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Condumel Condobeach Apartments
Mount Ida, Ar
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“Choicest Condo at Condumel”
Reviewed 13 February 2012

We've already booked our reservations again at Condumel for 2013! Just two weeks after getting home we realized that we didn't want to go anywhere else!

The condo complex at Cozumel is amazing and the other reviews here explain the location, the beauty of the water and wonderful privacy of the beach. I was a little dismayed to read the other reviews about the lack of decor and kitchen amenities. The condos are privately owned, so I guess they are all decorated differently, but there is one condo that stands head and shoulder above all the others. Bottom floor, second from the right as your enter the courtyard.

The kitchen has wine glasses, regular drinking glasses in several sizes, plenty of silverware, place settings for four, an Italian convection portable oven, all of the tools and gadgets you have at home and is tastefully and artfully decorated. Plush bath mats at the vanity, tub and stool, comfortable seating in the living room, flat screen tv, amazing bed. We didn't notice any noise from the street in our condo on the ground floor and thought the WWII fighter planes the Mexican army flew over almost every day were charming.

The condos are older, but with all that beautiful dark mohagany, striking architecture and loving care they have lavished on them, they have aged gracefully. The staff is wonderful and will bring you anything that you ask for (within reason of course).

The sand fleas ate me up, too, but not until the last day when we got up at 5am and sat under the palapa with our coffee and watched the dawn wash over the ocean. So romantic....and I scratched myself silly on the plane. Next year, I am taking bug spray and wearing long pajamas if I go outside early morning or dusk.

We just can't dream of finding a more perfect place to spend two weeks!

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Grand Rapids, MI
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Reviewed 20 January 2012

Spent a week at Condumel Condos, Unit 6, second floor in January. Dove with Aqua Safari. We picked the Condo based on its number 2 ranking on Tripadvisor. We have rented another Condo on Cozumel on two other occasions. The condo we previously rented is further down in the rankings and necessitated renting a car. Condumel is closer to town so we decided to try it and skip the rental car.

We forgot that taxis can't come up to the airport. You have to drag your bags out to the street and catch a cab. Fortuitously we caught a van/taxi with another couple heading to Condumel. They were from Canada and they told us this was their 5th time staying at Condumel. The short cab ride was $10 a couple. This was the highest fare we paid all week.

The view from our unit was lovely. This small complex has 10 units. It is very close to the water. No pool. There is no beach entry. You can enter the water via a diving board or a ladder and the water is about 12 feet deep. We were diving all week and didn't snorkel but other guests did and told us it was a worthwhile venture. The water was exceptionally clear. Other guests just suggested you mind the slight current and swim into it if there is any so you can drift back to the ladder. There are beach loungers and a covered picnic table out front. A few palms. The sand is raked by a gardener. The grounds are very tidy.

Our unit was very spartan and dated. No surprise to us as previous reviewers point this out.
You enter into the kitchen area which is street side. It has a full size fridge, a double sink, a 4 burner cook top, a microwave oven and a toaster oven. There is plenty of counter space and cabinetry. The kitchen could be rather dark. The door and the window over the sink are screened and have wooden louvers. If you close the louvers for privacy it is dark. No dining table in the unit. Ther is a bar/counter area that looks out into the living area with three stools. The dishware was disappointing. We had 4 plates, 4 bowls, 4 coffee cups...fine so far...then two water glasses/tumblers and no other glassware of any kind. There were some plastic disposable cups provided for the beach. We bought several bottles of wine and wine glasses would have been appreciated. A roll of paper towels, some dish soap, and dish towels were provided. They stock some basics in the fridge and in the apartment that you only pay for if you use. The items are replaced as consumed. They included milk, orange juice, beer, diet coke and regular coke, some condiments, bread, eggs, butter, rum, vodka, tequila, and margarita mix. They have bottled water which you are charged for. The charges were modest so we were happy not to have to carry water and soft drinks. Our additional charges for all the water (18 bottles?), soft drinks (over 2 dozen) , and condiments we used (mustard, mayo, jam and butter) during the week was approximately $55. We walked 35 minutes in to town to the big Mega store a couple of times. At the Mega we bought fresh rolls, breads, wine, lunch meat and cheeses, snacks, etc and cabbed it back for $5.

The living area has two built in sofas along the walls, a coffee table, and a movable 'naugahyde' love seat. There is a sliding glass door onto a narrow private balcony that runs the length of the unit. Lots of light. Great ventilation with the slider open and the kitchen louvers open. There is a ceiling fan in the living area. At high speed it goes so fast I thought the building was going to lift off..

From the living area there is an arched doorway (no door) leading to the bedroom. It is also on the water side and has a sliding glass door. King size bed on a platform. Very firm but not bad. We had very hard pillows. We asked for softer ones and they were promptly supplied. There is a ceiling fan in the bedroom. Only one bed side table but reading lamps on both sides. Large closet with room for hanging and storing things. Nice touch was plastic coated wire drawers in the closet...it is so humid here that you wouldn't want wooden drawers. A wooden lock box is in the closet for valuables.

The bathroom is to the rear/streetside. Very large. Sink, tub/shower, toilet, and....wait for it...a bidet (?!). Frosted glass louvers in the bathroom. Tile throughout the unit. This tile can be slick and no bathmat was provided. We started using a towel for a bathmat and the maid started to leave us an old one for this purpose.

No artwork or decorations of any kind...there is a barracuda plaster relief on the living room wall but it is the same color as the white stucco/plaster wall. A shame, given the lovely crafts, artwork and textiles that are available. A very sterile feeling.

Manager Sara is an absolute delight. She was very solicitous about our needs and readily available 6 days a week Mon-Sat (she left an emergency number for Sunday). Maid service every day. The unit was very clean.

Loved not having to rent a car. Walking in to town took approximately 20 minutes to the north end of town and 35 minutes to the far/south end (where the Mega is). We walked to dinner every night. Only took a cab once when it started to rain. Cab rides from town to and from Condumel were never more than $5. The ride to and from the airport was the exception. Even though it wasn't any further than town it is in a different 'zone' and thus cost $10.

Our favorite restaurants were Del Sur Argentina Empanadas (ate there twice), La Choza (ate there twice, Guido's and Kondessa.

The negative...and the reason we won't stay here again...too noisy. My husband didn't mind it much but I am a light sleeper. The complex is very close to the road. The traffic noise was occasionally very loud...especially the scooters and motorbikes which are ubiquitous here. The vehicle traffic died down from about 11pm until 6 am. We were also very near the airport (5 minute ride). I never realized how many flights to Cozumel there are. From about 8am until 8pm there were flights. Most of the planes were not the big jets but the complex is almost right under the landing flight path (not the take off it seems or maybe that was a wind thing the week we were there). Less offensive for us...boat traffic out front. The boats, especially dive boats, start heading from a marina north of us south towards town every morning about 7am (and back in the late afternoon). I closed the louvers on the street side at night to try to keep the noise down.

Dove with Aqua Safari. We cabbed it our first morning of diving with our gear. The shop is on the main drag in town on the waterfront. They have an area in the back of the shop for divers who are diving multiple days to leave gear. There is a dunk tank. This gear/locker area is small, dark , and dank...nothing dried but it was better than schlepping gear back to the Condo every afternoon. After the first day we walked down to the shop in the mornings to collect our gear (25 minute stroll). The Aqua Safari pier is across the street. They offer an 8am 'fast boat' which takes up to 8 divers and two 8:30am boats which can take up to 12 divers. Both trips are two tank trips. Nitrox is available...ask for it the night before. It was $10 a tank. You analyze the tanks onboard. We dove six days and were on all three boats in the course of the week.

We took the 8am 'fast boat' called "Belinda" twice. It purportedly gets down to the dive sites earlier than the other boats. I suppose this is true by virtue of the fact it leaves a little early but it was still a 50 minute ride to the first dive site. Also the 'fast boat' has less protection from the elements. The head was inconvenient. It was in the bow and the captain had to hold up a wooden partition for your privacy. Limited dry space on this boat. The 'fast boat' is $5 more for the two tank trip. The 'fast boat' is supposed to take the more experienced divers. One day this was true and one day it wasn't... The 'fast boat' carries two crew...a Captain and a divemaster.

The other boats (should we call them the 'slow boats'?) were bigger and carried up to 12 divers. We prefered the bigger boats. They have a 'real' marine head. These boats carried a crew of four...a Captain, two dive masters, and a helper. Both dive masters went into the water which was a good thing because there were often inexperienced divers. Of these two bigger boats..."Ocean One" and "Ocean Three" we prefered "Ocean Three". It had a better rail system and ladder to assist in getting in and out. We were very suprised that 4 cruise ship passengers joined us one morning. One couple hadn't been diving in over a year and they had 17 dives. The other two were young men with brand new C cards. The two young men were actually less scary than the couple because they were very serious and nervous...they did very well...it was their 3rd and 4th dives. As new Open water divers we were suprised that any one would take them on a 90' max depth drift dive. It was great having two dive masters in the water as we were able to hang back with one dive master and let the newbies tag along with the lead dive master.

The boat crews were all very pleasant and professional. They offered water to keep you hydrated. The 8:30 boat offered a fruit snack during the surface interval.

All in all a good trip. The Condo is nice if you are not a light sleeper. Obviously lots of people love it. As I noted the couple we shared a taxi with from the airport were repeat visitors. Our neighbors in the next unit were there for their 7th visit. No regrets but we probably won't be back.

The dive operation is good but we missed the camaraderie of diving with the same people all week. A more transient group here...people diving for a day or two...not the full week like us. Also diving on three boats in six days meant getting acquainted with three different boats.

Final note...did not like having to pay in cash. We are uncomfortable having to bring such a large amount of money. Condumel accepts only cash.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dallas, TX
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Reviewed 3 January 2012

We were there for 5 nights and it is all that everyone has stated. Sara does it all to make your stay easy. She helped us get a rent car the day diving was canceled due to the anticipation of the port being closed.

There is no way to describe the ease of the stocked refrigerator of staples. Our maid was sweet and helpful. She even checked to see if I had laundry I wanted done before we left so we didn't have to take home dirty clothes. There are tiny ants. We stayed on the first floor and was able to control them by not leaving food out. Use the fridge and buy some zip locks. They come with the territory.

I too experienced issues with the sand fleas. They were bad. I got them while sitting on the lawn chair drinking wine with EmnRob67. They did not bother my husband but they liked me. It took 2 days for the full breakout and itch to start.

One thing that would be nice is to have a complete set of silver ware and dinner ware. The dishes in our unit were not matching and the pots and pans were worn. Our set of 4 included a plastic fork and plastic knife. It would have been more of an issue had we been there longer. We went to Mega Mart to get what we needed for the days we were there. There is a closer local mart as well.

We'll definitely be back. It was comfy, easy and roomy. Sara and Bill are the best.

Room Tip: I am there for the beach so there is no bad room.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Barrie, Canada
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Reviewed 21 December 2011

We booked this condo through a private owner and absolutely loved it.

We rented a car at the airport and it was only a five minute drive to the condo. When we arrived we met with Sara and she was very accomodating and showed us every detail. The fridge was stocked with water, beer, wine, eggs, bread, butter and a few other things and we soon found out that the prices for these items were VERY reasonable. For example, a cold beer is seventy cents and the eggs are twenty cents each. We did stock some of our own items but you are definitely set for breakfasts!

We were diving every day so were not at the condo for the most part. The bed was a comfortable place to fall at the end of the day. Unfortunately it rained most evenings so we spent them inside. We love to cook our own food so we did most of our cooking in the condo.

The staff and setting of this condo are top notch. The only problem we did have is the one afternoon we did sit down by the water, we were bitten very badly by either noseeums or sand flees. We came back with over fifty bites to each leg.

We were only here for three full days but will be back for sure! We absolutely loved it.........bites and all!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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White Rock, Canada
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Reviewed 14 December 2011

From the one of a kind staff, stocked fridge, quiet beach and perfect swimming.We came to do the ironman in Nov. and were treated superbly and had taxis arranged for us and a nice piece of chocolate cake when we finished.Rooms are very large and bathroom better than most you can find in Mexico.I have travelled to Cozumel since the 80's and this is a good deal ....will be back for another kick at the ironman in a year or two and will be staying here again.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 13 December 2011

We were so stoked to finish our two week honeymoon with a week here! Tired of eating out every day, we were looking forward to the privacy of having your "own home" for a week with some "home-cooked-mexican-style" food ;). The staff here are absolutely amazing. Top notch! The cleanliness, being this close to the ocean, is really good too. It's about a 20-30 minute (depending on how fast one walks) walk into town. I think we walked into the town every night. We also got groceries a couple times at the "MEGA". It is a huge grocery store with HUGE selection. It is probably 45 minutes from Condumel, but we got a taxi back ($5-$6) with all our food and water. There was two things we didn't like (one thing we actually hated...yes, really!) 1) how terribly hard the mattress was and 2) that you had to climb/jump into 12 foot waves to get into the water.

At first we just thought we'd get used to said rock-like mattress, but honestly, how does one get used to a rock, however clean and flat? You don't. Three or less nights wouldn't have been so bad (we're young, right?), but we spent lots of time stretching out kinks and pains in our back and shoulders every morning...OUCH! If we hadn't had such an amazing view we would have left early. The view is KILLER! SO amazing...At all times of the day too!! Maybe not all the beds were like that one...they said we should try sleeping in a hammock...yah, not so much fun at night as it is for a nap...expecially when your new husband wants to cuddle with you in ONE hammock....back to the torture of the rock mattress, lol!

I thought the "cliff" would be an adventure to get into the water, and why not? It IS an advenutre. Maybe if it hadn't been so windy every day, but we both got minor cuts trying to get into the water with snorkel gear as the waves are BIG at 12 foot deep and smashed us into the side of the cliff unless we were completely braced properly (quite hard for non-pro snorkelers like us...). The water was beautiful...and we enjoyed it more without gear...but the current is very strong. I found it difficult to swim for too long. I didn't think the snorkeling was that amazing either...but maybe because I've been to Hawaii? I don't know. We did see some incredible fish, just not as much as I'd been led to believe I would by other people.

So overall, BEAUTIFUL place (if you have an outside unit, the crickets are noisy all night, by the way), and we loved cooking our own meals (beware of little ants everywhere in the kitchen....all the time...even though I think they were worse because we were there in the summer) and walking into town in the evenings. We just missed the comforts of the B&B we stayed in at first (their beds were amazing!) and I missed being able to walk along the seashore and have the waves lap at my ankles. I didn't think I'd miss that as much as I did. If they fixed their hard beds...and you don't miss a beach...go there! Everything else is great!!!

Room Tip: Obviously, the views higher up are probably even more stunning...but it was wonderful to be able to...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, IL
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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.
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  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Condumel Condobeach Apartments
Address: Carretera Hotelera Norte s/n, Cozumel, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Cozumel
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Ranked #12 of 44 Speciality Lodging in Cozumel
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Number of rooms: 10
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