We had seen only a few hotel at the beach in Cozumel because most of them were blown away and destroyed by the powerful hurricane Katrina in 2005. Some owners of smaller inns were resilient and built new ones, others they abandoned the old buildings and have not recovered.
However, there is this hotel I saw downtown, close to gasoline stations, malls business establishments and also close to the beach. The name of the hotel is Park Royal.
We just got back touring half of the island and I saw this hotel while we were looking for a gasoline station to put gas on our rented jeep before we return it.
I took a quick snap of the hotel while the jeep was moving.
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The address is: Playa Paraiso Km.3.5 Carretera a Chankanaab
Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico 77600
Tel: 52 (987) 872-0700
Fax: 52 (987) 872-1301
01-800-215-8800 (From Mexico)
The hotel is close to downtown and the beach.
We did not stay here, but wanted to provide the view of what may be available in downtown lower end pricing. This could be one of those. It looked like a rather interesting place, but am not sure if I would venture inside myself.
Have no idea-but the front my tip you off
We did not stay here, but wanted to provide the sample of what may be expected in downtown San Miguel stays. I imagine most tourists stay out of this perimeter in high rise hotels/condos. I imagine most tourists stay outside of downtown in a high rise/condo, but this experience could be one to remember.
They have 18 rooms and meal plan packages in addition to the kitchenettes and AC
The Melia was great. I heard complains about the beach being rocky, but I'm not much of a beach person so I didn't really mind. There were shells and coral but I figured that was the norm (it's a BEACH!).
Not a place to go if you're scared of lizards cause they're everywhere, like squirrels in Canada. They're harmless if you leave them alone.
Staff is very friendly, waiters and maids give exquisite service. Food was great, not one had a single complaint except for the wet cake, but that seems to be Caribbean style cause I had similar cake in Cuba.
You can snorkel right off shore, but if you go next door to the El Cozumelino on their side of the pier, the snorkelling is better!
All in all, great place, definitely recommendable!
We were there for two weeks in March 2007 using our El Cid time share and had a two bedroom suite - hoping to have friends with us - but who cancelledout.
We tried to downgrade to a one bedroom several weeks before leaving for our holiday - but were told we couldn't so we were disappointed at having to use up so many time share points.
However the suite was beautiful in the tower block but the noise and view were awful as the hotel is right next to the cruise ship pier and it's complex of shops and restaurants - the noise fom their air conditioner units kept us awake all night. Not only that.... the pier had suffered damage during Hurricane Wilma and construction was done all night - starting when the cruise ships left. There were "pile driving" barges banging all night with their lights shining into our room.
When we saw the first cruise ship arriving on our first morning, we thought it was quite unique. However we soon found out that there were up to 4 cruise ships docked right in front of the hotel. This really blocked the view! El Cieba offers an "all inclusive" day package to the cruise ship customers...so they can use the pool, restaurant and bar, and beach. One day the pool was full of "teenagers" who were completely drunk and disrupted everyone's peace.
When we first arrived - there was a problem with the water system in the tower, so there was no water in our suite, or the public bathrooms - and the toilets could not be flushed.
All that being said .... the restaurant was very nice and once the cruise ships left the view and sunsets were beautiful.
I loved swimming in the lighted pool at night, and there was snorkelling right from the private beach.
The rest of the facilities were unremarkable.
During the sales presentation - we complained about the noise and having to use up so many time share points when we knew that there were one bedroom suites available (but were told that these were for tour operators etc.,) - and they moved us to the El Cid resort on the Mayan Riviera for our last week and that was WONDERFUL ;-)
Karen and I have visited Cozumel on three occasions, in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Each time we arrived by Cruise Ship so our accomodations were onboard. Cozumel is a very popular cruise port and we were on a different ship for each of our visits. They were:
2006: Empress of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
2007: Zenith, Celebrity Cruise Lines
2008: Enchantment of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
The advantage of visiting Cozumel on a cruise is that it is probably the least expensive way to go. The obvious disadvantage is that time on Cozumel is limited. However, on each of our visits we saw different attractions and our total of three days there is not nearly enough to fully enjoy all the things that Cozumel has to offer.
We considered staying here in 1998, but the Aguillar was cheaper.
This hotel was an ideal diver's hotel before Hurricane Wilma. Now it is still a good value, but the bar and pool are apparently linked in to the cruise ship business and everyone who wants to drink at the bar can also use the pool. I have heard that this leads to rowdy and loud behavior.
There are 2 different buildings. One is a 3 story hotel-type building and the other a 12 story tower. I have not stayed in either one - I just took a picture of the tower. I heard about this place in 1998, but we did not stay here as it was more expensive. One of the draws was the airplane that was sunk off the beach here by a movie crew in the 1980's
Amenity highlights: El Cid offers beach-and-pool areas north and south of a beachside restaurant. To the north lies a large terrace of white sand with steps leading directly into the transparent water and the main pool, which measures 10.5 x 16.75 meters (35 x 55 feet). To the south lies a smaller pool (5.5 x 17 meters/18 x 55 feet) and a smaller stretch of sand (23 x 18 meters/25 x 20 yards). This section offers a sandy, six-meter (20-foot) opening to the sea and playground equipment adjacent to a children's center.
This hotel was and is right across from Papa Hog's pier. Friends of ours stayed here in 1998. I have not stayed here.
At that time, there was no restaurant associated with the hotel, and the restaurant at Papa Hog's only served breakfast and lunch. Our friends had rented a small car. Eventually, they checked out of here and came to stay at the Aguillar where they were more in the center of action.
From their website:
"50 rooms and suites, three villas and a P.H.; all units are equipped with A/C, ceiling fan, refrigerator, satellite TV, telephone and sunken tubs.
Hotel amenities include swimming pool, jacuzzi, poolside bar, tennis, gourmet and casual restaurant, snack bar, beach club with private pier for our hotel guests, three dive shops on premises, wireless Internet, gym, handicapped access, mini-market and the owner´s wife´s famous jewelry store "Ada de Cozumel".
Additional services: valet laundry, babysitting, cars, moped and bike rentals, massages, doctor on call, trips and tours and wedding planner.
This is a great hotel for people who think of their hotel as a base of operations rather than a place to stay for the whole vacation. The Days Inn is a little off the main road but it is inexpensive and had reasonably comfortable rooms. The beach area is a short walk or cab ride away.
Visited the Reef Club for an extended weekend to dive and lounge on the beach in 11/07. Our accomodations were clean and simple with tile floors and your typical floral bedspread. The hotel buildings are on oceanfront property, but the rooms don't have "ocean views" per se, so don't bother insisting on a view...especially when you can spend your time actually relaxing IN the turquoise blue waters of El Mar Caribe along a white sandy beach! The hotel staff were gracious and friendly, especially when you speak a few words of Spanish, which makes their smile bigger. Be sure to tip your maid a few dollars a day as that is where most of their income originates. It may even bring you fresh flowers. :) All-inclusive meals were typically buffet with choices from a few restaurants. Don't expect gourmet, but you won't starve either because the food is decent and abundant. I loved meeting up for cocktails with my new dive buddies in the new Azul lounge with its cool white & blue decor. I hear people comment about how they can't get Grey Goose Dirty Martinis, R.Mondavi Cabernet, or Pabst Blue Ribbon and just roll my eyes. You're asking for a premium import on a Mexican island while you drink all you can on the cheap. I'm grateful for the warm smile behind the bartender serving me tequila or the excellent authentic Mexican lager & ale, Dos Equis.
on the longest beach in Coz, San Francisco Beach. 2 seperate pool areas for kiddies and relaxing. on-site shopping complex perfect for picking up last-minute tourist tchotchke and the forgotten toothbrush. professional & friendly on-site dive operator, Sand Dollar Sports.
What a beautiful place! We went during the summer time and it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. Gorgeous white sand beaches and great snorkling right outside the hotel. We had breakfast on our spacious patio every morning. we ordered a variety of items and shared everything. Much cheaper than the $20 breakfast buffet.
Nice pool area-but if you are at the beach, why are you sitting poolside??? Big fluffy towels are provided.
The Fiesta Americana Resort is a nice up-scale multi-story 228-room hotel at the water's edge. It is only about five minutes from the Puerta Maya Pier, and about 15 minutes from down town San Miguel. They offer dive packages which include 5 days of reef diving, room, meals, and free shore diving (tanks, air) for about $1,700.
The place is clean, courteous, and fairly modern (obviously having been refurbished after the hurricane of 2004).
Although it is geared toward diving, there are other things to do near by including, Tennis, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Fishin, Boating, Golfing, and Horse riding/rental.
The dive shop at the Fiesta Americana Resort is PADI run, well stocked with rental equipment. The have fresh water equipment-dowsing vats, showers, and tables to assemble your gear. It is only about a 5 minute taxi ride from the Puerta Maya Pier. A two tank dive was only $60. Again, don’t even think about it unless you are certified and in good health.
Shuttle vans or private cars of varying prices are available. They can be selected during the process of booking a reservation for this hotel, via this Web site, and added to the total trip cost.
Babysitting or child care
Room service (limited hours)
Supervised child care/activities
Swimming pool - outdoor
Swimming pool - children's
Gift shops or newsstand
Complimentary newspapers in lobby
Internet access in public areas - surcharge
Number of rooms: 224
On-site car rental
Safe-deposit box - front desk
Awesome rooms, Marble floors, great ocean view, okay food, free drinks! Kayaking & horseback riding included!
Ok - like the rest of Mexico the beds are hard - but everything else was excellente. Do not get a moped if you stay here - the road into town is just too long and fast for a moped. I highly reccomend renting a jeep and driving the island - great fun. I wish we had rented a jeep before we went down as we ended up paying about $US 80 a day for 2 days - I think we could have gotten it for US $30 if I would have known to get it for 3 days ahead of time. Be sure you figure out where the gas stations are - there are only a couple on the whole island.
We went almost everywhere (we got lost!) and always felt safe even late at night in the 'wrong ' part of town.
I the food was just great. We ended up eating at buffet style the whole time. The spanish table wine sered at dinner was good. We had reservations at the fancy restaurants twice - but ended just doing the buffets for one reason or another.
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