There were goods and bads with Hotel Playa Azul. My boyfriend and I stayed 7 days over Thanksgiving this year for our dive trip. We were in room #111, which was unfortunately right next to the hotel restaurant. We were awoken every morning at 6AM to the sound of the servers setting up. We could also hear just about everything that the adjoining room did and said, along with people walking around in the lobby and flushing toilets above us. The hot water took a good 5 minutes to get going in our room and the beds were super firm (too much for my liking).
The location is up the northcoast from the main town, which makes for a nice, quiet location, but an 80 peso taxi price tag everytime you want to get into and back from town. (Not much goes on downtown when the cruise ships leave port, so don't look to Cozumel for a big nightlife.)
The dive shop was conveniently located there with a dock right on the beach for easy diving pick ups. However, aside from the two small reefs nearby, you have to boat about 45-55 minutes south to get to the bigger reefs. This was a lot of commuting time and took up most of the day. The Dive crew and the captain were fantastic, so I look forward to visiting them again, but will probably stay further south and have them pick us up closer to the reefs. (PS- there are no refunds even if the weather is bad. We had to get vouchers for 2 days that were not dive-able. They're good for 3 years.)
The breakfast buffet every morning was one of the best I've had and the room was big and clean. There's always a taxi waiting to drive you into town and the staff was very nice and helpful. We got a package deal for diving and staying, so it was worth the cost, but we will probably not return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Playa Azul Golf Scuba Spa is an oceanfront, small, charming and family run hotel distinguished by its personal service from the staff and owners. A truly home-away-from-home resort for those who prefer to be close to the ocean but not far from their room. For those who like to enjoy a wonderful gastronomic experience and friendly atmosphere. Playa Azul is a Golf and Breakfast hotel but if you prefer the All Inclusive vacation our resort offers the best menu (a la carte) both for food and beverages. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Playa Azul Golf, Scuba Hotel Cozumel
- Playa Azul Hotel Scuba
- Playa Azul Resort Scuba
- Playa Azul Cozumel