This is our third time staying at Ixchel. The first and second time we stayed in phase 2 (the west side of the hotel). The pool at phase 2 is heated a little bit warmer than the one at Phase 1 and the beds are harder in Phase 2 (like a slab of concrete) even with an egg topper on them. This year we stayed on the Phase 1 side ground floor, beach front units (110/109). It was great! The kids could just walk out the door to the pool or the beach and we could see them from the windows or while we were sitting on the patio. The kitchen was well stocked and the full-size range and oven were a plus. We cooked dinner in a few nights. The beach and swimming are wonderful on Playa Norte. The water is warm and clear.
Around the Island:
On Hildalgo Street we ate at Compadres (use to be Bucaneros) 3 times. They have good food and excellent service!
There is an awesome Italia Ice-cream (gelato) shop off Hildalgo on your way back to the hotel. The guy has been there for years and his gelato is "to die for".
Also, on Hildaglo Street on the right hand side as you are coming from the hotel there is great restaurant next to a clothing store and there is an alley that runs between them, and across the street is a Padi dive shop. The chef there is really talented. All the dishes had lots of flavor and were great! (Sorry can't remember the name).
Some of the best fish tacos ever are found at Velasquez. It is on the beach on Avenue Rueda Medina
For your grocery shopping needs there is a BIG supermercado in town (not on Hildalgo Street) called Chedraui (spelling?). You will have to rent a golf cart or take a taxi to get there. Well worth the trip.
We love Isla Mujeres! We had stayed in Cancun and Cozumel before we found Isla and we will never go back to the others!
- 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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