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3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Cozumel, Yucatan Peninsula

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canadianf...
Toronto, Canada
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“beautiful apartment, preplan for food”
Reviewed March 24, 2014 for a stay in March 2014

We stayed here as three couples for 3 nights. The apartment is totally gorgeous, just as it looks in the photos. It was quiet at night, we were able to keep the place cool enough with just the fans and natural breeze most of the time (and the aircon was great for the times we needed it). the common spaces are fantastic - great for hanging out as groups, you can watch the sun set into the ocean, totally gorgeous.

The only two things to be aware of are:
1) Two bed rooms are fabulous - lots of space and storage, big windows/balconies, ocean views - and one bedroom is much more modest, sort that out amongst your friends!

2) it is far from food. it looks like there are restaurants all along the beach but they all belong to all inclusive resorts/beach clubs, and charge >$80 per person to eat a meal there (we never did, obviously). A taxi into town is 10-15 min and $30 return for 1-4 people, $60 return for 5+, so you have to add that (or gas) once every two days or so onto your assessment of how much it will cost. That said, once you load up with groceries (we fed 6 lavishly for 2 days on $80) the kitchen is fantastic

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Traveling group: Friends
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Minnesota
Reviewed March 22, 2014 for a stay in March 2014

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MN
Reviewed March 12, 2014 for a stay in February 2014

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WA
Reviewed February 23, 2014 for a stay in February 2014

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Meekyung...
Michigan
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33 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Series of minor issues vs fabulous views!”
Reviewed February 1, 2014 for a stay in January 2014

We have been at Residencias Reef a few times. Last Jan. we saw this unit and fell in love with the views. We contracted the rental for the month of Jan. 2014 right then and left a cash deposit.

One month later we got an email saying we needed to pay thousands of dollars more or take another unit as the owners got a better offer. With several emails and us adjusting our dates the month long rental was on. We could not believe they would do that as I had a signed receipt for our deposit and rental dates! I knew we got a great deal as this unit had terrible reviews in 2011 which drove,the low price but to try to cancel after taking a deposit??? Should have been a clue but I loved the location and the views.

We got in late but stopped at the grocery store and found ourselves at the unit with an incorrect lock box code. Thank goodness the unit next door was occupied and they were nice enough to let us use their phone to call the manager to let us in.

A week into our rental we had friends join us. We had only one working remote for 4 A/C units in the 3 bedrooms and the living area. We asked for more remotes as our guests needed them for their bedrooms. We were told none existed as the A/C units were old. Very inconvenient as any time you needed to adjust the A/C you had to come out of the bedroom, get the ONE remote then bring it back out as someone else might need it during the night!!! FUNNY, today with the owners arriving in 3 days new remotes were delivered!! Really makes you feel like a paying guest!

Other minor issues: phone connection was poor at best we ended up paying for calls to the US at the hotel next door as we wanted to actually hear. The lock box jammed mid trip locking us out as our friends were in town with the other key! As this unit is close to the hotel next door in order to keep the pumping music from the nightly shows out all doors have to be closed.

We love the location, we love the beach and the views are fabulous! The housekeeper Carla was great and spoke English well. She kept the unit clean. But with the HUGE price increase for next year and all the minor inconveniences, we are looking at other great units at this location for next year.

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Liked best: Views
Liked least: All the minor issues we encountered
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
Jan 31, 2014
As an owner of Vista de Paraiso, we would like to thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on our condo. We are happy to hear that you love the location, the beach, and the view from our veranda. We are also very happy to hear that our housekeeper is keeping the place clean for our guests. We do regret that there was a miscommunication with the price and the availability when you made your booking in 2013. Yes, we did have one bad review years ago due to mismanagement, and we resolved those issues by upgrading the condo and hiring new managers, which are currently in place. As you can see from the “5-Star” reviews, our clients have been very pleased, as we do take their suggestions and reviews seriously, as we do yours. We apologize for the unfortunate communication breakdown that happened last year with your reservation, as our prices have remained the same for two years now. In addressing your other issues, we have never had a complaint for not having enough remote controls for the A/C units, or the phone not working correctly, or problems with lockbox, and as you know those concerns have been fixed, so again thank you for pointing them out. Even though you will choose to stay elsewhere next year, we do hope you will stay at the beautiful Residencias Reef complex, as we feel this place is truly paradise.
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cedarpeak
Boulder, Colorado
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Ocean Front, Sand Beach, Dive Boat Dock, Killer Sunset Views From Deck”
Reviewed January 25, 2014 for a stay in December 2013
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Located on San Francisco beach about 15 min. from town and well away from the cruise ship craziness, this large second-story luxury corner unit condo is oceanfront and located right on the beach with incredible views from its large outside living and deck area with expansive views of the beach, ocean, dive boat dock and sunsets. Dive, Eat, Sleep,repeat! it also has beautiful pools, daily maid service and is in a guarded gate community. There are 4 buildings in this Reef Residencias condo complex and Vista Del Pariaso, unit 5200, is located in the best and only building that is truly oceanfront. It is well appointed with both indoor and outside veranda dining areas including a large and modern kitchen, dishwasher, clothes washer/dryer and quality air-conditioning. We use Dive Paradise http://www.diveparadise.com/ and the dive boat picks us up right from the dock in front of the condo and the best dive sites are only minutes away instead of the hour each way boat rides from town. It doesn't get any better than this for diving, hanging out on the beach in a true luxury oceanfront condo and is a way better value than a regular hotel. We've already booked our next trip and can't wait to come back!

Traveling group: Teenagers
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Missouri
Reviewed November 11, 2013 for a stay in November 2013
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