My wife and I stayed in a second floor room for a week in February, 2014. I observed that some rooms are in better condition than others, most notably the rooms at ground level. But even the rooms on the 2nd floor varied somewhat in condition. Ours was a room that seemed to have been in need of rejuvenation. Which seems to be the theme for this hotel which prides itself on being one of the older establishments on 'the strip' or Quinta Avenida or 5th Avenue. I've read that the hotel was recently purchased and, if that's true, the new owner seems to be rejuvenating the place. Not really renovating, but rejuvenating. By the condition of the pool (with it's missing tiles) and the disrepair of many of the hotel's other assets it might be that the previous owner let the hotel lapse a bit. While we were there a fresh coat of paint was being applied and the wrought iron staircase was stripped and painted.
The WiFi is best opposite it's strongest access point in front of the reception desk. In the our room the WiFi was inaccessible except during the early morning hours when no one else was on. The beds and washroom are 2-star quality - functional and cheap. The pool you see which represents the hotel on most booking sites is the hotel's greatest asset other than it's location on 5th Avenue. The restaurant with it's breakfast are decent quality. It's probably these latter 2 features which push the hotel to a 3-star rating on many booking sites since the rooms don't warrant it. Curiously, the rooms have a small LCD television on the wall which sports generally poor reception of a few Mexican channels. (BTW, for english movies Mexico dubs Spanish instead of using subtitles.)
Above all, this is a budget hotel run by competent staff that is in need of muchos pesos to bring it back to it's former glory. It's pool sets it apart from many other hotels. Across the street is the Siesta Fiesta Hotel/Restaurant with lively and loud entertainment that shouldn't disturb all but the lightest sleepers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Family oriented and suitable for the cost conscious traveler as well as the stopping by backpacker. Ideal spot for longer as well as short stays. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maya Bric Hotel Mexico/Riviera Maya - Playa Del Carmen