August 12, 2022

Hilton Honors enthusiasts have a new luxury hotel in Mexico to look forward to, as this hotel recently started accepting reservations.

Basics of the Waldorf Astoria Cancun

The Waldorf Astoria Cancun is now accepting reservations for stays as of November 1, 2022. The resort will be located along 100 acres of Mayan coastline, and will be just 15 minutes from Cancun International Airport (CUN).

The Waldorf Astoria Cancun will feature 150 guest rooms and suites, plus a variety of other amenities:

  • The Waldorf Astoria Cancun will offer ocean views from all rooms, and accommodations will be a minimum of 675 square feet
  • The Waldorf Astoria Cancun will have 21 spa treatment rooms (13 of which will be outside), a salon, a sauna and steam room, an ice fountain, a relaxing pool, and a gym
  • The Waldorf Astoria Cancun will feature a variety of dining outlets, including Malpeque (a fine dining restaurant), Chaya (an international and Mexican restaurant), Ja’o (a poolside restaurant with specialty cocktails), and Peacock Alley (the signature Waldorf Astoria bar)
  • The Waldorf Astoria Cancun will feature three outdoor pools, including a family pool, an adults-only pool, and a spa pool
Waldorf Astoria Cancun Peacock Alley
Waldorf Astoria Cancun Malpeque
Waldorf Astoria Cancun guest room

Waldorf Astoria Cancun rates & points requirements

What’s pricing like at the Waldorf Astoria Cancun? As you’d expect, rates vary seasonally, and start at somewhere around $550-800 per night. I’d say that rate is roughly in line with what I’d expect. Unfortunately that doesn’t include Mexico’s steep 29% tax & service charge, which increases cash rates significantly.

Waldorf Astoria Cancun cost in cash

If you are going to book a paid stay at the Waldorf Astoria Cancun, I’d highly recommend doing so through the Hilton Impresario program. This will score you perks like complimentary breakfast, a $100 food & beverage credit, a room upgrade subject to availability, and more. Furthermore, exclusively through Hilton Impresario, the hotel is currently offering a fourth night free promotion for stays through March 31, 2023.

If you’re looking to redeem points at the Waldorf Astoria Cancun, it seems that the hotel is generally retailing for 95,000 Hilton Honors points per night when there’s standard room availability. All Hilton Honors elite members get a fifth night free on award redemptions, which would bring down the average cost over five nights to 76,000 points per night.

Waldorf Astoria Cancun cost in points

You can of course also redeem free night certificates at this property, which can be earned with Hilton’s co-branded credit cards. Since you can often acquire Hilton Honors points for ~0.5 cents each (also what I value them), I consider 95,000 points to be the equivalent of paying $475 per night, including all taxes & fees (and you pay even less if you get a fifth night free).

Redeeming points here is a great value, especially since you’re not on the hook for the taxes & service charges.

Why do I feel lukewarm about this property?

On the one hand, I’m excited about the Waldorf Astoria Cancun. Cancun is just a short flight from Florida, so this seems like a great getaway for redeeming Hilton Honors points and free night certificates. I love visiting Mexico in general, from the friendly people, to the amazing food, to the beautiful scenery.

As far as Mexican beach destinations go, I’m a huge fan of Los Cabos — there are top notch hotels there (including the Waldorf Astoria Pedregal), the climate is amazing, and I love the rugged desert-meets-ocean landscape.

Unfortunately I don’t quite share the same love the Cancun area, even though it’s so much more convenient to get to. Maybe part of the issue is that it’s too similar to Florida for me, in terms of the climate (the seasons are similar) and the landscape (you have ocean and you have lagoons with crocodiles/alligators).

Similarly, I haven’t found hotels in Cancun to be of the same caliber to those in Los Cabos. They’re typically luxury factories, with hundreds of rooms, while Los Cabos has lots of more intimate properties.

I enjoyed visiting the Andaz Mayakoba, but it’s not a place I have to return to anytime soon. Admittedly if you’re looking to just get away for a long weekend, often a nice resort can be enough reason to pick a destination. So will the Waldorf Astoria Cancun actually be a good enough reason to return, given the short flight, or is it best avoided for those of us who don’t love Cancun?

Again, that’s just my personal take, and I know others feel very differently about the Cancun area.

Bottom line

The Waldorf Astoria Cancun will be opening in November 2022. This seems like a great new luxury option for those who enjoy visiting Cancun, and for Hilton Honors loyalists looking for a vacation in Mexico.

This looks like a pretty nice hotel, though I continue to have a hard time getting excited about the Cancun area, as convenient as it is to get there.

What do you make of the new Waldorf Astoria Cancun? Anyone plan on checking it out?

See also  Review: Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi