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Paamul Hotel
Ranked #134 of 209 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
1 review
“Great experience”
Reviewed 10 May 2013

It was a lot better than I expected. The hotel and the cabanas are located on a piece of secluded beach. Some of the suites have a porch a few feet away from the water. The rooms are spacious and updated. Ours had a fridge, coffee maker, microwave and kitchen sink. Wifi is available at no cost. It is a great place for a romantic get away.
The not so good are the restaurant (a little bit pricey), the beach has rocks, secluded access (preferably you need a car).

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 May 2013

We visited Paamul for the third year in a row late February/early March. We brought another couple with us this time and they fell in love with this place just as we did three years ago. The hotel is small, charming, clean and the views are spectacular. Even thought the hotel itself is small, the rooms are rather large with two queen beds, sitting area, kitchenette and large bathroom. Bartolo takes very good care of the rooms and he is always there with a smile. Right outside your room is the beautiful beach and ocean. I think I could stare at that view all day!

Next to the hotel is the restaurant, where Chef Kalu is cooking up some pretty tasty dishes. There is a little bit of everything on the menu, from calamri to quesadillas to steaks and stuffed fish (one of my favorites). And don't forget breakfast! The Huevos Caribenos (eggs with onions, bacon and avocado) is a must have along with the freshly squeezed orange juice. The bar and restaurant staff are great as well! We were there for 8 nights, so we got to know them well and they always took great care of us. A big shout out to: Martin, Enrique, Candelario, Pablo (I know I forgot a few names, sorry)....you guys are the best! The food is great, the drinks are great and so is the staff!

Paamul is a casual, relaxing and fun place. It is away from all the hustle and bustle but still close if you want to go out for a night on the town or a day of shopping. Playa del Carmen is only 15 minutes North and Akumal is about 20 minutes South. There is so much to do in this area from Xcaret, Xel-Ha, snorkeling with sea turtles in Akumal Bay, etc...I highly recommend renting a car in Cancun and driving down. Just make sure you check out all the insurance requirements for Mexico and what your credit card covers (and how much of a hold they put on your card).

I can't say enough wonderful things about Paamul, except...when can I go again!

Room Tip: There isn't a bad room at Paamul!
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Jefferson, Oregon
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

We own and operate a farm in Oregon, USA. After working hard all summer, our goal for vacation in Mexico is to enjoy the sun/ocean/beach, snorkel, get massages, relax and read.

We have stayed in Playa del Carmen as well as all inclusive resort near Playa. The other places we stayed are nice BUT Paamul is the best choice for us. All of the rooms have fabulous ocean front views. No long walks to get to the beach and you don't have to share the beach with 100s of people like you do in Playa or at all inclusive resort. In Playa and at the resort, seems like someone is always trying to sell you something. Not in Paamul. :)

Paamul feels safe and relaxing. The staff is friendly and helpful. The massage therapists are WONDERFUL and affordable. We got massages every other day while we were there. The food at the restaurant is very good. And there is a large grocery store a few minutes away (by car).

We rented a car and drove to Paamul from the airport. Getting around by car is very easy in this part of Mexico. We are already planning our next trip.....

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Boston, MA
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Reviewed 22 March 2013

This lovely new hotel is all about being close to the sea. Enchanting views and every room is just steps from the water. The rooms are very clean, and the view out your window is of the most lovely little cove with many colors of blue/green water. The rooms are a bargain at $100/per night. The restaurant is good for lunch & dinner. Breakfast starts late (8 am) and is not of the same quality as the other meals. If you have a car it is very easy to get to and from. Our cab from Playa cost $25, but you can walk about 1 km to the main road and grab a Collectivo (public vans that seat 12) in either direction (a charming Mexican experience, in my opinion).

They provide beach towels with a $20 deposit. Our room had a small refrigerator, microwave & kitchen sink included in the price. The bathroom was very nice, clean (no mildew in the shower stall) and large. There is a tv in every room (never turned it on), and the wi-fi was strong enough to stream a movie, and was included in the price of the room.

There are privately owned palapas surrounding the hotel, but there are no stores, and just the one restaurant. Don't come here for nightlife, it's all about the beach.

The beach is beautiful, but not pure soft sand like in Playa or Tulum. There are rocks getting into the water, and the sand has lots of bits of shell & coral in it. In my opinion it was stunningly beautiful, and I was happy to pick my way into the water. Lots of folks wore water shoes to get in. Once you are in the water it's perfectly clean and clear. When you get out you are just a few steps away from your room with a generous balcony. Plenty of hot water for showers.

Highly recommend this experience. I look forward to a return trip.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Cuernavaca, Mexico
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Reviewed 22 March 2013

This is the kind of place that I would go back, and back, and back and never get tired of it.
The owner was more than accommodating and met our every smallest demands. The rooms are spacious with beautiful terraces 100 feet away from the Caribbean.
It is small and hopefully it will remain this way.
We will come back!!!
Thanks Jose,

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

We would have never found this hidden gem without you! After spending 3 nights at a rugged beach-front casita in Tulum it was so nice to arrive at the Paamul Hotel and have a bottle of cabernet wine waitng for us. Add to that air conditioning, a blow dryer, television, fridge and comfy beds and we were in heaven.The rooms were spacious, sunny and clean.

The hotel has a small, refreshing pool, nature trails through the jungle and along the beach, a dive shop and a restaurant. The restaurant is Brazillian and Mexican is open 8AM- 8PM. We had breakfast there and dinner. The dinner was a mixed grill and the very best meal we had our entire week in Mexico. I will write a separate review of the restaurant. The area is quiet at night but Playa del Carmen is only 15 minutes away by car if you desire more action.

We enjoyed the big porch with comfy couch, chaise and chairs. We would sit and read, chat with our neighbors, have cocktails and watch the waves roll in. The beach was excellent for snorkeling. We reserved the rooms and paid in advance and the rate was $100 including tax. Amazing value!!

Paamul is a small, quiet community that consists of the hotel (about 11 rooms), eco-cabanans, a residential neighborhood of new homes and rv's under thatched roofs. It is guarded, quiet and friendly.

We rented a car which was easy and Paamul is directly off the main road 307 South about 70 minutes from the airport. We stopped at the grocery and got beers and snacks since there was a fridge.

Tips: bring your own bug repellant for walks through the jungle, beach towels, good books and snorkel gear.

If you like natural beauty, great snorkeling, good food and total relaxation go to Paamul Hotel!!

Room Tip: We stayed in room 3 but all hotelrooms face the ocean. The eco-cabanas are not ocean front but stil...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ottawa, ON
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Reviewed 14 March 2013

I sincerely hope this place doesn't get too popular. We stayed here for two nights, then left for Playa Del Carmen for three nights, then returned to Paa Mul for another two nights. We stayed twice in one week, is what I'm getting at.

As you drive into the Paa Mul area from the highway towards the water, it's clear that this is a trailer park. Don't be put off by this. The trailers are covered with thatched roofed structures, tastefully decorated, clean, and are filled with American and Canadian ex-pats who are all too happy to help you find your way if you arrive at night, as we did. These trailers and their often cemented-in structures are constantly in flux and being sold to new disciples of the area. Open kitchens, lovely verandas, all being sold for around 80K and up, apparently.

The hotel is directly on the beach. DIRECTLY. Sixty feet from the lower rooms and you're in the water. You step off your covered porch into sand. The "cabanas", are a completely different animal and are not to be confused with the hotel, but often are. The hotel is a large off-white structure that looks like condos. This is what you want. HOTEL. Be clear to everyone there when you arrive. If you drive down the main road from the highway, you'll drive straight into the office. That's where you get your key, check-in. I stayed in both room 4 and 5, within the same week.

Booking and reservation payment is done via paypal throught the owner, but you can pay the balance in the office with a credit card, pesos, or USD.

Wifi - It wasn't working at all on our first two days, but was thankful not to be distracted. It's spotty, so you have to stay on the hotel staff about getting it repaired if it's not working. When it's working, it's fast. Was only able to get two devices logged in at a time and only on our second stay that week. I feel ridiculous admitting that I used wifi in this amazing little place on vacation.

AC blows cold. The only time we really used it was a night as it's a bit damp in the room (you're 60 feet from the beach, so it's little wonder). To that end, we didn't have the greatest sleeps of our lives. On the plus, you wake up to the most incredible sunrise and private ocean view for 100$ a night. There are families of iguanas that live underneath your porch that sun themselves all day long at arms-length from you.

There is satellite TV with Sky Network, but only a few english channels . Don't bother. Relax outside.

Restaurant. Food was good, a little pricey by Mexican standards. A good variety of mexican dishes and usual hamburger suspects. If you can't finish your meal, they'll literally wrap your plate in plastic wrap, hand you a new fork and knife and you can walk the 100 feet to your room and put it in the in-room fridge and pop it in the microwave for the next day. I hear there are units in the hotel that have a full kitchen option for 25$ more a night. Maybe next time. We did end up spending a few too many pesos at the restaurant as there was no other option. Ceviche, steak, fresh pico-de-gallo. Cocktails are ridiculously overpriced. Pre-drink before heading here. If you stay a 2nd time, breakfast is included here (only toast, freshly squeezed orance juice and coffee), but did save us on spending extra when we didn't need to. I can never really get a feel for staff attitude in these places, but there was the commensurate amount of politesse, and they did cut up limes for our tequila (for our room) a few times. That was appreciated. A little spanish goes a long way too.

There is a little shop at the end of the main Paa Mul road that has usual pop/beer/chips/water, but not much else, so don't count on them for liquor or substantial food stuffs.

The beach is shallow, with plenty of fish and coral, soft sandy bits, and it's no more than 15 feet deep even a couple of hundred feet from the shore. The only worrisome fish we saw was a lion-fish and a barracuda - but apart from that there's plenty to see and very kid-friendly. The beach is public and locals trickle in, but there's rarely more than 10 people on the beach or in the water. It's idyllic and almost hard to believe this place isn't swamped. You'll have the entire bay to yourself quite often. A bottle of water (tap) to wash your sandy feet off before entering your room is a good idea.

I think a 4-5 day stay here would be plenty and am thinking about my next escape here.

It's not perfect, there's not much to do, but it's everything we could have hoped for.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Paamul Hotel
Address: Federal Road Cancun-Tulum 305 | 12 miles south of Playa del Carmen, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico (Formerly Cabanas Paamul)
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Playa del Carmen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#33 Romantic Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#34 Family Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#79 On the Beach Hotel in Playa del Carmen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
There is a dreamy place in the heart of The Riviera Maya next to the Caribbean Sea on one of the most spectacular bays of the Mexican Caribbean. All suites are located 60 ft from the ocean and include two queen size beds, air conditioning, hair dryers, safes, mini refrigerator, coffee makers, microwave, Wi-Fi, Cable TV and private beachfront terrace. ... more   less 
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Cabanas Paamul Hotel Playa Del Carmen
Paamul Hotel Mexico/Riviera Maya - Playa Del Carmen

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