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“Paradise at your doorstep.” 4 of 5 stars
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Cabanas Maria Del Mar
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Avenida Carlos Lazo 1, Isla Mujeres 77400, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #27 of 36 Hotels in Isla Mujeres
Mexico, Missouri
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Paradise at your doorstep.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

My husband and I spent 8 days here in September of 2012.

First I will say this... for two beach bums like us... there is no better, more convenient place than this. We walked off the tile walkway in front of our room and were literally standing on Playa Norte... our favorite beach ever. Our favorite beach bar, Chimbos, was just a few short steps away and we spent a LOT of time on that beach and in the clear blue waters. The hotel has a pool which is not huge but definitely big enough for the September crowd. I don't think we ever had to share it with anyone. The palapa overhangs and lush landscaping make this place gorgeous. The stain glass windows in the rooms make a picturesque view of the ocean at Playa Norte. Security is good too. The place is completely fenced (chain link as not to hide the view) and the gates are locked every night. The room was quaint and OK but not "luxury"... King size bed fit nicely with plenty of room on both sides and the bathroom was nice... but for the price (about $26 US a night per person) you cannot beat this place for service and location. You will spend so little time in the room it won't matter to you how big it is.

We will be going back here to this same room for a week in October of this year.

Room Tip: If you are there for the beaches.. ask for the ground floor closest to the beach. You will not be d...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Olathe, Kansas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

Maria del Mar is located right on the beach. It's walking distance to everything you need, like restaurants, shopping and grocery store but far enough from downtown to get a good nights sleep. Beds are comfortable, purified water provided free of charge, staff is freindly and helpful and speaks English. We go in April when the Spring break crowds are gone. Terrific place to take the family and for a girls get away too!

Room Tip: Have stayed at this hotel 7 years in a row, each time in different rooms and all were nice.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Port Arthur, Texas
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6 hotel reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Forget Ixchel, Isla Mujeres Palace, Hotel Villa Rolandi and all the new luxury boutique properties now filling up the island. For old Isla Mujeres charm there is only one Cabanas Maria del Mar, just steps from the best beach in town. In fact the nearest competition would be seven mile beach on Grand Cayman and there is very little old Cayman charm left in all the new high rise properties there. June of 2013 was about our third stay at the Cabanas Maria del Mar in many years of visiting Isla Mujeres. You just can't beat it in every category including price. The staff has always been outstanding, friendly and willing to go the extra step for you. You get old Isla Mujeres at its best. Playa Norte is just a few steps from your always clean room. If you're looking for a 5-star property this is not for you. If you want charming, clean, functional and a good value for your money - this is it. The setting is a landscaped fragrant tropical garden. There is a small pool which always seems to be too warm for cooling off but the sea is only steps away and always refreshing. We normally haggle around all over town for a golf cart but this trip for two carts, there was only a little haggling for a good deal through the hotel. When booking this property we have always had a great experience dealing via e-mail with Cabanas staffer
Clara Gamboa. She is a real delight and we always are glad to see her on arrival at the hotel. Yes, this property has not seen much updating over the years yet it retains its old island charm. One negative is that Wi-Fi is only available in the restaurant.

Room Tip: Ground Floor Tower rooms are closest to the beach. They used to have two beds but now have only one...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Peoria, Illinois
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

After we checked into the hotel, we heard several guests complain about bug bites. Three sets of travelers told us they had hundreds of bites on their legs, arms and faces. We immediately went to our room and founds hundreds of ants in both beds. We complained to the desk clerk who told us some people are more allergic to bugs. We said no, there are bugs in the beds!! The desk clerk was very rude. We immediately checked out of the hotel and found a hotel that was less expensive and there were no bugs in the beds. DO NOT STAY AT THIS HOTEL!!

Room Tip: Do not stay at this hotel. Many many families were complaining about bug bites and we founds hundred...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Wisconsin
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Stayed for 5 nights in beginning of June, during tropical storm Andrea. The best part of hotel was our balcony, could see the ocean when it wasn't down pouring rain! We couldn't get Internet service in our room but never had a problem connecting if we were at the restaurant. The garden was just beautiful with so many flowering trees and bushes. The pool was small but looked clean, we never made it in the pool as there was really not much time due to the non stop rain. They even had a bunch of floaties and toys for kids. The first night we came back to the hotel after being at the local bars and the whole place looked like it was closed up and locked, we were starting to panic when the night security guard came and opened the door for us. They lock the main entrance for security purposes which after the panic wore off, we appreciated the safety measures. We would definitely return to this hotel, but must say it is not for everyone.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Hands down, the one thing this hotel has going for it is that it is less than $70/night and right on North Beach. True, it could use a little TLC and bug management, but if you want to walk out your door and in less than 50-100 feet be on the beach, you really cannot complain. I stayed in a second-floor cabana in the pool area. In comparison to typically Mexican hotels for this price, the room was a good size - there were two double beds in my room, at least 4 feet in between them, 2 feet on the other sides, and a good six feet between the foot of the beds and the bathroom wall. The bathroom was large with a full countertop, toilet and big shower. The hot water does take a few moments to come on, but you are in Isla Mujeres, for crying out loud - everything runs on a slower time here. Admittedly, I did have a lot of bugs in my room for the first few days - there was a line of tiny black ants that constantly moved along one wall, and a fruity beverage left on my nightstand for less than an hour became the drinking hole of some swarm of tiny gnats. Of course, I don't mind bugs as long as they aren't gross and don't bite/sting - this might be more problematic for someone who does. I do not think I would have endured the week-long rain storm as well without this cabana, though. In six days, we had about 4-5 hours of total sunshine. The rooms around the pool have spacious covered patios with tables and chairs; I spent most of my vacation in this spot writing. It is nice because you can be outside, despite the downpours, look out over a lush garden and pool area, and hear the waves (at least during a storm) on the beach. Each room has a fridge and A/C, too. I wish that it was a little cheaper for the solo traveler, but gone are the super-cheap days of fifteen years ago Mexico. If I were traveling with at least one other person with whom I could share a room, this place would be my first choice for the money and location. Do not factor the "free breakfast" into your decision - it's a joke, and the only thing I took away from the toast, OJ and coffee after the first morning was the coffee.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto
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58 reviews 58 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

What makes a place the best place to stay?
1. Cleanliness - The Castle rooms were newer thus very clean and the Tower rooms are older but still a good basic comfortable room with a good bathroom.
2. Location - a stones throw from the beach, the best beach bar "BUHOS" and also the best Sunset spot. I think it also has the best strip of beach on Playa Norte with a great nixture of people loving the Sun and water. You can rent beach chairs or umbrellas for 50 pesos or sit under a coconut tree for free.
3. Ammenities - It has a chill pool in the gardens of the hotel, free mineral water fill ups, includes beach towels and it is managebly close to the Ferry Port with a 10 minute walk. They have the cheapest Golf Cart Rental called "EASY Rentals" for $580 pesos for 24hrs.
4. I've compared to Nabalam, Ixchel and Poc Na and as a matured traveller, this place has everyhting I need and less of those things that I dont need that are included in the price of a place to stay.
5. Food - Buhos is the beach bar of the hotel that is open to the public, has internet acces and your stay includes a continental breakfasdt of Toast, Juice and coffee. Take advantage of it then go for a nice lunch to MAnana on Guerero. Perfect.
6. Staff - Great!

Room Tip: Tower and Castle rooms have a sightline to the Beach because of its balconies. Take advantage of thi...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Avenida Carlos Lazo 1, Isla Mujeres 77400, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Isla Mujeres
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Isla Mujeres
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Cabanas Maria Del Mar 3*
Number of rooms: 72
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