My husband and I just returned from our third stay at Hotel Secreto. We love the location and laid back feeling of this small, intimate hotel. The staff are warm and welcoming and make you feel pampered without hovering. Our March break is our "vacation" as opposed to a "trip" and we want to do nothing but sit by the pool, walk to town and North Beach and have occasional conversations with other guests. The hotel seems to attract a crowd that is 50's and up or late 20's and 30's. Despite the age differences, everyone is looking for the same thing, relaxation, beautiful views and classy accommodations. The rooms have comfortable king beds with cozy comforters, a sitting area and amazing outdoor bed and sitting area. The views are spectacular from the rooms and the outdoor beds are perfect for lounging around in the fresh, white bathrobes provided every day. The breakfasts are now brought to your room or the pool each day. I did get a bit tired of fruit and croissants and felt that a little more variety would have been good. I might suggest buying yogurt or other breakfast foods at the market to mix it up a bit. We had lunch delivered to us most days and that was great. Victor was always ready to take your cerveca or mixed drink order and seemed to magically appear if you wanted another one. We LOVE Hotel Secreto !
That all said, it is not a hotel or location for everyone. Isla Mujeres is somewhat gritty and more tourist filled than I typically like. There are the typical tourist shops and beach vendors, but they are always respectful and can be lots of fun to talk with if you have the right attitude. Be prepared for the big unfinished condo complex that abuts the hotel's property. It is an eyesore, but we just tell ourselves that is is another "Mexican ruin" The road leading up to Secreto and Playa Media Luna is rutted and looks a little scary, but it is perfectly safe.
The restaurants are another reason we keep coming back to Isla Mujeres. My husband loves ceviche and has it every day for lunch...the best is at Brisa, next to the ferry. Try Picus and Valezquez for the whole fried fish, El Patio on Hidalgo and Argentinian Grill ( I think that's what it's called) We never spent more than $30 n hd great meals with drinks. Have fun...enjoy Isla Mujeres ....and relax and enjoy the vies at hotel Secreto. Oh, I amost t forgot to mention the new hot tub...it's awesome !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conde Nast Traveler's 50 Best New Hotels in the World. Hotel Secreto is a sleek nine-room hideaway - Santorini-meets-Schrager style. Constantly upgrading, the hotel was renovated in 2005 to include a 20 meter lap pool and an all junior suite lay-out. Designed by an award-winning architect, the hotel looks more like a slick private beach house. Modern touches such as WI-FI and pre-loaded iPods are part of an enhanced poolside service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Secreto Hotel Isla Mujeres
- Secreto Isla Mujeres