We stayed for seven nights and dove five days. Our overall impression was superior. We will definitely return and as often as possible.
Very basic, zero frills. Ultra clean. AC works well. Mini fridge is handy. Water cooler on every floor. Beds hard, but we were comfortable. All rooms have balconies toward the ocean with table, two chairs and drying racks for wet dive attire and swim suits. No blow dryer. Limited power outlets. If you are sensitive to noise, bring earplugs. Road noise and dive shop noise might interrupt your rest. We were on the second floor and not bothered. Tip your maid daily. It's not always the same person.
Open air view of the sea. Shady resting spot. Nice music playing. Comfy and welcoming. Pet the puppy -- a little Pomeranian is apparently the assistant manager. Hehe. Nice atmosphere. If you want, with a generous tipping practice, the waiters in the restaurant will even serve food and drinks downstairs. Very nice.
Breakfast is included. Well done each time. All the food is very good. It's not fancy, but it's well prepared and the service is excellent at all times. Very friendly. Live guitar and singing nightly. Superb atmosphere. For a short stay, no need to leave the property. Just relax here. The restaurant is on the second level, beautiful view.
10-15 leisurely walk to town. There's a decent dive shop about halfway there on the right if you find yourself in need of something. Also a large full-array grocery store right on the edge of town for stocking up on a few snacks, sunscreen, etc. Taxis seem to charge about 8-9 bucks no matter the distance.
Very friendly. We had our own BCD's, but the rentals we saw were new Cressis. In perfect shape. We rented regs and they too were in fine working order. Usually small fast boats, small groups of 6 -8 divers. There is no dive shop here. Locker area is being enlarged and renovated. It will be a nice improvement. The current storage area is poorly lit and dank, though adequate. Two dunk tanks and drying racks available. Capable, attentive, friendly dive masters. We especially enjoyed Cervando, Jose and Tony. Tony was the most thorough with pre-dive briefings. Great variety of sites and open to taking you where you want to go. Usually they asked and we received our wish. Flexible dive times too. Not rushed.
One gripe. I wish for full service gear handling. Spoiled from other experiences, I would pay a little more (or tip even more) to have my gear on the boat for the dive and removed, rinsed and stowed for me. I don't like schlepping my own crap to and fro. I have a bad back, I'm short and weak. I admit it. If I could amp up one area of service, it would be this.
Some of the dive masters and boat pilots/hands were more attentive to setting up our tanks than others. As usual, check your setup for yourself for the sake of safety and no surprises.
I'm not the most experienced globe trotting diver, but I have a fair amount of experiences to compare with. My first trip to Cozumel will be the first of many. It is diverse, well cared for and amazing. Drift is wonderful and the sealife is abundant. Just top notch. Don't be deterred from Cozumel by the preconception of cheesy cruise ship gaudiest. There is an entirely OTHER Cozumel and it's easy to find. Just go there. You'll be so glad you did.
Unless you come to Blue Angel with visions of luxury and grandeur, you will not be disappointed. You'll be wowed by the friendly service. Impressed with the impeccable cleanliness. Pleased by the food. And the diving can't beat. Blue Angel is a winner.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All oceanfront rooms, each with patio or private balcony for you to enjoy the beautiful sunsets or you can relax under the palapas on the ocean or around the fresh water pool. Friendly/helpful staff - on-site restaurant where food is freshly prepared and you can get a quick snack or full meal - on-site full service dive shop. This is a smaller, more intimate hotel. The staff will know your name, and you will know theirs after a few days. We like it this way and we will never change that. ... more less
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- Blue Angel Hotel Cozumel