El Cozumeleño Beach Resort Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Cozumel, Riviera Maya, Mexico

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Pros

  • Beachfront property 10 minutes from the downtown area
  • All rooms have balconies and ocean views; most have a pull-out couch
  • 3 large connected pools with a swim-up bar, and 2 whirlpools
  • Formal restaurant, casual beach palapa, and snack bar
  • Lovely kids’ club, beautiful mini golf course, and babysitting services
  • Guests get discounted rates at neighboring Nicklaus-designed golf course
  • Small air-conditioned fitness center and free aquaerobics classes
  • Freebies include Wi-Fi, parking, and non-motorized water sports

Cons

  • Dated decor throughout
  • Somewhat lackluster bathrooms
  • Standard Rooms have old tube TVs and no minibars
  • Spotty Wi-Fi in some areas

Bottom Line

El Cozumeleño is a mid-range all-inclusive resort located directly on a long, narrow beach in northern Cozumel. Its 252 rooms are no-frills and some have dated technology, but all units are spacious (especially those in the original building) and have furnished balconies with ocean views. The pools are the highlight here (one has a popular swim-up bar), but golf is also draw due to the resort's location across the street from the island's only golf course (guests get discounted rates). Breakfast and lunch are pretty average, but dinner is tasty and the menu changes every few days. Overall, the hotel is a solid pick for families and value travelers.

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A mid-range all-inclusive resort popular with families

El Cozumeleño was one of the first resorts built in Northern Hotel Zone. The original, older building houses the largest rooms -- which feel more like junior suites due to their large sitting areas -- but rooms in the newer building are spacious as well, and feature the same decor style (think: bedspreads with plain blue or beach-y prints and artwork with marine motifs on the walls). The great ocean views are the highlight, and can be had from every single room. Even rooms labeled Garden View have ocean views only partially blocked by palm trees.

Guests come here for the value and for the numerous features offered in the all-inclusive package. Everything is mid-range here, from the sparse and somewhat dated decor in rooms, to the food, to the services -- but that’s not necessarily a bad thing as long as guests know what to expect.

The beaches on this part of the island are not as stunning as those on the eastern side, but they have great snorkeling and clear, turquoise waters. The narrow, long stretch of sand on which the resort is located is manmade, and a rock wall separates the sand from the sea along most of it (which is common on this part of the island). There are hammocks and loungers on the beach, and straw umbrellas provide some shade.

The hotel is popular with families -- and for good reason. It is packed with family-friendly features, including large rooms that can sleep up to two adults and two kids, a lovely kids’ club (even the toilets are kid-size!), mini-golf, a shallow area in the pool, and a game arcade with ping-pong and foosball.

El Cozumeleño is also a good pick for golfers, as all guests receive discounted passes to Cozumel’s only golf course, designed by Nicklaus and located right across the street.

 Location

On a nice beach north of San Miguel and across the street from Cozumel Country Club

The resort is located on a white-sand beach in the Northern Hotel Zone, a short drive from the downtown area, and five minutes from Cozumel International Airport.

The Northern Hotel Zone is a strip of oceanfront hotels a few minutes north of San Miguel. There’s not much within walking distance, but restaurants, bars and stores are just a few minutes away. Cozumel Country Club, the island’s only golf course, is located just across the street.

Cozumel is Mexico’s largest inhabited island and a snorkeling lovers’ paradise. There aren’t as many cultural or historic attractions as in Riviera Maya, but there are a few minor Maya ruins worth checking out. Cozumel's main source of income and tourism comes from the dozens of cruise ships that dock here daily year-round. There are a few upscale stores on Rafael Melgar -- San Miguel’s main drag -- and dozens of varied international restaurants, but most tourists come to Cozumel for its world-class snorkeling and unspoiled eastern beaches. There are wonderful half and full day trips to gorgeous snorkeling spots, and there are many water sports available at any of the beach clubs found along Rafael Melgar.

  • 5-minute drive to Cozumel International Airport
  • 7-minute drive to the Museum of the Island of Cozumel
  • 8-minute drive to downtown San Miguel
  • 9-minute drive to the ferry terminal to Playa del Carmen
  • 17-minute drive to the cruise ship terminal
  • 18-minutes to La Ceiba, a snorkeling lovers’ paradise
  • 25-minute drive to the eastern beaches
  • 30-minute drive to San Gervasio Maya Ruins
  • 34-minute drive to El Cedral Maya ruins
  • 57-minute drive to Celarain Lighthouse, boasting impressive views

 Bottom Line

El Cozumeleño is a mid-range all-inclusive resort located directly on a long, narrow beach in northern Cozumel. Its 252 rooms are no-frills and some have dated technology, but all units are spacious (especially those in the original building) and have furnished balconies with ocean views. The pools are the highlight here (one has a popular swim-up bar), but golf is also draw due to the resort's location across the street from the island's only golf course (guests get discounted rates). Breakfast and lunch are pretty average, but dinner is tasty and the menu changes every few days. Overall, the hotel is a solid pick for families and value travelers.

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Address

  • Playa Santa Pilar Km 4.5, Cozumel, QROO, 77600 Mexico

Room Types

  • Deluxe Room
  • Garden View Room
  • Ocean View Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 244
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Some
Kids Club: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Cozumel, Riviera Maya
Address: Playa Santa Pilar Km 4.5, Cozumel, QROO, 77600 Mexico
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