We recently had the opportunity to stay a week at this quaint resort at the north end of Cozumel. We are a family of three and went with another family of 4 with 2 teenage boys. I do want to start with saying that the staff of this resort have been with them for 7-20 years.
Beginning with Frederico, Martha at the luggage and check in. We had several choices to stay at many resorts, but this one came highly recommended because of the staff. It is an older resort that has had a few upgrades and a newer section. It was built starting in 1978 I believe.
The ocean is breathtaking in Cozumel and we were lucky enough to get 3 ocean view / pool view rooms. We had ease with the elevator never having trouble. We really wanted rooms a little higher up, it has 8 floors in the newer section, Our rooms were 1302, 1303, & 1304. It is a nice place to go if you have young teens that have not traveled much before and want them to have a little freedom without getting lost. In 2 days our son knew every bartender 's name and servers.
Our room maid service was good and rooms stayed clean and water bottles replenished and towels daily. We did bring usd for daily tip and a few small dollar store prizes for the maids children that we put out each day. I know they always look forward to a treat brought from the US and it shows special gratitude. The room had very cold A/C and flat screen TV.. It has a 100 % cotton type blanket and 4 pillows or so. The tile and shower are probably next in line for an upgrade, but it was clean.
Helpful Tip 1: Please make a dinner reservation every am by 8:00 so that you may eat in the inside restaurant for dinner, otherwise you will have to do the 1 buffet that is no ac for all of your meals.
2 If you sit closer to the ocean you may get a breeze, or on theme beach night they will set it up on the beach.
3 Just so you know you may eat inside at the a/c restaurant with no reservation for breakfast or lunch, just no wet swimwear.
4 You may also order off of the menu at the covered cabana at La Cocal breakfast or lunch , just not dinner. We did have a very good meal on the Monday Tuesday Menu for the bacon wrapped steaks, and there is a sweet little man playing the piano that has been there for over 8 years.
5 We did however take a cab and go into town for a few dinner meals just for some variety don't get upset if you don't like the choices , they will let you order room service or off the menu.. just ask.
6 One of our days we were there we went deep sea fishing and brought back fish from our trip. We spoke with Luis at the outside restaurant and he and the chef prepared our yellow tail snapper 1/2 grilled and 1/2 blackened. It was very tasty the fresh fish was well prepared.
The beach if pretty to look at , a worker gets out every am before 7 and rakes it all smooth, there is just a lot of rocks,, bring some water shoes.
Also there is a nice pier you can walk down and see the fish. we snorkeled right out front.
Keep in mind this in not a mega resort with 8-10 different restaurants.. if you dont like it you dont have to eat it, if you make eye contact, they will be right over to fix it, bring sunscreen,
we really enjoyed everyone here and didnt feel the drinks were watered down, we did bring our insulated clear mugs for refills, and the wine at dinner was ok. we brought 100 dollars in 1's and 5's for tipping, cabs and change .. it is harder to break big bills, We did also take the cab shuttle while in the airport and it was only 10 USD per person, so dont get taken by the folls offering a shuttle for more. You can also walk right outside the airport at a statue and a street cab will pick you up. There are just funny regulations and a union on the cabs down there. This resort is in north zone 2, so it cost about 16 usd for 4 people back to the airport. It is only 8 usd to go downtown for 4 persons.. we didn't want to rent a car. CHeck with the cruise port schedule before going to town, it is a lot nicer on fewer ships days.
Till next time or if you have questions, just send me a note..Ola
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