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Playa Del Carmen Hotel Guide

The Best Places to Stay for Every Budget

Updated October 2021

Playa del Carmen Hotel Guide
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Welcome to Playa Del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is fast growing Mexican Caribbean town known for its powdery white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. There are all sorts of accommodations available from all-inclusive luxury resorts to budget-friendly boutique hotels and everything in between. There are three main areas to stay in Playa del Carmen, though most of the hotels can be found along the beach or in the Centro (town center) area. Here are our picks for some excellent places to stay in Playa del Carmen!

Playa del Carmen is fast growing Mexican Caribbean town known for its powdery white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. There are all sorts of accommodations available from all-inclusive luxury resorts to budget-friendly boutique hotels and everything in between. There are three main areas to stay in Playa del Carmen, though most of the hotels can be found along the beach or in the Centro (town center) area. Here are our picks for some excellent places to stay in Playa del Carmen!

Where to Sleep

The Top Neighborhoods

  CENTRO

Centro is the “downtown” neighborhood and is the liveliest tourist area. Shops, restaurants, bars, hotels, nightclubs and more envelope you here. Everything is walkable here. The primary walking street is the broad La Quinta 5th Ave which is lined with vendors, tour shops, performers, tequila tasting rooms and everything else you’d imagine along the long pedestrian way. Stretching up and down the beach from Ave. Constituyentes in the north to Calle 1 (1st Street) in the south, Centro is where the action is.

  THE NORTH END

Following the beach north from Centro, you’ll enter the North End after passing Ave. Constituyentes. This residential, Airbnb and condo area is quieter but still provides easy walking access to Centro. If you’re renting a vacation home for a large group, this is a wonderful area as it’s fairly hip and on the rise.

  PLAYACAR

Playacar is a large-scale residential development south of Centro. Great beaches, a few hotels and restaurants and a quieter, more laid-back vibe. Golf courses, parks, and shopping centers define these “suburbs” of Playa del Carmen.

Budget Hotels

Playa del Carmen Hotel Guide

Lahun Suites by Xperience Hotels

Price: $$     Average Reviews: 4.8/5

Lahun Suites is a lovely spot in the heart of Playa del Carmen, just one block from 5th avenue and two blocks from the beach. Just outside your door are the best restaurants, craft stores, bars, and nightclubs. Guests can cool off from the Caribbean sun in the rooftop pool while enjoying panoramic views of the city. For an affordable price, visitors can expect spacious, clean rooms with modern design and amenities.

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La Pasion Hotel Boutique by Bunik

Price: $     Average Reviews: 4.6/5

La Pasion Hotel Boutique is a romantic hideaway in central Playa Del Carmen which boasts charm, great amenities and outstanding service at an affordable price. Guests feel right at home in clean, modern rooms with premium bedding and private balconies. Make sure to check out the pool and rooftop garden and terrace before exploring the countless attractions situated right outside your door.

The best hotels in Playa del Carmen

Riviera del Sol

Price: $$     Average Reviews: 4.5/5

Discover more of an authentic Mexican experience at this unique and fun boutique hotel. Traditional hacienda style rooms are loaded with character and comforts. Guests enjoy king sized beds and private patios or balconies overlooking the gardens and pool. Several services are offered to help you further unwind, including massages and weekly yoga classes.

The best hotels in Playa del Carmen

The Palm at Playa

Price: $$     Average Reviews: 4.5/5

The super chic adults-only Palm at Playa reflects the vibrancy of the surrounding beach and neighborhood with bold, colorful designs and resort style amenities. Spacious rooms offer private balconies, room service, and trendy décor. Enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite Mexican restaurant, Sabor a Mar, or make your way to the rooftop where the real fun begins. During the day, cool off in the rooftop pool or relax in a cabana with a treat from the cocktail bar. At night, the area transforms into a jazzy, trendy gathering spot for guests to mingle and dance.

The best hotel in Playa del Carmen

Casa Kaoba Hotel & Suites

Price: $     Average Reviews: 4.6/5

Casa Kaoba is committed to comfort and relaxation for the whole family. The individual “villa” style rooms are designed with sleek, contemporary styles, and the suites offer amazing amenities such as private indoor pools, jacuzzis, kitchenettes, or two-story layouts.  Additional amenities include a large pool with loungers and umbrellas, an onsite restaurant, and a play area for your youngest travelers.

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Midrange Hotels

The Yucatan Resort Playa del Carmen by Hilton Tapestry

Price: $$$     Average Reviews: 4.4/5

The Yucatan is an all-inclusive, adults-only boutique resort located right on Playa del Carmen’s famous fifth avenue. In addition to elegant rooms, a Peruvian-Japanese restaurant, a rooftop pool and a snack bar, all guests have access to the Yucatan’s sister resort, the Hilton Playa del Carmen. This includes a private beach, water activities, tennis, luxury spa, and more.

The best hotels in Playa del Carmen

Serenity Hotel Boutique

Price: $$     Average Reviews: 4.6/5

Serenity Hotel Boutique is one of the more chic and luxurious spots in Playa del Carmen. Each of their 30 suites are designed in a modern, minimalist style and decorated with elegant décor. One of the top features of the hotel is the restaurant and rooftop bar and pool. Located in the heart of it all, as soon as guests walk out the doors of the hotel, they’re immersed in the vibrancy of Fifth Avenue.

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Porto Playa Condo Hotel and Beach Club

Price: $$     Average Reviews: 4.6/5

At Porto Playa, each of the 21 luxury suites open up to private gardens filled with lush greenery, flowers, and waterfalls. This gorgeous, bright hotel is committed to offering a rejuvenating experience for all its guests and offers multiple swimming pools, an onsite restaurant, a health café, and a state of the art gym. Ideal for couples, families or larger groups, each condo has the amenities and space to accommodate all your loved ones without compromising style and luxury.

Petit Lafitte Hotel in Playa del Carmen

Petit Lafitte Hotel

Price: $$$     Average Reviews: 4.6/5

Petit Lafitte is an oasis of beachfront rooms and bungalows. The sandy white structures are topped with thatched awnings and wooden accents, mirroring the exceptional beauty of the natural landscape. Whether guests opt for a large, spacious bungalow or a beachfront hotel room, Petit Lafitte is dedicated to providing top-notch hospitality through sustainable, eco-friendly methods. Located on the private Xcalacoco Beach, guests can enjoy the pool, beach, onsite restaurant, and wellness center in complete peace and privacy.

Mvngata Boutique Hotel

Price: $$$     Average Reviews: 4.8/5

Immerse yourself in the scenic, natural beauty of Playa del Carmen at this unique boutique hotel. Mvngata sits on its own private beach overlooking the Caribbean while being completely surrounded by verdant jungle. The rooms are exceptionally spacious, elegantly decorated, and packed with amenities. The hotel itself offers a rooftop bar overlooking the sea, a beachside spa, a bar and lounge, and even a nightclub.

Magic Blue Spa Boutique Hotel

Price: $$     Average Reviews: 4.5/5

Located just off the famous Fifth Avenue, Magic Blue Spa is an adults-only hotel situated steps away from the best nightlife, restaurants, and shops that Playa del Carmen has to offer. The property hosts luxurious accommodations and the first-class amenities including a beautiful pool, spa services, a jacuzzi, and a bar/lounge. Each spacious room includes a furnished balcony or patio, a pillow menu and more. Once your mind and body are relaxed, treat yourself to a first-class meal at the hotel’s gourmet restaurant. Breakfast is included.

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Antera Hotel & Residences

Price: $$     Average Reviews: 4.6/5

Antera is a midsize hotel with an exceptional amount of character. The exterior of the building is designed with wavy, brilliant white lines; a beautiful contrast to the garden and greenery just outside your room. The interior has a simple, contemporary style to make guests feel right at home throughout their stay. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast each morning at the in-house restaurant or in the privacy of your own terrace. Antera’s prime location in central Playa del Carmen puts restaurants and attractions right outside the door. The beach is only two blocks away, but feel free to take a dip in the rooftop swimming pool or hot tub.

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High-End Hotels

Mahekal Beach Front Resort and Spa

Price: $$$     Average Reviews: 4.5/5

Escape to the seaside outskirts of Playa del Carmen at this spectacular and exclusive resort and spa in the North End. The swimming pools alone will leave you breathless, yet there are countless touches throughout the resort that make this place an Instagram favorite. Mahekal honors the nearby Mayan ruins in its stunning design, creating a lavish yet meaningful aesthetic. You may never want to leave once you dip your toes in the private, white sand beach or take a swim in the turquoise waters of the sea.

Thompson Beach House

Price: $$$     Average Reviews: 4.6/5

A bohemian oasis overlooking the Caribbean, Thompson Beach House is a stylish and contemporary resort offering luxury throughout. Though it’s located in the heart of Centro, guests can experience a world class beach while nestled in one of the hotel’s private cabanas or day beds. Signature cocktails or freshly caught, wood fired seafood and traditional Mexican cuisine are readily available from the in house restaurant and bar. Thompson beach house is an ideal location for couples and families alike.

One of the best hotels in Playa Del Carmen

Hotel Xcaret Mexico

Price: $$$$     Average Reviews: 4.7/5

An experience like no other, Hotel Xcaret pays tribute to the culture and history of the Mayan people in the art, food, and hospitality offered at the hotel. The unparalleled natural beauty is breathtaking. In addition to the luxurious hotel experience, Hotel Xcaret has revolutionized “all-inclusive” with unlimited access to each of its adventure parks: Xcaret with its meandering canals you can swim through, incredible beach coves, cultural shows and jungle hikes, Xplor with its caves, ziplines, rafting and ATV’s, Xel-Ha with its waterslides, snorkeling, mangrove tubing and other water activities, Xplor Fuego nighttime torchlight adventure, Xenotes cenote experience, Xoximilco floating fiesta and the oddly popular Xenses optical illusion park.

A best hotel in Playa del Carmen

Fairmont Mayakoba

Price: $$$     Average Reviews: 4.6/5

Just north of the city, the Fairmont Mayakoba sits on 45 acres of lush greenery, white sand beach, and winding lagoons. Rooms, suites, and casitas offer guests extraordinary access to the property. In addition to 5 luxury pools, 6 restaurants, 3 bars, and a private beach, the Fairmont has a variety of recreational activities you won’t find at any other resort. Imagine the memories you can make taking boat tours through the canals, spending the day at the on site golf course or tennis courts, or enjoying a Mayan treatment at the spa.

Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort

Price: $$$     Average Reviews: 4.5/5

Enjoy the best of both worlds at the Grand Hyatt with access to stunning beaches and the vibrancy and excitement of Fifth Avenue in Playa del Carmens North End. Every detail at the Grand Hyatt is designed to showcase the natural splendor and culture of the area. The vast infinity pool seamlessly meets the idyllic white sand beaches of the Caribbean. Take in the ocean breeze as you sip on a signature cocktail and savor the region’s local flavors at the gourmet restaurant. The most lively part of the city with restaurants, shops and nightlife is just a few minutes away.

The Fives Downtown, the top downtown hotel in Playa del Carmen

The Fives Downton

Price: $$     Average Reviews: 4.5/5

Kick back in luxury at the chic Fives Downtown featuring all-inclusive amenities near Mamitas Beach Club. Pretty much the coolest hotel downtown, The Fives is an excellent spot for couples and singles alike with upscale rooms, premium bedding, and designer everything. In addition to the incredible rooftop pool, the establishment offers two restaurants and two bars so that you never go hungry or thirsty!

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