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“I prefer Condumel to Miramar for short-term vacations”

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Condumel Condobeach Apartments
Reviewed 23 November 2011

I've stayed at both places and can give a pro/cons list.... Condumel is very conveniently located to town and it's easy to walk back and forth without intending to do so (we'd realize we were almost home and pass on the cab). The view is beautiful as is the immediate water/snorkeling access right off your beach. The unit is designed to orient you towards the ocean and expansive view, and the studio is one big open space. The interior is kinda dated but generally clean. Sara is a great manager and Aldora divers is basically next door so you can just stumble out in the morning and walk over.

Miramar has a much more updated interior and lots of room -- it's a full scale apartment and very comfortable although it was overkill for a short-term stay. They had a 5 gallon filtered water dispenser which was convenient. However, the additional distance made a bigger difference than we expected -- further walks meant more cabs and higher cab fares since Miramar is one zone further than Condumel. It took us around 10-15 minutes to get around that harbor to walk to Aldora from Miramar.

If I were staying on Cozumel for an extended period, like for over 2 weeks, I'd rent Miramar and get a bike to go back and forth to town as cab fares really add up. The Miramar condo layout would make it comfortable for 2-3 ppl to not get in each other's face as there are separate living spaces but that means no ocean view from the living room. However, for the standard 1 week vacation where you're going to eat many meals out (we still cooked breakfast at Condumel since dives started so early) Condumel would definitely be my first choice even though the units and interiors are older than Miramar.

I do wish there were palapas or umbrellas on Condumel's beach as it's hard to lay out in such strong sun.

Room Tip: I preferred the upper floors for privacy and the more dramatic view.
  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 November 2011

Pros:
value (especially when combined with Aqua Safari's dive package)
service
view
snorkeling
quiet (8 units for vacationers)
bathroom: huge bathroom, plus the most enormous tub I've seen, bidet!
quiet, yet close to town (the 1st hotel in the northern hotel zone)
cleanliness
spacious

cons:
for some, the location (not in town) may be less convenient than others, but we liked the walk

Room Tip: I prefer the rooms on the 1st floor, because you have direct access to the beach.
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 July 2011

Stayed her after a friend told me about this place . Very reasonable and they give airline employee discount. The view from bedroom is amazing the sliding glass door is the whole length of the room. In the living room the sliding glass door is the full length of the room. There was a hammock to hang in the bedroom . The refriderator was stocked with bread,beer, butter milk juice ice bottle water, jelly, mayonaise, It has a excellent cookware dishes were clean. Bed was comfy and my favorite a diving board that lead right into the ocean. Did some awesome snorkling right outside back. Parrot fish ,angle fish, Did a little night snorkiling also it was incredible. Cant ask for a better staff. Sara is one in a million! I did have one draw back they dont take credit cards. So we had to run to the ATM but that was fine. And all that info is provided when you make your reservation nothing was hidden. If you go to YOUTUBE you can look at the video and everything on it is just like the place. I will be going back in a couple of months. THey said in the month of Sept and Oct they have rooms as low as 90.00 a night.

Room Tip: Stayed on top floor and on bottom floor. Both were great!
  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 July 2011

My girlfriend and I just returned from a stay at Condumel. We rented an end unit on the first floor with direct access to the beach. beach. We extended our stay by two days and due to another party having dibs on ojr original u it we moved to an upstairs unit with a beautiful vantafe point view. Both units had their advantages. It was a toss up between unimpeded access to tne water from tne bedroom or living room, or a romantic view from the 2nd floor balcony. The staff were all exceptionally gracious and helpful. All requests were handled promptly and politely. The gentleman who maintained his post at tne door in the e ening gave an excellwnt recommendation at a local (non-tourist) resturant. as cited in other reviews some attention needs to be given to abating the mildew smell, more noticable in the first floor unit with origins in lavatory. The curtain rod in tne shower was bent giving tne bath area a crooked appearence at first glance. It should be straightened or replaced. The minor things notwithstanding. This is a great place at a very reasonable price. The grocery market is a ten minute walk on the same street as Condumel. The fridge is stocked with the essentials like milk, juice eggs, butter, bread jam, mayo, mustard juice etc. and use of the items is at the local market cost. Not inflated like most room stocked items. You will not find a quieter, more relaxed atmosphere for your vacation dollar.

  • Stayed: June 2011
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Reviewed 4 April 2011

Talk of the ultimate relaxing holiday: A cosy condo apartment, whose patio door is seconds from the sea, where a literal aquarium awaits eager snorkelers like us, hot sun and sand minus the throng at a Caribbean beach -- just your neighbours in this tiny condo, a clean kirtchen for your breakfast and lunch if you prefer, 10 minutes from downtown Cozumel and its coterie of restaurantrs. The perfect holiday when you want to literally do nothing but sleep, read, eat, snorkel and just lie around. Any problems? Sara or Bill or Ariana or Estella or Jose + Don Zacaria will fix it before you can say Jack Robinson! We miss you all, can't wait till we are back next year.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 November 2010

Our family just returned from our first stay at Condumel, and we have to agree with all of the previous reviews. This is the perfect place for a laid back beach vacation. Not fancy, but not bare bones either, and the staff bends over backwards to make your stay perfect. My kids were a little hesitant when they found out about the no flushing the TP rule, but that's pretty standard all over the island, and we adapted pretty quickly. We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed: November 2010
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Reviewed 19 August 2010

If you want a place within walking distance to town, yet quiet and offers clean, friendly service, then Condumel is for you. The staff was awesome and helpful whenever we asked a question. Snorkeling was very good (friend saw some rays and we both saw trunk fish among others). It's a good location - you could rent a car but we walked to town every day for diving (with Aqua Safari - really good!) ---

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with friends
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1  Thank mickietucs
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Address: Carretera Hotelera Norte s/n, Cozumel, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Cozumel
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Ranked #12 of 46 Speciality Lodging in Cozumel
Price Range: £94 - £105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
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