El Cid La Ceiba Beach
- What's Included
- All Inclusive Features
Our OpinionThe El Cid La Ceiba Beach is a great spot located within some of the best views in Cozumel. The resort is notable for their amazing and accommodating service. The rooms are fairly well kept. There are plenty of buffet items as well as a la carte restaurants to choose from. The area does have a tendency to get a little loud, due to the fact that the resort is located near a cruise and ferry dock.
Before my last cruise to Cozumel, I was talking to a customer of my Mini Storage facility. Somehow the subject of cruises came up. I mentioned to him that I would be out of town the next week, told him that my wife and I were going on a Carnival cruise. I told him that it was just a 5 day and that we would be going to Cozumel and Progresso. When I mentioned cruise, he immediately told me that he was also a cruiser, and that he had just recently taken his first Diamond cruise. I told him that my next cruise was #31 and I hoped to soon hit that Diamond level. We talked a bit about what excursions we had taken at different ports. He said that he discovered, on his most recent cruise to Cozumel, a resort only a couple of blocks from the dock, where you could pay a small fee and take advantage of all of their "all-inclusive" perks. It was the El Cid.The wife and I took a short walk north of the dock and found the El Cid. We asked if we could just go inside and look around and that we would probably spend the day there on our next visit. They were glad to let us look around. It wasn't as plush and fancy as some of the other all-inclusives we've been to in the past, but on a smaller scale it looked pretty doggone good. Next time we visit Cozumel (which is about 3 or 4 times a year) we plan to give it a try. For less than $50 each, we can use their pool, beach, spas, restaurant and bars. I'm sure I can get my money's worth in one meal with drinks.
When we got to the airport in Cozumel, there were people lined up at the airport that would try to con you into going into a time share place. Just go straight out to get the taxi and go where you are staying. If you are staying at the resort place, they'll try to get you to buy a time share. You will have to sit there for at least 90 min to get what they had promised you. It is a pain in the butt!!! I wish they stop doing that!!! They try to push you to upgrade the time share, but we refused to. Overall, the place has a beautiful view of the ocean, but the building has poor air conditioning. Our room, also had a water leakage from a storm. They are constantly fixing the building.
This was our first stay at the El Cid and were completely happy with it. Accommodations were fantastic and the resort employees were top notch. Conveniently located and bring your snorkel gear with you. You can walk right out the lobby and snorkel right out in front of the resort and see beautiful fish and such.
We brought our niece and nephews and their mothers with us, a party of 8 total. Obviously, this was too much for even the two-bedroom so we booked an extra one-bedroom suite and El Cid made sure we shared a floor of the tower for convenience. The staff was, as always, friendly and accommodating. We had no concerns that were not addressed during the stay.As the timeshare owners, we knew we were going to be asked to attend a presentation. Normally, we decline but this time we attended in order to make some of the family trips affordable for our group. Far too often, you can feel almost kidnapped in timeshare presentations as they drag on and on and you have to go through sales person after sales person after manager until you leave. That did no happen here. To El Cid's credit, not only did they provide every incentive promised, but also the presentation was just as long as they stated up front and we were not pressured to reconsider when we declined the upgrade offer. They did what they said they would do and made the experience pleasant.
We stayed at La Ceiba for a week and it was the most relaxing family vacation we've ever had. Packed into a small footprint are a swimming pool, hot tub, a restaurant, bar, two little beach areas, roped off area for safe snorkeling right on the property, and even a saltwater fish pool that you can swim in with the fishes--my favorite part was that it's so compact that the inevitable running back and forth to the rooms "Mommy I forgot my googles" was effortless and it felt so safe I often sent the kids on their own. Rooms are lovely and large--we shopped local and made meals in our own kitchen and played board games on the dining room table. Staff were so helpful--guided us in finding the best things to do in Cozumel. We loved swimming with dolphins trip! We totally want to come back next year.
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- Items of a personal nature
- 3 Meals daily plus snacks
- All Drinks (domestic beer & cocktails 10 am -11 pm)
- Daily Activities
- Non motorized water sports
- 1 King or 1 Queen bed
- Satellite TV
- Safety Deposit Box
- Max occ 4 persons
Resort Location Map
El Cid La Ceiba BeachCozumel,Mexico
- Hotel Contacts
- Extra Info
Carr. a Chankanaab Km 4. 5, Cozumel 77600 Mexico
Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.
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