The whole Caribbean coast looks great–you’d never guess Hurricane Wilma had even happened, unless you’re really looking for evidence (a lot of the mangroves around Cancun are still battered-looking, for instance). Almost all of the hardest-hit hotels have reopened by now, and there’s a lot of new landscaping and construction.
Here’s what’s new in lodging in Cancun:
Villas Juveniles (p. 84) is shut for remodeling–which might make this an appealing place to stay after it’s finished.
Aristos (p. 85) is gone–something new and bigger is being built in its place.
Villas Tacul (p. 88) is shut–it doesn’t look like it’s being renovated.
El Pueblito (p. 88) is still closed, but should reopen this month, following extensive renovations.
Mexico Hostel (p. 85) is now being managed by Tulum’s Weary Traveler crew, which just means the place is generally a bit more organized.
Cancun Rosa (p. 85) has remodeled and gotten rid of its groovy old lobby–which was really the most appealing part anyway. I won’t be putting this place in the next edition.