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Big Pimpin’: Holiday Inn Express, Cancun

John & I have been incredibly lucky to be able to do a *ton* of traveling around Mexico during our two years here. The last item to check off our list has been Yucatan & Quintana Roo states, better known to most gringos as CANCUN. :) Truth be told, I have never had a burning desire to visit Cancun itself– nothing against Cancun, but I’m just not a big all-inclusive, high-rise hotel type, as its Zona Hotelera (Hotel Zone) is largely known for. However, the area around Cancun (a.k.a. the states of Yucatan and Quintana Roo) have a veritable festival of amazing sights, gorgeous beaches, and restaurants that aren’t Señor Frogs. 😉

While it may seem like I have been traveling up a storm, John (bless his little heart) has been trapped at work for many moons. So we decided to make this our last big hurrah– 10 days of vacation, because he deserves it. :) AND we’re belatedly celebrating our two year wedding anniversary (since I was in China on May 22)!  We carefully mapped out our itinerary (read as: sent out rapid-fire B&B/hotel inquiries over the last 5 days) to include 2 nights on Isla Holbox, 1 night in Valladolid, 3 nights in Tulum, and 3 nights in Playa del Carmen.

However, our flight from Mexico City arrived into Cancun Airport around 6PM the first night, so we thought it would be easiest to just spend tonite in Cancun and start the ~2 hour drive to Chiquila in the morning. (Chiquila is where the ferry departs for Isla Holbox.)

In good Midwestern tradition, I felt that we shouldn’t waste money staying in a fancy-pants Cancun hotel if we’re only going to be there for 1 night & leaving early. When looking for a cheapy-but-clean hotel, I have traditionally been a Holiday Inn Express fan due to their combo of free internet, free breakfast, and white sheets not covered in a dirty, skeevy-looking comforter. Also with plenty of beach time coming up, we felt ok with skipping a beach-side locale for one nite.

So it is that we are here tonite, big pimpin’, in the land-locked Holiday Inn Express near-ish to Cancun’s Zona Hotelera. And so it is that I learn that Holiday Inn Express may be a better choice when one is in land-locked southwestern Virginia rather than Cancun, Mexico.

In the event that you decide to consider the Holiday Inn Express for your next trip to Cancun, bear in mind that your views of sunsets & sounds of crashing waves will be few and far between.

Sign of Hotel Big Pimpin #1: this letter we received at check in:

I'm sorry, no electricity from 7-10:30AM...? Hey, I am all for maintenance projects, but I don't think I'm overstating expectations when I say that in paying for a hotel with electricity/lights, I expect electricity/lights during some portion of the morning...?

Sign of Hotel Big Pimpin #2: hotel pool doubles as murder scene for slow-moving mice.

I went to sit on the edge of the pool briefly when we got back to the room. I saw an employee come walking around the right side of the pool, who then began vigorously swabbing (? I thought) the steps along the side of the pool. As she approached me, I said, "Buenas Noches" to no response. I turned away, but then swiftly glanced back to see that what she was doing was SQUEEGEING A MOUSE TO DEATH with a long-handled squeegee. Eew. Uh, we'll talk later. This photo depicts the location of Mickey's death, on the 3rd step.

Sign of Hotel Big Pimpin’ #3: Me drinking high-rent Cris-tal water while wearing my Mexico team colors, sitting on the hotel bed.

That's pronounced Cris-TAL, to you laypersons.

Anyway, I anticipate things perking up when we get to Holbox tomorrow. :) Signing out from Cancun’s finest, the Holiday Inn Express!!

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  1. American Mommy in Mexico says:

    The electricity out is so characteristic of unpredictable Mexico. You just have to laugh or blog …

    1. Julie says:

      ha, I know. I was going to add to my post that, you know we’ve been in Mexico for 2 years when it doesn’t even register in my mind to complain about it to the hotel staff. :)

  2. The mouse thing – yikes!!!! Hope you have a great trip!

  3. Jody says:

    Really looking forward to your report on Holbox. Almost went in February, but logistics w/o a car seemed a bit tough from Mérida. Probably won’t be any electricity in your beach palapa either, but who needs a fan in the miserably humid summer in the Caribbean? Ha! Ecochic.

    1. Julie says:

      Thanks Julie! We are having a blast so far! Jody– yah, we are happy we rented a car primarily because of the # of places we are visiting & the flexibility it gives. It sounds like Holbox is certainly do-able from Cancun or Merida w/o car, but either you’re on the bus or paying *plenty* for a private car/taxi. We actually went with an A/C lodging option on the beach in Holbox (Holbox Dreams), but we’re sweating it out here in Tulum sans-A/C! :) Ecochic indeed!!

  4. April says:

    I love the gang sign. Is that a W for “westside” or “water”?

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