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“A Gorgeous Property with Some Caveats”

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Holbox Hotel Casa las Tortugas - Petit Beach Hotel & Spa
Ranked #2 of 20 Hotels in Holbox Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 13, 2013

Isla Holbox is a tiny, sand-roaded island where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Carribean Sea. Golf carts and dirt bikes are allowed, but cars are not. The water is the nicest on the north side of the island, with streaky glimpses of electric blue-green Carribbean Sea water punctuating the jade-green Golf of Mexico water that prevails. This is the where Casa Las Tortugas sits, on the hotel strip. This is probably one of the toughest reviews I have ever had to write, as the good here is marvelous, and the bad is disappointing. Ultimately, I chose to rate the beauty of facility and the staff.

Let me first get out of the way what this hotel DOES NOT HAVE that I wish it did:

1. In-room wifi. This was very annoying for me as I wanted to get a little work done in peace in this lovely environment, but had to go into the restaurant or lobby to get a signal (which was up and down). Needless to say the "in peace" part did not happen, and neither did much work.

2. Comfortable balcony chairs. They are super-cool looking, but horribly uncomfortable and at a strange angle.

3. Hair Conditioner. The toiletries are top-notch (especially the Organic mosquito repellant--fabulous!!), but there is no hair conditioner included in your lovely little bathroom set.

4. TV. There are no televisions in the rooms. Some of us like to watch TV before bed, and there is no opportunity for it.

5. Hair Dryers. Apparently there is one at the desk that you could borrow, but an Andes Hang-Up in the bathrooms should be standard in a hotel of this caliber.

6. A Barrier to the extreme noise from the neighboring all-night disco. These were the worst, most sleep-disruptive noise reverberations I've ever had the displeasure of experiencing, as we had the misfortune of being here on a Sunday of Carnival week. On special occasions, apparently the disco three lots down takes their chaos to the beach, and a live band/DJ boom-boom-booms it out 'til 4:00 in the morning. If you are very young and staying at the hostel next door you may like this, but I can't say that it was a welcome for us in a chill, yoga-spa vibe hotel, and we did not sleep between 1:00am and 4:30am.

The things that ARE GOOD about this hotel:

1. It is absolutely gorgeous and well-maintained. This is probably one of the prettiest small hotels (21 rooms) that I have ever been to. The finishings are high-quality and the aesthetic of the design is just beautiful, with lots of lovely little touches everywhere, right down to the creamy, polished-concrete floors inlaid with black pebbles. The pool is stunning.

2. The staff. They are extremely friendly, cheerful, and helpful.

3. The included breakfast. You have a choice of 3 items (ham and cheese tortilla with a fried egg on top, scrambled eggs with veggies and a side of frijoles, or a bowl of fruit, yogurt, and granola. They come with a basket of toasts with butter and banana jam on the side, along with coffee or tea). They are delicious and well-presented, and the servers are excellent about offering you more coffee.

4. The rooms are spotlessly clean and impressively decorated with a wonderful aromatherapy smell, and the beds are super-comfortable; not those horrible Mexican beds that feel like a box-spring with a sheet over it.

5. The bathrooms are fantastic! Exposed rock-wall showers with black-pebble floors and wonderful water pressure make for an exceptional shower. And unlike lots of hotels here, there are real flush toilets and not stinky eco-toilets

6. The Beach. Pristine, groomed, lots of umbrellas and chairs for the guests. Truly lovely.

So if you want to relax all day in the sun or spa, be steps from a disco, have no need for TV and little need for internet , then you will love this place! It really is high-quality. If you were hoping for tranquil nights and the digital conveniences of a premium resort only boutique-sized, you may want to rethink your needs, time your stay to NOT coincide with any Mexican celebrations, or stay further east down the "hotel zone"

Room Tip: The Lavender room overlooks the beautiful pool, but is one of the more expensive ones. They do have...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

In January my husband celebrated his 70th birthday and his wish was to spend a week in Holbox.
I made a reservation at Casa las Tortugas with a request for a special birthday dinner. My husband will never forget that evening when we entered the Mandarina restaurant of this hotel and were lead up a candle lit stairways to a terrace where a beautiful table under the stars was waiting for us. The menu I had chosen with the guidance of "Gondzalo" the manager, was fantastic and so were the wines he suggested. It is worthwhile noting the cook from Argentina who has a flair for preparing special seafood dishes. Mandarina restaurant became our favorite dining and breakfast experience while vacationing on the island. The Hotel is classy, beautifully maintained by a very friendly staff and the beach very special. One could choose between swinging beds, beach chairs, or beanbags shaded by palm trees. We will always remember the spectacular sunsets while sitting on the beach and sipping a deliciously prepared Margarita......yes, this is Paradise and we are planning to visit this place again next year.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

Casa las Tortugas is in one word; amazing! The rooms are beautifull, and well maintained. The food is lovely and there is a wonderfull laid back atmosphere which made it the perfect destination for us and our 5 month old. The staff is very kind and accomodating. The girl at the reception lent me here bike to go to the lavandaria in the village!
We certainly would come back here!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Lived up to all expectations, lovely staff, ungrabby pricing. Wonderful service. Recommend the ginger margheritas. Excellent breakfasts. Used the "local list" for eating out - do a search for it in the Holbox forums. Our favourites were: lunch: Raices beach bar for ceviche, grilled lobster, fish and ice cold beer; the spanish tortillas and coffee at the restaurant under los peleones in the square. Dinner: Serenitas for the amazing chicken soup + tortillas - no choice just go with it, they are happy for you to bring your own beers, utterly charming owners; viva zapatas for grilled meat and fish with quite an entertaining wannabe Carlos Santana soloist; all the street carts in the square for panuchos and tacos; the best upmarket place we tried was the Italian in the shopping mall. Also recommend a massage with Jonny. He is next to the Holbox fly fishing lodge. Very professional. We went as a couple. We can't wait to go back with our family.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

Words are not enough to explain the love / design detail that has gone into this charming hotel . My wife and i stayed for two nights in January ( Steve Lynton ) , and we wished we had booked for a week at least . The position on the beach is first class , and the food was wonderful ! . We would like to thank all the staff at the hotel , as they were all helpful and friendly. Book this hotel in full confidence that you will leave relaxed and re-charged. Thank you

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

The staff are fantastic and very helpful. The rooms are nicely isolated from the road buffering from the noise of the diesel golf carts and motorbikes that go motoring past. Although the rooms are basic (at least the one I had), the design of the hotel is very charming! My only issue was the noise transfer between rooms. The restaurant is outstanding, and their little strip of the beach with hammocks and cots is the best I saw on the island. Outstanding value for the money - I'd go again in a second.

Room Tip: Ocean view would be ideal if you can afford the room upgrade.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Thank genericallynamed
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

at first we were a bit worried because of the long distance from cancun to holbox but as soon as we got there all the magic started..its more than perfect; quiet ,romantic ,clean ,tasteful ,and the staff is amazing and so friendly.
the restaurant is magnificant ,we didnt eat elsewhere during our 4-night stay there.
the weather was great too ,so suitable for deep tanning and meditation.
i strongly recommend this hotel for young couples and i hope i could go back there soon

Room Tip: we stayed at a room called "limon" it was amazing ,the highest room where u could see the...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Calle Igualdad s/n, Holbox Island 77310, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Holbox Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Holbox Island
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Holbox Island
Price Range: $212 - $391 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Holbox Hotel Casa las Tortugas - Petit Beach Hotel & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beachfront boutique hotel, run by Italian family. 21 charming new rooms, Spa, Yoga center,Kiteboard school, Beach club and organic restaurant. The design influence of Francesca and her mother Greta is evident in the hotel’s 21 romantic rooms and suites, from the carefully sourced antiques and local artisan-made colonial-style furniture to the fine linens and contemporary twist on traditional Mexican fabrics. It’s a ‘bohemian-chic’ feel that fits perfectly with the relaxed ambiance of the resort. Add in roomy double-loungers and palapa daybeds on the beach – as well as a spacious new pool – and you have the perfect formula for lusciously lazy days. ... more   less 
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