Villablanca Garden Beach Hotel
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... the tour in a taxi to Playa del Carmen.
We are just now snacking and resting at a cafe called La Vagabunda so with free wifi I'll post today's pictures now before we leave to have dinner at the main buffet.
The kids are fascinated by the live entertainment at night......we'll have a later dinner and go see Grease ...
We woke up in Houston early and boarded our flight at 815am this morning. We decided to upgrade to Business first class and got priority boarding and the priority line through security! This is the only way to travel and we felt totally spoiled. When arriving at the hotel, we were greeted with a drink and a beautiful flower for my beautiful bride. Now we are waiting for our room to be ready but don't feel too ...
... the afternoon, the 2 hours travelling back to Cancun made me sleepy, but I just couldn't turn down a night out with Shell and her mates. I met them in Senor Frogs to find one of them behind the bar with an apron on serving us all drinks. Standard. Hahaha so funny, and she actually did a pretty good job with a yard of beer, too many shots and multiple cocktail concoctions.
Oh what a night, we were all having such a ...
... one-acre enclosure, we were issued snorkeling gear and given a safety briefing.
For the 30-minute encounter, I met the rays in waist-dept water where they surrounded me and even touched my legs urging me to feed them. They ate out of my hands as I pat their silky wings.
Fifteen to twenty years ago Playa del Carmen was just a small village with the jungle a short distance away from the beach. Over the past fifteen years many, many hotels have been built along the beach and as which any unplanned city sometimes there are problem and Playa is no different. The streets are narrow and too many cars are all trying to use them at the same time. One ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Villablanca Garden Beach Hotel Cozumel
Went for honeymoon
it was a nice hotel . the beach access across street had some of the best snorkeling area we found.
and we looked at whole island,the workers were very nice and prices were reasonable.
would go again and again....
So-so, including town of Cozumel for non-divers
Unless you are a diver or planning to rent a car for your entire stay, this hotel is adequate at best. The pool is nice and the rooms are OK except for the strong odor of bug spray housekeeping uses every day. This hotel is NOT the closest to town, there is no public transportation and the beach across the street is not sandy. We had an eight year old with us and had to rent a car for an additional $35/day because there is nothing to do at the hotel except swelter in the hot sun beside the pool or buy coffee for $1.50/cup. Since we don't dive, we didn't enjoy Cozumel. We paid ($3.00 each) to get into one of the private beaches (approx. 7 mi. south of the hotel) and that and a day at the park were the highlights of the vacation. We've had a lot more family fun at other beach cities in Mexico, including (surprisingly to us) staying at a beachfront hotel in downtown Acapulco.
Could have been better
Would not stay there again, Yes they have great marble bath tubs and rooms , but what good they with no hot water or water pressure. We brought this problem up to management who just did not care...Beds are rock hard also...I would say the location is pretty good, just outside of town. Do not use the Scooter/car rental place they recommend , many hidden costs and they are just not very nice..also WHEN IN MEXICO DO NOT USE "EXECUTIVE CAR RENTAL" OR ANY (TSA) SERVICES THIS IS A SCAM WAITING TO HAPPEN... PLEASE REMEMBER THIS WHEN IN MEXICO!!!!!!!!!!!
Quaint and Quiet
I stayed at Villablanca for 4 nights and could have stayed 4 more. I was advised against staying here, but decided to take my chances as I would only the need the room for sleeping and getting ready to face the day. It turned out to be a really wonderful stay. The really only downside was the drunk man who stayed at the pool all the time. He didn't bother anyone, but his presence was a little annoying. I had the corner suite with a private balcony up in the trees. The shuttered windows was a new experience but kind of nice to wake up when the birds did. The garden there is very nice to roam around in and the pool was nice too. If you go expecting the world, you'll be disappointed. If you go with an open mind, you might just fall in love with the place.
Basic, clean & friendly
I booked a last-minute deal via the web that included airfare. I learned that the rates at Villablanca are not that expensive to begin with so I'm not sure if I saved much on the deal. I did read the reviews from previous guests and found them quite helpful in making my decision. Villablaca is centrally located between the city center and the other sightseeing destinations on the island. Our deluxe guest room was clean albeit extremely basic and sparse (no hair dryers or irons.) I was surprised by the extensive use of marble tile throughout. The air-conditioning worked well. The pool area is small but functional and fun. Bring an old book to share; there is a stack of reading material available for poolside sunning. The small four table open-air restaurant located in the pool cabana serves up a great hearty breakfast, and a decent cup of coffee. It closes in the early afternoon however. The delightful waitress/cook/bartender is American, knows the area, and loves to chat. Unless you plan on lying by the pool all day or snorkeling/diving with the outfit across the street, you should rent a vehicle. It is easy to get around the island and parking hassle free (and complimentary) at Villablanca. (Upgrade to a jeep, take the top down and drive to the west coast to see some beautiful beaches and vistas. Also, visit Chankanaab.) FYI, it is only a $5.00 cab ride into town if you are going out for dinner & drinks (Try Guidos for dinner in the city‚ ¶delicious!) There is a fun charming bar/restaurant across the street that affords great views of the sunset. I am a bit of a hotel/resort snob‚ ¶so‚ ¶if you are looking for a full service beach resort; there are numerous upscale properties to choose from on the island. You will pay more but you will have all the amenities and services you would expect. If you are looking for simple, basic (and sometimes kitschy) accommodations and service consider Villablanca, it comfortable, affordable and suited our needs quite nicely.
White and comfortable
Nice place. White walls, sparse furniture. The hotel was alright,
comfortable enough with hard beds. You may get breakfast or drinks
there, woman that runs the bar is helpful, a bit aggressive (maybe know
it all?) but helpful just the same.
The island was a tad expensive and the food just ok. All in all an ok vacation. Had to go to Playa to find a younger crowd. If you don't go all inclusive save your pennies it's going to cost ya!
Pleasantly surprised - I'm a Villablanca fan!
My wife and I recently returned from a 4-night stay at the Villablanca.
I did quite a bit of research on Coz hotels, and overall it seems accomodations on the island range from bad to mediocre. The all inclusives don't get very good reviews and the so-called luxury hotels seems overpriced for what you get. So, when I stumbled on the Villablanca, I thought it might be too good to be true. After reading the positive reviews here and elsewhere, and since it's right across the street from two dive shops, we took the plunge.
Booked thru Expedia, great rates. Got a superior oceanview room for around $80 a night. We checked in and we happy to see we got one of the two rooms on the third floor. The rooms are quite large with a sitting area, big table, kitchen and fridge. Spartan is probably the best description, everything is white and very simple. The room was clean upon check-in and the maid service was good.
Couple quibbles: the mattresses are very hard, you can feel the springs; our TV didn't work and it took complaining 3 times to get one that did; no direct dial local calls from the room.
Jorge, the manager, was always very nice and provided us with some good beach suggestions and local advice. Nancy, who runs the bar and restaurant, was friendly and makes a good, cheap breakfast. It's nice to be across the street from Papa Hogs, and the Hog Town Cafe next door has awesome food. I became addicted to their nachos! The Temptations restaurant across the street (above Dive Paradise) was also good with attentive service and low prices.
Regarding the location, it's about 1 1/2 miles south of town. You can walk to a supermarket in about 10 mins. Town and the big cruise ship market is about a 15 min walk. Cabs are abundant but pretty expensive.
I never felt unsafe walking back and forth, even at night.
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay at Villablanca and will be returning next time we're in Coz.
Great Cozumel Experience
Look folks, It's about experiencing the location for me. We chose the Villablanca with help from trip advisor after exhaustive fiddling and booked through Expedia. All previous reviews are accurate. This is a NICE local hotel. We opted for the lesser expence in lodging so we could truly do the ALL INCLUSIVE. Rent a car, eat, drink and do whatever we wanted. We experienced many nice Resteraunts, shops, bars, beach spots and truly fantastic warm people. Spend all your money for a resort and forget about having enough money to do what we did. At least "us," working folk.
Hotel is nice. Beds are a little hard but I slept better there than at home. Rooms are all in working order. We stayed at larger rooms and did ask for second floor immedatly as the first floor is musty and we did have "ocean view", booked. House keepers are really nice. Tip them, a few bucks goes a long ways for them.
Nancy, the gringo owner who runs the on premises bar and small resteraunt is super nice. All the inside info. We ate at many local resteraunts for low $$$ and excellant food. ie: Popyes, Super taco, through her advise. Also rent a car through her contact, allot cheaper.
Well all the rest is obvious. Cozumel is beautiful. A precious experience. If you need a good hotel to hang your swim trunks at, this is the place. A smile, a "hola" and a warm hand shake is what it's all about!
P.S. Its for sale. What a thought! Kind of shot on the 3mil. asking price.
We loved it
we returned sunday from cozumel., we stayed at the villlablanca. it wasn't what i expected at first., but it quickly grew on us. the windows in our room had no glass. just screens and plantation shutters. that was different., the grounds were beautiful and private like. we loved the restaurant across the street and the hotel was in a great location. also the bar across the street was cool - it's on the beach. papa hogs i think the name is. the hotel was cozy and the staff was nice and helpful .. not an uppity, snooty atmosphere. just real people, laughing and having fun., we fell in love with this place., we'll definitely return., i miss it already cozumel is safe and the people are fantastic., friendly and smiling all the time. i could live there.
Average, nice location
Stayed here for 6 nights. They have smaller rooms on the 'left' side of the property that left a lot to be desired, complained about the room & mentioned that our package included an upgraded room. The larger rooms (suites maybe? on 'right' side of property) were great. Clean & spacious, plenty of room if you have 3 people or even 4. Location is across from a dive center for those who dive, also good snorkeling from the shore. Nicer beaches need a taxi to get to, not to much $; and town center is not too far either (it is walkable if you like but it's a small hike). Walking distance to the cruise pier, good restaurant there & sometimes cheap taxis to far side of island in the off season. Overall an above average experience - oh, and the cafe owner at Villablanca is American (nice to have a translator if you need one) & they have outstanding food (especially breakfast!).