Heard Around the Mexican Hotel World
It turns out we have our own sort of "Gossip Girl", a fellow travel writer huffing around the Yucatan who has sent us some hotel gossip on Cancun and the Riviera Maya in Mexico. Our anonymous tipster can't be so scathing in the guidebook text. However, we at HotelChatter are not known for being diplomatic, so here's the straight scoop on a few hotels:
ME Melia Cancun
"The doormats at ME say 'It's all about YOU!' Ack. Their signature thing seems to be heavily scented air. Someone had really gone nuts with the essential-oil-diffuser thing. They were also playing Foreigner at Volume 11 in the pool area."
"This resort is not 'Azul Blue' anymore, but just 'Blue.' It looks like it has been sold--already!--and there are also more than a few mentions of theft on TripAdvisor. Now it's run by Eurostars. The sign on the place looks awkward now because it used to say AZUL BLUE on the whole length of the wall. Now it says ______BLUE."
Sens Hotel Cancun
"Oasis, the mega-resort group, is doing some hipster hotels called Sens. One's already in downtown Cancun, and they're building a 'Sens Del Mar' one in the hotel zone--I think wedged between Coco Bongo and the Bulldog if I got the spot right. I'm curious to see how the downtown one fares. It looks very out of its element, all covered in magenta LEDs and stuff." ("Sens Bed Lounge" at the downtown hotel pictured above.)
"This Isla Mujeres luxe boutique hotel was originally supposed to be open by now but it looks to still be a loonnngg way off."