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Fiesta Americana in Cozumel

This is one of our favorite places, pretty good snorkeling right out front, pretty good food, nice and quiet for sleeping. It is lacking in the walking around department, but resorts with ocean view rooms seldom have long walking trails. 

I have been asked to provide some pictures, so here goes! I started right outside our room, 518, back side away from the water. Notice the fire equipment in place.

Looking the other way, a fire extinguisher. The wooden door on the wall is access to the hot water (I'm pretty sure). Never out of hot water, BTW!!

Looking over the railing out back at the jungle, and entrance to the Explorean.

Looking back at some of the rear of the building. I do note that a sign guiding you to the exit is just hanging by it's wires and facing the jungle. (deduct 5 points)

Continuing downstairs, they have this set up in the sushi lobby, a chocolate fountain, drinks and snacks!



Around the corner, you can see the garden next to the hall (which was a wind tunnel the other night in a storm!). Note the HCP ramp on the side of the stairway, handy for bellhops bringing your luggage as well.

Our favorite restaurant on site, the Japanese Restaurant, named the Peninsula. 

From there I took the stairs up to the lobby which accesses the Italian and Mexican restaurants. If you wish, you may eat outside on this balcony.

Or inside at the Italian, named Rosato

or the Mexican, named Mexicano

The onsite store for those little things

Continuing to the lobby, there is the pastry bar, with coffee and soft serve ice cream!

and a pool table, of course

More coming.

Lovin life,
Bob
 
 
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    uphillklimber
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    Re: Fiesta Americana in Cozumel 2018/05/16 21:09:12 (permalink)
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    Here is a look at the lobby/main area






    If you want a little more seclusion, there is this deck available just up the steps from a previous lobby picture

    As you can see, it has finished raining and things are drying up. Notice all the empty chairs and loungers everywhere. Most days, it is not much more filled up than this. We can get a chair, lounger, bali bed, pretty much anywhere we want it it at any time. Today, the resort is at 67% occupancy. Look at the crowds. I have been there for 87% and it's still not at all crowded.
     

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    Re: Fiesta Americana in Cozumel 2018/05/16 21:36:16 (permalink)
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     A View of the front. I have learned that you don't want a room up against the blue walls. You still get a great ocean view, but it feels... crowded, against the wall. 

    These pod chairs are popular with the kids, we found them a little tough to get out of. You can see more of the blue walls where the hotel steps out in footprint.

    We like walking down the HCP ramp. There isn't a whole lot in the way of garden walking here, and we enjoy it. (You can walk thru the Explorean, a sister resort out back, built into the jungle.)

    More ocean side views


    Here is the cevicheria, an ocean side snack bar with ceviche and grilled fish. The shaded roof area with ropes normally has hammocks hanging, but with the recent rain, they were taken in. 

    Bali beds and loungers on the man made beach area. 


    Another look at the front of the Hotel building. Do take note that there is a road between the hotel and the beach area. It is one way and lightly used. Crossing the street is never a problem.


    The grill! We came all the way to Mexico for some great burgers. They use all beef, it is not a meatloaf burger. And they know how to cook them. Their chili dog hit the spot one day. Fries and nachos are also available. Just what you need every now and then!

    More beach area

    Here is where we have breakfast, though on a stormy day, they set it on at an inside restaurant. Lunch buffet is here as well





    The grill station

     
    Some more of the beach area

    Over the water more your style?






     
     

    Lovin life,
    Bob
     
     
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    Re: Fiesta Americana in Cozumel 2018/05/16 21:48:19 (permalink)
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    There is a dive shop, just behind the pier

    There is also a shower area near the beach water access for swimmers and snorkelers as well, next to the burger grill area.
     

    From the pier looking back at the over water beds

    This is the privilege area (not a fan)

    And this is the hardest working guy on resort. I actually, finally caught him standing still for a moment, ready for a call!!!!

    Some more views


    First floor folks can have their own pool. They just changed out the water in the first one and are re-filling it.

    Looking out back again, you can see the roofs of the Explorean units, which was built into the jungle.

    Up on the 7th floor (top level) there is this one unit with a bali bed and personal roof top pool. 

    Looking back towards town, this is the Landmark, a building of condo units, which are for rent, right across the street from the Money Bar. In the distance, one of the cruise ships, now frequent visitors.

    Looking away from town out the rear, you can see the entrance to the Explorean and the undeveloped are of the island

    Looking off to the south from the rear, you can see another condo unit

     

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    Re: Fiesta Americana in Cozumel 2018/05/16 21:56:01 (permalink)
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    I'm under orders to put the camera down in the room, but I did get these pictures. A roomy area for the sink

    The shower with the rainfall shower head. Only place I've ever had one, wasn't sure I'd liek it, but I do!

    We got a unit with 2 queen beds. You can see the room safe, iron and board, some storage area. Next to the sink are was a couple closet doors. Adequate hanging room and some shelves (not allowed to show our closet, LOL!)

    This is the view out our room balcony

    Looking to the north over the pool areas

    We are a room removed from the step out in the hotel, away from the blue walls. 

    As I stated before, it is good to avoid the room at the end of the section where the building steps out, for a better view. I like to get a room in the teens, preferably 5th floor or higher, to see over the palm trees. If you get a room below the teens on each floor, you are likely to be looking out over the roof of the entry area. 

    I'll be right back. I'm gonna walk the hall out back and get the numbers of the rooms I would avoid.
     

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    Bob
     
     
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    Re: Fiesta Americana in Cozumel 2018/05/16 22:14:18 (permalink)
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    Okay, I'm back. Rooms ending in 12, 16 and 19 are, IMO, to be avoided. I would also avoid rooms below 10, they can be over the business areas. Rooms ending in 1 or 2 are far enough out the other way you should be okay with them. 

    They do have free laundry available. 5 washers and 5 driers, on the 4th floor, just off the north elevator. Bring some single packets or pods, or you can purchase some on site, $3.00 each, IIRC.
     
    There is some activity each night. Some may not appeal to you. Casino night, live music, Salsa lessons, Beach bar-b-que. Fire show.They end early enough that one can sleep at night, no problems. 

    Plenty of staff here, always busy, cleaning, and friendly. Marco greeted us immediately upon seeing us. 

    The big draw for us, starts with the snorkeling right out front, free of charge, at our whim. We were won over with the food. They know how to cook. I took a ceviche lesson. As part of the Q&A, we learned the chef who was giving the lesson graduated from a culinary institute on the island! One person said all the schools are located in an area downtown. Well taken care of and clean, we like this resort. And that ice cream machine at the pastry shop.... We don't drink, so I can't really speak to the quality of drinks, but we do like their mango daiquiris, virgin. We just ordered room service, nachos and apple pie. Tasty snack!

    I think I have covered everything, maybe not.
     

    Lovin life,
    Bob
     
     
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    Re: Fiesta Americana in Cozumel 2018/05/17 12:25:36 (permalink)
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    Your ace action news reporter is back in action today, with more pictures and information!

    On the way to breakfast on the beach, I decided to take a couple pictures showing if there was even a towel game being played. Yup, not even a single towel set out.


    A little later, some pictures to show how full the loungers get by the pool.


    Now, on to some really important pictures. Here is y view at breakfast:

    And her view at breakfast:

    The workers here work so hard. Here is the pastry bar attendant, cleaning up every little thing at the start of the day.

     

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    Bob
     
     
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    Re: Fiesta Americana in Cozumel 2018/05/17 12:36:58 (permalink)
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    Folks, I had such a hard time trying to locate a good map of the resort rooms, and surprise, I had one right in my room! Right on the back of the door is a fire escape map, showing 5 stairways down, the fire extinguisher locations as well as the fire hose locations. This resort puts safety high up there! Anyways, the map:

    If you look at the map, the rooms ending in 05 thru 08 one each floor will have a good look at the main lobby roof. Less scenic than other areas. You can also see that rooms 02, 04, 05, 06, 08, 11, 12, 16, and 19 will have a blue wall on one side, obstructing some of the view of the ocean. You can also make out the larger and smaller room. We always get the smaller rooms with the package, and I have always just kinda taken what they gave us. I'm not sure how to better ask for a certain room, or how that would work, but now I have a map showing my lesser desired rooms. For me, it would be room 15 or 18. Single king size bed or double queens are the same price, either works for us, though we seem to prefer having 2 beds. One to lay things out, and score the extra pillows to sit against wile relaxing or watching TV to fall asleep. 

    Other features in the room are a good sized TV, 45 inch or so, with a USB port, so you can load up your fish pictures and review them on a large screen, instead of a netbook!

    There is a dorm fridge for the minibar. When we got here, it had water, sodas and beer. We asked for water only, and it is restocked with water daily. The room is very dry at night, perhaps as a result of the AC, so having a drink readily available at night is great. 
     

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    Bob
     
     
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    Re: Fiesta Americana in Cozumel 2018/05/17 18:48:32 (permalink)
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    awesome reveiw
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    Re: Fiesta Americana in Cozumel 2018/05/18 08:14:34 (permalink)
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    Just a couple more notes. The room comes with a bunch of toiletries, soap, shampoo, body lotion, shower cap, sewing kit, a hair drier, iron and board, safe, closet with coat hanger, water, beer, soda, mini fridge, ice bucket, 4 glasses, 2 chairs and a coffee table. Plenty of pillows and an extra blanket. Good sized TV with USB outlet for checking your pictures. Adequate towels, changed out each day, and another round at night if you like!

    AC works well and we never run out of hot water. Adequate outlets. They have a clock radio, which we promptly unplugged! All kinds of lighting for whatever mood you are in.

    The balcony has a wooden bench, a comfy beach chair and a large coffee table. The railing is aluminum and is solidly anchored into the wall.

    The floor tile is well textured, to help minimize slipping with wet feet, but does not entirely prevent it. There are areas of marble flooring in the various lobbies, you need to be careful there when it is wet. Concrete is constantly being resurfaced ( a good thing) and is non slip in the rain and with wet feet. 

    Again, the staff is incredible here, very friendly and hard working. 

    Lovin life,
    Bob
     
     
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    Re: Fiesta Americana in Cozumel 2018/05/18 08:59:11 (permalink)
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    Bob, great and very detailed trip report.  Thanks for taking time to post comments and pics.  Look forward to more.  MB


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    Re: Fiesta Americana in Cozumel 2018/05/18 14:59:04 (permalink)
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    Thanks for the reporting and great pictures, Bob, looks like a real nice place.
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    Re: Fiesta Americana in Cozumel 2018/05/23 14:54:55 (permalink)
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    The FA has a new general manager, recently promoted from Cancun. Changes are happening, and I think for the better. Handrails are getting installed on various stairways. Large planters with trees arre place on the island as you drive up, palms are getting planted on the beach. 

    I felt this was worth mentioning. I have seen some items that are in need of care and maintenance, and it looks like some of these are going to be taken care of in short order. 
     

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    Re: Fiesta Americana in Cozumel 2018/05/27 16:21:21 (permalink)
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    Wow. What a fabulous report on FA Bob!
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    Re: Fiesta Americana in Cozumel 2018/06/04 21:44:54 (permalink)
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    Fantastic report, UHK. Based on your reviews, we have booked nine nights here at FA in late October. Originally booked Isla Mujeres but discovered that the diving wasn't so great. We've heard a lot about the wall diving in Coz (and did a LOT of wall diving in Roatan) so this will be a fun trip to see how they compare. 
     
    Since you and your GF are so into snorkeling, you would LOVE West Bay in Roatan. But then Cindy will slap my hand for recommending it. PM me if you ever think about heading there. You would not believe it. I still need to post pics on FB from our last trip. I finally downloaded everything from our memory cards yesterday; hubby's dive camera flooded so I had to wait until it soaked in rice for a few weeks. Only lost a couple of pics. Guess I need to find you on FB when I get the pics edited and posted! 
     
     
     
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    Re: Fiesta Americana in Cozumel 2018/06/05 06:07:11 (permalink)
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    Patty, I would love to see your pictures. My name (on facebook and in real life) is Bob McQueeney. Or.... it is very easy to transfer pictures from facebook to LocoGringo. Once they are on face book, click on the picture so it enlarges. right click, copy image, got to LG and click paste int he response window. We have a Snorkeling pic's thread on the edge. 

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    Re: Fiesta Americana in Cozumel 2018/06/05 06:50:00 (permalink)
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    Patty,
     
    I think you will love Cozumel. Most divers do!  Even though we do condo I would do FA in a heartbeat.  And Punta Sur.  You must do Punta Sur. And eat in town too.
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    Re: Fiesta Americana in Cozumel 2018/06/05 10:57:51 (permalink)
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    My first ever trip to Mexico, back in 1992 was to Fiesta Americana Coral Beach.  We even purchased a time share there.  It was absolutely beautiful!

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    Re: Fiesta Americana in Cozumel 2018/06/06 10:39:33 (permalink)
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    Awesome report, Bob! Wow! Gracias.
    I love those showers at the beach area. Good water flow, unlike at places like Punta Sur or Sky Reef.


    "Turn up the heat,
    chill the rose,
    stretch out on the beach
    and let those metatarsals play"
    (Rev. J. Buffett)
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    Re: Fiesta Americana in Cozumel 2018/06/09 16:39:20 (permalink)
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    Loved the report and all the pictures!  Would love to go there someday.  
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