In summary, it's nice, quaint and well maintained small hotel. It's however very minimal in terms of variety. They have a restaurant, a tiny little bar off of the lobby, a couple of pools right next to one another and a private beach. With exception to your room and the connected art/jewelry store, that's really it.
No kids :)
Nice clean grounds (small, very small)
Rooms are average (a bit dated and couches were really worn but ok)
Free water taxi (kinda)
Location (providing you want to be away from anything and everything.)
Beach access and cleanliness
Dinner menu was 7 out of 10 (prices were a bit high for quality)
Free wireless internet (spotty)
Beds and bedding were nice
- Very small grounds
- Room quality versus high cost.
- Water Taxi (This was a bigger hassle than it was convenient. You are given very little to go on other than be at a pier at the time you think you will arrive. The pier is moderately large with little to no signage. Boats coming and going and parking wherever they can find a spot. No clear direction where amongst this large pier we should be on the lookout for the water taxi. BTW, the water taxi has no obvious markings that it belongs to Villa Rollandi. The boat is really not all that nice either and we baked in the sun for an hour and a half before it arrived. Yes, WE were on time.
- Location is on the southern side along a narrow sliver of land between the ocean and an inlet. 90% of town happenings are on the opposite end of the island.
- The roads are really, really bad right around the hotel.
- Our juccuzzi was broke. They attempted to fix it in the rain. I asked them to come back another time. They never showed.
- No ice machines. You have to summon the restaurant then tip accordingly. I prefer self service.
- They rent golf carts however at a ridicuously inflated price compared to town. Take a taxi into town and negotiate a much lower price (literally hundreds of dollars cheaper for 7 days).
- They rented out our already rented golf cart. Yep. All the keys to golf carts on the island are the same, so we were told by the front desk reception. Their solution, take someone elses golf cart parked out front. :) I wasn't perturbed. I actually found it hysterical.
- Spotty wireless internet. For such a small place, the signal strength was dismal on ipads and iphones.
In conclusion, given the price versus offerings, I really struggle giving VR any more than 3 stars. Maybe this is all you are looking for and willing to pay a premium for some solitude? Perfect! Great place to do just that. My preference is newer finishings, slightly more ammenity offerings and relatively close to social establishments. If you agree, my recommendation is Privelage Aluxes. We stayed their prior and it was 4 out of 5 stars for us.
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Coveted Isla Mujeres small luxury beach hotel featuring only 35 beautiful ocean view Suites; award-winning cuisine at Casa Rolandi Restaurant; a private beach, world class service & amenities, a 5-star Thalasso Spa & its own 42-ft private luxury Yacht. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rolandi Hotel Isla Mujeres
- Villa Rolandi
- Rolandi Isla Mujeres