Cozumel appears to have evolved to a dual personality of cruise ships and scuba divers. In the past, most visitors came for the diving which is special. It now has attached others that just come to be in a warm climate and Casa Martillo is a great choice for that.
Casa Martillo is safe, clean, and has any basic need you would have for a stay in the warm weather. It has a pool suited for a leisurely dip between sunnys (a word?, if not should be) and reading your trashy novel which you never have time for when working.
Kitchen has basic equipment and you can cook on the grill near the pool. Out by the pool there are chairs and two tables for eating. There is a coffee maker, microwave, stove, and a frig. I found the furniture to be pretty rugged, like the stuff I got as I furnished my first apartment in college but it is clean and there.
Water is heated and water pressure created by pumping water from below to the roof. This process involves a pump in the building which sounds like a plane taking off as it comes on and runs for about 30 minutes. It makes a conversation impossible and in the middle of the night it can be alarming.
The AC works fine but the unit #1 has an odd tapping sound that is easily mistaken for someone at the door and happens night and day. Also a bit alarming in the middle of the night.
Water pressure in hot water is low so if you need a hot shower, take it before you leave home. Some increase can be corrected by the great staff guy but its still more trickle than a shower.
The pool area can turn into your favorite spot and sharing meals with other is quite common. This activity can unfortunately go late so if you have a need for early rising for scuba, tell the manager about it so she can remind people to the 10 PM quiet time rule. It can go on till 1-2 Am if you do not. Manager was super about these things and gets things addressed quickly.
The staff is really nice. They really will do your laundry if you leave it on the floor the same day. They get it when making beds and deliver it in the afternoon. Smile and say Hola 'cause they deserve it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cozumel condo rental. Vacation rentals three blocks from beach. Luxury 2bdrm/2bath and 1bdrm/1bath condos with pool, central air, phone, maids, complete kitchens, dive room, Wifi. Dive packages available. ... more less