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“A beautiful view!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Vista del Mar Hotel

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Vista del Mar Hotel
south end of Half Moon Bay, Akumal 77710, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #7 of 20 hotels in Akumal
Spokane, Washington
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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“A beautiful view!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We stayed in the 1 bedroom hotel room on the 3rd floor. What a beautiful view of the ocean from all of the rooms with a small balcony. The room was clean but small. They had water, a small frig and a coffee pot in the room. No microwave. When staying a week it would have been nice to have a microwave but we used the coffee pot for hot water to have oatmeal in the morning. The shower was but a trickel... waiting 5 minutes for hot water to arrive.
the beach is beautiful but snorkeling was difficult because apparently February is the windy season. We Scuba dive and couldn't for the first day because of too high seas. Went out 3 different days, visibility poor. If you are hear to relax and enjoy the view this is a great place. I would recommend it!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Kansas City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

From making reservations to checking out, everything about Vista Del Mar was fantastic.

We made our plans at the very last minute, and the reservationist was very kind and helpful. The reception staff on site were very friendly and also very helpful. They were able to answer our many questions about the area.

Our 3rd floor condo (in VDM North building) was huge and beautifully decorated. We walked in the door and were suddenly aware of how lucky we were to find such a great place at the last minute. Looking past the lovely dining room, kitchen, living room and across the very large balcony we were greeted by the most beautiful view of Half Moon Bay. During our stay many hours were spent in hammocks soaking in the view.

The full kitchen was a great bonus. We stopped at Puerto Aventuras for groceries so we were able to eat some of our meals in the condo. All of the appliances worked great. Our housekeeper always finished up any kitchen cleaning and put away our dishes. What a treat!

The master bedroom had shutters that when opened allowed a view of the ocean. Waking up and watching the ocean from bed was wonderful. And an added bonus, the master bathroom also had shutters that when opened allowed a view of the ocean (through the bedroom). Not every day one can enjoy a bubble bath while watching the ocean!

We really liked being on Half Moon Bay instead of Akumal Bay. No crowds! It is much quieter and still an easy walk to everything. If you don't want to make the 15 minute walk you can rent a bike or a golf cart.

The snorkeling in HMB was great. We walked to the north end of the bay, swam out to the reef and let the current carry us back to in front of our condo. We saw a lot of fish and a HUGE ray. Didn't see turtles but talked with others who did. You may want to have water shoes because of the rocks, but the rocks really aren't a big deal.

We needed a peaceful place to rest and rejuvenate. Vista Del Mar provided everything we had hoped for.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

This last February was the 7th year my wife & I have stayed at VDM Hotel. If you do are not interested in having a kitchen, this is THE place to stay in the Akumal area! We love it. A clean, small room with a bathroom (including a window overlooking Half Moon Bay!) and a balcony/patio right on the beach. The staff has always been very helpful and pleasant. We watch stingrays and turtles from the balcony! (If staying on 2nd or 3rd floor) If you prefer stripped down, clean accommodations in the Akumal/North Akumal area, this is your spot!!!!!! Can't wait for next year. Home away from home.

Room Tip: 2nd or 3rd floor are good for views of the bay!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Arcata, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

My wife, our eight year old son, 16 month old daughter and myself just spent a month at the Vista Del Mar and we couldn't recommend a better place. The beach is amazing with terrific snorkeling right from your backdoor. It is on the quieter side of Akumal which made it great for us with kids. The staff was great and very accommodating. It is also just a short beach walk from La Buena Vida resteraunt/bar. Also a great place for the family.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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maui, hi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

So why people complain about wifi, tv, or fancy accomodations when you are on vacation at the beach just baffles me. We rarely watch tv anyway, and why someone would watch tv or use their computer when they are in a beautiful setting is crazy. And when you are going in and out of your room with sandy feet and wet bathing suits and boogie boards, you don't need fancy accomodations.

We loved that this place had great views (we don't live near water so this is a real treat), a great location (if you love to snorkel or look at the water), a great little kitchen (to cook whatever you want, when you want), and a super clean room with maid service.

Room Tip: ALL of the rooms have an ocean view!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

This is a very difficult location to rate. Some of it was EXCELLENT, however some of it needs to be improved. Would I stay here again...you bet!! Yet I felt I should report both the good and the bad. Hopefully the management will take notice and make some improvements?

The GOOD: the views are awesome; the overall cleaniness of our studio condo; the location;

The "BAD": the towels and linen, the broken appliances, the wi-fi, no english speaking staff.

You can not ask for a nicer more laid back place to spend a week here like we recently did. We rented a second floor studio condo which was big, clean and nicely decorated. (Yes there were a lot of ants in our unit, so keep your food covered). The deck is HUGE!!! The views are perfect!!! The floor to ceiling window in the shower was spectacular. We tipped the cleaning staff VERY WELL and were a little dissappointed they didn't do anything "extra" for us? In the four other Mexican hotels we stayed in during this holiday, their staff always did something extra special for us upon receiving a nice tip (flowers, chocolates, a card, towel animals, etc.)

The televison was small and only worked on a couple of channels? When making toast, one had to hold the lever down the enter time or the toaster won't work. The wi-fi would not (usually) work in our room. We had to take our iphones outside and sit next to the main office (like most other guests) to send messages back home. (All the above mentioned issues were very minor inconviences and almost not worth mentioning).

However the following two issues warrant some attention and I have attached photos to validate my concerns. When we turned back our bedding the first night, there were numerous dried blood spots on the sheets (see photo). We approached the staff on this, but the lack of english spoken created a problem with them understanding our concern. They eventually sent someone up to change our sheets. However, the new sheets still had a "quarter-sized" blood stain on it? (see photo). We ended up rearranging this sheet so this stain was located down by our feet instead of up by our heads. The other concern we want to mention, and one that I've seen posted here previously, were the thread-bare towels. These towels were years past their lifespan and were all torn and tattered. Again, we attached a photo of this. Of all the 4 resorts we stayed in during this Mexican holiday, this one was the most expensive, yet was the only one where we had any concerns?

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

We stayed in a queen room in the Vista del Mar hotel. It was simple, but comfortable. The best part is the location. We opened our first floor sliding door right onto a small patio that was directly on the beach. It's a quick walk to the small town and right next to the Buena Vista which was a great restaurant/bar. The town of Akumal itself is a very small beach town. It is mostly visited by older couples and families so there is not much nightlife. The beach is beautiful.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Vista del Mar Hotel

Address: south end of Half Moon Bay, Akumal 77710, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Akumal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Akumal
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Akumal
#8 Family Hotel in Akumal
#9 Romantic Hotel in Akumal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vista del Mar Hotel rooms are simple, clean and economical. Each room includes daily maid service, air conditioning, wireless internet, purified drinking water, TV, coffee maker, an in-room safe, and free parking. All Vista del Mar condominiums and hotel rooms are on the absolute beachfront with uninterrupted views of the ocean. A tranquil setting on a beautiful beach. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Vista Del Mar Akumal
Vista Del Mar Hotel Akumal
Vista Del Mar Hotel Riviera Maya/Akumal, Mexico

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