This is where you want to be if you're staying in the downtown/Playa Norte section of Isla Mujeres. This is my 2nd time here and I do recommend splitting a 5-7 day trip in two, the first half in this part of town and the 2nd half mid-island away from all of the hubbub and with the locals. For this section of town, you can't beat Ixchel in terms of proximity to the downtown area vs actually being on the beach. The strip of beach that it is on is the best on Playa Norte, best for swimming and nicest sand. The beach chairs and umbrellas that they provide (and set up for you) to Ixchel guests and the chair side waiter service from the Ixchel's fantastic restaurant is awesome. The beach is also super close to all rooms and you barely have to move to be taken completely care of...and everything can be charged to your room. We brought own our beers that we got at the supermercado sometimes, but otherwise ordered theirs and they are only $2! The restaurant to the right of the hotel on the beach plays it's music a little loud during the day, but it's a beach so I guess they can't really control it. The service has been nothing short of exceptional with SUPER helpful and friendly receptionists and general staff. I'm tipping these two ladies who work at the front desk on my way out because she was so patient with me as I practiced my Spanish with them. We are in Phase 1 (not sure how Phase 2 differs) and the rooms are sensational. They are clean, super spacious, and homey. We had nice flat screen tvs in both rooms, a nice cd player with iPod jack and every amenity required or desired. ONE IMPORTANT NOTE: Be SURE you get a room with a balcony. The normal rooms don't seem worth it in terms of space/value and no balcony...for not that much more money, you triple or quadruple the space that you have and the balconies make all the difference in the world for breakfasts and general hanging out with some of the most gorgeous views of the Carribean that you'll ever see. Plus, the rooms with a balcony all have a living room which can make quite a difference if the person you are traveling with wants to sleep while you watch tv, etc. I literally have nothing bad to say about this place. I would stay here again in a heartbeat and think it's just a great, great place to say in Isla Mujeres. P/S Rent a moped (or a golf cart if you're not brave enough for a moped) and explore the island that way...it's REALLY fun!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Among the best hotels in Isla Mujeres, visit Ixchel Beach Hotel, a two wing, two phase condotel complex with 117 rooms in Isla Mujeres. East Wing (Phase One) with 48 rooms, 5 stories and opened in June 2006; West Wing (Phase Two) with 69 rooms, 6 stories and opened in August 2007. Both properties (see Accomodation Remark below) are designed in Mexican casual and modern stylish buildings located at the beautiful North Beach on the colorful island of Isla Mujeres (Women Island).Ixchel for the Mayans was the Goddess of love, fertility and the moon. Walking a few steps from downtown of this friendly island and facing the most beautiful white sand & powder touch beaches of Isla Mujeres, in the Yucatan Peninsula and the Mexican Caribbean, our Isla Mujeres hotel offers warm personable service in an upscale, intimate island experience perfect for families and romantics.If you want a great escape to a Isla Mujeres hotel, our hotel is ideal for the relaxing weekend getaway or a romantic honeymoon retreat. Treat yourself to all of the luxury that our Ixchel Hotel in Isla Mujeres has to offer and enjoy the surrounding areas, activities and beauty.Premier in Isla Mujeres hotels, the Ixchel Beach Hotel offers luxurious amenities, outstanding service and a tranquil atmosphere to completely relax and enjoy your Mexican vacation. You won't find a more beautiful or more convenient location to soak in the sun and experience this amazing island of Isla Mujeres.If you are looking among hotels in Isla Mujeres, look no further than the Ixchel Beach Hotel. You won't be disappointed. You, the guest, are our number one priority and your comfort and enjoyment during your vacations in Mexico and lodging experience are our primary concern. We will do everything we can to make your stay nothing short of spectacular. ... more less
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