Hotel Cozumel and Resort
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... traditional margarita, a frozen strawberry margarita and a bunch of different salsas. I don’t really like to drink and we recently discovered by accident that I really like tequila, so I thought that learning to make margaritas would be fun. It was! The basic margarita was great! The frozen strawberry margarita tasted more like a smoothie, it was great. The salsas were okay, but I did really like ...
... and caves, with Graham aiming to put me directly under each waterfall. Thanks for that. I got my revenge when I drove cause he shat himself the whole way thinking I was about to hit a tree. As if.
Even though I'm petrified of heights we went zip lining. The zip lines ranged from 45 metres above the jungle to 8 metres underground. It was an amazing experience and covered 20+ zip lines. Half way through there is a random water slide (what ...
... as being very dangerous. However this island is not like a Greek or a Spanish island with crazy unpaved rugged roads. The roads here are surprisingly well maintained and the island is fairly flat. I have watched from the balcony how people drive here and it's nothing like the madness you see in Cancun where there appears to be no Highway Code observed whatsoever. This island is very chilled and laid back and nobody seems in a hurry to go anywhere. Tourists hire all ...
... quickly warmed up after being in it for a few minutes. The weather was just perfect, sunny with 80 degrees and a nice breeze. We decided to have dinner at noon. The guacamole was excellent but that was surpassed by the grilled grouper and shrimp.
About 2 pm we decided to head back since Silhouette departed at 4. I had a great time and would return here again. I went up on the observation deck to watch ...
... in their own mindless posturing than letting us pass. Well, it transpires that one thing which does work in the Beetle is the horn, very loudly, which sends them scurrying. Eat dust, you muthas!! Hasta la vista... Off we roar towards the lighthouse at the very tip of the island and then on past the lagoons towards the remote beach from which we can snorkel. Unfortunately these shallow reefs were badly damaged by Hurricane Wilma which wreaked massive destruction ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Cozumel and Resort
Exceeded all expectations
We stayed here for a week at the peak of spring break season. Were pleasantly surprised at the lack of wild partying.Beach club is adequate, but the snorkeling is superb. There is no natural sand, and the entrance to the water is some concrete stairs built into the coral rock of the shore. You enter the water at about 10' and are immediately immersed in a world of coral and fish. I took a snorel boat tour and to be honest, I had all I needed right off our own beach.Food was bland at times, really good at others, and that olive loaf would not go away. I tried it on the third day and didn't feel so well after. :) That is what I get. There was never a time when I could not find something good on the buffet. The hotel filters all water, and we didn't take any precautions when brushing teeth or showering, nor did we get sick. Bathroom drain did smell though, seems to be a common problem from reading the reviews.I would not hesitate to come back. The staff was great, even if the beach and pool waiters seemed a bit sparse. I think I had 2 or three drinks delivered the whole week. But with a bar only a few feet away, this isn't too much of an inconvenience. Loved being a mile from downtown. We walked it several times to go shopping or find something a little different to eat. We visited only the Chankanab park as far as other beaches go, and personally, Ididn't feel the need to leave our little beach club too much after that! Next time I might be a little more inclined to explore.Note: if you are a blood donor, visiting cozumel is fine, but if you take a ferry to the mainland, you will be unable to donate for a year as it is maleria endemic area. I thought it was interesting as we almost took a tour to the ruins at Tulum.Have a great time!
Decent hotel for the price, but I recommend you pack a fridge with some decent food because the hotel's food was AWFUL!! ABSOLUTELY NO VARIETY!! I think this is the hotel that inspired the cookbook...1001 Ways To Cook A Hotdog. If hotdog fettucine alfredo is your idea of a good meal, you are at the right place!! REALLY REALLY bad food. Service in the Restaraunt was pretty bad, too. On a positive note, this was one of the only hotels I have stayed at in Mexico that actually had an ice machine available to the guests...very nice treat!The pool was very nice. However, we had to go down at 6:30 am to save chairs because by 10:00 am, they were all taken. Pool entertainment was fine, a little loud at times. Service around the pool was okay. Some days, you would have someone waiting on you every 15 minutes and other days, you wouldn't see someone for hours. Rooms were very comfortable and above average. Balcony was great. One thing I would like to mention is that many guests at the hotel got sick--throwing up and the poops. They even had medicine at the front desk for free to all of the hotel guests--which I originally though was great service for a hotel, but once I realized how many people were getting sick, I thought it was a little strange. I am not sure if it was anything in particular at our hotel that made people sick, but we were suspicious. SO bring the tummy meds...you may need themWould I go back again? Maybe. The price was pretty good. The rooms were very comfortable and the pool was great. I'll just remember the peanut butter and imodium next time.
Time of my Life!
I absolutely loved it! The staff was awesome! i miss angel, mikey, claudio, manuel, etc! i want to go back for sure! i had the time of my life over spring break. Awesome food, service, and very clean! Shows were fun too! gtg Brisas is the place to stay!
My husband and I have been winter vacationing in Cozumel for the past 5 years and have stayed at Brisas from the first year when it was Fiesta Inn...loved it then and love it still even more.....the people are the most friendly and the last 2 years we have gone they have ...welcomed us home.... The rooms are very nice and clean and the only thing that i can say about them that is negative are the .....rock hard beds..... The food and atmosphere are fabulous and reasonably priced...snorkeling out the back door is also beautiful. Will continue to vacation there and stay with our friends in Mexico.
The perfect priced resort for the average person who wants to taste cozumel for the first time. Would not hesitate to stay there again and we are used to nice places. Adios Amigos.
Hotel Brisas (Costa Club) Review
7 day Spring Vacation Trip from Minneapolis, MN to the Hotel Brisas in Cozumel, Mexico via direct charter flightLocation: Great location, close to downtown, close to many of the great beaches and reef. Nothing was more than a $3-5 taxi ride away, unless you want to see the other side of the island then a rental car is the way to go.Pool: Great, lots of space for lounging, and lined with palm trees for adequte shade for those who want it. The pool is huge, claimed to be the largest in Cozumel, and I wouldn't doubt it.Resturant: Good amount of food to eat, plus theme nights every other night which incude outdoor eating and grilling. Taste was a little bland at times, but easy to find something you like at each meal.Bar: 3 Bars one indoors, one by the pool and one by the ocean. Drinks were well made quicky and there were seldom waiting lines. Plus plenty of pool attendants to get drinks for you, so often you never have to leave your chair.Beach: Here is the trick to the hotel, since it is located across the road from the ocean, they built a tunnel under the road to get to the water. Quite easy to reach the ocean, the beach was not into the water, just some sand with steps into the ocean. The reefs just off the sand area make this a better snorkeling diving area than swimming.Dock/Pier: Dive Boats pick up divers for those who want to venture farther out to sea. Those new to diving snorkeling will be happy just diving/snorkeling off the beach area. Lots of fish and coral to see there, but I am sure the dives from the boats are much better.Dive Operations: Dive Paradise has office right there on-site with rentals avail (includes tanks, air, BCDs, Wetsuits, flashlights, and lockers) - great operation! We rented snorkels (free with room) and did a little snorkeling right off the beach. We also took a short "resort course" to learn how to scuba dive, which was quite fun.Intro Scube Course: The course was definatly for beginners, we watched a short 15 mins video, followd by learning the basics in a shallow pool by the beach. The we headed to the water to start our dive. I was quite apprehensive at first but the second you get in the water it all feels natural and there is plenty to look at. Our guide was fun, easy to understand, and help us to have a great first time scuba diving. Staff: Very personable, and quite energetic, even when you are not. The nightly activities were a little to "spring break" for us, lot of drinking games etc., but there were some shows that incuded some entertaining dancing.Rooms: Saved the room for last since it was the biggest problem with the whole trip. The room was quite humid, but since it was on the ocean and quite humid outside we assumed there wasn't much else that could be done. The beds were rock hard and were quite difficult to sleep in, including a few restless nights, and afternoon naps resulting in sore muscles. Your own bed at home will never feel so good until you come back from a week of a hard bed. Also as noted in one of the other reviews, there is a drain in the bathroom that smells quite bad at slect times during the day, but we solved that problem by covering it with the garbage can and that semed to help.Overall: Good experience lots to do, and the overall look of the hotel was great. The grounds were well kept lots of trees and plants, much more then we were expecting. Only a few negative aspects, some cannot be helped and some were solved with a little inginuity. So if you don't mind a hard bed to sleep on, the Hotel Brisas is a great place to stay.
Great place to stay!
At first me and my girlfriend were worried about staying at this hotel. The weeks prior to our arrival, I read countless reviews from people online about the hotel both good and bad. The different opinions caused for more concern. Once we arrived, we were shocked at the beauty of the hotel. The pool is large and the grounds are well taken care of. There is no beach just some sand in front of the ocean to make a "beach club". This was disapointing at first but we just rented a moped and went beach hoping. I highly recommend playa sol, san franciso, and mr. sancho's. These beaches were beautiful. Playa sol was really crowded, so if relaxation is your idea of fun do not go there. The rooms at the Brisas were pretty large with a balcony and two double size beds. As read on-line the beds were rock hard because its a matress placed on cement, not a big problem. The only complaint about the rooms was the bathroom. There was a drain on the floor that when you showered or bathed, water would come up from it then leave a fowl smell. We had to close or bathroom door for the entire stay to keep the room from smelling like sewage. I guess in mexico the plumbing is bad. The food was great. Plenty to chose from and it was very good. Around day 5, we got sick of the buffet and ventured out into town for dinner, so you may want to do the same. The alcoholic bevs were great and the bartender would make you anything you wanted. The entertainment at the hotel lasted from 8:30-9:00 and it was done. Hotel becomes dead at like 10:30. Not a party hotel with lots of old people around that complain if the music gets loud enough were they can hear it. In town you only have a couple of choices to party. Carlos and Charles and senior frog's are in the same complex. Those places die around 11. I was realy disappointed with the night life. Really a place for honey mooners or old folk. I wouldn't mind returning to the brisas but may look for a vacation spot with a nightlife that goes past 11potel!
We have stayed at the Costa Club the last five years. We have found the staff friendly and helpful. The dive boats pick you up at the dock and there is a nice sandy beach to relax on if you desire. The food is good and it is just a short distrance from down town. The pool is great. The bar is small and cozy where you can enjoy a cocktail and visiting with new acquaintances
Now named Hotel Brisas (Means Warm Breeze)
7 day diving trip stayed at newly named Hotel Brisas (Formerly Costa Club) - Nov 02.
Pool: Very Nice
Rooms: Get the job done but environmental controls are turn A/C on or off (no middle ground for fine tuning), they all have patios (some overlooking pool area others face woods or sea)
Bar: Okay but small
Shoppette: Conveniently in the main lobby (pretty well stocked - fairly priced - get beach towels exchanged there)
Beach: Accessed right from hotel via tunnel
Dock/Pier: Dive Boats pick up divers
Dive Operations: Dive Paradise has office right there on-site with rentals avail (includes tanks, air, BCDs, Wetsuits, flashlights, and lockers) - great operation!
Shore Diving: good access via two separate entry/exit areas with stairs
kayaks: Available for guests
Staff: Very friendly! Attentive!
Activities: Limited during our visit
Overall: Good experience
perfect distance from town. great shore diving.
food is good and lots of it and flexible mealtimes.
been there the last two years. we love it.