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Amar Inn B&B
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Reviewed April 4, 2012

We spent two nights at the Amar Inn March 31 to April 1, 2012 and had a spectacular stay. We were greeted by Luis and his son Luis Jr. and checked into the Penthouse suite which was just charming. My sister and her husband had the ocean suite which was very nice also.
Luis and his family was so gracious as we were given advice on what to do in Puerto Morelos and had a great dinner oceanside at La Playita for some of the freshest and inexpensive seafood we had ever had. The town square was only a ten minute walk, but the roads were quite dusty as there is alot of road construction going on. I am afraid Puerto Morelos will not remain a tiny fishing village any more from the looks of the construction machinery. But enjoy the town for now and hope to come back next year. I met alot of new friends especially from the great Northwest. So thanks to Luis and see you soon!!!

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank CesarMChardon
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

We arrived in Puerto Morelos without a reservation and were only able to stay here the first night of our three day stay!. It was still worth doing. It is a sweet location not too far a walk to the main square. The breakfasts are really excellent and would highly recommend it for that alone. Next time I am here I would make sure to book it ahead of time.

  • Stayed: March 2012
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Thank Byron18
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Reviewed March 3, 2012

We discovered and fell in love with this sweet inn in '02, when Puerto Morelos was a somewhat smaller, simpler town. Stayed several times before Wilma in '05, and were always treated like family with each return visit. Ana Luisa and family survived and repaired admirably, plus the hurricane deposited sands lost in Cancun and Playa in front of them making their beach even wider, but heard from friends more recently about the evil condos being built between Amar and the shoreline. So it was with some concern that we returned to our beloved home away from home after all these years, worrying that our memories might not line up with these new realities.

Happy to report that in spite of their front row status being (most likely illegally) stolen out from under them, Amar continues to be a most charming place to stay. A few of the air-conditioned motel-style rooms no longer have a view to the beach, but they still face the gorgeous courtyard. Plus the "white room" on the ground floor has a little balcony from which you can see the beach. I believe the "green room" upstairs has side views too. The two most attractive and expensive palapa rooms are fine--the lovely "penthouse" still has views at certain angles and plenty of breezes, and the "ocean room" has one large window blocked but the others are unscathed. The more modest cabins on the other side of the yard have as they always did, a focus on the courtyard.

We and friends stayed in the more rustic cabins for the first time this trip and while they can get warm if there's no breeze, we found that the upstairs sleep lofts in the large one were no hotter than the ground floor thanks to those tiny vent windows in the top, and our friends were also fine in the midsized one. With fans we were comfortable, though outdoor temps ranged from the mid-80s during the day to upper 60s at night. At a hotter time of year, we might feel differently. Stair climbing (see pic) in the largest cabin can be a challenge--kind of like sleeping in a tree house--but we're middle aged and managed it fine. There is a basic kitchen there, and I love the little sitting area just outside the door that was all ours. Lots of room, especially for a family with kids. Later in our stay, both couples moved to the ocean and penthouse rooms and enjoyed them immensely.

The grounds are prettier and better maintained than ever--there's always someone working on them! Shady and lush, filled with birds, flowers, and iguanas, it's sometimes hard to push yourself out into the sun and sand. There are hammocks under a palapa and chaise chairs under the trees that look out to the beach.

Amar's legendary and diverse breakfasts continue to be served on the porch looking out to the garden from 8am-10am daily. Fresh squeezed OJ, fresh fruit salad, a different main course every morning, a basket of sweet breads, and seriously good coffee (a big deal to me) are always something to look forward to. I rarely needed another meal until dinner. So good.

Ana Luisa and her two sons Luis and Miguel will do whatever they can to help make your stay memorable. They can book trips to the reef, massages at the Mayan Jungle Spa (my friends went and loved it), tours etc., find you a cutting board and knife for the kitchen, loan you a hair dryer, catch you up on the local goings on--whatever you need. They've been in Puerto Morelos forever (the property was inherited from her mother many decades ago) and while there may be more modern, slick places in town these days, with newer sheets and other amenities, I seriously doubt that any has the vibe that Amar Inn has. This is a more "bohemian" "real Mexico" type of inn, but don't kid yourself--it's also very professionally run, well-kept, and clean--with a great location, awesome breakfasts, interesting guests from all over the world, and the wonderful Aguilar family there to take care of you. I love spending time there, and am already planning my return!

So go stay at Amar, do some yoga on the beach in the morning, come back for breakfast, get a fantastic massage at Violeta's next door (see beach pic with tent), then chill in one of the hammocks in the shade. How can it get any better than that???

Room Tip: There are basically 3 kinds of rooms, budget cabins (2 with kitchenettes) with no ac and fewer cross breezes, mid-priced motel-style rooms with a/c, and the 2 more expensive palapa rooms with the most character, views, and breezes (no kitchens or ac). All rooms have tv's (never turned ours on), free wi-fi (that works best in the courtyard), fridges and private baths. All are mere steps to the beach.
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Ron K
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Reviewed February 27, 2012

A lot of what people say about this place is true- It is well located one door down from the beach and close to town. It has a really nice garden with hammocks and birds in the trees. The family who runs the hotel is friendly, helpful and always around. Also, Puerto Morelos is a sweet little town with a quiet beach and snorkeling off the reef. It is very cool, laid back Mexican town ( which is unique amongst the insane development of nearby Cancun and Playa del Carmen). However, our room/apartment at Amar Inn was kind of disappointing. We had a garden apartment and it felt kind of dank and unattractive. The beds were located on a loft above the spartan living room. Upstairs there was very little air (no AC- but fans,) because there were just tiny windows cut into the roof. Therefore it felt kind of stuffy. The beds were not very comfortable with old, scratchy sheets. Considering it only cost $65(with breakfast included) I guess I shouldn't complain- but I would recommend that if you stay here you request NOT having a garden room..

Room Tip: Don't get a garden room!
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank golondrina1
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Reviewed February 26, 2012

The so-called "Mayan Riviera" has become a nightmare of gargantuan resorts and overhyped tourist attractions. Fortunately, not far from the Cancun airport, the village of Puerto Morelos retains a fair amount of character and authenticity -- and the Amar Inn is the perfect place for travellers seeking both. Not luxurious but very comfortable, well-run (some of the family members that own live on site), friendly and very affordable. The beach is one property away, and the premium rooms still have beach views despite a modern construction nearing completion next door. The breakfasts (which come with the rooms) are delightful. The main square is three blocks away, and snorkel trips and massage can be found within fifty yards. Good swimmers can grab a bouy and swim to the reef, which is now a protected marine national park. Plenty of good restaurants close bar, and the town feels completely safe late at night. The interior area of Amar in is nice for hanging out on a lazy day, including hammocks with a beach view. If you are looking for all-inclusive, all-American luxury, stay in Cancun; if you are looking for friendly, relaxed Mexico, Amar Inn is a delight.

Room Tip: The cheapest rooms are fine as relaxing base for a trip; if you have a few extra bucks, the premium rooms are well worth it.
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank keithgct
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