We have traveled to Isla Mujeres over a dozen times in the last 25 years, and chose Ixchel
for our three week trip in January, 2012, because of its location to the downtown area.
The Playa Norte beach has shrunk over the last decades due to storms and natural erosion.
The area in front of Ixchel is one of the widest remaining areas on North Beach.
The location is great because it is an easy walk to any of several great restaurants for
drinks or a meal.
Mexico can be famous for poor water pressure. The water pressure in the shower was great and we always had plenty of hot water.
The hotel amenities included the free use of beach chairs, tables, and umbrellas.
The pool is nicely tiled, but is in the shade 90% of the time, and the pool water was very cold.
While sitting on the beach, we were CONTINUALLY hassled by people trying to get us to buy key rings, ponchos, shirts, blankets, tablecloths, iron wood statues, coconuts, jewelry, baskets, snorkeling and fishing trips, popsicles, popcorn, hair braiding, massages....you get the picture. A very polite "no thanks" would get them to walk away, but you would encounter the same person two or three more times the same day, if you stayed on the beach long enough. What was supposed to be a time of repose on one of the best beaches, turned into constantly being annoyed by people badgering you to buy something from them.
Directly at the water/beach edge, there are very large black berms several feet wide and long in front of Ixchell 2. They aren't shown on any of the hotel pictures, but are in your direct view of the water.
We have stayed at nicer places on Isla for less money. We won't be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Among the best hotels in Isla Mujeres, visit Ixchel Beach Hotel, a two wing, two phase condotel complex with 117 rooms in Isla Mujeres. East Wing (Phase One) with 48 rooms, 5 stories and opened in June 2006; West Wing (Phase Two) with 69 rooms, 6 stories and opened in August 2007. Both properties (see Accomodation Remark below) are designed in Mexican casual and modern stylish buildings located at the beautiful North Beach on the colorful island of Isla Mujeres (Women Island).Ixchel for the Mayans was the Goddess of love, fertility and the moon. Walking a few steps from downtown of this friendly island and facing the most beautiful white sand & powder touch beaches of Isla Mujeres, in the Yucatan Peninsula and the Mexican Caribbean, our Isla Mujeres hotel offers warm personable service in an upscale, intimate island experience perfect for families and romantics.If you want a great escape to a Isla Mujeres hotel, our hotel is ideal for the relaxing weekend getaway or a romantic honeymoon retreat. Treat yourself to all of the luxury that our Ixchel Hotel in Isla Mujeres has to offer and enjoy the surrounding areas, activities and beauty.Premier in Isla Mujeres hotels, the Ixchel Beach Hotel offers luxurious amenities, outstanding service and a tranquil atmosphere to completely relax and enjoy your Mexican vacation. You won't find a more beautiful or more convenient location to soak in the sun and experience this amazing island of Isla Mujeres.If you are looking among hotels in Isla Mujeres, look no further than the Ixchel Beach Hotel. You won't be disappointed. You, the guest, are our number one priority and your comfort and enjoyment during your vacations in Mexico and lodging experience are our primary concern. We will do everything we can to make your stay nothing short of spectacular. ... more less
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