We booked a trip to Cancun over Christmas when we saw last minute availability with points. We have wanted to review the Intercontinental Presidente Cancun ever since we stayed and wrote a review about the Intercontinental Presidente Cozumel in March 2018.
With a combination of points and one free night earned through our IHG Rewards Credit Card, we stayed five nights. The hotel was retailing for $418.00 per night (plus tax) for our dates. We used 35,000 IHG points per night for 4 nights, in addition to our free night. Our out of pocket cost for the room was $0!
The hotel is older than others in Cancun, but the beach at this hotel is widely regarded as one of the best beaches in Cancun Hotel Zone. The lobby and check in area for the hotel is very modern, and there is a bar that features Hora Feliz (2 for 1 drinks) from 7-9pm each night.
See these pictures of the dreamy white sand beach. Again, we had read in many forums and reviews of the hotel that it has the best beach in Cancun.
There were plenty of palapas and beach chairs available and they were not all claimed by 8am like we have seen at other hotels. Closer to the resort, there were many palm trees which provided adequate shade. The palapas did have electricity which was a huge bonus as we were able to charge our phones here one afternoon. At night, the palapas’ lights came on and they look amazing.
Because of our status as Platinum Elite Members with IHG (this comes automatically with the credit card), we were upgraded to a Deluxe Ocean View Room. Our 10th floor room had amazing views of the ocean!
The room was smaller than the Intercontinental Presidente Cozumel hotel room that we had (albeit, in Cozumel we had a suite). As you can see from the pictures, there was not a lot of additional room. It is officially listed at 366 square foot and you definitely felt this smaller room size- in the evenings we found ourselves not wanting to stay in the room too much as there was not really anywhere comfortable to sit. Viewing the hotel website, the club rooms are larger so these rooms are not indicative of all the rooms at the hotel. We were offered the opportunity to upgrade to a Club room for $55 + 19% tax per night. Club rooms come with access to the Club Lounge at this hotel which comes with breakfast in the morning and drinks and hors d'oeuvres in the evening.
There are a number of restaurants on the property- Le Cap Beach Club, El Caribeno and Cafe Urban Restaurant. Prices were reasonable for an upscale hotel- “expensive” for Mexico though- 230 peso for 3 tacos ($11), compared with 45-48 pesos at off-resort hotels. We did have lunch on the beach a few times from Le Cap- the Mediterranean Pizza was fantastic.
As we like to eat local, we passed on this and instead ate dinner twice at El Galeon del Caribe, where we had some of the best seafood, ceviche and amazing pescadillas (fried fish tacos) for 16 pesos each. Another night we ate dinner at El Poblano ZH, a lovely family owned restaurant that was within walking distance from our hotel. We also had breakfasts at VIPS- a Denny’s style restaurant that was also within walking distance of the hotel.
The Intercontinental Presidente Cancun Hotel attracts a much different crowd than hotels down the strip- there was no loud music blaring like the Riu Hotels, no dancing competitions like at the Dream Sands Hotel, no volleyball competitions like the Fiesta Americana Cancun Villas. On the expansive beach of the Intercontinental Hotel, a lovely volleyball court was available for guests to use but we did not see any real games of volleyball take place- just some families knocking a ball around every now and then.
One thing we noted, was the number of airline staff that checked into this hotel on a daily basis. This could explain the "sleepiness" of the hotel as the airline staff tend to check in for a night and depart soon thereafter.
Overall this is a great hotel with an amazing beach. If you want the atmosphere of a club, the Riu Hotels would be a better option.