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Saved in Cozumel
We had reservations at the Coral Princess for our first real vacation in 4 years. Somehow I misunderstood the Expedia reservation and thought when I requested ocean-front and they confirmed - that was what they were comfrming. Instead we ended up with what the hotel called a 'garden view' which meant overlooking the highway and parking lot. After complaining to Expedia they sent us to a hotel at the other end of town. When we passed Caribe Blu I recognized the name from being online so often and we went in to see if they could put us up for 5 nights. The very sweet hotel manager from the states said sure and showed us what we would be getting. It was a walk up but once there was worth the climb. Clean, nicely appointed - primitive artist chic - the rooms were large, good mattresses, lots of hot water and towels, and there was that beautiful view! Huge balcony overlooking the water with the most amazing sunsets right there every night. Our vacation was really saved. The location is great - even if you are not a diver as my husband and I are not yet. Internet Cafe and market a short way up the road. Try the restaurant next door for breakfast and lunch. Excellent value for the money. Oh, and Expedia refunded our money immediately and handled our issues on the telephone in a very professional manner. Rent a jeep and head for the other side of the island for the most beautiful beaches, saphire water - and beach clubs with drinks, massages and food right at your lounge chair.
What A Gem!
We stayed 5 nights here, 12/27 ~ 1/1/05, in 2 rooms on the 4th floor. It is a fantastic find, even when compared to the high-end resorts on the island. Yes, the hotel is simple and basic..it does not offer room service, or plush decor in the rooms, or the little baskets of shampoo & conditioner, or a full-serve restaurant, or elevator. What it does offer are very large rooms, simple and clean. Space for luggage, full-length mirror, a shelved closet, and small safe. (Although I seriously doubt if the safe is needed, money that was left on a shelf was still there at our return) A tiled walk-in shower with nearly instant hot water, and a large, private balconey with chairs and a million dollar view. There are few hotels anywhere that offer that close of ocean front proximity, for the rates they charge, and we gladly gave up the upper-end amenities, just to enjoy the view. We watched cruise ships pass and pelicans fish. We spent the nights with our sliding door open and listening to the sounds of the ocean.
My only fear in writing this, is that when I contact them for our next reservations..they will be full.
My wife and i just returned from Caribe Blue Dec. 26. The hotel itself was very nice and well maintained, if unspectacular. I'm not sure, with all the costs involved in staying there, if its any cheaper than the all inclusives, but it certainly was great for divers. We were on the 4th floor and I would not recommend that too highly, although the room was clean, simple, and had a great view. The dive operation in the adjoining building is professional, flexible and friendly. I must say, we did prefer diving with some guides much more than others. The ability to shore-dive on our own time from the beach out front was a big reason we chose the hotel in the first place. It was very nice.
The little restaurant above the diveshop was actually really good for simple fare and we found the convenience pretty important. A cab ride to town is only 4 bucks, but who wants to ride into town for a coffee in the morning! Great food could be a had at local restaurants reasonably priced, but if you wanted anything special, it was pretty expensive by local standards. At least there were lots of great options.
It seems a bit of a shame, but I definately noticed a difference in the amount of ocean life in the nearby reefs. I have not been to Coz for 15 years and I was surprised to see the ocean turned into a super-highway, and the Palancar into a parking lot. Gee, do ya think this is affecting the Marine life? While the dive masters are quick to point out that the reef is healthy, the signs are already there. It could just have been our luck on the dives, but comments from some of the old timers seemed to confirm our observations. We saw remarkably little life on several dives to Palancar. The fish all seem to be on the shallower reefs like French or Paradise. See it now! It is spectacular and is changing noticably and rapidly.
I think Cozumel is a better place to stay away from the all inclusives than alot of tourist towns. The locals are so friendly and the island is safe, interesting and pretty traditional, not like Cancun or Playa Del Carmen.
We really enjoyed the whole stay and would go back to Caribe Blu and would dive with Blue Angel Anytime! Hopefully soon.
Caribe Blu-best kept secret in Cozumel!!!
Just returned from another great trip to Cozumel. First time staying at the Blu Caribe and we have found our new "home" in Cozumel. Rooms are newly renovated,clean, and have real mattresses! All rooms are ocean view and the price/night was less than $100. Close enough to town to walk (about 30 min) or a $3.50 taxi ride. Used Blue Angel for all of our diving and they were the best dive operators we have ever used. This place is Cozumel's best kept secret!!!
All the advantages of a live-aboard without the seasickness!
The divemasters are great and great care is taken to ensure divers of equivalent skill levels are grouped together on their small (max 10) fast boats. I am a Master Scuba Diver with 150 dives and my buddy has over 400 dives, and we were always allowed to stay as long as the air lasted, even when others had ended their dives. I walk with a cane and the staff was equally accomodating on land, helping me with my gear and doing whatever else was necessary to make me feel at home.
The hotel is small (24 rooms) with excellent beds, TV, terrific bathrooms, friendly helpful staff, delicious breakfast and lunches at the onsite restaurants, and great amenities divers love (drying racks, refrigerators, a beach to lounge on and a pool to swim in when not underwater, etc.)
Best of all, the dive shop is right there, with secure gear lockers, dunk tanks, and racks for hanging wet suits and BCs. There is unlimited shore diving with lots to see and the dive boats leave from right from the hotel pier.
Stayed at Caribe Blu twice in March and April, 2004 and dived with Blue Angel dive shop located on the hotel grounds.
The hotel provided very good value for money and I highly recommend it.
Each room in this recently-remodeled four-story hotel overlooks the sea. Doors to the rooms are on the street side. Always lots of purified drinking water available. The rooms are all clean, nice and very well-kept. Very nice bathrooms.
Ground floor rooms open directly onto the pool area. All rooms above ground level have balconies; however, some sea views are restricted by trees. If views are important request third or fourth floor.
Street noise can be a factor but for us was nullified by the air conditioner's white noise (make sure the one in your room isn't TOO noisy).
The little on-site cafe above the dive shop serves good breakfasts and lunches and, of, course, the after-dive cerveza. No dinner, but three or four restaurants lie within walking distance to the south, including the excellent Ernesto's Fajitas. Taxi to town is $4.00.
No coffee in rooms and very little closet space, but we bought a coffee maker and who takes clothes to Cozumel?
Blue Angel dive shop is a very smooth operation with extremely personable divemasters. Aluminum 80 tanks, morning two-tank dives at 0830, afternoon dives and night dives at least twice weekly. Very nice folks and reasonable priced.
The hotel and dive operation combine to make an excellent dive travel experience. There were many repeat customers when we were there.
Best deal on the water in Cozumel
This hotel has recently changed hands and the new owners are remodeling. The rooms are large, clean and comfortably appointed, all have ocean views and large patios, in-room safes, bottled water dispensers, screen doors, air conditioners, plenty of hot water and benches for luggage and equipment. The beach/pool area is quiet and comfortable - booties are good for getting in the ocean as there is some coral there, but the snorkeling is good once you get in. The dive shop next door has a small restaurant on top where you can get a good breakfast or lunch for a very reasonable price. Walking distance to town (about 40 minutes if you stroll), and many dive boats will pick up at the hotel pier. The staff is friendly and helpful - kudos to Caribe Blu!
Great dive hotel, good prices, beautiful view -- good value!
Just returned from four nights, five days at the Lorena (now the Caribe Blu), and diving with Blue Angel Dive Shop.
The dive shop was excellent, everybody spoke English well, and was very helpful and friendly. The best part was having the dive shop Right Down Stairs.
The Lorena/Caribe Blu was great value. The beds are about as comfortable as you're going to find in Mexico, and thankfully each room has a/c and a television (though no English language channels/cable).
Each of the rooms has a *beautiful* sea view, but the hotel is parallel to the main road around Cozumel. So if you can deal with a little traffic noise (we had little problem), you get to enjoy sunsets with a cold beer from your balcony every night. Some of the hotels on Coz are on the other side of the road, meaning your seaview isn't as good, and you have to cross the street to get to their beaches. We enjoyed being right on the shore. The shore diving/snorkelling is fantastic, and there's even a pool right on the shore. Generally everyone was friendly and helpful at the hotel. They even loaned us a large cooler so we could keep food and drinks in our rooms, since there are no in-room fridges/minibars. The hotel is also a good 30-minute walk to the main part of Cozumel, or a $3-4 taxi ride.
The only small problem we had was intermittent hot water.
Generally, for the price, this is a good value hotel, especially great if you're diving in Cozumel. If you're not diving/snorkelling, you may want an all-inclusive somewhere else. We would have no hesitations about returning.
Fabulous Cozumel vacation at the Caribe Blu Hotel
Just returned from another fabulous trip to Cozumel Mexico and diving with BLUE ANGEL DIVE SHOP! The hospitality can't be beat and neither can the diving.The convience of having the dive shop right next to the hotel is perfect! Shore dives the best! After a week I felt like part of the "family" and can't wait till I can go back and see my new "RELATIVES".Check them out! ...With the price you can't go wrong. Mike
Great Divers Hotel
Just returned from Cozumel and another great diving trip with BLUE ANGEL DIVE SHOP. ...It was great being able to stay at the LORENA hotel next to the dive shop - new owners are making improvements and upgrading the rooms. Perfect place to stay - great sunset views and all rooms are ocean-view! Best of all the price didn't kill us! Had extra money to dive with! Check them out! ...
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