I will soon post a review of our six night stay at La Ceiba. First, however, I would like to respond to two reviews below posted on March 26 and March 29, 2012:
Both sound like novice travelers who had no clue what to expect. A little research and due diligence on Tripadvisor would have prepared them for their stay.
Of course you don't stop and listen to the pitch in the "shark tank"...Mexico 101.
Very humid...on an island in the Caribbean? Surrounded by water? Nah - couldn't be!
The East and South beaches are polluted by garbage washed up from Haiti and South America? That's a new one on me...those beaches looked pretty pristine to both of us.
At least you're not blaming the Cubans, Jamaicans, Cayman Islanders and Dominican Republicans.
Cruise ships...my first bit of research revealed that La Ceiba was right next to the International and Puerto Maya Piers. I kind of enjoyed seeing them. A few times they did block the sunset but were usually on their way by 5 or 6 pm...plenty of time for sunset viewing.
And, yes, the cruise passengers can purchase a day pass to the resort (to rest up from the rigors of cruising) but we enjoyed their conversation and tales of their travels...made for an interesting day.
The hotel beach (as is most of the West side) is rocky. The sand has been trucked in and placed behind a seawall...this is where you'll find the beach chairs and palapas. It has been mentioned to death in previous reviews.
Since we were all-inclusive we ate at the hotel restaurant everynight. Never did we experience a wait for our food longer than any other restaurant we've been to. Actually, we had time to enjoy the yummy drinks that contained an ample amount of alcohol.
There is no carpeting in the rooms because they would soak up the humidity and walking on them would be like walking on a sponge; and they would be difficult to keep clean.
I wonder where all that sand and dirt that stuck to your feet came from? My mom taught me to wipe my feet before going inside.
Hard beds are a fact of life at Mexican resorts...we all learn to live with them.
In conclusion, know beforehand what to expect. Keep an open mind and an open wallet.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- El Cid La Ceiba Beach resort is an oceanfront paradise perfectly in tune with Cozumel's easygoing island rhythms. Explore the island's enchanting beaches, lush mangrove forests and brilliantly colored reefs with amazing sea life. Whether you are in search of a romantic getaway or a tropical setting to reconnect with family and friends, our intimate and friendly resort offers the ideal setting for snorkeling, diving or simply lazing by the pool. Your vacation is sure to be relaxing and authentic experience at El Cid La Ceiba. • Babieca Dive Shop on site with PADI certified dive masters. • Spectacular diving, snorkeling and unmatched ocean views. • European and All-Inclusive Plans • Fly High Adventures, eco-park featuring 6 zip line platforms and six rugged trails • Two swimming pools: a free-form pool with kids' area and a tide pool with cascading waterfalls, rock formations, and lush gardens • Ocean View and Ocean Front Accommodations. • All Inclusive and European Meal Plans • International cuisine in our Oceanfront Restaurants • Nearby shopping at Plaza & downtown area. • Three miles from Chakanaab Park • Only Six miles from Cozumel International Airport ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Cid Cozumel
- El Cid La Ceiba Cozumel