My review of the Renaissance Cancun Resort & Marina
When I go back to Cancun, I know where I’ll stay: the fabulous Renaissance Cancun Resort & Marina.
When I started researching for a planned 40-day stay in Mexico, I automatically chose this one first. The first brand new hotel at the new marina in Cancun.
I have to admit that I would rather be swimming in a pool than on a beach.
By the way, this category 5 hotel in the Marriott Bonvoy program is the only one that is completely finished at this time and place. It is located outside the hotel area, where the atmosphere is calm and relaxing.
The price is very low for excellence in every respect.
I felt like I was at home, but with sunshine every day! In fact, I started my stay by booking 3 nights there which cost me 68 USD$/night.
I later changed my plans and rebooked 2 full weeks at the Renaissance, as I slept very well and it was the most comfortable bed of any hotel I’ve stayed at in Mexico. This is something that is very important to me.
The Renaissance Cancun Resort & Marina is located 10 minutes from downtown Cancun.
The ferry to Isla Mujeres or Cozumel is a 10 minute walk away. Finally, a hotel outside the usual noise synonym of Cancun! The marina offers free activities every day.
The food in all the restaurants is superior to many in downtown Cancun and for a lower price.
Around the hotel
This hotel is linked to the new Cancun shopping center (the biggest in Cancun) in Marina Puerto Cancun.
There is a movie theater with movies in English or Spanish, so I would go and watch a movie every 5 days before I went to Mexico City to take my DELE exam.
There is a supermarket at the marina. Also, the OXXO convenience store in the center is very convenient: I bought my SIM card and other items with my American Express Cobalt™ Card and got 5 points per dollar.
The room can accommodate up to 4 people, as there is a lounge area with a sofa bed.
If you do the math for a family of 4, it’s not very expensive to stay in a luxury hotel in Cancun. Prices are expected to increase as the marina is currently under construction. Despite the work, I didn’t hear any noises while I was sleeping.
All rooms have a balcony.
The hotel offers the “Make a green choice” option: 500 points per night by declining the daily maid service.
Fees and Benefits
There are no resort fees to pay. The hotel gave me coupons for cocktails, rosés, etc. throughout my stay.
Swimming pool, beach and gym
There is a beach that is free for the guests of the Renaissance. This beach (Club Playa) is little known and private.
Access to the Beach Club is also free of charge and is 650 metres away (about 8 minutes walk from the hotel). There are 4 pools at the Beach Club.
In addition, just 2 minutes from the hotel, the new golf club is very popular with golf enthusiasts. I enjoyed a view with a room on the corner offering a full view of the Marina with my Marriott Bonvoy GOLD status given to me through my American Express PlatinumMD Card.
The port, which will be completed in about 4 years, is intended to accommodate private yachts, while in Isla Mujeres, cruise ships will be able to dock.
Finally, a large gym with high-end equipment.
In conclusion, I would say that Marriott is making a very nice entry as a “first player” in its industry for people who, like me, prefer resorts to beaches.
Worthy of a true 5-star hotel in Cancun, the design of the Renaissance Cancun Resort & Marina is fabulous, luxurious and very artistic. The service? Excellent in every way. The navigator also provides good information on the various activities.
The only negative point is that it is one of the few Renaissance that does not have a VIP lounge for Platinum and + members.
Some of the photos in the article, as well as the one on the cover, come from the Marriott.com website to complete my own photos.