About Villas Las Anclas
- high speed internet in room
- swimming pool
- free internet
- public wifi
- free wireless internet in room
- air conditioning
- non smoking rooms
- non smoking hotel
- laundry service
- flatscreen tv
- bath shower
- hair dryer
- seating area
- outdoor pool
- pets allowed
- clothes rack
- coffee tea maker
- clothes dryer
- dvd cd player
- highchairs available amenities
20 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Simply the BEST!
"This place was absolutely amazing. The very best hosts, service, surroundings, price, location. If you're going to Cozumel, you must stay here."
- Travel date: Tue 15th of May 2007
Great Little Place!
"This was a great little place to stay! The Villas were a hide-a-way in the middle of the downtown area. It was close to shopping, dining, and the 'city' life! If you are looking for a beach resort, this might not be the place for you. However, the hotel is partnered with a neighboring hotel, so you can enjoy a beautiful pool and the beachfront there! The hosts were wonderful, and I'll definitely be back!"
- Travel date: Sat 12th of May 2007
best of both worlds
"my husband & i stayed here 4/28-5/1...not enough time, but it was a getaway...it was great...being in town is all walking distance, unless you go to the big supermarket, then taxi back with your stuff...taxi's undercharged us on all trips!...they do like tips, contrary to whats been said about tipping...everyone @ las anclas, eyal & pedro, especially, were most gracious and accomodating with referrals and all local info...sundays are really laid back...no cruise ship crowds, but a lot of restaurants are closed...we loved la veranda for sunday nite...if you like steaks, seafood, continental cuisine, we liked pepe's on the ocean, upstairs, beautiful ocean view of sunset...[air conditioned, a neccesity for us on our 1st nite...really hot...we acclimated nicely though...at 8am we met with pedro and he gave us rides to the dive shop, blue angel...we used the pool [gratis] and enjoyed breakfast & lunch @ their restaurant, outside, upstairs...try fresh fruit in am and the beef burritos were awesome for lunch...ask for ice for your soft drinks..we also snorkeled with them on their boat $35 US ea...great trips...not a lot of really colorful fish, but a lot... then a taxi back to las anclas...get a street map...gift shops are more interesting and cheaper around the side streets around the plaza ,we didn't tour the island, not enough time....do not be tempted to bring back cuban cigars to the US, they confiscated me..oops...most all the vanilla they sell is imitation, even though they say not...hence the cheap prices.. U.S.$ is taken just about everywhere..room was very comfy & spotless, great a/c, hot water, nice beds & pillows...tv, channel 92 cnn, dsc channel, bbc....no clock...place in back to hang wetsuits...you can wake up to a rooster who sounds like he has a sore throat...just a couple of crows...cute...beautiful garden w/table, chairs to relax, check out all the little lizards...very safe...las anclas is definitely a home away from home...we will be coming back to stay with our new friends...enjoy your trip...hasta luego...maureen"
- Travel date: Wed 2nd of May 2007
The Best Of The Best!
"There is a reason why this special place is NO 1... When I booked our Cozumel diving holiday, I was very reluctant to stay in town and not on the beach, and only booked because of the NO 1 status on Tripadvisor and also not being able to resist finding out if this place is truly as special as people make it to be! Situated in a small street, one block away from the main boardwalk street (with all the tourist hangouts), it did not look like anything. However, it was like going through the cupboard into a whole new world! It is the combination of wonderful location (in the buzz of things), exquisite taste (when it comes to the interior decoration), small details (like a sweet treat waiting for you one your bed now and again), the very entertaining owners (and please don't expect them to host parties for you!!!) full of wise words and good recommendations, and finally the price, that makes this the number one place to stay in Cozumel. Even our diving planning was made easy for us. Pedro's daughter, Alex, runs the diving shop at their other hotel, Caribe Blu, and he kindly offered to drop us every morning for our diving (as a favour, not a service!). We did some excellent diving and Alex also advised us to dive the cenote, Angelita in Tulum, which turned out to be one of the most amazing dives we have ever done. We could use the swimming pool facilities at Caribe Blu, so in the end we had the best of both worlds, the fun of the town and the coolness off the ocean! Thank you to Pedro, Eyal and all the staff at the diveshop for giving us great memories! We hope to see you again!"
- Travel date: Mon 16th of April 2007
The best place to stay in Cozumel
"When we were looking for hotel accommodations for Cozumel, we looked thorough all the reviews on Tripadvisor. We definitely did not want to stay at an AI, and we were planning a few days of scuba diving during our stay. During our stay we spent time here and at Casa Viento.
Having read the previous reviews of Las Anclas, we contacted the owners about a reservation via email and received very prompt replies. An initial 100 dollar deposit was made via Paypal and we were confirmed for our stay.
As many other reviewers have mentioned, the owners Pedro and Eyal deserve unqualified praise for their hospitality, knowledge of the area, and dedication that you enjoy your stay. I think that I was asked at least twice a day if everything was going well or if I needed anything. My wife and I asked them for numerous recommendations for dining, where to rent a car, and even planning out a day trip to the mainland to visit Tulum and Coba. They give great advise and are a pleasure to socailze with during the day.
The accommodations are spacious and comfortable. Each of the 7 units is a two story loft with a kitchen and living area downstairs (~300 sq ft) and the bedroom and bathroom upstairs (200 sq ft). A steep spiral staircase connects the two areas. There is user-controlled air conditioning, a TV with 90 or so cable stations, microwave, and refrigerator. Each day a maid cleans and tidies EVERYTHING. For instance, instead of just replacing the towels in the bathroom, you will find that all of your shampoo and soap bottles are lined up neatly, your toothpaste and toothbrush are lined up in a row, and your toiletries that you carelessly left on the sink counter are all neatly organized. The same goes with any groceries that you leave in the kitchenette area or dishes in the sink. The showers have plenty of hot water and insane water pressure. The beds are full size, pillow-top mattresses and very comfortable. Each day they are made and you can look forward to a nice chocolate treat.
Given that there is an ashtray in each room, I assume smoking is allowed, however, we could not detect that anyone had previously smoked in the room (#4). For the most part the walls are concrete and there is tile floor, so perhaps the smell is simply not absorbed by anything in the room.
The location of the hotel is a perfect balance of proximity and tranquility. You are a 5 minute walk from dozens of restaurants that range from a 5 dollar meal to a find dining experience. The main square is a 3 minute walk North and the street that the Hotel is on (Avenue 5) leads directly into the square and is the first block off of the waterfront. At night, the location is mostly free of sounds associated with tourism. In fact, you are more likely to hear noises from the local neighbors.
Two huge logistic benefits of Las Anclas are their affiliation with Hotel Caribe Blu and the Blue Angel Dive shop, which, together, are located roughly 1.5 miles south of the Las Anclas, right on the ocean. Pedro and Eyal drive their Suburban there every morning at 8am as a shuttle, so if you are diving, you can catch the 8:30 fast boats without effort, and save yourself the 5 dollar cab fee. Furthermore, if you are looking for a relaxing day in the sun, you are welcome to use the deck chairs, hammocks ( I highly recommend snagging the ones in the sandy/ zen garden area) and pool located at Carbibe Blu, and they even provide free beach towels. We took advantage of this option a few times while we were there, and sometimes even after we finished diving mid afternoon. There is also a nice outdoor restaurant incase you work up an appetite after diving or just reading a book in the sun.
Overall, we couldnât have been happier with our stay here. Las Anclas definitely deserves to be the #1 rated hotel and we will definitely be staying here on future visits."
- Travel date: Mon 19th of February 2007
Wonderful little place to stay!!!!
"We had read the great reviews about "Hotel Villas Las Anclas" and had to try it for ourselves. We had stayed on Cozumel before at a beach resort, and found ourselves continually taking cab rides into town, so thought staying in town and riding to the beach might make more sense. We stayed 3 nights Jan, 3, 4, & 5, 2007 and had a wonderful time!! The rooms are incredibly clean, the daily maid service was outstanding, the showers had lots of hot water and great pressure, and the hosts were super accomodating!!! We had three rooms (suites) for our extended family, and everyone had a wonderful time. The hotel is only a couple of blocks from everything downtown, so it is perfect for a nightly walk into town for dinner, shopping, and night-life. It is really a perfect location, since most everything you want to do is downtown.
The nice thing about the hotel is the ability to use the pool & beach at the other resort they own. They have a great dive shop, if you want to give that a try (you're missing out if you don't!!), and also a wonderful little resturaunt. We would definitely recomend staying at Las Anclas to anyone interested in saving a bunch of money, without giving up any of the creature comforts.
Thanks for a wonderful stay!! Mike, Martha, and Family."
- Travel date: Sun 4th of February 2007
"First let me tell you. This hotel is rated #1 on tripadvisor for a reason. It's about having a warm bed, and very clean room, fresh flowers, artistic flavor, friendly staff, and an informative-helpful-handsome hotel owner (Eyal) to entertain you.
This small hotel of less than ten rooms is right around the corner from everything in cozumel. We were able to shop, eat, swim, dive, sunbathe and tour with just a few steps down the street.
There is food within moments of leaving your room at the hotel, and entertainment in the evenings at the plaza just a block away
We enjoyed every moment of our stay at Villa Las Anclas and look forward to spending time there again."
- Travel date: Fri 29th of December 2006
Great accommodation and hosts
"This was the first time we stayed at Hotel Villas Las Anclas.
The standard of accommodation was well above what we expected.
It was very clean and the maid embarrassed us everyday by tidying up everything we had left around.
The location is close to downdown and there is loads of excellent value restaurants close by and good places to drink. Each sidestreet is crammed with shops and hidden things to find. The whole area is safe to walk around at all times and all the locals are very friendly.
We flew into Cancun caught the ADO bus service to Playa Del Carmen ($8 for an hours trip) stayed in Playa for a week then took the ferry accross to Cancun ($10.50 each way taking 35 mins). We wheeled our luggage to the hotel which is about 5 blocks or a taxi would be about $4.
The hotel has a dive shop at the Hotel Carib Blue which is about a 25 minute walk (again a taxi for $4 for people from countries that don't walk !)
We were well looked after by our hosts and would recommend anyone to stay who enjoys vacations without staying in all inclusive prisons. (You can but a coloured rist band before you leave to pretend you are if you want).
Tony & Barbara (Durham UK)"
- Travel date: Tue 21st of November 2006
What can we say!
"What can we say that hasn't already been said? It certainly made our minds up of where to stay reading all the reviews about Las Anclas.
My partner and I were keen to stay independently in accommodation and where better than Cozumel and Las Anclas. We found Cozumel a perfect location away from the more commercial Playa, but not too quiet to get bored. Las Anclas was a perfect base. Eyal was the consummate host, always knowing the perfect place to suggest for meals, drinks and days out.
For food you will have to go far to beat La Cocay on 8th and 10th, for drinks try a mojito at El Casino on 5th ave and don't miss the ruins at Coba, gives a more realistic feel than the manicured Chichen Itza. Oh and it is worth catching the 6am bus to avoid the crowds and to cycle round in peace and quiet
The apartments are spacious and extremely clean. There are absolutely no problems with security. The apartments feel like a home from home after a short time, which is good as after a few busy days out it nice to either grab a pizza from the hut just around the corner or a simple salad from the supermarket a short walk away.
We cannot recommend the place highly enough. Enjoy your stay!"
- Travel date: Fri 10th of November 2006
We love Eyal and Pedro!
"We have stayed at the Villa Las Anclas many times and it gets better each year! The owners, Eyal and Pedro, are friendly and treat us as part of their extended family. If you want to try a new place to eat, just ask them for a wonderful recommendation - they have never let us down and we get to try several new places each trip. Diving with their company, Blue Angel at Caribe Blu, Pedro's other hotel, was fantastic. The dive masters are experienced and know how to track the marine life underwater so you get to enjoy the unusual. We will be back again next year.
DN from Austin, TX September 3-9, 2006"
- Travel date: Tue 12th of September 2006
A peaceful home away from home
"Villa Las Anglas would be hard to beat. We came to a wedding which went on despite the venue and all the original lodgings being done in by the hurricane. We found this hotel at the last minute through the on-line reviews and it could not have been better. It is quiet and clean and friendly and informal and within walking distance of so much. We got pastries (too many) every night for breakfast the next day. (We found the best bakery to be a small one on the left side of Adalpha Salas...go towards the plaza and just before it hang a right...go a couple blocks. It is pesos only but there is a money exchange almost next door. Farther up the street is a super market on the corner of a main cross street.) When the heat caught up to us we came back for a break in the quiet airconditioning and sometimes vegged for a few minutes in front of the cable TV. In the kitchen area we had the refigerator, coffee pot, and the bubbler full of bottled water. Who could ask for more.
Pedro and Eyal were wonderful. They really made you feel like you were visiting rather than customers. Complete with hugs and kisses when we left.
Only warning for anyone with small children or physical problem....the cement spiral staircase to the second floor has no railing."
- Travel date: Tue 16th of August 2005
Make Up Your Own Minds Ladies and Gentlemen!
"Let's be frank people, you'd be a fool to stay anywhere else. That is unless you are an introverted control freak who gets harassed and annoyed by your boss, wife, or other said oppressing parties and feel the need to take it out on some poor hotelier or their staff. In this case go to an all-inclusive. But if you want to explore the culture and genuine beauty of Cozumel, not just the questionable American influence of McDonald's and jewelry stores, I highly recommend Villa las Anclas. Be it Hurricanes (Emily in particular) or any other natural or unnatural disaster, Pedro and Eyal will see you through, having been through the hurricane with them I can vouch for this. Armed with the most experienced hotel staff in Mexico's tourist industry, Chucho and Pancho, Villa las Anclas is a one of a kind establishment. Pedro and Eyal really go above and beyond normal service expectations to familiarize new guests with the finer establishments of Cozumel; you know the ones that take a few visits to find, and to welcome old guests like old friends. If you want to stay at a hotel where you can get information and help nearly 24 hours a day and feel like you are not just a guest but a friend, this is the place. Anything less would be uncivilized."
- Travel date: Tue 2nd of August 2005