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“A nice clean hotel at affordable price” 5 of 5 stars
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Villablanca Garden Beach Hotel
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Carretera Costera Sur, Km 3, Cozumel 77600, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #31 of 57 Hotels in Cozumel
Cape Coral, Florida, United States
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22 hotel reviews
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“A nice clean hotel at affordable price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

This is the second time I have stayed at Villablanca. It is a nice clean basic hotel with a large swimming pool and restaurant. It is right next door to Papahog and La Hach restaurant is across the street. The hotel offers free wifi and unlimited refill of bottled water. The staff there is friendly and helpful. Housekeeping is quick and efficient. Hotel offers dive package with Papahog. The grounds are well kept and clean. It is really a garden villa as its name says. I recommend it.

Room Tip: The room I got both times is 21. It is a large suite with a king bed and big sofa. It has more TV ch...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

We stayed 1st week of October, slow season. The superior room is a good choice as these are a bit larger than the standard room, but if you’re not in the room much, does size matter. The location is very convenient to the dive operations we use, Papa Hogs, right next door and you can book with them for a combo stay and dive package that saves a few dollars. As everyone says the hotel does a great job in maintaining a very clean property, water was hot and pressure was great. The week we stayed they only had around 10 rooms occupied, but filled up to capacity the day we left. This was our 4th stay and it’s not the Palace, but it's half the money. We ate 2 nights at Nemo's and both were excellent, he offers a fixed price menu for $14.00 that covered main dish, plus salad and dessert. The Grouper was some of the best we'd had ever. As we were only 1 of 2 couples eating, I can't comment on service when real busy. If you’re looking for the best of Cozumel on a smaller budget then this is the answer, if moneys not an issue – stay at the Presidente or the Palace.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Angelo, Texas
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

I recently returned from a stay at the Villablanca Garden Beach Hotel. If you dive with one of the adjacent shops (I recommend Scuba Mau) it is as convenient a location as it gets for diving. For restaurants it is not so convenient and a taxi will be required to get to most other places. There is a restaurant on-site named Nemo's, it is small, with a very friendly staff, but it is pricey. The hotel itself is very affordable, the rooms are clean, but the beds could be better. The staff is very friendly and attentive and they will go out of their way to meet your needs. Avoid the hot tub at all costs. It was a luke warm petri dish.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

This was our second stay at the Villablanca Garden Beach Hotel, and we enjoy staying here as it is close to our scuba dive shop and directly across the street from the Villa Blanca Reef where we do our checkout dives and easy shore dives.

We've dined in the hotel restaurant, Nemo, twice also, each time for dinner. The first time was fabulous, with excellent service - but we were the only diners this particular week night - and delicious food, but the second time was not so impressive. Dinner is quite expensive here compared to other restaurants in Cozumel.

Rooms are clean and well maintained, but we always stay in a Superior Room, which is larger. The hotel gives you two large water bottles upon checkin - water is not sanitary to drink in Cozumel - but you have to go to the front desk for free refills. Drinking water is not offered in your room or on your floor like other hotels in Cozumel feature.

Room Tip: Superior rooms are nicer, larger, and worth the upgrade.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

This review is a little late but here goes! My boyfriend and I stayed in this hotel for 8 nights in January 2012. We were really looking for a good deal, nothing too resorty. I found this on Booking.com for only $60 a night I think(it's been awhile!) so to me, that seemed like a great price! I have to say, it was really very nice! The room was a little bare-bones, nothing spectacular, but I'm really not a fussy girl, so it was just fine. It was a little loud though, the windows are wooden slates, so they never fully seal, so whatever is going on outside, you are gonna hear! I'm a very light sleeper and really didn't have too much of a problem with it though, only one night when the bar across the street stayed open late with a live band. Otherwise, pretty quiet. We also went on kind of an off time, so there really weren't too many people, which probably helped with the noise. So if you are looking for a party atmosphere, this hotel will most likely not be the place for you. We wanted to snorkel and there was a pretty good amount of stuff to see out front of the hotel, although it was hard to get to. No beach, that's a bummer but many of these smaller places don't have them anyway. If you walk down to Casa Del Mar, they have a little beach and area with steps to get into the water. So most days, we would walk down there, hop in the water and have the current take us back to the Villablanca. Very nice and relaxing! Getting out was a little difficult! The pool at the hotel is very small and was freezing when we were there. The hotel has a little mart next door with gas station food, alcohol and beverages, so that was nice. It was also located near a few other bars and restaurants, so we didn't always have to go downtown. Technically, you could walk to downtown, it's definitely a walk but it can be done I think. We almost made it one night but were so hungry that we finally had to stop before we got there and eat. By the way, Rolandi's Italian Restaurants are amazing! If you get tired of the Mexican food, this is really great Italian food, we ate here multiple times! Back to the hotel, the staff was very helpful and friendly. We even got offered an upgrade to a better room by the manager without even asking! We declined though because we were already settled in our current room but it was just a really nice gesture. I highly recommend this hotel. If you want a good price but don't want or need to stay at a fancy hotel or resort, then this is a great place to stay.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

One of the best hotels i've ever been, is just perfect, the pool, the gardens, the restaurant, and infront of everything there's the beautiful caribean sea, the jacuzi, the rooms, oh, the rooms and the pillows, the bed is just like heaven, it has a tennis court, and it's like a fancy jungle, it has a free spa and gym... LOVE IT!! and the price, OMG is soo good, i could go there like every holyday!

Room Tip: The best ones are the ones parallels to the pool
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mattawan, Michigan
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

We stayed at the Villablanca for 2 weeks in Feb. 2012. We enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and wouldn't hesitate to return. Our room was clean and spacious. The grounds are well kept and the staff is very friendly. There were some great restaurants nearby and good nightlife across the street. The snorkeling is ok in front, but I recommend going on a boat further south along the island. Mardi Gras in town was a blast. Much more fun than Playa del Carmen. Great time of the year to go. The pool and huge hot tub were always in good condition and we met several new friends hanging out there. Quite frankly, I didn't want to go home. I'll look forward to my next visit.

Room Tip: We had a kitchen in our room which was very handy and a nice sized private balcony.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Villablanca Garden Beach Hotel

Address: Carretera Costera Sur, Km 3, Cozumel 77600, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Cozumel
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 On the Beach Hotel in Cozumel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Villablanca Garden Beach Hotel 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villablanca Garden Beach is a beachfront hotel located approximately 5 miles from Cozumel Airport and two miles from town, right in front of Villablanca Reef and Wall (great for snorkeling and diving).Our exclusive property includes 50 rooms and suites, two villas and a Pent-House, all units are equipped with A/C, ceiling fan, refrigerator, satellite TV, telephone and sunken tubs. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Villablanca Garden Beach Cozumel
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