We arrive after sunset on Isla Mujeres, we ended up at this hotel relatively well-reviewed on trip advisor. Let me share with you the experience. The location is extraordinary. It's next to Playa Norte, a wonderful and most commercial place on the island. The room on the ground level look clean (the bathroom look like brand new) but there's highway of ants on the floor and a hard smell of humidity... We ask for a room on the second floor. No ants this time but the room is older and we agreed that is not so bad. On the internet, we saw the room at 52$ on low season and get it at 48$ if paid cash in mexican pesos (650$) It was a very quiet stay, the hotel was empty, breakfast was basic continental, no smile from the staff, the pool was unclean (too much sunscreen at the surface)
The beach, however, was fantastic, free access (you just bring the towel from your room) If you want sunshade and chair, you have to pay for it but we didn't ask for the price... Playa Norte is the most beautiful beach of the island and the more commercial too... If you want some cheap beverages, get to a small local convenience store (the one on the street, without glass door and hold by an old mexican, you will get the ice and beer you need for your thirsty afternoon :) We believe that is important to encourage small local business!
For the ambiance, the place is not so hot for low season, go to Poc Na Hostel instead! It's cheaper and crowded by young people and the ambiance is perfect for meeting other travellers. And you are 5 minutes of walk from Play del Norte :)
Overall Maria del Mar is a good place but we will not returned at this hotel on Isla Mujeres. On low season, you can get something decent with AC for 350$ pesos. Hope it will help ;)
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