After a short stay at Playa del Carmen we took the ferry over to Cozumel. We did not have a hotel reservation anywhere. We just got off the ferry and started checking out a few hotels nearby as we wanted to stay somewhere close to the ferry terminal for our trip back home. All the shopping we would need as well as a fair amount of restaurants were all close by. The first hotel we checked was the Meson San Miquel which was very old and drab. I checked out a room first and found a very old air conditioner that I had on for a while and was very sure it wouldn't do much good. There was a view of the ocean, but no balcony. I am not a 5 star type person, but this was a low 2 in my books. The only thing it had going for it was it's location. Alot of updating would need to be done to entice me to stay there! We consulted an internet cafe to check the trip advisor on a couple more we had seen within a few blocks of the ferry. The next we checked out was the Mary Carmen, but after looking inside the lobby and from a comment or two on the trip advisor, we moved on. We found the Suites Colonial right across the street. The tiled and tropical breezeway down to the lobby was very pretty and the reception area was a little old, but was extremely clean and well kept. We took a room for 3 nights that had a large fridge. The hotel offered a small continental breakfast each morning of coffee, fruit, toast, sweet rolls and orange juice. There was a computer with internet in the lobby for guests to use. The hotel was very quiet and well maintained. The three days we were there the maids washed down the entire breezeway (and it was long!) either single handedly or as a group effort each morning. It wasn't even used that much nor was it dirty! We were happy to be on the first floor (one up from the street) as the elevator was extremely small and old. Probably worked fine, but I have a fear issue with old elevators and prefer to walk the stairs. Our room was very large with one double bed and also a single bed. Lots of storage, good water pressure and temperature. It was quite hot while we were there and the air conditioner had to be on almost constantly. One of the reasons for that was our bathroom window had some broken slats (no fear for theft as the window was not accessible by anyone from the outside). We had to keep the door closed at all times for the air to keep up. It was a little loud and we had to turn it to low fan through the night or even turn it off for periods of time. The maid did a super job with our room as well as all around the hotel, lobby, hallways and breakfast area. I would rate this hotel as a 3 star with an extra 1/2 point for it's cleanliness. There was no in room safe but we had gotten used to carrying around our valuables with us anyways. There may have been a safe at the lobby, but we didn't even check. The hotel has no pool but it's location was excellent. Most people are either out diving for the day or exploring the island anyways. Many dive shops within a short walking distance. I will be writing a trip review of Cozumel as well as this hotel review if you would like to hear about the restaurants, car rental and sights we saw.
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