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“Right at the beach, ocean at your door” 3 of 5 stars
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Vista del Mar Hotel
south end of Half Moon Bay, Akumal 77710, Mexico   |  
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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“Right at the beach, ocean at your door”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

This is a review for the hotel not the condos, though it is the same complex. The rooms are tiny but they are cheerful and they all open up onto the ocean side, either with a patio, or the ground floor which you can walk right out onto the beach which is pretty great. Room comes with a hammock which you can put up right outside the sliding door. Bathroom could have been a little cleaner and there were big ants, but you get what you pay for I guess. Felt safe on the ground floor since Akumal only had the one road which dead ends at Yal-Ku. Went snorkeling right outside the room on Half Moon Bay which isn't as breathtaking as the other bay, but we did see cuttlefish, which in itself is pretty astounding. Cute hotel for budget conscious travelers. Should be around $80/night even for high season though. Bodega has snacks and drinks, food at Buena Vida is pretty good too.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 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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Bellingham
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

We just spent 10 days in Akumal at Vista Del Mar and absolutely loved it. We stayed in the hotel. Room was cozy, but right on the beach. I loved being able to just open our sliding glass door and be on the beach. We stayed on the first floor and this was so great, beach chairs with a palapa right outside our door. Beach was quiet with very few other people around during the day, which was exactly what we wanted. I felt 100% safe here. Honestly, Akumal is the first overseas place I have ever visited that I felt completely comfortable and at home immediately to the point I feel I would like to try to figure out a way to live here part time. The staff of VDM is awesome. They were able to answer any questions we had at any time, and we speak very little spanish. We rented bikes from the office for $6/day, then discovered they also offer a discounted rate for a full week. Loved having the bikes, made accessing the town up the road much easier than walking in the heat.

Snorkeling right out front of VDM was really good, even better snorkeling in Akumal Bay which is within walking distance, very easy biking distance (1 mile). We saw lots of turtles while snorkeling, and even noticed some of them came over to VDM to eat about 10' off shore in the mornings. Really enjoyed watching them have their breakfast while drinking my coffee on the patio.

The Corner Store is actually attached to VDM Hotel building, which came in super handy. Prices were great. For example, one day we bought 2 cans of beer and a package of cookies for snack, was $3.30 US.

If you are looking for practical clean accommodations, this is your place. If you want a 5 star resort or are the type to complain about little things, stay elsewhere. Room was small, which is fine by us as was just my husband and I. Room had a fridge to cool our beer and leftovers from meals, coffee maker so we could brew our own coffee in the morning (a must for us), TV had limited channels that was nice for evening (did not go to mexico to watch tv), and a bathroom w/ shower that had a window you could open to listen to waves while showering, also air conditioning and ceiling fan that worked great. The fact this place was right on the beach was key. Loved half moon bay. We WILL be back. Thank you VDM for making our vacation so perfect!

Room Tip: We preferred staying the first floor as you can walk right out onto the beach from your patio.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Ithaca, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

I really love the location of this hotel. I especially enjoyed sleeping with the sound of the waves, and having breakfast on the balcony in the morning with sunshine and again, sea waves. It is very relaxing and serene. The half moon bay beach may not be as pretty as Akumal beach or Yal-ku lagoon; however, the price beats it all. With a bike or a car, traveling to Akumal beach or Yal-ku lagoon is very easy. Free tank of water in the room, free internet. The bedding sheet showed some sign of wear and tear, and I hope they could be perfectly white. After staying at Tulum, PDC, Puerto Morelos, and Cancun, this is the best one.

Room Tip: better internet signals on the beach and balcony than in the room
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Arlington, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013 via mobile

This hotel and the adjacent condos are directly on the beach at Half Moon Bay. I had previously stayed in one of their condos, and this time I chose room 303 in the hotel, a one-bedroom with a stove, fridge, balcony, and couch that works fine as a bed for your vacation buddy. The condos are I think a little more upscale but the hotel is just lovely, too, and what a view! The first day, I saw a green turtle while snorkeling right in front of the hotel. I swam with it for 10 minutes. AMAZING. The front desk staff are incredibly nice and they can do absolutely anything -- rent you a bike, a car, call a taxi, book a massage, and more. There is a fun restaurant (La Buena Vida) next door and the magical Yal-Ku lagoon at the end of the road (10-minute walk). The snorkeling at Yal-Ku is otherworldly but go early to avoid the tour buses. You will love Vista del Mar. Not fancy but clean, lovely, and super service. Have fun.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Spokane, Washington
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20 reviews 20 reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Kansas City
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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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
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Akumal
#9 Romantic Hotel in Akumal
#9 Family Hotel in Akumal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
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 
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Vista Del Mar Akumal
Vista Del Mar Hotel Akumal
Vista Del Mar Hotel Riviera Maya/Akumal, Mexico

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