Ixchel Beach Hotel
Travel Blogs from Isla Mujeres
... I did my best to keep up with the Shark as long as I could. I had my head in the water, and swam alongside it and just looked at it. There is no cooler feeling. Being in the water was much better than being on the boat, so while the last two did their final jump, I got to float in the water with the guide. When we all got back on the boat, we drove back into shore. Jaime felt normal at this point, but I was still feeling sick. It was ...
... and transported them to the room for us! We were on the 3rd floor with great view out across the Caribbean bay alot better than a bunk bed. The room was unreal so much room and a plasma on the wall :) We unpacked and spent the day on the beach and by the pool. We had cocktails at the swim up bar which were reasonably priced for a luxury hotel, everything was to be charged to the room. But the hotel offered ...
... through those short days with a bit of motivation. Maybe he would join me traveling and I suddenly remembered the feeling of freedom and lightheartedness, which I felt in Bocas del Toro, not to mention all our long deep talks, the boats, the food, the easygoing lifestyle and the intense experience of the little things in life. It is pretty rare to meet people, who we let into our hearts so fast and without reserve. And who stay there after years... All in good ...
... take in a dive to an old World War 2 vessel now known as C58. It’s broken sunken hull lies on the sea bed in clear waters at about 25 meters. We swam past a school of spotted eagle rays, their rich navy blue hide speckled in leopard like white spots, and trailing a whip like sting. We entered the hull, scubaring along through the bridge and down the narrow hallways, enclosed by the rusted frame to an open area at the back. We could glance ...
... magnitude' of the 'penthouse' or get me into one of the beds. Yikees! When the bus reached playa I found my host, mr. Sam, instantly and we headed back to his 3 bedroom penthouse. Sam carried my bag that had sat in my lap on the bus and noted that it smelt funny, like curry... Which answered the question that had plagued my mind as the Man whispered his not so sweet lispy nothings into my ear, "is this Rican's smell going to stick pon ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
Historical Traveler Reviews Ixchel Beach Hotel Isla Mujeres
Lovely, going back as soon as possible.
This was our fourth visit to the island, and this was the best place we have stayed so far. I will not be looking to stay anywhere else the next time we go. And although we had to switch rooms after our first day, due to the "owner" arriving, we were just as satified with our second room. We went from the ground floor to the third floor with a balcony. Both were beautiful, clean, spotless, with huge sliding glass doorwalls. They were nicely decorated with artwork and furnished very modern compared to other hotels we've stayed at in Mexico. They had seashells scattered about, just as you probably would if you lived by the ocean. It was just such a cute touch. The rooms were also furnished with a coffee pot, dishes, stove, refriderator, microwave and a toaster. p.s. the microwave buttons were in Spanish, a little tricky for me. They also provided bottled water in the room so you didn't to be nervous about using the faucet. There was construction going on next door, though you hardly noticed it, it will be nice when it is finished. Oh yeah, and they did play LOUD music our first night there (Saturday), but that was the only night. I guess there is some type of feud with the bar next door. The desk did provide earplugs! We loved sitting at the pool or on the beach and being waited on. The staff at this hotel are top notch. Food delivered on the beach or at the pool, drinks, water, whatever you wanted, they were always coming by and checking on us. The beach is also somewhat private, they actually have someone there watching so only guests can use the chairs and umbrellas. We never had to wait for a place on the beach, unlike some other places we have stayed. Lastly, I could go on and on, but the location is great. Town is just down the street, golf cart rental, cabs abound, if you don't feel like walking. As a matter of fact we took a couple home from the bar down the street, Jax's, lots of fun, great staff there too. I guess we had a little too much fun.... All in all, it's a GREAT place to stay, plenty of places to eat, drink and relax, lots of things to see and do, it's sadly all a distant memory now that I'm back home.
Also great for children!
Staying at Ixchel is wonderful with children! The beach is great for kids, they can go out around a hundred yards before you have to worry about the water level. The service is wonderful and I always felt safe because the security was very vigilant about keeping people who are not at Ixchel off the property. It is a beautiful place to wake up in the morning and go out on the terrace and have a glass of juice and enjoy the view of the beautiful blue water against the white sand. The apartment that we stayed in was large enough to even have some romantic moments. The place is so tastefully decorated that it didn't feel like a hotel at all. Over all I loved our time at Ixchel!
Ixchel is magic
Isla Mujeres is a delightful corner of Mexico a million miles away from Americanised Cancun but only 25mins by ferry. This hotel is the best on the island and is situated on the best beach (north) pure white sand, turquoise sea and totally safe for non swimmers. It is within 5 mins of small shops, loads of restaurants and the ferry terminal, if you want to explore further (the island is only 4 miles long) then hire a golf cart and do the tour. If you need a fix of the bright lights then the Cancun ferry runs ever half hour and the airport is 30 mins from the ferry terminal. A magic location and beautiful hotel.
We went to the Ixchel Beach Hotel in June 2006 with our 2 children aged 4 and 7.
After a short ferry crossing to the Island, over the most amazing turqouise sea, we landed on a dream island (where aparently there is hardly any crime). We could have taken a taxi ride of 3 mins to the hotel, but chose instead for our girls and luggage to travel by bike, and casually walked behind them, taking in all the beautiful streets, shops, resturants and sea views.
We could see that there was plenty to entertain us for our 2 week stay.
The Hotel itself was ultra smart with staff who were always willing to offer any help or advise. We stayed in the penthouse apartment; numbers 503 and 504 which had all of the facilities we needed plus more, from having large TV's with DVD players in all of the rooms, to the kitchen which has a fridge/freezer, microwave, cooker, coffee maker and more, but best of all are the facilities on the roof. Our own Jacuzzi overlooking the island, sun loungers, BBQ and further shower and bathroom.
The pool was a big attracton for our girls, but with the beach only at the end of the pool and the sea not far after that, the choice for bathing was ours. The sea is very child friendly as there are no stones, drops etc and you can walk out into the ocean for ages and not be out of your depth.
The choice of restaurants is emense and are available both on the seafront and in the town, all of which we found to be very child friendly and of very high standard.
As the island is not very big it's easy to explore via a golf buggy, also not to be missed is the swimming with dolphins experience.
Overall one of the best holidays we've ever had.
Weighing in with pro's and con's
It's our last night at the Ixchel and I will share some of our thoughts...This was our first time in Isla Mujeres, loved the Island, and will definitely come back. The beach at the hotel was beautiful, and all we could have hoped for. Water crystal clear and blue. Within walking distance to plenty of restaurants and all the touristy shopping. I concur with the last reviewer as far as the fact that there are hawkers everywhere, but they really didn't bother us, if you either just ignore them, or say no thanks, then they are usually very nice, and leave you alone. I guess that we got less tolerant as the week went on, but that just meant not responding to them. The hotel was nice, new and very clean. We will not stay here again, but mostly because we stumbled upon a wonderful privately owned place to stay, with many more amenities for less money. We booked a "standard room". Our room was very basic, the lighting was terrible, no bedside lamp, just a weird overhead light, no coffee maker, no view, no balcony. (the rooms are all privately owned so amenities may differ) Would really not recommend the standard rooms, and if price is a big consideration, it would be fairly expensive to get a suite. The advantage was that it was new, and not in the middle of town, and the staff is very nice and helpful. There is no restaurant in the hotel, and if you get lunch out by the pool they actually go a couple of doors over and get it from the "Sunset Grill". There is also a continental breakfast served out by the pool. The hotel next door (another section of the Ixchel) is under construction, and there is some noise from that, if you try to be at the pool while they are working it's noisy, but no problem on the beach. (By the way the pool is small, and not really an "Infinity Pool" which I consider to be one that gives the impression it goes right into the ocean) There is not as yet a real "road to the hotel", (it's down a unpaved street) and at first I was kind of taken aback, but it's no big deal. The noise from Chimeros which has been discussed at length in other reviews was not that bad, we were in a 07 unit (one back from the beach) and with earplugs provided by the front desk had no trouble sleeping. It was Saturday night only. Overall, I would say that this is a nice new property, and if you can afford the suite, it's fine. Lobby and amenities comparable to a Hampton Inn or one of the Marriott courtyard type hotels.
Nice and clean but it is a bad note to start out unhappy. Our first room did not have a balcony, the only ocean view would be to mash our face against the window by the bed and look sideways to glimpse the ocean, so we opted to pay for an upgrade to a one bedroom suite after the first night when it became available. I highly recommend that, because the standard ocean view rooms do not have a balcony nor an ocean view due to the construction of a 5 story building that is part of Ixchel propertys expansion. We were happy after moving to the upgrade, we paid the difference, of +40 US Dollars a day, it was well worth it . We were escecially happy to get a one bedroom suite on the bottom floor so that we could sit outside our room near the bar and pool to watch people go by as well as watch the workers on the new building . Many ladies on the beach are topless. My husband certainly did not complain about that. The golf carts are 55 US dollars a day, ours was prearranged thru the hotel but never showed up. Overall the location is good for the Norte Beach area. It was windy on our trip , we chartered a deepsea fishing charter and caught a sailfish and dorado. This was our second time to Isla, we usually prefer to go to smaller places such as Akumal .This hotel was nice and clean and safe and available, since we booked it on short notice and many hotels had no vacancys at that time.
Just got back from 2 days at the Ixchel Beach Hotel...We originally got to Isla Mujeres and headed to El Carcacol which is also nice (especially if your on a budge at $40/night).
We wanted to be closer to the beach and found the Ixchel, it took our breath away. The property is beautiful, especially the pool. They are doing construction right next door bc they are expanding their property but we didn't hear it and when your on the beach it's no bother.
The staff were wonderful-helpful and very polite....We are definetely staying here again.
We only got the bedroom part of the suites, this location is a condo so you can rent either the suite (king bed, living room, kitchen w/ futon) or the 2 double bed bedroom...we got it for $170/night on promo...
definetely worth the money...
Pretty, but overpriced hotel
Beautiful hotel! I was just there this January 07. So excited to be there! But for $200 a night there was neither a chair nor a refrigerator. After persistent requests, we were finally granted a refrigerator and a chair.
The bar and "grill" is great but they don't have enough staff.
There is an ugly companion hotel right next to it still under construction.
WARNING: There is a loud disco/bar that plays music until 6 AM. You won't be able to sleep.
The rooms are "standard ocean view" but even the reservationist Andrea Urriza smirked when we claimed the little corner of water we could see didn't really constitute a view.
Long story short...they seem dishonest at this hotel and entirely overpriced. For $70 a night you can do much better with a guaranteed fridge!
Lovely and will be better after construction
We were looking for a reasonably priced vacation with genuine Mexican atmosphere and a decent beach. We found all of that in and around the Ixchel Beach Hotel on Playa Norte in Isla Mujeres. The Hotel was upscale in decor, albeit austere (no dressers or shelves for clothing). The room service only covered housekeeping towels and sheets and that was in the mid-afternoon. Overall, I'd say the service was excellent, the amenities lovely, the beach was kept clean and offered chaise lounges, umbrellas and towels for hotel guest only. Very few vendors approached us (I did find a very nice shell necklace for 8 pesos). Only criticism was the lack of dressers, disco music blasting on Playa Norte adjacent to the hotel on Friday night (get a southern room if there on a Friday) and the noise of the construction going on during the day - which can barely be heard when on the beach. Unheated swimming pool is small and shallow, but very clean and pretty. One can run a tab at the snack bar and the Mojitos are great! Using this hotel as a base to venture to Ciudad Cancun, Hotel Zone or other nearby destinations is great. I would return again for the great beach and comfortable rooms and excellent service (thank you Andrea). Don't be afraid to venture into the smaller more casual stores for souvenirs and food, but stay within 5 blocks if walking. Prices are low, variety is abundant and quality is high on this island. If going to the bullfight with children on a Wednesday, leave in the middle or before the finale. Captain Hook Pirate Dinner Show is worth finding on Playa Linda - take a cab from Playa Tortugas. Wonderful stay overall. Looking forward to a return visit in the fall.
My family and I just came back from Isla Mujeres, and we stayed at Ixchel Beach Hotel.
We loved our stay there, the staff were very friendly, our room was beautiful and had a great view, the location was perfect, great beach and 3 minutes away from downtown.
The Snack Bar was great, we loved the Margaritas and the Mojitos...
We will stay again.