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Need new place to stay in Coz- input wanted

Discussion in 'Cozumel' started by lasnyder, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. Sloeber

    Sloeber Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: San Miguel de Cozumel, Q.Roo, Mexico
  2. FT

    FT Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Ottawa, Canada
    Another vote for El Cantil, if it fits your budget. We found our little room on the top floor expensive for what we got, and the balcony space limited for drying our gear, but anyone sharing one of their suites with friends should be happy. There was a very decent included breakfast and several ops will pick up from their pier.
  3. mark01

    mark01 Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Des Moines, Iowa
    +1 for Occidental
  4. GameChanger

    GameChanger Professional Photographer

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Frisco, TX USA
    Cozumel Palace is swirling the drain fast.
    I stayed their last March for 8 nights and I was very disappointed in the place. The food SUCKS!!! I am by no means a "foodie" either. They have several different restaurant themes and none of them were any good. Honestly, by the 6th day I could not eat at any of the restaurants anymore.
    The overall condition of the hotel is in a "deferred maintenance" mode. There is mold in the rooms (balconies, bathrooms, jacuzzi) as well as by the pools. Cracked tiles in the hallways are everywhere. The place needs paining too. The elevators literally have white bathroom caulking.
    On a positive note, the service is outstanding! The only exception is the front desk. They have the personality and efficiency of the folks at TSA.

    I used 3P's when I stayed at Coz palace so I cannot opine on their Dive Op. (Aqua Safari). I will say that I noticed very few divers being picked-up or dropped off by AS at the Coz Palace pier. I did see a lot of other Dive Ops doing pickups though.
    deepsea21 likes this.
  5. mcohen1021

    mcohen1021 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Texas

    LMAO – you win the internet today. Glad to read your review, I had often considered staying there. Glad I stuck with Casa Del Mar or private condo.
    Snoweman likes this.
  6. love2fishfork

    love2fishfork Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Kansas City (Overland Park)
    I stay at El Cantil every time I go to Cozumel and plan to buy a condo there to retire soon. The condo's are really nice and walking distance to town. They no longer offer breakfast though. We usually search for a two bedroom, but often get a 3 or 4 bedroom for the price of a 2 bedroom. Most dive operators will pick up there.
  7. deepsea21

    deepsea21 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Virginia Beach, VA USA
    I have an extreme distaste for the Cozumel Palace and I've never even stayed there. My distaste comes from the fact that Palace Resorts purchased the old Plaza Las Glorias, turned it into an AI concept, stuck a funky 2 person jetted tub in the middle of every room and concluded they could charge 5x per night what the old PLG cost! I didn't get it when it it was new and I don't get it now. There are people who rave about that place here and on TA. By AI standards it sucked when it opened compared to AI's at other destinations and it appears based on GameChanger's post that Palace Resorts is entering that territory with this property that it can still thrive on TA reviews for a few more years with no need to address maintenance issues, food issues, etc.

    For those who have $ to burn, by all means help yourselves to the Palace that doesn't even have a beach. Being that close to town, who would even want an AI option when there are SO MANY fantastic bars/restaurants to enjoy that serve the finest food on the island. Even if I dined at the most expensive restaurants the island had to offer 3 meals a day and drank the best of the best I'd come no where near the AI cost of an AI Coz Palace stay.
    Cozdreamer likes this.
  8. NativeWannabe

    NativeWannabe Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Ohio, USA
    I agree that villa Aldora is very nice, however we stay 2 doors down at condumel for about half price and walk to villa in the morning to get on the dive boat. Condumel is about 10 condos on the beach. It’s dated but clean and convenient.
  9. losalcatraces

    losalcatraces Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Cozumel , Mexico
  10. MMM

    MMM Giant Squid Staff Member

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Sask. Canada/Cozumel, MX
    He says in his first post that being on the water is a requirement.

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