Hotel Aventura Mexicana was what we needed. Tired of the larger AI hotels we carefully checked TA & other sources like VirtualTourist. This seemed to be the best choice. Hit the nail right on the head. Front desk & Louis gave us all the info we needed & Louis helped us get a cab to go to Chaak Tun cenote which is not too far from Playa and an experience you will remember for the rest of your life. Our housekeeper made us towel animals of course & did an excellent job on the room. Grounds were beautiful, filled with tropical plants, flowers & statues with never any problem getting a lounge chair at the adult pool. We went for the VIP plan( AI ) and glad we did, only $45 US plus tax. The on site restaurant, Mayan Bistro ( review on TA w. pictures ), was fantastic with great choices of Italian, Mexican, American & Mayan food choices. Service could not be better. The VIP plan is well worth the money. The room was very nice, with a comfortable bed. There is a computer you can use, with wi-fi in the lobby area.
The Mayan Bistro staff are the best.
Posada Suuk has studio and larger apartments, all self-contained. It is very tastefully decorated and each apartment has a verandah onto the lovely garden.
Ananda Yoga From The Heart has its yoga school here in the palapa on the roof, and for 600 pesos a month you can do unlimited yoga classes - there are at least 5 daily M-F, fewer on weekends.
We stayed here at the Grand Sirenis Resort Mayan Rivera which was the first 5* Hotel we have been and stayed in. We stayed all inclusive for the full 2 weeks. The hotel is spilt into 2 area's which both have a sperate Reception area which means you get seen to quicker. We stayed in the beach side one but i am lead to believe they are both the same , just easier for the hotel to look after. We was in a Junior Suite which has the following: -
- 450 square feet Standard Junior suite
- Living Area
- 2 Full size double beds
- Individually Controlled Air Conditioning
- Mini-bar (including Water, Soft drinks & Beer. Replenished daily)
- Ceiling fan
- Cable & Sat T.V. 29” screen
- Telephone, direct line
- Radio / Wake up
- In-room Tea & Coffee facilities
- In-room Safe
- Full bath / Jets Shower
- Double Jacuzzi
- Telephone in Bathroom
- Bathrobes & Slippers
The hotel has 3 large swimming pools, which 2 of them have a swim up bar. The other has a health bar but isn't swim up. There is also a lazy river which runs around part of the hotel. There was 6 a-la-carte retaurants :-
steak house open in the evenings
French restaurant - You have to pay for this one.
We did the steak house first which was very good. Then we did the italian which was very small portations and the service & food was very poor. Then we did the Japanese which was very good and abit of a show as they cook in front off you. Then we did the cajun which was good and the brazilian which was also very good. We paid extra to have a lobster and steak dinner on the beach where there was only 2 other couples with live music playing. While we was out having this dinner , our room had rose petals and candles etc put in it. The food was a very good standard and alot to pick from at all times. The beach was a nice white colour and the sea was lovely. When the weather turned though the sea got a little rough but nothing to much. There was 2 bars at the beach and one had a snack bar as well. There is PADI scuba diving center which does course, trips and other water sports. There are also a few ruins on site which where good to look around and had lights in on a night time. There is a quite large spa on site which has to been paid for extra but you can use the Gym free of charge which i did around 9 days out of the 14 which had all the equipment. We have a private message on the beach which cost around $94 for 2 people for 25 minutes on our own on a private part of the beach and this was very good but a little but expensive due to we only got about 20 minutes in total after we walked to the area and that.
The hotel is set in a jungle setting which is nice to look at and the beach line is lovely. Very good gym and spa area.
Stayed here a day and night. Clean bathroom and room. Resonable rate of 300 pesos a night. Situated right in the heart of town, minutes away from the beach.
Nothing unique about it; its just a safe and clean place to spend a night or two.
You may want to check out the Elements in Playa del Carmen. It's brand new and right on the ocean. The website is www.beachcondoplayadelcarmen.com
It has a huge pool, gym, business center, and concierge service.
I love playa.
great views, fully furnished, right on the ocean, huge pool, concierge service, gym, spa.
We found a number of hotels with vacancies, but this was close to the beach. We found it to be very clean and comfortable. It has a small parking space in front, usually only two cars can fit. We would definitely stay here again.
Close to the beach, however, if you are in a ground floor room that faces 1st. Ave., the hotel across the street (a diving hotel) marshals it's diving clients in the morning.
I stayed at the Catalonia for 7 nights. It is a very impressive hotel on the beach with beautiful well kept gardens, swimming pools and a stunning lobby area. Rooms are big and spacious with comfortable beds, a fab shower and air con which is needed, although the rooms are abit basic i still think they were fabulous and deserve the 4 star rating. Rooms were cleaned daily & the maids always left us some towel art which was a nice touch.
All the staff are amazing and all have a genuine friendliness rather than just after a tip unlikesome holidays ive been on. The A-Team staff are fantastic, Adrian, Martin, JoJo, Alonzo and Heather work hard all day and night to keep you entertained. There is always something going on throughout the day & they have theatre shows at 9.45 every night. We took part in dance lessons, cooking lessons, bingo, quizzes, aqua aerobics, football and snorkeling which is a must and it is free to use the equipment everyday, the sea is so clear and beautiful with lots of interesting fish to look at.
All in all I highly recommend the Catalonia. It was a fantastic holiday and well worth the money spent. I normally dread all inclusive as I get bored of the food and cheesy entertainment but there was so much choice for everyone. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a nice hotel in a beautiful location close to shops, bars and restaurants plus the Dolphin Discovery which is a nice day out. We enjoyed the Catalonia so much that we have already booked to go back next year.
Buffet is excellent with plenty of choice during the day and in the evenings, you can watch fresh steak, fish and spaghetti bolognese being cooked in front of you while you wait. We visited all 3 a la carte restaurants during our stay which was a nice change from the buffet.
Waiter service is excellent during the day and night, they never let you go thirsty. We were waited on the whole 7 nights by a friendly man called Domingo by the pool and didn't have to lift a finger. Also the lobby bar is very good, Misael and Elias the cheerful bartenders gave us many different cocktails to try.
We also went out cycling for free for the day down to the local marina, it was beautiful, there were lots of expensive yachts and boats and you can watch the dolphins, sea lions and manatees at Dolphin Discovery there and enjoy ice creams, drinks and some shopping. A very nice day out for all the family and it a nice safe area, we liked it too as no one hassled you to come into the shops or bars etc.
Unless you really need to save a few bucks a night, try to avoid this hostel.
Once you get in, you won't see much stuff different from any other hostel... you get some bread, butter and jam for breakfast... free internet. That's all cool.
But it's quite messy and dirty ... when you get there at night, you'll always smell some sort of cat stuff... I saw a few mice in the kitchen... it's always dark.
I don't know... stop by and check it out, but there are much better options in Playa.
Barcelo Maya is a huge hotel not far from Playa del Carmen (about half an hour or less by minibus). It consists of four parts: Barcelo Maya Beach and Barcelo Maya Caribe, Barcelo Maya Colonial and Barcelo Maya Tropical. The difference between the four parts is still a mystery to me, but I heard that Colonial and Tropical are more expensive.
Anyway, the place is a paradise with the "all inclusive" system covering even strong drinks. The place has a magnificent beach in two natural bays covering it from ocean waves. Rooms are great, the hotel is clean and green, food was excellent and diverse.
I was absolutely happy with my stay, though there were some problems with the service, which was too slow at the beginning, like, the safe box in my room was broken, and they couldn'e repair it for two days.
The hotel tries very hard to preserve as much of the nature as possible. In its area you will see lots of iguanas, other lizards, birds, etc. There is even a piece of jungle in the area of the hotel with a cenote! You can ride an ATV round the jungle, the hotel provides such tours.
Once again we stayed at a Palace Hotel & once again were not dissapointed. The Adventura Palace still has that WOW factor on almost every aspect of their resort. Marble Foyers, pleasant & friend staff willing to meet your every need, 4 different types of resturants. All beautifully appointed in their appropriate themes. Checking in is a breeze, just 15 mins and your on your way to a fantastic vacation. The rooms, WOW. When you open the door to your room, you just sqeal with delight, marble floors and column's. Room to move, tile floors, a marble bathroom, room to unpack or not if you choose not to (it doesn't make a difference if you don't - there is still plenty of room to move about). The rooms have in room safes (not that that makes a difference - we kept laying out money as a tip for the cleaning staff & they never took it!), hairdryers, bathrobes, mini bar, etc. and the views!. Even if you happen to have a garden view, you step out your balcony and see the ocean peeking from behind the trees across a beautifully manicured grounds. The Adventura Palace is all inclusive if you choose to go this route, or not if you don't want to, but not having to deal with money while laying on the beach or heading out for a night of relaxation on the differenct activities on the grounds is well worth the All Inclusive price.
The Adventura Palace has many outstanding features including the activities that they conduct throughout the day. There's a kids camp that keeps the kids busy, occupied and happy while mom & dad play at the pool, the beach, or going out for one of those tours that is included in the price. The beach is just gorgeous and you can snorkel right off the beach. That was a lot of fun. If you prefer you could partake in the various activites that the Adventura Palace had going on. Pool Volleyball, water arobics, beach volleyball and so many other's that I can't remember. If you choose not to spend your time down by the beach, the beautifully layed out pool was there with that cool refreshing water and in pool bar. Now how cool is that to continue standing in 4 feet of water while ordering your dacquri? There was also a fitness center, complete with a climbing wall and some of those Palapa's you saw on the beach were designated for only for the most relaxing event at the Adventura Palace...a massage! All around the Adventura Palace was a great experience & I would not hesitate to stay at another Palace Resort! Oh, did I mention that if you stay at 1 Palace Resort you get to play at the other 7 including the ones in Cancun & Cozumel.
Located on the golf course in Playacar Phase II, this house, and many others like it, are THE way to visit Playa del Carmen. As the author of a travel book, "What's Cheap and Free in Cancun and the Yucatan" I have visited hundreds of hotels. They offer great amenities but there are always too many people.
This particular privated house had it all, beautiful furnishings, great location and internesting, unique architecture.
The master bedroom had a fabulosly comfortable king-sized bed with a private bath. The bedroom's private balcony had a view of the glistening, personal pool and landscaped gardens.
One bedroom had a queen sized bed and a private bath with a view into the great-room on the first floor. This bedroom also had a private bathroom. A third bedroom was decorated for a little girl with the most comfortable twin sized bed that had a pull out trundle where two can sleep very comfortably. Again, a private bath and a view of the area completed this bedroom.
The kitchen is fully stocked with every utensil and conveniece you would find at home.
The secluded, thatch-covered patio connects to large, all-glass double doors from off of the kitchen and the living room. Sitting on the patio lookng at the private, sparkling pool is really hard to beat.
Tennis courts are less than 50 yards away. They are in GREAT condition and rarely used so for the tennis buff, this is a good place to play.
Beach access is about a 10-12 minute walk. A membership to the REEF CLUB is included with the rental of this house. You just present yourself at the beach-front hotel REEF CLUB and your have access to their three beautiful pools as well as their palapa-lined beach. Stay for an hour or stay all day, the price is right, FREE. Or, go into downtown Playa del Carmen and lay on the beach at anyone of the scores of public beaches. A good vollyball or soccer game is not uncommon at these public beaches.
When you are tired of cooking in the great kitchen, just hit Avenida Cinco (5th Ave) and pick from the 200 or so restaurants you find there. The selection is great!
The entire development is built around the fabulous Playacar golf course. Fees are $150 a day including a cart. The course is beautiful, challenging with spectacular views.
This place was great, a spacy apartment with everything, its location direct on the 5:th Avenue was exellent
The kithen was fully equipped, Microwave, Refridgerator with a huge Freezer, coffeboiler, toaster, etc.... Cable TV, Telephone Ac - ofcourse!
It was very quiet for a hotel directly on the 5:th Av
A solid concrete hotel, exellent service and the owners was fantastic, they made all they could to keep the guests calm during the hurricane, reloading cellphones, distribute food, water etc...
A swimmingpool, suites, deluxe suites, satellite TV, Aircondition, Restaurant and Im sure that this hotel, 500 m from the beach, has a lot more to offer, it is calm and you will sleep nice and gently
I also stayed three days in Playa and in this Hotel. It was very nice, clean and the people working there were also very friendly - helping me out with informations.
That one morning I had a Towel-Dog standing on my bed - that was so cute.
The one thing I have to say as a negative thing is that there was no save inside the room and the young girls working downstairs told me about one big one but for me too many people were running around there and at the end I felt safer taking my stuff (camera etc) with me or just leaving it in the room and hoping for the best.
I wouldn't categorize IDM aas a hotel, or even a resort. Staying here is an experience, not accomodation. The 30 private thatched roof palapas are connected by candle lit paths amdist a lush jungle setting just steps from the beach. Each palapa has its own pool, luxury bedding and furnishings as well as an indoor and outdoor showers. Daily touches like fresh fruit and poetry left on bed pillows made memorable moments. The staff new us by name within moments of our arrival. They were available 24 hours a day for any need or want our hearts may have desired. This is a hideaway for celebrities, the wealthy, and those desiring total privacy and seclusion(we were the latter!)
I've come to find that true luxury hotels will never have plastic poolside furniture! Ikal did not disappoint. Beside each two person sun bed were baskets with towels, straw hats, and insect repellent. While sunning on the beach or near the pool attendants offered us iced face towels and prepared our drinks right there on the sand.
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