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Casa Sirena Hotel 3.5

Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Yucatan Peninsula

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Pros

  • Serene, central location near dining and shopping options
  • Large rooms feature regional artwork and elegant custom furniture
  • Many rooms have balconies with neighborhood views
  • Free hot breakfast served in a lush garden courtyard setting
  • Stunning rooftop bar with ocean views
  • Two small plunge pools
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Often fully booked, making reservations difficult
  • Few on-site features for its pearl category

Bottom Line

The upper-middle-range Casa Sirena Hotel is a charming six-room property near the iconic Playa Norte (North Beach). Guest rooms are thoughtfully decorated with colorful furnishings and distinctive artwork. The hotel’s peaceful location on the edge of the island’s downtown area is under a five-minute walk away from numerous buzzing restaurants, bars, and shops. Free happy hour cocktails at an impressive rooftop bar as well as free freshly prepared breakfasts are excellent perks, especially considering the hotel’s reasonable rates. But this petite hotel has few of the typical features of its pearl category -- there's no restaurant, gym, or business center. That doesn't stop the hotel from being popular, and it's often fully booked for months at a time; as an alternative, travelers can try the 20-room Marina Paraiso Hotel instead. 

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Scene

Intimate, historic residence with personalized service and locally inspired decor

With a reputation for attracting loyal repeat guests and an easy-to-miss entrance, Casa Sirena Hotel feels secret and exclusive. Stepping into the low-lit lobby carries the same sense of privilege as being invited into someone’s family home, an impression further enhanced by the hotel’s hands-on owner, Steve, who welcomes each guest like an old friend. The homey ambiance of the hotel is appropriate considering its setting in a restored Spanish colonial-style residence. There’s a story behind almost every piece of artwork here, giving the hotel a strong sense of place -- you don’t need to step outside to feel immersed in the local culture. Free cocktails in the evening, with Steve manning the bar and telling stories about the island, help to cultivate the feeling that guests here are being hosted, rather than simply renting a room. The hotel mainly draws small groups and couples. With only six guest rooms and cozy common areas, it appeals to those who enjoy socializing with other guests. 

Location

Quiet, central location within a five-minute walk of downtown

Casa Sirena Hotel is set on the outskirts of the island’s busy downtown core. The street feels secluded from the hustle and bustle of the main drag, yet the entertainment concentrated along Avenida Hidalo is a three-minute walk away. It’s a 10-minute walk to the island’s famous beach, Playa Norte, as well as to a scenic walkway running along the seawall. The Ultramar Ferry Terminal for service to/from Cancun is a three-minute walk away.

Rooms

Exquisite rooms featuring original artwork and large bathrooms

Guest rooms at Casa Sirena are adorned with eye-catching artwork that ranges from watercolors of Amsterdam to textured still lifes. Many works were created by regional artists, while others were painted by the owner himself or collected during his travels. Each room is individually decorated, but ebony custom-designed furniture, swirling pasta tile flooring, and colorful Tiffany lamps are found throughout. All rooms include Lands' End canvas beach bags and large beach towels, cotton robes, espresso-makers, and small safes. Many rooms offer furnished balconies with views of the eclectic surrounding buildings and the blue ocean in the distance. Sleek stone-tiled bathrooms include showers stocked with locally-made ginger soap and aloe shampoo.

Features

Free happy hours in striking rooftop bar and free breakfast in a beautiful garden courtyard

This petite property doesn't have the features expected of an upper-middle-range hotel -- there's no full restaurant, gym, or business center. Instead, guests receive a much more intimate environment and a few atmospheric perks. Free breakfast is offered each morning in a shady courtyard that opens up off the lobby. Guests have a few basic choices, such as egg sandwiches or granola with yogurt, or they can opt for the featured breakfast special, which changes each day. The pretty courtyard also includes a little triangular plunge pool, and there’s a second plunge pool found up at the hotel’s private rooftop bar. This dazzling open-air space features panoramic views stretching out toward the rugged coastline. The bar’s whitewashed walls are complemented by lovely paintings of the island. Free drinks are offered during the bar’s sunset happy hour each evening. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

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Address

Av. Hidalgo between Bravo and Allende, Centro, Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo 77400, Mexico

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  • Casa Sirena

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