My boyfriend and I stayed at Casa del Mar last week for three nights. We were in a standard room (#202.) There was no balcony to hang our wet gear to dry on, which was kind of a drag, but there were hooks in the shower that sufficed. The view was of the tennis court and the jungle beyond. The beds were hard, as all beds are in Mexico apparently, but the pillows were awesome. Big overstuffed ones. There were even two extras in the closet! There is no safe in the room, but they have safety deposit boxes in the lobby for free use by guests. Also there is a computer with free internet access in the lobby. There is a pool with a swim up bar, but we never got in it, although it looked very clean and well maintained. Breakfast was included with our room everyday, and it was always good and they open early and are quick enough to grab something to eat before diving.
Our flight arrived at 9:40am, and clearing immigration was a breeze. After a short cab ride to the hotel, it was just after 10:30am and I thought there would be no way they'd let us check in that early but they did. We had reserved a room with a King size bed, but ended up with two doubles. It was really no big deal. We were just so happy to have a room and went right up and changed into wetsuits and took advantage of the free tank and weight use.
There is a small reef (about 25' deep) just off shore, and we saw abundant life every time we dove there. A few octopi, several eels, puffer fish and even a couple of friendly reef squid. The people at the dive shop, Del Mar Aquatics, were very nice and even left us tanks and weights outside after hours for a night dive. We booked one day of boat diving with them and the DM Mario was awesome. It was a very fun day, and more affordable than any dive op I've ever gone with.
We ate a couple of meals at surrounding restaurants, Ernestos and the Karaoke bar next door...the prices are so high though, and the food was just ok. We usually just got snacks at the OXXO, and one day took a cab to the MEGA to load up on beer and food we kept in a cheap cooler.
There's no night life to speak of anywhere near the hotel. We went for karaoke one night, and I was the only one who sang a song. My audience was the staff of the restaurant and my boyfriend. I guess the swine flu scare is still keeping people away, but I think my chances of contracting it are probably much higher here in Dallas. Apparently there have been no cases on Cozumel.
Anyway, Casa del Mar is definitely not a luxury hotel, but it is very well run, clean and comfortable. Overall it was a very good value and I will be back in the (hopefully near) future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Casa del Mar Cozumel is a charming Mexican hideaway facing the magnificent Caribbean Sea. Situated across the main boulevard with 98 comfortable rooms and eight recently restored Deluxe Cabanas, the property is surrounded by beautiful and exotic garden area with a Mexican town feeling. Casa del Mar Cozumel is located two and a half miles south of downtown, less than five minutes away from the famous "Paraiso" reef. Our hotel is ideal for vacation, business, honeymooners and divers. ... more less
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