I visit Cozumel 3-4 times a year & recently stayed at Amigo's for the first time. I've put it at the top of my list for future trips & am worried that this review may hurt my chances of finding a room!
Amigo's is within walking distance of everything. The garden is large, the pool is fantastic -- you can actually swim in it! The property is quiet and private and lovely -- I felt like I'd rented a villa without the hassle or expense. Rooms are clean & large but not fancy. There's plenty of hot water and pressure in the shower. Everything, including dish soap & scrubber, is provided. Kathy and her staff will welcome you as family or leave you alone at your option -- they're wonderful hosts who work hard to ensure that you have a good trip.
I've read reviews that describe Kathy as overly rule-bound. I disagree. Cozumel is an island with limited resources and unlimited garbage. Kathy's concerned about the environment there. Most of her guidelines are quite reasonable given those circumstances and none are difficult on her guests.
Although I primarily dive with another operator, I highly recommend the house DM, Victor Brito. He's a fun & lively, full-service, one-boat operator; an excellent and compassionate instructor; and Victor is regarded by those in the know as the most knowledgeable person on Cozumel about life out on the reefs. His captain, Willie, is an able boat handler, mask washer, diver caretaker -- together they're a fantastic team. I regret that I was only able to go out with them for one day during this trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amigos Hostel Cozumel consists of two 4 bunk dormitory rooms, each with capacity of 8 people, with shared bath, lockers, extra sink, AC at night from 10 pm to 8 am May to October, and large communal kitchen area for cooking. Communal palapa area with Dish US TV system, high speed Wi Fi free internet access. Large pool and lush gardens remain part of the enjoyment of Amigos Hostel. Separate private cottage with complete kitchenette, safety box, private bath available max of 3 in three single individual sized beds. ... more less
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