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Hotel Xbulu-Ha 2.0

Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Yucatan Peninsula

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Pros

  • Great location in downtown Isla Mujeres
  • Clean rooms with AC, flat-screen TVs, and mini-fridges
  • Some units have contemporary decor, kitchenettes, and marble bathrooms
  • Free beach towels and backpack beach chairs
  • Common kitchenette area for guests
  • Lending library in the lobby
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free public parking across the street
  • Thoughtful extras like grocery shopping and on-site storage

Cons

  • Some rooms are dated and small
  • Wi-Fi is unreliable (as it is on most of the island)
  • No food or drink sold on the property

Bottom Line

Hotel Xbulu-Ha is a two-pearl value property that's ideal for travelers who want a clean and simple spot to rest their heads while exploring Isla Mujeres. There's not much in the way of on-site features, though the hotel does provide free beach towels and backpack beach chairs, and basic communal kitchen area. The 23 rooms are low-frills, and gradually going through renovations one at a time. Expect AC, mini-fridges, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs in all rooms, while Junior Suites add kitchen facilities and upgraded bathrooms. Those looking for a pool should compare rates and facilities with the Hotel Rocamar down the street. 

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Friendly value property that's popular for long stays and it's great location

When this small hotel opened back in 2007 it only had 10 rooms. Originally, the idea was to use the hotel’s open-air entry hall as a type of plaza where local artisans could sell wares to tourists. However, a last-minute change of heart by a business partner made Xbulu’s owners reconsider, and now, the shop areas are used as office buildings. This family-owned property doesn’t have much of a vibe; it’s casual and unassuming, both from the street and once you’re inside. 

The open-air lobby and reception area can get warm in the island heat without AC. The sparse lobby furniture is contemporary but doesn’t feel fresh, while the table and chairs in reception are dated. But as far as budget properties go, this two-pearl spot is what you would expect. 

Guests here are often on a first-name basis with the manager (who’s also the owner’s son), and several guests during our visit had booked long-term stays and felt more like tenants. It’s a decent budget property for folks wanting a central downtown location and won’t miss typical hotel comforts. 

Location

Central downtown location within walking distance to the ferry port, beach, and restaurants

Hotel Xbulu-Ha has a great location in the center of downtown, off a small, quiet street. Almost all of the area's shops, restaurants, bars, and beaches can be reached within a five-minute walk. The ferry port is also within a five-minute walk. There's a public parking lot across the street that guests can use, and if you look out from the hotel's entrance you can see out to the ocean. The Turtle Farm and Icebar are a 17-minute taxi drive away, and Punta Sur is a 20-minute drive south. 

To reach Isla Mujeres from the Cancun International Airport, travelers can take a cab from the airport to the Ultramar Ferry (also known as Gran Puerto, Isla Ferry, or Puerto Jerez). From there, guests can purchase tickets for the ferry that runs to Isla Mujeres (a 20-minute journey) throughout the day. 

Rooms

Simple rooms with mini-fridges; some with microwaves and marble bathrooms

The 23 rooms here are basic, on the compact side, and vary between dated and contemporary -- though all are simple. Expect either traditional or contemporary wood furniture, old-fashioned patterned or sold-print comforters, and bare walls. Standard Room amenities consist of flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, wardrobes with old-fashioned safes, and air-conditioning. Snug bathrooms have step-in showers, small wall-mounted hairdryers, and basic toiletries. Junior Suites are nearly twice their size and have dedicated kitchenette areas with microwaves, small coffeemakers, larger fridges, and toasters. Those have have been renovated have marble floors. Senior Suites have renovated bathrooms with walk-in marble showers. The Master Suite has a separate kitchen area with a stove, plus a sofa bed. 

Features

No-frills spot with a few thoughtful features, including beach chairs

Hotel Xbulu-Ha is primarily a no-frills property, though there are some thoughtful touches. There are the typical features like a lending library and free beach towels, as well as convenient amenities such as free use of backpack beach chairs and foot pools to rinse sand off after the beach. There is no restaurant or free breakfast here, but guests can use the common (albeit basic) kitchen facility in reception. This area has plates, cups, coffee, and a microwave, but no stove or oven. The hotel has also been known to grab items at the grocery for guests at cost and for storing the personal effects of return guests for free. 

Wi-Fi is free, but like most of the island, it has a poor connection and signal strength. 

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Address

Calle Vicente Guerrero # 4, Col. Centro, Quintana Roo 77440, Mexico

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