Stayed at Presidente for the first time July 26-31, 2007. After getting over the initial shock of the $25 per day "Resort Fee" and $12 per day "Service Fee", I managed to mentally salvage my trip. This is a rip off because all the servers expect a tip regardless of the "so-called" service fee.
We booked our trip through Expedia and basically got the everyday rack rate for the rooms plus $37 per day for fees. I am really more disappointed with Expedia than I am with Presidente for not telling me about the hidden costs. This was not a good deal from Expedia.
Now that I got that off my chest . . . the resort is beautiful. The recent renovations are wonderful. All the paint is fresh, the restaurants and bars are new and the rooms are like new. I highly recommend this hotel if you are looking to pay about $350 per night after the fees and taxes are added.
We paid a small upcharge for an Ocean View Room and it was well worth it. It would actually be worthwhile to pay for an Ocean Front Room which allows you to walk directly out onto the beach from your room. However, if you are a diver, there would be no balcony to dry your scuba gear in a first floor room.
We stayed in room 5204 on the south end and it had a beautiful view and was convenient to everything. They call the north end of the resort the adult quiet end, but actually that just means nobody goes up there except to sleep. I recommend a room in the 5000 building and a room from 5204 and up. Rooms 5201-5203 have a limited view of the beach due to the restaurant in front of them.
We had friends in the 3000 building and it was quite a walk to the main pool, bar and restaurant. There is a quiet pool on the north end, but the pool bar was usually closed.
Food at the open air Caribeno Restaurant was excellent. Some dishes were expensive and others reasonable. Mahi-Mahi was very good. Also, the Bar-B-Que Seafood for 2 people was good. Plan on $15 to $20 per person per meal if you eat at this resort. Yes, a couple could easily spend $120 per day on food if they eat three meals per day.
In summary, I recommend this resort and I will likely stay there again, but I'm going to negotiate a better room rate to offset the hidden costs. I think there are packages available that beat Expedia.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort & Spa is the perfect balance of energy and ease. Adventurers love the scuba centre and nearby Chankanaab Park. Bringing the kids? The resort s Chiqui Club will keep them busy all day. When you want a slightly slower pace, you can head for our stretch of white sand, the exotic Mandara Spa or Cozumel s shops.After a 25 million dollar investment, this resort offers upgraded facilities and a unique vacation experience for the discerning traveler. The place to discover three experiences: great Dive, unique Spa treatments and Golf. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Presidente Intercontinental Cozumel Hotel Cozumel
- Presidente Intercontinental Cozumel Resort And Spa
- Intercontinental Cozumel
- El Presidente Cozumel
- Cozumel Presidente