Hotel Posada Del Mar
Avenida Rueda Medina 15A, , Isla Mujeres, 77400, Mexico
Posada Del Mar
We travelled to Isla on a last minute whim in March 2009 and didn't have any reservations. We remembered from a previous trip that Posada Del Mar was close to the ferry and looked decent, so when we got in at about 7 pm we carted our bags up the street and got a room for the night no problem.
There is a palapa bar and a nice pool. You also get beach priveleges across the road if you want. The hotel also has a new section although we stayed in the older part. The room was quite plain but comfortable, with a nice little balcony. In the morning we had a very nice breakfast at the restaurant, Penguinos, attached to the hotel, overlooking North Beach. The room is a bit expensive for what you get but the location is good.
Unique Quality: It was pretty good value and you can't beat the location, right across from the popular North Beach (Playa Norte) and close to the shops and restaurants in town. The pool was also very nice.
Directions: Turn left on the main street when you get off the ferry. It is near the end of the street.
Excellent value for money in a great location
We've stayed here for the past 3 years, and will stay again in '07.
It is the not the best value on the island. 1) You can find cheaper downtown-some of those places even have refrigerators. However, the noise level in the main downtown area at night can be a problem for some. 2) You can find larger places with more amenities outside of town for the same price, but you won't be this close to downtown/main beach.
The location is the absolute best! Posada is within walking distance to everything in the the main area, which includes downtown and North Beach.
There's nothing fancy about Posada. If you're comfortable in a Motel6 or equivalent you will do just fine. You might have to wait a while for the water to get warm, or slam the door for it to close, but if you have a little patience, all is good in the world! The maids are awesome! Our rooms were spotless, towels/sheets changed every day. We always had a fresh bouquet of flowers picked from the gardens waiting for us in our room when we returned.
There are 2 buildings on the property. The Main and the New. I have stayed at both and most definitely prefer the Main building. The Main faces the beach; Newer building has the same amenities (just "newer"), and faces the bar area.
The first time we stayed here, we requested a 3rd story (top) room for the view in the Main building. It was lovely, but believe me, 3 flights of stairs is a lot after hours in the sun. Plus, the palms are very tall and block most of the view anyway. The 2nd time we stayed, we requested the 1st floor of the Main building. Magnificent! The beach was right there in front of us, and the hotel restaurant was just a few steps away. The last time we went we tried the newer building. It just wasn't the same. I strongly recommend the older building (quiter/better views) - first or second story!
Unique Quality: We always request a King Size bed (most come with either a King or two Doubles). All rooms have Cable TV as well as A/C (powerful!), and of course private toilet/shower. No refrigerators - we didn't miss this at all. We brought a small collapsible cooler for beer and the bar at the hotel packed it full of ice for us whenever we asked.
Posada del Mar has a nice pool. The interior of the pool could stand to be painted, though. The washed out pool makes it look dirty, but it's not. I've seen staff cleaning the pool often, and the water is clear and chlorinated. The pool is in the same area as the bar. We've spent a few nice afternoons and evenings in this area, when we feel the need to escape from the stressful, beach life of a tropical island. ;) Really nice place to spend a late afternoon diving in the pool and relaxing in the hammocks. The drinks here are a little pricier than those you can find at the smaller places downtown...go for happy hour, when you can get two drinks for the price of one (5pm to 7pm every night).
Rent a golf cart from the front desk. During our few stays, we've priced the carts both on our own and throgh the Posada. If you book through the Posada the night before, the cart will be waiting for you in the parking lot of the hotel when you wake up - hassle-free and at the same cost you would have paid going to pick it up yourself.
Posada del Mar offers a security safe for guests at teh front desk. The deposit is US$80. We used this to store our important documents and extra emergency cash when we arrived. All worked out just fine.
1/2 block South from the hotel is a "Mini Super," which is the equivalent of a 7-11 - lots of jiuces, smokes, snacks, beer, etc. We ended up here at least once per day!
Tip: Head up the extra flight or two of stairs to visit the rooftop of the hotel - the views are amazing!
Directions: From the ferry, cross the street (Medina). Turn left (North) and walk down 4 small blocks. Posada del Mar will be located on the right, the street after you pass the "Mini Super." You can't miss the Archway that says "Posada del Mar."
Great Location, price, and sweet pool
I didn't stay here this time but I scoped it out really well for next time. The price and location are fantastic and the pool is super swanky with an arched aquaduct that mimics Cortez's famous hacienda in Morelos. The rates are between $52 and $88 depending on the season, with the price bumping up to $98 for the week between X-mas and New Years. I was able to walk up to the bar, get a drink and leisurely hang out by the pool like I owned the place. They didn't appear to have any pool nazis like they do at the pool next to Sunset Grille. The location is the most amazing part- this place is literally accross the street from the hopping west beach, and only a few hundred yards from the slightly more snooty North Beach.
The restaurant that abuts the hotel is called Pinguino's (penguin), and has some great food and drink deals with open air tables that overlook the beach. It was our favorite lunch spot for a huge plateful of thin beef steak with rice and beans for $6.
Unique Quality: Perfect location/ nice pool you can sneak in to.
Directions: On the main drag 2 blocks north of the ferry terminal
Lovely spot, if you don't mind not sleeping
This is a nice hotel in a great location, right near the "downtown" area and across the street from the beach. The rooms are very large and clean, if a bit sparsely furnished. But thats ok, you're not in the carribean to lounge around the room. The hotel also has a lovely pool and outdoor bar area. The only problem is that the revelry around the bar area goes on till quite late (2 or 3 am )and the rooms have NO soundproofing. It was impossible to sleep in my room which was on the 2nd floor about 60m from the area. There are cabana type rooms right around the pool/bar area and I can't imagine how they ever got any shut eye. SO, to sum up -I would recommend this hotel if you can get a room on the otherside of the place, far away from the pool area. OR alternatively, if you are someone who would be up partying at the pool area anyway.
Unique Quality: Fantastic location, really lovely pool.
Not the Best Hotel I've Ever Stayed At
We stayed at Del Mar for a nearly a week, then moved.
Our room was one of the free standing cabanas in the back which was ok. Several LARGE la cucharachas (cockroaches) in the room till we plugged the drains. No kitchen or fridge was a downer. Very simple room. Good AC.
We quickly got tired of the poolside bar scene with loud, drunk Americans. If we wanted that, we'd go to Myrtle Beach. We have a 10 year old so we hung out less at the pool because of the scene.
We were MUCH happier when we moved to Elements of the Island on Av. Juarex.
My major NEGATIVE comment is that my Swiss Army Knife was taken from my room, I'm assuming by someone on the housekeeping staff. I reported this to the front desk and they said, "Oh, we are not responsible for housekeeping..."
UPDATE JUNE 22, 2005
THIS HOTEL HAS YET TO RESPOND TO MY STOLEN SWISS ARMY KNIFE. DO NOT STAY WITH THESE SWINE.
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would definitely recommend Posada del Mar
We booked our kids into a bungalow room at Posada del Mar on 12/17. They were not pleased with that room, but were able to upgrade to a balcony room for only 46 US for the week. We arrived at the hotel on 12/19 and found it to be a delightful little hotel. Our room was a 2nd floor balcony room, very large and clean, with large floor to ceiling windows overlooking North Beach. The hotel is within walking distance to the "heart" of Isla Mujeres. We would definitely recommend this place to others!
the downside of paradise
we arrived very tired and hungry and the Posada Del Mar only to discover they couldn't find our reservation..nor would they let us borrow their computer to pull up the confirmation number..they put us in a room three floors up and the very end..we had no hot water the whole time we were there..and had to put our suitcases against the door at night to stop the wind from beating against it..thought someone was breaking in the room...called to report no hot water they said try again in 30 minutes and then if it doesn't work..so sorry...they offered nothing for our problems..had terrible service from the staff and terrible accomodations..we left the next day..and will NEVER return to the Posada Del Mar..what a rip off
Great value,views and location
You will not find a better value ANYWHERE. If you are 5 star hotel type, skip Isla, but if you enjoy local flavor, reasonable rates, great views and beaches, Isla is for you. Posada is clean, comfortable and CHEAP. Sure, the pool needs resurfaced, and the room is not "perfect," (rust on fixtures, etc.) but everything works, and the personnel are great. We ordered coffee and fruit in the mornings, it arrived quickly and was less than $10 bucks (inc. tip).
Posada is across from the popular public beach and in front of the elementary school. It is also near the end of the "strip". Great for "people watching"
One suggestion, a comfortable chair or two to sit and enjoy the view.
Isla is laid back and fun with a lot of international "flavor". We spent a week and did not want to leave. We will retrun SOON.
Isla not for everyone
We love Isla Mujeres and find Cancun to be like Myrtle Beach, a place we avoid at all costs. If you want a true taste of Mexico & it's people and a laid back atmosphere, then Isla is the place. Islaholics are kindred spirits and love the island for what it is.
Lovely spot, great price
Loved this place so much the first stay this Sept 2004, that we made a special return to it at the end of our 2 1/2 week trip through the Yucatan. Traveling during off season the rates here are excellent, $50 a night. One of the deskclerks is Giancarlo, who was born on the island but has an Italian name because his mother read it in a book, his English is terrific. The hotel is located across the street from the beautiful beach with sand the texture of superfine sugar. The big pool/restaurant/bar on the premises are well maintained and comfortable. Happy hour includes 2 for 1 drinks that are delicious! Stay upstairs in the new building, the rooms all have balconies that look out at the beach. How could you ask for more??
Posada del mar -- main building or new building?
Has anyone stayed at this property in Isla Mujeres? It looks just fine, but I seem to be having trouble deciding on which building to request. "Main" has ocean view, facing the road, and "new" has garden view, newer rooms.
Re: Posada del mar -- main building or new building?
I was there a year ago May & the prev. Nov. We were in the Bungalow.
3 out of 7 days no hot water to shower, & some days no shower water at all. Several Human sized cockroaches in room. Front Desk apparently not very interested in anything.
View from room amazing, sat out every a.m. to watch Isla wake up. Romy & Miguel, the Bartenders are delightful. Restaurant on site, nothing to write home about.
From what I understand, they have done a nice job of remodeling most of the entire property since i was there last. I think the rooms in the old & new section are probably quite nice for the price, which I found very reasonable. not sure if I am allowed to include their link, but here it is:http://www.posadadelmar.com/
Any other ?'s feel free to e-mail me.
Re: Re: Posada del mar -- main building or new building?
Thank you so much for the info! We leave on Tuesday, and I'll let you know when we come back if things have improved. Right now, I'll be happy to get away from the Vancouver rain!
Cheers and Merry Christmas,
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Address: Avenida Rueda Medina 15A, , Isla Mujeres, 77400, Mexico