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La Tortuga Hotel & Spa
Ranked #55 of 211 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 January 2009

Not sure what I can add that the other 442 reviews before me haven't.

We booked based on the reviews here on TripAdvisor, and got a very reasonable room rate ($128 USD/night) during January with a free upgrade upon check-in.

The hotel grounds are great, the hot tub is fantastic, Le Bistro restaurant for dinner was a bargain, and the daily breakfast (included) was very convenient with great latte's. The free vouchers to Mamita's beach club were great.

Overall, a very good value!

Stayed: January 2009
3  Thank CanadaMatt
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LaTortugaG, Guest Relations Manager at La Tortuga Hotel & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2017

Dear Valued Client,
Thank you so much for sharing your comments with us. It makes us really proud and happy to read a review like yours. For us to have such loyal customers like yourself and to receive such encouraging and positive words is the best reward, for all our hard work and attention to detail and your comments means that we are truly achieving that La Tortuga Hotel & Spa is renowned for and that is exceeding all expectations of our clients.
On behalf of management and staff, we wish you all the best for the future and we sincerely hope to have the opportunity in welcoming you back to La Tortuga Hotel & Spa soon. Keep in touch with us through our facebook page, there you can learn about all our promotions and free upgrades for our repeat clients…

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Reviewed 21 January 2009

I stayed at La Tortuga from Jan. 8 - 16 with my wife and two adult children. The hotel is as good as everybody says it is in their reviews. Because there were 4 adults, we got a room that had beds on 2 levels with a terrace and jacuzzi off the second level.
The rooms are extremely well kept, clean, and comfortable. The only drawbacks to the rooms were that they are small and there is not a lot of closet or storage space.

All the people who work there couldn't have been more helpful. They arranged transportation to and from the airport for us. Arranged a car rental one day, and were very helpful with restaurant and general information.

The breakfast that was included was very good and the waiters were very friendly and helpful. I always left a good tip for breakfast and was bothered by people that I observed leaving nothing or very little. All the service personnel work very hard and depend on tips to make a living. I also left the maid a good tip every day to show my appreciation for the excellent job she did cleaning up after the 4 of us.

With the car rental, we drove down to the Tulum ruins and on the way back, we stopped in Akumal and snorkeled at Yal-Ku. We went to Cozumel one day on the ferry and was very disappointed. It is very commercial and the vendors in the shopping areas are very aggressive. We took a cab to San Francisco Beach and it was nothing but a commercialized beach club.

Zenzi beach club is short walk from the hotel but the beach is not that nice there. Mamitas beach club is a longer walk but is a much nicer beach. Some days we went to the Playa Maya Hotel and rented beach chairs with nice cushions and umbrellas. The food and service at Playa Maya is excellent. The beach is rocky but if you walk a little to the left, the beach is much nicer.

Went to the following restaurants: Yaxche, Babe's, Chicago Don Jose, El Baretto, La Famiglia, El Bistro, and Alux. We enjoy nice restaurants and I did a lot research before we left. These are some of the best in Playa. Some are a little pricey for Playa standards, but if you enjoy good restaurants, these are some of the best. Alux restaurant is in a cave and is a 50 peso cab ride but it is worth seeing. The food isn't as good as the prices they charge but it wasn't bad. If you don't want to spend the money for food, go to the bar area for a drink and walk around the caves.

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7  Thank beachbumteacher
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La Tortuga H, Guest Relations Manager at La Tortuga Hotel & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2017

Dear Valued Client,
Thank you so much for sharing your comments with us. It makes us really proud and happy to read a review like yours. For us to have such loyal customers like yourself and to receive such encouraging and positive words is the best reward, for all our hard work and obsessive attention to detail and your comments means that we are truly achieving that La Tortuga Hotel & Spa is renowned for and that is exceeding all expectations of our clients.
On behalf of management and staff, we wish you all the best for the future and we sincerely hope to have the opportunity in welcoming you back to La Tortuga Hotel & Spa soon. Keep in touch with us through our facebook page, there you can learn about all our promotions and free upgrades for our repeat clients…
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Reviewed 20 January 2009

We felt at home at La Tortuga even before we arrived in Mexico. Anna and Jessica informed us about everything we asked for via the internet. When we arrived at the hotel after a total of 24 hours of traveling Lisa gave us a very warm welcome. When we saw our room we couldn’t do anything but stare at it. There was a bottle of Champaign waiting for us, the bed was covered in rose petals, the towels were folded into two swans (the housekeepers folded them differently every day!), we had a rooftop Jacuzzi so we could watch the stars at night and the big LCD TV came in handy after long days of amusement .

The next day we came to met Bernardo, the reception worker. The guy is great! He knows everything about Playa del Carmen and the surrounding areas so we constantly harassed him. Luckily he didn’t mind at all and he was always very friendly and helpful. He showed us the best places to go to and explained us how to get there, what to reckon with and what to expect. Lisa, the other reception worker was great as well. She scheduled and rescheduled our excursions and was great fun.

The restaurant of La Tortuga (El Bistro) was awesome. They have the best food in the area and for more than acceptable prices. We went to a restaurant in town where I had a piece of salmon with 2 glasses of wine and my wife had a pizza margarita and a bottle of water. We had to pay around 750 pesos (= around 40 euro’s). At El bistro we had more and better wine, way better salmon and the greatest service and hospitality for literally less than half the price.

Because it was our honeymoon, one evening we had a private dinner on top of the restaurant. It looked so unbelievably pretty with all the candles and lanterns. Pablo, the restaurant manager, was our waiter and we liked him from the first second on. He is just so nice! We were allowed to pick any bottle of wine (even more than 1, but we’re not that much of drinkers) and anything we wanted of the menu. He gave us a private flambé show and was of the best service I’ve ever experienced.

In the morning they had a young team of breakfast waiters (Santiago, Daniel and one more who’s name I forgot (sorry!)) and they were so much fun! They did everything to make their guests feel at home. The last morning, just before we had to go home, they did some tricks with cutlery and one of them made a grasshopper out of a piece of reed as a farewell gift.

The barkeepers were Daniel and Fidel. They really made the best Mohito’s in town. Not only better than in the Netherlands, but also better than all the bars I’ve tasted them in Mexico. And they were cheap! The Margarita’s we’re great as well. There was one particular Margarita (La Tortuga… ) that was more expensive than the rest but so good! It had Gran Marnier and Tequila in it and I’m planning on begging for the recipe.

The housekeepers did an outstanding job. We heard lots of British, American and Dutch people complaining about the cleanliness in their all-inclusive resorts, but our room was as clean as it can be every single day. My wife is allergic to dust so that was great! A very nice extra were the figurines the housekeepers made every morning of the clean towels.

And special thanks goes to Alfonzo who assisted at the reception and supervised the pool- and garden area!

This is becoming kind of a large piece of text. Last thing: we’ll definitely go back to La Tortuga as soon as we can!!!

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank PaulAndSabrina
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LaTortugaG, Guest Relations Manager at La Tortuga Hotel & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2017

Dear Valued Client,
Thank you so much for sharing your comments with us. It makes us really proud and happy to read a review like yours. For us to have such loyal customers like yourself and to receive such encouraging and positive words is the best reward, for all our hard work and attention to detail and your comments means that we are truly achieving that La Tortuga Hotel & Spa is renowned for and that is exceeding all expectations of our clients.
On behalf of management and staff, we wish you all the best for the future and we sincerely hope to have the opportunity in welcoming you back to La Tortuga Hotel & Spa soon. Keep in touch with us through our facebook page, there you can learn about all our promotions and free upgrades for our repeat clients…

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Reviewed 19 January 2009

Over my years living in and holidaying in Mexico (I'm living in Ireland now), I have to say this is the first time that a hotel has really exceeded my expectations in all areas of service. Right from the start (at checkin time), we were treated well by the staff, and the surroundings and environment of the hotel were really perfect whether we decided to stay on our own, or to meet new people. The Jacuzzi in the centre of the pool area was really fun, and the restaurant (where we had breakfast most mornings and dinner on 3 evenings) was really great.

Couldn't thank the staf f enough really (all with perfect English), but I have to say my medal either goes to Lisa on reception, or the lady (I don't know her name) responsible for the "towel origami" each day on our bed - complete with flower petals.

We'll be back.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank bhealy_ireland
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La Tortuga H, Guest Relations Manager at La Tortuga Hotel & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2017

Dear Valued Client,
Thank you so much for sharing your comments with us. It makes us really proud and happy to read a review like yours. For us to have such loyal customers like yourself and to receive such encouraging and positive words is the best reward, for all our hard work and obsessive attention to detail and your comments means that we are truly achieving that La Tortuga Hotel & Spa is renowned for and that is exceeding all expectations of our clients.
On behalf of management and staff, we wish you all the best for the future and we sincerely hope to have the opportunity in welcoming you back to La Tortuga Hotel & Spa soon. Keep in touch with us through our facebook page, there you can learn about all our promotions and free upgrades for our repeat clients…
La Tortuga Hotel & SPA

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Reviewed 11 January 2009

Right from the moment you walk in the front door, you know the personal service is going to be exceptional. I booked blindly, following the Trip Advisor reviews, and I have nothing but positive things to say for the hotel. The staff are all amazing. Friendly, helpful, and genuinely HAPPY.

I booked a junior suite with the rooftop deck. The room was comfortable, clean, and had a GREAT bed. I would recommend booking off the 10th AVE side as the noise from the new Coco Bongo, and all the people pouring out at 5am could be annoying.

As said before, the bar has great drinks and the food is good also. It's the location that is fantastic. A very short walk to all the evening action - bars, restaurants, beach clubs.

Senzi is nice, but its worth the walk to Mamitas for the beach.

Overall, I'll be back!!!

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled solo
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4  Thank BPMenthusiast
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LaTortugaG, Guest Relations Manager at La Tortuga Hotel & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2017

Dear Valued Client,
Thank you so much for sharing your comments with us. It makes us really proud and happy to read a review like yours. For us to have such loyal customers like yourself and to receive such encouraging and positive words is the best reward, for all our hard work and attention to detail and your comments means that we are truly achieving that La Tortuga Hotel & Spa is renowned for and that is exceeding all expectations of our clients.
On behalf of management and staff, we wish you all the best for the future and we sincerely hope to have the opportunity in welcoming you back to La Tortuga Hotel & Spa soon. Keep in touch with us through our facebook page, there you can learn about all our promotions and free upgrades for our repeat clients…

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Reviewed 9 January 2009

This hotel was fantastic. The staff is so friendly and the pool area is gorgeous. We almost never left the hotel because it was so beautiful. Prices at the hotel bar and the attached restaurant were extremely reasonable (esp. compared to the downtown area) and the restaurant food was so good. We loved our time here. Highly recommend to anyone who wants to have a great time in Playa.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank MadisonDuo
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LaTortugaG, Guest Relations Manager at La Tortuga Hotel & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2017

Dear Valued Client,
Thank you so much for sharing your comments with us. It makes us really proud and happy to read a review like yours. For us to have such loyal customers like yourself and to receive such encouraging and positive words is the best reward, for all our hard work and attention to detail and your comments means that we are truly achieving that La Tortuga Hotel & Spa is renowned for and that is exceeding all expectations of our clients.
On behalf of management and staff, we wish you all the best for the future and we sincerely hope to have the opportunity in welcoming you back to La Tortuga Hotel & Spa soon. Keep in touch with us through our facebook page, there you can learn about all our promotions and free upgrades for our repeat clients…

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Reviewed 6 January 2009

Just got back from New Years there. Everything in the reviews were spot on. There is a reason this is rated number one. We received complimentary drinks on our arrival, beds were super comfy, drinks at the bar were the best in playa (they seem to be the only ones who used real fruit and juices). I won't go on as everyone here already did but just affirming what has already been said.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank divefreeordie
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LaTortugaG, Guest Relations Manager at La Tortuga Hotel & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2017

Dear Valued Client,
Thank you so much for sharing your comments with us. It makes us really proud and happy to read a review like yours. For us to have such loyal customers like yourself and to receive such encouraging and positive words is the best reward, for all our hard work and attention to detail and your comments means that we are truly achieving that La Tortuga Hotel & Spa is renowned for and that is exceeding all expectations of our clients.
On behalf of management and staff, we wish you all the best for the future and we sincerely hope to have the opportunity in welcoming you back to La Tortuga Hotel & Spa soon. Keep in touch with us through our facebook page, there you can learn about all our promotions and free upgrades for our repeat clients…

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Additional Information about La Tortuga Hotel & Spa

Address: 10th Avenue between 12th and 14th Street North, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Playa del Carmen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#38 Romantic Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#38 Spa Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#67 Family Hotel in Playa del Carmen
Price Range: £45 - £187 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — La Tortuga Hotel & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 51
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Tortuga Hotel & Spa, two blocks from the beach and just around the corner from 5th Avenue. Air conditioning, Cable TV, telephone, fan, private bath or shower, bathroom amenity kit, safety box, hair dryer, coffee maker,minibar. Junior Suites and Superior Junior suites feature a Jacuzzi indoors or Rooftop, bath robes, slippers, flat screen tv. Spa services, Pool bar, happy hour, wifi, onsite restaurant Como Como Osteria Mediterranea, solarium. ... more   less 
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