I was in Playa in March for a week and just returned from a 13 day stay at the El Acuario. It was like returning home. Diane, yet again, set things up perfectly; an amazing woman and a fantastic manager. If you are looking for an economical alternative to the beach expense of staying in PDC then look no further. Clean, safe, affordable and friendly; and only 5 blocks from the beach.
For anyone that believes the staff is disorganized then I would suggest that when visiting a foreign country that you spend some time on youtube learning the basic language or maybe purchase a used language dictionary at a book store for a dollar or two. Part of the experience of touring the world is learning and exploring. The staff at El Acuario are about making each and every guest feel welcome. They are some of the hardest working staff that I have ever seen; bar none. Try leaving change on your vanity at a 5 star resort and see how much is there when you return; right?! Even when I visited Germany I felt compelled to learn the basic language and took my dollar used book just in case I ran across people who did not speak English. Perhaps the disorganization was not the honest, hard-working, go out of their way staff but the guest?
For anyone looking for the more traditional flavor of Mexico then you might want to check out El Acuario. Excellent staff, superb management, safe and secure environment, close enough to 5th Avenue in a four minute walk and very close to some of the best cart food in Quintana Roo. Try either cart at 20th Avenue and 4th, right around the corner for breakfast or lunch; do not miss the carts at ADO alternate terminal on 20th Avenue.
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- El Acuario Hotel is a charming Caribbean hotel with only 12 rooms and one Suite. Located downtown Playa del Carmen, just a few minutes walk from the beach and the pedestrian shopping avenue. Beautiful, calm, relaxing, we offer an ideal environment for your family vacation or business trip! All our rooms are equipped with air conditioning, ceiling fan, cable TV, kitchenette (sink, fridge, electric grill, microwave oven, kitchenware and dishes), table and chairs, private bathroom with shower, and a spacious terrace with hammock and view to the tropical garden and swimming-pool. The Suite is available for mid- to long-term rentals (minimum one month), and has one bedroom, 1.5 Bathrooms, living room with sofa bed, dining room, fully equipped kitchen and large terrace with view to the pool. Common areas: large tropical garden, swimming-pool, barbecue and palapa area. Services: free coffee, wireless Internet, 24-hours front desk, laundry, concierge, massages, bicycle and car rentals. We look forward to receiving you!!! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Acuario Hotel Mexico/Riviera Maya - Playa Del Carmen