Like many others, my first Playa Del Carmen vacation left quite an impression. I guess I became a bit obsessed really. I started reading online travel websites and forums constantly. That eventually led to rampant use of acronyms and even the occasional emoticon :-). My wife and I have returned at least twice a year ever since.
By coincidence, this was about the same time that Luna Blue’s owners, Tony and Cheri, started their expat hotel ownership adventure. Following them online made me a fan even if I wasn’t a customer yet. As a father with young kids, Luna Blue wasn’t an option and the all-inclusive setup suited our style the best at that time. That never prevented us from exploring downtown and I had been by Luna Blue a couple of times in the past.
When I finally had a chance to go to Playa by myself last October (2011), Luna Blue was the obvious choice. My original plan was to try two or three of the smaller, forum-famous, boutique hotels throughout the week. Like all of my travel plans, that changed. I ended up having a buddy of mine tag along at the last minute, and we decided to split the time between Luna Blue and one of the adults-only AIs.
The hotel looks interesting and friendly when you walk by on the street. The big wooden gate and thatch roof swing bar were a welcome sight when we arrived. Cheri actually handled checking us in while Tony gave us some good tips and restaurant suggestions. It was nice to meet them in person after reading their posts and blog for the last few years. That personal touch is surely part of what has made them successful, and it went a long way with me too. I booked the Treetop Terrace room with the large balcony. The pics online are good but don’t do it justice. That room alone is enough to make sure I come back again. I love that terrace! The buildings wrap around the garden and the view of the new pool below made me smile the entire time. I accidently slept most of my first night in the hammock out there. It was such a nice evening--- the cerveza was going down easy--- and next thing I knew, I woke up at 4:30am still swinging in the breeze.
The room was spotless, bed was comfortable, and the bathroom was nice. I always wondered what showering was like with one of those black cistern things on the roof :-) I felt so authentic. This place has style and owners that care. I wish I was a wordsmith and could make it sound better than that. My buddy had the room below and said it was fine but wished he had booked the other Treetop Terrace room.
After many trips to AI resorts in the area, I am very glad I stayed at Luna Blue. I plan to return with my wife later this year. She will be able to put this whole Luna Blue vibe into words better than I can. I can say it was a much more personal experience than staying at an AI. I’m an overly analytical person and my mind has too many things going on to put it all into a review. If you want to ask me any questions, feel free to send me a message. I’m happy to share my opinion.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luna Blue Hotel & Bar. We bought a small Hotel and have turned it into one of the most popular boutique hotels around. Our small hotel is lush, intimate with 18 beach rooms, designed for travelers and a perfect to stay for more than a few days to explore the wonders and beauty of this magical area. Experience the real Mexico, . Only at the Luna Blue Hotel you will feel like home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Luna Blue Hotel Garden
- Luna Blue Playa Del Carmen
- Luna Blue Hotel Mexico/Riviera Maya - Playa Del Carmen