My husband and I made our first trip to Mexico, and to Cozumel, in May 2008. We chose to stay at Villa Aldora because of its small size and its association with Aldora Divers.
We were really glad we chose Villa Aldora. The rooms are spotlessly clean, spacious and include a kitchen. The villa itself, though simple, is bright and airy, and right on the sea. The managers, Greg and Melissa, are very warm and friendly. They took us to the grocery store to stock up on essentials after showing us around the hotel and our room, and Greg was full of restaurant recommendations. The setup of the villa, the comfort of the rooms, Greg and Melissa's hospitality and the friendliness of other guests really made Villa Aldora feel more like home than any other hotel/B&B we've stayed at.
Though Villa Aldora is not right in the centre of town, it makes a nice walk (to work off all that food and beer!) and taxis are cheap and easy to come by. The benefit of its location is being right on the sea, which means the Aldora Divers boat comes right to the villa to pick up divers in the morning and drop them off in the evening (unless they're on the bigger boat, in which case Greg drives them to the pier in the morning). In fact, there's good snorkelling right around the villa and the reef right below the hotel even has its own resident octopus!
Villa Aldora has 12 bedrooms so it feels warm and personal, and most of the guests are extremely friendly. The villa has internet phones so that calls to the US are free and calls to the UK are very cheap. The downside is that the phones can be down, but given few hotels use this technology and pass the benefit onto their guests we weren't complaining. Greg and Melissa organize evening drinks once a week in the shaded palapa hut looking out onto the sea. It's beautiful to watch the sun go down as you meet each other guests and swap stories and experiences. Best of all, we paid no more than $100 a night for all this (in May).
I feel home sick for Villa Aldora writing this review, and definitely want to return soon. In the meantime, give it a try - you won't be disappointed!
- Also Known As:
- Villa Aldora Hotel Cozumel
- Aldora Hotel Cozumel