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Valentin Imperial Maya

Kalamazoo, Michigan
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2,290 posts
16 reviews
Valentin Imperial Maya

Hi,

I am wondering if this resort has any other "fan" websites?. For those of you who have been to Palladium Resorts you know there is Palladium Addict which is an online fan/forum website. Im just looking for more people who I can chat with specifically about this resort. Any suggestions?

Also does anyone know where I can find menus for this resort? I just started researching it today and I like what I see...but want more info.

Anyone who has stayed there, what do you think is the best room category? There are so many and I see things I like from them all...suggestions?

Alberta, Canada
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768 posts
20 reviews
1. Re: Valentin Imperial Maya

I love the moniker!! Great job.

I can't help with the menu and it has changed recently.

In my opinion the best rooms are Golden Suites on the second or third floors. We were in building 8 on a second floor, but a third would have been better (in Jan 2009). Very large and well appointed rooms.

The Emerald (Beach Front) are not worth the money apparently since most of them have no real ocean view due to vegetation. The Beach is very rocky in front of them anyway. Some of them definately have plumbing issues and had them when we were there. I suspect that they did not allow for enough vertical drop in the sewer lines so that the plumbing backs up.

The Goldens are great though and you rarely read negative comments from buildings 6 or 7 or 8 (the Goldens). Most complaints relate to folks who expect a free upgrade and then don't get it or else they get upgraded and get a crappy room and/or room location. I suspect that Management know which higher end rooms have problems and use them as "upgraders". I personally pay for what I want and wouldn't take an upgrade if it was offered!

The front desk folks aren't exactly warm and fuzzy, but everyone else was very very nice and helpful. I suspect that working the front desk at a Resort of this size is a bit like training for a lifetime in a mental institution for the criminally insane! When I read some people's comments I don't think that I could have smiled and said "si senor" either. They get to see all sorts from the wonderful to the horrible!

Wisconsin
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2,630 posts
19 reviews
2. Re: Valentin Imperial Maya

VIM has a Facebook page and there are quite a few folks who post questions and comments there. Check that out.

I've stayed at the VIM twice and both times had a golden suite. The first time we were on the 2nd floor and second time a 3rd floor room. I prefer the 2nd floor room. The 3rd floor room has a skylight over the tub and lets too much light in too early in the day. Some may prefer that, but I would prefer it darker in the room, since we're not that early of risers. Also, there are 2 balconies on the 3rd floor. One is pretty useless, very small. There is a larger balcony for the 2nd floor suites.

Send me a pm with your email and I'll be happy to forward menus. Keep in mind, that they have changed, though. No more chateaubriand, foie gras, ribeye, crab legs and they now have a surcharge for the lobster. Other than that, they should be the same.

Easton, Maryland
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2,324 posts
27 reviews
3. Re: Valentin Imperial Maya

Maybe this can help you in reference to the menu's

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g150812-i23-k38168…

Denver, CO
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2,027 posts
51 reviews
4. Re: Valentin Imperial Maya

We've also stayed at VIM twice (going back a third time in December). We've stayed in a golden suite (second floor building 7) and a regular suite (second floor building 3).

The golden suite was larger and had a flat screen tv (two actually). But the room actually seemed smaller because they divide the suite into two rooms so the bedroom has less space. To us the second room was not an advantage.

The quality of the furnishings and bed is great at both rooms. We really like the beds at VIM.

The golden suites are nice because of the pool right there. The suite in Building 3 was great because of the location being so central to everything.

I've heard some reservations due to privacy issues in the Silver Suites. Other than that I think any of the room categories would be great.

Wisconsin
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2,630 posts
19 reviews
5. Re: Valentin Imperial Maya

I think there are a couple layouts for the golden suites. The second floor suite we had was more or less divided into 2 rooms. A sleeping area and the sitting area, with 2nd TV (in an armoire), a couch and a table/chairs. We also had a solid wall between the bathroom and sleeping area.

The 3rd floor room was more of an open concept, with no divide between the sleeping and sitting areas. We also had bi-fold doors by the jacuzzi tub which would open up the bathroom space to the rest of the room.

Toronto, Canada
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720 posts
6. Re: Valentin Imperial Maya

I wouldn't waste your time with the VIM Facebook page as it is heavily censored and not the most reliable place for accurate information. In my opinion (and experience) you will have a much better chance of receiving the information you want from the people here at TA.

I am going to VIM for the first time in December and decided to book their basic Deluxe Jr. Suite as these rooms are in the most centrally located buildings: 3, 4 & 5. I prefer any room on the top floor of a building as this means you won't hear the scrapping sounds of chairs and furniture being dragged across the echo-like marble flooring above your head. This doesn't mean you won't hear your neighbors on either side of you or the maids in the halls, but it does reduce the opportunity to hear noise above you (this can be especially annoying if people are futzing around with furniture early in the morning).

Ultimately, the room you decide on will depend on your budget and how much you are willing to spend. If I was to splurge on a room, I would book a Golden Suite in buildings 6, 7 or 8. But I wouldn't waste my money on any of the Emerald Suites. They are the furthest away from the restaurants, tend to be buggy, seem to have the most maintenance issues, and often have spotty maid service (at least this is what I have read).

Good luck with your research and keep asking questions!

7. Re: Valentin Imperial Maya

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Toronto, Canada
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720 posts
8. Re: Valentin Imperial Maya

How am I mistaken, Sig? I said you can hear people NEXT to you and in the hall. Are their noises emitting from the ROOF when you are in a 3rd floor room?

Denver, CO
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2,027 posts
51 reviews
9. Re: Valentin Imperial Maya

I was on the second floor of Building 3 and it was pretty quiet. Perhaps we had considerate neighbors, I kind of liked the room as its' patio faced the jungle so you could leave the bathroom without having to cover up so carefully.

Maryland
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464 posts
10. Re: Valentin Imperial Maya

Just my 2 cents. I have stayed in an emerald twice because I love the jacuzzi. We had no issues with maintainance, plumbing, bugs, or maid service. We also found the front desk people to be very helpful and friendly. I am not disagreeing with anyone. I am just giving you my experience. I do agree with the privacy issues in the silver suite. There is a thin curtain and not a proper door to the bathroom.