We are making our second trip to Cozumel. Last year we stayed at Secrets Aura and are doing same this year. We thought we would come a couple days early and stay in town before hitting our AI. Casa Mexicana looks like its right in the heart of the city and receives pretty good reviews. Any feedback on this hotel good or bad?
Posted 16 March 2015 - 03:50 PM
This is a lovely hotel with an excellent buffet breakfast. The location couldn't be better. The pool is kind of funny being only about 2 feet deep. But it's very pretty, cantilevered out over the balcony where you can people watch on the malecon below and take in the beautiful blue water just beyond. Super location for walking to virtually all the best upscale restaurants in town. You might get hooked on staying in or near town after this trip and no more AL's for you. That happens to a lot of people because San Miguel is such a lively, interesting city. But that depends on what you like to do, of course.
Posted 16 March 2015 - 07:47 PM
Posted 17 March 2015 - 06:25 AM
We have stayed there a few times over the last few years for a couple of days at a time while waiting for our condo to be ready. It is good for a nice central location. It is clean, comfortable and priced well. I would agree with Carey a few years ago the breakfast was good, but I thought it has gone down hill a bit. If you are not looking for it to be a resort and are just wanting to be in town it is an excellent choice. One other piece of advice, if you pop for the oceanview try to make sure you are up high, there is a taxi stand right downstairs and all you hear every 5 seconds is Taxi? Taxi? Taxi service! if you are on a lower floor. We bounce between staying here and Vista del Mar right next door if we have a couple of nights to kill in town.
Posted 17 March 2015 - 08:14 PM
Posted 18 March 2015 - 11:08 AM
Thanks everyone for your timely feedback. We have gone ahead with the reservation. Can't wait to get back to "quirky" Cozumel.
One other thing if I may.....we did not make it to the untamed east side last time. Any suggestions regarding the best way to accomplish? Rent a vehicle, jeep excursion, taxi, etc.? We like to do things on our own but don't know about driving regulations, having a beer or two, access and those kind of things. Can we take it all in in one day?
Posted 18 March 2015 - 01:35 PM
If you want the freedom to enjoy whatever pops up, whether it's walking out on the wild ironstone to see the blowhole erupt, taking the tour at Punta Sur Park to see the crocodiles in the mangrove swamp, or having a Margarita or six at Coconuts or Mezcalito's, cut a deal with a taxi driver for the day - or 5-6 hours. It might cost you $100 or more, but you can see what you want to see, spend whatever time you want, do whatever you want to do, and not worry about the driving - or the fine if you get caught driving after "only 2 beers - honest, Officer!"
Posted 19 March 2015 - 10:47 AM
Great information DJDiverDan. We'll take your advice and try for a taxi or maybe the Bar Hop Bus. Also looking into one of the jeep tours. Looks like there are many reputable services. It would be nice to find something that just my wife and I could experience without the crush of the "cruise crowd". Kind of more laid back with the ability to set our own agenda.
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