We just got back from a 7 night stay at the Ixchel and couldn't be more pleased! The hotel is an easy 10 minute walk from the water ferry port, even with luggage. There are taxi's and transportation readily available if you don't want to walk. The Ixchel is located directly on the beach, and it looks to be one of the biggest on the whole island in terms of size. There are 2 buildings, and we were booked in "Phase 1". We stayed on the 3rd floor, room 303, in a room that has 2 double beds, no balcony, with what we would call a partial ocean view. Air conditioning was FANTASTIC, and we had no problems with our room. We booked directly through the hotel's website using the "Stay 6 nights, get the 7th free" for a room rate of $136 a night... and they even left a nice note and free bottle of Cabernet for booking directly! Such a nice surprise! Our room looked to be adjoining to the suite next door, hence the no balcony... but we didn't care since we were on a budget! Provided for us was a microwave, mini-fridge, and a 10 gallon water cooler that was changed during our stay when we emptied it. Not having to buy bottled water was a nice surprise, at no extra cost! The hotel was really quiet, and we had no problems with noise (despite some of the other reviews we read on here prior).
There are 2 pools, both in full sun during the entire day (despite another review we read that said otherwise). There were a few times that we used the pool and had a staff person set an umbrella up for us to avoid a sunburn. The pools were clean, beautiful, and warm... with an equally clean outdoor restroom connected to the pool bar. The staff is very attentive, always asking if you need anything. Beach towels are exchanged daily for dry ones with no hassle at the front desk.
On the beach, the staff is eager to set up chairs and umbrellas as soon as you set foot on the sand. There is a bar next to the hotel with waiters that are eager to keep you hydrated. Drinks were really cheap on the beach, buy one get one free margaritas, rum punch, daquiris, etc for ~70 pesos! Check out was a breeze, and I honestly wouldn't hesitate staying here again in the future. I really can't come up with anything negative! If you're on the fence about staying at the Ixchel, DON'T BE! You honestly won't be disappointed. We loved every minute!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Among the best hotels in Isla Mujeres, visit Ixchel Beach Hotel, a two wing, two phase condotel complex with 117 rooms in Isla Mujeres. East Wing (Phase One) with 48 rooms, 5 stories and opened in June 2006; West Wing (Phase Two) with 69 rooms, 6 stories and opened in August 2007. Both properties (see Accomodation Remark below) are designed in Mexican casual and modern stylish buildings located at the beautiful North Beach on the colorful island of Isla Mujeres (Women Island).Ixchel for the Mayans was the Goddess of love, fertility and the moon. Walking a few steps from downtown of this friendly island and facing the most beautiful white sand & powder touch beaches of Isla Mujeres, in the Yucatan Peninsula and the Mexican Caribbean, our Isla Mujeres hotel offers warm personable service in an upscale, intimate island experience perfect for families and romantics.If you want a great escape to a Isla Mujeres hotel, our hotel is ideal for the relaxing weekend getaway or a romantic honeymoon retreat. Treat yourself to all of the luxury that our Ixchel Hotel in Isla Mujeres has to offer and enjoy the surrounding areas, activities and beauty.Premier in Isla Mujeres hotels, the Ixchel Beach Hotel offers luxurious amenities, outstanding service and a tranquil atmosphere to completely relax and enjoy your Mexican vacation. You won't find a more beautiful or more convenient location to soak in the sun and experience this amazing island of Isla Mujeres.If you are looking among hotels in Isla Mujeres, look no further than the Ixchel Beach Hotel. You won't be disappointed. You, the guest, are our number one priority and your comfort and enjoyment during your vacations in Mexico and lodging experience are our primary concern. We will do everything we can to make your stay nothing short of spectacular. ... more less
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