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“Golden Parnassus Was Paradise!”

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Golden Parnassus All Inclusive Resort & Spa Cancun
Ranked #54 of 177 Hotels in Cancun
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 July 2006

We stayed at Golden Parnassus on June 25th - 30th, and absolutely loved it! The staff could not do enough to make sure their guests enjoyed their vacation.

Our room (520) balcony overlooked the pool area and the beautiful Carribean. It was clean and well maintained. Yes, the bed was harder than what we are accustomed to, but it was fine; we didn't request the eggshell foam covering that others have mentioned in their reviews.

The weather was great...we only saw two or three drops of rain during our stay. The skies were overcast at various times, but it was a welcome relief from the sun and the heat.

The restaurants....excellent! We enjoyed the filet mignon at the Old Barn Steakhouse, the various buffet dishes at the Paradise (our server each day was Pascual, who was fantastic), great cuisine at Pier 12, and the five-star gourmet meal at the Shangri La. I read in one review that the sushi at Sumo's, the new Japanese restaurant was sub-par, but I respectfully disagree. I had the banana maki. and I enjoyed it as much as any meal I ate while we were at the Golden Parnassus.

What amazes me at this hotel is that the staff probably deal with 400 different people during the week, but when they see you, many of them recall your name and where you are from. We owe one of the best vacations of our lives to Ricardo, Rodrigo, Johnny, Helen, and Sarah...and even more to Alfonzo, Jose (get him to show you his "manhole toothpick trick"), Edwin, and the beautiful Lily.

Probably the biggest surprise we encountered during our trip was that Cancun is far from recovered from Hurricane Wilma. My wife and I walked from the Golden Parnassus to the Beach Palace, which is seventeen hotels up the strip. We had spent our honeymoon at the Beach Palace fifteen years earlier, and had read that it had been damaged by the hurricane. When we arrived after a long walk, we were saddened to see the hotel had already been razed and the only thing remaining was the "Beach Palace" logo on the seawall. Construction of the new hotel has just begun, but I don't think it's possible for the hotel to be opened by December, 2006, as they are advertising. I would venture to say that thirteen or fourteen of the seventeen hotels between Golden Parnassus and Beach Palace have yet to reopen, although crews appeared to be hard at work.

But... back to the Golden Parnassus! I'll close by stating that the resort met our expectations in every way, and we will definitely return. Our goal was to rest, have fun, and not have an agenda or be on any type of schedule. The staff catered to us in such a way that each one of these goals were met to the highest standard. We met some really great people from across the US, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Sweden, and they added to the experience. If you're an open-minded person who enjoys having fun and seeing beauty, the Golden Parnassus is for you!

  • Stayed: June 2006
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34  Thank Majordobie
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Reviewed 6 July 2006

A typical day at this resort: Wake up in a perfectly chilled room, walk out to the balcony and gaze at the ocean. Make your way to the breakfast buffet for made-to-order omelets, fresh fruit and coffee. Take a morning bike ride with activity staff or arrive at pool front for morning yoga class at 9 a.m. Stay at the pool or beach where abundant loungers and umbrellas await and multiple beach towels are provided for the asking. You may want to work out in the small gym or schedule some fabulous treatments at the spa. You can even get free scuba lessons in the pool. RELAX! Have fun all day long playing volleyball, water aerobics, salsa lessons, bingo, etc. or read a book and drink frozen cocktails all day. Stroll up to the lunch buffet in your sarong or get a great sandwich at the poolside restaurant. There is a nice mall approx. 1/2 mile from the resort for shoppers. There are gift shops on property, as well. There are multiple off-property excursions you can sign up for at the hotel. You can also rent wave runners at the hotel. Return to your room late afternoon for a shower and a nap. Go to dinner at any one of the fabulous restaurants (No Reservations Required at any!) There is a dress code at Shangra-La (men must wear long pants/jeans and no flip flops/sandals) but the food is worth "dressing up". Filet is a must-have at the Barn. After dining, go to the nightly show in the theatre or beer garden. If you haven't partied enough today, you can go out with the Activity staff to one of Cancun's night spots/bars (bring $45-50 per person for each of these excursions). Otherwise, head out to the Tiki Bar with Jose & Carlos for music, laughter and drinks, drinks, drinks! DON"T forget to bring plenty of tip money for these wonderful resort staff. The front desk will change U.S. for pesos for bus transport (.65 US). The exchange rate at the resort is not as good as at the mall though. The staff here are friendly and helpful. They will know you by name and your drink because of the small size of the resort. It is a great value and we had a wonderful time!

33  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Reviewed 5 July 2006

I recently visited adults-only Golden Parnassus, thinking it would be peaceful to be without the company of children for a week. Next time, I think I'll stick with 'general audience' resorts. For the first time ever, I actually came home from a vacation depressed. I have never thought of myself, or been accused of being a snob - but I really felt like I was amongst the underbelly of society during my time spent there and this seemed to be promoted by the activities schedule. It was as if most people had gone there with the intent of getting as drunk and ridiculous as possible and the staff seemed to promote and cater to this atmosphere. As the friend I went with put it, "it seems like someone dumped a trailer-park out on the beach". There were more tattoos and silicone at that hotel than I have ever seen in one place in my life! There were also several games where prizes and penalties seemed to revolve around being forced to drink tequila and being humiliated in some sort of hazing ritual that involved rolling in the sand and pulling your pants down. Some people apparently think this is the epitome of a good time and they would probably be very happy at this resort. On the other hand, many of us just want to get away and relax and frankly I was offended at the management 's and/or staff's generalization that ALL tourists are interested in seediness and debauchery. We met others who were similarly dissappointed at the lack of entertainment for those not interested in drunkeness or public humiliation. Frankly, we were bored. There was nothing to do after dinner other than go see a show that featured the same performers night after night in different costumes, lip-synching decades old, cheesy disco songs.
I can fully appreciate that a hotel is entitled to style its atmosphere as it sees fit and there is obviously a consumer niche for this type of enterprise. If you want to get down and dirty - this is your kind of place. If you are looking for relaxation without being treated by the staff as if you are some kind of depraved, drunk, sex maniac - you will definitely want to go elsewhere.

34  Thank noad
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Reviewed 3 July 2006

We felt indulged, welcomed and transfixed by the environment. We went to Cancun with our 2 daughters (18 & 21) to fulfill the 18's birthday wish. We stayed at GPRS / GCPS from 6/23 - 6/29/06. Given our disparate ages, you'd think the satisfaction level might tilt toward either the older or the younger folks, but each of us was thoroughly happy.

This review is long, but I hope it’s helpful, as I relied heavily on the Trip Advisor reviews – anxiously reading the latest comments from the time we booked in April to the day we left. It helped assuage my fears when good reviews offset negative ones. Our experience was overwhelmingly good. Go and have a great time!

Here's an overview of check in, rooms, staff, guests, property, restaurants and suggestions related to airport, cabs and shopping.

Check In - Given comments on Trip Advisor, we confirmed our two 6th floor, club level. jacuzzi, ocean side room:
* Emailed the hotel from the sales link on the Golden Parnassus website. Got a prompt response and had quick replies to follow up questions including help with spa bookings.
* Check in is a unique, efficient and friendly process. We were greeted with fresh, cool towels, welcome beverages, seated and checked in with the warm Caribbean breeze drifting through the open marble lobby with its elegant, bronze statue and fountain.

Rooms - Enchanting views:
* Overlooking pool area, beach and ocean - mesmerizing shades from popsicle blue to turquoise to ink in wide bands stretching into the horizon.
* Exotic flowers throughout, fruit basket and wine on arrival. Large, immaculate Jacuzzi tub positioned to maximize the ocean view. Marble bathroom shining clean with a large shower area and clear glass door. A few insignificant chips in the tile floor, and signs of normal wear.
* Maid service efficient and the fridge restocked daily in both rooms.
* Yes the bed was very hard! After the first night I requested the famous egg crate foam pad for both rooms, and they were on the beds that night. We heard no noise from other rooms at all.
* Air conditioning was excellent, and no bugs or varmints of any kind.

Staff - The staff here works around the clock keeping the hotel, pool area and grounds immaculate.
* As often mentioned, we were treated very well, bartenders remembered our names, our drinks and were very attentive to our wishes.
* We’re not big on organized activities / games, but many folks enjoyed these.

Guests – International, wide age range, friendly vacationers.
* The first few nights, folks at the Tiki Bar compelled to “sing” loudly and incessantly into the early AM thwarted our plans to fall asleep to the sound of the ocean surf. After experiencing that a few times, the typical nightly bar loudness didn’t bother us much. (You can always close the door, and I always travel with earplugs anyway…)
* We met many happy, friendly folks including a handsome young couple from Arkansas. Shawnie shared the latest Trip Advisor comments she’d read (we were already there) and I’m glad we didn’t stumble upon the XXX pool activity mentioned in a recent comment.

Property - There is an openness and warmth here that is lacking in the cold, hermetically sealed hotels that flank this property.
* Most properties have walls separating the beach from the hotel. GPSR feels more comfortably integrated into the environment.
* A side note - my husband walked on the beach every morning around 6 AM and saw the trail left by sea turtles after pulling themselves up onto the beach to lay eggs. Sadly it appears there is no effort within the hotel community to protect the eggs that the turtles struggle to deposit safely.

Restaurants: Tried ‘em all.
* Old Barn was our favorite, the one place with Mexican food! Great guacamole, good steaks and fantastic Mayan Coffee. Thank you Luis and Daniel.
* Shangri La had beautiful, spare, elegant presentation, but taste was not par with the beautiful plate, and the room temperature is frigid cold.
* We tried the sushi place and were very happy with it.
* Pier 12 was good too, I had a shrimp and beef kabob that was great.
* We found they did the basic foods best. Our girls ordered room service a lot, and after trying various items, settled into ordering the steak sandwich and cheeseburgers.
* The beach snack bar was great. We always tipped really well there, the cooks are working in sweltering heat and somehow manage to be consistently pleasant.
* Paradise buffet has something for everyone – even the pickiest eater.

Other Tips:
Airport Arrival – Beware of the aggressive tactics from the timeshare sales forces. These solicitors are dressed very officially with dept of tourism airport badges hanging around their necks and white shirts / blue slacks. First you’re hit up by the runners whose role is to lead the unwary to the sales guys positioned behind counters inside the airport - which appear to be legitimate airport sanctioned assistance. Initially, you’ll be barraged by official looking, friendly, polite, helpful and persistent young men asking what hotel you’re staying in, very energetically escorting / leading you to one of these counters where you’ll initially be given many helpful tips about getting around in Mexico and then some suggestions / questions about side trips and tours. This all leads into the mega pitch for discounted or free side trips in exchange for attendance a sales presentation. Save Yourself! Go outside the airport directly to your transportation (Apple, Funjet, etc.).

$$$ - There’s an ATM (Cajero?) in a little building on the sidewalk by the Meridien next door. You can withdraw pesos from your bank account with your ATM card and you’ll get the better bank exchange rate, not the local retail exchange rate. Once you have pesos, you can go to the lobby counter at GPRS and get smaller change. A few times I exchanged 200 pesos for 10 of the 20 peso notes which was very handy for tips.

Shopping – We checked out Mercado 28 and Coral Negro. The hard sell in these markets is exhausting, and you must be ready to negotiate tirelessly to get a fair price. Ask yourself, how much is this worth, what am I willing to pay? Don’t take the seller’s asking price as the negotiating starting point. There is a beautiful, upscale air conditioned luxury mall right near the hotel. There are fun stores there, many with fair prices and good quality merchandise.

Cabs – The farther you are from the hotel zone the more difficult it is to get a fair price. We read that you must confirm the price before you get in the cab. This is fine when you’re on the way out, but when you’re trying to get back to the hotel zone – the options narrow and the prices go up. A side note, despite the haggling stuff, these are very good hearted people. We were supposed to meet our daughters at the parking lot of Mercado 28 where we were dropped off. We waited until we became worried. Once we told the group of drivers waiting for fares that we were trying to find our girls, they stopped haranguing us about rides and tried to help. One fellow led us through the market to another parking lot where, to our great relief, we found our girls. He would not accept the 50 pesos I offered in appreciation.

In closing, Golden Parnassus Resort and Spa is a delightful spot, once more we say – go and have fun!

  • Stayed: June 2006
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15  Thank Sherril D
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Reviewed 3 July 2006

Hola people! Stayed at the golden with my girlfriend sarah and buddy helen! even tho i was on my own i knew the entertainers, helen, jonny, rodrigo and ricardo, oh and sarah! haha
They are all so funny and im so proud of sarah to do what she is doing! Being an ex entertainer at the Crown Paradise Club i know how hard it is! These guys work extra hard! Harder than the guests can see! SO you should all hype them up and congratulate them on their work efforts!!! haha

Loved the hotel, been there before and its way better that the ex sister hotel, the Crown Paradise Club hotel! The chef's, bar staff and managers are all much more friendly!
Big thanks you to Hiplito, the manager, helped me and sarah out alot while i was there!!

Food is excellent along with the presentation of the hotel! When i go back to Cancun in July, i will be popping in to the hotel to say hi to everyone!

Rodrigo! ERES TU ERES TU!!! Helen, Give them twins a slap if he dont send her back to england, and Sarah, love you hun, see you soon!

Paul, Huddersfield, England

Stayed: June 2006
10  Thank paultaylor201
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Address: Blvd. Kukulcan Km 14.5 | Retorno San Miguelito Lote 37, Cancun 77500, Mexico (Formerly Golden Parnassus Resort & Spa)
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Cancun
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#34 Romantic Hotel in Cancun
#42 Spa Hotel in Cancun
#43 Top resorts Hotel in Cancun
#48 On the Beach Hotel in Cancun
Price Range: $257 - $626 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Golden Parnassus All Inclusive Resort & Spa Cancun 3.5*
Number of rooms: 214
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Golden Parnassus All Inclusive Resort & Spa Cancun, Golden Parnassus Cancun, is an Adults Only All Inclusive Resort Situated on an unspoiled sandbar tucked between Nichupte Lagoon and the Caribbean Sea is one of Cancun's premier adult all-inclusive resorts. A beach resort wholly devoted to the "in the moment" lifestyle, Golden Parnassus Cancun is a destination where exclusive personal service and a sophisticated yet casual spirit offer the backdrop for the ultimate in relaxation. ... more   less 
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