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Condumel Condobeach Apartments
Alamosa, CO
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“Pure relaxation”
Reviewed 8 July 2012

Cozumel is as developed as we have been on the Mayan Riviera (we love Xcalak, so that tells you where we're coming from), so we were a little trepidatious about such a touristy destination. Condumel was a fantastic experience. The place was quiet, the views were phenomenal, and the staff terrific (especially Sara, who helped with everything). Other guests were great too, which is good because you share the common beach and snorkel area. The snorkeling in front of Condumel and down to the Marina was really interesting. I am not a beach person, and so the iron shore snorkeling with the imported beach for wiggling toes and playing scrabble while watching the boats go by was great. Dove with Aqua Safari, which I understand is owned by the guy who owns Condumel. Realized I could take a short walk to the marina and ride down to the shop on their boat from there rather than the longer walk or taxi ride on land down to the shop, and that worked great. Everything was within walking distance, the walk along the waterfront into town is gorgeous, and the only reason to grab a cab is if its pouring down rain or you are just plain too tired. Were were absolutely thrilled with Condumel.

Room Tip: We preferred the top floor, better views from the balcony
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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Reviewed 8 April 2012

If you're not the all-inclusive hotel type, this small 10-unit condo-apt complex is for you. It's out of the way in the quiet north end of the island, and about 1.5 miles from the center of town. It's a nice walk or a 5-minute taxi ride. Only 10 minutes from the airport. This was our second stay and I can't imagine staying anywhere else.

The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. They have snorkeling equipment that they lent us for free for the entire week. And we used it all the time, as the snorkeling right off their bulkhead is superb.

We were going to rent a car using the rental firm they recommended, but the car was not in good condition and was expensive. So we just went with Thrifty/Dollar at the airport which was great. You don't really need a car, but we liked it to see the far side of the island and some of the local areas not readily accessible by foot. We paid $275 total for 6 days for an almost brand new small car that seats 5, with automatic and A/C.

Right next door is a private compound used by Mexico president Felipe Calderon and his family on holidays and vacations. They were there during our stay. Lots of military and secret service types, but extremely interesting. Plus you get a peak at the family while they swim and snorkel by.

I also recommend the Mystic Snorkeling tour (see my other review) for a trip really worth its value.

Don't miss the El Moro restaurant. It's in the interior of the city and has great food and drinks for reasonable prices. Stay away from restaurants on the square. If you have a car, there's a great little restaurant on the way to the other side of the island called Cameron Dorado. Great ceviche and nachos and other dishes for great prices. Fill up for lunch because is closes at 4:00 pm. Closed Sunday.

Room Tip: We like the second floor rooms for the view, but the bottom floor units allow direct walkout access...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Mount Ida, Ar
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Reviewed 13 February 2012

We've already booked our reservations again at Condumel for 2013! Just two weeks after getting home we realized that we didn't want to go anywhere else!

The condo complex at Cozumel is amazing and the other reviews here explain the location, the beauty of the water and wonderful privacy of the beach. I was a little dismayed to read the other reviews about the lack of decor and kitchen amenities. The condos are privately owned, so I guess they are all decorated differently, but there is one condo that stands head and shoulder above all the others. Bottom floor, second from the right as your enter the courtyard.

The kitchen has wine glasses, regular drinking glasses in several sizes, plenty of silverware, place settings for four, an Italian convection portable oven, all of the tools and gadgets you have at home and is tastefully and artfully decorated. Plush bath mats at the vanity, tub and stool, comfortable seating in the living room, flat screen tv, amazing bed. We didn't notice any noise from the street in our condo on the ground floor and thought the WWII fighter planes the Mexican army flew over almost every day were charming.

The condos are older, but with all that beautiful dark mohagany, striking architecture and loving care they have lavished on them, they have aged gracefully. The staff is wonderful and will bring you anything that you ask for (within reason of course).

The sand fleas ate me up, too, but not until the last day when we got up at 5am and sat under the palapa with our coffee and watched the dawn wash over the ocean. So romantic....and I scratched myself silly on the plane. Next year, I am taking bug spray and wearing long pajamas if I go outside early morning or dusk.

We just can't dream of finding a more perfect place to spend two weeks!

Room Tip: Ask for Bruce and Merle's condo
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Grand Rapids, MI
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Reviewed 20 January 2012

Spent a week at Condumel Condos, Unit 6, second floor in January. Dove with Aqua Safari. We picked the Condo based on its number 2 ranking on Tripadvisor. We have rented another Condo on Cozumel on two other occasions. The condo we previously rented is further down in the rankings and necessitated renting a car. Condumel is closer to town so we decided to try it and skip the rental car.

We forgot that taxis can't come up to the airport. You have to drag your bags out to the street and catch a cab. Fortuitously we caught a van/taxi with another couple heading to Condumel. They were from Canada and they told us this was their 5th time staying at Condumel. The short cab ride was $10 a couple. This was the highest fare we paid all week.

The view from our unit was lovely. This small complex has 10 units. It is very close to the water. No pool. There is no beach entry. You can enter the water via a diving board or a ladder and the water is about 12 feet deep. We were diving all week and didn't snorkel but other guests did and told us it was a worthwhile venture. The water was exceptionally clear. Other guests just suggested you mind the slight current and swim into it if there is any so you can drift back to the ladder. There are beach loungers and a covered picnic table out front. A few palms. The sand is raked by a gardener. The grounds are very tidy.

Our unit was very spartan and dated. No surprise to us as previous reviewers point this out.
You enter into the kitchen area which is street side. It has a full size fridge, a double sink, a 4 burner cook top, a microwave oven and a toaster oven. There is plenty of counter space and cabinetry. The kitchen could be rather dark. The door and the window over the sink are screened and have wooden louvers. If you close the louvers for privacy it is dark. No dining table in the unit. Ther is a bar/counter area that looks out into the living area with three stools. The dishware was disappointing. We had 4 plates, 4 bowls, 4 coffee cups...fine so far...then two water glasses/tumblers and no other glassware of any kind. There were some plastic disposable cups provided for the beach. We bought several bottles of wine and wine glasses would have been appreciated. A roll of paper towels, some dish soap, and dish towels were provided. They stock some basics in the fridge and in the apartment that you only pay for if you use. The items are replaced as consumed. They included milk, orange juice, beer, diet coke and regular coke, some condiments, bread, eggs, butter, rum, vodka, tequila, and margarita mix. They have bottled water which you are charged for. The charges were modest so we were happy not to have to carry water and soft drinks. Our additional charges for all the water (18 bottles?), soft drinks (over 2 dozen) , and condiments we used (mustard, mayo, jam and butter) during the week was approximately $55. We walked 35 minutes in to town to the big Mega store a couple of times. At the Mega we bought fresh rolls, breads, wine, lunch meat and cheeses, snacks, etc and cabbed it back for $5.

The living area has two built in sofas along the walls, a coffee table, and a movable 'naugahyde' love seat. There is a sliding glass door onto a narrow private balcony that runs the length of the unit. Lots of light. Great ventilation with the slider open and the kitchen louvers open. There is a ceiling fan in the living area. At high speed it goes so fast I thought the building was going to lift off..

From the living area there is an arched doorway (no door) leading to the bedroom. It is also on the water side and has a sliding glass door. King size bed on a platform. Very firm but not bad. We had very hard pillows. We asked for softer ones and they were promptly supplied. There is a ceiling fan in the bedroom. Only one bed side table but reading lamps on both sides. Large closet with room for hanging and storing things. Nice touch was plastic coated wire drawers in the closet...it is so humid here that you wouldn't want wooden drawers. A wooden lock box is in the closet for valuables.

The bathroom is to the rear/streetside. Very large. Sink, tub/shower, toilet, and....wait for it...a bidet (?!). Frosted glass louvers in the bathroom. Tile throughout the unit. This tile can be slick and no bathmat was provided. We started using a towel for a bathmat and the maid started to leave us an old one for this purpose.

No artwork or decorations of any kind...there is a barracuda plaster relief on the living room wall but it is the same color as the white stucco/plaster wall. A shame, given the lovely crafts, artwork and textiles that are available. A very sterile feeling.

Manager Sara is an absolute delight. She was very solicitous about our needs and readily available 6 days a week Mon-Sat (she left an emergency number for Sunday). Maid service every day. The unit was very clean.

Loved not having to rent a car. Walking in to town took approximately 20 minutes to the north end of town and 35 minutes to the far/south end (where the Mega is). We walked to dinner every night. Only took a cab once when it started to rain. Cab rides from town to and from Condumel were never more than $5. The ride to and from the airport was the exception. Even though it wasn't any further than town it is in a different 'zone' and thus cost $10.

Our favorite restaurants were Del Sur Argentina Empanadas (ate there twice), La Choza (ate there twice, Guido's and Kondessa.

The negative...and the reason we won't stay here again...too noisy. My husband didn't mind it much but I am a light sleeper. The complex is very close to the road. The traffic noise was occasionally very loud...especially the scooters and motorbikes which are ubiquitous here. The vehicle traffic died down from about 11pm until 6 am. We were also very near the airport (5 minute ride). I never realized how many flights to Cozumel there are. From about 8am until 8pm there were flights. Most of the planes were not the big jets but the complex is almost right under the landing flight path (not the take off it seems or maybe that was a wind thing the week we were there). Less offensive for us...boat traffic out front. The boats, especially dive boats, start heading from a marina north of us south towards town every morning about 7am (and back in the late afternoon). I closed the louvers on the street side at night to try to keep the noise down.

Dove with Aqua Safari. We cabbed it our first morning of diving with our gear. The shop is on the main drag in town on the waterfront. They have an area in the back of the shop for divers who are diving multiple days to leave gear. There is a dunk tank. This gear/locker area is small, dark , and dank...nothing dried but it was better than schlepping gear back to the Condo every afternoon. After the first day we walked down to the shop in the mornings to collect our gear (25 minute stroll). The Aqua Safari pier is across the street. They offer an 8am 'fast boat' which takes up to 8 divers and two 8:30am boats which can take up to 12 divers. Both trips are two tank trips. Nitrox is available...ask for it the night before. It was $10 a tank. You analyze the tanks onboard. We dove six days and were on all three boats in the course of the week.

We took the 8am 'fast boat' called "Belinda" twice. It purportedly gets down to the dive sites earlier than the other boats. I suppose this is true by virtue of the fact it leaves a little early but it was still a 50 minute ride to the first dive site. Also the 'fast boat' has less protection from the elements. The head was inconvenient. It was in the bow and the captain had to hold up a wooden partition for your privacy. Limited dry space on this boat. The 'fast boat' is $5 more for the two tank trip. The 'fast boat' is supposed to take the more experienced divers. One day this was true and one day it wasn't... The 'fast boat' carries two crew...a Captain and a divemaster.

The other boats (should we call them the 'slow boats'?) were bigger and carried up to 12 divers. We prefered the bigger boats. They have a 'real' marine head. These boats carried a crew of four...a Captain, two dive masters, and a helper. Both dive masters went into the water which was a good thing because there were often inexperienced divers. Of these two bigger boats..."Ocean One" and "Ocean Three" we prefered "Ocean Three". It had a better rail system and ladder to assist in getting in and out. We were very suprised that 4 cruise ship passengers joined us one morning. One couple hadn't been diving in over a year and they had 17 dives. The other two were young men with brand new C cards. The two young men were actually less scary than the couple because they were very serious and nervous...they did very well...it was their 3rd and 4th dives. As new Open water divers we were suprised that any one would take them on a 90' max depth drift dive. It was great having two dive masters in the water as we were able to hang back with one dive master and let the newbies tag along with the lead dive master.

The boat crews were all very pleasant and professional. They offered water to keep you hydrated. The 8:30 boat offered a fruit snack during the surface interval.

All in all a good trip. The Condo is nice if you are not a light sleeper. Obviously lots of people love it. As I noted the couple we shared a taxi with from the airport were repeat visitors. Our neighbors in the next unit were there for their 7th visit. No regrets but we probably won't be back.

The dive operation is good but we missed the camaraderie of diving with the same people all week. A more transient group here...people diving for a day or two...not the full week like us. Also diving on three boats in six days meant getting acquainted with three different boats.

Final note...did not like having to pay in cash. We are uncomfortable having to bring such a large amount of money. Condumel accepts only cash.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dallas, TX
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2012

We were there for 5 nights and it is all that everyone has stated. Sara does it all to make your stay easy. She helped us get a rent car the day diving was canceled due to the anticipation of the port being closed.

There is no way to describe the ease of the stocked refrigerator of staples. Our maid was sweet and helpful. She even checked to see if I had laundry I wanted done before we left so we didn't have to take home dirty clothes. There are tiny ants. We stayed on the first floor and was able to control them by not leaving food out. Use the fridge and buy some zip locks. They come with the territory.

I too experienced issues with the sand fleas. They were bad. I got them while sitting on the lawn chair drinking wine with EmnRob67. They did not bother my husband but they liked me. It took 2 days for the full breakout and itch to start.

One thing that would be nice is to have a complete set of silver ware and dinner ware. The dishes in our unit were not matching and the pots and pans were worn. Our set of 4 included a plastic fork and plastic knife. It would have been more of an issue had we been there longer. We went to Mega Mart to get what we needed for the days we were there. There is a closer local mart as well.

We'll definitely be back. It was comfy, easy and roomy. Sara and Bill are the best.

Room Tip: I am there for the beach so there is no bad room.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Condumel Condobeach Apartments
Address: Carretera Hotelera Norte s/n, Cozumel, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Cozumel
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Ranked #11 of 44 Speciality Lodging in Cozumel
Price range (per night): ₹ 9,115 - ₹ 9,180
Number of rooms: 10
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