A super-nitpicky review of the Royal Cancun All Suites Resort

By Scott •   •  8 min read

The seemingly endless list of hotel choices in and around Cancun quickly proved to be challenging when planning my trip. I mean, nearly every hotel I looked in my price range looked to be really good. How the heck was I supposed to make a decision when there are so many good choices located in one condensed area?

A few more minutes of browsing led me to stumble upon the Royal Cancun All Suites Resort – a nice looking property close to the beach with a name very fitting of what it offers: nothing but suites.

A full review of my 2 night stay at the Royal Cancun All Suites Resort

I’m not a rabid hotel points collector, so choosing offbrand properties that look interesting is a bit fun for me. For the same price as a small non ocean-facing room in the Presidente Intercontinental just down the road, I could have a huge suite of my own (which included a balcony overlooking a private beach) at the Royal Cancun.

It was too tempting to resist, so I made the reservation with confidence.

royal cancun all suites resort location

Location map of the Royal Cancun All Suites Resort. As a point of reference, all the big chain hotels are just down the road to the right.

I will admit that I was starting to second-guess my choice once I arrived in Cancun that evening and saw all those beautiful high-rise hotels strung along the beach. Some of those fancy big-name hotels looked really nice, putting the exterior of the Royal Cancun All Suite Resort to shame.

It’s not this place looks bad from the outside, but those Hiltons and Intercontinental‘s just down the road had a presence to them that the Royal Cancun lacked. Did I make a bad choice? Let’s step inside and find out…

Royal Cancun All Suites sign

Welcome to the Royal Cancun All Suites Resort!

Royal Cancun All Suites exterior

The exterior of this place isn’t all that impressive, especially when you compare it to the big chain hotel skyscrapers just down the street. Yup, I was having second thoughts about my choice of accommodations even before walking in the front door…

Checking in

The check-in process was quick and easy, but the task of actually finding my suite didn’t go as smoothly. This is not a high-rise hotel – nearly everything is ground level connected by a maze of sidewalks and little alleyways to each individual building.

There’s no way I could’ve found my suite on my own, so I had to ask someone in the lobby for help. Yeah, I’m horrible with directions – enough so that I’m surprised I don’t get lost driving home from work every day.

Royal Cancun All Suites pool

I got totally lost on the way to my suite, but at least it gave me the chance to check out the grounds. This pool (one of several here) looked awfully inviting.

Royal Cancun All Suites front door

The front door to my lair for the weekend.

A closer look at my suite

Once I made it through the front door of my suite, all those feelings of doubt were quickly washed away. They weren’t kidding about these being suites.

It was actually bigger than most apartments I’ve ever had in my life, with an ocean view to boot. The very first words out of my mouth were, and I quote, “are you freaking kidding me?!”

Royal Cancun All Suites living room

OK, I knew I was getting a suite but I didn’t think I was getting a full apartment – especially since I paid less than $200/night for this.

Royal Cancun All Suites room

All those nagging regrets about not staying at the Intercontinental have just been blown to bits. This was much better than what I was expecting!

Royal Cancun All Suites layout

This is as big as my condo for crying out loud.

Royal Cancun All Suites room size

I was starting to think that they made a mistake and gave me the Presidential Suite, but I sure as heck wasn’t going to go back and ask.

Royal Cancun All Suites kitchen

It may not be a candidate to win any design awards, but holy crap! A full kitchen!

Royal Cancun All Suites dining room

To be honest, the more I walked around the place the more guilty I started to feel. All this space just for me? I certainly didn’t need it, but I sure wasn’t complaining.

Royal Cancun All Suites dining room table

5 chairs, all to myself. How ridiculously awesome is that?

Now, I will fully admit that this suite was a tad bit overkill for just one person. This was an indulgence plain and simple, as I certainly didn’t need all that space for just myself. But wow – it was sure nice to have. I felt like a king in there, and it sure as heck beat any kind of small hotel room I could’ve got in one of those big high-rises just down the road.

Royal Cancun All Suites bedroom

Bedroom numero uno.

Royal Cancun All Suites master bedroom

Bedroom numero dos. The struggle to decide where I was going to sleep was real. It’s been a while since I’ve had two bedrooms of my own to choose from!

Royal Cancun All Suites bedroom lighting

When the mid-day sun hit the curtains just right, everything turned a deep shade of blood red. Kind of creepy, but oh so rad.

The bathroom

Royal Cancun All Suites bathroom door

Come with me into the bathroom…

Royal Cancun All Suites bathroom

I’ve stayed in hotel rooms smaller than this bathroom. Yep, I really did make a good choice this time.

Royal Cancun All Suites toilet

Can anyone tell me how to say “toilet” in Spanish? Thanks.

Royal Cancun All Suites tub

The tub…

Royal Cancun All Suites shower

…is also the shower.

The view

Royal Cancun All Suites balcony

Oh, did I mention the balcony?

Royal Cancun All Suites view of fireworks

Nice view of the fireworks from the plethora of party boats out cruising around every night.

Royal Cancun All Suites view from room

One of the better views I’ve had from a hotel room in recent times. Even better than the view I had a the Hilton in Waikiki Beach!

Royal Cancun All Suites private beach

The private beach of this property isn’t near as nice as some of the other beaches nearby, but at least it was quiet and well staffed by waiters eager to put a drink in your hand at the snap of a finger.

A note about booking your reservation

There are two ways to book a reservation here at the Royal Cancun All Suites Resort:

That grocery store made my stay here a lot more convenient than it could’ve been without it. I mean, what good is a full kitchen if there aren’t any stores nearby to fill it with?

Room service

Royal Cancun All Suites room service fajitas

Room service on my first night: Fajitas (and they were slightly disappointing considering this was Mexico and all).

Royal Cancun All Suites room service pizza

Room service on the second night: pizza (and it was delicious).

Final thoughts

I’ll wrap this up by telling you the best and worst things about this property:

To be honest, by the end of my stay I was thinking that it would be really nice to come back just to stay here and relax for a week without going anywhere else around Cancun. It really felt like home to me, away from all the hustle and bustle of the tourist spots.


Scott is the founder and author of SleepAndReview.com, and has been a frequent traveler since 2014. He never had any aspirations of being a hotel reviewer, but one thing let to another, and...well...here we are.