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Mi Casa en Cozumel
Ranked #4 of 26 Cozumel B&B and Inns
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Reviewed March 18, 2010

Took college girls with - stayed in sandia and mamey. Sandia - sun on the hammock in the morning, (IMO the best part) bright, good size dresser and closet, tv, coffee table with low seating area, seperate vanity from shower/toilet, open doors on both sides to view of backyards which brought cross breeze and dust. Mamey - larger bathroom vanity-all in one room, very dark but lovely view of courtyard/jacuzzi, Punta Langosta dock, sometimes cruise ships, from hammock/deck/room and low seating outside. Regular small table for 2 inside. I would love Naranja - larger dresser, brighter, same view of dock/courtyard but table for 2 outside with hammock. Limon had a raised bed area so you had to step down to main floor which could be problem for some but had regular table inside. Penthouse has these crazy ship style, almost straight up, narrow, stairs to bedroom - could be a hazard!

The owner Memo was gone all week but Talia spoke english well and was absolutely charming and helpful when around (not much after breakfast) - however, i am reluctant to report this but the cook/housekeeper would not communicate at all with us unless my daughter used limited spanish, so beware. Some days clean linens were hard to obtain - not always someone around so state up front how many/what you expect!
Ask to have floors mopped every other day- they get dusty and then you have nasty feet at bedtime. Maid was just sweeping them.

Would stay again - loved location and ambience, so unique and other wordly than resorts. Definately wear earplugs for dogs and drunken rooster. Easy walking to Punta Langosta mall, Mega, town center park, walked to rented VW from Isis. Best trip ever - with college spring breakers -This is our first trip outside of Playa del Carmen resorts and we hope to return next year. What a blast! Easier airport than Cancun - Sat. travel meant 1+ hour customs vs. 3+ in Cancun. Did bag drag to taxi for $7 no holler.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 25, 2010

This bed and breakfast was amazing. It was well designed from top to bottom. The breakfast was simple and delicious. The common areas were comfortable, and relaxing. To reply to the last reviewer who said he was left on his own, it's true that the staff is not available during the day but you can call the owner if you have a cell phone. The hotel has some wifi which doesn't reach every room, but there's a cable in the common area to get online any time of day if you bring your laptop.

The location is great, your not in a tourist area, but you can quickly walk there quickly. There's also a mega mart (large grocery store) nearby and you can easily get fresh fruit.

Only thing to be aware of is a rather annoying rooster, if your a light sleeper bring ear plugs.

We feel in love with this place, the architecture, the design, the friendly staff, we will return again.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 16, 2010

We stayed at Mi Casa en Cozumel in early February, 2010 and really enjoyed this lovely B&B. We stayed in the Tamarindo room, which is the most affordable room, located on the ground floor. To correct a previous reviewer, this room is not in a basement. It is ground level and has open sky above the walls that surround the 2 patios, so the room gets plenty of light, sun and breeze. In fact, some evenings, we had to close the louvers because it was so breezy – we got a little chilly!

Not only did we like this room, but we felt it was probably the best single room, not only for its very reasonable room rate, but the location is more private than the other rooms, and the Tamarindo room has 2 patios – one with its own beautiful, private garden (and a hammock and chair overlooking the garden) and the other patio with a table, chairs and umbrella. The other single rooms (from what we could tell) only have one patio with a hammock and chair, and no garden or extra patio with table and chairs. (Please see my photos)

The room has a king sized bed, a ceiling fan, a mini fridge (the cube type you find in dorm rooms), a small clothing closet, a sink area and bathroom with a stall shower and toilet. The room was tastefully decorated with beautiful woodwork, and comfortable in general (with the exception of the bed which is very firm and for us, uncomfortable) and only 1 pillow was provided for each guest (it would have been nice to have 2). I bought an inflatable raft at the local Mega supermarket and used that for extra padding on the bed and it helped a little.

As other reviewers have noted, Mi Casa is an amazing-looking place, with really unique architecture that is very aesthetically pleasing and the hotel is very nicely maintained. We really liked the public courtyard area which had a hot tub (which was cool when we visited), lounge chairs and a living room type area with chairs and a table. We met the owner, Memo, and he is simply a delightful man – very friendly, warm and accommodating and he speaks great English. He was great to deal with over the internet for reservations and payment (he takes PayPal for reservations which is very convenient).

Breakfast was included and was different every day – everything from empanadas, to pancakes, eggs, etc. The food was very good. All meals are meat-free and we were informed that the sausage that was mixed in our eggs one day was vegetarian sausage (much appreciated by us, since we do not eat meat). Some days we each also received a piece of pound cake. Fresh orange juice and coffee were always included with breakfast. Please note that the breakfasts are very, very small (about the size of a small appetizer) so if you are a person who likes to eat a substantial breakfast, you may still be a little hungry after eating your breakfast at Mi Casa. Considering the reasonable room rates, however, we viewed the breakfast as a bonus.

I do have a couple criticisms that bear mentioning. As others have mentioned, guests are pretty much on their own at this B&B as the owner is present only on occasion and there is no formal reception area. When we were there, a female worker was on duty (cooking breakfasts and cleaning the rooms), but we only saw her at breakfast and occasionally around the hotel during the day. She did not speak a word of English (not that we expected her to, since we were in Mexico), so we had to communicate with her entirely in Spanish, which was a bit challenging as our Spanish skills are somewhat limited. Additionally, she was somewhat introverted, which made it even more difficult to communicate with her. There was no one to assist us if we had questions or needed advice and we wondered what would happen if we needed serious help. We were not provided with any instructions on how to contact someone.

It would be helpful if information was left in the room, for example contact information if guests need help, and other information about the area – good restaurants, maps, beach clubs, how to get places, etc. The only information left in our room when we arrived was a note stating the times for breakfast. Lucky for us, I am a big researcher and came prepared with all this information, but less prepared travelers may be left in the dark.

Another issue is a serious lack of storage in the room. The only places to store things are the clothing closet, which was fairly small and had 2 clothing rods, but no shelves, and a credenza in the room which has 2 small drawers and one shelf and that is it. The night stands are simply a very small single plank of wood sticking out of the wall - there was no storage area there for anything, and the sink area was small with very little counter space and no shelves or cabinets there, or anywhere in the room. As a result, we had stuff piled all over the place in our room – on top of the credenza and in the corners of the room on the floor because there was no place to store things like snorkel gear, folded clothes, books, groceries and other things we had brought with us or purchased at the supermarket.

As others have mentioned, there is an issue with barking dogs and roosters in the neighborhood where Mi Casa is located. This of course is no fault of the owner of the hotel, but those considering staying here (especially light sleepers) should be aware that you may be awakened frequently during the night. I wore earplugs and they helped a little, but not completely. The dogs go into barking frenzies and when several of them are barking wildly at once, it is very hard to sleep through it.

To end on a positive note: the location cannot be beat: just a block or so to the waterfront/main strip and about 4 blocks to the plaza. It’s easy to walk anywhere in town from Mi Casa including a great, modern supermarket called Mega which is about 3 or 4 blocks away. The neighborhood is safe and friendly (actually we felt safe everywhere we went in Cozumel). A computer with internet access is available to guests to use in the breakfast area from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. and this came in handy for a quick check of email. The housekeeping was good and we received clean beach towels whenever we asked for them. It is very easy to catch a taxi if you want to head anywhere beyond walking distance. Just walk 2 blocks to the waterfront and they are lined up, waiting to take you anywhere you want to go. Be aware, however, that taxi fare to the southern beach clubs, for example Mr. Sancho's, Palancar, etc. runs about $14-$16 each way. Eventually we found a beach club that was closer that we really liked, Los Girasoles, located across the street from Hotel Cozumel, and that was only a 15-20 minute walk. Los Girasoles does not have a traditional beach, but you can get into the water by climbing down some steps and there is great snorkeling there, as well as a restaurant with decent food (an $11 lunch buffet is a good buy).

As an aside, the food is fantastic in Cozumel and our favorite meal was at Kinta. We also loved the empanadas at Del Sur and had some fantastic food at La Parilla Mission, Los Otates and El Foco as well. Aside from Kinta (which is a more upscale/expensive place), the other restaurants I mentioned were very, very reasonable places to eat with our entire check (with tip) coming in at around $17-$25 including 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, a couple drinks and one dessert. Our bill at Kinta came to $67 including tip for the same which is still reasonable for an upscale dinner (the same dinner in Philadelphia would cost well over $100).

All in all we’d give this B&B a solid A- . For the money, we felt Mi Casa en Cozumel was an exceptional value and the criticisms I mentioned would certainly not prevent us from staying there again.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 9, 2010

This is a great little boutique hotel in a quiet but convenient location just two blocks from the main square. The photos on the web site are exactly what it looked like. We arrived late 10pm with no reservations and I think we woke the caretaker up. She didn't speak any english but put us on the phone with the owner. They were very gracious to give us a room. We had a room on the third floor. the breeze blew through and was so pleasant. The hotel is more like a B&B. there were other guests there but we never saw them. The architecture is fun and amazing. We won't stay anywhere else when visiting cozumel. We walked from the ferry. It was so quiet and relaxing we wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 30, 2010

We stayed at Mi Casa en Cozumel for a week. The rooms are comfortable and well maintained, good location and overall, a beautifully designed villa. The ambiance is intimate, the decoration is interesting, in general, it is nice to stay there.
The only problem I see is the fact that you are on your own, I mean, there is no lobby, reception, telephone or whatsoever.
You only see the staff during the morning, from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. If anything happen (and it happened) you don't have anyone to contact, a phone, etc. You are basically out of touch with the rest of the world. You can't receive or make phone calls, and you can use its computer with Internet during breakfast time.
Another issue is the breakfast: The breakfast is varied and well prepared, but portions are XSMALL. We asked for another glass of juice and the staff refused to served us A GLASS OF JUICE. The dessert was not fresh, and they offered us the same piece of cake for several days... that was sad because we just wanted some fresh fruits, but it seems that by the time we were staying there we were the only guests.
Besides those details, it's a good deal for the price.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 22, 2010

Still staying at hotel as i post this review. I have been in Cozumel more times than I can count and this is my first visit at Mi Casa. I can promise you this, it won't be my last and in fact I can tell you I will never stay anywhere else again. For you divers stay here and book with Scuba Mau....LIFE IS GOOD:0)

Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 7, 2010

I had the pleasure of staying at Mi Casa last year after coming off of a year long deployment in the Middle East. Memo and his staff provided the best service that I have experienced in many years. Fresh hand prepared breakfast in the morning gets the day started right while the immaculately cleaned rooms end the activity filled days with a sigh of comfort. There is the infamous ROOSTER that crows every morning, but how else will you get to experience the true ambience of a small Latin American town. The architecture of the hotel will make even the most unknowledgable of enthusiasts to want to see more and ask questions and the more you uncover the more that you realize this hotel is the owners pride and joy that should be shared by any traveler wishing to experience the real Cozumel.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Manchu90
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Address: Av. Sur # 707 5 | Between 7 And 9 Streets, Cozumel 77600, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Cozumel
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 26 B&Bs / Inns in Cozumel
Price Range: $58 - $83 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Mi Casa en Cozumel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small hotel in downtown with great architectural design, walking distance to most dive shops and restaurants. Quiet area of town, but close to most activities you might need. One block from waterfront/shopping and 7 blocks from ferry pier. 2 Blocks from main supermarket in town. ... more   less 
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