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Great stay at La Tortuga
Playa del Carmen was our place to relax after a two weeks' roundtrip throughout Mexico in January and we had very high expectations: La Tortuga was able to fulfill - and even surpass - them all! We especially enjoyed our comfortable swim-up room and the relaxed beach club. The pool gives the hotel a very unique look, especially in the evening with all the lights on. Service was great as well.
Snorkeling at BPT
There is great snorkel at the man-made reef just in front of La Tortuga restaurant. We have lots of fun with our kids only a few yards from the beach with tons of fish swimming around us as we fed them with banana and corn flakes. Even my 3 year old daughter could float freely with her inflatable arms among fish of different colors and shapes.
For better snorkeling you can take the guided tour to the protected reef. It lasts 45' and costs $10. Highly recommended.
we loved the tortuga
my husband and i have stayed at la tortuga many times. the staff is great, the rooms are clean and i just love the atmosphere, the people that work ther, the food at their Agora restuarant is superb. i even brought my best friend one week ( left husbands at home) had a great time and we felt very safe and secure there. i love this little hoetl, it has given me a good feeling about playa del carmen.
Nice, Clean Little Hotel
La Tortuga was a nice little hotel off the beach. Someone looking for a reasonably priced hotel should look here. Stayed in the standard room and was pleased. The staff was very attentive and friendly. Breakfast came with the room and rates were discounted 10% for cash payment.
Would recommend this hotel to anyone looking to stay in PDC and is not huing up on staying on the beach.
Adorable, intimate, and friendly
I loved La Tortuga! It was like having a warm home to come back to. Our room was simple but immaculate, the staff was friendly and attentive, and the outdoor "living room" was wonderful for hanging out before bed. We had a "swim-up" room and loved being able to use the pool right from our room. The location was great, one block from Fifth Avenue, so near enough to be near the action, but quiet for great sleeping. The only thing that I didn't like was the distance on foot to Mamita's, the beach club they use. It would have been nice to just be at the beach in one minute, with no need to pack up for the day. But the hotel itself was great.
A Jewel not to be Missed.
My family and I just returned from a eight day stay at this hotel. It was part of a scuba diving package and ended up being a great surprise.
Located a short, one minute walk to the main 5th Avenue center, Hotel La Tortuga, offers excellent service, rooms, atmosphere, and restaurant. If you are the type of traveler that likes a wonderful place to sleep, a great breakfast, and a multitude of restaurants, clubs, and shopping close by, this is the place for you. Conveniently, a drug store, grocery store, and money changer, are located right across the street. The value is tremendous! Our room charge included breakfast and free use of the best beach club in Playa Del Carmen.
Most of the folks we talked to that were staying there had been there before, and will return again. I know we will! If you are a scuba diver, check out the packages that are offered including this hotel.
What a Great Hotel!
We love Hotel La Tortuga! We have stayed there three times and it just keeps getting better and better. The staff is wonderful, the place is immaculate and it is within walking distance to everything that is great about 5th Ave in Playa. All of the rooms are wonderful, with great beds, towels and service, but I would recommend getting one of the swim up rooms, or getting one of the jr suites with the private rooftop jacuzzis. Some reviewers have mentioned noise at night, but we did not notice it. They include a great breakfast. The atmosphere and landscaping around the place is just beautiful. It is located right around the corner from the best Internet Cafe (Zoo Cafe) in Playa, and one of the best bar/restaurtants (Babes), with banks, reastaurants, shops etc. within easy walking distance. We are frequent travelers to Playa and will most certainly stay here again. If you are looking for a great non all inclusive hotel you absoloutely cannot beat this place.
Would definitely go back...
Although brief, our stay at la Tortuga was wonderful. My husband and I went to Playa on a last minute whim 2/28-3/3 for our 10 year wedding anniversary and had a great time. We were able to upgrade to a junior suite with rooftop jacuzzi for our first night's stay and to our surprise we were greeted with wine and a bed full of rose pedals. Great touch thanks to Laura and her staff!! The Jacuzzi was absolutely wonderful. Plenty of hot water, beautiful star-studded sky and filled quite quickly in my opinion (it is, after all, large enough to accommodate two adults comfortably). The other nights we were in a standard plus room and I must say I have no complaints. The beds were comfortable, pillows were soft and the fresh linens each day were probably at least 300 count (that's important!). We never heard any loud musica in either of the rooms we were in and never had a problem sleeping. We had plenty of room to move around and the balconies are comfy and breezy. Although you must request to have your wet bar stocked, let me suggest stocking it yourself with goodies and the beer of your choice. There is a nice convenient store right across the street from the hotel and the prices are comparable to the States. The fridge was definitely a nice touch for late night snacks! As far as the pool is concerned, you just gotta jump in! Yes it's cool (okay maybe a little on the cold side) in the winter months but it felt great to us.
One night we went for a late night swim and before we knew it, there were others who thought it was a good idea too. No, the pool isn't very big (it is quite deep) but it's very unique and the atmosphere is divine. Especially at night! The open-air recreational area was nice for playing pool and although we never quite made it to the 5-7 happy hour with Antonio, we did bring our own beer. As was mentioned, breakfast was a nice touch and the extras are reasonably priced. Let me suggest the seasonal fruit and yogurt! I must agree that the hotel is located in a very nice area of Playa and in my opinion is convenient to everything. La Mamitas beach club is in a prime location. You do not have to wait for someone to set-up beach chairs for you. If you see a spot you like, then go for it. If you need to seek refuge from the sun, there are some very interesting ways that they can accommodate your requests. Just look for the posts out in front of the dive shop. If you want romantic, quaint, comfortable and hospitable, then Hotel la Tortuga is for you. If you are not content with something at this hotel, I can assure you that the staff will do everything possible to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Thanks again to Camelo, Laura and the rest of the staff for making our stay personal. One more thing, don't forget to pick-up desert from the no-name blue place on your way back to the hotel via 5th Ave. You can't miss it and you wont' go wrong with any selection! Overall, two thumbs up...
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Hotel Casa Ticul or Hotel La Tortuga, which is closer to the Bus station?
Going to Playa del Carmen for our honeymoon in September. Thanks to some great reviews from VT, the choice is practically come down to La Tortuga or Casa Ticul.
Since we're planning to go some bus-excursions..the distance to the bus-station might well be the deal-breaker. So which one is closer to the bus-station?
Re: Hotel Casa Ticul or Hotel La Tortuga, which is closer to the Bus station?
The main bus terminal is on 5th Avenue and Juarez, La Tortuga is at Avenida 10 and Calle 14, Casa Ticul is at 5th Av. between Calle 38 & Calle 40. 5th & Juarez is at the south end of town so La Tortuga will be much closer not only to the bus station but also to the ferry to Cozumel (unless they added another ferry dock on the north end of town) and to where you can pick up colectivos and the main shopping/dining district.
The mapping system is PDC is easy to follow, there are Avenidas (avenues) that run north-south and Calles (streets) that run east-west and the numbers get larger the farther you get away from the beach and from Juarez.
Re: Hotel Casa Ticul or Hotel La Tortuga, which is closer to the Bus station?
La Tortuga is a great Hotel and the location is much better than Casa Ticul.
What kind of bus excursions are you planning to take?