My husband and I stayed here last week after having stayed just next door at the Park Royal three times within the last year. We decided to give it a try after talking with some people who had stayed at the El Cid for several weeks, then switched to the Park Royal.
First, let me say we are both employed shoreside in the cruise industry so we loved watching the ships coming in and out on a daily practically in your front yard. If you are looking for an unobstructed view of the ocean, this place is NOT for you. Crew and ship guests also frequent this resort by purchasing day passes. This did not overcrowd the resort.
This resort is an older hotel but very, very clean. We stayed in the tower on the 9th floor and had an incredible view, along with a king size bed. If you travel to Cozumel often, you know that king size beds are not easy to come by. Also had a huge bathtub with extremely hot water. Perfect! I would say the average age of guests staying at this hotel is 55 and older, which is fine with us. Nice pool and beach area with plenty of lounge chairs. Steps that you can walk down to get into the ocean.
I will say that the best part of this resort is the FOOD! We purchased the elite AI plan. If you stay 5 nights or longer, this means you can order ANYTHING off of the menu! Yes, I said menu. The only buffet is served at breakfast, although you can order off of a breakfast menu as well. This includes, shrimp, steak, lobster and premium beverages, including bottles of wine. We only stayed four nights so the lobster was not included. However, we did enjoy wonderful grilled NY strips the night of the beach BBQ and great other steaks and shrimp at almost every other meal. We did the elite plan because we did not want to be limited on our menu selections, which would be just chicken and fish. The shrimp empanadas appetizer on the dinner menu was sooo good! The fajitas, guacamole and pico di gallo were perfect as well. The servers on the beach were fantastic! However, the servers in the restaurant could use improvement. I'm not sure if this was because they were short-handed. We did have several meals were the service was okay, but for the most part it was slow. This really didn't affect us, as we were on vacation and not in a hurry. We usually eat out several times during our visits to Cozumel but NOT this time! The food was just too good to miss here at the resort.
You are a 30-mt walk to town, which is perfect, as we walked into town each morning to walk off all of the f & b we consumed.
Free wi-fi in public areas is also a plus, as at the Park Royal they charge for the wi-fi.
We will definitely return to this resort!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- El Cid La Ceiba Beach resort is an oceanfront paradise perfectly in tune with Cozumel's easygoing island rhythms. Explore the island's enchanting beaches, lush mangrove forests and brilliantly colored reefs with amazing sea life. Whether you are in search of a romantic getaway or a tropical setting to reconnect with family and friends, our intimate and friendly resort offers the ideal setting for snorkeling, diving or simply lazing by the pool. Your vacation is sure to be relaxing and authentic experience at El Cid La Ceiba. • Babieca Dive Shop on site with PADI certified dive masters. • Spectacular diving, snorkeling and unmatched ocean views. • European and All-Inclusive Plans • Fly High Adventures, eco-park featuring 6 zip line platforms and six rugged trails • Two swimming pools: a free-form pool with kids' area and a tide pool with cascading waterfalls, rock formations, and lush gardens • Ocean View and Ocean Front Accommodations. • All Inclusive and European Meal Plans • International cuisine in our Oceanfront Restaurants • Nearby shopping at Plaza & downtown area. • Three miles from Chakanaab Park • Only Six miles from Cozumel International Airport ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Cid Cozumel
- El Cid La Ceiba Cozumel