Updated: Oct 21, 2020
My family recently visited the Reef Hotel, an All-Inclusive resort located about a 50-minute drive from North Merida. We got 2 rooms for 2 nights for just over $500 USD or about $88 per person. Being all-inclusive, it included rooms, food, activities, and drinks, now that the dry law (Ley Seca) has been partially lifted.
Having stayed more than 1700 nights in a hotel over my career, I‘ve developed a rating scale that I use to judge a room's quality. Overall I would give the rooms at the Reef a 3/5. The rooms are old and dated, but they are fairly clean. The bed had decent comfort, and the AC worked well. The shower was the thing that brought the score up to a 3 as the water pressure was excellent, and the water was hot. The pillows were a big miss.
The food on the property wasn’t gourmet but filling. It was a good mixture for a 2-night stay. I’m not sure I would be happy with a 7-day stay. My Pro Tip is to eat locally made Yucatan cuisine, which seemed to be the best item they served. Breakfast was the best meal of the day. On Saturday night, they grilled good steaks, and the brunch on Sunday was served in the inside dining hall. The alcohol selection was limited, and they only had two types of beers. Go for a Pina Colada. They were pretty tasty.
The resort offered good activities. We participated in fishing and the Sea Turtle release. They also had pool games, karaoke, and concerts going on.
PRO TIP: make your reservations at the office in Colonia Monte De Ames in the office building next to the Cadillac dealership. It will save you money versus booking online or with the hotel directly.
PRO TIP: they offer day passes for $900 pesos, roughly 43 USD for the day. You can enjoy the facilities from 9 AM to 6 PM, including activities, pool, breakfast and lunch, and alcohol. This is an option if you want to spend the day then head home, but the best value is probably to stay.
All in all, I would say it’s a great value for a quick and cheap beach getaway less than an hour from my house.
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