Villablanca Garden Beach Hotel
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To those of you that have been on this tour with me, I just want to say I will miss you all, it's been an amazing adventure and I have enjoyed all of your guys company. Andres, thanks for the help on the way, best of luck with everything, look us up if your ever in New Zealand. Ane, Dan, Marc, Nanne, Peter, Poppy, Phyllis, Sabrina, Stephen, Stefanie, Tariq & Thomas, you guys ...
... also out on the water taking pictures.And then we were introduced to our boats. Essentially the same boats as the ones in Matahual, Kelly and I were familiar with the operation, and due to our experience with the previous tour, we also knew that if we waited too long to set out once the guide started, we'd get stuck behind slowpokes (this did happen to us in Matahual). In this case we ended up maneuvering into position #2 behind the guide, and the ...
... a few tips. We felt obliged to listen. As tourists you can feel you're going to get ripped off everywhere you go. At least that is how we tend to feel a lot of the time. Anyway, this chap was very useful and gave us good intel.
He offered a cheaper deal for snorkelling on the reefs and his sales pitch made quite good sense so we went for it. We were glad we did.
We took the ferry at 11:00 to get ...
... before, the way they wandered and took pictures of the side of the boat. Then Joel had issues in the duty free. When finally everyone was officially in Cozumel I led them to the car rentals and arranged for a compact car for the day for $67. It was a 2 door hatchback, with the mushiest transmission I have ever had to use. But as I kept telling myself, its not my car, and as long as I get it back in one piece its not my problem.
We hopped in the car and off we ...
When we got to Cozumel we parked right next to another Carnival Cruise, one that only had a 4 day itinerary.
We opted to do an excursion organised by the Cruise for our first port of call, Cozumel, Mexico. The excursion was named "Beach Buggy & Snorkel at Punta Sur". When we got to the port a fairly large group of us were ushered to the Beach Buggies, which were really just open top jeeps. We drove ...
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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....
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.
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 cityâ ¦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 snobâ ¦soâ ¦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!
My wife and I recently returned from a 4-night stay at the Villablanca.
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.
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.
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!).