Having read the many positive reviews on Tripadvisor for Baldwin's Guest House, we decided to take the plunge and book our 17 night stay with Dale & Kathy. This was our (partner & I) first visit to Mexico/Cozumel. We were relieved that all the positive/excellent reviews about Baldwin's Guest House proved to be correct!
Baldwin's Guest House is situated j,ust on the outskirts of downtown - it's approximately a 15 minute walk away or by taxi 30 Pesos from the ferry terminal/downtown. The airport is a mere 10 minute taxi drive away so location wise it's in an excellent position! - allowing you to absorb and mingle among the locals, yet close enough for the variety of restaurants/bars/shops. Casa Mission restaurant is a mere 5 minute walk way from their gate. Even though it was away from the tourist area, we always felt safe walking to and from downtown; whether it was during the day or late at night.
On first impressions, pulling up outside in the taxi at Baldwin's Guest House (it was 8pm) - the local neighbourhood area was somewhat of a let down, but once you walked through the locked gate and into their property it was like a different world! Kathy or Dale must have had bat ears, as no sooner had we unloaded our suitcases out of the boot, they both came out from the main house to greet us and show our room.
Initially, we had booked the King Room in the main house, but upon our arrival we were "upgraded" to the Casita (self contained cottage), as our room was undergoing some decoration (as it was the beginning of the season) and was not quite ready for us. For the first 2 nights, we were the first guests since Kathy & Dale returned from their holiday.
The Casita was lovely, clean, spacious and private, which overlooked the pool and breakfast areas. Along with a decent size fridge freezer, microwave, cooker hob, the Casita provided all the things what you would expect from a self contained cottage (even extra’s like washing up liquid!). With enough space outside for your own table and chairs. One thing I will add, the WIFI signal is not very strong in the Casita, but that was soon “rectified” when you went outside nearer to the main house!
The breakfast was both a fantastic team effort, with Kathy cooking amazing breakfasts every day, enough to feed the whole street – and so much choice too. I especially enjoyed the fresh platter of tropical fruits that served every day, along with Dale’s version of freshly squeeze orange/grapefruit juice – Tropicana juice was not a patch on Dale’s! The night before, Kathy would ask what time we’d like our breakfast and try and accommodate any special requests (ahem, bacon please?).
The breakfast table comfortable sat 6 guests with calming music/lights in the background. And each day, the table would be decorated with little (cute) figurine animals from her Homegrown collection, as well as flowers from her garden. Her attention to detail, how the breakfast was presented was perfect! Kathy has such high standards that it would be very hard to beat her – hence, why Baldwins has the No 1 spot and return visitors every year.
The coffee was to die for, in fact some mornings we were fighting for the coffee flask, and sometimes it was a case first come first served!
After a week, we were moved to the King Room in the main house, which is just as lovely as the Casita. The King Room was situated at the back of the house, ideally located near Dale’s bar/social congregation area – so not far to wobble back to the room after a few beers/cheeky Tequila shots (free on the house).
In the evening most of the guests get together out side the bar area to catch up on each others day, eat together – in our case twice we all cooked a BBQ on Dale’s awesome bad boy BBQ – best tasting shrimp/steak ever! Mouth watering just thinking about it.
Dale & Kathy operate an Honor Bar system, and the choice of alcohol (especially sprits) is mind boggling! They even bought me Diet CokeZero cans after I mentioned that I was not keen on full fat Coke. Nothing is too much trouble.
Dale & Kathy have lived in Cozumel for nearly 20 years, and have a vast knowledge of Cozumel: where to go/restaurants/shops etc. They will happily give you a map of the island, and help you on your way to enjoy your stay with them.
While we were there, we hired a VW beetle from ISIS, which Dale & Kathy recommended we use as they don’t try to rip you off and offer a great service. The second week, we opted for a moped which appeared to be nearly new and ran like a dream.
Christmas Day, Dale & Kathy invited all their guests to share a Christmas Dinner with them – gratis too. The turkey Kathy cooked (and Dale cut), was the most succulent turkey meat I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating. Turkey meat is such a dry meat, alas not Kathy’s!
Also like to add that Baldwin’s is catered for divers, with a separate equipment rinse/drying area – in fact, majority of the guests who were staying there were divers. Dale & Kathy can recommend a very good Diving operator, and if you are in need of a good massage, Kathy knows just the person. We did not opt for the massage, but the masseur comes to Baldwin’s so need to go out. At the time we were there, I think it was US$ 40 for a 75 minute massage
To sum up our stay in one word, fabulous! We miss both Dale & Kathy – Dale’s dry humour with the glint in his eyes, and Kathy admonishing him from time to time like a naughty school boy.
Lastly, the rooms are cleaned on a regular basis, towels changed every other day - however, Kathy respected my "OCD" in not having any housekeeping done whilst I was there, apart from once in the Casita. I liked taking my own bedding/used towels to the laundry room, and doing my own housekeeping.
From the minute we walked into Baldwin’s to when we hugged our good byes, Dale & Kathy made us feel so welcome, and not just as paying guests.
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