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- Minimum stay:1 night
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Isla Mujeres apartment description
This property is a clean, quiet, affordable place to stay with many of the same amenities as the more expensive places. It is located in a quaint Mexican neighborhood a short distance to the south of the main north village. You will find it to be a nice retreat after a long day of shopping, swimming and just plain relaxing.
Keywords: Fully Equipped Apartment
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Limited Accessibility
- Pets Considered
- Wheelchair Accessible
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 2-3
- Double Beds (1)
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Linens Provided
- Air Conditioning
- Some Maid Service Daily, Linen and Towels Changed Every 3rd Day
- Satellite / Cable
- Wireless Internet
Pool & Spa
- Communal Pool
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill Gas
- Outdoor Grill
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Water View
- Ocean View
- Water Skiing
- Jet Skiing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Basketball Court
- Outlet Shopping
- Theme Parks
- Fitness Center
- Wildlife Viewing
- Sight Seeing
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Enjoyable, Affordable Accommodations & Hospitality
Enjoyable, Affordable Accommodations & Hospitality
We just spent 3 weeks on Isla Mujeres, and want to express our appreciation for the hospitality provided by our fine hosts, Jim and Lori at Casa Azul. Don’t want to repeat all the other glowing praises here, but do want to give them the 5 star review they deserve, so here goes! Our first stay was for a month last summer, 2012. Tho’ drawn by the low price, we found our rooms comfortable, clean, with a/c & ceiling fans, good wi-fi & cable TV. The kitchen’s set-up let us keep cold drinks in the fridge and food to cook. Shady, plant-lined walkways and lack of direct sunlight in our rooms helped keep it cool, and there’s plenty of sun upstairs, around the pool & patio. After a few outings, we also came to appreciate their mid-island location, with corner stores down the block, easy access to taxis, & short walks to Monchi’s, Mango’s, Manolito’s Loncheria, Villa La Bella, and the nearby beach. The owners were away that time, but we’d emailed with Jim about the rental, and he replied quickly, clearly, and made us feel welcome. Their caretaker Chely came by almost daily to see if we needed anything, and was both helpful and respectful of our space. We felt quite at home there, and left hoping to return soon. This year, we spent our first week at the Avalon Resort (a timeshare deal from a friend). We emailed Jim to see if we could stay at Casa Azul for two weeks after that, and were glad to hear they had room and would be there to welcome us. A few days at the timeshare really emphasized Casa Azul’s strongest assets, for us – its accessibility, cook-ability & fridge capacity, *free* wi-fi, and down-to-earth proprietors. Jim kindly offered to come get us in his golf cart when we checked out, brought us back to Casa Azul, and we had a beer with him in their courtyard. Lori & feisty little Cujo joined us, and we went to a favorite cantina of theirs for cervezas & ceviche. It was a fun day spent with good-hearted, entertaining folks. We enjoyed a few more outings at their invitation, and we learned some new places to eat & drink, with great company. And when we wanted to be home-bodies, that was fine, too; they’d just say to come ask if we needed anything. Easy-going, copacetic hospitality. So, while we knew we’d be content with our rooms, meeting Lori & Jim was a highlight of this visit. May this favorable review inspire many travelers-to-be to fill the rooms of Casa Azul for years to come! (And may *we* continue to be two of them!)
- Guest Amy S.
- Date of stay 10/12/13
- Review Submitted 10/28/13
Isla Mujeres Lover
Isla Mujeres Lover
Sadly we just arrived home from a lovely week on our favorite island! Our stay at Casa Izul was fabulous! Our apartment was so comfortable and quiet...just what we needed after a busy day having fun on the island! Lori & Jim were wonderful hosts....helpful and informative! We rented a golf cart for the week and we enjoyed the pool and upper deck in the evenings when we were "home"! For the "budget conscious" traveler that just wants the basics in accomodations we can highly recommend Case Azul! The gorgeous Caribbean is free no matter how much you spend or where you lay your head to sleep!!
- Guest Nana (Ocean Springs, MS )
- Date of stay 03/29/13
- Review Submitted 04/09/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers.
great budget apartment!
great budget apartment!
Came here on a whim with my boyfriend. You really can't beat the price for a 1 bedroom apartment with kitchen. The place is exactly what you expect from the photos, basic, clean, comfortable. Jim and Lori were the best! Such characters! We really loved the neighborhood which is not located in the tourist district as much as it is for locals. Peddlers come up and down the street selling fresh tortillas, tamales and deserts all day long and into the evening, listen for the bicycle bells! We also befriended the house cat "Fang" who greeted us every evening and was very affectionate. We cooked a lot in the kitchen which had everything we needed. Buying supplies from the local bakery and stocking up on staples at the local Chedraui(mexican wall mart) which are all walking distance. You could stay here for weeks and spend less than one night in a 4 star hotel but don't expect much pomp, it's very basic and more geared toward the budget minded traveller. INCREDIBLE VALUE.
- Guest cazza (San Francisco, CA)
- Date of stay 11/15/12
- Review Submitted 02/15/13
The Perfect Place to Live Local
The Perfect Place to Live Local
Casa Azul was the perfect place to spend a month and not a fortune. We wanted to stay within the local neighborhood and we were not disappointed. It was easy to book and on our arrival, the landlady who lives across the street checked us in. She cleaned every day and kept our apt in great working order. Not only that she was very friendly and helped me learn to cook some Mexican dishes. The little apartment had a fully functional kitchen (stove though no oven which is fine) and the big grocery store is just 10 minute walk. However, the neighborhood is full of local women who cook and sell out of their kitchens so there is a ton of fantastic cheap eats around and the apt. is just 2 blocks from Mango Cafe the best food on the island. The best part about Casa Azul is the rooftop deck with gas grill/tables/chairs and the rooftop swimming pool! There are four apts so we had the chance to meet some fun people but also it was quiet. The local cats come around for handouts so of course we ended up "adopting" one. It's a good idea to have a scooter or golf cart so you can get around the island. It's about a 20 minute walk to town otherwise. This is a perfect DIY option for Isla. The owner, Jim, unfortunately was not on island so we didn't have a chance to meet him but he was very pleasant and easy to work with by email. We absolutely fell in love with Isla and will be back. Jim....save us a room!
- Guest Mantagirl (Darby, MT)
- Date of stay 07/19/12
- Review Submitted 08/17/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, adventure seekers.
Thank you Jim, Lori, Cujo, and Fang.....Have stayed on IM many times in the past but always at a hotel on the north end. Everything was exactly as promised and Jim and Lori are genuine, pleasant, and helpful. We did rent a golf cart for our entire stay but only because we enjoy travelling the island and the out of the way places, restaurants, etc. Taxis are plentiful and the local people were very nice to us. This seems to be a very safe area and we would definitely stay at Casa Azul again.
- Guest Victoria B.
- Date of stay 05/17/12
- Review Submitted 05/25/12
We arrived (a little late) from Cancun. Jim was there with my name on a card so it was easy to identify him. We sat down with he and Laurie and two other of their friends from Wisconsin. It was our first time to the island and it is gorgeous! Jim and Laurie (and Cujo :) took us home on their golf cart and pointed out a lot of "landmarks" on our way home (ex: bars, the large grocery - only about a 3 block walk from Casa Azul - restaurants, bakery, etc.). The room was perfect - clean, spacious, and incredibly functional. Nice large bathroom (yes, great shower pressure!), the A/C cooled things down quickly. The pool was perfect for a quick dip. The "hardest" part for me was seeing all of the animals around. I know they are taken care of - but it is just such a different way of life from here in the US. I know Laurie feeds the cats around the house - which it seems a lot of people do :) <Note: there was one super kitty who was more like a dog. S/he (?) was black, sleek, and elegant. She would follow us around. She was looking a little "off" (sick?) our last few days, so I hope she's ok by now. She was just such a sweet little gato....followed us like a puppy (of course, I encouraged it quite a bit :) I loved staying mid-island. We payed anywhere from $40 MX (~ $4.00 US) to get to Playa Norte to $20 MX (~$2.00). Cabs are all around. We did rent a golf cart for 3 days (not all at once) and that was perfect. Oh....another bonus of the location - it's an easy walk to Mango Cafe (AMAZING!) and Monci's (DELICIOUS!). I would totally stay there again. Thank you so much Jim and Laurie - we had such a great time on the Island for our first time. Won't be the last.....
- Guest TMN (Milwaukee, WI)
- Date of stay 04/07/12
- Review Submitted 04/19/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, tourists without a car.
We have been to the Cancun/Isla area many times but always stayed in the touristy areas. Casa Azul was an enlightening experience living among the locals. We were able to find neighborhood bakeries, restaurants and shops that we never would have if staying in town. I would recommend this experience to anyone. As for Casa Azul, 35 dollars a night! Wow, what a value! It was clean, maid service you usually don't get with a condo, and more space than most. Jim and Lori respect their guests privacy but are always there for anything you need. When a light in our room wasn't working properly Jim fixed it immediately--within minutes. He even picks his guests up at the ferry dock. Who does that? Usually you have to get yourself to your condo yourself, incurring another charge. Taxi's are plentiful so no problem getting around if you choose not to rent a golf cart or scooter. The new Chadreau is within walking distance and has anything you need to eat or otherwise. It has a great deli--with fountain drinks I usually miss when in MX--also a great bakery. I highly recommend Casa Azul for it's location, price, and great owners.
- Guest Spikekay (Kokomo, IN)
- Date of stay 03/30/12
- Review Submitted 04/18/12
Recommended for: Pet owners, adventure seekers, tourists without a car.
I couldn't have asked for more! Jim was always available by email to help with any of the questions we had. He suggested bestday for the shuttle to the ferry which was very helpful and picked us up on the island side so we wouldn't have to find our own way. He was also willing to help us plan and book any tours we were interested in. It's in a great location, lots of places to eat and get groceries with the locals and away from all the tourist shops although only a short half an hour walk to town or a 3dollar cab at most. Perfect location. Although we didn't use the stove, all the amenities were there if we wanted to. We used the bbq on the roof top patio by the pool each day for a late night snack and the fridge, well, if you like beer, you need a fridge. He also had a full water cooler waiting for us in our room, air conditioning, internet and the water pressure in the shower was fantastic. They replenished toilet paper as needed and came in everyday to make the beds and tidy. The price cannot be beat and it was like a having a little piece of the island. There are only 3 apartments for rent so you didn't have to share your space, although we did have plenty of drinks with our neighbours on the roof:) Having saved on the room, it allowed us to rent scooters for a few days and to eat at all the fabulous places on the island. I will stay at Casa Azul again before any other place and you should to. Tracy and David Toronto
- Guest tracy a.
- Date of stay 03/25/12
- Review Submitted 04/01/12
Loved our stay
Loved our stay
We stayed at Casa Azul for 8 days in early February. It was our first trip to Isla and we will definitely be back. Casa Azul was conveniently located in a lovely little neighborhood. We always felt safe even walking at night. Food (wonderful new grocery) and restaurants close by (Mango Café for coconut French toast was awesome) or you can taxi almost anywhere on the island for $2-3 dollars (US) (but be sure to ask how much BEFORE you commit). Our room (I think #3) was clean and had everything you could need (air that worked great, wifi, cable and a nicely tiled bathroom with good water pressure and hot water). We never cooked in our room but it was great to have the full size refrigerator and the coffeemaker, which we did utilize, and to know that it was an option. There was a great deck/patio with a grill, tables, chairs, umbrella, lounges and a lovely splash pool just down the hall. It was a great place to have coffee in the morning or to end your day with a libation. We fell in love with Mama! It was fun to visit with her each morning as we headed out on our daily adventure. She always had a smile, a kind word and a story if you took the time to listen. Jim and Lori were great too and always willing to answer any questions we had. I don’t think you can find a better value for your money. I would definitely recommend Casa Azul.
- Guest Roxi (Oakdale, MN)
- Date of stay 02/04/12
- Review Submitted 03/08/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers, tourists without a car.
Living with the locals!
Living with the locals!
We arrived off the ferry happy as can be and was greeted by Jim, Lori and my favorite dog of the trip Cujo. We sat down and had a few beers with them and got to know them quickly. When we pulled up we knew it was just what we were looking for. We are never happy staying in a hotel, and this was like having your own apartment and knowing your neighbors, so it was fantastic. I literally felt like I was visiting some friends and staying in their guest house. Jim even brought me over some medicine one morning cause I wasn't feeling well and was at peace with the comfort that brought. We were able to walk to the coast, to see the waves come crashing in every morning. We contemplated renting a golf cart, but taxis were always around within minutes of walking through the neighborhood. There were many local places to eat at in the neighborhood that you could even walk to. We normally don't spend much time in our rooms, but this place we did because we weren't crammed into a room. One day we even time spent on the patio with Jim and Lori that started with drinks and ended with some dinner and got to know them even more. We will be returning, hopefully with more family to experience this place. The prices CANNOT be beat. Thanks for having us!
- Guest Tracy (Kansas)
- Date of stay 11/20/11
- Review Submitted 12/02/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, families with young children, romantic getaway, girls getaway, tourists without a car.
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Year Purchased: 1996
About the owner: My wife Lori and I have been visiting the island every winter since 1980. When we decided it was where we wanted to be, we started constructing Casa Azul a little at a time until it was finally finished in 2008. We are striving to keep it reasonable so anyone can afford to vacation on this lovely island as we have for so many years.
Why the Owner Chose Isla Mujeres:
We purchased the property and built the vacation rental in this location because of the sea view, while still being somewhat shielded from the effects of storms and the erosion caused by waterfront property.
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
Only a short distance from the main village, a quiet neighborhood with a local flare
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