I completely understand where you are coming from - choosing the resort was BY FAR the most stressful part of the wedding. I agonized over it for months: how much is too much to ask people to pay? What if the food isn't great? What if the rooms aren't nice? What if the drinks suck? What if what if what if? The actual wedding I couldn't have cared less about, I just wanted everyone to be happy.
Here's my take on it:
We stayed at the resort at the end of last April (2010) with my family (my parents already had the trip planned before we got engaged) and my FH and I rented a car to check out other resorts that were recommended to us. In the end, after driving all over the Riviera Maya, we still went with Dreams RC. Two of my sisters who came with us have kids (so 4 people in one of the rooms) and the bathrooms didn't bother them. To clarify, the actual BATHROOM (where the toilet is) has a door. Yes, it's a frosted glass one. But there IS a door! Same with the shower. The sinks and bathtub are in the open space. The only situation where this might be a problem would be if you were staying with a complete stranger or had a teenager staying in the same room. The rooms are beautiful, otherwise.
The food was amazing when we were there and only one of my sisters got sick (we were 9 adults and 3 kids in total) and I'm pretty sure it was because of all the alcohol and the food that she's not used to eating. Don't forget that even in Canada or the US, if you go for Mexican, French, etc food, people get sick! It doesn't mean the food was bad, it's just that we're not used to the richness/oil/fat of some of the dishes! So maybe the recent reviews were just from a bad batch of food or not even, I don't know.
The towel game happens at every resort I have ever been to - I have yet to stay somewhere where people don't try to pull this. It's frustrating, for sure. We didn't have a problem with it, we even got the palapas by the pool some days, but we weren't there at peak season (and won't be again for the wedding) and we didn't really care where our chairs were. The setup of the pools is such that no chair is really in a horrible spot.
I will agree that the noise is an issue. We brought our iTouch that has a "white noise" app on it, so we were fine (there's a iPod docking clock in the rooms) but my mom and two of my sisters wore earplugs.
Also, there really isn't a ton to do in the evenings - the Lobby bar has live entertainment for a few hours, which is fun but that's about it. We were fine with going to bed early on that trip but this time, we just plan on making our own party wherever we go! We'll be enough people that I don't think it will be a problem.
In the end, my FH pointed out: People will complain about things no matter where we choose, so let's choose a place where we know most people will be happy with most of it. That's the best we can do. We knew we loved the resort and yes, it was a bit pricier than we wanted, but I haven't been nervous for a single day since booking!
Not sure if this will help at all, but that was my experience! It's awful making choices for other people so I completely empathize with you
Good luck and I'm so sorry this was so long!
Originally Posted by Sunshine2680
HI ladies - just got finished reading some of those negative reviews for that last week in March - and am a bit discouraged about using this resort for my wedding.
Not so much for the food - I have a feeling that was just due to a bad batch of something. But some of the other complains with regards to the no door on the bathrooms as well as the massive battle for chairs at the pool/beach. I will probably be having some couples coming with younger children and the bathroom situation is kind of concerning. Even if there weren't children - I still find it odd that there's no door on the bathroom - or maybe i read this wrong? Maybe its not with all the suites?
The towel game seems to be very discouraging also - apparently if you're not there at 5/6am to put your town down you're SOL!
There's been comments about very little entertainment in the evenings too.
Also - apparently the ceilings/floors are very thin and there's been complaints of excessive noise when someone moves a chair.
I know these concerns are non-wedding related - but I want my guests to be comfortable and happy at the resort. Picking this resort is mostly for our benefit wedding-wise
but i also want to pick a resort that all my guests should be happy at too. We're really not those snoooty traveler types that expect everything to be perfect.But I'm sure you all know the stress of picking a resort just for you and your hunny is a lot different than picking a resort for 20+ of your closest family and friends.
Any who can offer some input would be great!