Jump to content

Photo

Catalonia Riviera Maya


  • Please log in to reply
734 replies to this topic

#41 rodent

rodent

    VIP Member

  • VIP Member
  • 18,759 posts

    Posted 28 June 2008 - 11:11 AM

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by BillysBride
    Oh, how I KNEW you would come through for us! This is SO helpful...I'm copying, saving and editing to actually ad most of your tips to the guest newsletter so that people have a heads up before they travel. Thanks a million times, Morgan.
    i need to make some corrections on my travel letter. i'll post that too.

    i thought of a couple more things. There was a laundry service. You put your stuff in a bag that was in the room & filled out a form. it was about $1.50 per item to be ironed. Washing was about that much too. There was a washer & dryer below the lobby you could pay per load. My dad & some other guests had their wedding clothes ironed.

    I'll scan some stuff later. it has the laundry prices, etc.

    also, some of the restaurant times were wrong on my welcome letter. i brought all that info home so I can scan it.

    #42 rodent

    rodent

      VIP Member

    • VIP Member
    • 18,759 posts

      Posted 28 June 2008 - 12:04 PM

      Telephone
      The Country code for Mexico is 52The area code for*Riviera Maya*is 984
      To call Mexico from the US dial 011-52-984 + the number
      To call the US from Mexico dial 001-area code + the number
      US consulate in Playa del Carmen
      [52] (984) 873-0303

      The front desk will tell you anyone's room number. You can call other rooms for no charge.

      Anytime you travel, there is a risk of becoming sick from drinking water.

      The water served at the hotel is purified & safe.* Here are some tips about staying healthy in Mexico:-Drink water served at the hotel & bottled water only.* Do not drink from the tap.-Avoid salads or any uncooked fruits or vegetables that could have been washed in contaminated water.* Fruits with a peel are fine.* -When off property, you are safer to drink bottled beer, bottled water, or bottled coke.* If the place does not use clean water, their ice and glasses can be contaminated.-Eat plenty of yogurt during the trip. You can brush your teeth with the tap water, just don't swallow it. The hotel provides two large bottles of water. You can refill them with clean water at the buffets.

      *Tip* make your reservations for the `a la carte restaurants right away. You can make a reservation one day in advance*

      Restaurant Alebrijes Mexican dishes, `a la carte only for dinner with reservations.
      Times: 6:30pm to 9:30pm *
      Bellavista Italian dishes, `a la carte only for dinner with reservations.
      Times: 6:30pm to 9:30pm *
      Bamboleo Grill Steakhouse, `a la carte with reservations for dinner.
      Times: 7:30pm to 9:30pm *
      Bamboleo Snack Bar Times: 11:00am to 5:30pm *
      La Creperie Crepes & Ice Creams Times: 5:00pm to 11:00pm *
      La Brisa International Buffet, breakfast, lunch and dinner. With no need to reserve. Times: 7:00am-11am breakfast, 12:30-3:30 lunch, 6:30-10:30 dinner *
      El Mercado International Buffet, breakfast, lunch and dinner. With no need to reserve. Times: 07:00am to 9:30pm (Staggered times). The El Mercado buffet is only open when the hotel is over 75% occupancy, typically on weekends*
      Bamboleo Snackbar, Times: 10:00am to 02:00am *

      El Abuelo Lobby Bar Times: 5:00pm to midnight
      La Terraza Bar Times 5:00pm to midnight*
      Disco Times 11pm to 02:00am *
      Tequila Pool Bar 10:00am to midnight *
      Margarita Pool Bar Times: 10:00am to 6:00pm
      Looky bar Times: 10:00am to 10pm *
      Sport Bar Bar with board games, pool, table football, electronic games and golf simulator Times: 4:00pm to 11pm


      Paamul is a great place for snorkeling just 2 miles north of our hotel. Tell the bellhop you want a cab. It should be $8 each way. There is an office where the cab drops you off in Paamul that will call you a cab when you are ready to return to the hotel. There is a shop at the lagoon that rents snorkeling equipment for about $12. Our hotel also has equipment you can borrow.

      There is a marina within walking distance of the hotel. The marina has many shops, restaurants and an internet caf©. You can also watch manatees, sea lions & dolphins swimming in the marina.

      There are kayaks, sailboats, snorkeling gear, bike rentals, and catermaran rides at the hotel for no cost.

      The hotel puts on nightly shows. There is also a sport bar that has pool tables & a golf simulator. The disco opens at 11.


      The hotel provides a shuttle to Playa del Carmen (20 minutes north of our hotel). PDC’s 5th avenue (Avenida Quinta) is a pedestrian street full of shops and caf©s. If you do not want to travel to PDC during the scheduled times, you can get your own cab for about $16 each way.

      If you would like to see the sun rise
      or set, be on the beach at 6am or 7:30pm. (*****adjust this for the time you will be there.)

      #43 rodent

      rodent

        VIP Member

      • VIP Member
      • 18,759 posts

        Posted 28 June 2008 - 12:15 PM

        not sure why all the *'s showed up. i just copied this off my welcome letter & made a few corrections

        #44 rodent

        rodent

          VIP Member

        • VIP Member
        • 18,759 posts

          Posted 30 June 2008 - 12:38 PM

          Click the image to open in full size.

          this little bridge was gone so you couldn't walk over the the island from the catalonia side. there were private villas & condos on the other side of the lagoon. People from that side were walking out on the island.

          #45 k_8ie

          k_8ie
          • Newbie
          • 41 posts

            Posted 13 August 2008 - 11:32 AM

            Quote:
            Originally Posted by Morgan
            catalonia yucatan side. you really can't tell these are two hotels. They share everything. The yucatan side is booked in europe so there was a lot of diversity. I thought that was a cool thing about the catalonia. when i was in cancun before, i kept meeting others from texas. there were people from all over at the cat.
            Morgan, Since these are two hotel, do they diff. restaurants and pools and beaches and stuff? Can guests from one take advantage of the other's facilities?

            Also, not sure if missed this part, but would you have the WC's e-mail?

            Thanks!

            #46 rodent

            rodent

              VIP Member

            • VIP Member
            • 18,759 posts

              Posted 13 August 2008 - 11:38 AM

              Quote:
              Originally Posted by k_8ie
              Morgan, Since these are two hotel, do they diff. restaurants and pools and beaches and stuff? Can guests from one take advantage of the other's facilities?

              Also, not sure if missed this part, but would you have the WC's e-mail?

              Thanks!
              they share everything. it's just a different lobby for checking in. most people don't realize there are two hotels. it feels like 1 place.

              rivieramaya.guestservice@hoteles-catalonia.es

              It looks like everyone is having trouble setting a date. I had a hard time with that part. once the date was set it was all easy. I think they just don't make an effort to help you set a date that is about a year out. But, I'm not comfortable booking a flight & sending out save the dates until I have it booked. so you really have to hound them on that.

              #47 k_8ie

              k_8ie
              • Newbie
              • 41 posts

                Posted 14 August 2008 - 08:31 AM

                So the WC just answered me. I am trying to book for Jan 30/09....she tells me to write her in a month!!!! What?! Hells no! I need to send out the invites! What are they thinking? They're going to loose a group here!
                Should I write back and hassle her?

                #48 rodent

                rodent

                  VIP Member

                • VIP Member
                • 18,759 posts

                  Posted 14 August 2008 - 09:21 AM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by k_8ie
                  So the WC just answered me. I am trying to book for Jan 30/09....she tells me to write her in a month!!!! What?! Hells no! I need to send out the invites! What are they thinking? They're going to loose a group here!
                  Should I write back and hassle her?
                  are you doing legal or symbolic? if you are doing symbolic you have to wait until they can book the judge. i have no idea why they make it so hard to reserve a date.

                  #49 k_8ie

                  k_8ie
                  • Newbie
                  • 41 posts

                    Posted 15 August 2008 - 08:55 AM

                    We're doing symbolic, symbolic means no judge.

                    Morgan, was the beach really rocky? Do you really need water shoes everywhere?

                    I'm sort of stuck between two hotels, the Grand Oasis Marien in Puerto Plata and Cat.

                    Trying to do the pro's and con's thing :)

                    Thanks!

                    BTW, I love your photos! I am totally thinking of stealing your steamy night pictures idea

                    #50 kerid

                    kerid
                    • Newbie
                    • 31 posts

                      Posted 15 August 2008 - 02:39 PM

                      I think you should definitely write back and hassle her!! When I told her I needed to know to send out the invites to everyone, that is when she finally let me book the date!

                      Don't give up! :)




                      0 user(s) are reading this topic

                      0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users