From the moment you walk in the door you feel welcomed. They put drinks (non alcoholic) in your hand while the bellhop takes your bags.
We chose to have our wedding at El Cid La Ceiba in Cozumel. We were in contact with a wedding planner as a part of our package months in advance making sure every detail was to perfection. Her name was Cynthia and she was great from beginning to end. She was even our photographer for the wedding and afterwards.
We stayed here for 7 nights in July. We arrived a few days ahead of the wedding to have some relaxation before the big day. We had a suite in the tower that had a large bed in one room and a kitchenette and Murphy bed in the other side of the room with 2 bathrooms. The room was very clean and in great shape, and it was cleaned with nice towels in animal shapes daily. The lighting in the bathrooms was a bit dim, but you could open a small window with a view of the ocean and let some natural light in. We also had 2 balconies which was pretty cool. We usually used one for hanging some wet towels and such. After a day or 2 there was a decent amount of bugs that collected on the balcony, but it wasn't too big of a deal. We had a couple of breakfasts on the balcony which was about as good as it gets with the view.
The grounds were kept so clean all the time it was noticeable. Every time I walked to the pool or the restaurant you would see workers sweeping the sand or cleaning the floors. It was definitely nice to never walk on a floor that had been soaked or track a ton of sand around. The concierge was very helpful when it came to the simplest questions and even gave personal recommendations on restaurants and never asked for any money or gave us a sales pitch on any activities. The front desk was courteous the times we had to deal with them. The pool was very nice and warm, but the hot tub was the best being that you could be at the bar while in the hot tub. We took advantage of this numerous times. They had very tasty pina coladas and Congas. They also had people walking around the pool and beach area that asked you if you needed a drink as well. The beach area was very nice and it was easy to always find chairs (or hammocks) if you wanted one. One of the coolest parts of this beach is that there is a built in access to the sea where you can easily snorkel. There is a handrail that you can hold on to with a long rope that you can continue to hold on to into the water. There is a roped off perimeter that is very large that you can swim in. You wouldn't want to go beyond that because that is where cruise ships pull in. There is a ton of fish etc... that you can see in this area. You can swim to another access area on the other side of the restaurant or up to their pier. We have snorkeled in many places in Cozumel and you can see just as much right in this area as you can anywhere else.
After some time snorkeling or relaxing around the pool you can eat in one of two restaurants they have on the grounds. The main one is called "La Chopa" and is set up like a restaurant and is right over the water at one end. The prices are reasonable, especially compared to anywhere else on the island. We ate each type of meal here at least once or twice and were not disappointed. As with each part of this hotel, the staff made it great. The waiters were extremely friendly and always happy to just chat you up or glad to take your picture as many times as you like. I found it funny that you got chips and refried beans with your regular breakfast, but it's a nice touch. The second restaurant was "La Trattoria" and it was a smaller area where you could order pizzas, calzones, etc... I believe they were brick oven or wood fired pizzas. They were different but in a good way. Also, beside the pizza place there was a hut where you could get massage treatments staring right at the water. There was a small area to access the water from here as well. At the opposite end is a nice looking pier which is where we were married.
One thing i've read about is the cruise ship passengers being a nuisance. They were no issue to us whatsoever. They definitely did not "take the place over" by any means. Some people were actually fine to talk to and it never overcrowded the place at all.
Wedding day was made easy with the help from Cynthia. We got in touch with her by email initially and she explained all the options as far as locations and what we wanted for the actual day and ceremony. We opted for the symbolic ceremony because of the hassle of the blood work in Mexico and wedding certificate restrictions the state of Kentucky has. Some times it took awhile for emails to get responded to, and I think some of them didn't go through. If I didn't get a response in a week I would send it again. We met Cynthia the day we got there (Thursday) to go over last of the details and she walked us through where the ceremony would be. For the wedding ceremony itself she took care of my bouquet, flowers, the cake, and even found someone to do my hair the the wedding day. It couldn't have been more helpful! We also picked her as our photographer and I think that made things easier as well. On the wedding morning (Saturday) we decided to have the ceremony held in the morning around 10am. Looking out at the pier in the morning they had already began decorating and had chairs and tables set up. There was even someone sweeping the walkway! The flowers were delivered and the hairstylist came up to my room. Although she didn't speak much English, but she had pictures and worked diligently on my hair. It turned out perfect! I felt like a senorita with flowers in my hair. The only issue was that the pastor was a little late arriving to the hotel (about 15 min). Everything else went great and he did a wonderful job on the ceremony. We couldn't have asked for it to go any smoother. Cynthia moved around to get all the pictures she needed and after the ceremony we drove around the island with her to get some amazing beach shots at different places. We even stopped at a shop that had a large bull named Nino that we got pictures on. So we had some unique pictures no one else had! She gave us a mini tour as we drove and we learned some things about the island we didn't know. When we arrived back at the hotel we had lunch and they had set up a beautiful table for our whole wedding party and we had food and cake that was just perfect! Back up in our room, we were surprised to find rose petals everywhere and swans from towels on our bed. There was also champagne, a fruit bowl, and chocolate covered strawberries waiting for us. It was so great! Later that night we got assistance from the concierge to find a restaurant down the street we walked to and because he had mentioned it was our wedding night apparently we got special treatment and the live music even dedicated a song to us. It was so magical I can't even describe. Love this hotel!
- Also Known As:
- El Cid Cozumel
- El Cid La Ceiba Cozumel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located right on the beach, in the South part of the hotel strip, the renovated El Cid La Ceiba Beach Hotel, located in one of the world's most beautiful and spectacular scuba diving sites in the world, offering the perfect balance of glamour and flair of a first class resort with the laid back atmosphere and attentive service that made us famous. Tone up your muscles at our gym, treat yourself to a relaxing massage or detoxify and cleanse your body at our newly mayan influenced spa. ... more less
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