As Marriott and Hyatt have in the past few years expanded in the All-Inclusive segment, I have been curious about the guest experiences, mainly food and beverage wise, at these hotels.
Based on the searches and bookings I have made, these All-Inclusive hotels tend to be double or triple the price of comparable hotels if non-All Inclusive options are available. It is challenging for me to justify the difference considering the quality, or lack thereof, of food and beverage options.
There is no incentive for the hotel to have good F&B options available as they already have your money.
Hotels are not really “all-inclusive.” Want coco instead of an adult beverage? $10, please. A lobster is offered as a dining option for $100 more. Want premium adult beverage? Be ready to open your wallet.
All-inclusive hotels appear to draw a segment of guests that I don’t usually see at brands I frequent.
I don’t pretend to be an expert when it comes to all-inclusives, as I have only stayed at three, of which two were Hyatt Zivas in Mexico this year.
In Cancun, the Hyatt Ziva was actually ok, and I would not mind staying there again if an option for a room-only stay existed. Earlier this month, the rates for the weekend were in the $600+ range for two (used points), and I thought that the pricing was absurd.
The maximum I would have considered acceptable, taking the food quality into account, would have been perhaps in the $250 to $300 a night range.
I understand why some may choose an all-inclusive if they don’t plan to leave the hotel premises at all and are heavy drinkers.
I am just curious if our readers find all-inclusive hotels a good option and why?