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Hotel Posada Del Mar
Boston, Massachusetts
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“Great for first trip to Isla”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2014

Posada Del Mar has an excellent location directly across from an open stretch of Playa Norte just 3 or 4 blocks up the road from the passenger ferry dock. The price is reasonable and the accommodations are what you should expect from that price: a clean bathroom with some toiletries, clean beds, sitting desk, TV and, if you pay for it, A/C. Most (if not all) rooms have balconies that can at least glimpse the ocean. There are beach chairs by the pool and chairs and beds overlooking the main beach (with the main road in between...I don't distract, it just gives more opportunities for people watching!) Penguinos, a bar and restaurant, is right on the premise also overlooking the beach.

There is wifi ONLY in the lobby - consider yourself warned - and A/C only in some rooms. Neither of these is a complain, just be prepared to relax and have a beautiful tropical breeze coming through your room!

One oddity that isn't a big issue is that the bathroom of each room is not 100% separated from the sleeping area: the shower has glass starting halfway up that looks into the room (and out to the ocean!) and the glass stops and the shower is open to the sleeping area about 3/4 of the way up. Again, not bad, just a warning!

The front desk is really only open 7am-11pm so if you have a late arrive you may have to navigate with some Spanish (you ARE in Mexico!) with the night guy who is kind but not always helpful. During the day sign out a beach towel at the front desk and return it before you leave. There are water coolers in the lobby and scattered around the first floor where you can fill bottles to bring back to your room or when you head out for the day.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2014

Good location across from the beautiful north beach. It has a Wonderful pool. Staff is very accommodating! Easy walk to restaurant street. Nice palapas and umbrellas at the pool. Rooms are very nice! The price is right. We will be back next year.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2014

Been to Isla Mujeres many times but somehow, I missed this gem. Right on the beach, close to Playa Norte and just about everything. I stayed in main building and it was just fine. No 5 star hotel but who wants that on the island. Very homey, Everyone was nice from Romey bartender to maids to front desk. Nice pool. Very secure safe was nice. Restaurants and bank within 2 blocks.
Location, location, location..

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2014 via mobile

The place is fairly run down, the staff, with the exception of the lovely cleaning staff, is highly uninterested in service... I would say you get exactly what you pay for. This is the place if you don't really care about luxury or details, just looking for a base camp for exploring the island. The best thing with this hotel is the clean rooms and the great location - 4 minutes walk to Playa Norte.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2014 via mobile

My lovely wife and i stayed at PDM the week of february 5 throught the 13 and enjoyed the location very much, if you want to experience all that isla mujeres has to offer and do not want to spend a bundle of money just for a place to lay your head at night, this is the place. Rooms are clean and they offer free wifi access in the lobby as well as at the curbside restaurant. Nice pool area and a nice palapa bar/lounge area, although we missed any of the friendly staff everyone else seems to have found there...restaurant and bar seemed to have been consistently devoid of guests, although with so many great dining/drinking choices within a moments walk, not surprising. Front desk staff was neither friendly nor unfriendly....but were not helpful at any point either...was never informed that they had beach towels behind the desk until other guests let us in on that secret. Also had booked a room in the newest building and pretty sure we got the old section room 312, but was fine, bring an extension cord with you as one outlet seems pretty standard here. Overall not a bad experience here, just not one that will leave you thinking about how long until you get back there.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Regina, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2014

We stayed at PDM Feb. 1 - 12/14. I must agree that the front desk staff need to attend Happy School but I am not there to make besties with them. I needed a key and towels and that is what they gave me. I have a thing about sitting/sleeping on top of the bed cover, so that was removed daily. The sheets and pillow cases smelled very fresh and clean. The maids did an awesome job cleaning the rooms and were very friendly. We were very satisfied with our room, which was in the new section. The fridge worked, shower was huge, toilets flushed, only one night did we not have hot water but the cold water was tolerable, air-conditioner worked great, flat screen tv had the outlet to plug our laptop in to watch movies (downloaded 14 from home and only watched 2). We only used the pool area once (we came to sit by the ocean) but it was clean and wet....it did the job. The location is perfect....right across from the ocean and 2 blocks from the main tourist street, Hildago. I would definitely recommend this hotel and would stay here again. I am now an Islaholic!!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hermantown, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2014

This was my first stay on Isla Mujeres & from reading reviews from others I expected the front desk staff to be unfriendly. Never once did they smile or try to be helpful, but like I said that was expected. We stayed in the new part on second floor & our maid was great. We loved the view from our balcony and even though our room wasn't perfect it was perfect for us. The location of PDM is awesome!! Romy in the bar was so sweet & we will return again. The rooms do not have hair dryers or irons, but they do have a safe and a mini fridge which was nice. We did not spend a lot of time at the hotel, but the location and price made it worth it for us.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Hotel Posada Del Mar
Address: Avenida Rueda Medina 15A, Isla Mujeres 77440, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Isla Mujeres
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #38 of 40 Speciality Lodging in Isla Mujeres
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Posada Del Mar 3*
Number of rooms: 98
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Hotel Posada del Mar, an island tradition! The Posada del Mar is located close to the downtown area, and a short distance from the island's world famous North Beach. We have 98 rooms with ocean and/or pool view, including rooms with flat-screen TVs, mini-refrigerators and in-room safe deposit boxes. All rooms have individual air-conditioning, ceiling fan, telephone, cable TV, and private bath. The relaxing friendly atmosphere, is ideal for a pleasant and memorable stay. ... more   less 
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