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“Fantastic diving and accommodations...” 4 of 5 stars
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El Cid La Ceiba Beach Hotel
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   Carr. a Chankanaab Km 4.5, Cozumel 77600, Mexico   |  
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Fantastic diving and accommodations...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

I cannot say enough good things about this place. Our fifth stay was our best. If you need a Jeep rental, a good meal, just ask the sweetheart concierge. I would HIGHLY suggest the small cafe six doors down on the same side of the street for authentic Mexican/Caribe food. Diving is just out front, dive operation on premises and lockers for your stuff. You will literally be six feet away from seeing reef species and a wonderful shallow dive. Totally recommend.

Room Tip: Every room in this place is excellent.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Andresmaillard, General Manager at El Cid La Ceiba Beach Hotel, responded to this review, May 3, 2013
Dear Guest:

I want to thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback! It is through guest feedback that we assess the standard of our service, and therefore amend it, so as to meet and exceed guest expectations.

We are glad to know that you enjoy our hotel and our food , Thank you so much for your trust in us, and I really appreciated your recommendation.
On behalf of all of us here, we look forward to serve you again in the future.


Warmest Regards,

Andrés Maillard
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Mississauga, Canada
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84 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

It’s been several days since I have returned from La Ceiba. I have been mulling over what to say about this hotel and the rating to give. At first, I thought a “3” was in order, but the more I thought about it and perhaps “4” was more appropriate

We traveled on an RCI exchange and were assigned Room 2212, 75 steps from room door to beach (we were in timeshare portion of 48 rooms)

Pros: - very small – could walk from the whole hotel in under 2 minutes, quiet, no loud music at the miniscule pool, good snorkeling/swimming, lots of beach chairs, although not too many coverings, decent food at restaurant, free WiFi, spa services very good and reasonably priced; room was spotless clean, and good selection of general utensils, coffee maker, toaster, pans, etc; David at Guest Services very helpful and friendly; could take a cooler to the beach with your fav adult beverages; $7 taxi one-way to the “town” including “Mega” for a few groceries; 2 minute walk to “Ernesto’s” a good beach bar which was our second home in Cozumel; sparkling ocean water, clean beach washrooms; no night-time entertainment except for a 1993 movie shown on the big sheet in the pool area

Cons: man made beach the size of my backyard, cruise ships dock 200 feet from the beach, at one point the “Oasis of the Sea” arrived and 5,500 passengers poured off the ship; while this is not a “con” some of the patrons, especially the “crew” were quite loud and obnoxious with their La Ceiba “Day Pass”; they smoked, drank, used the free WiFi, took up the beach chairs during the ship docking; furnishings showing signs of wear: couch with stains, couch pillows a bit suspect, dining furniture showing knicks and wear; biggest issue for me was the ancient air conditioner which you could not adjust to the correct temp and the jet-engine noise from it – either freezing cold or hot; definitely needs updated units

Would I go to Cozumel again? Probably not, but glad it is off my list. Settle on a 3.5 star rating !

Room Tip: Room facing beach are favourable
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  • Stayed April 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Andresmaillard, General Manager at El Cid La Ceiba Beach Hotel, responded to this review, April 26, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you for your comments and recommendations, which are the best tools to improve all of our services. let me assure you that we are working on the mentioned points because for us our customers opinions are extremely important.
Thank you again t for bring this to my attention
Sincerely,
Andrès Maillard
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Excellent resort, extremely spacious accommodation right on the beach
Staff were very friendly and helpful.
Highly recommended

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San Diego, California
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35 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

First time in Cozumel and stayed at the El Cid for two nights last Spring. We loved it! The room was nice with a comfortable bed, vey clean and a nice little balcony looking at the water. In the morning the cruise ships came in and they were interesting to see all lined up. We had dinner at the beach restaurant and it was delicious! I was able to snorkle right at the hotel and it was pretty good. The best snorkeling was about a 10 minute cab ride to Playa Corona. It was amazing! The El Cid was great and we really enjoyed our stay!

Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Andresmaillard, General Manager at El Cid La Ceiba Beach Hotel, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
Dear Guest:
First at all I want to thank you for your great review and for your preference.
We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us .
Thank you also for taking the time to share your review on tripadvisor.
Cordially
Andrés Maillard.
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Roseburg, Oregon
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21 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

The resort is either a hotel or a timeshare. My travel mates used the time share option, I used the regular hotel. The resort booked my flight which took the long route from the west coast to the east coast then back west to Cozumel.

At the resort, I was met at reception with a welcome punch drink and gifts. Since I arrived prior to check in time, my bags were placed in a secure location and I was able to relax near the pool. I selected the all inclusive option, it was worth it. My room was ready in a short time. I had a double queen room. The bath had a huge tiled tub/shower. I was on the 11th floor with a great view. The resort has several cruise ship docks located right in front.

The staff from bell, reception, waite, grounds, to house keeping were all very friendly and helpful. It was a wonderful stay and a good time.

Room Tip: The ocean view room locates you into the 12 floor tower. The garden view rooms locates you lower dow...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Andresmaillard, General Manager at El Cid La Ceiba Beach Hotel, responded to this review, April 17, 2013
Dear Guest,

On behalf of all the staff of El Cid La Ceiba Hotel, I want to thank you for your nice review and for your visit to our resort.
We are so glad that you had a great stay with us and enjoyed our accommodations as well.
Thank you also for your lovely comments about our hotel staff, and hoping to welcome you again very soon,

Sincerely Yours
Andrés Maillard,
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Winston-Salem, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

OK, so we've only been here twice as day trip cruisers, but I love the place. You can have an easy 5 minute walk from port (you can see the hotel from port, no problem). Then, we paid $17 each to get in and use all ameneties, and with that you get a $10 voucher towards food and drinks.

We had a few drinks each and they were really good. Bar service was great, they are very appreciative of any and all tips (i think because it is mostly an all inclusive place). They have a pool and swim up bar, chairs on the sand with lots of shade and hammocks. The wife and I stayed on a hammock all day and rested in the shade. They will bring you drinks there as well. They have plenty of sand, a great view of the crystal blue water (and the huge cruise ships are right in front of you - interesting to look at!), but not a real beach, if thats your thing or what your kid enjoys (its like a drop off into the water).

I've never been in a room here, but all the workers seem really good. In fact, we may fly to Coz and stay here in the future just because we really loved it on our two day trips.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Andresmaillard, General Manager at El Cid La Ceiba Beach Hotel, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Dear visitors,

Thank you very much for you wonderful review and we are so glad to read that you had a great and lovely time at our resort.

we will be more than happy to host you here at our resort , very soon.

Cordially
Andrés Maillard
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Atlanta, Georgia
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18 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013 via mobile

Check-in: Fast & Friendly

Room: One bedroom suite w/ Murphy bed. Large shower, 3 sinks, 1 soak tub, microwave, mini fridge and burners. Two balconies with chairs

Pool: Small. Great color display & water feature at night.

All-inclusive: Worth every penny if traveling with a family. You must sign every food/drink bill. They write your wristband number on each bill.

Main Restaurant: Good appetizers and main courses. Attentive waiters. Deserts were not good. Chocolate cake and Apple pie sucked. Closes at 10:30pm

Bar: Fruit Punch and frozen drinks are the best.

Room Service: ends at 10:30pm

Atmosphere: Relaxing. Older crowd with grandchildren. Many beach chairs were available.

Location: At the end of the Cozumel strip. Across the street from Park Royal.

Transportation: Taxi to the airport was $17 usd per car. Shuttle from the airport was $38 usd for 4 people. The airport charges a surcharge. You can't leave in a taxi.

Overall Good Value

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Andresmaillard, General Manager at El Cid La Ceiba Beach Hotel, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Dear Guest:
Thank you so much for your kind comments regarding your recent stay and impression of the hotel! We appreciate your the time to tell us what a positive experience you had!!!
We sincerely appreciate your recognition and we look forward to welcome you back very soon.
Sincerely Yours,
Andrès Maillard
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Address: Carr. a Chankanaab Km 4.5, Cozumel 77600, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Cozumel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Cozumel
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Cozumel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — El Cid La Ceiba Beach Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 60
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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