wow! what a vacation! one we won´t soon forget. Xanadu is amazing! what a beautiful home on a fantastic island. I wish we had more time to see and explore it. Thank your for your hospitality and support she we needed it most. Whitout you, I don´t think we would have made it. Best of luck with your spa up and running. Thanks again!.
The hotel really looked great upon arrival. Great view, banana trees in the surroundings and every room with balcony.
We left our bags in the room and then took a cab (quite a drive, almost 10 km from the town) in to town. When we got back in the evening (after another long cab drive) we inspected our room more carefully. Well, it was nothing great - a typical early 80'ies decoration, but it seemed clean. When getting in to bed I found a ded "dried up" ant, but I thought nothing of it... bugs can get in sometimes. After we put the lights out and tried to get to sleep, we soon felt a crawling... bursting out of bed and hitting the lights, we found thousands of red ants (they bite!) in the room! On the floor, the cieling, the walls, the bed! Everywhere!
We ran up to the reception where and eldery man sat who didn't speak a word english. He did know what we meant though and came back with us to the room bringing a bugspray... but the spray did little good as there were sooo many ants! He actually used up the whole can, but the ants just keept on coming. It was like a horror movie and I started to cry. We went up to the reception with the man and wanted him to call a cab for us. He said that no cabs were operative after midnight. We stared calling ourselves and of course ther were cabs! He just lied not wanting us to leave!!! We finally took a cab back to town and found the wonderful hotell "Villa Rolandi" where there was (to our great luck) a room available.
The next day we went back to get our money back from this nightmare hotel. (because, of course we had to prepay our stay...) First they didn't want us to get our money back and offered us another room. I asked the receptionist if there were ants there and she said "well, not that many as in your first room". We declined, of course. Then we had too threaten with the tourist office to get them to agree on giving us our money back. We got almost all our money back, but not for the first night (and we didn't even spend the night and had to pay for another hotel). I asked the receptionist if she upon our ariival knew of the ant problem and after some lame excuses, she admitted that she did...
Overall, this was an experience from hell! DO NOT STAY HERE!!!
We rented this lovely house for a week in March and this accommodation is our favourite so far on Isla Mujeres. We love the Sac Bajo area of the island.
There are two bedrooms with queen beds and their own bathrooms, as well as a sleeping porch with another bed that would accomodate one person or a couple of kids. One of the couches in the living room area is a futon and could probably also accommodate someone if you needed to. The high ceilings and open plan of the large kitchen/dining area/living room made it so airy and light.
The kitchen is amazingly well-equipped, dishwasher, micro, island, coffe-makers, blender, gas stove etc, huge dining table. The bathrooms are beautiful with good water pressure, and there is even a washer/dryer in the house. The property is fantastic with a small lap pool, big grassy area, lounge chairs, bbq, and even a little bit of beach nearby. The only thing we missed a bit was tv and internet but we were so busy being outside and there were lots of books available so it wasn't a big deal.
We paid $1200 for the week, high season. Definitely recommend for a group or family.
We stayed here for a week with my parents. There are two studio suites available, one on top of the other, and these suites are separate from the main house where the owners live. Beautifully landscaped property and plunge pool right outside the lower level patio. Lovely unobstructed view of the Caribbean.
This property is very close (easy walking distance) to Punta Sur and Garaffon snorkeling. Being remote is both a blessing and a curse, since it was quite far from town or even to the supermarket in La Gloria, but you can get a cab on the road for 20-30 pesos ($2-3) to La Gloria if it's too far to walk (about 40 mins) or if you want a cab back. About 60 pesos cab to town.
The suites themselves were everything we needed in a warm Mexican decor: full kitchen, comfortable bed, nice bathroom, ample storage, satellite tv and free internet access. We didn't get any clean towels, despite asking a couple of times, or housekeeping while we were there so we just did it ourselves. We found the washer/dryer in an adjoining room eventually.
There were a couple of friendly dogs and a cat that live on the property. Didn't see much of the dogs but the cat came around quite a bit,
We paid $600 per week per studio, high season. Can book through Lost Oasis.
Hotel Bucaneros is a decent option for your stay on Isla Mujeres. Its location on Hidalgo street, the main street on the island, is a big plus. As soon as you step outside the hotel you're surrounded by restaurants and shops. Playa Norte, the main beach, is only a few blocks away as well.
Our rooms (we stayed in two different rooms at the beginning and end of our trip), were small but comfortable and clean. The air conditioning and ceiling fans were a big plus. The rooms also have refrigerators, televisions and safe boxes. You can stock up on clean water at one of the several water dispensers containing "agua purificada," although most were empty on our second stay. The staff were friendly and helpful. Overall, a good stay.
If you're planning to vacation in Isla at least one week, don't miss the opportunity of staying at this colourful house in the middle of the island and taste a bite of authentic Caribbean Mexico.
Quiet, relaxing, and comfortable; away from the touristy centre of town.
We found this place on line and the bright colors and gorgeous view of the ocean really sold us. It was also only a 4-5 minute walk to all the restaurants and shops downtown as well as the beautiful beaches on the north end of the island. It is also less than a 5 minute walk from the ferry which we managed to do without a cab. It is owned by a man named Steve from North Carolina who is super nice and accomodating. The 2-story condo consists of two identical units (we picked the upper floor for the view), each with large, east facing patios which were practically perched directly above the waves crashing on the rocky east shore of the island. Despite being beachless and facing the rough sea, the windward side of the island really has a magic all of its own that most visitors don't bother to experience. Casita William was super nice and sizeable for a studio with a small kitchen, full bathroom, a sitting/dining area which was separated by a low wall from the bedroom area which had a king sized bed with a TV that faced the ocean and a fantastic view. Kathryn likes to sleep in so the bright sunrise through the thin muslin curtains didn't make for too many lazy mornings, but watching the sunset with the surf crashing below us more than made up for it. The bed was also super comfortable and the A/C and ceiling fans worked great the whole time, which helped tremendously in August when the temps were in the low 90's with very high humidity. You could probably get two couples in there without kids, but being a studio it is ideally set up for a single family with maybe 2-3 kids max. The price for 9 nights worked out to be $65/night, which was just about the cheapest place we could find that wasn't hostel-esque or that didn't provide conditioned air. It was also nice being on our own and not having to deal with the noise and irritations of most hotel customers, however a pool would have been nice...
Fantastic price, great view, snorkeling out your back door- We were fortunate to have brought our own snorkeling equipment because right outside our patio there was a nice sandy break in the reef where you could scoot out easily without having to swim through any big waves. The water was gorgeously clean and turquoise and there were beautiful tropical fish everywhere. Swimming a few hundred yards north there was an incredible reef alive with colorful coral and even more fish where I saw at least one small tour boat leading a group of snorkeling customers. It was very cool knowing that right out our back door was this secret little spot that the tour guides like to take some of their higher paying clients to (99% of the snorkeling takes place on the leeward West side of the island, at Garrafon Park at the southwestern tip, and to nearby Isla Contoy).
On our 4th day the caretaker, Juan and his wife came and cleaned up a bit, changed the sheets and replenished our 5 gallon purified water container which came with the condo rental. We were also told by Steve that if we had any problems we could call Juan, which we never had to do- we had a great time and would recommend this condo to anyone!
Well I would describe our stay But they were actually closed for the time of our stay,,Yet they took our 300$ check and cashed it,,and Kept it!!! (just forgot to mention they were closed)
WHen we arrived we were told that the hotel was actually closed for the owners vacation there was a man staying in the hotel to guard it. He did say we were welcome to stay, but along with no towels, house keeping and that the place was just a huge mess with boards nails and broken glass barbed wire everywhere I felt totally unsafe there. We found a very nice place across the street, cheaper cleaner safer happier! (they did post there were not damaged in the hurrican and that the hotel was still in wonderful condition,,,) This was the end of april!!!!
When we returned home i called sharon and she said she would return our money, I believed she was understanding of the situation. But not so much since april I have left several messages and still no check in the mail????Fishy people,, Not the kind people they make themselves out to be on their web site!!! If however they do happen to pay me back I will make a additional post so that there is not any confusion..
I was a little disappointed when I first saw this place, but it really is a diamond in the rough. The complex has 4x1 bedroom apartments and 2x2 bedroom apartments, a great pool, and palapa complete with hammocks.
Most of the people who stayed here were families, and repeat customers. Although there is a kitchen in each room, there is not grocery store at this end of the island. There is a market about a 20 minute walk away, but we didn't find it until our last day here.
The rooms were clean, no sign of bugs, Tino, the owner was very friendly and was quick to address any issues we had.
We LOVED our stay at Elements. Cesar and his lovely wife Lisa have built a beautiful 3 room inn. The rooms are studio-apartments. The hosts are warm, friendly, extremely knowledgeable, and serve delicious breakfast (not included in the price) in the small Cafe'.
Beautiful color schemes. Shady garden and terrace patio. Cool white walls, lots of windows, tall ceilings, hardwood furniture. Simple elegance. Yoga classes offered on the 4th floor under the cool, thatched roof palapa.
I think this is one of the best hotel from the island. It has a vreege and cookingpossibilitys in the room. Besite that it's away from the terrible noicy streets. So a good night sleep is possible there. The Owners, Richard Baron and Sharon are very friendly persons. Always in a good mood and the make you feel at home at there hotel.
If you go by the boat from Cancun you can see the hotel at the left when you are still at the boat.
The price is good for what you get. Around 30 dollars a night. Opposite there is a very good restaurant run by a mexican famely. And next to it there is a ahop from the marine base where you buy very cheap all kind of thinks.
The hotel is also very good secured. In the morning you cab sit on the balcony with your own made cafe!
I loved this place which was faily new. Our room was painted a bright yellow with 2 double beds and hot water. (always a plus in my book) The cutest happiest guy worked downstairs..."anything you want" seemed to be his motto..very accomodating. We had a room on the 2nd floor, which opened onto an open terrace. The balcony on the front side had little cafe tables and chairs that could be used by any of the guests.
The only downside to this place was that it backed up into Coconuts bar. The salsa music I didnt mind, because I was typically in the bar at this time dancing ;P, but after midnight the pulsating techno started in. So, this you may not mind! But, I won't complain too much...$27 isn't too bad of a price for Isla.
clean, nice balcony, friendly staff
The picture on the internet must have been taking when the place was new because it looked nothing like it did online.
Our room ended up being on the third floor. We had to lug 4 suitcases and 2 carry ons up the stairs. Oh a boy from the hotel helped us carry 1!
Then we get to our room where we can't wait to see the ocean view so much advertised.
My 8 yr old son opens the balcony curtain and says "Wow this is a lovely view of PALM TREES!! It was true you could not see the ocean at all.
The room was nice and clean and the AC worked good but our room door was a vented wood door that could have been pushed in with a light push so everytime we left we worried about our stuff.
Cheap! $54.00 a night.
The pool was clean but again did not look as inviting as the internet ad.
Their bar was nice.
Their restaurant was good but we prefered to eat the cheaper local food.
Being in Isla made it all worth it.
At the pok nah hostel you can pitch your tent in the backyard for almost no money.
I love sleeping underneath a palm tree.
This is one of the most relaxing ways to spend the night.
Cheap freindly and right on the beach
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