Great beach. Fantastic for shelling and sandcastle-building. Bland but plentiful food. Note that unlike some resorts, there are some down times. As I recall there is no restaurant between 10:39 AM and noon, and again from 4:30 pm till 6 pm. Not terribly inconvenient, but worth noting. The staff was generally friendly and accommodating, and the children's playground and waterpark/pool was fantastic for my first-grade son. Bed was a tad uncomfortable, but you get what you pay for. We paid 102 per night for a 12-night stay with two adults and a small child, and I thought it was reasonable. The place was old, and much in need of repair. Places were cordoned off in yellow "se prohibe pasar" tape, especially on recently fallen wooden staircases.
Breakfast was excellent. The egg woman was friendly and her kitchen sink omelets were just the ticket, along with the pasty mashed black beans and salsas verdes y rojas. The fish there was always excellent. Avoid the "chinese" dishes. Cervesa was Corona, which is nasty in my opinion, but I realize many gringos love it and think that Corona is "good" mexican beer, so that may not be a put-off for some. Their only red wine was a hearty BC varietal, with a strong metallic finish, but after a couple of glasses you start to get used to it. The JonRon daquiris and tequila cocktails were just what the shrink ordered, and flow pretty freely from morning till 11ish, as I recall.
It gets noisy, as it's not strictly a diver's joint, as are some of the lower-end all-inclusive joints closer to san miguel, and folks go to bed a bit later, and make lots of noise till they do go to bed, and the walls are a bit thinbut the poorly-modulated, amplified disco music dies down by about ten, so as long as you keep your TV volume up loud till then you're okay.
I did not dive with the shop, Pro Dive, so I can't say whether I liked them. I was put off by the people there within the first sixty seconds after meeting them, and decided to walk 400 meters down the beach to Dive Palancar, where I was greeted much more warmly. The 22 dives I did during this Cozumel vacation I did mostly with Dive Palancar. I also did a few dives with another outfit in San Miguel on previous trips to the island. But that's no big deal, as any operator will pick you up at the Allegro pier, on Mexican time of course, but for free and gladly. As an aside I would definitely recommend checking out Dive Palancar if you're staying at Allegro but are not impressed with Pro Dive.
My non-diving wife and son loved it more than the other places we have stayed in San Miguel, mostly for the beach. And the children's park really made it for them, especially on those mornings when I was out from 9ish till 12ish diving, which was every morning. And we rented a little ghetto Nissan Tsuru, so it wasn't too much hassle getting into town to shop at Mega or the touristy shops on the plaza. I'd recommend at least getting a cheapo car if you're a fan of going into town from time to time, as taxis aren't cheap on the island and Allegro is sort of out in the sticks.
The little gym in the front is excellent, if you're into that sort of thing. AC, agua pura, fresh towels, free weights, stationary cycles, treadmills, butterfly machines, etc., and a big flat LCD TV that you can watch in refrigerated comfort. Not that I'm into working out, but I've stuck my head into a few hotel fitness centers, and I'd have to say that this one was fairly impressive.
Lots of small spots to walk around and torch a reefer or two, and no one bothered me. Overall it was mellow. It's the sort of place where if you don't like the first room they give you, then ask for another, and another, till you get one that's acceptable. That's not uncommon in Cozumel, really.
What I'd do: fire the snobby foreign management. Keep the friendly and industrious mexican workers, get rid of that foreign-run dive shop and replace it with a mexican outfit, and invest a few million in structural and aesthetic fixes. And maybe do something about that tawdry sound system. But overall it's not too shabby for the price. We'd consider staying here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In Mexico’s Caribbean there is a tiny island just bursting with life – it is Cozumel and the Allegro Cozumel resort. Right on the famous Sand Francisco Beach, two worlds of adventure co-exist: The Fun-in-the-sun beach and the amazing undersea Palancar Reef. Whatever you choose to pursue, Allegro Cozumel places it right at your fingertips. Beach Volleyball, tropical bars, restaurants, and nightclubs keep life on land exciting, while the on-site dive shop and big-game sport-fishing charters offer a gateway into the dazzling marine sanctuary of Cozumel’s waters. And when you awake the next morning, after a relaxing night’s sleep in your comfortable guest room, you’ll find there’s even more to explore, because the adventure never stops at Allegro. For the young ones, there is plenty to do from building sand castles alongside the beautiful powdery white sand beach, get physical at the amazing kid’s multiplay covered playground, catch some giggles at the water park, or take advantage of the many activities offered by the Kids clubs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Occidental Allegro Cozumel Hotel Cozumel
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