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“A very Pleasant Suprise”

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Miramar Condominiums
Certificate of Excellence
Baytown, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
656 reviews
177 hotel reviews
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“A very Pleasant Suprise”
Reviewed 16 August 2011

If you are looking for a ritzy, high class joint, keep driving. If you are looking for a very nice two bedroom condo, 2.5 baths with a washer,dryer,pool,and on the ocean, this is your place. It is an older property and the furniture is not new, but it was great! Quiet and clean, nice kitchen and one heck of a sunset. The air conditioning did its job and the daily maid service helped out. I felt VERY SECURE and would stay at MIRAMAR 404 again in a heartbeat. I have stayed at many places in Cozumel, some nicer than others but this place can only be described as a great value for your money.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Nanjing
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Reviewed 9 January 2011

The manager for this property, Isobella, is truly amazing in her enthusiastic help for any renter. She gave us special pool toys from her niece for our kids to borrow, she recommended beaches and restaurants, some of which were positively unknown on the main websites about Cozumel, AND she found us a former USA nanny to babysit our mildly autistic kids. This nanny, Josefina, has moved from LA to Cozumel to be w/her kids and grandkids, and is looking for work. She charges $10/hour which is worth it if you need an English-speaking sitter, as we did. Both our kids, aged 11 (precocious, obsessive, rigid) and 5 (young, impulsive) LOVED her and were glad she came twice. We saw her play lovely giggly games with the younger, and saw that she had done brainy games with the older. She has a former LA employer who will give you a reference if you wish.
This vacation rental gave us the best vacation in years because the kids were off in the living room/kitchen area behind a door, and we had privacy and the balcony ocean view. However, the water access is impossible except for adults, monkeys, or older kids. There is no beach, not even a rocky one, unless you call a low cliff by the water a beach. There isn't much for kids to do in the ocean in the vicinity except for one beach a long hot walk away (or short drive). Also, it's a drive (10 min) or long long walk to town and restaurants. The nearby Coral Princess Hotel is nice for amenities and expensive food that tastes good. The coral offshore has been devastated by Wilma Hurricane, altho there's still some fish around.
The pool was good - an interesting design that the kids liked, altho it could get too cold for us adults (sun goes down at 5:30 during the high season). Down by the seaside cliff there was a sandy raised area w/ rinsing tub that served some amusement for our little one.
The view was wonderful and the place relaxing. There is light maid service every other day, and all the free drinking water you can use (yay!). I thought the maids didn't do a super clean job, but it was nice to have maid service, which we have never had in a condo before (in Hawaii or Curacao).
The condos conduct sound --s ometimes we were freaked out when we thought someone was on our balcony or opening our door, but it was just the neighbors above us.
There was FREE internet access and FREE phone calls to the USA, which was a real boon and an unbelievable service. When the DVD player didn't work, the staff spent 1/2 hour hooking it up right and making it work with the TV. When the microwave died, we got a new one within hours.
The problematic location is not anyone's fault -- Cozumel doesn't really have the perfect location for our interests. We love snorkeling but the great snorkeling isn't near good beachside condos. Other condos, however, are near wonderful sandy beaches that the kids would have loved, and we wonder if we'd be better off there. However, we don't know how easy taxis would be to get out there. We were lucky to have the Coral Princess Hotel nearby because it generated a lot of taxi traffic we could hop into. We didn't rent a car because for reputable rentals with good insurance it cost $60/day and we never spent anywhere near that in cab.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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nyc
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Reviewed 19 December 2010

When in Cozumel, we usually stay at a B&B (see my other review), but this time we were given the chance to stay beach front for an amazing price and couldn't pass it up. My brother stays at Miramar often, but this was my first chance.

Suite 202 is a perfect one bedroom. Huge, with a full kitchen, washer, dryer, bountiful clean water, and an amazing view of the ocean from the bed, or from our private balcony. I would have preferred one king bed rather than 2 queens, but hey, if that's my only issue, we're doing well!

We slept and awoke to the waves. It was slow season, so we saw almost no one by the pool. We snorkeled along the walls, swimming south against the current in order to drift back down. We walked to the main square about 4 times. It's a bit over a mile, but for us it was a nice time to just take in the air.

You can't beat this place. It's not humongous and dominating like its neighbors, and I wished there was some sand, I forgot about that the moment we jumped in the ocean. OH, and the lap pool is delicious! Though not heated...

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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MinneSNOWta
Level 6 Contributor
18 reviews
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Reviewed 6 December 2010

This was my first stay at Miramar and it won't be my last. I loved it...everything, and here is why. The property manager had two lovely bouquets of fresh flowers awaiting our arrival and she (Isabella) was promptly there after we'd arrived to debrief us on the condo and how everything runs.
#202 was perfect for us, two gals on vacation - large master bedroom with two Queen size beds and an oceanfront balcony. Dual sinks in the bathroom, cozy living room and small kitchen (not like I care to spend a lot of time in the kitchen on vacation!). The condo had all the things we needed and more. Our needs were simple, coffee and breakfast made by me in the morning, a cooler for our days away from the complex, plenty of linens, a washer and dryer..etc.
The groundskeepers and maids are amazing! They keep the place neat as a pin! Most of the time I saw them cleaning things that seriously didn't even need cleaning.
I loved how quiet the area is and that there is off-street parking. I always felt very safe and secure.
I can't wait to go back to the island and stay at Miramar again!

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with friends
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Boulder, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
115 reviews
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Reviewed 7 February 2010

We stayed at the Miramar condo for five nights following a week-long stay in Playa del Carmen. We love the clear water and good snorkeling on Cozumel. This was our second time on Cozumel, previously we stayed about five minutes taxi south of the town center.

One of us was brave enough to navigate the water access stairs and do some snorkeling in front of the condo. Lots of neat fish, urchins and marine life. Be aware of the sometimes very strong current and waves. Some people jump off the platform and swim with the current north to the Marazul condo where they climb up the stairs on that side.

The condo was roomy, a very pretty bedroom with a chaise lounge that was great for sitting and watching the water. Comfortable beds and lots of towels and purified water. Having and in-unit washer and dryer was useful, as was the full kitchen, though we only made breakfast and snacks. The shower stall is a bit dated but clean and the water hot and ample. Be aware of ants, like in any tropical area, and don't leave crumbs lying around.

Flagging down taxis was generally not a problem, except a couple times when there were a lot of cruise ships in town (the taxis park at the southern dock zone and wait for passengers).

The pool was quite cold, they tend to be unheated. There could be more umbrellas too, as only one seemed to work and both were located at tables, not near the lounge chairs. With a toddler, it's helpful to have shade. We played in the sand area one time, again the lack of shade prevented further sand play. A plus and drawback of the pool is the location. Since it's right on the water, it's beautiful and you can experience both the pool and the sea at the same time, however it's rather dangerous too, especially since the shallow section is right next to the drop off. Kids need a lot of supervision at this condo and pool area. Kids always need a lot of supervision, I know, however I don't always feel the need to hold hands in the shallow areas.

Next time we might consider the Marazul. The pools were supposed to be warmer, there was a "hot" tub and wading pool.

We enjoy Cozumel. There are some great restaurants in town and some lovely beaches but also some fantastic snorkeling. This time we tried out Playa Palancar. Terrific. Got to try their fish tacos. Mmm. Feel free to contact me if you have questions. Can't wait to go back to Cozumel and Playa!

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with family
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Ireland
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Reviewed 2 December 2009

My husband and I have just left Miramar Condominiums after an 13 day stay. We have had the most perfect and comfortable stay.
We stayed at apartment #202 and it was everything we wanted and more!
Clean, beautifully laid out and a beautiful view over the sea and pool area.
The apartment had good air conditioning, good kitchen, washing and drying machines, very good wifi connection.
To make it even better, organising our stay with Isabella (the owner) was great with us. She was great to communicate with prior to coming and always making sure our stay was more than perfect. I would recommend to any of my friends to stay at Miramar Condominiums.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Columbus, OH
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
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Reviewed 30 March 2009

We have been to Cozumel 8 times, but this was the first time with our children (7 & 11), so we decided to rent a condo. The Miramar fit our needs perfectly. We rented a 1 BR (we wanted a 2 BR, but none were available). The 1 BR was good-sized for the 4 of us. An extra bedroom would've been nice, though, so that the kids weren't in the living room on a sofa-bed. Need to book earlier next time.

Great views, very clean and modern, everything worked, good AC, having a washer/dryer was nice. Daily maid service (except Sunday) and she did a wonderful job.

The pool and outside area was very nice and well maintained. It is a small condo building, so there were never more than half a dozen or so people out by the pool. I think after hurricane WIlma, the pool/water area was reconstructed, so unlike the experience of the previous reviewer, there was good water access down some stairs and a ladder, as well a platform to dive/jump from.

There is no beach, as most of the west coast of Cozumel (except for the far northern or far southern resorts) have "ironshore" - rocky coast with a dropoff into about 10 ft of water. Great visibility, but the snorkling was fairly poor - but there were a variety of fish and some more interesting things if you look closely. I found a small moray eel and a sea snake of some type (I know it wasn't an eel, it was definitely a snake - I followed/examined it for 5 minutes). I have snorkled this part of the island before and there used to be more to see before hurricane Wilma. It is better than it was in 2006 after the hurricane, so it is slowly recovering, but it will take a while.

Good location close to town in the quiet northern hotel zone. Dive boats will not pick you up that far north, so you will need to meet them at the marina or a downtown pier. No big deal for us, we rented a car for the week.

This is a condo, so there is no restaurant, bar, or other services. That is good or bad depending on what you want. Certainly cheaper to make your own drinks and bring them down to the pool, but if you like being waited on, you'll need to go somewhere else for that.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled with family
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Property: Miramar Condominiums
Address: Av. General Rafael E. Melgar | North Coastal Road, Cozumel 77600, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Cozumel
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 45 Speciality Lodging in Cozumel
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Miramar Condominiums Escape the crowds of the hotels and relax in your very own direct ocean front condo. With easy access to town, excellent offshore snorkeling and fabulous sunsets over the ocean, Miramar condos makes the perfect retreat for your holiday. Unlike many high rise complexes, Miramar with just 12 units, has a wonderful intimate atmosphere where you can relax in peace and quiet by the ocean front swimming pool. Outdoor amenities include 60 foot long infinity pool at the ocean edge, Jacuzzi tub, sundeck, poolside BBQ area and tropical gardens. The kids (both big and small) will love the ocean side diving platform. For those less adventurous there is easy ladder access to the ocean. Maid service is provided every other day; Spa service and cook service is available on request. ... more   less 
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