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Isla Mujeres - Wonderful Hotels in Our Personal Paradise

 

Where To Stay?

 

Playa Norte on the North side of Isla Mujeres is often called the best beach in Mexico and one of the best beaches on the planet.  There is some truth to it and that's why we like to stay on Playa Norte or within a short walking distance of it.
Hotels near Playa Norte tend to be more expensive than hotels in other parts of the island, but we have always found good deals.

So far, we have stayed at Hotel Paradise Suites and Villa Kiin and we recommend both. 

You can either take a taxi from the ferry terminal or walk to both hotels.  It is an easy 10-20min walk depending on how fast you are.

Hotel Paradise Suites (map)

 

Hotel Paradise Suites is an easy 250ft walk from Playa Norte, which is advertised as the best beach in Mexico and I believe that is true. As the hotel is not beach front, they contract with a vendor on the beach that provides free beach beds. Food and drinks are for purchase.
Another beautiful (no-swim) beach, Playa La Media Luna is only 1000ft away. The busy downtown area with tons of restaurants and souvenir stores, a bank and supermarkets is only 1 block away.

We rented room 10 for 5 nights over Christmas 2017. The room is a spacious room with a king bed, a comfortable seating area and a kitchenette. The kitchenette is well equipped with 2 pots, plates, bowls, cups, glasses, utensils, a coffee maker with a permanent filter (so you don't need to buy paper filters), a fridge with freezer, one cooking plate and a toaster are provided. Every day, the personnel makes sure that the fridge has 2 bottles of water, 1 can of Coke and 1 can of Diet Coke in it.
The bathroom has a small concrete closet with several hangers, an umbrella, a safe and a hair dryer. The shower has good water pressure. There is also an iron in the room. The A/C is quiet and efficient. Mounted to it is a clear air deflector so that the cold air does not blow in your face when you sleep. Besides that, you will see that the owner paid a lot of attention to details. The foam mattress comes with very heavy foam pillows (I guess 10lbs). The hotel personnel even left a welcome note with my handwritten name on it. The room has a back door that leads to an enclosed patio that is shared with suite 11. Outside (in front of) the room is a round beach bed and a table, other suites have 2 chairs and a table. There is also a hammock in front to the room. The beautifully maintained white sand grounds also have a beautiful pool with a light show at night. They are currently finishing a new casita and there is some construction going on, but as much of the work is done, there was no noise.

 

The hotel has a good small restaurant which is open for breakfast and lunch.
Right across the street is a restaurant that has live music in the evening.

On Sunday, December 24, the shower, that was draining slowly before, clogged up and we told the owner David about it at 11am. He said he would take care of it and, when we came back 2h later, he had it fixed and the shower drained perfectly. David, thank you very much!

When we arrived on the island with the water taxi from Cancun in the evening, we decided to walk the half mile to the hotel. First, we noticed that Google Maps has a wrong location for the hotel. The hotel is 400ft farther West than what Google maps shows, across the road from the Dive Center (which Google Maps shows in its correct location). Maybe 300ft before we reached the hotel at around 8pm, a hotel employee on his motor cycle approached us and told us that he was looking for us. We had not given the hotel our arrival time and I think he was looking for us every half hour since 5pm which is apparently when most guests arrive.  FYI: The water taxi arrives from Cancun every 30min.

The only downside that I can think of is that the wifi signal inside the suite was spotty and sometimes non-existent. The signal and internet speed outside the suite was good, so we just sat on the beach bed or hammock to do our emails and internet surfing.

There is also a flat screen TV in the room, but we did not use it as we spent most of our time on the gorgeous beach.

Inside the compound is also a place where you can get a massage.

David speaks excellent English and the people in his staff that we dealt with - except for the housekeepers - speak good English too.

Long story short: This hotel is an incredible deal and the owner, David, has such an incredible attention to detail and desire to make his customers happy that I whole-heartedly recommend this hotel. I would definitely stay there again!

Hotel Paradise Suites on Isla Mujeres
Hotel Paradise Suites on Isla Mujeres

Villa Kiin (map)

 

We booked Villa Kiin for three nights because of its fantastic location directly near the best snorkeling area at Playa Norte and because it is comparably inexpensive and has good reviews.

 

The hotel is located directly on the beach, but the access doors are locked because other vacationers were trespassing and using the hotel’s grounds to relax, use the hotel's hammocks and chairs and to take showers.  This was causing security concerns.  Access is only through the lobby and hotel guests will get a wrist band that they need to wear during their stay to identify themselves as hotel guests.

 

We had room 11 which is an end unit suite on the ground floor of one of the 3 story buildings on the premises.  From the room you can see the MIA Reef Hotel and partially also the beach and turquoise water.  Outside the room is a hammock, 2 wooden rocking chairs and a small table.  On the inside, there is a king size bed, a TV and two night stands, a small bench, a desk, a mirror, a ceiling fan, a fridge and a quiet and efficient A/C.  There is no phone, no microwave, no water heater and no wifi – fairly good wifi is available only in the lobby.  Adjacent to the bedroom is a bathroom with a shower.  3 small bottles of shampoo and 2 small bars of soap were provided per day.  Off the bedroom is a small walk-in closet with a safe and 12 hangers.

 

My reservation said that breakfast was not included in the room rate, but the hotel gives out vouchers for a free breakfast in at Buho’s bar (map) which is directly on the Playa Norte beach and only a 3 min walk from the hotel.  The free breakfast consists of 2 slices of toast with 1 margarine and 1 strawberry jam packet, a glass of orange juice and either coffee with a refill or tea.

 

The hotel provides beach towels free of charge.  Beach loungers are not provided but can be rented from vendors on the beach.

 

Long story short: This hotel is in a fantastic location and provides very good value.  We would definitely stay here again.

Villa Kiin on Isla Mujeres
Villa Kiin on Isla Mujeres
Wonderful Hotels on Isla Mujeres
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