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“Wonderful first diving experience!”

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Hotel Cozumel and Resort
Ranked #27 of 52 Hotels in Cozumel
Leicester, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful first diving experience!”
Reviewed July 11, 2013

After reading many fantastic views about the quality of dive spots around Cozumel island, me and my girlfriend of three years decided to spend our anniversary and first diving holiday there. We stayed at the hotel for a week between the 6th and 13th of June, our initial thoughts upon arrival were that the hotel and surrounding areas are really as stunning as the photos online showed. Cozumel itself is a stunning little island, it is completely surrounded by a beautiful coral reef and crystal clear water. This combined with the beautiful water features of dolphins both in the hotel's lobby and in its grounds really set the scene and got us in the mood for diving. The hotel's restaurant (Los Arcos) provided a delicious buffet which went down a treat after a day spent diving, I would highly recommend going all-inclusive as the food there was very good for the price! The one issue we found was that there may not have been quite the variety we would have wished for although this is being very picky, it was still relatively exceptional in our eyes! After getting slightly sunburnt on the second day we decided to spend a few hours under the sun loungers at the spectacular looking swimming pool. Here we had drinks and snacks supplied from the poolside bar by waiters who were very friendly, professional and spoke perfect English - at all times we felt welcome there! The room itself was spacious and clean, unfortunately we weren't lucky enough to get a sea view but apart from that it were fit for the purpose and we didn't intend on spending too long there anyway! Our room was fitted with a king size bed, a large LCD TV with English channels, a balcony, plenty of storage space and access to the hotel Wi-Fi. The one key feature of the hotel I found particularly handy was the ease of access to the relatively inexpensive diving shop over the road called Dive Paradise. We managed to purchase a few things very cheaply from there shortly after arrival which proved invaluable over the duration of our stay. The diving itself was AMAZING, the two of us had never experienced anything like it before, we managed to spot numerous species of shark, turtle and also a huge eagle ray as well as many other animals! We were pretty overwhelmed to begin with but after a short while we were off exploring the stunning reef and all the fabulous wildlife around it, I would highly recommend this experience to any amateurs or newbies out there - fantastic! One flaw we found whilst we were there was that the hotel's dive centre wasn't staffed for half an hour or so on one of the days, this was simply a minor fault and the staff apologised to us once they returned. On our final day we were both gutted that we had to leave such a gorgeous place, we have been talking about going back already and hopefully it wont be too long of a wait until then. I highly recommend the Hotel Cozumel to anybody who would like to go on a diving holiday, it has a few minor flaws but for its price it really is outstanding!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Palm Coast, Florida
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Did not know what to expect since this was my first time at an all inclusive but was very happy i did. The hotel and rooms were nice and my wife liked activities. The food was buffet style but there was something good at each meal. The staff was very helpful with any request we had. Would stay here again

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Boise, Idaho
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

We did the all inclusive package and it was worth it. When we returned from the two tank dive the afternoon buffet was up and running as well as drinks without having to return to the hotel or the room (the buffet is next to the beach and Dive Paradise). The hotel pool is wonderful, warm water, different levels so you can swim or just relax. The food is good; you can have omelets to order in the morning and a super pasta made to order in the evenings. There is not much in the way of evening entertainment but if you are diving you will be in bed early anyway so that is not a problem.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

Our first all-inclusive trip.....made things so easy!

Most rooms overlook the pool area - there are some that are out front that face the street, but you also face the ocean. Our room faced the pool. Pretty quiet. Free water bottle in the room every day. Water coolers in the hallway for fresh water and ice machines. There are plenty of places on the balcony to help dry wet clothing.

All meals are buffet style. Their pico de gallo is nice and spicy and YUMMY! Snack foods by pool area 11am-6pm. Great variety of foods with the exception of breakfast - that seemed to be the same wide selection every day. Breakfast is served inside at the restaurant. There is a Mexican style breakfast on one side and an American style on the other. (The omelet cook with the American food line made the best omelets!!!). Lunch and dinner are at the Beach Club - sometimes with Live music at dinner. Dinner is served until 10:30pm to accommodate anyone taking a night dive. Special themed dinners by poolside with Live music. Read the bulletin board by the entrance to breakfast to see where dinner will be served. Live entertainment some nights starting at 8pm by the poolside stage

Very dive friendly!!!! Bins for washing gear, poles to hang gear, outside showers and lockers for storing gear overnight. It was nice not to have to bring all the gear up to the room every day. Dive boats start going out about 8:15am. There is shore diving with plenty to see. There are ladders, steps and ramps at different points of entry.

Pool has plenty of lounge chairs in the sun and the shade. Staff will walk around to see if you need anything to eat or drink. There are also tables in the shade to sit down in groups.

Grocery store is walking distance - right across the street from Cozumel Palace. They will take American dollars, but change will be in pesos.

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$6 taxi ride for the whole car/van to/from the ferry (to Playa Del Carmen on the main island). You can also take this ride to get to shopping areas in town. We walked into town one day.....just too hot, so we took a taxi back.
$12 taxi ride for the whole car/van to/from the airport
$13 one way per person for the ferry to Play Del Carmen. Only buy a 1-way ticket, there is no discount for a round trip. There are 2 competing ferry companies, so if you buy a 1-way, when you are ready to come back, you don't have to wait around for a specific ferry, you can just buy a ticket for the next one leaving.

The building needs some upgrades, but it was very nice. VERY friendly staff!!!! So much fun to be with for the week! I can see us going back!!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

Had another great stay at hotel cozumel.The staff is excellent and work very hard. The bartenders always have a coca lite waiting for me when i get off the dive boat. Food is good for the price and always someone there to cook you up some fresh fajitas and burgers. Be back in sept.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Augusta, Georgia
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

This hotel is great for diving. It is well located in Cozumel, convenient to the shops and restaurants downtown. It's clean, the staff is very good and accommodating, and the grounds well maintained. The pool is lovely and the bartender generous.
It is kind of dated and not a 'five star resort' like others I've been to. If your main reason for going is diving, then this is the place for you. If not, you'd probably be better off in Cancun.
My main complaint was the food. It was the same every meal - literally refrained beans three meals a day. The food was often recycled from previous meals and sometimes so tough it was hard to chew. Also almost entirely Mexican, which I love, but after 3-4 days I couldn't take it anymore and started going to restaurants instead of eating the free (all inclusive) food at the hotel.
I would probably go there again, but armed with protein bars, peanut butter, and Nutella.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 28, 2013 via mobile

It's a short stroll to the main tourist area so a great location. The pool is great and there are loads of fun activities if you don't dive . The beach side is organized and accessible and pretty as there isn't much beach in cozumel. They bring in sand and make a great little area to relax and swim from and watch sunsets . The food is far too good. You don't want to stop and the staff are so friendly and helpful. The diving is brilliant and very organized . The swim throughs are great. Great fish life too and you can pay a little bit more and go on some exceptional dives like devils throat! A must! Overall a well run, great hotel and dive centre . I understand why people always go back there.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Property: Hotel Cozumel and Resort
Address: Carretera Costera Sur, Km 1.7 | Zona Hotelera Sur, Cozumel 77600, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Cozumel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 On the Beach Hotel in Cozumel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Cozumel and Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 180
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This gorgeous resort is one mile away from the newly renovated center square with shopping, local restaurants and bars, and just minutes from the colorful and abundant coral reefs that have made Cozumel one of the world's top snorkeling and diving destinations. The largest swimming pool in town with two diferent meal plan options: All inclusive and European plan. 180 newly remodeled air conditioned rooms in 3 story buildings, including 6 superior rooms with jacuzzi and 1 two bedrooms Master Suite, all with flat screen tv, Wi-Fi free access, direct dial, touch tone telephones, bottle of water on arrival, radio alarm clock, safety deposit box, iron-ironing board, hair dryer and toiletres, adjoining rooms availables. the 180 rooms are non smoking. ... more   less 
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