Rated 5 out of 5 by gmarie99 Excellent Service and Location
Really enjoyed our recent stay at the Villas, we had not been here in 5 years and they sure have made some significant strides in service. The location was excellent as there is quite a bit of shopping right across the street. In 6 nights we came to know the staff by name, they recognized us and were super helpful at every turn. They arranged for our airport shuttle, which was a very nice SUV, delivered groceries to our room, made sure we hit last call for the pool bar and ensured our guests were situated in an adjoining room next to ours. We were very thrilled with our stay in February 2015!
Positives: Gorgeous Beach, wonderful Infinity Pool, beachside food and drink service, very few if any vendors on beach, location to shopping, service service service.
Con's: No good "hang out" beach bar unless you are in the pool.
February 10, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by HTGF Best vacation ever!
I cannot say enough nice things about this hotel. The staff is unbelievably welcoming and professional, the grounds are beautiful, and it was worth every single point and dollar that we spent. I traveled with my 2 kids, we got a one bedroom villa. I ended up giving the kids the master bed and I slept on the pullout couch, which was surprisingly comfortable. The view from the room was incredible, and the location can't be beat. It would have been great to have more English channels on the tv for night viewing, but other than that i have absolutely nothing negative to say about this Westin. My kids are already planning our next vacation there!
January 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by nomi Comfortable and friendly
Despite it being Christmas week and filled to capacity, we never felt overlooked or unattended to. The two bedroom lock-outs are most comfortable. Staff at breakfast and at the pool were attentive and efficient. One day, my grand-daughter cut her foot at the pool and a life guard came and attended to it effectively and in a most timely manner. I use this property as a time share. i know some use it as a hotel. The advantage of that is daily maid service. For time share owners, I recommend paying for daily maid service. Special shout out to management who made sure our room location needs were met. Overall, a wonderful and relaxing week.
January 7, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by JoT43 I was disappointed this time
We were planning this vacation with all the family for months. We raved about the villas. We were in building 900 and its needs some work. The breaker box kept clicking off when you used more than one appliance. We had ants in the bed and more cockroaches than any other visit. Toilet seat was wrong size and had to be replaced. Coffee maker was broken. My grand-son was ill and requested a thermometer and they never showed up.
Floors tiles loose in 928 and 927.
We plan on returning and hope our experience will be better.
July 3, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Unsatisfied11 Don't come to this place
I felt like they reserved the worst rooms for SPG members. When we checked in around 3PM, they had us wait about 2 hours until the room was ready. When I and my wife specifically asked for a nice room with a good view, they answered "sure". Later we found out it was a room right above a restaurant and a view of ROOF. We had to wait more than 1 hour to get our bags. We have been to other Westin Hotels and we expected "Westin services" but it was most terrible experiences we ever had with Westin. Avoid this place at any cost
April 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dave19870 Great experience
Beautiful setting - exceptional staff - attentive to all our needs - great pool
February 10, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Trizia PERFECT!!!!
This is NOT just a swanky hotel but a REAL RESORT....one where u never want to leave and u have no reason to go anywhere else as everything is right here on the property and it is BEAUTIFUL and PEACEFUL......we hated leaving......our stay was perfect from the 1st moment that we arrived!!! There's an onsite market to purchase grocery items if u prefer to not eat out all the time and u can even buy steaks and cook them yourself on the outside grills.....the food at the onsite restaurants is fabulous and so is the service....they have "theme" nights too.....best Sangria I ever had was at Mexican night....and I loved getting the massage in the Hut on the beach...yep like I said we didn't want to ever leave and we can't wait to go back!!!
November 7, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by controller1 Very relaxing... Will return....
Check-in- Efficient check-in with six agents working. We arrived at 1:00 pm and were pleasantly surprised that our 1-bedroom villa was ready! During check-in, we also exchanged $100 US for Mexican pesos and the transaction only took about four minutes. The venues at the property will only accept room charges, credit cards, or pesos for payment.
Cleanliness of room- The room and bath were spotless.
Water temperature & pressure- Self-explanatory.
Heavenly® Bath- The room and bath had recently been renovated and what apparently is the new Westin Heavenly® Bath showerheads were in the shower. This consisted of a rain showerhead with a hand-held showerhead. I usually rate these as a negative or a neutral at best since the rain showerhead usually does not have enough water pressure to function properly. However, the water pressure was exceptional and the rain showerhead was great!
In-room safe- Self-explanatory.
Viento Restaurant- This restaurant is located poolside and also serves as the base for the resort’s poolside/beach service. On the positive side, the grilled salmon is exceptional and was worthy of ordering again while we were there. On the negative side, the nachos were very bland and not worth ordering. The classic hamburger/cheeseburger was very good. Good poolside drink service.
Oceano Restaurant- This restaurant is the venue for two of the resort’s specialty nights, Mexican Fiesta on Monday and Italian on Friday. We did not try the Italian night. The Mexican Fiesta night was great! The station with the pork tacos is not to be missed. Mexican Fiesta night is a huge buffet with several different stations. Very well done. We also dined one additional night and enjoyed steaks cooked to perfection.
Duna Sports Bar- Normal sports bar offerings at this venue. Especially good were the spinach salad and the chicken wings. Something inconsistent and baffling at this venue is the beer service. Sometimes beer was served in a mug while other times it is served in plastic cups. I enjoyed beer with dinner one night and the beer was served in a plastic cup. Immediately after dinner, we retired to the fire pit located directly outside the sports bar. I again ordered the same beer and it was served in a mug. In my opinion, unless the beer is ordered “to go” it should be served in a mug.
Heavenly Spa by Westin™- We enjoyed massages while at the resort. Great relaxation. Juan and Manuel were excellent as were the rest of the spa staff.
Staff- Each staff member we encountered was very friendly and helpful especially Delfina, our concierge.
Internet speed- The speed test delivered Ping 35ms, Download 10.03 mbps, Upload 10.23 mbps. Internet is available throughout the resort including the pool area.
Rooms exterior walkways- Every five to six feet of the walkway, located outside the villa doors, is a strip of exposed aggregate. I’m sure this was very aesthetically pleasing when designed but it is actually a design flaw since it caused rolling luggage and maid/maintenance carts to exhibit loud noises when rolled across the exposed aggregate strips instead of the smooth concrete. This noise is bothersome while in the villa.
Availability of electrical outlets- We live in a world of electronics, which are constantly in need of charging. However, the outlets available in the villas are primarily single outlets instead of double outlets and the single outlets were already being used for lamps or appliances. The only double outlets available were in the bathroom.
Overall, this was a very good stay and we look forward to scheduling another stay at The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort Villas and Spa.
February 11, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by AF76 Great property and location
I am SPG platinum and a Starwood Vacation Owner. We stayed here last March and it was great.
Pros: Rooms were beautiful and clean. The concierge was extremely helpful, and booked a great Chichen Itza tour for us. The restaurant food (brunch and dinner) was wonderful. The beach was not too crowded, we easily found chairs on the beach in the shade every day, at all different times of day. Great location across from mall with movie theater, TONS of restaurants, aquarium. Nice pools, lots of outdoor grills for use. Cons: It is true that status won't help you, but if you know that going in, you won't be disappointed. Rooms are so similar anyway. Balconies are a bit small.
February 17, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by Cal20 Doesn't live up to Westin Brand
First for the positives:
It was Cancun so overall it was still an enjoyable trip. The beach is great and so are the pools. I traveled with my family but being a SPG platinum member and visiting 10 other SPG resorts around the world, this was a major disappointment.
SPG recognition is non-existent. No lounge. No upgraded room.
They originally agreed that my children could eat free at breakfast and then hassled me every morning to claim that I was lying and wanted to know who at the front desk said this. It was never "let us check" but rather "you will pay first and then if we can really find who said that then we will give back." Such a humiliating experience to have at breakfast. Both mornings the same!
Besides that the breakfast was the worst I have seen at a SPG hotel. And they kept saying "don't eat the eggs or pancakes because we will charge you more."
Overall service was unacceptable across all hotel functions. Their excuse for every "no" was that they are vacation ownership hotel so it seems that was first priority.
checkout is 10am. No 4pm checkout for SPG platinum.
They even emailed me before my visit to ask if I had any requests and then proceeded to ignore all my requests. Why bother asking? Baby crib, had to ask again. Specific room requirements, had to ask again.
Overall, I expect a lot for my SPG resort choices because it's expensive and should be an amazing experience. This was not that.
February 10, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by DavidKo Underwhelmed
Our first stay at the Lagunamar was far more satisfactory than our most recent stay. The staff this time, although very friendly, had issues remembering what was agreed to and fixing their mistakes.
Resort is beautiful and bell hops and general staff is very nice. Front desk at check in needs to be re-trained to eliminate errors.
Oceana buffet is not very good but their off menu food is great.
Concierge needs to be more interested in helping than selling. It is ok to answer questions over the phone!
July 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by JulesfromHouston We loved it!
I took my three year and four year old sons for a week in December and all they have talked about is going back to Cancun ever since. My little one came down with a sinus infection while we were there and the hotel doctor saw us right away. He was great with my son and the pharmacy delivered medicine to the hotel within a half hour. The medicine worked and we were back on the beach the next day. The beach is lovely and the photographer was great. We plan on returning sometime before the year ends. We went to Cozumel a few months ago and realized how much we missed the Westin Lagunamar! Hope this helps other families -- I normally don't write reviews, but this place was great!
August 16, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by HotelRealist Great family resort
We had three rooms, eight people (three generations) staying at the hotel over Christmas 2011. The rooms were immaculate. The kitchenette and washer/dryer came in handy. The multi-level, infinity pool was fabulous. We never had any trouble getting lounge chairs. The beach was well maintained and easily accessible. The pool side menu was good for a quick snack. Since the facility is located across the street from La Isla mall and several restaurants, it could not be more convenient. Special thanks to Victor and Sergio who went out of their way to recommend restaurants and made us feel at home. What I would change: Internet did not work for days at a time. Do not count on even receiving e-mail headers. Please do not count on the Internet as a means of communication. The elite concierges were less than helpful. Violetta claimed to have made reservations that upon arrival did not exist. She also provided discount cards that were invalid at their own hotel!! If you want the real scoop, ask Victor. I've been staying at Starwood properties as a platinum guest since 1997.
December 28, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Pesmas Great getaway
Reviews I have seen was about rooms not being ready. We arrived at 10 am and no our room wasn't ready but it was ready at 4 at the check-in time. They stored our luggage until 4 and we went to the pool and relaxed and had lunch. The hotel and staff were very helpful and friendly. We really enjoyed our long weekend there and look forward to going back.
February 6, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Sage2014 Not a great experience
Really a bad visit for me and my girlfriend while on vacation.
1). Expressly told us they would not honor my SPG gold status during our stay. Thus, no ability to upgrade room and no 4pm late checkout.
2). Although indicated by phone that we would be allowed to checkout at noon, later Locked us out of our room at 11am and failed to send someone to let us in after several calls. We ended up going to front desk to get re keyed, but were late for our transit due to the mixup.
3). Service staff ignore the due not disturb sign and continued to buzz door while we were sleeping.
4). Really ignored our request for a specific room with a view of the ocean. I understand that they have a lot of construction going on, but it is offseason and they made no real effort to explain why we had no choice.
October 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ping2525 Wonderful Stay!
It was our first time to this Westin. The hotel was wonderful! Clean, accessible to other restaurants and the mall. I thought the Westin Staff was amazing! They are friendly, helpful and work hard at their jobs to make you feel welcome. I thought the wait staff at the restaurants were excellent. We had a great time with them. Also the concierge we had was very knowledge and even called before we arrived to help plan one of our activities.
January 16, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by oneworldtraveler Great pool...
So the room we stayed in was basic and a little small, but the ocean-front view made up for it (every hotel room at this resort has an ocean-front view which is amazing. Someone really put thought into the design!). That being said, even though we had a basic room, there was a smallish kitchen space and dishwasher and the hotel staff would also take care of washing dishes if you used the kitchen at all. The rooms are set up that way because many of them are timeshares (and are also up for purchase) and people tend to stay a while. There's a little grocery store in the hotel where you can get several food items and a movie rental service, which was awesome as there's not a ton to do in Cancun once the sun goes down and you aren't a big clubber. Location-wise, the hotel is right across from a large mall/plaza of shops which is also very nice and convenient. All that being said, my favorite feature of the hotel was the infinity pool , which cannot be beat. I don't think I've seen a pool that large anywhere else. It offered a swim up bar, and when you're half swimming, half lying there in the pool staring out at the ocean with cocktail in hand, you know you're in paradise. Get to the pool early to reserve a beach chair though, as those go fast. Overall, a great experience and we'd definitely go back!
October 22, 2011
Rated 2 out of 5 by JRD24 Our experience at Westin Lagunamar
We stayed at Westin Lagunamar last week. In many ways, I don't think this is typical Westin. In our four nights stay, the room was serviced only one time. If that was their policy to service the room only one time a week, they should have made it clear upfront.
The daily fresh towels, and small amenities like shampoo, lotion etc. had to be called in daily. It took us over three hours and three follow up phone calls to receive the fresh towels. Coffee packs, creamer, sugar for the daily morning coffee are not supplied. You have to make your own arrangement. The mini market at the Hotel sells the coffee, sugar etc. but not the coffee filter for which you have to go to downtown. When you are there only for handful days, last thing you want to do is spent over half a day in buying grocery items and throw away all the unused items at the end of the stay. Came across as very ineffective model for the guest services.
Also, we found check-in process extremely slow and took such a long time even though we were about 4th or 5th in the line. We expressed our concerns during our stay with concierge desk as well as with SOV representative, but did not seem to have any action taken on our issues.
We have stayed at many Starwood properties in many countries and it has always exceeded our expectation. But this was totally on the other side and makes us think, should we even consider to stay back here again?
If you are travelling with family, least you would like is daily clean room and some basic amenities provided. I don't think this is too much to ask. For the standard rate Westin is charging for this property, believe me, there are many other choices where you will not have to go thru basic agony.
On the plus side, the location and pool are very good. Proximity to beach is also very nice. But the overall guest experience and responsiveness of the staff requires a serious improvement.
July 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by lakelife Excellent facilities
Love staying here. Close to all the action. Great pool and beach. Staff is awesome.
February 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by jds52 Beyond Expectations
This is our 10th trip to this gem! Each visit allows us to fall more in love with the excellent facilities & the delightful staff, whom we call “our family!” They literally go beyond expectations and can't do enough to make our stay the best possible, nothing is overlooked! We stayed for 18 days and had beautiful skies, oceans and beaches.
It began when we stepped out of our airport transportation until the time we left. Gabriel greeted us with a warm smile and firm handshake, followed by Omar’s bear hug and welcome – all very genuine! Our luggage arrived at the same time we arrived at our room. Everything in the room was in great shape; any requests were dealt with in a very prompt and courteous manner. Housekeeping has a special way of knowing when we are out of our room; it was always clean and pristine as when we arrived when we returned.
There are so many to acknowledge and appreciated. Our days began with sunrise with the warm smiles and service of Lomelli and Edwardo, who also make sure there was sunshine everyday! The pool bars/restaurants are well-staffed- Jorge, Philippe, Joaquin, Sol showed us a tropical treat (The Wilson) that was delicious. Servers Robert, Marko, Edgar and many others provide excellent service and a fun atmosphere. This trip was filled with many delights, including ocean-side massages by Carlos (The Master) and Geraldo (Strong Hands, Big Heart, Magic Fingers) that are always vacation highlights.
Management was very present at this resort, making sure the resort delivers its full experience to patrons. We were not expecting a few surprises for my husband’s birthday - totally a treat! As multiple Starwood owners, we attended the annual Homeowners Association meeting again and were pleased with management’s commitment to enhancing the resort’s operation and the guests’ experience. We are returning this autumn and look forward to renewing our friendships with fellow guests and the family/people of Lagunamar!
February 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by HuskerBill Love Lagunamar
We have stayed here a number of times and loved it so much we bought at this location. Great location!!! Love the pool/beach, love the fire pit next to the sports bar for happy hour! We were there just last week and cannot wait till the next trip:)
February 4, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by JoeyMexico Disappointment
I recently stayed at Westin Lagunamar hotel and was extremely disappointed by the level of service. My wife and I used 40,000 starwood points combined and expected more. We began the trip with confusion over our reservation, we had to produce an email confirmation to convince the concierge of how our reservation had been made. We had also requested an early check-in when speaking with our Starwood ambassador, and when we arrived at the hotel our room was not ready and we had to wait 3 hours for our room to become available. Which was then preceded by receiving a room that was not cleaned (bed undone/industrial vacum cleaner in the closet). It took three requests to have the room finally cleaned.
Next, I received continental breakfast coupons as a platinum member, which my wife. I asked the front desk, in person, if I could utilize two of these vouchers for a different day, since my wife and I would not be using them on consecutive days. They said no, we had to use these vouchers on the designated date or forfeit a breakfast, which made ZERO sense to me.
Then we went to the restaurant and were informed, after we had "selected" an additional item, that it was not included in the breakfast package, which I thought was EXTREMELY rude, since it was already on my plate. Then the waiter said, "he'll let this one slide," as if he were doing me a favor. The waiters kept starring at our plates to make sure we weren't adding other items, which made breakfast very uncomfortable. My wife and I were speechless, as this transpired in front of other guests.
We went to breakfast on day 3, and were informed by the restaurant upon arrival that our room (845), had a credit card issue (SPG American Express), and that we couldn't add breakfast to our tab. I asked them what could be wrong, and they said I might have reached my credit limit???!!!!
Luckily I had my wallet on me so I didn't have to walk back up stairs. After another miserable breakfast, I spoke with the front desk and they apologized for this inconvenience, and said the "system" did not keep my card on file.
My wife and I value our starpoints, as we travel quite a bit for work, and utilize this program to unwind. I expect more from Westin properties, and starwood in general. We have been to this property before and had a wonderful experience, which is why we decided to come back, but in general the level of service received would truly make us consider returning in the future..
July 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by cubigbird Clean, safe, comfortable "home awy from home"
We recently stayed here during Christmas week - our second stay in two years. This is a resort that we like to come back to and is one of places in the world to travel to.
The resort pays close attention to detail to providing a top notch guest experience. As I walked through the resort I always saw a staff member cleaning something - whether it be crevaces in the floor inside or sweeping sand brought up from feet on the beach or cleaning the inside of the pool. The villas are extremely comfortable and clean as well. Upon check-in, our villa was clean with clean dishes. There was no evidence of a previous guest that checked out that same morning.
There is an extensive list of activities for adults and kids. The fun team does a great job engaging guests and making the activities fun!
The resort is safe. I have never felt my safety in question when staying here. Security is visible throughout the resort. The resort also provides a large enough safe in the villa to lock up all valuables including laptops and tablets.
To provide balanced feedback, the one suggestion for improvement I do have is to reduce wait times for check in - during peak hours there can be a lengthy wait to check in or check out. After travelling long distance it would be great to minimize "business" with time to hit the beach or pools.
This is a well run Westin that cares about its guests. I recommend this resort and we will be back again. Nice job!!!
January 1, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by TTVV Average hotel
stayed at the hotel for 7 nights end of march
-very nice and big pool
-platinum breakfast in Oceano is very good
- just accross La Isla mall with decent dinner opportunities
-pool concierge: I was at the pool every morning around 6.30 to get decent chairs at the pool. Got very frustrated that all the good located chairs were already taken at that time so tried another day 5.30 and noted that the pool concierge were covering all the good chairs with towels, body boards, shoes from people, sunscreen, magazines, etc so they were reserved for the people who arrive at the pool around 10am and sign the pool concierge for getting their "reserved" chairs in exchange for dollars. I didnt expected to see this in the hotel.
-wifi is very bad, even landline is slow (ask the concierge for private access point to be connected in your room, deposit of 300$)
-owners (time sharers) are more important than renters, main building front desk and concierge doesnt care if you are platinum, some of them didnt knew what platinum was. Only the front desk in second building does.
- platinim concierge is ok, but all the activiteis/trips they offer are at least 25% more expensive than online.
- house keeping came between 3 and 5 pm, as sunset was around 4.30pm we often had to wait outside our room until housekeeping was done. Cleaning was not well done, trashcans not emptied, etc
-pool bar: if you tip 20-25% you will be much faster served than others, especially during happy hour.
- No Platinum upgrade to 1 bedroom although available on the SPG website. Front desk said the availability online was not reflecting the true availability...
April 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by bpark56 We will be returning...every year
A very enjoyable stay, with excellent attention to detail by the staff. The concierge service was, as usual, the best we have found anywhere. And the same for the front desk and maids.
We did miss the nuts and dried fruits that were served in the owners' lounge last year. And we are not sure why you stopped serving milk for the coffee there during this visit. We also found it difficult to learn when happy hours were...and why they are different at Duna than at the pool bar. Perhaps these should be mentioned in both the check-in literature and the summary booklets in the villas.
January 24, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Aurora13 RUINED WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
The hotel is beautiful, we went for our 44 wedding anniversary and we own a studio. Someone made an error in the hotel and we were given for part of our stay a one bedroom villa. We were never told it was a cash reservation. We have been trying to correct this but the Hotel refuses to correct it and we were charged $1.400. dollars.Be cautious when checking in, make sure you have the right room and don't get overcharged like we did.
September 7, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by je31 Hotel was great for families
We loved our stay here. Was great for families. Rooms were comfortable and large and bathroom was fantastic. Kitchenette and washer dryer were great features for family. Pool areas and beach were beautiful. The spa was also fantastic. My one issue was that there was a fight in the morning to get chairs by the pool as people reserved seats at 6 am and then left for hours at a time, also there wasn't enough staff at the beach.
January 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by MarkMD2 Best Cancun Hotel
I've been going to Cancun since 1971, when the Sheraton was the first hotel on the beach strip (after Club Med at the point). The Westin Lagunamar, which replaced it, is the best place I've ever stayed at in Cancun. Fabulous grounds and ocean views, clean and secure, great staff, and the best location on the beach across from La Isla shopping center and restaurants.
January 29, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by JohnieB Great Facility
Staff was friendly, courteous and helpful. Facilities are great including the beach, pool, room, etc. Restaurant offerings need some work from variety and preparation to service. Service personnel tried very hard but have a way to go to live up to what I expect at a Westin.
January 30, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Jay032013 This hotel is not upto the standards of typical starwood
Overall, I would rate my stay as below average at this hotel. I am a completely loyal starwood customer primarily because of the quality, customer service and comfort of the hotel. Unfortunately, this hotel fell short of those expectations. The service was below average and it started right when we checked in. The whole process (even as a platinum) was inefficient and not friendly. the internet connection was miserable and caused me a lot of work issues.
March 26, 2013