"My husband and I spent a week at Casa Azul in August, and although I must confess that we were a tiny bit apprehensive about the property prior to arrival, we trusted the many excellent reviews and felt that we really wanted to try a slice of "local" Mexican life, rather than the big resort experience. We are so glad that we chose this property! Unfortunately, Jim and Lori were in the States during our stay, but had left the property in the capable hands of their manager, Chely. She was absolutely lovely, and despite a definite language barrier, we managed to communicate and she was so helpful when needed. We also didn't experience the "social" side of staying at Casa Azul, as the only other 2 guests there left about 2 days into our holiday, and we had the place to ourselves. All of this said, the apartment was clean, comfortable, with good AC, good internet, water provided, towels changed every 2 days. We absolutely loved being in a local neighbourhood, and in fact, aside from a couple of shopping trips into downtown Isla Mujeres, avoided the crowds and touristy feel of that area altogether. We rented a golf cart, which was great for zipping around the island, found a great little stretch of beach 5 minutes away that the locals seemed to favour, and never once bothered with the crowded Playa Norte. There were great restaurants nearby that we happily dined at (Caribbean Brisas for a nice dinner, and a great breakfast, Mango Café for awesome breakfasts, and a little tiny eatery that was constantly busy with locals where we had a great torta for breakfast one morning). We loved seeing the bicycles going by constantly selling their wares, experienced a parade down 'our' street one evening for the Virgin, never, ever felt unsafe and loved watching the locals going about their lives. The splash pool on the roof was just steps from our unit, and we had a dip each day, though in August, must confess that the water was quite warm! But we enjoyed having our coffee and tequila nightly on the rooftop. We had come to Isla during August to snorkel with the whale sharks (which was magical), but aside from that, loved the experience of living in a local neighbourhood. If you are looking for the Hilton, or the Ritz, this is not the place for you. But if you want to really experience a little of the real Mexico, please don't hesitate to try Casa Azul. It is comfortable, clean, fabulous value for the money, and we would happily recommend it to anyone."
Guest: Cath and Gord
Date of Stay: August 2015
Review Submitted: August 27, 2015