The Alhambra Hotel: Playa's best kept secret
My wife and I have been married for 6 years, and we have traveled to Playa Del Carmen every year of our marriage, twice a year. We love Playa, and think we have found the best boutique hotel experience in Playa in The Alhambra Hotel.
We like taking the Road Less Traveled, and choose boutique hotels over all inclusives, we eat where the locals eat whenever possible, and either rent a car or take public transportation rather than hotel arranged buses or vans. We like the freedom to come and go as we please that a small boutique hotel (non all inclusive) and having your own car gives you.
For the last three years we have been staying at the Alhambra which is located on the public beach in Playa Del Carmen at the end of Calle 8. The rooms are clean and simple with good air conditioners and utilitarian but adequate bed, the room rate is reasonable for an oceanfront property, and includes breakfast at their great little seaside palapa covered restaurant. Beach towels chairs and umbrellas are included, and we have found that if we tip one of the staff $5 or $10 dollars a day (we usually pay one person for every day we are going to stay in advance) that he will see to it that your favorite spot is set up on the beach every day. The staff has never failed to impress us.
We find it interesting that The Alhambra has dedicated one of its premeir oceanfront spaces for a yoga studio, which toatally impressed us. This hotel is not just about the money.
Once we are checked in, we feel we are in our own little secret oasis smack in the middle of all that Playa has to offer.
Making reservations is easy and we have never had any issues with any form of dishonesty, or shenanigans you read about. We love this hotel and recommend it for any travelers who like to take The Road Less Traveled.
The location on the beach is perfect, and the proximity to 5th is just right; far enough away to be quiet and close enough to be convenient. On weekend nights there is a little noise from the neighboring beach bar and hotel The Fusion, but we would recommend you go join the fun.The oceanfront and partial oceanfront rooms with balconies are as good as it gets. If you require a pool, do not choose The Alahmbra, the pool is out of the way, and small.