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):
- Located right on the beach, in the South part of the hotel strip, the renovated El Cid La Ceiba Beach Hotel, located in one of the world's most beautiful and spectacular scuba diving sites in the world, offering the perfect balance of glamour and flair of a first class resort with the laid back atmosphere and attentive service that made us famous. Tone up your muscles at our gym, treat yourself to a relaxing massage or detoxify and cleanse your body at our newly mayan influenced spa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Cid Cozumel
- El Cid La Ceiba Cozumel