Playa Azul?

Jun 11th, 2003, 02:26 PM
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Playa Azul?

We haven't been to Cozumel in about 4 years now. We are going in July and will be staying at the Play Azul. Anyone been recently? How did you find the hotel? It is a small hotel only 48 rooms but seems very nice. It had a 4 star rating but I hear that on the weekends all of the tourists and locals converg eon it's small beach and pretty much take it over. If anyone has info please let me know.
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Jun 11th, 2003, 04:04 PM
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Hello,
Post your question on

http://www.cozumel.net/news/

on the bulletin board, and you should get an answer there also.

Nice folks on that board too.

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Jun 11th, 2003, 05:01 PM
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ladyrev,
We returned from Cozumel a week ago and stayed at Playa Azul. We had a junior suite in the old part of the hotel. Our first room was 216. They had to move us because the air conditioning, which was cold enough, kept dripping in my closet and then on the living room sofa. The dripping didn't really bother us, but they kept wanting to adjust the air (at times turning it off!). They moved us to 316, but it never felt as cool as 216! We thought it was a very nice hotel. There were probably more employees than guests. We were not happy with the way our air conditioning complaint was handled. (seriously, an upgrade to the master suite with the jacuzzi would have been appropriate.) We never saw the owners or heard from them, which was part of the appeal of the smaller property. The beach did have local people on Sunday. I was not bothered by them and had rather be around locals than Americans. It makes me feel far away! It did not seem too crowded. It just seemed like a family day. I did not see American tourists just dropping in. Food service was excellent. I loved the beach area. The empty hotel next door was pleasant instead of forboding. If I went back, I'd see about staying in the new part just for the benefits of the air conditioning. We stayed in the old part because I read it was so close to the water. It was right on the water (and above the restaurant), but the size seemed to be awkward (so big), and the living room is useless. It was private and quiet. We loved our trip.
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Nov 16th, 2003, 01:50 PM
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Cozumel

Qik facts:
1. best beach:
"playa azul" right next to playa azul hotel, you can find this beach North of the downtown area, past the military base, heading towards the golf course,you can use their pool ( but why would you want to with a awesome beach nearby) food ( i recommend eating at the nearby rest. on the water down the beach from the playa azul, great view and good food, also this area is great for snorkling, tons of fish near the two piers at the beach - playa azul is a 5$ taxi ride from downtown - heading north 5 miles

2. Awesome Views:
go to the west side of the island - take a jeep or taxi to "mezcalito's bar" it is breathtaking on this side of the island - big waves, no people, nude beaches, windy, tour down to the "reggae bar" on the southwest corner of the island - more views and drinks

3. Mayan ruins
San Gervasio is worht the time, you could tour for 1 hour to 3 hours(we did a short walkl thru in 1 hour) tons of iguanas, cool ruins, you can find it on the way to Mezcalitos Bar, its half way between the east and west sides of the islands

4. Hotel:
Hotel: Playa Azul, northside of island, 5$ taxi from downtown. PA ( Playa Azul) is a beach and hotel. We
toured the entire island and feel that PA is the best beach for snorkling, seeing fish, swimming, relaxing. It is so blue you can see down 30 feet from the pier and see fish on the bottom. One night, it was a full moon, we walked out onto the pier and we could see all the way down to the sandy bottom, it was so cool. The PA Hotel is awesome, very small ( 60 rooms) and quaint. They play classical music at breakfast, food is ok but cheap. Rooms, they have a new wing and the original wing, we stayed in both. We wanted an upgraded room so we paid for a suite. The old wing suite faced the pool ( room 211) it was huge but kinda old. The balcony was hughe but not very private. It would have been great for a family, plenty of space and two bedrooms. The old wing has suites facing the beach/ocean. They have private balconies, the ones on the 1st floor walk right out to the beach (good for someone with walking upstairs problems). I would stay in these rooms in the old wing.
The new wing, awesome. Our suite ( room 201) was beautifully appointed, a raised living room, two double beds, balcony facing the sunset/beach and a huge jacuzzi tub. Rooms 101,201,301,401, all have jacuzzi tubs on the balcony. 301 and 401 would be the best because they are up higher and more private.
Any room in the new wing would be good, a little smaller but all with nice balconies facing the ocean.
The staff at the PA Hotel are incredible. They are friendly and always try to make your stay better. Martha and Fernando own the PA Hotel. We had a problem with our room the 1st night and Martha upgraded us to the jacuzzi suite room. She said she did not want our trip to suffer because of a plumbing issue. She was so nice.
There is a nice seaside rest. Next to the PA Hotel, it is the next hotel down, check out the rest. And the fish that swim up to it! Throw them some food and watch the action!
Almost everynight around 5, a pod of dolphins would swim offshore in front of the PA Hotel. Beautiful!
Don?t stay at the PA Hotel if your are looking for action! It is an older crowd that turns in around 9pm! Cozumel is a daytime place, at night things tend to quiet down except for around the crusie ship terminal.


Food:
Santiagos ? great key lime pie and shrimp dinner on veranda
Prima ? great balcony terrace, awesome itlaian and steak
La Veranda ? very romantic outside patio, good food,

Bars:
BabbaLou ? spelling maybe wrong here, on same street as Santiagos Grill and LaChoza, very romantic setting, candles on every table, great jazz/latin live music, mellow place for cocktails
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Nov 16th, 2003, 03:14 PM
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I stayed at the Playa Azul last year and did stay in a new room. I did not like the old rooms. I thought the hotel was quaint and the snorkeling great right on the little beach. I saw dolphins every day. Did not eat at the hotel. The locals did come to the beach on the weekend but I would hardly say they take it over. All the families were polite and just having fun.
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Nov 22nd, 2003, 07:32 AM
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I would imagine sharing the beach with "locals" would be a grand opportunity.

Just smile and ask, "Beesh a bel?"

You have asked, "How goes your road?" or, "How are you?" and possibly opened up a pleasant chat.

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