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Another great week

We always enjoy our trip to Cozumel! We can never say enough on the excellent service we get from Juan Carlos, bell boy. He goes out of his way for us every time. We talked to Juan about a local pork favorite, Lachone. The next thing we knew, he was bringing us some to try on our last day!

It was awesome! Ironman Mario always makes us feel welcome with a sincere hug for each one of us. Our favorite bartenders are Alfredo, Rigo, and Marino! They serve some fast and flavorful drinks!

We are still in the airport about to depart Cozumel. Our stay was from June 1-8, 2019. My wife and I, our teenagers and our two older children with spouses and one 11-month-old grandchild and friends all came. My wife and I and our two teenagers somehow reserved a family suite that was actually two rooms with a connecting door.

Our cleaning staff was excellent. One of them told me about the riviera maya fishing charters if we wanted a great fishing experience here. Our refrigerator stocking staff provided more than expected water and drinks every day. All the entertainment, bar, and wait staff were very friendly and accommodating. We made friends with all of them. We enjoyed swimming in two pools. The immediate shore is sand but quickly becomes rocky, so water shoes are required. We snorkeled several times each day, which is our favorite activity.

I’ll post pictures of the underwater sea life we encountered. I used AKASO EK7000. I used the Spa for a 50-minute hydro spa and a 50-minute Swedish massage for a promotional rate of $139 (no timeshare tour required), which was terrific. The food was typical budget resort food which we are just fine with. We were able to watch the NBA Finals in our rooms or at the lobby bar. The weather was perfect, and the water was still and calm as I expected for Cozumel, which was our 6th trip to Cozumel.

I didn’t realize it at booking, but we had been to this resort previously in 2009. It was a Wyndham at that time, I believe. Just be aware that individual staffers will want to offer you a “resort benefits” meeting in which they will want to provide you with a discounted opportunity to an excursion or rental which will require a timeshare tour of their adjacent “Secrets” property. These staffers are skilled at leading you into these conversations.

We abruptly avoid these people and do not engage even slightly in these conversations because we have found it almost impossible to get out of these conversations. We want to give a shout out to Abbey, Crystal, Hector, Angel, Rozanna, Austin and so many, many others that we enjoyed in the hotel.

Exactly what we were looking for

This hotel was perfect for our dive trip. Nothing super fancy but immaculate, good food and great drinks. Our waiter Jesus Alejandro took great care of us and really made our trip fun. We will be coming back for many more visits.

This is the second time we have stayed here, this time our friends joined us. We stayed three nights and went diving two mornings, we ended up doing the all-inclusive package, which was a hell of a deal. Rooms are clean and big, bottled water on every floor so you can refill your bottles throughout the day.

The foods high, buffet breakfast but two days there wasn’t a lot of guests, so we ordered off the menu, super friendly, and helpful staff – they recommended the snorkeling riviera maya tours for the family. For the price and the location, I’m not sure you can beat it, great pool and a bridge across the road to the beach and the dive shop.

We have been to Cozumel four times, and this is our first experience diving with as Del Mar, dive boats, big, beautiful, fast, reliable which most dive sites are an hour away, so this is important.

The dive masters are a little more mature, which I really liked they seemed to take their jobs seriously, we had excellent care and attention, super helpful. I can not say enough good things about our trip, excellent service, and care. I can not comment on the rental gear as we have all our own stuff, but I didn’t see any old equipment about, so I will assume it’s good stuff.

This is a great hotel and dive shop which is eco-friendly from the organic soap and shampoos to no straws and LED lights. The dive shop owner has even restrung a coral reef off the dock. Very reasonably priced rooms and meal plan. Located close to downtown and numerous restaurants.

Pool, bar, and restaurant all good for a hotel this price range, the elevated walkway to the dive center was great, no playing dodge traffic crossing the street before and after dives. Overall, My expectations were well exceeded for a hotel in this price range, I have already booked my return and plan to return 4 to 6 times a year.

Excellent place

It had been improved by friendly, helpful staff and a fantastic environment to put aside your actual world anxieties. Many actions included or simple to include on.

Even a small and charming hotel 16 km south of the city. The rooms are comfy, with hammocks on balconies, mini-fridge, bath, walk-in cupboard. There’s housekeeping each day, plus they replenish the refrigerator with water and other beverages. We heard about some discover scuba diving cozumel tours for rookies, so we might try that later.

The gardens are well manicured; there are a few iguanas on the yard. We loved the shore — rows of palm trees and crystal clear water, much more profound than 2.5 m at the observed area, and a lot of fish to see. Beautiful sunsets, also! Beach towels are supplied, and you may swap them frequently for new ones.

Additionally, there are showers on the beach. We did not utilize some of these pools, but they’re well maintained, clean, and matches are organized daily. The food has been excellent — lots of alternatives for everybody — fish in the pub was fresh and flavorful, a lot of salsas, ceviche, fresh veggies, in addition to barbecue meats.

There’s live entertainment every night in the theatre or by the swimming pool. That is undoubtedly a location we’re contemplating to come back to!

This resort is excellent if you’re seeking to bring friends or family, immaculate resort & fantastic entertainment! The food is excellent and does not neglect the opinion.

We left there now. The beach was terrific, and the diving was fantastic. The water was quite clear and warm. The staff at this hotel were beautiful. I met him on our very first day there. I said I wanted we’d beer and mimosas from the Santa Rosa area and he actually listened. We had it each day afterward. We enjoyed our stay and will definitely return.

Amazing resort

Update to the Royal level, and your own will be blown off with the additional perks and assistance. You have to eat in the excellent buffet for bar members and Royal decree on the shore daily or enjoy your own personal restaurant, La Corretta for breakfast, dinner or lunch. You get first selections for dinner reservations in restaurants.

They maintain the reservation amounts low for excellent service so reserve once you arrive. Fantastic staff. No demand for the water shoes in this hotel. Gardens and shows were so beautiful. Our only criticism is that we needed to return home following the most relaxing and intimate week and a couple of pounds heavier.

Highly suggest the private dinner on the shore for the excess cash. Anything we wanted that the staff did their very best to adapt quickly and into the best of the ability. The restaurant server recommended us a cozumel taxi tour if we wanted to see all the island.

We’ve stayed here 7 days today, and are impressed every time we encounter. I advise you to read my other reviews through time, plenty of excellent advice.
Should you seek reasons to enjoy your holiday, then you’ll see plenty here!!! I leave my two pennies worth this opportunity to say Thank you to all of the staff there which make our stay so relaxing and pleasurable year in, year out.

A particular thank you for the next – Nadia – you try your best to deal with our requests before coming and while we’re there. Jesus – Your really great soul and soul puts a grin on everyone face, old and young. Santos – Your type of nature and attention to detail sets you apart.

To the 2 women who run the royal pub workplace, sorry I forgot your titles, but won’t forget your help with anything we wanted.

The house is incredibly kept and lovely. The activities throughout the day and the night entertainment were exceptional, aggressive, and fun. The waitstaff for lunch and breakfast were personable and professional – particularly Crystal and Gabriella. But the real prize goes into Raina – most exceptional beach bartender in history! She was always fast, had a terrific memory, made us try new things, and continuously delighted! She’s an excellent asset to this hotel.

Great family resort

Beautiful resort and facilities. The food was excellent and a tasty variety each day. The staff was amiable and helpful. Overall pleasant first stay on Cozumel. Be prepared to pay extra for WIFI, and this is a little expensive.

We had an excellent trip again to El Cid La Ceiba Beach Hotel in Cozumel. Our accommodations were more than we expected. All the staff at El Cid worked very hard to make us feel at home. Vickie Dzib always makes us feel at home recommending great activities like the cozumel jeep tour near us. Along with Jorge, Crisantos, Esther, Roberto, and all the staff. We love the time we get to spend with them at our second home. Thanks to them, our vacation was excellent!

We had the pleasure of enjoying El Cid hotel and playing volleyball on sand and in the pool with these two. We had more fun with these two hosts several events we paid for before or after. For 2-3 hours it was great humor, very warm and welcoming and quite competitive. My daughters and wife got in on the games, and they’ve made one of our favorite memories from the entire week-long trip. Gracias amigos! We’ll be back hopefully soon.

Without a doubt, one of our favorite dive resorts in Cozumel. Juan Carlos and his team run a great onsite dive shop. El Cid is a beautiful resort that makes you feel like you’ve come home to your family in Mexico.

The water is beautiful and bright; we snorkeled right off the hotel dock/beach. We saw tons of sea life and had a blast. You can rent snorkel gear there (for a speedy price) and even book dive excursions leaving directly from the hotel dock.

There is a small beach area at the hotel that leads directly into the water and then there are 2 other man made beach/sandy areas with lawn chairs. The actual beach is sandy, but as you move into the water, it gets rocky. It didn’t bother us at all, but it was a tiny space.

Shoutout to Jose at the front desk of the hotel! He was excellent and so kind! He helped us out, gave us tips and great conversation. Janet at breakfast was also, and Christian was the man for hooking us up with drinks at the bar/restaurant. Thanks, guys!

One of the Best Resorts we have ever stayed at

We stayed at Secrets six months before this trip just down the road. We’re pampered and spoiled.

Highly suggest the private dinner on the shore. The Royal amount was well worth the perks and updates. Fantastic for love. In spite of all the households, it was silent and intimate. The shore has excellent snorkeling and no stones. Perfect trip.

This is undoubtedly among the best vacations we’ve ever needed, we’ll defiantly go back to Cozumel and will be staying in the Royal degree at Occidental Cozumel. I honestly can not say enough about the team and the center for us it was fantastic that they mentioned the el cielo cozumel tours for our family. The Resort is tidy very relaxing and a holiday place, it is possible to eat as much or as little as you would enjoy enjoying the private beach, or among the beautiful pools that this area Id made an impression on us everybody treated us with a Royal degree anytime we wanted anything.

Very comfortable vacation place. Away from your cruise bands nevertheless close enough to cab to the city and explore the island. The hotel was spacious and supplied decent food, actions, and beaches/pools. I have to admit, we engaged in many dives every day and did not make the most of that was provided.

As always, support is fantastic. Emma in the front desk is accommodating and fulfilled all of our requests. Lunch and breakfast are lovely, particularly the grilled salmon. The dinners didn’t measure up to previous decades. I’d looked forward into the fish soup, but this season it had been clean and not full of all the variety of fish as it was in previous decades. 1 shrimp and one part of octopus was reasonably sparse.

The wait staff in La Carreta has been friendly, considerate, as well as excellent. Another 3 restaurants that are available to most Occidental guests keep functioning food. The beef tenderloin and garlic shrimp in the Sonora were particularly attractive.

The sole drawback to this Sonora was that the sound level. It was quite loud and not conducive to dialogue. Water and coffee were always replaced. The only real mistake was that the refrigerator wasn’t restocked with beverages and snacks.

As always, a wonderful trip!

I’ve been staying in this hotel for 3 days now, and I’m rather impressed. First off the meals in the restaurant is superb. We’ve eaten in a few restaurants in the city and the food by the way surpasses. My spouse had the fish with homemade pasta. It was likely the very best pasta we’ve experienced in years. All were fantastic. Each the staff are extremely accommodating and friendly.

I’m surprised that so few men and women are remaining here. Additionally, there’s a dive shop on site which makes easy diving accessibility. I must admit, I have stayed here before and have managed to dip with Pepe Scuba because they were always full up.

This season, on account of the mild clientele, I managed to go together. We want to go to boca paila fly fishing because our guide recommended it. The very first dive experience was fantastic! I’m signed up for 2 more dives and can add to them if there’s any other hand. The resort recently updated the pool, and it has added quite attractive white and black beach umbrellas in the form of starfish I believe. Anyhow, I’d definitely put this in your list of favorite restaurants and resorts for Cozumel.

The hotel hasn’t changed much in these years, and a few of the exact same friendly faces are still there and also make sure we have an excellent trip every time we remain.

We all greet us when we pull us say, “Welcome House,” and that is just how it feels. The sea is gorgeous in the north end of the island along with our opinion isn’t blocked with the cruise boat visitors on the southwest end. We like the laid back, older audience at the pool bar. That is our peaceful location!

We love the sea views from our large 2 bedroom suite, and each of their amenities is extremely clean. Each of the staff works really difficult to create your stay enjoyably, and the food at the restaurant is superb. My sisters and I journey with our mom, and they make us feel unique!

The resort’s dive store Pepe Scuba provided exceptional dive excursions to the region’s underwater gardens. Amazing experience here! My spouse has not been diving long, so was somewhat reluctant. That made the ship trips a great deal of fun. I haven’t seen this beauty! The marine and coral life from Cozumel’s reef parks really is astounding!

Comfortable rooms, great diving

What a fantastic location, we flew from Chicago as it was -11F, the one thing warmer than the Cozumel sun was the heat and grinning faces of the team at Scuba Club Cozumel. Our only regret was that we did not stay longer.

We just had a few days but wanted to have some diving while at Quintana Roo. The team at Scuba Club made it totally trouble free. Divers are not famous for having a lot of frills, only wash accommodations and easy access into the diving.

In Scuba Club they appeal to bikers, the booking has been completed across the diving, the hotel has been created for divers. This isn’t a fancy place, but it’s friendly and comfortable. All you’ll need is right there so that you may get as much diving as you wish to, convenient and stress-free. Also, guys there told us about the bonefish cozumel trips we could take nearby.

The hotel/restaurant staff are pleasant and attentive, without exception. The dip/ship staff all look well educated, and contemplating what they must take care of each day, they’re delightful and useful.

I had been with a group in my dip school, and we had a blast. Lovely hotel, fantastic food, excellent service. The night dive, along with the cathedral, was memorable.

We had a vast array of skill levels in our team, and also the dive masters took care of everybody. I had a ruler failure (my own equipment ), extreme pleasure at thickness ha ha. Their repair store fixed me up, and I just missed one dive for this.

I am not sure why we waited so long to plan this trip but I will guarantee you we’ll be back again and will bring a much bigger group. The value cannot be overcome, and the diving was fantastic. Our team has traveled the planet diving along with also the majority have 150 or more dives. As a dive instructor, I have well over 600 pitches and was astounded at the simplicity of diving and the health of the reef program. Amazing place to stay.

Felt like a hidden gem, amazing for the off-season with the friendliest staff

We rented one area with two big beds inside to get a high (low-season) cost from the 2nd week of June. The resort appeared to have few other guests around, but those who were there were favorable. We also rented a car and managed to park within a two block radius daily, but I could imagine how busy this area has to maintain high season.

I genuinely feel as though we had a far different experience of town since we were just over the primary tourist destination and could go even further out to the local regions of city for great tacos and supper on the nights we did not eat in walking distance. Beautiful Uruguayan restaurant next door in addition to an excellent bakery, ideal for snagging a 1-2 pastry before dawn dives.

Since we had been diving we did not drink much, but Ivan’s margaritas are mythical – multiple individuals had been staying there. We want to try the snorkeling tours in cozumel the staff suggested. Additionally, I discovered the 24/7 reception to be useful, and we could leave our keys, so neither of us was locked out of this space, we were on various dip programs.

Should you remain here and also have a vehicle, do take a while to drive southeast of the island beyond Punto Sur and learn more about the windward side. I invested a lot of downtimes there since it was close my dive center, but my friend whose dip boat was in the marina just got to watch El Mirador on the previous day once I brought him out there.

The Flamingo is a well-run little hotel that was precisely what I was searching for – a secure, comfy room with a few island flair nearby downtown. While not elegant or luxury, the rooms were comfy and inviting. The only drawback was a local dog that begins barking several early mornings (which cannot be assisted from the resort ). The staff was great to socialize with too. I will definitely plan to return.

My husband likes to dive the place enables me to walk around the trunk areas in serenity, avoiding the sometimes excruciating vendors once I feel like getting out. Additionally, it is conveniently located to a range of several excellent restaurants as well as the Plaza.

Breakfast was delicious and served fast, letting my husband escape by 7:30 a.m. I really like the fresh fruit dish. It is lovely to have the ability to quit at the pub evenings after returning to this resort after dinner, have some drinks, and fulfill a number of additional guests. Both Ivan and Oscar are all fantastic sources of advice.

Perfect for those who want to be off the beaten path

Near pristine shores of Punta Sur (lighthouse). Breakfast is included that’s refreshing and hearty. Dinner is available upon request at another price.

All of us”highly” recommend having their own dinner. We always select seafood as well as the children chicken choices. Rates are fair, and the quality will likely beat what you get in the city. Furthermore, they now offer lunch/snack choices.

Relaxing setting, perfect to unwind by the swimming pool, read a book, or talk to other guests. Stunning sun/moon rise, Continuous sea breeze (no mosquitoes!). Helpful staff.

Gem of a location, remote and secluded. Wi-Fi, but mobile support is not. Breakfast and they’re comfortable and fresh. Valentine will be delighted to generate a fantastic margarita as you laze in swimming, most probably you will have yourself.

We adore Ventanas and attempt to return each year. Everyone should experience this location. Staff recommended the cozumel deep sea fishing trip near our hotel. It is almost magic to have the noise of the sea crashing under your balcony every morning and night and also to see the sunrise over the sea from the balcony and watch the sunset across the jungle in the heart-shaped pool!

The dinner and breakfast were terrific! The food was some of the finest I have had and presented beautifully. They’re ready to assist you with to greet you with a hola! And the area was kept immaculately clean by the housekeeper every day. What a location to produce beautiful memories!

In conclusion, you will discover whatever you want at this fantastic resort if you’re looking for some comfort away from the typical touristic places.

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