Large rooms have equipped kitchenettes and flat-screen TVs
Lush, serene tropical grounds with hammocks and calm music
Free daily breakfast
Walking distance to several restaurants and shops
Close to ADO main bus station
Small outdoor swimming pool and whirlpool
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Not on the beach and off the beaten path
Room decor is dated
No full restaurant or bar on-site
Hotel el Rey Del Caribe is a small 31-room eco-friendly
property located in central Cancun. The location is odd -- it’s not on the beach
or close to many amenities or restaurants. However, the three pearl hotel has affordable
rates, spacious rooms with kitchenettes, and enough amenities to make travelers
feel comfortable. The hotel prides itself on its numerous eco-friendly
practices, and indeed, the beautiful, lush courtyard with palm trees and a blue swimming pool is more reminiscent of a tropical oasis than central Cancun. It’s not fancy, but it's a good pick for travelers who want a
simple, natural hotel off the beaten path. For even cheaper rates, Hotel Hacienda de Castilla has simple, clean rooms but lacks the ambience of Hotel el Rey Del Caribe.
Natural, lush environment in keeping with the hotel's eco-friendly theme
The hotel is set in a cluster of bright white multi-level
buildings with blue and red trim. The hotel has an open-air lobby with a fountain and a courtyard outside the lobby with a table and chairs. The property is gated and safe. Buildings have a clean, natural aesthetic.
Some rooms are located on the third floor, note that the stairs are steep and there is no
elevator. In keeping with local history, all the rooms are denoted by Mayan symbols instead of room numbers.
The most prominent and beautiful part of the hotel is its
tropical indoor courtyard. All buildings surround the courtyard, making guests
feel like they are in a quiet oasis. Palm trees, vines, waterfalls,
potted plants, and colorful flowers populate the area around the pool. Hammocks hang from large
trees and the hotel has various seating areas throughout the property. There's an herb garden with a view on the top floor of the east building. Peaceful
music plays from speakers and chirping birds can be heard from the rooms. Even
the air smells and feels fresher here.
In keeping with a natural environment, the hotel employs
numerous eco-friendly practices, including solar hot water heaters, a
composting toilet, composting of garden and kitchen wastes, and a solar clothes
The property is fairly small (the pool, for
example, is tiny) and the hotel is not a destination in itself, like many
resorts in Cancun. However, many travelers use this hotel as a home base for
excursions and day trips, or spend a night here while flying in and out of the
In central Cancun, far from amenities and the beach
Hotel el Rey Del Caribe is located in central Cancun, just
off of a busy traffic circle. The hotel is a five-minute walk to the main ADO
bus station and near a grocery store. There are a handful of local
restaurants in walking distance. Although the grounds of the hotel are quiet
and peaceful, its still located in central Cancun and the streets
surrounding the hotel are bustling. It's an eight-minute drive to the nearest
beach and there are taxis outside of the hotel. There are a limited number of parking spaces in front of the hotel.
18-minute drive to Cancun International Airport
15-minute drive to the heart of the Hotel Zone
33-minute drive to Puerto Morelos, with quiet beaches and
great snorkeling spots
54-minute drive to Playa del Carmen, a laid-back and
The rooms at Hotel el Rey Del Caribe are fairly simple with
dated decor. They have brown or white tile floors, thin and colorful bedspreads,
and dark wood headboards and furniture. Bright blue paint trim, curtains, and
bed runners add an accent color and keep with the general color scheme of the hotel.
Decoration is minimum, with a few pictures of Mayan symbols or herbs and
flowers on the walls. The rooms have some interesting architectural details,
such as arched doorways or nooks for the kitchenette. Many of the rooms are dark during the day because the plentiful foliage obstructs the sunlight.
All rooms have a small seating area, air-conditioning, and
flat-screen TVs mounted to the walls. The rooms also come with a kitchenette that has a mini-fridge,
sink, cups, dishes, and silverware. Some of the kitchenettes have a small
two-burner stove. Bathrooms are small and simple with a single
sink, limited counter space, and an older stand-up shower. Hairdryers and wall-mounted toiletries are provided.
Free breakfast, small pool, and affordable massages
The hotel has a breakfast restaurant on-site
that serves a small but tasty menu with good portion sizes. The food is a la
carte, which is a nice change from the breakfast buffets that dominate most
Cancun hotels. Served in an open-air
restaurant on the left side of the courtyard, the space has lovely tropical
views and keeps with the natural ambience of the hotel. Most of the hotel rates
The hotel has a small pool and whirlpool area located at the
back of the courtyard. There are a handful of wood loungers around the pool.
It’s a nice area to relax but not large enough for a proper swim. A small on-site spa holds one massage bed and the treatments are some of the most affordable in the area.
Sustainability practices are a hallmark of this hotel
Sustainability and environmentally-friendly practices are a
priority at this hotel, which has prided itself on its eco practices for over 20 years.
60% of water at the hotel is reused or saved, and the hotel saves 66 percent of gas through solar laundry and heating.
Composting toilet near the pool (not in the rooms)
Solar hot water heaters
Garden and kitchen wastes are separated and composted
Solar laundry dryer
Expansive recycling program
Reuse of water -- for example, the water for the laundry goes
to the garden, pool water is used to flush the toilets
Reduced INVERT electricity system
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