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Beach Hotel Na Balam

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We arrived and had an easy check-in. The hotel is incredibly authentic and in a great location. Imagine having breakfast on the beach, gazing across the turquoise waters. The restaurant staff is amazing. Breakfast is great, but come back in the evening for dinner or during the day and be served on the beach. Look for Erik, he is the pearl of this establishment. He is courteous, welcoming, and eager to meet your every need. He takes joy while insuring your experience is unforgettable. Book this hotel for a great location and a unique experience.

Na Balam has a long history of providing a hotel experience that I can only describe as Casual Elegance. It is situated on what is probably the most beautiful beach of Isla Mujeres. However, the buildings have become worn out and the rooms at the back (around the pool area) are not only in poor condition, the steps leading to the upper rooms are downright dangerous. The bathroom sinks were purchased (obviously) by someone who thought "Oh! These look cool!". Trouble is, every time you open the faucet even a little bit you become drenched. Worst is the noise from a neighboring club that blasts from 11:00 to 2:00 am. That's not Na Balam's fault, but the thatched roofs don't block out any sound. We requested and were given another room in the front part of the grounds. It was wonderful and very luxurious. The staff at the front desk and the housekeeping crew were very helpful and courteous. However, the restaurant staff leave A LOT to be desired. Not only is the food pretty dreadful, the waitstaff who serve it are surly and reluctant to give you anything at all. As the waiter served us our first (complimentary) breakfast, he warned us that he would be expecting a tip. We had planned on tipping him, of course, but we ended up resenting the heck out of it. So, I would recommend this hotel to a friend, but I would warn him or her to steer clear of the dining room and never order food at the beach!!

Check in went well but unfortunately much room for improvement. Luke warm low water pressure for shower. Bed was very uncomfortable. Remote control had issues where staff took the remote and never replaced stating that they did not have any others. Wife had a nice sweater / jacket that was taken by staff from the room during cleaning. 'American breakfast' that came with room was very disappointing as there were only 4 choices of food and a plate of fruit.

3rd hotel to stay at on North Beach. Great location. Go with Junior Suite or higher. Base rooms are very base.

This hotel is very rustic and small which is why we like it, we have stayed here before. The rooms don't have TV, phone or internet in the rooms, which is very nice to disconnect from all that noise. However there is a bar down the street from this hotel that does stay open late and we did have the occasional noise issue from that bar and the patrons of that bar... The restaurant at Na Balam is very good, the ceviche is excellent! The beach beds are very nice and this hotel is located on the nicest beach on the Island! The staff is all very nice and accommodating. There is food and drink service right on the beach! The rooms are basic however they are clean and the bed was comfortable. This is a Yoga resort so we were extremely disappointed that the Yoga instructor was on vacation the week we came, as Yoga was another big reason we chose this hotel to stay at.

Fun family vacation. Playa Norte is Amazing and only a few steps from rooms. Staff friendly and hotel and beach very safe. Hotel provides free platforms with mattresses/chairs at the beach. Can also rent a bit nicer elevated ones next door for US$15/20 a day. Many places CASH only, so bring some (US or Peso). Got a massage/facial at Spa and that was very nice. Rooms are simple but clean. Dozens of very good restaurants about a 5 min walk away. Free b-fast at hotel included is simple but good. We will definitely be back.

Still a decent place. But compared to 25 years ago, not so great. We have seen all around the hotel build up. Views are almost completely blocked. Outdoor seating is uncomfortable and limited. WiFi and breakfast are so so. Our room was dreary during the day but had a huge bright light fixated on the window all night. Beach still nice. Rooms are nice. But the two new bars on the beach in front of the hotel are likely profitable but ruin the elegance the location. Oh well. Things change your

Hotel is nice and in a great location. Don't expect to spend too much time around the pool as it's not set up as a place where you would want to spend much time. Nice, but its secluded in the trees and the pool is on the smaller side. They were shutting it down for a couple weeks at the end of our stay for maintenance so it may be getting an overhaul. Where this hotel shines is in it's amazing staff. Everyone is beyond friendly and did everything they could to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. Even so much as keeping our sons sandals that he forgot by the pool. Since he had an extra pair we didn't realise for two days that he had left them there (we had switched hotels) We went back to the Na Balam on the off chance they were still there. Staff had them waiting in a bag at the front desk ... not even knowing if we would return. When we showed up everyone was happy to look around for them as they had forgotten where they had been placed. The lady at the front desk was joking with our kids and was a pleasure to see in the morning. Our room was large and comfortable. We were on the lower floor by the pool and there was a sofa in the room as well as a patio area with another built in sofa, where we would sit at night when the kids were asleep.

The hotel is very good option, good facilities, clean, friendly staff, good food...placed in one of the best areas of the island with an incredible beach; very good option; not similar to the Cancun experience, but we enjoyed it a lot better

My boyfriend and I decided to come here because it looked the most relaxed and comfortable out of all the resorts on playa Norte and it definitely was. It was laid back, serene, and most of all pure paradise. I would definitely come back here. The staff was very friendly too.

Unfortunately there weren't other amenities with this hotel - i.e. Snorkel gear, paddle boards, etc. However there are two restaurants and happy hour is when to buy drinks. You will find cheaper dining options in town. It was clean and there is a spa located on site. I would suggest getting a massage at the beginning of the vacation before you become too burned. :)

This was my third trip to Na Balam in the past 15 months. (I'm a little bit addicted to Isla Mujeres! :) ) My most recent trip was a girl's trip just for fun right before Christmas and Isla Mujeres did not disappoint! Check in at Na Balam was better than the last time (dealt with a very rude staff member whom I didn't see on this trip). Staff was very pleasant and welcoming. But, once again, their was an issue with my reservation (EVERY time I've been there, there has been some sort of mixup). I am recovering from a knee replacement surgery a few months ago and had requested a ground floor room on the beach side. When we checked in, they had us assigned to an upstairs room and had no ground floor rooms available until the next day. So, up to the second floor it was! Those steps!!! :( Ugh. It was hard on my knee, but one day didn't kill me. The next day, we moved to a ground floor room with no problems. We had to request refrigerators in each of the rooms. Every other hotel I've stayed at in Isla has refrigerators...I wish Na Balam would make the investment to have a fridge in each room. In such a warm climate, it is almost a necessity! The rooms we stayed in were clean and neat as usual. The lighting seems dimmer than usual. There were only 2 small ceiling lights in the main room (one by the patio door and one in the bathroom) that were the small halogen style. They didn't put out very much light (especially in the bathroom) and I had a real problem getting my contacts lenses in and out each day! The shower area was newly tiled in the room we stayed in and very clean. We always had good water pressure and a hot water supply. Housekeeping did an excellent job of keeping the room clean and sand free! My friend and I spent LOTS of time on the beach! The beach in front of Na Balam is amazing, clean and awesome. the best stretch on all of North Beach in my opinion! Na Balam is constructing a new bar/kitchen on the beach, so there was some construction noise going on while we were there...but such is the cost of improvements. I'm excited to go back and see their progress!!! I believe Na Balam is under new ownership in recent years and it looks as though they are making lots of improvements. I hope they continue to improve their reservation and check in processes to make sure guests get the rooms they've requested and paid for. I also hope they invest in refrigerators for each room so that you don't have to request one every time you stay there. All in all, we had a great time. I would recommend Na Balam to the traveler who wants to enjoy all the luxury of staying on the beach on a much smaller budget. I hope to return soon!!!

The Na Balam Beach Hotel is an attractive garden layout on the north end of the island. Though I was told there are no other restaurants in the immediate vicinity, there are. The one on site is good, though expensive music's good, too - blues, Cuban jazz, etc., appropriate for the time of day. The coffee is good, but the continental breakfast is cheap (e.g., no real butter). And go somewhere else on Monday night, the chef's night off. My Deluxe Beach View room (11) overlooks nothing but (noisy) ongoing construction, sand, the restaurant's roof, and palm fronds. The room is huge, but the shower/toilette facility is cramped and not very clean. Room lights are too dim to read a book by (and if you bring your own bulb, as I do, it will not fit the base). There is no WiFi in the room and in the lobby, it does not work. Most of the essential facilities (air conditioning, shower) work, but there are lots of things that need to be fixed or replaced most are beyond repair (e.g., bathroom tiles and fixtures, safe that only locks half the time, router). Be careful turning on the table lamps you could get a shock. All these shortcomings might be overlooked by groups of youngsters, but at US$ 183/night (incl. tax), I think it is a rip-off. This place is not up to international standards. The only reason to come here is the clean, soft sand beach, to which there is direct access. It is perfect for small children to swim and play in, but too shallow for the rest of us there is no sea life.

Na Balam was once a great place. We went there almost 2 years ago and had such a good time that we put down a $1000 Deposit for a group Yoga Retreat that we were planning for 2014. The person we were arranging it with was very supportive as we changed dates a couple of times, but suddenly she was gone one day and a new person was put in charge. We were reassured by the new manager Alejandro that we could proceed with our plans, and in May 2015 we returned and checked in for a couple of nights to assess the situation. We were put in a room where the shower leaked out and over the floor into the bedroom. There was a loud band playing in the outdoor restaurant that night, and so the next day we moved into another room on the other side of the hotel, which turned out to be next to a busy street and another restaurant with loud music. By the end of our stay, we felt uncomfortable with the thought of bringing a Yoga retreat here, and so we respectfully asked for a refund of our $1000 deposit. Management assured us that would work, and for several months we had emails going back and forth saying the refund was imminent. Their last email claimed it had been sent back to my Credit Card. It wasn't, and they haven't responded to my emails or phone calls since. Beware.

Best beach on the whole on island! Incredible staff, lovely and quaint. Best yoga on the island!

What a wonderful place to stay! Check in was courteous, and our bags were at the room immediately. Life began to move a little slower, which is what we sought. Room was simple, and they kept it clean, refreshed, and bright. Breakfast on the edge of the beach was great. Simple: toast, fruit, & coffee- always fresh! Service on the beach throughout the afternoons was easy & prompt. Restaurant staff very helpful throughout our stay. We would stay here again!

The hotel is located on the best part of the island! The beach is amazing and has great snorkeling right there. The rooms were simple and clean. The yoga classes offered at the hotel are truly a treasure. All the instructors were wonderful!

Weve taken the room with the pool view- the room is nice, but as an compare of what you paying its not worth it. No wifi in the room, the breakfest is pure. I wont come back again.

Best location but no facilities. Standard rooms only with bed. More expensive rooms with TV. Wifi only in loby.

Great location, very close to the beach and downtown area. Staffs are very friendly and helpful. Need some improvements on room cleanliness. I see ants on the floor almost everyday.

Calle Zazil Ha No 118 Isla Mujeres QROO

Hotel highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Beach Hotel Na Balam places you next to Norte Beach and Secreto Beach. This 31-room, 3-star hotel has free breakfast, a full-service spa, and an outdoor pool. On the beach, the hotel is also close to Crayola House and Aztlán Galería.


Dining

Free breakfast is included with your stay. Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at Zazil Ha, the hotel's onsite restaurant. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room.


Rooms

The 31 rooms are individually decorated and have an array of amenities, including free bottled water, ceiling fans, and safes. Rooms also include free toiletries.


Property features

Renovated in 2015, Beach Hotel Na Balam offers a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and free WiFi in public areas. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available on request). The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with tours/tickets and securing valuables. Other amenities at this beach hotel include a meeting room, a library, and free newspapers.

Guest reviews for Beach Hotel Na Balam

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5

great location with excellent restaurant staff

Everyone

We arrived and had an easy check-in. The hotel is incredibly authentic and in a great location. Imagine having breakfast on the beach, gazing across the turquoise waters. The restaurant staff is amazing. Breakfast is great, but come back in the evening for dinner or during the day and be served on the beach. Look for Erik, he is the pearl of this establishment. He is courteous, welcoming, and eager to meet your every need. He takes joy while insuring your experience is unforgettable. Book this hotel for a great location and a unique experience.

By , from TN, USA on Mar 25, 2018

4

aging hotel on a beautiful spot

Everyone

Na Balam has a long history of providing a hotel experience that I can only describe as Casual Elegance. It is situated on what is probably the most beautiful beach of Isla Mujeres. However, the buildings have become worn out and the rooms at the back (around the pool area) are not only in poor condition, the steps leading to the upper rooms are downright dangerous. The bathroom sinks were purchased (obviously) by someone who thought "Oh! These look cool!". Trouble is, every time you open the faucet even a little bit you become drenched. Worst is the noise from a neighboring club that blasts from 11:00 to 2:00 am. That's not Na Balam's fault, but the thatched roofs don't block out any sound. We requested and were given another room in the front part of the grounds. It was wonderful and very luxurious. The staff at the front desk and the housekeeping crew were very helpful and courteous. However, the restaurant staff leave A LOT to be desired. Not only is the food pretty dreadful, the waitstaff who serve it are surly and reluctant to give you anything at all. As the waiter served us our first (complimentary) breakfast, he warned us that he would be expecting a tip. We had planned on tipping him, of course, but we ended up resenting the heck out of it. So, I would recommend this hotel to a friend, but I would warn him or her to steer clear of the dining room and never order food at the beach!!

By , from Milwaukee, WI on Jan 19, 2018

3

review

Everyone

Check in went well but unfortunately much room for improvement. Luke warm low water pressure for shower. Bed was very uncomfortable. Remote control had issues where staff took the remote and never replaced stating that they did not have any others. Wife had a nice sweater / jacket that was taken by staff from the room during cleaning. 'American breakfast' that came with room was very disappointing as there were only 4 choices of food and a plate of fruit.

By on Dec 10, 2017

4

good hotel on north beach.

Everyone

3rd hotel to stay at on North Beach. Great location. Go with Junior Suite or higher. Base rooms are very base.

By on Oct 30, 2017

4

best location on north beach

Everyone

This hotel is very rustic and small which is why we like it, we have stayed here before. The rooms don't have TV, phone or internet in the rooms, which is very nice to disconnect from all that noise. However there is a bar down the street from this hotel that does stay open late and we did have the occasional noise issue from that bar and the patrons of that bar... The restaurant at Na Balam is very good, the ceviche is excellent! The beach beds are very nice and this hotel is located on the nicest beach on the Island! The staff is all very nice and accommodating. There is food and drink service right on the beach! The rooms are basic however they are clean and the bed was comfortable. This is a Yoga resort so we were extremely disappointed that the Yoga instructor was on vacation the week we came, as Yoga was another big reason we chose this hotel to stay at.

By , from Las Vegas, NV on Oct 16, 2017

4

location a+++

Everyone

Fun family vacation. Playa Norte is Amazing and only a few steps from rooms. Staff friendly and hotel and beach very safe. Hotel provides free platforms with mattresses/chairs at the beach. Can also rent a bit nicer elevated ones next door for US$15/20 a day. Many places CASH only, so bring some (US or Peso). Got a massage/facial at Spa and that was very nice. Rooms are simple but clean. Dozens of very good restaurants about a 5 min walk away. Free b-fast at hotel included is simple but good. We will definitely be back.

By , from California on Apr 24, 2017

4

used to be paradise

Everyone

Still a decent place. But compared to 25 years ago, not so great. We have seen all around the hotel build up. Views are almost completely blocked. Outdoor seating is uncomfortable and limited. WiFi and breakfast are so so. Our room was dreary during the day but had a huge bright light fixated on the window all night. Beach still nice. Rooms are nice. But the two new bars on the beach in front of the hotel are likely profitable but ruin the elegance the location. Oh well. Things change your

By on Mar 12, 2017

4

excellent staff, great beach

Everyone

Hotel is nice and in a great location. Don't expect to spend too much time around the pool as it's not set up as a place where you would want to spend much time. Nice, but its secluded in the trees and the pool is on the smaller side. They were shutting it down for a couple weeks at the end of our stay for maintenance so it may be getting an overhaul. Where this hotel shines is in it's amazing staff. Everyone is beyond friendly and did everything they could to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. Even so much as keeping our sons sandals that he forgot by the pool. Since he had an extra pair we didn't realise for two days that he had left them there (we had switched hotels) We went back to the Na Balam on the off chance they were still there. Staff had them waiting in a bag at the front desk ... not even knowing if we would return. When we showed up everyone was happy to look around for them as they had forgotten where they had been placed. The lady at the front desk was joking with our kids and was a pleasure to see in the morning. Our room was large and comfortable. We were on the lower floor by the pool and there was a sofa in the room as well as a patio area with another built in sofa, where we would sit at night when the kids were asleep.

By on Nov 17, 2016

5

very nice hotel great beach

Everyone

The hotel is very good option, good facilities, clean, friendly staff, good food...placed in one of the best areas of the island with an incredible beach; very good option; not similar to the Cancun experience, but we enjoyed it a lot better

By on Aug 25, 2016

5

great hotel for pure beach paradise

Everyone

My boyfriend and I decided to come here because it looked the most relaxed and comfortable out of all the resorts on playa Norte and it definitely was. It was laid back, serene, and most of all pure paradise. I would definitely come back here. The staff was very friendly too.

By , from Grand Rapids, MI on Aug 12, 2016