Located 15 min. north of the airport on a great stretch of beach in the Hotel Zone is the Crown Paradise Club. This resort has something for everyone to enjoy while on vacation–from the adult’s-only rooms and amenities to the Kid’s and Teen’s Clubs which provide services for children from age 18 mos. to age 17. While it does market itself as a resort for everyone, however, the Crown Paradise Club does primarily cater to families, especially those with younger children. Those who want more of an adults-only vacation destination may find that this resort is not a good fit.
There is a good reason that the Crown Paradise Club has many returning families with the following amenities to keep children happy during vacation:
- water park with pirate ship, nine water slides, fountains, and hanging bridge
- two separate waterslides which are also adult-friendly
- Baby Paradise kid’s club offering daycare from 18 mos. to age 4 (resorts usually start daycare programs at age 4)
- Jetix Club for teens which offers video gaming, foosball, pool table, air hockey, and bar area serving non-alcoholic drinks
- movie room
- tennis courts
- basketball/football/soccer court
- rock climbing wall (open every day from 9-11 a.m.)
- zipline (open every day from 9-11 a.m.)
Families are also free to visit Aquaworld marina located five minutes away from the resort for a chance to enjoy pedal boats and kayaks on Nichupte Lagoon.
Adults guests certainly have their own perks at Crown Paradise Club and can enjoy a private pool located on the lagoon side of the resort. This is the only resort pool with a swim-up bar, two separate Jacuzzis, and Bali beds (first-come first-served). There are even scheduled afternoon activities and music at this pool location. Adults who come to Crown Paradise Club without children can enjoy staying in Crown Club Rooms which have an in-room Jacuzzi, entire floors dedicated to adult guests in this room category, and access to a private lounge on the 8th floor with a stellar ocean view. Adults also have a separate buffet seating section, an adults-only French restaurant, and adults-only bar.
While adults have their own special guest room category, families have their choice of where to stay depending on how many members are vacationing at the resort. Large groups will appreciate the space that the Paradise Family Suite offers with its two levels which can accommodate up to seven individuals, while Standard Plus rooms can accommodate up to five individuals with an ocean view to boot. Crown Family Suites can also accommodate up to five individuals but with more space and a location which offers easy access (these suites are located on the ground floor). All family suites have bunk beds and a trundle bed–children up to and including 12 yrs. of age are suitable for these accommodations.
Generally speaking, guest rooms are assigned to one of two resort towers; the only guest room category with rooms in both towers is the Standard Room category. The Paradise Tower, or Tower 1, is located on the north side of the resort and includes the following guest room categories:
- Standard Room
- Standard Plus
- Paradise Family Suite
The Crown Tower, or Tower 2, is located on the south side of the resort and includes the following guest room categories:
- Standard Room
- Crown Family Suite
- Crown Club Room
- Honeymoon Suite
Since this is an older resort, expect longer than normal elevator wait times, some room and elevator maintenance issues, and the remainder of room renovations to be completed.
The Crown Paradise Club offers two beachfront pools including an activities/infinity pool with a large shelf area along with a second smaller pool which has an adjoining shallow children’s section. Sail shades provide the only shade available in this pool area–there are no umbrellas. As a result, lounger “reserving” is at a premium at this resort with guests saving seats very, very early in the morning. Guests looking for a heated pool during the winter months will find a small one in a covered area adjacent to the children’s water park.
Similar to the main pool area, many loungers on the beach also lack shade since there are no actual shade umbrellas or palapas, only canopies with enough space for two loungers underneath. The beach area itself is long and wide with a decent ocean entry; those who want to enter the water should avoid doing so on the south side by Tower 2 since there is more of a drop off. Typical of beaches in this part of the Hotel Zone, ocean waves can be strong with rip currents, so parents need to keep a careful watch over their children. Of special note, there is a beach bar at this resort as well as hammocks on a level right above the beach.
This is a great resort for families looking for bang-for-your buck amenities and services. For those who want to explore more of Cancun, guests can easily catch the public bus to the malls or nightclubs; it also takes under 10 min. to walk north to the El Rey Ruins (a smaller example of Mayan ruins easily accessible to those in the Hotel Zone).
Type of Resort: Family-friendly, adults-only sections including guest room category for adults-only
Pro: Suites for large families, free WiFi, water park/slides, kid’s amenities, toddlers accepted at Kid’s Club, adults-only pool
Con: Not all rooms are updated, older property in need of some maintenance, room service delivery fee, swim-up bar only at the adults-only pool, slow elevators
Best Suited For: Families with children who are 4-8 yrs. old, couples who don’t mind vacationing around lots of children
No. of Rooms: 617
Room Amenities: King or two dbl beds, A/C, balcony/terrace, dresser, table and two chairs, mini-bar, digital safe, flat screen TV, telephone, coffee maker, radio alarm clock, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, tub/shower combo or shower only, and toiletries. Complimentary WiFi; while room service is available 24-7 there is a delivery charge p/order. Here is a brief rundown of guest room categories:
- Standard: King or two dbl beds. Ocean view.
- Standard Plus: King bed, bunk bed with trundle bed, above amenities. Ocean view.
- Crown Family Suite: King bed, bunk bed with trundle bed in semi-private space, two TV’s. Located in the Crown Tower on the ground floor.
- Paradise Family Suite: Two level suite with dbl bed and bunk bed with trundle on the ground level, while a king bed is on the upper level. Two full bathrooms and two TV’s.
- Crown Club Room: King bed, in-room Jacuzzi, welcome fruit basket and bottle of sparkling wine, robe and slippers, dbl sink, separate shower, complimentary WiFi, access to the 8th floor Crown Club Lounge and Lagoon Lunch Cruise (available on Tuesdays with a reservation–includes transportation, lunch, drinks, and entertainment onboard). Guests can ask their concierge to make dinner reservations for them. These rooms are located on the adults-only floors in the Crown Tower. Ocean view.
- Honeymoon Suite: King bed, welcome fruit basket and bottle of sparkling wine, welcome floral arrangement, robe and slippers, dbl sink, tub and shower, access to the 8th floor Crown Club Lounge, Lagoon Lunch Cruise (includes transportation, lunch, drinks, and entertainment on board–available on Tuesdays with reservation), and large balcony with Jacuzzi and dbl loungers. Guests can ask their concierge to make dinner reservations for them.
NOTE: Crown Club Lounge: the lounge area is located on the 8th floor of the Club Tower and offers guests continental breakfast, hors d’oeuvres, top-shelf liquor, complimentary daily newspaper, and fantastic views.
Physically Challenged Rooms: Available
Resort Amenities: Four pools (infinity activities pool and additional beachfront pool with separate children’s section–no swim-up bar, smaller shaded pool, and adults-only pool with two Jacuzzis and a swim-up bar), children’s water park, two separate waterslides, tennis courts (lit at night), multipurpose sports courts, mini-golf, zip line, rock climbing wall, games room, movie room, Kid’s Clubs (Baby Paradise for ages 18 mos. to 4 yrs., and Kid’s Paradise Club for ages 4 to 12), Teens Paradise for ages 13 to 17, spa, fitness center, non-motorized water sports at Aquaworld, theater, disco, hammock section above the beach, concierge, tour desk, gift shop, child care, car rental, and medical services. The Crown Paradise also offers a Hospitality Suite which gives guests access to such services as showers, lockers, TV’s, etc. for early check-in/late check-out.
Pool Hours: Pools close at 7 p.m.
Restaurants/Bars: Two buffets (La Palapa for all three meals and Fujiyama for lunch only), along with five a la cartes including Italian (La Piazza), Mexican (Los Gallos), French (Sans Souçi, adults-only), seafood (Fisherman’s), and a steakhouse complete with mechanical bull (Wayne’s Boots). A la cartes require reservations a day prior to dining, call the concierge by 8 a.m. There are also three snack bars which provide lunch items. The resort has six bars including the lobby bar, beachfront pool bar, beach bar, swim-up bar in the adults-only pool, the adults-only Trafalgar bar in the Paradise Tower, and a bar adjacent to Jetix, the games area. Teens have their own non-alcoholic “bar” inside Jetix, while upgraded adults have access to the private lounge on the 8th floor.
Entertainment: The theater offers nightly shows, the disco is open until 2 a.m., and live music is offered in the afternoons and at night in the lobby bar. A small movie theater is located off the games room.