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Hotel Playa del Karma
Ranked #130 of 213 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
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buffalo, ny
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4 reviews
“Peaceful, closer to nature, less plastic.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2009

For those of us baby boomers who remember being sensitive flower children Hotel Play del Karma really suited us. The mature greenery of the courtyard had the serenity and grace of years of wise existence; of course we could relate! The patter of raindrops on the thatched roof of the room reminded us that we were in a beautiful tropical climate. It was a charming effect that would have been absent had we stayed in a concrete & glass megalith. We thoroughly enjoyed the ambience here.
The breakfasts above the garden were special.

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2009

We stayed here the night before we were to fly home out of Cancun because this was one of the few hotels in Playa del Carmen that would accept a single night's stay. The location of this hotel is fantastic - it is a 5 minute walk to 5th street - the major shopping/eating/tourist area. There is no dedicated parking, but we found street parking fairly easily. The hotel is attractive, with a central, beautifully landscaped little courtyard containing an immaculate but tiny little bathing pool and a couple of reading chairs. The staff were great too - very welcoming. Our room, however, was not as nice - it was very small (barely bigger than the king sized bed it contained), dark, and damp - very musty even with the windows open and the fan running. A bigger issue however was the street noise at night - the rooms are thatched roof style and contain a set of open spaces under the rafters for ventilation. These can't be closed and, on a Saturday night, the noise from the traffic, from people heading home after a night out, from a bunch of barking dogs in the alley out back, and from a loud Rave that set up somewhere near the hotel between 2-5am, meant my husband and I were pretty bleary by sun-up. This hotel would be fine if you plan to sleep on the beach during the day, but probably not great if you want a restful respite. We would not stay here again if traveling to Playa del Carmen.

  • Liked — great location
  • Disliked — small musty room, loud at night, no parking
  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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PlayadelKarma, General Manager at Hotel Playa del Karma, responded to this review, 5 February 2009
Dears, you and us were particularly unlucky considering you stayed with us only one night. Indeed you're right about the fact that on that particular saturday night there was just too much going on in Playa The party at Coco Bongo and the particularly long week end due to a national holiday made us remember this date. The whole of Playa del Carmen was just full of events and people everywhere and weather just not as good as it inormally is in this time of the year. Unlike what normally happens around here we give the chance to our guests to stay with us only for one night if they wish, thus giving them maximum freedom and lots of flexibility. We are just sorry that this event has caused an inconvenience to some people that on normal circumstances seem to enjoy the tranquility of our grounds and the beauty this destination has to offer. The comment about the room maybe was just not matching your expectation but, as a matter of fact we understand it is just difficult to get everyone agreeing on an ethnic concept of structure and hospitality that has definitely its pros and cons. We would be very glad if you could give us a second chance to prove that this was indeed an unlucky circumstance or maybe just a dull day. You could be our guest either at our Hotel Playa del Karma or Hacienda Paradise that we have recently taken over. Our staff will take care of the rest. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with others. Whether positive or less, it is indeed our wish that people talk about us. Giuseppe Crapanzano.
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2009

a hidden treasure nestled in bustling Playa del Carmen is the Hotel Playa Del Karma. The clever tongue-in-cheek name is just where the fun starts. Everything here has been laid out to give their guests the most relaxing and peaceful surroundings along with the convenience of a walk of only a block or two from all the excitement and shopping.

A small pool is complemented by a waterfall lulling you into complete relaxation--staying awake is the only challenge you will face! The rooms are immaculately clean with peaked, thatched roofs and the general ambiance of a cabana on the beach. Yet, the amenities are first rate and, unlike many such hotels in the area, the hot water really IS!

.But over and above all else is the attentiveness of their staff, particularly Carina who is perhaps the most excellent hotel staff person I have ever seen...constantly making sure each and every guest is happy and well cared for.

If you're looking for a comfortable, relaxing, lovely hotel just a stone's throw from the action in Playa del Carmen--this is it. So close, yet so far...once you enter this lovely paradise you cannot believe you are so close to all the bustle because you feel instantly that you're on a secluded beach. An AWESOME place to stay.

  • Liked — everything is perfect!
  • Disliked — Playa del Carmen itself
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled solo
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Northern Virginia, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2009

Well there are so many reviews and photos on here I don't have a lot else to say, but I just wanted to add my two cents because I enjoyed my stay here so much. This hotel is extremely clean. My husband and I had a king-sized bed and a bungalow that had two levels - the upstairs had an additional two beds! The style here is very unusual and cool. We liked to just hang out by the plunge pool and drink coffee/tea when we were tired of the beach. They also offer free breakfast in the morning and free internet which is nice. This hotel is very centrally located and an easy walk to beach, nightlife, etc. and most of the rooms have outdoor hammocks that you can use (ours did not because we had the larger "house").

The only weird thing I will say is our "house" was directly next to the kitchen and dining area, so in the morning it was basically like we were sleeping IN the kitchen. This wouldn't have been so bad except we chose to sleep with the windows open (all the rooms do have A/C but we didn't use ours) and so the smells/noises of breakfast were quite strong. Again, I don't want to say that the hotel is noisy (it is quite the opposite) but out of all the rooms in the hotel, ours is the only one that would have this problem because of where it was located, and I wouldn't have even noticed if we had been using our A/C. So you may want to request that you not have the room located next to the breakfast dining area/kitchen. It didn't bother me that much, but it was kind of weird.

The other thing is, we had a little bit of a hard time finding this hotel (I don't know why, because it is very central as I said) and NONE of the locals had heard of it. Anyone on the street that we asked mistakenly thought we just kept saying "Playa del Carmen" wrong. So that was a bit frustrating. If you are going to be walking here (as we did) from the ferry port, make sure you have a good map or know where you are going because it seems like the locals aren't that familar with the name of this place. It is sort of near Coco Bongo's if that helps at all.

  • Liked — Style, cleanliness
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Aruba
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2009

We booked this hotel after googling for a while. Finally stumbled onto this hotel. The pictures looked nice, cosy atmosphere so we booked. Obviously one doesn`t really know untill u get there, but after a long journey coming from Belgium via USA, we immediately had a good feeling about this place. The reception at the hotel was great and we quickly checked in. The pictures we saw on the internet did justice to the real deal and even better. A cosy, Mayan style bungalow. After hitting the city that night, ( 2 minute walk to the busy main shopping road and bar area and 1 minute further to the beach) a good night sleep and waking up with birds singing,we enjoyed a really nice breakfast on the terrace underneath the palm trees, where we had a fresh made omelet and a nice cup of coffee. In the days following it was always nice to go back to the hotel after a busy day. What really made this stay different, is that every day one of the staff members came by during breakfast for a little chat. Not pushy at all, just wondering how we where doing and if they could help us in any way, tips on trips, shopping, anything... We used the travel agent in the hotel quite frequently and booked every hotel through them (ask for Antonello) when going on our road trip with a rental car. Before leaving on this trip we booked our remaining couple of nights we had after the trip in this hotel and tired as we were it was really something to look forward to. Travelled quite a bit all over and believe me if I say you won`t regret it! If you are not into big 5-star, all-inclusive beach resorts, this is definitely the place to be. Enjoy your stay! If you have any more questions about this hotel and maybe the road trip we did, don`t hesitate to email us ([-]). Kind regards, Ruud and Levonne (Netherlands).

  • Liked — Our room, nice breakfast and the staff
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2009

This hotel is great. It's an amazing value and the staff are extremely personable and friendly. We stayed in room 10. Our room was definitely rustic, but large and with much character. The shower got very hot and had good water pressure. The air conditioning kept the room at a nice temperature even with the heat outside. The dipping pool in the courtyard was very refreshing after a hot walk back from 5th avenue. The mattress was very uncomfortable, but the pillows were nice!! Unfortunately for us, we were visiting family at a nearby all-inclusive resort, so we didnt spend much time at Playa, but when we return to Playa del Carmen, this budget hotel will be at the top of our list.

  • Liked — The staff, character of the hotel
  • Disliked — mattress
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with friends
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2009

The intimacy of a private house, the warm welcome of a bed and breakfast, the service of a high end hotel and an unique touch of Mayan spirit... that's how we'll always remember Playa Del Karma.

To be fairly honest we have a few complains:

Quite pricy in high season... but at the regular rate that's a great deal.

I think that for a continental breakfast there's a few things missing: eggs, fresh fruits, bacon, cheese..., available only if you paid extras (around 5$ US/ item). Which doesn't make sense as you can get a whole buffet on 5th avenue for around the same price in a fancy restaurant.

But except those small flaws that was a wonderful experience.

Stayed December 2008
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Property: Hotel Playa del Karma
Address: Mza 122 Avenida 15 entre calle 12 y 14 Lote 9 Centro | Col. Centro entre calles 12 y 14, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Playa del Carmen
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Best Value Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#56 Family Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#66 Romantic Hotel in Playa del Carmen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Playa del Karma 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Playa del Karma, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, is a contemporary ethno-boutique hotel designed primarily with indulgence and service in mind. This Playa del Carmen hotel with its prime location in the heart of the youngest and liveliest city in the Riviera Maya and its close proximity to the Quinta Avenida is centrally located, allowing guests the convenience to access diverse tourist attractions that accommodate all interests and budgets. ... more   less 
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