After reading the reveiws we should have know what we were in for. I want to give a fair review so I will give both pros and cons on the trip we took from Mar 14, 2004 to Mar 20, 2004.
Pros: The people, the bartenders, the cleaning staff, bellboys, and event staff are extremely friendly, and hardworking. They did most everything in their power to get what we wanted in a timely fashion. The beach, the water is so clear, that at 20 feet deep, you can still see the ocean floor. The fish will litearly eat right out of your hand. The grounds, the sculpted bushes and trimmed hedges are all beautiful. Plus, with the two pools, shuffleboard, basketball court, and pool table their is plenty to do.
Cons: The Beach and pool seating, If you want a chair by the pool or ocean under an umbrella, plan on getting up at 6:30am. Food, the food is passable, but only certain items, nothing tastes good, and there is no real mexican food except salsa and guacamole everywhere. Plus, you can eat only once at the Mexican and Itlalian, which is only marginally better and the rest is the dreaded buffet. The bars, while they have 4 bars, rarely is more than one open at any one time, and lines at the one bar, can be a problem. Tipping, while tipping helped with a cleaner room, stronger drinks, and a faster taxi, who wants to tip at an all-inclusive resort. Worst for last, the room, In our room, we could smell mildew constantly, the AC barely worked, the TV had to be repaired, the remote broke half way through the week, the shower ran hot and cold, never the same temperature. The shower head looked like a Mayan ruin with all the zinc build up. The thin walls are an issue, we had spring breakers below us keep us up until 1am the first night. The thatch roof leaks and I think is the biggest contributor to the smell in the room. Then came my wife's favorite moment, at about 10:30pm, just before falling asleep, we both saw a RAT scury across the ceiling and wall edge and in to the next room, where we heard the couple next door scream.
My wife and I made the best of the situation by getting up early, tipping, and ordering multiple drinks. Plus we supplemented our diets with breakfast bars and eating outside the resort as much as possible. And we are already planning to go back to Cozumel, but not to Allegro. If you go I would recommend the Jeep Tour, and for the more youthful at heart the ATV tour,(women follow the brochsure advice and wear the sports bra for these excursions). I would also recommend the pirate ship lobster dinner excursion, it is a lot of really cheesy fun. Plus, do a snorkel or scuba trip if you can, the reefs around the island are amazing. So go and enjoy Cozumel, but remember, a 3-star hotel in Mexico, is more like a 1-2 star in the USA or Europe. Brian
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In Mexico’s Caribbean there is a tiny island just bursting with life – it is Cozumel and the Allegro Cozumel. Right on the famous Sand Francisco Beach, two worlds of adventure co-exist: The Fun-in-the-sun beach and the amazing undersea Palancar Reef. Whatever you choose to pursue, Allegro Cozumel places it right at your fingertips. Beach Volleyball, tropical bars, restaurants, and nightclubs keep life on land exciting, while the on-site dive shop and big-game sport-fishing charters offer a gateway into the dazzling marine sanctuary of Cozumel’s waters. And when you awake the next morning, after a relaxing night’s sleep in your comfortable guest room, you’ll find there’s even more to explore, because the adventure never stops at Allegro. For the young ones, there is plenty to do from building sand castles alongside the beautiful powdery white sand beach, get physical at the amazing kid’s multiplay covered playground, catch some giggles at the water park, or take advantage of the many activities offered by the Kids clubs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Occidental Allegro Cozumel Hotel Cozumel
- Occidental Allegro Hotel
- Occidental Allegro Resort All Inclusive