The San Francisco Chronicle reported this November on Cancun’s “hotel building boom,” citing “record tourist growth” as the catalyst. The buzz is centered around two new properties from well-known luxury brands, namely Secrets the Vine Cancun and the new Riu Palace Cancun, followed by the Hard Rock Hotel Cancun, the Mallorca Hotel and Suites, the Ibis Cancun Centro and the Laquinta Inn & Suites.
Secrets the Vine Cancun opened last year near the Ritz-Carlton and is the adults-only luxury brand’s first property to be located in Cancun real estate, with a second found nearby in Playa del Carmen. The Cancun hotel boasts 495 rooms and has a wine theme, with sommelier-led tastings and a wine wall that offers guests more than 3,000 varieties to choose from.
The Riu Palace Peninsula lies just across from the Las Islas shopping center and is the Spanish hotel brand’s second Cancun location. The resort’s all-inclusive program is aimed at a “select and discriminating clientele,” and boasts 24-hour unlimited food service, live shows and a variety of other entertainment.
The Hard Rock Hotel finally opened a Cancun location this year, in a nod to the ongoing real estate and tourist boom the area has been experiencing. Cancun was an obvious choice for the Hard Rock brand’s unique style, which renovated the city’s former crown jewel, the Cancun Palace. The resort’s exterior boasts a sloping silhouette that draws its inspiration from an ancient Maya pyramid, while the interior includes an over-the-top lobby and suites that are suitable for any rock and roll star.
If a slightly more economic experience is more suited to your budget or you are only staying for a quick stopover, there are plenty of options in El Centro on the mainland. This includes the Mallorca Hotel and Suites, which is a small, colonial-style building on a quiet downtown street, followed by the La Quinta Inn & Suites or the Ibis Cancun Centro, which boasts a rectangular glass design and lies just a mile away in the city’s business district.