Our stay at El Cid La Ceiba was from January 12 to January 23. We stayed in a Studio unit for 1 week and a 1 bedroom unit for 4 nights. It is that one awful night on our first night that resulted in a 4 star rating, rather than a 5 star. There is much, much more positive about this beach hotel than negative, but our first night was dreadful. Our first night was spent in a studio, off of a short hallway by the elevator, on the first floor. The sound from noisy guests on the elevator reverberated down the hallway and into the room. The room smelled of mold and mildew. While that is not uncommon in the tropics, the problem was that we couldn't open our patio door to let in the sea breeze to air out the room. The patio opened onto the lawn in front of the outdoor Italian Tratoria. The place is flooded with lights. Noise, musty air and lights are not conducive to sleeping. We read some negative reviews on this site before leaving and I would be willing to bet that those folks were talking about these same rooms. Younger folks may find these rooms completely acceptable. But if you've got gray hair, these rooms are not likely to work any better for you than they did for us.
That's all I have to say that is a downside to this facility. Avoid the rooms on the first floor by the elevator and you are likely to thoroughly enjoy your stay. After that first night we complained to the front desk. By 11:00 a.m. we were moved into another studio on the second floor down on the end by the dive shop. The room location made a huge difference. After a week we moved to a 1 bedroom unit on the 3rd floor of the wing by the dive shop. The one bedroom unit was one of the nicest units we've stayed in as a time share.
CRUISE SHIPS AND DAY TRIPPERS: Another reviewer on this site complained about the cruise ships that dock at the port in front of the hotel. While this is one of the realities of staying at El Cid la Ceiba, we didn't see the cruise ships as a real negative. We enjoyed sitting in the morning on the balcony drinking coffee and watching the ships come in. Neither did we experience the beach or facilities being over run with day trippers, even when there were 6 cruise ships docked. We spent most of each day on the beach and there were never more than half the beach chairs in use. Most of the day trippers that we met were actually members of the crew. They were friendly and respectful. I've included some pictures from our balcony that shows the view, including a cruise ship. You can judge for yourself whether this is going to be an issue for you.
THE BEACH: If you are looking for a long sandy beach to walk you have to catch a taxi or cycle to one of the beach clubs on the southern tip of the island. But, If you are looking for a fairly quiet beach to relax and read, and a nice protected area to snorkel, than you are likely to find the beach at El Cid meeting your expectations. If you are new to snorkeling, or a snorkeling novice, you may not need to go anywhere else. If you'd like a little variety, Chankanaab National Park has a beautiful beach and snorkeling opportunities and is a short taxi or bike ride (4K) from El Cid. It's also walkable if you are in decent shape and enjoy hoofing it.
RESTAURANTS: Our experience has been that the restaurant associated with a hotel typically is not outstanding. I've always thought that it was due to their "playing to a captive audience" and not having to try as hard. The La Chopa restaurant at El Cid is an exception. We found the food, service and atmosphere to be exceptional. The breakfast buffet is not to be missed.
If you are eating in town, walk several blocks north from the ferry terminal along the seawall to the museum. Atop the museum the gallery restaurant has excellent food at inexpensive prices and a view of the Yucatan channel. If you'd like to eat where the locals eat, at local prices, turn your back to the ferry terminal and walk to 25 Ave. Look for "Mama Linda" between Calle 2 nte. and Calle 4 nte.
BOTTOM LINE: We would stay again at El Cid La Ceiba in a heart beat. We also would not hesitate to recommend El Cid La Ceiba to a friend. Just avoid those four rooms on the first floor by the elevator!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- El Cid La Ceiba Beach resort is an oceanfront paradise perfectly in tune with Cozumel's easygoing island rhythms. Explore the island's enchanting beaches, lush mangrove forests and brilliantly colored reefs with amazing sea life. Whether you are in search of a romantic getaway or a tropical setting to reconnect with family and friends, our intimate and friendly resort offers the ideal setting for snorkeling, diving or simply lazing by the pool. Your vacation is sure to be relaxing and authentic experience at El Cid La Ceiba. • Babieca Dive Shop on site with PADI certified dive masters. • Spectacular diving, snorkeling and unmatched ocean views. • European and All-Inclusive Plans • Fly High Adventures, eco-park featuring 6 zip line platforms and six rugged trails • Two swimming pools: a free-form pool with kids' area and a tide pool with cascading waterfalls, rock formations, and lush gardens • Ocean View and Ocean Front Accommodations. • All Inclusive and European Meal Plans • International cuisine in our Oceanfront Restaurants • Nearby shopping at Plaza & downtown area. • Three miles from Chakanaab Park • Only Six miles from Cozumel International Airport ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Cid Cozumel
- El Cid La Ceiba Cozumel