Formerly known as Bellevue Beach Paradise, Hotel Yalmacan is easy to spot along the Hotel Zone’s south shore with its three separate white towers which are connected by a series of walkways and bridges on the lower floors. This is an older property and is definitely showing its age; however, it does have a loyal following of its own amongst various age groups. Those who return are quick to cite the boutique feel of the resort, staff service/friendly attitude, affordability, it location away from the heart of the Hotel Zone, and the beautiful white sand beach. Those who don’t return are equally quick to cite its small pools, lack of loungers, unheated Jacuzzi, basic room furnishings/decor, and inadequate number of balcony rooms (many guest rooms have floor-to-ceiling window panes instead of balcony space). The mini-bar is not a routine guest room amenity, and in-room safes are an extra charge. NOTE: There are some really lovely Penthouse Suites on the upper floors of the towers–some have private pools, kitchenettes, updated bathrooms, private elevators, and awesome views. These are privately owned and can be found to rent at http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/mexico/yucatan-mayan-riviera/quintana-roo/cancun/hotetur-beach-paradise. Guests of these suites have the option to purchase all-inclusive amenities from the hotel for any days of their stay.
Pro: Beach, budget-friendly
Con: Rooms need updating, lack of balconies, WiFi and safe are $
Best Suited For: Thrifty vacationers who enjoy an older, funky hotel with great ocean views.
No. of Rooms: 169
Room Amenities: Queen or two dbl beds, A/C, in-room safe, TV, telephone, alarm clock, iron/ironing board upon request, two water bottles, hair dryer, and shower. There is no room service.
Physically Challenged Rooms: Not available
Resort Amenities: Sectioned pool with swim-up bar, large unheated Jacuzzi, massage rooms, tennis, Kid’s Club (ages 4-12), sports bar with game tables, beach wait service, filtered water stations throughout the hotel, concierge, car rental.
Restaurants/Bars: There is one buffet restaurant, two a la cartes (Italian and Mediterranean), and poolside snack bar. Reservations are required at the Mediterranean a la carte with only one visit per seven night stay. There is a lobby bar, swim-up bar, poolside bar, Jacuzzi bar, and sports bar.
Entertainment: Theater with nightly shows, live entertainment several nights per week, karaoke, and casino nights. There is a sports bar with game tables for additional entertainment.
Website: This property used to be owned by BlueBay; the resort is in transition and has yet to be identified by its new owner with its own home page. Information can be found on many travel sites such as Expedia, etc.