Iberostar is spending more than $100 million to renovate the Hilton Cancun Hotel into the Iberostar Cancun. // © 2011 Iberostar Hotels & Resorts
Iberostar Hotels & Resorts has acquired the beachfront Hilton Cancun Hotel and has reflagged it the Iberostar Cancun. The hotel officially closed for renovations in August and will reopen under the name Iberostar Cancun on Dec. 1 as an all-inclusive property. The cost of the initiative, including purchase and renovation, is more than $100 million.
“The Iberostar Cancun will attract a diverse clientele: couples, families, individuals and groups alike,” said John Long, vice president of sales and marketing, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts.
The following changes will be made in the resort’s transition to becoming an Iberostar property: remodeling of the lobby, the reception area and the lobby bar; remodeling of El Laguito buffet restaurant and El Maguey Mexican restaurant; and the construction of three new specialty restaurants (La Horma, a gourmet venue; La Parrilla, a steak house; and Naga Hibachi, a Japanese restaurant). Rounding out the additions is the construction of a teen club, a mini club for children, a water park, a theater and a wedding gazebo as well as the remodeling of the smoking bar.
“All new features will be available when the hotel opens in December,” said Long. “The most important addition is the construction of the three new specialty restaurants and the theater.”
The Iberostar Cancun is a 15-minute drive from the Cancun International Airport and is conveniently located near the area's top attractions, including historical sites, world-class spas, shopping, dining and entertainment.
“This hotel will be especially appealing to those who desire to leave the hotel’s premises and not just stay at the hotel during their stay,” said Long.
The hotel has 426 rooms including 224 oceanview rooms, 99 oceanview rooms with balcony, 26 oceanfront villas, 10 oceanview villas and 44 gardenview villas, 16 junior suites, four master suites, one presidential suite and two beach suite villas. All villas have a balcony.
“Despite some rooms being described as gardenview rooms, all rooms have a view of the ocean,” said Long.
The all-inclusive hotel’s grand opening is being celebrated with introductory rates from $111 per person, per night, plus free airport transfers, when booked online at www.iberostar.com. A minimum stay of five or more nights is required.
Guests can enjoy the hotel’s seven infinity pools, a professional soccer field and two tennis courts. The resort also has its own 18-hole, par-72 golf course. The Iberostar Cancun Golf Experience is suitable for golfers of all levels and includes a practice course, a driving range, a putting green, a pro shop and a clubhouse.
The hotel complex has a convention center of nearly 49,000 square feet, which is divisible into 22 different meeting space configurations. There is an additional 60,000 square feet of outdoor areas for events and social activities.
The Iberostar Cancun Sensation Spa has eight private treatment rooms, a beauty salon, a relaxation lounge, a secluded relaxation garden and a whirlpool. Long noted as the signature treatment at the spa is the Hot Stone Massage, which is available as a 60- or 80-minute treatment.
“The use of volcanic stones came from the ancestral philosophy of American Indian culture,” said Long. “By using the energetic charges from the volcanic stones, the chakras or vital energy points will be balanced. At the same time, you are going to enjoy a warm massage helping you to integrate the body, soul and spirit, bringing you total serenity.”
The five-star Iberostar Cancun marks the brand’s ninth property in Mexico. The other eight properties are at Playa Paraiso in the Riviera Maya (Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso, Iberostar Paraiso Beach, Iberostar Paraiso del Mar, Iberostar Paraiso Lindo and Iberostar Paraiso Maya), near Playa del Carmen/Riviera Maya (Iberostar Quetzal and Iberostar Tucan) and in Cozumel (Iberostar Cozumel).