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Hotel Fontan

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Ron Lee



Joined: 07 Dec 2003
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Post subject: Hotel Fontan
Posted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 6:31 pm
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Aldora was offering a special hotel/dive package at the Fontan Hotel just north of the Coral Princess. Knowing that the Aldora owner would not do anything “cheap,” I had no qualms about booking the Fontan sight unseen and with no recent reviews. .

Well after my expected arrival time at the hotel I did show up and they greeted me by name. I was shown to my room which was very nice. The hotel is new from its previous life and looks it. The room floor is finished in tile as is the shower. There were two queen size beds, a TV, mini-fridge below it, telephone, closet, sitting bench just as you walk in, mirrored make up area, and two chairs with a small table near the sliding glass doors that overlook the ocean view. On the balcony are two chairs and a small table to hold your drinks, food, books, etc. They do need to add a waste basket in the room.

They do have a safety deposit box at the check-in counter. A continental breakfast is included. Aldora will pick up there if the conditions are safe otherwise they will get you to the caleta or downtown pier as appropriate.

The following pictures provide a overview of the room:

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The following picture shows the pool area. Beyond the pool is where you walk to enter and exit the water.

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Next is the sandy area (not a beach). The sand is relatively whiter than most sand on Cozumel and does need to be screened to remove the embedded coral or other unindentified hard material. I would prefer sand from areas like Playa Palancar.

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The next picture shows the sandy area on the left and the corner of the pool on the right. Beyond that is the protected area with the opening to the ocean. It makes getting in and out much safer than just having ironshore.

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Since I really like the beautiful blue water here is one with Playa Mia in the distance.

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Another blue water picture with a dive boat.

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One thing that I really liked was when I got into bed. It seemed very comfortable. Then I noticed another blankie under the bedspread which made it warm and comfy. I slept with the balcony sliding glass door partly open so that I could listen to the waves as I went to sleep and as I woke up.

When not diving or in town I snorkeled, enjoyed the pool, sat in various areas relaxing and looking out over the ocean. I would sit there after dark and just before sunrise.

This hotel is not for everyone. If you need a sandy beach, party atmosphere, hotel run activities and games, then there are better choices for you. If you want a nice clean economical hotel in a quiet area where you can enjoy the ocean without blaring music and drunk people all around, then it is worth considering.

Some of the side streets are being worked on to create a one land road with a wide, tree-lined sidewalk. It will be very nice when done but is a hazard to be aware of until finished.

I will end this with a sunset picture.

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christine



Joined: 08 Dec 2003
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Location: Sonoma County, CA

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Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 4:58 pm
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My husband and I spent 9 nights at the Fontan in late March '11. Here is my review:

PRO:
* All rooms have big balconies or ground floor patios overlooking the gorgeous Caribbean. I can look at that view all day.
* Excellent snorkeling right out front of the hotel.
* Mini-frig available for $10/day extra. But bring your own mini ice cube trays.
* The location is an inexpensive cab ride to town (60p = $5), and walkable if you are in shape or working to get there.
* Staff was very helpful and went out of their way to assist.
* Towels provided for pool/waterfront. Hairdryer in bathroom.
* Free WiFi in lobby.
* Quiet atmosphere. No piped in music or activities director shouting in a microphone. There is music at the restaurant but the volume is kept low.
* The hotel is 2 doors down from the Coral Princess that includes the Pepe Scuba shop. Their fast boats leave for the reefs from there. Very convenient!

CON:
* My biggest beef: No shade! Not 1 umbrella around the pool/waterfront + No cushions on the hard plastic loungers. This not only discouraged us but other guests from spending time down there and patronizing their restaurant/bar - which they are trying so hard to promote. Hello?
* No ceiling fan or screens on the sliding doors = mosquitoes at night. Closing the door = no natural ventilation, so you have to use the air conditioning to sleep at night. We changed rooms to get a quieter, better functioning AC so we could sleep. A plus: the AC is mini split, not the old style jet engine kind.
* No drinking water provided (other than 2 little bottles when you check in). We've run into this before at the Coral Princess and know to bring our water pump (bomba) for a giant bottle of water. Got the giant bottle of water at Sedena and were set for over a week.
* Strange bedding arrangement: no fitted or tucked in bottom sheet. Bottom flat sheet went only to the end of the bed and curled up every night with the mattress pad.
* Entry/exit to the sea can be dicey - only a railing to hold on to. I sat down and slid in, but had to really pull myself back out. Might be hard for some people.

To be fair the hotel is slowly renovating - there are 4 floors of rooms and only the ground and second floor are available. There is a new manager and hopefully more positive changes will emerge. For waterfront I think this was a very good price - we paid $75 + $10 for the frig = $85/night. Booked thru www.booking.com.
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