Duplex penthouse #372 helped create a fantasy vacation in Cancun. The 4 bedroom, 31/2 bath private condo apartment is on the 7th floor of the BelleVue Beach Paradise Hotel with dramatic beachfront views. The vacation rental lived up to the website photos and Francis, the onsite assistant, was friendly and attentive. The hotel could use sprucing up, but the penthouse itself was modern and well-kept. The kitchen was fully equipped with all the appliances and utensils one could ever need, plus a full-size washer & dryer in a nearby alcove. However, the kitchen's large refrigerator was not working well, which explained the 2nd refrigerator at the edge of the living area. Francis did alert us to this issue during the tour and the backup fridge proved necessary. Given the quality of the rest of the apartment, it makes no sense for the owner not to have already replaced the faulty fridge. The condo was clean and well air-conditioned throughout. The large master bedroom on the 2nd level with wrap-around windows and amazing views had a very comfortable king-size bed, lounging area, large closet, safe and a bath with double vanity and huge shower. Unfortunately, there's some water leakage from the shower's glass door, probably due to the positioning of the shower head too close to the door. Bedroom #2 with an expansive beachfront view was almost as large, but shared a bath with the slightly smaller 3rd bedroom (plenty of hot water in all baths.) The 4th bedroom on the first floor had it's own private bath. Bonus -- all rooms had their own flat screen TVs with cable and DVD players. There was good sound insulation throughout the apartment because of the condo's thick walls. The large dining room table easily seated 8 and had it's own great views of the beach and terrace and a small stereo system for music. Although the expansive terrace had great seating arrangements, including outdoor dining table & chairs, the cushions to the sofa and chairs needed a fresh cleaning and had a few cigarette holes. The owner provided a complimentary cell phone as well as a landline and free wifi throughout. Although the private penthouse allows you to cook your own meals and dine in, the hotel's restaurants and bars are available only to those who pay the all-inclusive $40 per day fees; actually a good deal that includes buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails, plus snacks throughout the day. That means however, you can't even pay cash for occasional meals or cocktails at the hotel outside of the all-inclusive arrangement. Also, one of the hotel's 3 restaurants is a great place called Little Italy. Fortunately, all other hotel amenities, i.e., pools, beach chairs, umbrellas, tennis court, etc were free. The building itself is located near the southern end of the 12-mile hotel strip in the shape of a seven, that constitutes tourist Cancun. Finally, the entire strip is serviced by frequent buses for under a dollar that seem to run every 3 to 4 minutes.