Although this was wrote in 2007 & was a combination of material from 2 reviews (you are only allowed 1 review per property) it was still valid as of our stay in Feb 09. My review for this resort is here. http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g150809-d153308-r7156113-Hotel_Cozumel_and_Resort-Cozumel_Yucatan_Peninsula.html and there is additional info re my 2009 stay here. http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g150809-i66-k2599806-2_weeks_2_resorts_my_thoughts_comments-Cozumel_Yucatan_Peninsula.html
Comments from my Jan 2011 visit are here.
2012 Trip report is here.
DAY PASS INFORMATION
The owner of Hotel Cozumel has bought this property & is moving into the house. The waterfront area however is being added to the existing beach club and when it's completed it will be a very nice improvement.
That's Scuba Club where the pier runs out and off of the left side of the frame. That concrete wall will be the north edge of the new beach club, with Scuba Club on the other side of it.
The Wedding gazebo.
There are steps, a ladder, and on the other side of the pier with the gazebo is another set of steps for water entry & exit.
NOTE Water access here has now been restricted (loosely) for diver use.
When the winds are from the north west it can be a bit difficult entering & exiting the water.
The restaurant / bar at the beach club. The stairs on the left side of the photo lead down into the tunnel going to the lobby area.
This staircase & tunnel is just off the lobby, and takes you under the road to the beach club safely.
A view of the lobby, which has wireless internet access for those with laptops. There are several wall outlets to plug in your power supply if you need to use it. There is free wireless in the rooms now, so this area isn't as busy as it used to be in the evenings.
Just off the lobby is the main restaurant where breakfast & dinner is served. Dinner sometimes is served at the beach club too.
The pool area is quite large and always kept clean, but the tiles can get slippery when wet, so it is important to watch your step after swimming, or a rain shower.
Part of the Kid's Club area.
Beside the pool is this exercise gym. I've read that not all of this equipment is in proper working order.
The poolside snack bar & bar. This is where a light lunch & several simple snacks are served daily.
There is a small store on site with things you may have forgot to bring, plus souviners.
The convention center, which serves many purposes from educational to parties. I've added a new photo near the end of the album showing the beautiful Bougainvellea plants surrounding the entrance.
Sometimes the lunch buffet goes along that area.
The view looking south.
The night view from my room that trip.
This bar is just off the lobby, beside the restaurant entrance & has a big screen TV that usually has sports on, but sometimes is used to show dive videos from the days activities.
This is what it looked like when we left on Feb 27, 2009. Quite an improvement, and they are still working on it.
Room 1236, which is in the center of the top floor of the second wing (or southern building).
I recently read a complaint that this hotel isn't a good place for sleeping in because the carts used by the maids make a lot of noise in the halls due to the joints in the tile floor. That is true, but I've always been up before then so it wasn't an issue to me. The doors can be noisy when closed too, so light sleepers take note.
The LG air conditioner is very efficient & quiet. With your eyes closed it just sounds like the breeze is rattling the Palm trees outside. Note also the 6 drawers for cloths and a decent sized TV.
This is the one area of any room we have had that needs updating. The bathtubs & fixtures are showing their age. The shower head was also quite low.
There is a coffee maker but I think other than the complimentary first package of coffee the rest you buy. I'm not sure about that but I think I read it last trip.
The safe is a decent size for most uses. I think many laptops could fit into it if desired.
This was the progress to the new beach club section when we left in Feb 2009.
The view from the 3rd floor near the elevator. Left to right, the Beach Club Restaurant, Dive Paradise which is the on site op, and the owners new house (it was a run down property he recently bought & has re-modeled) and the waterfront part of that property is a new addition to the beach club.
This one and the next shot were from my first stay at the hotel in Feb 2005, and the convention center didn't exist then. The trees on the island have also been replaced by a mini Mayan pyramid.
Photos starting here are from my Jan 2011 stay,
There's always empty chairs, both around the pool & at the beach club so it's not necessary to get up early & stake your claim for the day hoping that whatever you've left there will be there when you return.
Shot right at twilight.
The view from room 1234 moments after we arrived. So far we've stayed in 1234, 1235, & 1236.
The view from room 1232.
These dolphins are out front, and quite often when telling a cab driver that you want to go to Hotel Cozumel they'll ask "the one with the dolphins?"
That's the new beach club addition, which is a big improvement plus it's a quiet zone. No loud music is played in that area, allowing everyone the peace & quiet to just relax.
To make it a bit easier for snorkelers to enter or exit this area should be used. It's about 4 feet deep right at the steps or ladder and there's a bit of a breakwater structure to reduce the effect of waves.
You enter & exit through the open section seen, which has a depth of about 10 feet as soon as you exit.
Lots of room, lots of lounge chairs, and enough shade for many who don't want full sun.
The hotel is now selling day passes but during our stay we didn't notice any extra bodies making it feel crowded, but maybe there are different times of year that get more users.
Based on usage I'd say that the hot tub was hot this visit, and I saw that it was drained & cleaned early one morning & back in service when I'd returned from diving.
Someone specifically asked for photos of the buffet, so here they are from dinner 1 night. Food at lunch & dinner this trip was better than on any previous trip, and we fully enjoyed it.
The cook was preparing pork for Tacos, and it was GOOD, so good I had to return for more.
there is a glass for tips and any money placed in it is for the cooks. Money left on the table goes to the waiters. The same rule applies at the bars & pool area. Tips should be pooled together & divided up but that may not always happen so if someone has been really good to you maybe you'll want to tip them in person.
This bar served the restaurant, but from what I saw it was only used for the simple mixed drinks because blender style drinks required the waiter to go to the sports bar.
This beautiful Bougainvillea is over the entrance to the convention center and was in full bloom this trip. There are a lot of areas inside the resort covered in it & it's my favorite flowering plant so I had to try to capture the colours.
I've created a new album for these. They are located at Hotel Cozumel's beach club but are owned & operated by a separate business.
The next batch of photos were taken from around the pool. Hopefully they will help show which balconies have decent views of the pool area. Match the rooms to the floor plan using the following numbering system. Ground floor rooms have numbers 10XX, second floor are numbered 11XX, and the rooms on the top (3rd) floor use 12as the first 2 numbers in a 4 number system. In other words room 1011 is on the ground floor, room 1111 is directly over it on the second floor & 1211 is on top of it on the 3rd floor.
Not many rooms in this area can see the snack bar area.
The entry to the lobby is on the the right side, and this is the first section of rooms & the other side of this section faces the road & ocean.
That's the center section of the south wing. the big white pillar has room 1235 on the right (on the 3rd floor) & 1236 on it's left. We were in 1238 this trip & our view was heavily blocked by that small palm (looking in this direction) & the bigger trees looking towards the left side of the pool area (as viewed from here).
The north half of the east wing.
The south half of the east wing.
Almost the entire southern wing.
The room number lay out, road side of complex. Odd numbers are road / ocean view, even numbers face the pool.
The road / ocean view rooms. This photo was taken from the dive shop entry.
And this photo was taken from the south end of the beach club restaurant.
View from the northernmost window on the 3rd floor above the lobby.
The view from room 1227.
Taxi fares in Pesos from the hotel to the places listed.
Dive rates as of Feb 2013
This is one of the 2 styles of balcony most of the rooms have. When sitting in the chair you can't see as well as from the open style.
The open style of balcony. Balconies are the same width as the room so it's roughly 12 feet wide X 4 feet deep.
Photos of room 1125 which is the end room to the south of the second floor ocean view rooms. 1124, 1125, 1224 & 1225 all have hot tubs but the rest of the second & third floor ocean views are the standard style shown earlier in the album.
You can learn more about the Ocean View rooms here
The hot tub at room 1125
Room 1125 from near the door area.
The view looking south from the balcony of Room 1125
The view looking almost directly towards the water from the balcony of Room 1125
The view looking northfrom the balcony of Room 1125
Years ago the rooms had a pole light but it was removed as part of a remodeling. When I mentioned that I missed it they said they still had several & would send one to my room. They also have some coffee makers available for the asking.
The activity board. I don't know how well they follow it but if guests want to participate they'll be happy to accommodate.
Pool Volleyball is the most popular activity they have & when there are enough players it can be quite entertaining.
They've started having theme nights again. Dinner is served by the stage for Mexican night and at the beach club for Caribbean Night.
They've bought a lot of new furniture for the pool area & there is more than enough that you don't need to get up early just to claim one for the day. Unfortunately many of the lounge chairs at the beach club weren't updated and the backs can't be locked in any of the normal up positions.
Friends we've met most trips hang out here & have named it "shady acres"
Some of the selection at the pool bar.
Julian is one of many very friendly staff members working at the on site dive shop.
My wife & a lot of other guests enjoy watching the divers / dive boat morning pick up ritual.
Although it's a boatload of divers they get dropped off in small groups about 100 yards or so apart once they get tothe chosen dive site.
This new shade area is located in front of the eastern section of rooms.
This new structure is located near the snack bar & works as either shade or rain protection.
Another view of the new structure near the snack bar. There will be one more of these on the other end of the snack bar once they feel their design fits well with the pool area.
This new bar had some problems but was up & running before our stay ended. It's in what our friends refer to as "shady Acres". You walk past it on your way to / from the section where the southern & eastern wings join.
There are both new lounge chairs & Muscoka style chairs made of a composite which should survive the weather well BUT they are rock hard so I recommend packing some sort of air matress if you like to lay around for hours by the water.