there myself I have heard the crowds are good. But do keep in mind it is a family resort. Not adults only.
     
  17. Bugzar

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    Has anyone been to the Gran Caribe recently? I am headed there on Feb 20th, and am just wondering the status of the beach/hotel etc.!
    Thanks!
    :D
     
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    I would very much like for people to fill me in on the Grand Caribe Real.I am heading there on December 5th for a whole week and would like to know if there is still construction going on there.I see the other posts were pretty old so that is why I ask.So basicly , anyone that has been there recently ? :)

    Pics will REALLy help. Hehe thanks :)
     
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    Ocean Front Villas vs. Main Tower

    We are staying here Jan 11th - 18th of 2007. My brother (as a gift!) upgraded our basic rooms to the Junior Suite Ocean Front. I think this is off on the villa side and not in the main tower.

    Can anyone who has stayed here recently comment on pros and cons of the ocean front villas vs. the main tower?

    Thanks!
     
  20. Spens

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    We just got back and the place is getting better and better. Lots of work is going on in the new phase. I would recommend upgrading to these rooms. The beach is fine but has taken a pounding from the waves. As February comes, that should wind down. The new phase is actually called The Royale and includes a new pool that just opened while we were there. We did have to put up with construction noise but it was well worth having a room that had never been used yet. The food was okay but will get better as they are adding 3 restaurants. Service and alcohol was great though.
     

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