Great location for city life & dining out. We are divers so we avoid the all-inclusives preferring a solid breakfast and then dinner out. Bahia offers a great breakfast at it's sister hotel Casa Mexicana (2 blocks away) and there are tons of mom & pops to up scale eateries within walking distance. The Coffee Shop & the Thirsty Cougar are steps away from Bahia's front door and are really good spots. You will quickly become a welcome regular.
Cozumel is a great & safe walking city. And since there are lots of local dive ops that will pick you up on the piers (1-2 blocks away) there is really no need for a car. But on this trip we were diving with Papa's and so we rented a scooter. We got a great deal from Margarita at Isis Rentals and had no problem keeping it parked over night out front at Bahia.
With or without transportation be sure to go to Camarones Dorado on Benito Juarez across from MAPA. No alcohol, but amazing nonetheless. Guido's has been (and remains) our long-time favorite. Also worth a mention is the Sonora Grill and Del Sol. Both are only a short walk from Bahia and the latter is a legit (& terrific) Argentinian restaurant. Very interesting menu.
While Bahia is a great value as is, it could be something really special with just a bit of TLC. It has loads of Old Mexico charm and decor, but lacks chests and drawer space. The shower needs a complete re-mod and in the interim some hooks for drying swim and dive clothes would be nice. Our room was easily large enough for a party of 4 (we were 2), but there is no place to stow clothing except a closet. And that had few hangers and a broken safe. Not good. While our room was clean, getting any linens beyond a single towel or two was by request only. Two more issues: Our room door rattled until I wedged a sandal in it and the door itself had no internal lock or deadbolt. Great examples of little things that make a difference to us.
The Bahia staff were always friendly to very welcoming. I think they care but just need some direction and funds to shape the place up. But in the end, Bahia's location can't be beat (for us) and if we get a good enough deal on out next trip to Cozumel we will consider it. However, it has some tough competition from Casa and several other boutique hotels that are only a block or two away.
We sincerely hope that Suites Bahia ownership heeds this review (& others like it) and invests some vision and pesos into their property. It would be a shame to see a place with such potential go further downhill or close. Cozumel needs Bahia and Bahia just needs to attend to some details.
Did I mention Camrones Dorado?
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