Casa Mexicana Cozumel
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Bright Clean Rooms, Complimentary Buffet Breakfast ... Good Value for Money
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!
Excellent Value-Surpassed Expectations-Great Diving
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.
The daily complimentary breakfast was fantastic... Bacon, Eggs, Sausage, fresh fruit, pancakes, made to order omlets, and mexican traditional delights as well with fresh juices and coffee. In short, you won't need but a light nibble at lunchtime after this early AM feast. A wonderful deal. Being divers we were not concerned about the lack of a pool (although there is one that is more of a fountain to lounge in). Beach goers would be better suited to a resort but you will be outside the downtown area and not really within walking distance to experience the local culture. Our Dive shop was Aqua Safari and located 1 block from the hotel with their boat dock direcly across the street.
Very convenient and Aqua Safari was rated #1 on the island by Rodales.
When you stay here, request an ocean view room as the hotel is seperated in two sectors. Although every room has a balcony and a very large one at that 1/2 overlook the city and 1/2 the ocean. Get the sea view rooms and get on the upper floors. Great views of the cruise ships, sea and you can enjoy the cool evening tradewinds. For the money you can not beat this hotel... easily $225 a night if it were in Key West and you'd get no breakfast. Tip house keeping and not only will be met with a wonderful smile but will find animals of all sorts sculpted from extra towels every evening laying on your bed upon your return.WHen I return to dive Cozumel again, I will look no further than the Casa Mexicana.
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.
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