Our Recent Stay at a Baldwin’s Guest House in Cozumel

Pool area of Baldwin's Guest House (Source: Q-Roo Paul)

About every month or two, we like to head over to the island of Cozumel to snorkel and visit some of our favorite bars and restaurants. We normally stay one or two nights before returning to our condo on the mainland.

During our most recent trip to the island, we decided to stay at a place we had never visited before called Baldwin’s Guest House. Baldwin’s is a cool little bed and breakfast located about a 10-15 minute walk away from the main tourist area where the majority of the shops and restaurants are located.

Our room was spacious, very clean, had an en-suite bathroom (not always a given at a B&B) and a comfortable bed. What else could we ask for?

One of the things that we liked best about Baldwin’s was the large walled courtyard that contained a pool, small bar area, screened-in dining/lounge area, hammocks and even an aviary.

Roof-top Hammocks at Baldwin’s

Dining area next to the pool at Baldwin’s

A Local Experience

It was great staying outside of the tourist area because we could walk around without being bothered by countless vendors calling me Mr Clean and trying to get me to visit their store.

We also got to try some great restaurants that we might have otherwise overlooked, like Mister Taco, where I had the absolute best tacos al pastor in my life. Even after I was full, I couldn’t resist ordering at least one more.

The chef preparing my tacos at Mister Taco in Cozumel

Taco al pastor at Mister Taco in Cozumel

A Great Hostess

The thing that makes Baldwin’s Guest House really stand out is the personalized attention from the owner/operator Hannah. She was super friendly and went out of her way to make sure we had a great stay. She called taxis for us whenever we needed one and if she didn’t know the answer to one of our questions, she made some calls immediately and found out.

Hannah prepares the breakfast each morning and it was delicious. Since the weather was perfect while we were there, we chose to eat outside in the courtyard area both days.

In the evening, we had a couple of drinks with Hannah at a small bar area next to the pool called the Monkey Bar. We swapped stories, laughed and had a great time. We learned a lot about the history of the area from her.

The Monkey Bar at Baldwin’s

Location

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Website

You can get additional information about the property, room types and availability via their main website:

baldwinsguesthousecozumel.com

Let’s Wrap This Up

Where you decide to stay on vacation will have a large impact on the type of experience you’ll have. That’s why we often alternate between all-inclusives, boutique hotels, and B&B’s because each one offers something different.

When it comes to the last category, Baldwin’s Guest House has already earned a spot as one of our all-time favorites. We highly recommend this place for anyone who is looking for something less touristy that still offers all of the comforts of home.

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Q-Roo Paul
Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years before retiring at the rank of lieutenant in 2015. He and his wife moved to Mexico looking for to maximize their retirement income. In 2016, they started a blog called Two Expats Mexico (qroo.us) sharing their experiences, as well as information about the logistical and legal aspects of retiring south of the border. The blog has been viewed over two million times and the articles have been republished in numerous periodicals across Mexico.

34 Comments on "Our Recent Stay at a Baldwin’s Guest House in Cozumel"

  1. Hannah Neufeld | May 4, 2018 at 9:02 am | Reply

    Thank you Paul and Linda! It was truly a delight to have you both here. Thank you so much for visiting and I hope to see you again on la bella isla.

    • Q-Roo Paul | May 6, 2018 at 6:48 am | Reply

      It was great meeting you, Hannah! Thanks for being such an amazing hostess. You have a great B&B 🙂

  2. Paul,

    In past posts, you’ve commented about the tourista pricing on Cozumel. Being off the malecon, what was your impression of prices in the area of Baldwin’s Guest House?

  3. Marie Martin | May 4, 2018 at 9:17 am | Reply

    I’m FB friends w Hannah and I was planning a trip there for this past Jan but my friends changed their venue and decided not to stay in Cozumel. Baldwin House would be my very first choice! Someday I’ll get there and meet my “fellow New Yorker, Hannah” love your pictures of this lovely place. Marie

  4. I agree…Mister Taco does have the best al Pastor on the island and anywhere else in Q. Roo. that we’ve eaten at. Thank you for sharing what looks like a little oasis in Cozumel.

  5. Cherry Scott | May 4, 2018 at 9:30 am | Reply

    Hi Paul. Many thanks for this recommendation. Sounds
    like the perfect
    spot for us on our next Cozumel stay over. Looking forward to trying those tacos al pastor. They look delicious.

    • Q-Roo Paul | May 6, 2018 at 6:49 am | Reply

      Both are definitely worth trying. Even reading your comment is making me want to take the ferry over to the island today to get some tacos…lol.

  6. Hi Paul next time call me . sunset cocktails at my place ..love your blog!

    Patsy Chilson CIPS . Cozumel North Shore Properties . 987-111-4685

  7. Thanks for the review Paul. The island is one of the places we want to visit on our next trip this July.

  8. Chris McGinty | May 4, 2018 at 10:23 am | Reply

    Thanks for the information!

  9. Thanks for your wonderful blog Paul.

  10. Sara Grynspan | May 4, 2018 at 1:51 pm | Reply

    Thank you for this timely information. Always on the lookout for a great place to stay on this beautiful island.

  11. Janis Martin-Hughes | May 4, 2018 at 2:24 pm | Reply

    And several rooms with King beds a rarity for B&Bs

  12. Barry Worobetz | May 4, 2018 at 5:54 pm | Reply

    Your site is the best! so informative and interesting, very well done! Muy Bien!!

  13. Mr. Clean? That’s too funny! Do you get that a lot?

    • Q-Roo Paul | May 6, 2018 at 6:24 am | Reply

      I hear that anytime I’m walking through a tourist area in Mexico. “Hey, Mr. Clean! You looking for Cuban cigars?”

  14. Thank you sharing this lovely B&B. What a great find! Could you tell me how far the nearest beach area is from the B&B?
    Thanks again

    • Hannah Neufeld | May 19, 2018 at 9:00 pm | Reply

      Hi Irene – Baldwin’s is 11 blocks from the passenger ferry to Playa del Carmen on Melgar – the street that goes along the waterfront. There are many beach clubs north and south of the downtown area, but
      if you walk a little way north of the ferry you will find beach access in several spots if you want to take a blanket and a cooler for water or other liquids. However, I would recommend you check out the beach clubs as you will find loungers, food and drink at each. I would be delighted to answer any other questions if you email me at baldwinsguesthousecozumel.com. All the best, Hannah Neufeld

  15. Mike & Tobie | May 6, 2018 at 8:23 am | Reply

    Hi Paul ,

    We love B&B’s in Canada …..We both are scuba divers …..we were in Playa del Carmen – Cozumel / Iberostars diving in April ….Love the area !

    What is the cost of the B&B’s ? Our next trip could be in Cozumel for 7 nites .

    We liked the all-inclusive Iberostar Parasio resort we stayed at , but our favorite meal was taco / burrito lunch on 5th Avenue .

    Not sure if we would retire full time in Mexico …..But after reading your blog , we definitely would try staying where you are for one whole Winter , 5-6 mths !

    Less than 4 yrs til retirement !

    Thanks Mike & Tobie ,
    Ottawa , The Great White North !

    • Q-Roo Paul | May 6, 2018 at 8:36 am | Reply

      Hi Mike and Tobie,

      You can check out the prices for each room by checking the particular date range on the reservation section of Baldwin’s site. The prices vary depending on the room you want and the time of year.

      Thanks for following the blog. I’m sure those last four years until retirement will just fly by.

  16. Javier Macías | May 7, 2018 at 12:21 pm | Reply

    Plus, there have been some interesting research results, made by students of the Nutritionist career of a well known major public university in Mexico city that revealed eating taquitos al pastor is far more healthy than eating many “healthy” brand snacks, because of its lean pork´s meat, salsa, onion, pineapple, cilantro and thin low absortion corn tortillas…… Sounds logical to me…. After all, to the point of view of most endocrinologists, carbs are the enemy!!!! Lol!

  17. Next time you should try Villa Escondida which is run by Magda & David… It is off of 10th across the street from La Choza…

    I’ve stayed at Baldwin’s before & it’s nice, but I prefer Villa Escondida…

    Give it a try!

  18. We want to check Hannah’s place out when our cruise ship docks on June 7th. Thank you for the great info. Next time you visit Cozumel you should go see our friend, Serg Manrique at his restaurant, La Chuperia. We met him years ago at Seaside where he personally cooked for us every night. He is an amazing cook. Tell him John and Patti sent you.

    • Thanks for the tip. We’ll be sure to add that restaurant to our list of places to visit on the island.

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