Cozumel All-Inclusive Resorts – Should I Choose the all-inclusive option?

Do I stay in a hotel or one of the Cozumel all-inclusive resorts? I have stayed in both options. Both of these options make sense, but you will have to weigh the good with the bad.

Cozumel all-inclusive resorts
Cozumel all-inclusive resorts

The Food

The Cozumel all-inclusive resorts provide a lot of advantages versus a traditional hotel or motel. The most obvious advantage is that they typically have restaurants on site while most hotels do not have a restaurant. One all-inclusive I stayed in had 3 restaurant choices and a snack bar. One of the restaurants was Italian, one was a buffet, and one was Mexican. We preferred the buffet as it has lots of different choices and you didn’t have to make reservations in advance like the restaurants. Of course they have all you can drink beverages which is a big reason many people prefer the all-inclusive option. I was not overly impressed by the restaurant and buffet food. It provided food, but if you are going to Cozumel for the food you might want to consider a normal hotel and find good restaurants through reviews.

Cozumel all-inclusive resorts
Cozumel all-inclusive resorts

The Hotels

If I had to choose between a all-inclusive versus a hotel based on the quality of the hotel I would definitely choose the Cozumel all-inclusive resorts option. They are much cleaner, more modern, and many of them have a beach on site. Make sure you check to see if they have a beach so that you don’t have to drive somewhere for a public beach or pay for a beach club experience at a nicer beach. I have been to 4 of Cozumel’s all-inclusive resorts and their beaches are awesome versus other countries. If you are a beach person then going with an all-inclusive option is the way to go in Cozumel.

Cozumel all-inclusive resorts
Cozumel all-inclusive resorts

The Service

The majority of the Cozumel all-inclusive resorts have excellent service. Many of the Cozumel all-inclusive resorts have waiters that provide you drinks at the beach. The service at the restaurants, buffets, and in general are really good. One thing to be aware of is that there are a lot of people at the all-inclusive resorts so you have to wait a little sometimes but once someone is helping you the staff are friendly and very accommodating. The best value you will get from the staff are often their recommendations for tours, restaurants, and beaches. Be aware that some of the staff may get compensated for their recommendations so you may feel a little pressure but you are in charge. Be positive, but direct if you aren’t interested.

Cozumel all-inclusive resorts
Cozumel all-inclusive resorts

The Cost

The cost is probably the biggest negative about Cozumel all-inclusive resorts because the cost typically is between $200-$350 per night. Remember, that you get all of your drinks, all of your food, a very nice modern room, and direct access to excellent beaches. In comparison the cost for a no-frills Cozumel motel could be as low as $24 a night. Finally, if you afford it enjoy a Cozumel all-inclusive resort. A personal recommendation would be Cozumel’s Park Royal Hotel.( http://www.parkroyalcozumel.com/</a )

Cozumel Motels

Should I stay in Cozumel motels? I will share my experiences staying in 2 different motels that I have stayed in several times. I love them both for different reasons.

Cozumel motels
Cozumel motels

What can you expect in Cozumel motels

I will share information about 2 motels. The first is called the Hotel Casona Real, the second is Hotel Mary Carmen. Both of these motels are perfect for someone on a tight budget, someone who will not be in their motel room most of the time, or for divers focused on diving on not their motel.

Hotel Casona Real( http://www.hotel-la-casona-real-cozumel.com/ )

I have stayed at this hotel twice. It is relatively clean. It is similar to a typical motel in the U.S. The cost varies between $35-$45 a night. Like many Cozumel motels it is a few blocks from the central plaza. This one is about 4 blocks from the central plaza area. I like this motel because it is right near a large grocery store where you can buy tons of water bottles and relatively easily walk them to your motel.

Hotel Mary Carmen

I stayed in this motel about a month ago. It is less expensive then the other motels at about $25 a night. It’s location is excellent as it is in the central plaza area. It is very close to all of the main restaurants unlike other motels. There is a small convenience store within half a block. The rooms are clean as well. It isn’t a Marriot, it is a motel similar to motels in the U.S. I think I prefer this motel over Hotel Casona Real because of its location.

Cozumel motels
Cozumel motels

Both of these motels in this post are good choices. If you are looking for inexpensive motels these are 2 really good options. They have really good ratings on Trip Advisor as well. You won’t find a lot of extras in these motels but you will be able to use your money on other activities besides your lodging.

Cozumel motels
Cozumel motels