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Casa Ixchel
Ranked #9 of 37 Isla Mujeres B&B and Inns
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Calgary, Canada
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“...tranquil...solitude...relaxation...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2010

My friend and I were very lucky to find a beautiful place on a small, laid back island. It was our first time on the island and we immediately fell in love with it. We stayed in Casa Ixchel for 12 days, and the entire time we were there was mostly enjoyable, and relaxing. There were a few things that could have made our stay better: 1) We wanted to do some biking around the island. It was said by our travel agent + other reviews that Ixchel had 2 bikes you can use for free. We never got to use the bikes because they were supposedly being fixed. 2) Water supply was not available a couple times due to plumbing issues, but was dealt with a couple hrs later. We stayed in the Peace room, and later asked to be switched to the Harmony room which had an awesome ocean view. Rooms were clean, toilets worked adequately, air conditioning worked great, and kitchettes were well equiped w/ the basics to cook up something simple. Little things like incense/candles/bamboo plants had a feng shui like ambience to the rooms which we loved. Pool was somewhat clean, steam room worked well for a little while but handyman had to do some maintenance while we were there. This place is awesome for total relaxation, especially after the sun sets-->lying on the outdoor beds is a must. Housekeeping washed the sheets of the outdoor beds once during our stay. Use the towel or robes they provide. The staff was awesome and very friendly.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2009

Wow! What a beautiful spot.

In May we returned for our third visit to Isla Mujeres, and decided to try Casa IxChel Hotelito de Ensueño – on the Caribbean side of the island. It is the perfect getaway for lovers. The hotel is designed around the concept of a spa with star, moon and sun motifs throughout, and the 10 suites have soothing names such as “Abundance” “Grace” “Love” “Bliss” “Peace” and “Harmony.” Each suite is unique with different views, amenities and features.

The suite that we stayed in was named “Love” with a curtained queen-sized hanging bed that rocked gently in the Caribbean breezes. Beautifully decorated, spacious, and chock full of amenities it was a perfect place to fritter away the hours.

The upper level of the hotel has a wonderful restaurant– Casa Louise – with an extensive menu that features freshly caught fish, Sopa de Lima (traditional island recipe for lime soup), pork tenderloin, Black Angus NY strip steak, and a variety of pasta. My favourite was the Mayan dish of Pollo tikin xic, a chicken breast stuffed with red onion, bell peppers, raisins, olives and cilantro. Very tasty! As hotel guests we were treated to a complimentary glass of wine (or beer) with fresh tapas every night before dinner.

They have a great ocean-view spa but we decided to save that experience for our next visit. This hotelito is an undiscovered gem on the beautiful Caribbean island of Isla Mujeres. We will be returning again soon.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2009

Casa Ixchel is a small but comfortable hotel. The restaurant is amazing! The food is great! The beds were very comfortable. The staff is very friendly and not pushy in anyway. While it is true there is no beach, the pool is nice and this side of the island has a lovely breeze. For those who want a beach it's two minutes away. Overall I was really please with my stay and plan on going again.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
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Paris, France
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2009

No beach (only stones) + Very very expensive + Bad location = not recommended !!
On top of that, the pool is small & dirty, and the people of the hotel is almost rude !

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2009

I stayed for 4 nights with my girlfriend.
This place is in the middle of the isle, away from downtown, but that's OK, as that's what we were looking for. I guess somehow this place got labelled as a spa or as a yoga place, but it had neither spa services nor yoga when we were there. We were awoken every morning at 6 AM by a pair of roosters talking to each other.
There's not too much to this place. The beach is not a sandy beach, but instead is a wavy, rocky shore which is not for the faint of heart.
The pool was nice enough, and the tanning beds were very comfortable (although their covers were dirty).

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2009

My friends and I went to Isla Mujeres and Cancun to celebrate my B-Day :) We just really wanted a place to get a shower, rest and leave our luggage because we werent going to stay at the hotel for too long, but this place exceeded our expectations. This place is definetely great whether you go with friends, partner or spouse. Rooms are romantic and decor gives you a sensation of peace and relaxation which is what we all look for when we come to this kind of places. We got Grace III. This is basically the whole floor with 3 mid size rooms, 2 bathrooms, jacuzzi (in one of the rooms which also has ocean view by the way), kitchenette, fridge and living room. Beds are extremely comfy and clean. Casa Ixchel is a house fitted out as a hotel. Im not totally sure but i think it probably has only like 10 rooms or something like that, but that makes it so unique!. Pool is small but very clean and has a great view. Steam room and jacuzzi are also small but believe me, you will like them!! It also has yoga beds! Staff was also great and very friendly. I just have this short story to tell. Miguel (front desk) forgot about our late arrival, but as a compensation gave us an extra free night :) So my advise is if your flight has a late night schedule let him know but pls dont forget to bring Miguel's phone number just in case... haha! :) but dont panic ;) The entire staff were wonderful to us and gave us some advise about the best places to visit in Isla Mujeres. The only "bad" thing is that even though this hotel is a beach front hotel, the beach is extremely rocky and you wont be allowed to hang out there. It even has a concrete fence!. So if you want to go to the beach you should go to Playa Norte which is the best beach in Isla Mujeres (is next to the ferry station).

We had a great time and we are definetely coming back!!!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2009

Lovely casita on a very untouristy part of isla mujeras. We stayed in a suite called "Abundance" which had a beautiful deck with the ocean just a few feet away. The sounds of the surf at night were very romantic, big shower, full kichen in the room. We tried the new restaurant too and had the best meal of ourr trip. We wanted to be off the beaten path and were glad we chose Casa Ixchel.. In the mornings we walked a few blocks to a lovely cafe for breakfact, past the local stores and including a woman making tortillas in a storefront. At night the deck and pool are beautiful. We also went into town and found some good restaurants by the ferry dock. Get advice from Miguel at the front-desk. This is not a superclub nor a chain hotel, just a very charming and romantic get-away. We can't wait to return.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Casa Ixchel
Address: Salina Chica, Isla Mujeres 77400, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Isla Mujeres
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 37 B&Bs / Inns in Isla Mujeres
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small relaxing boutique hotel located in the middle of the Island with ocean view. ... more   less 
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