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Playa Del Carmen Hotel Guide

Great Places to Stay for Every Budget

February 2021

Hotel La Semilla, one of the best hotels in playa del carmen

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Where to Sleep 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. In this town, there are all sorts of accommodations from all-inclusive luxury resorts to budget-friendly hostels and hotels. 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!

Hostels

SAYAB Hostel

SAYAB Hostel, one of the best hotels in playa del carmen
SAYAB Hostel

SAYAB Hostel has a great location just steps away from the Caribbean sea and Playa del Carmen’s center. They offer shared and private rooms with private bathrooms. Guests can take lessons at the onsite scuba school and enjoy the hostel-organized parties.

Located in Centro (town center).

Izsla Hostel

Izsla Hostel, one of the best hotels in playa del carmen
Izsla Hostel

Rooftop pool alert! If you’re looking for a budget oasis in the middle of Playa del Carmen, Izsla is your place. This 11-bedroom hostel has enough space for 50 guests. Guests can enjoy a relaxing pool, DJ events, and included breakfast at this lively hostel.

Located in Centro.

Budget Hotels

Barrio Latino Hotel

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

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

Hotel Plaza Playa

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 Centro.

Midrange Options

Bloom Exclusive Boutique B&B

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 Centro.

Hotel La Semilla

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 Zona Federal Maritima about a 15-20 minute walk to Centro.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites

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 Options

Iberostar Grand Paraiso

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

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.

Staff Picks

Hotel Morgana

Hotel Morgana, one of the best hotels in playa del carmen
Hotel Morgana

Staff Pick – One of my favorite hotels to rest my head 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!

Playacar Palace

Playacar Palace, one of the best hotels in playa del carmen
Playacar Palace

Staff Pick – Sometimes, you just want to indulge yourself and relax at an all-inclusive resort. When I feel like I need to treat myself, I 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.

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