Best Hotels in Playa del Carmen – Best All Inclusive Resorts in Playa del Carmen

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The best hotels in Playa del Carmen. The best resorts in Playa del Carmen. And the best all inclusive resorts in Playa del Carmen. Where are they? We have some of the best in the Yucatan listed below. Playa del Carmen hotels and resorts are a great place to spend a holiday. Below we’ve listed up some of the best hotels and resorts in Playa del Carmen for you to peruse. Our Playa del Carmen hotel list covers a wide range of tastes and budgets. What’s missing?

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Best Hotels, Resorts, & All Inclusive Resorts in Playa del Carmen

Where are the best hotels in Playa del Carmen? Where are the best resorts in Playa del Carmen? We have good news and bad news. The good news is there are many amazing hotels, resorts and all inclusive resorts in Playa del Carmen. And the bad news? Well, the bad news is that it may be hard to choose one since there are so many!

We love exploring Mexico because the country has so much to offer: mountains, jungles, beautiful colonial architecture, ancient ruins, wildlife, cenotes, snorkeling, horseback riding, amazing food & cooking, as well as other adventures. Yet one of the most popular parts of Mexico are the beach towns of the Yucatan like Tulum, Cancun, Playa del Carmen. With this in mind, we wanted to help guide you towards some of the best hotels and resorts in the city.

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Where is Playa del Carmen?

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Playa del Carmen is on the west coast of Mexico’s fascinating Yucatan Peninsula. One hour north is Cancun, the mega-resort goliath. One hour south is hipster/bohemian upstart Tulum. And 45 minutes west into the Caribbean is the island of Cozumel.

Getting to Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen has an airport. Despite this, but it’s probably best to just fly into Cancun International Airport and then ride an hour south to Playa del Carmen.

Here are just a few of the most popular destinations to and from Playa del Carmen. Prices vary too dramatically to state here. For example, a bus may cost around USD $10, while a taxi or a private drive much more. In addition, most of the best resorts in Playa del Carmen offer pick up services in Cancun and elsewhere.

  • From Playa del Carmen to Cancun / Cancun to Playa del Carmen: Between 60 and 90 minutes. The most common drive for travel in the Yucatan Peninsula. A
  • Playa del Carmen to Tulum / Tulum to Playa del Carmen: Tulum is just an hour south of Playa del Carmen, so day trips are easy to do.
  • From Playa del Carmen to Cozumel / Cozumel to Playa del Carmen: To reach the island of Cozumel from Playa del Carmen, you take a ferry that takes about 45 minutes. The Cozumel ferry is right downtown and easy to reach.
  • Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza / Chichen Itza to Playa del Carmen: About 2 hours by car, or 4 hours by bus. To reach the famous Mayan Ruins of Chichen Itza, most people hire a car or go with a guided tour which provides transportation.
  • From Playa del Carmen to Merida / Merida to Playa del Carmen: 3.5 hours by car, 5 hours by bus.
  • Playa del Carmen to Mexico City / Mexico City to Playa del Carmen: Flights from Mexico City to Cancun take around two hours. The ride from Cancun Airport takes another hour.

Playa del Carmen Weather

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Most people consider the weather in Playa del Carmen to be warm all year round. The coolest temperatures are between late November and January when lows around 65ºF/18ºC and highs around 83ºF/28ºC. From mid-April to mid-September, temperatures are hot & muggy with lows of approx 70ºF/21ºC and highs reaching over 90ºF/32ºC.

You’ll have a better chance of rain between May and November, but it usually comes as a torrential squall for a few hours and then is gone. That said, it can cancel ocean activities such as fishing, scuba diving, and snorkeling.

“Best” is in the Eye of the Beholder

These are just my recommendations. What I think are the best hotels in Playa del Carmen might not be the same as what everyone thinks. Besides, everyone has their own tastes and budget, right? Speaking of budget, I’ve tried to vary the level of accommodation here. There are five-star Playa del Carmen resorts in here, and there are also budget Playa del Carmen hotels, as well. If you’re looking for where to stay in Playa del Carmen, I hope I have something that will meet your tastes.

Tips for the Best All Inclusive Resorts in Playa del Carmen

Before we get into our list of all inclusive resorts in Playa del Carmen, here are a few tips on how to get the most out of them. Over the years, we have noticed a few constants in luxury hotels and resorts that we thought you should know. And this goes beyond just Playa del Carmen or any luxury resorts in Mexico.

Want a Sun Chair? Get Up Early

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Even at the best hotels and resorts in Playa del Carmen, poolside space is limited. Planning to lay in the sun in your Playa del Carmen resort’s pool loungers? Then you might need to get up early and lay your towels on a few. Seriously. Each resort has its own policies about reserving loungers. However, the truth is that at most places it’s every person for themselves.

This happens even at the best all inclusive resorts in Playa del Carmen. People wake up early and go put their stuff down on some of the chairs to reserve them. Even if they don’t plan to go to the pool for hours, they’ll go ahead and save a seat. We’ve seen this everywhere: in Indonesia, in Mexico, and in the Canary Island.

Beaches are Unpredictable

Even the best beaches in Playa del Carmen have seaweed wash ashore regularly. The best all inclusive resorts in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and elsewhere have staff cleaning the beach constantly. That said, there may be times when it is less than ideal.

In addition, some of the best resorts in Playa del Carmen have pristine white sand. Others have rocky patches that are rough on soft feet. That doesn’t diminish the experience for people like us. Why? Because the rest of the property is so incredible. Besides, we prefer a beautiful pool and waterslide, usually. I’ve tried to include info on which Playa del Carmen resorts have rocky beaches for those of you to which this matters.

Expect a Pitch

Most of the all inclusive resorts in Playa del Camen have a membership program of some sort. You’ll be offered a free breakfast or something similar if you agree to sit through a presentation. This presentation is designed to convince you to become a member of the resort. It can be off-putting to some people. You don’t have to do it, of course. And some resorts are pushier than others, but in the end, it’s up to you.

Book Restaurants Beforehand (If Possible)

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The best resorts in Playa del Carmen have exceptional restaurants. If you plan to eat in them, check to see if you can make reservations beforehand. Otherwise, you may not get a table once you arrive. Most of the best all inclusive Playa del Carmen resorts let you reserve at least one or two tables before you arrive. Check with your resort for details.

Will You Need Formal Attire?

Speaking of Playa del Carmen resort restaurants, keep in mind that many of these have a dress code. Sure, you’re on vacation, but you’re also staying at one of the best all inclusive resorts in Mexico. Prepare accordingly. Men may be required to wear long pants and a collared shirt. Check your Playa del Carmen resort for details.

Wifi May Be Unpredictable

That’s right: even at the best all inclusive Playa del Carmen resorts, wifi dependability may be hard to predict. And in at least one case, it’s not included. Do you need reliable internet during your stay? If so, contact your resort ahead of time to make sure that your room will have the best coverage they have to offer.

How Do You Feel About Dolphin Shows?

Dolphin shows are pretty common in Mexico and many other parts of the world. Personally, we think they’re a bad idea. Some of the best resorts in Mexico have them as entertainment or will direct you towards them. If you’re against this like we are, then be aware when choosing your Playa del Carmen resort.

Best All Inclusive Resorts in Playa del Carmen

Ok, so here are our picks for the best all inclusive resorts in Playa del Carmen. Keep in mind that some of these would also make the list of best Playa del Carmen Resorts, as well. Many have both all inclusive and a la carte programs as well.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya – All Inclusive Resort in Playa del Carmen

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This is easily one of the best all inclusive Playa del Carmen resorts. There are three tiers at the Grand Velas: Grand Class, (adults only), Ambassador, and Zen. The Ambassador class has ocean front rooms and three restaurants to choose from.

Expect exceptional food and one of the best kids’ club (9 am to 10:45 pm) and teens’ club (11 am to 12 am) in the Yucatan.

Most all inclusive resorts in Playa del Carmen include great entertainment and watersports. The Grand Velas is no different. Head to the stage shows, or get join a snorkeling or kayak tour. Or you can just relax in the spa, at one of the pools, or on the Grand Velas’ beautiful patch of sand.

Like many of the best resorts in Playa del Carmen, the Grand Velas is located outside the city. It’s about a 20-minute drive into town, but with luxury like this, you may never leave the resort

  • Pool: 3. Many suites have plunge pools
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: North of Playa del Carmen. 20-minutes to town by car.
  • Room Details: Rooms that can sleep 3 to 6 people. Kids under 1 are free. Kids 1-11 can use an existing bed for USD $200 a night

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Playacar Palace – All Inclusive Resort in Playa del Carmen

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Playacar Palace makes our list of best all inclusive Playa del Carmen Resorts for a number of reasons. Like all the best resorts in Mexico, it has beautiful, spacious rooms and exceptional service. The resort was refurbished in 2017. They also have a great spa center for things like massages and pedicures.

What I like about Playacar Palace best is the location. The resort is minutes on foot to Parque Fundadores and the famous 5th Avenue tourist strip. Most of the best all-inclusive resorts in Playa del Carmen are far removed from downtown. Playacar Palace gives you the best access to what the city has to offer, as well.

Playacar Palace doesn’t have a Kids’ Club, but they do have a playroom and very nice pools. They also have an energetic entertainment staff and stage shows every night. There are shows for dance, magic, hypnosis, and more.

  • Pool: Yes (refurbished in 2017, with the addition of a heated jacuzzi facing the ocean)
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: Seconds to the beach, minutes to Fundadores Park. One of the best locations in Playa del Carmen.
  • Room Details: Up to 3 kids under sixteen cost USD $120/night using existing bedding. Additional kids/adults cost USD $380/night for extra beds. Max extra beds per room: 1

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Sandos Caracol Eco Resort – All Inclusive Resort in Playa del Carmen

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Want to surround themselves with nature? Then this is one of the best all inclusive Playa del Carmen Resorts for you. At Sandos Caracol Eco Resor, you can swim in a private cenote, plant a tree, and swim in a river that runs through the mangroves on the property. There are also semi-wild animals on the grounds. You’ll see rescue animals like parrots and monkeys, as well as farm animals.

Like all great resorts in Playa del Carmen, there are two exceptional pools, and one is adults only. Not to worry. The waterpark has 29 waterslides, and the water activities managers keep both kids and adults having fun. In addition, there’s an impressive schedule of exercise classes. The beach is seconds away on foot, but it’s fairly rocky.

The best all inclusive Playa del Carmen Resorts have many dining options, and here you’ll find nine. The on-site Japanese restaurant is very popular, so make a reservation when you first arrive. Also, if in Playa del Carmen with kids, check which restaurants allow children. Some allow kids and some don’t, or only certain nights/times. If you want a date night, there are kids clubs, as well.

Finally, let’s talk the shows. Like all great all inclusive Playa del Carmen Resorts, there is plenty of entertainment for all. The stage shows here are a spectacle. Expect everything from Mayan history to Michael Jackson.

  • Pool: Multiple, plus a water park & waterslides
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location:20 minutes north of Playa del Carmen
  • Room Details: Loads of room/bed combinations, including lots with bunk beds.

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The Royal Haciendas All Suites Resort & Spa — All Inclusive

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This makes our list of best all inclusive Playa del Carmen resorts thanks to exceptional food and its smaller compact size. Most inclusive resorts are massive, sprawling complexes. Yet the Royal Haciendas is somewhat smaller, which means that it’s less of a walk to and from the front desk or the beach.

Depending on the season, you may see staff cleaning seaweed off the sand for a more pristine beach experience. This makes kayaking and snorkeling here even better. Scuba diving lessons and equipment are available, as well. Buffet dinners change in theme by the night for variety. That said, everyone says to eat at on-site restaurant Los Murales. Just make a reservation when you arrive.

Like many of the best all inclusive Playa del Carmen resorts, the kids club at Royal Haciendas includes lots of great activities. Your child can enjoy painting and ceramics. There are also games like pool, ping-pong, and video game consoles.

  • Pool: Multiple, including lap pools and a kids pool
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: 15 minutes north of Playa del Carmen by car
  • Room Details: Suites with multiple beds/bedrooms that can sleep up to six.

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Occidental at Xcaret – All Inclusive Playa del Carmen Resort

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There are some amazing waterparks near Playa del Carmen. Are you planning to visit any of them? Want to be minutes from the action? Then the Occidental at Xcaret is one of the best all inclusive Playa del Carmen resorts to consider.

Xcaret eco-archaeological park is a stunning amusement park. It has loads of cultural and watersports activities, and spectacular stage productions at night. Stay at Occidental at Xcaret and you can get the most out of the park. There are semi-wild monkeys on the property, as well, which may be entertaining to you and the kids.

The best resorts in Playa del Carmen offer beautiful pools and delicious food. At Occidental at Xcaret, you have access to level pools and 11 restaurants. Spa treatments available, as well.

It’s worth mentioning here that wifi is not free at Occidental at Xcaret. Guests get 1 hour free in the lobby.

  • Pool: Yes, with the best access to Xcaret waterpark
  • Wifi: Not free. Approx. USD $15/day per device
  • Location:15 minutes (by car) south of Playa del Carmen. Minutes from several waterparks and other attractions.
  • Room Details: Kids under 12 stay free using existing beds. How many depends on the room. No extra beds or cots available.

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Family Club at Grand Riviera Princess — All Inclusive

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This makes our list of best all inclusive resorts in Playa del Carmen thanks to excellent pools, food, service and family rooms. The Grand Riviera Princess resort has 12 pools, but 8 of them are for the adults-only section. That said, the kids club activities range from video games to a mini disco (from 10 am to 11 pm). Older kids can try archery and introductory scuba lessons. Younger kids will like the Pirate Buffet and water play area.

Like the best all inclusive resorts in Playa del Carmen, you get a wide variety of restaurants: 14 to be exact.

Wifi is free on the property but has serious gaps in coverage.

  • Pool: Yes, with kids water play area
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location:40-minute drive from Cancun Airport, 20 minutes from Playa del Carmen
  • Room Details: Family rooms sleep up to five. Some with bunk beds, 1-2 kids under twelve cost 25%/night of the room fees is using existing bedding. No room for extra beds.

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Best Resorts in Playa del Carmen

Okay, so here are the best resorts in Playa del Carmen. As I mentioned in the section above, some of these might also make the list of best all inclusive resorts in Playa del Carmen, but I’ve chosen the resorts below outside of the all inclusive context.

Mahekal Beach Resort – Best Resorts in Playa del Carmen

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Want a rustic setting but with 4-star amenities? Then Mahekal Beach is one of the best resorts in Playa del Carmen to consider. Under the palapas here you’ll find simple wood furniture and exceptional food. The pools are big and spotless, as well. Including the infinity pool overlooking the beach.

The Mahekal Beach Resort offers a variety of lodging: from luxury apartments to dorm rooms. There’s even a treehouse. Some of the interior design has a well-worn look of a beach hut. Yet the powerful air-conditioning, kitchenette, and art on the walls tell another story.

Kids activities include pottery and ping pong. The on-site restaurants get high marks. However, you’re still close enough to 5th avenue and the rest of town if you want to venture out for a bite.

  • Pool: 2, including an infinity pool
  • Wifi: Yes, and generally well regarded, which is rare.
  • Location: On the beach & 15-20min walk to the middle of town
  • Room Details: Lots of rooms sleep 4+ with 2-3 beds. Kids under eleven cost USD $11 using existing bedding.

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Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen – Best Resorts in Playa del Carmen

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If you want 5-star amenities that are walking distance from downtown, then the Grand Hyatt is one of the best resorts in Playa del Carmen for you. This is not an all-inclusive resort. However, the Grand Hyatt does deliver on what any of the best hotels in Playa del Carmen can offer.

Rooms are immaculate and the staff is excellent. There are two well-regarded restaurants on site, but plenty more a short walk away. This is a fairly new hotel, opening in 2015.

  • Pool: Yes (1 adult-only pool, and one for all)
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: Minutes on foot from all downtown Playa del Carmen has to offer.
  • Room Details: Rooms with two queen beds. One kid under twelve costs USD $35/night in existing bedding. All kids under two stay free in a crib. Maximum extra beds per room: 1.

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Iberostar Paraiso Lindo – Best Resorts in Playa del Carmen

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Looking for somewhere with plenty of water fun? Then the Iberostar will be one of the best resorts in Playa del Carmen for you. Like all of the best hotels in Playa del Carmen, they have beautiful swimming pools and beach property. But the Iberostar also has a wave pool, a “lazy river,” and a “Pirate Island” for the little ones.

The kids club can keep little ones until 10:30 pm, and there are plenty of shows and activities for all ages. Brand new fitness center, with classes daily for the gym rats in the family.

This is part of a multi-hotel complex, with different levels of decadence. Linda is one of the more affordable levels.

  • Pool: Yes, and wave pool, lazy river, and water playground
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: 35 minutes north of Playa del Carmen. 30 minutes from Cancun airport
  • Room Details: Large variety of room/bed configurations. All kids under two stay free using existing bedding. Kids between three and twelve cost 50 % of the room rate per night when using existing bedding. Max extra beds per room: 1.

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Fairmont Mayakoba – Best Resorts in Playa del Carmen

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Sleek & stylish villas from the mangroves to the beach. The Fairmont Mayakoba makes our list of best hotels in Playa del Carmen for a number of reasons. For starters, the property is spectacular, and the villas have their own plunge pools with patios. Secondly, the Fairmont Mayakoba’s Discovery Club staff does a great job entertaining the 4-12y/o set with art projects, and games. Three hours a day is included free of charge (9am-12pm or 5pm-8pm). Babysitting services and a baby room also available.

Teens can enjoy water activities. The Fairmont offers catamaran tours, as well as plenty of watersports equipment for use. Sea kayaks, standup paddle boards, and snorkeling gear and more are available to guests.

Rooms are ample and connecting rooms are available upon request in advance. All transportation on the property is by cart, boat or bicycle. And on foot, of course.

  • Pool: Yes, (5)
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location:20 minutes by car to Playa del Carmen
  • Room Details: Rooms sleep 2 – 8 comfortably with queens, doubles and sofa beds

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Rosewood Mayakoba – Best Resorts in Playa del Carmen

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The Rosewood Mayakoba is easily one of the best Playa del Carmen hotels. However, to many, it’s arguably THE best hotel in Mexico, period.

The best hotels in Playa del Carmen have beautiful pools, exceptional food, spacious rooms and clean, stylish facilities. The Rosewood Mayakoba has all this and more. Yet what everyone will tell you about this place is that the level of service. Service at the Rosewood Mayakoba goes above and beyond usual luxury hotels in Mexico to something unique to the Rosewood. There is butler service here, but it seems as if everyone at the Rosewood is looking after you.

The kids club has plenty to do for little ones. In addition, there are plenty of day excursions to keep you busy for as long as you’re there.

  • Pool: Yes. Many rooms have plunge pools, too.
  • Wifi: Yes, and well regarded
  • Location: 25min north of Playa del Carmen by car, 45 min south of Cancun airport
  • Room Details: Rooms sleep up for four

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Best Hotels in Playa del Carmen

Now let’s get to the best hotels in Playa del Carmen. All of these are near the beach, but not on it. Unlike the best resorts in Playa del Carmen, these hotels are in the city. However, they are all within walking distance of the sand. The Playa del Carmen hotels list below is the most varied of the three lists here. Prices go from luxury to budget. I hope you find something you like.

Thompson Playa del Carmen – Best Hotels in Playa del Carmen

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Hip, stylish and centrally located. The Thompson is the best hotel in Playa del Carmen for those who want 5-star amenities without leaving the city. The Thompson has sumptuous rooms and a rooftop pool that has one of the best views of Playa del Carmen in town.

Service is exceptional, and the location — minutes from 5th avenue and the beach — is hard to beat. The on-site restaurants are great, but you’re only a short walk from all of Playa del Carmen restaurants of every size, genre, and budget.

Their sister property — Thompson Beach House — sits only a few blocks away and offers beach access. But luxury hotels like this make it easy to just stay in.

  • Pool: Yes (including rooftop pool)
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: Downtown. Not on the beach but minutes from the beach, 5th avenue restaurants, etc.
  • Room Details: Luxury & Deluxe rooms have 2 queen beds. One kid under twelve stays free using existing bedding. Additional kids/adults cost USD $40/night for extra beds. Max extra beds per room: 1.

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HM Playa del Carmen – Best Hotels in Playa del Carmen

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Located ten minutes on foot from the beach and 5th avenue, HM makes our list of best hotels in Playa del Carmen for location and service. Unlike the resorts in Playa del Carmen listed above, this is a small place in the center of the city. Yet it’s just removed enough from the crowds on 5th avenue that it doesn’t get the noise.

Rooms are stylish and spacious, but perhaps not enough storage space or hangers. Ask for a room with a balcony — especially if you have little swimsuits to dry.

The pool area is small compared to Playa del Carmen resorts, but like the best hotels in the Yucatan, it’s kept clean.

  • Pool: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: 3 minutes from the beach or 5th avenue
  • Room Details: Multiple room combinations (Double, King, Junior Suite) will sleep 4 comfortably. No room for extra beds.

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Hacienda Real del Caribe Hotel – Best Hotels in Playa del Carmen

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Located just around the corner from 5th avenue, Hacienda Real del Caribe Hotel wins on location. That said, you will deal with more noise than the Playa del Carmen hotels further from the center.

Rooms are relatively large for their location. The pool sits in shade for parts of the day so might be cooler than some like. Then again, from here you’re three minutes to the beach.

  • Pool: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: Downtown. Minutes to the beach, 5th avenue.
  • Room Details: Queen room has 2 queen beds. Up to 2 kids under seven stay free using existing bedding. No room for extra beds.

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Condominio Fabiola – Best Hotels in Playa del Carmen

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Smack in the middle of town, Condominio Fabiola (also called Condohotel Fabiola) offers apartments with kitchenettes. The gated courtyard feels safe and quiet, despite being downtown.

Like most of the best hotels in Playa del Carmen, you have a pool and jacuzzi to relax in. But if you’re ready for the beach, then it’s two blocks away.

The apartments are clean and have soft beds. The location puts you near the sites and sounds of the city, as well as bus stations if you want to travel further afield.

  • Pool: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: 3 minutes from the beach or 5th avenue
  • Room Details: Multiple room combinations (Double, King, Junior Suite) will sleep 4 comfortably. No room for extra beds.

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Hotel Aventura Mexicana – Best Hotels in Playa del Carmen

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When it comes to value for money, Hotel Aventura Mexicana is one of the best hotels in Playa del Carmen. This is a small, local-run 3-star hotel, that has some of the services you’d find in Playa del Carmen resorts. That includes a spa, yoga lessons, and a made-to-order breakfast.

From here, you’re only a few paces from the bustling 5th avenue, but Hotel Aventura Mexicana is set far enough away that the noise doesn’t reach it.

The grounds are beautifully manicured and the pools are kept clean.

  • Pool: Yes (family pool & adult-only pool)
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: 7 minutes to the beach, 5 minutes to 5th avenue on foot
  • Room Details: Deluxe double has 2 double beds.

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Club Yebo – Best Hotels in Playa del Carmen

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Warm, cozy, and minutes from the action, Club Yebo makes the list of best hotels in Playa del Carmen for location and value for money. Unlike many Playa del Carmen hotels, Club Yebo feels more like staying in someone’s beach house. Rooms are clean and appear more like mini apartments, complete with a kitchenette.

One of Club Yebo’s main advantages is that it’s located on First Avenue — just minutes from everything Playa del Carmen has to offer. 5th avenue is around the corner. Local restaurants and dive shops are a stroll away. And the beach is right there, too.

Their 2-bedroom apartment has a pool view and can sleep up to six.

  • Pool: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: Off 1st avenue, so 2 minutes on foot to the beach or 5th avenue
  • Room Details:2-bedroom apartment sleeps up to six, Superior studio sleeps 3. One kid under twelve stays free using existing bedding.

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El Acuario Hotel – Best Hotels in Playa del Carmen

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This small 3-star accommodation makes the list of best Playa del Carmen hotels thanks to good service and a local feel. El Acuario Hotel is about a kilometer from the beach. This puts you away from the tourist central and all the pros and cons that come with that.

There’s a nice small pool to cool off. Rooms all face the pool. so that can make naps for kiddo problematic if he’s/she’s a light sleeper. There’s also a lot of plants around and a small turtle pond. There are also cats on the property — a plus for some, but for an allergy sufferer like me, beware.

  • Pool: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: 10-minute walk to the beach.
  • Room Details: Triples, Quadruples & Suites sleep up to four

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Hotel Plaza Playa – Best Hotels in Playa del Carmen

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Another of the best budget hotels in Playa del Carmen. Sure, it’s further from the beach than most of the best Playa del Carmen hotels (a 15-minute walk instead of 5), but it has a lot going for it. Rooms are clean, beds are comfy, and they make little towel animals every day. The air-conditioning works well and rooms come with a mini-fridge to keep things cold. There’s a huge supermarket minutes away, too.

They have wifi, as well, but it gets iffy around the hallways and out of the rooms away from the router. The front rooms are noisier, so we suggest requesting rooms in the back for more peace and quiet.

  • Pool: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: 12 minutes from the beach.
  • Room Details: Family room has 2 large double beds. One kid under twelve stays free using existing bedding. All kids under two stay free in cots/cribs. All kids under six stay free of charge in extra beds. Additional kids/adults cost MXN 150/night for extra beds. Max # of extra beds per room: 1.

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  1. I’d definitely expect a pitch for membership at any all inclusive resort Jason. Par for the course 😉 I recall a different deal, but heavy pitch for a time share in Bali. Again, a different animal, but I knew the fear-based, desperate route these folks take in many regards.

    What inspired places. Neat too; I knew not Playa Del Carmen is so close to Cancun.

    Ryan

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