My husband and I just returned from a week-long trip to Mexico and were sad that we couldn't spend the whole week at Casa Sirena.
The building itself is beautiful. Steve has done a great job turning it into a B&B / small hotel. The rooms are clean and have great AC. We stayed in room four, which has two small balconies. It comes with two twin beds, but the staff pushed them together in a way that completely hid that fact. You'd never know it wasn't a king bed.
Breakfast was also great each morning. Always included fresh fruit, juice and coffee. And the entrees ranged from Mexican speacialities with eggs, tortillas and beans to banana pancakes. We ate on the terrace by the pool and it was very relaxing way to start the day.
No TV. Some might go through withdrawl, but it was really kind of nice to not have a TV in our room. We weren't there much anyway. And Steve has books, cards, and board games available.
Happy Hour was great too. This is where we got to know other guests who became our new friends. And the rooftop has views of water in both directions. Sunset was lovely and you can also see the goings on of the neighborhood.
Local culture. We enjoyed seeing how the local people lived, and at Sirena, the neighbors are all locals. If you don't want to see local folks having birthday parties in the street or hanging their clothes out to dry, don't go to Isla Mujeres.
The staff is great. They don't speak a lot of english (except for Steve, who is from Minnesota), but they are very nice and take good care of everything. Steve has created an environment that encourages guests to get to know each other and feel at home.
Mediums (there were no lows)
It is a little bit of a walk to the beach -- maybe 10 minutes. But that wasn't a big deal to us. We got to see the town as we walked, and we found a lot of great restaurants on our way to and from the beach.
The pool is small. If you're looking for a place to lounge by the pool all day, this isn't it. We prefer the beach (and it's fabulous), so we wouldn't have cared if there hadn't been a pool at all.
There are a lot of stairs to get to rooms on the third floor or to the roof for happy hour. If you can't comfortably walk a couple of flights of stairs, this place isn't for you.
- 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