Casa Mexicana Cozumel
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Le rythme s'accélère très nettement à notre arrivée sur l'île de Cozumel le 25 mai.
Après s'être installés dans notre hotel, on s'organise pour que gregoin et dd passent leur open water padi les 2 jours suivant et on loue des vélos pour faire le tour de l'île!
Le souci (c'est paul qui parle) est que j'avais un peu sous-estimé le …
Today, after me being up most if the night feeling utterly queasy and completely rancid, we rose early to gingerly eat breakfast and sort out our wifi (hence being able to now post this.) Dan was very keen to be able to watch the Derby match and was like a junkie trying to find a way to watch it on my phone... He was not successful. When it came to match time he skulked off leaving alone by the quiet ...
... that due to all the business from tourists (particularly Americans who they think are rich) this is not a cheap Island to stay on or eat/drink out. Alberto's is on a beautiful beach and is very atmospheric in the evenings when they light the lanterns on the sand, so well worth a trip to watch the sun go down. Next stop: the Money Bar. There was a live band playing when we arrived and it was packed, we only just managed to get a table. We have never sat in the restaurant before ...
After breakfast we went straight to the Walt Disney Theater to meet up for our Port Adventure, Xplor Park in Playa del Carmen. The ship docked right at the pier in Cozumel and once we disembarked we re-boarded a smaller vessel that would take us over to Playa del Carmen (about a 45 minute ferry ride). Susan had gotten seasick the last time we took this boat, but today she had no problem (even though the waters were very choppy and a lot of other passengers ...
... of 3 DMs made be feel much better.
We saddled up, jumped in the speed boat and motored out 20kms south off the island to Palancar Reef. My DM was a Mexican in his early 50s that was obviously a little over the “niceties” of conversation with his clients. After the quickest brief on the site to which all I got was the dive site name “Palancar Gardens”, I was geared up and rolled back over the side of the boat. Kinda panicking trying ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Casa Mexicana Cozumel
2/6/04~2/13/04: Casa Mexicana lives up to previous reviews. Very clean rooms, fabulous breakfast buffet (7-11am) on the terrace, helpful and attentive staff & housekeeping ... though few spoke English, were able to communicate. The hotel has its own water purifying system. (We drank the water and ate the food with no ill effect.) There is no restaurant per se, however, there are numerous and varied choices in a 5 block area surrounding. Fresh fruit was available at the lobby main desk all day. There is an escalator from the street to the lobby and elevator between floors. (Most downtown hotels only have stairs.)Our balcony view was poor (Room 118), and overlooked a side street and a power transformer, if you leaned over balcony, could see the ocean. The hotel was full for the weekend and Carlos offered to move us come Monday, but since we spent little time in the room, opted to stay rather than move our belongings. There is cable tv (about 1/3 English-speaking channels, CNN available); we didn?t have a mini-fridge, but understand most rooms do. Ice (free) and vending machines available ($6 CocaCola) Coke & Pepsi much cheaper at Goodmarks, ? block away ~ ($1.50 for 1 litre bottles) Early morning heard quite a bit of door slamming and housekeeping carts rumbling down the halls; the rooms and hallways are tiled, not carpet ... but wonderfully clean and amply sized!There are lounge chairs and an overlook by the pool with wonderful views of the ocean, cruise ships docking, and the street below. Always a lovely breeze and perfect for relaxing and/or people-watching after a long day of shopping or meandering the streets.If you don't mind walking, this would be our first choice of downtown hotels. There is a small public beach a block away (not white sand). We only took taxi to and from airport ... everything else was in walking distance: 1blk to the cruiseship pier and the large modern Punta Langosta mall with TGI Friday, Subway, Hard Rock, Burger King and lots of reasonably priced liquor/souvenier/jewelry/clothing & t-shirt/silver shops, bars and restaurants; 1/2blk to Post Office; heading the other way, 5-6blks to the main Plaza, a park and ferry pier, wonderful restaurants and quaint open-air bars with 2for1 beer ($3). McDonalds & Pizza Hut/Dominos within 2 blks. A miniature golf (18hole $7) course, American owned, is 2-3blks from the plaza, a museum of local culture & history ($3) 4 blks from plaza. Everywhere in-between, local shops hawking anything from oriental rugs to Cuban cigars to 'almost' ROLEX watches. (Don't forget to dicker on the prices~$240 silver bracelet down to $30!). Diving piers/shops and snorkeling nearby. Taxi stands and car/scooter rental around every corner.Cost-wise, would consider this hotel a bargain. The complimentary breakfast buffet would easily cost a minimum of $10-15/pp anywhere else, and our 7day pkg included the 6th & 7th day free. Would definitely stay here again.
It was all others said it was
We just returned from a 1/24 - 1/31/2004 visit. After reviewing the other comments here we were pleased to find that the Casa Mexicana was all others said it was. The staff and management are first class and helped with any request. The hotel is spotless and well located at the edge of the Malecon tourist district. It is adjacent to the new Mall and only a few blocks from the main pier if you wish to ferry over to Playa Del Carmen. The hotel offers a fine buffet breakfast but has no restaurant. A tip for dining is to go down the adjacent calle 7 sur to the Costa Brava restaurant which is clean and family owned. Regarding the pool - it does exist but is more a relaxing pool than a pool for serious swimmers as it is only 3.9 feet deep. Try for an ocean view room.
Always fine service at Casa Mexicana
This was our second stay at Casa Mexicana and the service was excellent, as it was in 2002. The staff at the front desk was very personable and knowledgeable, and we were able to find detailed information on several restaurants fron the concierge, Fernanda, also.The daily breakfast buffet was outstanding, and the staff was so friendly, as always.For most of the week. the pool and deck space was closed for maintenance and painting.We'll be diving next in Hawaii, but on our next trip to Cozumel, we'll be staying at Casa Mexicana again.
Everyone there is starting to seem like family, even tho we can't speak Spanish!
Without a doubt the Casa Mexicana is a fantastic place to stay in Cozumel and has recieved many design awards. We did all the online searches, read all the reviews on various places to stay, etc etc. As it turned out, we picked the perfect place for us. There are not a great deal of reviews on this hotel as it is quite new (just a few years old). Being people who prefer to be in the heart of an area and experience the culture on foot this hotel seemed to fit the bill so we took a chance and were delighted. Service is excellent and the rooms are cleaned spotless every day. Yes, the beds are hard but that's just the way it is in Mexico and Central America... it's good for the back.
I just got back from Cozumel and was very pleased with this hotel. The employees were very helpful and polite. I had a leak in my room the first day and they moved me to a much better room. The rooms are very clean and the breakfasts are AWESOME. I would eat a large breakfast...have a small snack later then enjoy Mexican food at night.
Point being their breakfasts saved money. Only negatives were that the bed was firmer than I liked and on the last night, one of my neighbors was loud and it was pretty easy to hear them through the walls. If you make a reservation. Ask for the 5th floor on the ocean side. Room 504 is the best. Ocean and city view. I stayed in 503. Ocean and partial city view It was awesome anyway. Email me if you have questions
Casa Mexicana is a great value. Clean, safe and spacious rooms right in the heart of the action in Cozumel. For the money, you can't do better.
Casa Mexicana nice place to stay
Casa Mexicana is very convenient, to where all is happening in Cozumel. I was surprised at how relaxing and quiet it is there. Nice view, good breakfast. Loved the animal towel decorations that room service left each day. Easy walking distance to shops, ferry, docks and clubs. No pool, but nice fountain.
Casa mexicana good location
Casa Mexicana , Is a newer Hotel ,Right in town on Rafeal the main street in town , It is close to everything as far as shopping and great food are concerned , There is a ocean view but no private beach for swimming ,They have a ocean view swimming pool on the second floor , The hotel was very clean ,with your own robe and a special decoration on your bed daily made with towels , Breakfast came with the deal and the food for breakfast was wonderful, I would recommend ovean view or garden view , but the back view isis not much and a dog barks all night , but the music from the resturant is nice to listen to from your balconey, I would recomend it for the price and How pretty of a hotel and the great breakfasts,
Just so you know, there is no pool. There is a very attractive fountain-like thing that you can sit in and drink a beer by the bar, but it's really small. But if you're there to dive, you won't care. The architecture of this hotel is STUNNING and the staff is WONDERFUL. Every room has a great balcony (I recommend the garden view rooms), and the breakfast buffet is quite amazing. Beds are hard, but that's fine with me. Highly recommended.
A wonderful place to stay
Casa Mexicana was a wonderful place to stay. The rooms are large for the price and EXTREMELY clean. The color scheme was fresh and the furniture was very interesting. We reserved a city view but were upgraded to a partial ocean view at no price. The staff is very professional and friendly. The breakfast was wonderful and a definate plus for people who like to travel on a budget.
The only negative features were a very hard bed and its' location. Casa Mexicana is located in town so we were near restaurants and shopping, but it also meant we needed to take a taxi or rent a car to the beaches.
I would guess that Casa Mexicana is definately the best deal on Cozumel. I would higly recommend Casa Mexicana to anyone traveling to Cozumel.