I've stayed here twice in the last three months on dive vacations. I want to stay downtown to be close to the restaurants, bars, and the dive shop, but Coz isn't exactly known for its 5 star hotels as it caters more to a cost-conscious dive crowd. I've stayed a number of places in Coz over the past five years and, while I haven't had high expectations, I've always been a little disappointed. I heard about the Flamingo on Scubaboard, checked out the website, and decided to give it a shot. The first trip, my oldest son and I rented a "normal" two-bed room for about $70 USD/night and the second trip, one of my other boys and I rented the penthouse for $200 USD/night.
It's a relatively small hotel and the guests, at least when I've been there, have tended to be divers and very friendly. People congregate in the bar and it's easy to meet and converse with the other guests. The rooms are nice and clean with air conditioning. The penthouse is spectacular and worth it, with two bedrooms, a full kitchen and a living room with a TV and stereo. It has a couple of patios overlooking the ocean (OK, the tops of the concrete buildings between you and the ocean aren't that great, but that's Coz). The penthouse represents the nicest place I've found to stay that is actually in-town. It's at 6 north between 5th and the ocean, so you're within a couple of blocks of the square and the restaurants. There is a cool little local food joint right across the street that we like, and it's also close to the nicer restaurants-Kinta is a block away, for instance.
The staff is great and the management has been fantastic to deal with. On my last trip, we left our backup dive computer in the room and the hotel contacted us about it and arranged to have it shipped back to our house.
I would highly recommend it, obviously.
- Also Known As:
- Flamingo Hotel Cozumel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Flamingo is a unique boutique property located in the cultural center of Cozumel. We are just steps from the water front, dining and shopping attractions of the town square. Yet quietly hidden away....The Flamingo prides itself on a high level of personalized service and attention to our guests needs. For those looking to getaway from today's rapid pace, we provide a spacious and stylish environment in which to relax, meet new friends, and enjoy the better things in life. Our restaurant and bar "Aqua" is a favorite place to make new friends and enjoy a cold drink after a day of activity at the beach or out diving on the reefs. ... more less
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