We started at the Royal in Playa Del Carmen right off 5th avenue, in Playa Del Carmen. Location, Location, Location ! We could walk to all the shopping and clubs located on famous 5th Avenue. The rooms were very nice, maybe not quite as new or fresh as some of the new adult only hotels but they were very nice! The pool was huge and seemed to have a real buzz about it. Their was a lot more activity and a bit more of a party feel with people coming and going from 5th avenue. The beach was great and it was lined with beach cabanas but it was right next door to a road that lead down to the beach so it did have a lot of foot traffic from 5th avenue. It is not as private as some may like and if your not in the Royal Service suites it is a little tough to find one. The royal service suites have reserved beach cabanas.
My favorite restaurant was Asiana because of the location outside of the resort but every restaurant was very good! This hotel is the best in Playa Del Carmen so if you want an adult only located on 5th Avenue you have to stay at the Royal Playa Del Carmen.
After 3 nights in Playa it was off the the The Royal in Cancun. We stayed on the famed 10th floor in the Royal Service suites. It is said to have the best view in Cancun and I would agree. The rooms were much nicer and the view, WOW! The pool had a huge swim up bar and it was really hopping! The beach was super and you could see almost the entire skyline of Cancun. The food was excellent at all of the restaurants and the room service menu seemed to have more options then the Royal in Playa.
I did prefer The Royal Cancun vs. the Royal in Playa Del Carmen. The rooms were nicer and the views at the Royal Cancun are marvelous but the location of the Royal in Playa Del Carmen is just perfect for partying on 5th avenue. This was one of my favorite trips and I will be returning to both of these properties.