What a wonderful experience Casa Sirena was!! From the warm welcome by Steve to the spotlessly clean rooms to the friendly and efficient service at breakfast, our stay was 100% perfect. Our first night was in Room 4, which is on the 3rd floor and has two twin beds, a small balcony, and a WONDERFUL bathroom with lots of windows and a door that opens to a 2nd French-style balcony. The last six nights of our stay were in Room 3, which is on the 2nd floor and has two bedrooms (one with a queen and one with a king), a long, narrow balcony, and a great bathroom. If the bathroom from Room 4 could be combined with the bedrooms and balcony of Room 3, it would be a perfect combination! You won't go wrong with either room... As an added bonus, you can pick up a wifi signal in Room 3.
Steve is a great host - super friendly, lots of helpful tips on places to visit and eat, and is friends with some wonderful ex-pats on the island. I participated in a few of the Happy Hours, and while I'm not a drinker and not an overly social person, I really enjoyed Happy Hour. I never felt any pressure to drink, but was offered thirst quenching non-alcoholic beverages and soda. The view of the island from the Happy Hour deck is really spectacular, with the lights of Cancun in the distance.
Breakfast was good, although by the end of the week I was ready for eggs and bacon - and voila, that was a choice!!
Some people might not like it that you can see real Mexican homes from your balconies - I loved it. It's how the people on the island really live. The seaview from Room 3 (facing east) is amazing, but like anything it would be that much better from one floor higher. There were lots of power lines in the view (which of course Steve has no "power" over) - just keep that in mind!! The view from Room 4 (facing west) was really nice, no power lines in the view, but the water is further away.
Another great thing about Casa Sirena is its location on the island itself - right along Hidalgo, which is THE main drag for food and shopping. The hotel is two blocks south of the busy part of Hidalgo, so the street in front of the hotel is quiet, yet you are so close to everything. Playa Norte is a 10 minute walk north up Hidalgo. Some of our favorite restaurants:
Rooster - great salads for lunch, plus awesome tacos.
Lola Valentina's - I had a wonderful chicken stuffed with cream cheese and jalapeno - loved it so much that we ate there a 2nd time, and I ordered the same thing!
Compadres - Classic Mexican food, super friendly waitstaff.
Restaurant at Casa de los Suenos (located near the southern tip of the island) - wonderful little restaurant located at the Casa de los Suenos hotel.
There was also a really good Italian place right along Hidalgo - can't remember the name, but you'll be able to find it.
Restaurant to AVOID: Satay (terrible Thai food)
Also, there may be one night that Steve plans to bring most guests to Lolo Lorena's which is a restaurant owned by one of his friends. The night we went was an "off" night for her and it was just plain bad (you will see my review there), but others RAVE about it. What I would recommend: find out the menu in advance, and MAKE SURE you will get to sit outside in her garden rather that the stuffy, crowded dining room.
There is also a quesadilla food cart 20 seconds from the hotel - DELICIOUS!! The gal makes them while you watch - including a made-from-scratch tortilla!!
Our whole experience was amazing, from arrival to departure... Bev (our host the last couple of nights) is a firecracker - if you meet her, you will love her!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For travelers who believe that the best part of a journey is the people you meet along the way. Located in a quiet residential neighborhood the heart of a quaint island village, Casa Sirena guests are a short walk from wonderful restaurants, colorful shops, and the finest white sand beaches. Breakfast and happy hour are the heart and soul of our hospitality. Start your day with a hearty vegan-based locally-sourced organic breakfast (egg, diary and meat options available). Enjoy the company of fellow travelers at our complimentary "Sunset for the Fun Set" evening cocktail party. Our 80-year old Spanish colonial-style residence has been carefully restored, preserving its unique historic ambiance while adding the comforts of a contemporary boutique hotel. Guest rooms are elegantly-appointed with Tiffany-style reading lamps, espresso maker with capsules, 450-count cotton sheets, bathrobes, imported Turkish beach towels and Land's End canvas beach bags. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Sirena Hotel Isla Mujeres