Any review of PP needs to detail the bad with the good; to do otherwise is misleading and unfair to people spending their money to take a trip to Isla.
Punta Piedra itself is a nice house with great service and great value. Bottom line is that you are getting good accomodation for the price. The suites are clean and spacious with handy amenities (fridge, sink, TV, utensils etc.), and they open up onto a small but very nice pool with hammocks and a (close) view of the ocean. It is pleasant for sure.
The problem with PP is its location. You aren't in the town close to the good beaches and amenities, yet you aren't in a quiet, calm, "enclosed" or serine part of the island. You can walk to town, but it is a good 20 minute walk in the heat that you probably won't be into several times a day. In addition, you are right in the middle of a built up part of the island with almost no vegetation and a lot of concrete. At the moment either side of PP is a building site, and I imagine it will be some years before the "strip" where PP is found becomes a finished area that is generally pleasant to stay in. There is a lot of trash on the road and in the area, and a major neighbourhood is located very close to the building. The ocean in front of PP is very pretty, but probably too rough to swim in, something else to consider. There is a bit of sand in front, and that was nice, but the excellent views down the coastline expose an extremely barren, tree-free environment in this particular part of the island- something to consider if you are hoping for shady palms and foliage.
A tour around Isla will give you a very different impression of the island. The southern quarter or so is less developed, greener, and looks far more pleasant to stay in. The west coast in particular has accomodation in shady, green areas that front nice beaches with calm water. We checked out Mar y Sol, another Mornings in Mexico property, and it looked to be everything we wanted from PP- basic but tucked away amongst the trees in a pretty and serene setting. If I was going again I would either stay in this area or in the town itself, which is a fantastic place to walk around or eat in. The hotels lining North Beach on the northern tip look nice but the beachfront environs, aside from the perfect beach and water, are not very appealing, again with a lot of concrete and generally unattractive beachfront development. Obviously the hurricane did a number of the island, but the quiet south and west coast are best bets that should guarantee you get the best of Isla in terms of that vacation environment most are looking for. Cheers.
- Also Known As:
- Punta Piedra Hotel Isla Mujeres