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Playa Del Carmen Hotel Guide

The Best Places to Stay for Every Budget

Updated May 2021

Playa del Carmen Hotel Guide
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Welcome to Playa Del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is a gem of a resort 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 hostels and boutique hotels. 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 a gem of a resort 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 hostels and boutique hotels. 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

Barrio Latino Hotel, One Of The Best Hotels In Playa Del Carmen

Barrio Latino Hotel

If you’re looking for a charming budget hotel, look no further. The Barrio Latino hotel is close enough to all the top destinations but is a slight retreat from the hustle and bustle. A lovely courtyard and open air restaurant make for tranquil common spaces. A tasty breakfast comes with the room.

Located in Centro

Apart Hotel Casaejido, One Of The Best Hotels In Playa Del Carmen

Apart Hotel Casaejido

Apart Hotel Casaejido hotel has three options within the same property. They offer B&B rooms, studio suites, and apartments. The B&B comes with breakfast, and the other properties have spaces to prepare your own food. All properties have pool access.

Located in the quiet Ejidal neighborhood about a 25 minute walk (8 minute taxi) from Centro. 15 minute walk to the beach.

Hotel Plaza Playa, One Of The Best Hotels In Playa Del Carmen

Hotel Plaza Playa

For a clean and straightforward budget hotel experience, check out the Hotel Plaza Playa. It is in a local neighborhood with plenty of delicious bites to eat and tasty ice cream. The hotel is only 4-5 blocks away from the main tourist street, 5th Avenue.

Located in the North End

Hotel Morgana, One Of The Best Hotels In Playa Del Carmen

Hotel Morgana

  Staff Favorite – One of our favorite hotels to rest our heads in Playa del Carmen has got to be Hotel Morgana. Its rooms are whimsical, artsy, and modern. You can even get a small dose of the “all-inclusive” experience because they give out breakfast coupons and beach club passes to guests!

Located in the North End

Midrange Hotels

Bloom Exclusive Boutique B&B, One Of The Best Hotels In Playa Del Carmen

Bloom Exclusive Boutique B&B

This boutique B&B has a relaxed and romantic atmosphere. There are five rooms at the hotel, each decorated by local artists. Every room has a private outdoor jacuzzi and terrace where guests can unwind. Visitors can also enjoy the rooftop pool and lounge.

Located in the North End

Hotel La Semilla, One Of The Best Hotels In Playa Del Carmen

Hotel La Semilla

Hotel La Semilla has a simple, organic atmosphere reflective of Mexican heritage, style, and history. The B&B has nine adult-only rooms nestled into the trendiest part of town and surrounded by jungle. In the morning, there’s a tasty and healthy breakfast. One of our favorites. Book well ahead.

Located in the Zona Federal Maritima neighborhood about a 15-20 minute walk to Centro

Holiday Inn Express And Suites, One Of The Best Hotels In Playa Del Carmen

Holiday Inn Express and Suites

I know what you’re thinking… a CHAIN hotel on Island Life Mexico! Well, have you seen the rooftop pool?! haha. If you want a consistent place that delivers clean, modern rooms every time, the Holiday Inn Express is a very popular spot. Every room has a microwave, mini-fridge, and WiFi. And every morning, the hotel serves up a complimentary breakfast. Free parking is also available onsite.

Located in Centro

High-End Hotels

Iberostar Grand Paraiso, One Of The Best Hotels In Playa Del Carmen

Iberostar Grand Paraiso

This 24-hour all-inclusive resort is perched right on the Playa Paraiso beach in the Riviera Maya, about a 30-minute drive north of Playa del Carmen proper. Guests have access to butler and concierge services, numerous swimming pools and restaurants, beach activities and much, much more.

Located about a 30-minute drive north of Centro

Grand Velas Riviera Maya, One Of The Best Hotels In Playa Del Carmen

Grand Velas Riviera Maya

The Grand Velas Riviera Maya Hotel is the ultimate all-inclusive experience. Guests enjoy personal concierge service, 24/7 suite service, private terraces, indoor jacuzzis, and a fully-stocked minibar. Upon arrival, the hotel even welcomes guests with a bottle of complimentary mezcal.

Located about a 20-minute drive north of Centro on the beach

Playacar Palace, One Of The Best Hotels In Playa Del Carmen

Playacar Palace

  Staff Favorite – Sometimes, you just want to indulge yourself and relax at an all-inclusive resort. When we feel like we need to treat ourselves, we stay at the Playacar Palace. This is pretty much THE PLACE for in town beachfront luxury. You can walk pretty much everywhere from here. The resort has 201 luxurious rooms, three delicious restaurants, and four bars.

Located in Playacar

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