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Really el cozumleno?

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Really el cozumleno?

Ok getting a bit scared reading the reviews that are coming in. Will be there the first of feb. Anyone been there recently that would have some helpful hits!! Please share. Also what is the entertainment like of an evening? They told me that thursday night is mexican night, friday movie night, saturday casino night, what are these like? Begining to wornder if we made a good choice!!!

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1. Re: Really el cozumleno?

Oh my if you booked El Coz expecting quality entertainment, then you might be severely disappointed.

Mexican night is a outside dinner (one of the better buffets) and a mexican show, not bad. Another night is usually a live band and also ok. casino night is kind of fun - more so for kids than adults, but you can make it entertaining.

After that... movie nights??? its usually a kids movie shown on a large portable screen... and about 10 people watch it. Plan to go to town.

Also, fwiw - cozumel AIs are not huge entertainment / party-fests ala cancun. they all tend to be more low key, but el coz is REALLY low key.

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We just got back last Thursday from El Coz. This was our second trip there. I'll post a review over the next day or two. Best advice is to go without high expectations and you will be fine. We went with low expectations of the food and found it was "ok" but we didn't go for the food. We went for the beach/snorkeling and kind staff. Sad to say were sorely disappointed in the staff and won't return as a result, which is sad. The most important thing is that our two kids didn't notice the miserable staff and had a blast.

I believe if we went in thinking the staff was going to be awful we might have had a different opinion of this trip. So that being said, expect the wait staff in the main dining room to view you as an inconvenience, only one waiter smiled and unfortunately we only saw him twice during our stay. We tipped, tried speaking Spanish and said our pleases/thank yous. It didn't make a difference. Most of the time Christian waited on us and he was just grumpy. We purposely avoided the bars that the bartender David worked at, he was also unpleasant and rude. Lourdes, a beachside/poolside server was incredible! She always had a smile and was very kind we wished all El Coz's staff were like her.

Entertainment there varies. During a one week stay I believe there were only two nights with show based entertainment, we only went to one which was the Mexican dancing show. One night there was also a live band (Tues.), another night was a casino game night. The rest of the evenings there were movies for the kids. Not much going on there in the evenings, however you are close to town ($8.00 cab fare). One afternoon the resort had a live band, Karma (sp?), perform poolside, which was a nice touch! On a few evenings there were two jewelry vendors set up. They will negotiate prices on things so don't settle for the prices listed. :)

We stayed in the South Tower and found the beds to be comfortable (compared to most in Mexico). Rooms were cleaned very well! If we needed more towels, we just asked and were always given more without a problem. Housekeeping was very kind! Tipped $3.00-5.00 every day and left a note asking for "mas agua por favor" and "Gracias". For our family of 4, we then received 4-6 bottles of water each day. There is a self serve water area by the pool so you can refill your bottle but the water tastes a bit off. Towels and bedding is old/worn but it's still usable and clean. You can buy a case of water at the front desk for $20.00 but we were able to get enough from housekeeping so we didn't see the need.

Tips:

Lounger: If you want a lounger, you unfortunately have to get up by 7 a.m. and "claim your chairs". Sad and I felt guilty doing this but everyone did this, one guy told us he got up at 5:30 a.m. to do this! I would recommend putting flip flops/books, etc on the chairs vs the beach towels as you have to pay should you lose a towel.

A la carte restaurant: wasn't worth it, son and I ordered shrimp and none of it was deveined.

Rooms: Ask for higher than 3rd floor, in the south tower if possible, for a view. 3rd floor rooms have possibility for palm tree views (still nice but ocean view is partially blocked). Also try to get a room that isn't designed to be adjoining. This time around we had an adjoining room and could hear our neighbor and vice versa. For some reason she turned her hair dryer on between 1-3 a.m. for a few minutes at a time and it would wake us up! :o) We all laughed about it! My 8 year old son couldn't figure out why a hair dryer would be needed at 2:00 a.m. for a few minutes! LOL!!!

Check in: Try to get Sergio to check you in! He was very kind, helpful. We had a younger woman (there are two women who work at the desk...one older w/short hair and one younger w/long hair) check us in and she wasn't very friendly/welcoming.

Snorkeling: Snorkel south of the southern most pier for the best variety of sea life. You have to bring your license down to the beach to check out gear. We brought our own masks/snorkels and just didn't bother with renting out the fins majority of the time. One hour time limit is given for gear rental.

Gift shop: Has some items from Los Cinco Soles (one of my favorite shops in Cozumel) available, including organic vanilla! :)

Restaurants we tried in town: Casa Mission (overpriced but nice setting, ok food - coconut shrimp was the only memorable item), La Choza (great food and excellent service) and Pancho's Backyard (loved this place! it's connected to Los Cinco Soles)! live music, great ambiance and great food/awesome margaritas!!!).

Drinks: You can ask for top shelf liquor. When we got drinks from the lobby bar we asked for margaritas w/cuervo and they were really good (double shot tastes better and I normally wouldn't do that!).

In the lobby there were board games to play while you had drinks. There were a few games available at the outside bar area too. I'd recommend bringing a deck of cards if you are into that. There's also 18 holes of mini golf, which has lighting too. I think you have to return everything by 9 p.m. though.

Any more specific questions, let me know! I filled out a survey from El Coz about the staff...maybe it will help and they will be friendlier for your stay! :)

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3. Re: Really el cozumleno?

Wow, this is really great. Keep them coming. I will be traveling with my mom, aunt, and sister. We have somethings planned like the pirate cruise and chocolate tour. Not sure what else to do. We will be there from feb 5-9! Did you try the place you had to make reservations for? My mother is a picky eater hope she finds things!! Do most people leave of an evening? Other places i have been have had great evening activies so did not think of going out. Any advice of other evening activities are great.

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4. Re: Really el cozumleno?

Go into town. Get out and see things. Go to the downtown square Sunday night when there are usually events happening.

The Cozumel map from cancunmap.com might be useful in planning activities.

Personally I never needed hotel evening activities to entertain me.

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5. Re: Really el cozumleno?

Is there shopping near the chocolate tour? Anyone know, we were hoping to shop the day of that tour!!

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6. Re: Really el cozumleno?

No shopping near the chocolate tour.But the tour is only about an hour and it is very enjoyable and well worth the reasonable cost.

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Yes, we tried the reservation restaurant. Aside from the salads, we didn't care for it. 2 of us ordered the shrimp dinner and none of it was deveined. Daughter had the kids menu and ordered a hot dog. They have pizzas on the kids and adult menus, however they were out of dough the day we dined there. My son liked the salmon salad he ordered and I liked my Greek salad (same as what you can order at lunch at the buffet restaurant).

One more tour to consider is the tequila tour. I heard that one is worth it and wish we would have tried it! :)

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8. Re: Really el cozumleno?

Where would you recommend to shop? Also where would you have lunch? I just wnat to show my mother and aunt as much as we can. They are both in their 60's and want them to enjoy themselves.

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9. Re: Really el cozumleno?

I'd take them to museum and then have lunch there...the restaurant is on a 2nd floor covered patio w/ nice views. Or you could shop Los Cinco Sols and then eat at the attached restaurant (Pancho's Backyard). I bet mothers and aunties would like both those places. They are both on Melgar just north of the plaza.

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10. Re: Really el cozumleno?

My recommendation would be to wander around town and shop, when you get tired of bartering head north. The cabs will drop you off near the ferry pier area. If you head north on the main street towards El Cozumeleno, one of the last shops is Los Cincos Soles (sits on a corner). (Check it out online or on Trip Advisor) You could end your shopping there and have lunch before or after you shop there. I love Los Cincos Soles - nice shop where you don't have to barter. I recommend Panchos Backyard there. Nice ambiance, good food, great music and margaritas. We enjoyed the break there from El Coz food! :) You might find something else that appeals to you as you wander around town.