We just returned from a quick weekend getaway at the Melody Maker. We had an amazing time, please disregard the negative reviews, this place is AWESOME!!! If you want sun, sand and a great time, this is the place for you. The room was great, we upgraded to a suite on a higher floor for about $15/night and it was well worth it. No balcony, but the whole entire wall of glass doors opened up and it was better than a balcony. We had a view of the lagoon and skywheel. We could see the alligators at night swimming around. We have always booked beachfront, but we were glad we booked a different view this time. The pools are great, 2 swim-up bars. The bottom pool is VIP on the weekends, meaning you had to put your towels on the side of the pool, not in a chair, but not a big deal. They offered bottle service for the chairs/nooks, but we declined and the staff was not pushy about it. The bottom pool was a big party, lots of great music and on Friday afternoon they brought in a full rock band....it was a full concert at noon on a Friday, it dosesn't get any better!!!!!
The downsides: took a minute to get drinks, but the swim up bar was packed so that it to be expected.
The beach had seaweed and the waves were a little rough, but it was way better than the beach at home (oh by the way, there is NO beach at home, so is that really a downside??)
The food is so-so; but I could eat fries for 4 days if I had too, (did I mention there is no beach at home??????) They have a "food truck" by the pool for lunch which was great!!!
We walked into downtown Cancun (about 5 km) easy, safe walk. Tons of police and security. Loads of people downtown!! Lots of people "selling" their club/restaurant, but were respectful when we said 'no thanks".
The staff and people of Cancun are amazing. We felt welcome in their country the minute we landed. No one hustled us ever for hair braiding, drugs, etc (unlike some other countries we have traveled to).
If you want a relaxing, super chill vacation, with children and grandma, probably not the place for you, but if you want a fun getaway with amazing people, then this is the place for you. We will definitely be back!!!!