Here is the 411 on Allegro in Cozumel. I’ll cover the resort using the following categories: General Impression, Rooms, Food and Drinks, Activities, and for fun Wild Life. I’ll include both positives and negatives in each category. At the end of the day, no matter where you decide to stay, be positive and enjoy your vacation.
Our general impression of this resort is very much a mixed bag. We liked the bungalows; there are 8 rooms in each building. There is a decent looking kids water park and play area, but it seemed most of the kids were in the main pool with the swim up bar—go figure. The pools were nice, but poorly maintained. The first few days the water level was about 8 inches BELOW the skimmers, by the time we left some levels were to the skimmers while others remain below the skimmer level. Either way, they never ran the pumps connected to the skimmers so the pools tended to have debris. The grounds and beach were well maintained. The staff we interacted with were all great. Deferred maintenance was a significant and prevalent problem. It was visible in the pools and pool deck, as well as in the rooms and in our case, the broken stairs in our building. The vacation club people will hit you up as soon as you leave the lobby. It’s just a more clever name for a timeshare. It’s not our thing, so just decide if you want to give your vacation hours to hearing their offer. We said no, others said yes. Ok, lets get to the details on each category.
We liked our room. It was not luxurious, but adequate and clean. All rooms have a great outdoor balcony with chairs, a table, and most importantly and hammock. Put a couple bottles of your favorite wine in your suitcase and make good use of this space. It’s a great way to spend the time between sunset and dinner or wait out a rainstorm. The bed was hard, we joked about moving to the floor where it would be softer—yeah, its funnier in the middle of the night when you are both awake. There aren’t any drawers, so go prepared to arm wrestle over an odd number of shelves in the closet. The bath is just a standard tub/shower. Our AC was super cold, but friends we made there had issues with theirs being loud and some said they had to change rooms because their AC didn’t work.
Lets talk about drinks and then food. The drinks were among the best we have had at all inclusive resorts that didn’t serve top shelf. No really! Two choices of beer, actual fresh Lime Juice for the margaritas etc., the Blood Mary and Pina Coloda were both go to drinks as was the gin tonic and vodka tonic. Additionally, the glass size was perfectly fine, not that ridiculous tiny one. I appreciated that they did NOT use disposable cups—water recycles better than plastic. The food…I’ll be brief. Actually that will be easy since the lack of variety would keep me from any long discussion. Breakfast and lunch are the same every day and pretty much just the basics. Well actually the menu was technically different each day, but it tasted the same as yesterday. We could always find something to eat, but some variety would be nice or even expanding some selections in the fruit. We also expected great seafood, but that was rare. There are 2 a la carte choices; Asian and Mexican. Both were fine, but nothing spectacular. They both were closed more often than the schedule indicated. Oddly, from 4PM until dinner, there is nothing eat. Guess when people get hungry after playing all day…yep, 4PM. So if you are jonesing for some afternoon nachos, some fries, maybe even a banana…TOUGH.
The water sports hut allows use of kayaks, a Hobie Cat, and snorkeling gear. We didn’t dive, but the dive shop has the expected dive rentals and the divers all seemed pleased. Boats leave for excisions from the pier, so its easy access. There is no need to buy your excursions in advance of your trip; the front desk sells them for a fair price. We took the three-reef snorkeling trip and would recommend it as worthwhile. Land activities by the entertainment staff seemed few and far between, but this seemed to increase toward the end of our stay as well. The shows in the theater were not the best, and were cancelled twice during our trip. The Disco, is more like a kick back. The DJ was good, and if you had the right crowd, people would dance in spite of the bar that runs down the middle of the floor.
Wildlife: We enjoyed seeing a variety of fun critters! The iguanas are easy to find, but if you will go down the north road on the edge of the property, you will see Jesus Christ Lizards. They are fast, so be ready. We also saw land and sea turtles, toads, and crabs. The Jungle on the north side has some White-Nosed Coati; from the beach, keep your eyes on the treetops. You will think they are monkeys at first because of how playful they are and the fact that their tail is basically a hook. If you dive or snorkel, the wildlife list grows longer.
Wherever you decide to stay, go and have fun!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In Mexico’s Caribbean there is a tiny island just bursting with life – it is Cozumel and the Allegro Cozumel. Right on the famous Sand Francisco Beach, two worlds of adventure co-exist: The Fun-in-the-sun beach and the amazing undersea Palancar Reef. Whatever you choose to pursue, Allegro Cozumel places it right at your fingertips. Beach Volleyball, tropical bars, restaurants, and nightclubs keep life on land exciting, while the on-site dive shop and big-game sport-fishing charters offer a gateway into the dazzling marine sanctuary of Cozumel’s waters. And when you awake the next morning, after a relaxing night’s sleep in your comfortable guest room, you’ll find there’s even more to explore, because the adventure never stops at Allegro. For the young ones, there is plenty to do from building sand castles alongside the beautiful powdery white sand beach, get physical at the amazing kid’s multiplay covered playground, catch some giggles at the water park, or take advantage of the many activities offered by the Kids clubs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Occidental Allegro Cozumel Hotel Cozumel
- Occidental Allegro Hotel
- Occidental Allegro Resort All Inclusive