TRAVELLED FROM 3/2/12 - 3/7/12
We took a quick trip to Cozumel just for a getaway. Normally we stay longer, but this time we had limited time to get away before work obligations had us back home.We have been to Cozumel 4 times and have done some fairly exstensive travel throughout the Carribean. Most of the reviews you read for this hotel are spot on. I was very surprised at how nice the hotel was for the price we paid. We went into this trip trying for a change of pace from our "normal" vacation...here are some details so you can make sure you are booking what you are looking for.
We decided that we were getting away from the all-inclusive, eat at the same place all week kind of place and wanted to explore town. In the past the only amount of the town we experienced was the outer edge when we fueled up a rented vehicle. This hotel sits across the street from the ocean with a small area accessible for snorkelling. This is not a beach area, but rather a pier area that you can jump into or wade into from the edge of the ocean. You can walk from Casa Mexicana to every place in the "tourist area" in town and you will see 1 or 2 cruise ships at the dock not far from the hotel. It is also an easy walk to the ferry to Playa del Carmen. (one note on the ferry...there are two companies to buy ferry tickets from...do not buy a round trip fare before you leave. Buy one way and then upon return, buy the other. Otherwise you may end up waiting for the ferry from the company you purchased from for your return). We did a lot of walking exploring all the shops and walking away from the busy main street area to the smaller shops and many small convenience stores. There is a Mega grocery store a short walk above the hotel as well, so we got some salsa, drinks and chips to snack on in the room in the evening. The mini fridge in the room was perfect for keeping a couple drinks and the salsa. We rented a car for a day and did our normal lap around the island exploring and enjoying some of the sights and food on the back side of Cozumel.
The breakfast buffet included in our reservation was very good. You will quickly learn which person on the grill makes the best pancakes (and the pancakes are incredible) but all the staff is friendly and helpful.
Our one huge pet peeve when we travel is that a place must be clean, and Casa Mexicana is a VERY CLEAN hotel. I mean clean.We were impressed! As many have mentioned, the pool is very small and quite cold, but I was in for an hours just kind of looking out over the ocean and it was relaxing.
In conclusion, it is always important to gear where you stay to what you intend on doing. This a a nice (not rundown) hotel pretty much in the heart of anything you would want to do in town. You are not going to have the pristine beach or 5 restaurants in the hotel (there are a TON of places to go eat..) so don't knock the hotel for what it is not. This is a fairly inexpensive place that is ideally situated to give you all the enjoyment of the tourist area of Cozumel!
One note...you get a 15% discount and 3 restaurants (this is on the back of your room key/card) One of those places is Palmera's (it's right across from the dock where you get the ferry to Playa del Carmen). The meal at Palmera's was FABULOUS!!! and with the discount was a great buy. We also recommend finding the Burgeur House (their spelling). This is literally an 8x8 little stand with a small amount of seating. Ask around it's on a back street about a block and a half from the main street. Place has great burgers and fries! That being said, there is a place across the street from there called Sabores that we were told was run by the same family, Sabores we did not enjoy.
Have a great time in Cozumel!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our beautifully-designed hotel and our loving staff are ready to delight you in Casa Mexicana, like your home away from home! We're located very close to the main pier at Cozumel, just in the heart of the island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Mexicana Cozumel Hotel Cozumel
- Casa Mexicana Hotel Cozumel
- Cozumel Casa Mexicana