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Corto Maltes Ocean Front Luxury Vacation Condos
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Reviewed 8 September 2012

The condo beside this is called El Faro and the construction on it was finished long ago. We start at El Faro In Nov 2011 then and the noise that was made was the music playing until late in the evening which came from Corto Maltes Condo. Funny how things change with time. Both are in a wonderful location and are really nice. The service from the Encanto staff (who also are the property managers for some of the El Faro units) were wonderful to us and we were not even guests in one of their units.

Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 10 June 2012

If you want to stay in luxury condo in a fun, beach resort area, near all the action, right on the beach, I would recommend a condominium at the Corto Maltes Condo Hotel.

First time in a condo. Booked with Trip Central (thanks for the last minute booking !) / Air Transat in late May 2012. Flight was great, nice meal, movie and were soon landing in Cancun. Easy transfer from airport to Corto Maltes / El Faro Condo.

We stayed in Suite 205 in the Corto Maltes Condo. Very spacious beautiful, fully furnished Condo overlooking the beach and the ocean. This was a home away from home with tv, satellite wi fi, (didn't watch tv really, but nice to have) marble floors, floor to ceiling glass doors and windows in the living room dining area, cozy living room, open kitchen, massive balcony facing east and south towards the ocean, and 3 smaller balconies on the south side. All overlooking palm trees, the sandy beach and turquoise waters. At night, the lights of Cozumel can be seen in the distance.

Stayed in Suite 205, which has two large bedrooms, two full bathrooms, suitable for 2 couples or more, which makes it very affordable. Standing on the huge balcony I couldn't help but feel special. I could have spent the whole weekend at the Condo, on the beach, or swimming at the shared pool at El Faro, but there was so much more to see.

I snorkelled in Akumal with sea turtles, a Barracuda (they are friendly) and saw many colourful fish and coral reefs. Climbed the Mayan ruins at Cobo, and spent a full day at Xcaret (don't miss the amazing show at 7 pm! If you can't get good seats in the lower level, I found the seats at the north or south end had a great view of the action.

After my delicious meals at Wicky's restaurant (next door at El Faro) I would usually walk the beach or 5th Avenue, the north / south pedestrian street, to people watch, listen to live entertainment or just work off my meal. Wicky's had a full selection of excellent meals, my favourites being the white fish, salmon, steak tartar appetizer, and of course the desserts. Compliments to the Chef !

All service at the restaurant / beach / front desk was excellent. I was having trouble with my hand held and was given access to a laptop to book and print out some information.

The nights come alive in Playa along 5th Avenue and side streets, with live music, cafés, and party dance clubs. Being older, I enjoyed just sitting and watching everyone have a good time, while listening to various types of music from many, many clubs . There are so many tourists around at all hours, along with a police presence, that safety was never a concern. I walked during the day along some of the popular streets away from the touristy areas, to see the real Mexican flavour of the people and stores. I found most locals to be relaxed, friendly and helpful, l wished I could be relaxed like them. Most can speak some English and appreciate when you try to speak some Spanish.

Overall a great experience in Playa Del Carmen. Being right in the heart of the town by the beach was an exciting experience I'll never forget.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Vail, Colorado
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Reviewed 26 March 2012

We stayed in 104. First, let me say that the location is spectacular, right on the beach and a block off 5th. The condo is huge and nicely appointed. we liked the on-site amenities including the bar downstairs.

That said, be warned, this is an EXTREMELY NOISY place, routinely to 3 and as late as 5 am. Earplugs worked for me, but the bass was pumping through the earplugs. If you are a light sleeper DO NOT STAY HERE, at least on the beachfront units.

Also note that the unit does NOT have wi-fi. The desk gives out a list of routers to pirate, and you can get one in the master bath (So you can sit in the john and email). The quick fix is to head to the bar and get their wi-fi code (I brought a device and logged in while having a beer). The proximity to the bar pays off because their wi-fi works pretty well throughout the condo.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Topeka, Kansas
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Reviewed 23 February 2012

We have vacationed in Playa the last 7 years and this was our first stay at Corto. We usually prefer a penthouse condo but they were booked. When we checked in we were told we had to take 104 even though we had a confirmation # for 204. After about 15 minutes of arguing with the two rude men we were then told that there was a computer mistake and we could choose between 104&204. On 1 website we thought that there was rooftop patio access if we stayed in 204. We asked the guys at the desk and they said that wasn't true and that the rooftops were closed anyway. Why on earth would the rooftops be closed in February? We chose to stay in 204.

Once we got through the hassle with the front desk we settled in our condo. The view from 204 is amazing. We also loved the location. It had everything we needed inside and out. Even though we did miss our rooftop at Luna encantada.

There were some negatives about this condo. For example the maid would take our towels and sometimes not bring clean ones back until after 5:00pm. One time I went down to the laundry and helped myself to clean towels. We thought we had a washer and a dryer but found out it was only a washer. The worst part was that the bar below us played very loud music until around 3:00am. And a bar down the beach played until 5:00am. It was very hard to sleep through that.

We still had a wonderful trip and I can't say enough that the view and location were amazing!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 31 January 2012

6 friends and I stayed in unit 101 of the Corto Maltes condo's, which are right beside Encanto. The condo was absolutely gorgeous. It was exactly like the pictures except even bigger than we expected. Check-in was at 2pm but we arrived an hour early. We thought the condo would have already been cleaned since it was only one hour before our expected arrival time, but this was not the case. We were supposed to get maid service every other day but the maid skipped one day so we had to clean ourselves. This was the only disappointment of the trip. The building and beach area were very clean, as well as the pool area at the Encanto. The bar downstairs was lively every night, and beautifuly deocrated and lighten with candles. waiters walk around the condo beach area serving drinks and food. The drinks are delicious, not the cheap stuff you would find at an all inclusive. Our experience with the food was equally pleasant. The location on the condo was the best part! We literally stepped outside of the condo and had everything at our disposal; bars, restaurants, shops, etc. Walmart Superstore was a 10 minute walk, which was where we bought small grocery's. Unless you are really set on eating in all the time DO NOT buy too many groceries because they will goto waste. We went out for dinner every night even though we said we wouldn't. We were there during a festival so there was music playing at all times of the day and night. If you want peace and quiet then do not travel to the downtown playa area in the beginning of January because you will be very disappointed. During this time of the year it's VERY lively on the streets, bars, and clubs, and if you aren't the type to join this type of environment then it may bother you. Overall, we had a fantastic time and couldn't really ask for anything more. I definitely recommend staying in unit 101 if you are travelign wit ha group of 5-7 people.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 6 January 2012

We stay in Corto Maltes last december.The place is really nice but unfortunatly we were so disappointed about the service. For exemple, we leave so many mail or post card to the reception to send them and they've lost all of them. Indeed, they are not really serious. Nevertheless, our stay in playa was very pleasant. Kiki

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Los Angeles CA
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Reviewed 13 December 2011

I've stayed at both Encanto locations and have to say that although El Faro is nicer than Corto, Corto isn't too bad. The pros: it's on the beach, it's a condo, ours had two restrooms, two bedrooms, and a sofa bed. You get to use the pool at El Faro and we had two complimentary American breakfasts daily. What I didn't like about it is that the water pressure really needs some work done. The water came and went in the showers and it made strange noises when you first turned it on. Then all of a sudden water would come spitting out full force! Also for some odd reason, the tub in one of the rooms was so tall it isn't easy to step into. It's about 2.5 feet tall! The TV's are also really tiny compared to El Faro, and it's much louder than El Faro at night as there's a club downstairs. What I didn't like about it was the housekeeping. At El Faro, I had housekeeping service daily. At Corto, there's only housekeeping service every other day. And we had to throw out the trash ourselves. Not sure why we had the lousy service with housekeeping this time but I still had a wonderful time! Overall: if you have a choice between both hotels go to el Faro. However, if el faro is booked, you will enjoy the amenities of Corto enough to oversee the imperfections. And at least, Corto has doors for both restrooms! So you don't have to watch your loved ones use the facilities as you might have to endure at El Faro!

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Corto Maltes Ocean Front Luxury Vacation Condos
Address: Calle 10 y Zona Federal Maritima, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico (Formerly Encanto Corto Maltes)
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Playa del Carmen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #86 of 208 Speciality Lodging in Playa del Carmen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Corto Maltes Ocean Front Luxury Vacation Condos 3.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Corto Maltes is a luxury, privately owned condominium complex directly on the beach in the heart of Playa del Carmen. Each unit is individually decorated by the owner and no two are alike. There is a bar and restaurant downstairs. The Homeowners Association provides a business center with a computer, printer, internet and Vonage phone service. Typical services and amenities are provided by companies that manage the individual units. ... more   less 
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