In mid-December, 2012, my wife and I spent eight days and seven nights in paradise. We were on Isla Mujeres in Mexico for the entire time and that in and of itself is a paradise place to be when all that you want to do is to chill out and wind down. Nice beaches on the north end of the island, everything within walking distance in the El Centro at the island’s north end, and great local restaurants, especially those to the immediate north and south of the ferry terminal. But what really made our paradise a paradise is the place where we laid our heads down at night and where we awoke to spectacular Mexican breakfasts and fresh squeezed orange juice every morning. If you don’t know about Case Sirena on Isa Mujeres, then you don’t know much. Located at the south end of the El Centro, it is a quiet and unpretentious bed and breakfast owned and operated by Steven Broin. It is a sharp and superbly attractive inn in every detail, is so tastefully styled in just about every way possible, and is just so totally comfortable and relaxing that you hardly feel that you are but a guest for only a short sojourn. And Steven’s complimentary happy hour Margaritas and cocktails certainly do not detract at all from the other things that you could be doing on Isla Mujeres at 6 p.m. Growing up in the 60’s, I used to hear a phrase on my rock station –“the host with the most” – but I did not know that it was a reference to Steven, who may or may not be the reincarnated rock station DJ “host” now living on Isla Mujeres. The rooms are large by any standard of the hospitality industry, the beds extremely comfortable and roomy, everything is so clean, well kept, and well-attended to, there’s lots of space for your shower, shaving, washing, and private business, a very ample supply of fresh spring water to drink on every floor, and an exceptionally pleasant common area and outdoor private patio to hang out on the first floor. We also really liked Casa Sirena’s Jacuzzi-like “swimming/bathing” pools on the first floor and the semi-rooftop and bar floor (relatively the same size as a very large Jacuzzi or hot tub but without the Jacuzzi or hot tub features; they are perfect for soaking and relaxing in, particularly as the temperature of the day moves upward). To top things off, literally, Casa Sirena’s open rooftop veranda is so perfect, whether it is a sunny day or beautifully star filled night. You can gaze upon the beautiful waters of the Carribean during the day; you can count the stars and the heavens on a wonderfully clear and warm night. I believe my wife may have finished two books up there even though we kept up a very nice schedule of being out and about. Casa Sirena is also very affordable, in my opinion based on my overall travel experience. Moreover, to me, I think of it as getting all of the benefits of a very fine hotel at an exceptionally economical price. If you are going to Isla Mujeres for any number of days and nights and you don’t stay at Casa Sirena, then I can only offer you my sympathies because you will have missed out on one of the best places to stay on a vacation. Go check it out: http://www.casasirenamexico.com/ Now, go stay there. I do think you’ll love it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For travelers who feel the best part of a journey is the people you meet along the way. Located in a quiet residential neighborhood the heart of the quaint island village, Casa Sirena guests are a short walk from wonderful restaurants, colorful shops, and the finest white sand beaches. Breakfast and happy hour are the heart and soul of our hospitality. Start your day with a hearty gourmet breakfast, and enjoy the company of fellow travelers at our complimentary "Sunset for the Fun Set" cocktail party. Our 80-year old Spanish colonial-style residence has been carefully restored, preserving its unique historic ambiance while adding the comforts of a contemporary boutique hotel. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa Sirena Hotel Isla Mujeres