Hotel Feature – GR Caribe by Solaris Cancun

Family vacations and family adventures are always enhanced or undermined by the place where you put down your head at night and sleep. Your hotel, apartment rental, or airbnb can make or break your travel experience. As a family we have stayed at very nice 4 star hotels and we have stayed at 1 star motels with tobacco scented rooms and food crumbs in the bed sheets, and let me tell you something, we have taken nice vacations in southern California where we have stayed in cheap motels, and even though we had a great time, I just can’t shake the memory of the cheap and horrid motel room we stayed in. It almost completely overshadowed the good and positive parts of our vacation. Wherever and whenever we travel, we always make it a point to stay in decent hotels, 3 stars or higher.

In Cancun, we stayed at a beautiful 4 star Hotel called the GR Caribe by Solaris All-inclusive resort, and I will be featuring this hotel through videos, photos, and my own words.

The Best Value in Cancun

My wife and I searched high and low through the Cancun Hotel Zone, Puerto Morelos, and Playa Del Carmen looking for the best hotel for our family and we ran into a few issues. The hotels were either nice, all-inclusive, with great restaurants and a huge variety of food, but expensive at the same time OR hotel had average to poor reviews on the restaurants, with a small variety of food that tasted like it was microwaved and the prices were decent.

The GR Caribe by Solaris has great food, great restaurants, a large variety, it’s all-inclusive, which basically means that almost all the food and beverages are included with your nightly room fee. It’s a 4-star hotel with a 3 star price. Not only do you get access to the great amenities in this hotel, you also get access to the amenities at the neighboring hotel The Royal Solaris. You get access to the pools, hot tubs, gym, and restaurants all free of charge. The price? It’s a good price between the low $200s per night and low $300s per night depending on what time of year you go. Remember, that includes all your food and beverages.

Restaurants at the GR Caribe

Cafe Solaris: This restaurant is a buffet open daily for breakfast and offers Mexican and American favorites such as fresh fruits, yogurts, waffles made to order, omelets made to order, bacon, chilaquiles, and juices. Based on my review, this is the more laid back option for breakfast, not quite as busy Las Fuentes at the neighboring hotel. The only downside is the variety of food is a little bit lower. For dinner they offer international cuisine and each night has a theme.

Bogavante: This open-air restaurant is on an elevated platform overlooking the sea and serves amazing high quality international a-la-carte dishes. They are open during lunch and dinner. The themes change daily so look at the schedule during your stay. If I was to pick a favorite restaurant, it would be this one. I loved eating a delicious meal while seeing the water, hearing the sound of the waves, and feeling a light sea breeze while eating great cuisine.

Veneto: This restaurant is on the west side of the hotel and overlooks the lagoon. It’s the upscale restaurant of the GR Caribe and features international cuisine. The theme changes every night, so be sure to check the schedule. Reservations are recommended and it has a dress code.

 

Poolside Snack Bar: This snack bar is by the pool and serves nachos, burgers, chicken nuggets, salsa, and other snacks.

Bars: There is a bar in the lobby that serves alcoholic drinks and there is another bar out by the pool.

Restaurants at the Royal Solaris

Remember, if you stay at the GR Caribe, you get access to the restaurants at this neighboring hotel too.

Las Fuentes: This restaurant is a buffet open daily for breakfast and dinner. They feature Mexican and American breakfast cuisine including fresh fruits, yogurts, cereals, scrambled eggs, re fried beans, chilaquiles, salsa bar, made to order waffles, pancakes, and omelets, and much more. The variety is great, but it can get crowded.

Rosmarinus: This restaurant is open air and overlooks the sea. It is a buffet open for lunch and dinner that offers international cuisine. The theme changes daily, so check the schedule when you are there.

Marco Polo: This is the upscale restaurant of the Royal Solaris and it overlooks the sea on one side of the restaurant. It features upscale international cuisine and the theme changes nightly. Reservations are required and there is a dress code. Reserve your reservation at the Rosmarinus restaurant at least a day in advance during peak season.

La Palapita Sushi Bar: This is a sushi bar in the pool area. Try out their spicy soy sauce with chopped jalapeños in it. It’s spicy and so good! My kids loved this place!

Pizzalisima: This place is also near the pool and offers a variety of pizzas. You pick the toppings! My kids loved this place too!

Poolside Snack Bar: This is right by the pool and they serve burgers, hot-dogs, fries, nachos, beans, fruits, vegetables, fountain soda, and more. I enjoyed picking up lunch here some days. It’s easy and convenient.

Bars: There is a bar inside just north of Las Fuentes Buffet that serves alcoholic drinks and there is a swim up bar at the pool.

Pools and Fun

The GR Caribe features a large relaxing pool and two hot tubs, one for adults and another for families and children. There is also a miniature golf course overlooking the sea.

The Royal Solaris next door has a huge pool and you can swim under a bridge and swim to a swim-up bar. Behind the Rosmarinus Restaurant is a hot tub for families. There is a kid’s club pool and an indoor kid’s club too. If you need to take a break from the kids, the kids club is a fun place to drop them off. My kids loved it and wanted to go back!

Shows

Most live shows are done in the Teatro Tehuacan at the Royal Solaris Hotel next door. They have a smaller live shows in the lobby of the GR Caribe. Some nights you can find a man playing a trumpet.

The Beach

Of course there is the beach. No resort is a resort without the beach. The beaches feature clean white sand, but be careful during the months of August through October as there can be excessive seaweed, but all the other months it’s better. Keep the colored flags in mind. This is not the hotel’s doing, it’s the Mexican government who puts these color coded flags out. Green means it’s safe to swim in the water. Yellow means to swim with caution. Red means no swimming permitted. Sometimes the waters can be calm, and sometimes they can be ferocious. If you have a red flag day, make the best of it and build a sand castle with your kids or just relax on a beach bed.

Overall Review

The GR Caribe is a great hotel. The staff are all super-amazing and helpful. The food is great, the environment is great. Nothing is ever perfect, but sometimes they can feel close to perfect! If you want a place to stay in Cancun that will not break the bank or break your ego, GR Caribe By Solaris is the way to go. We will go there again!

 

16 thoughts on “Hotel Feature – GR Caribe by Solaris Cancun

  1. Lok Which

    Wow, really love the features of this hotel, the restaurant, the pool and so many more ate really beautiful. This is such a place to stay and will be very comfortable as if one is in his or her house. I know my family will be very glad to visit visit a place as beautiful as this is and I will make it a surprise for them. Thanks for sharing this information.

    • Josh Fulkerson

      Thanks Lok Which, if you can surprise your family by taking them to Cancun, and especially to this hotel, they will love you for it forever.  We have visited this hotel twice now and have loved it both times.  If you go, please tell me about your experience there!  

  2. ajibola40

    Thanks this article on GR caribe by Solaris  Cancun and some of the things to expect there. 

    it is essential when going on vacation to always make a good provision for accommodation in other not to sleep in a not too good hotel and that can ruin the vacation because you will not want to have bad memorys about your vacation. 

    looking at GR caribe ,I like every of the experience you share about it,it really nice truly and I wish to be there some day and experience the same thing you experienced

    • Josh Fulkerson

      Thanks Ajibola40.  I agree, a wonderful hotel and turn an average vacation into a great vacation, and a crappy hotel can turn a wonderful vacation into a nightmare.  The GR Caribe is amazing, the food, the hotel staff, the amenities, I hope you get to go to Cancun soon!  

  3. radeetalam

    Great overview. Thanks for covering all the amenities and facilities of the hotels and cuisines, especially the price and variety of foods and tastes. Very well researched article indeed make it possible to select and budget one’s vacation days reading out this single article of yours. Thanks a lot. Reveiw should be in this way, so that readers can get all the required information regarding planning vacations. Happy writing…

    Radeet

    • Josh Fulkerson

      Thanks Radeetalam, I am glad you enjoyed reading the review.  If you have a chance to visit Cancun, this is a great hotel!  

  4. Tunde

    Wow! This is an incredible post. I love the way you outlined the review on GR Caribe. Good to know it is indeed a great hotel with conducive environment. Anytime I’m travelling along the axis , I will check it out.

    Nice to see another great review and it’s nice to meet you. I will definitely re-visit your site because I can see you give such great and accurate information. Thanks for your indepth analysis

    • Josh Fulkerson

      Thanks Tunde, I would love it if you would come back to the page and tell your friends too.  The GR Caribe is such a great hotel and the people there are so friendly!  

  5. Olalekan Taliat

    Though there is no perfect vacation, a wonderful one is always the dream of everyone, with the amazing features of n as outlined, I believe a near perfect vacation is achievable. I have had a lot of vacations with mixed feelings and  memories. My opinion is that a vacation is never complete without a combination of all the wonderful features of the GR Caribe by Solaris Cancun in one hotel. Especially the affordability. This is a very informative article and happy to have come across it.

    • Josh Fulkerson

      Yes, there are no perfect vacations.  I feel like Cancun comes to as close as perfect as any I have been on, but I still have yet to visit other places that might beat Cancun.  We’ll see!  Thanks for the comment

  6. Topazdude

    What am amazing review on GR Caribe! The GR Caribe is a great hotel. The staff are all super-amazing and helpful. The food is great, the environment is great. I have been there before with some of my friends, while traveling for a project in Yucatan Peninsula. I can categorically give some great review about them as they have a great beachfront property in the Hotel Zone close to central Cancun,unique cycladic design with well decorated interiors, contemporary and stylish rooms with decorative woodcut headboards relaxing pool area with oceanfront hot tubs, three restaurants (and snack bar) serving buffet and a la carte meals; two bars peaceful landscaped garden space with tiled fountain, mini-golf, tennis courts, boutique, gym, and marina with water sports, free parking, few to mention. But nothing is ever perfect, but sometimes they can feel close to perfect! I seems not to totally enjoy the hostel to some extent as crowds everywhere, expensive taxis as foreign tourists are charged double, fee for Wi-Fi, and bathrooms seems small to me. And to be sincere the fee for Wi-Fi really annoy me, but is actually a nice experience being with my friends.

    • Josh Fulkerson

      I agree, this hotel is amazing.  They didn’t charge for Wifi when we were there, but yeah, I am with you, it’s annoying when hotels charge for Wi-fi.  The taxis do charge a lot there, now that a lot of wealthy vacationers visit from the USA and Europe.  

  7. Kehinde Segun

    Thank you for this information. The Solaris hotel is actually a value than it charges. You just gave me the idea about how my Easter vacation would look like with my girlfriend. The La Palapita sushi bar that is located in the pool area is really awesome for me. The pool snack bar is really is absolutely wonderful. The Solaris Hotel offers value more than the money charges 

    • Josh Fulkerson

      Thanks for the comment Kehinde, I agree that the value is there for sure.  At first it the nightly rate looks expensive, but when you factor in the fact that the meals are free, it’s quite a bargain.  The pool bar is one of my favorites for sure.  I have snacked so much at the pool bar that I wasn’t hungry for dinner.  

  8. Vapz

    Wow, a great review of Gr Caribe by Solaris Cancun. It sure sounds like a really nice place to just go and take a much needed rest and relaxation. Food is always very very important to me and from your personal experience,it seems like that wouldn’t be a problem I should worry about if I decide to book the Gr Caribs by Solaris. I also love that they have a children’s club, so the parents have also have their alone time to have adult fun. I wonder though,is suitable for disabled people? Like someone on a wheel chair?

    • Josh Fulkerson

      Vapz, thanks for the comment.  Yeah, food is not an issue at GR Caribe, except the only issue is that there is too much of it and it’s hard to decide what to eat sometimes.  The hotel works well for people in wheel chairs, where there are stairs going to different levels, there are ramps, and if there are no ramps, there is usually an elevator nearby.  On top of that, the hotel staff are extremely helpful and friendly. 

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