Second part of our 14 Day Mexico holiday and firstly you will notice is that this condo/hotel is right behind 5th Avenue so not too noisy but very close to everything (restaurants/bars/gift shops etc.)
We got a great deal on Expedia which the concierge mentioned so I believe this is why we didn't receive any breakfast vouchers (discount price available).
No lifts and no one manning the front gate on arrival - so I carried our suitcases (2 x 23kg) up the flight of stairs to the front desk.
First condo was room 203, the living room was huge but TV was small (<28") so you had to sit down on two small arm chairs about 2 meters away to get a decent view (not that you would be watching much TV - albeit they have cable with lots of movies on).
The shower/bathroom/jacuzzi is slightly strange in layout as you have two entrances, one glass door to the bedroom from behind the jacuzzi or straight ahead to the toilet/sink area that leads you towards the living room/kitchen.
Bedroom was slightly spooky as you have this large painting above the headboard of a traditional Mayan villager (head profile only) looking between some greenery with just the eyes staring straight forward.... slightly off putting!
Out gripe about this room was that there was a strange beeping sound every 5/10 seconds and also a vibrating drilling sound every 10 minutes throughout the night. Obviously we could not get any sleep, so I called front desk at night and they told me that the gym next door was going through some construction work but should be stopped by 6pm.... well hearing this big banging/vibrating sound at 1am till 10 am also was not putting us into a relaxing mood (I also woke up to see my wife's head sandwiched between two pillows as she struggled to get any sleep).
After complaining to the front desk, they did investigate and relate to our frustration and couldn't figure out what the beeping sound was (the vibrating/banging noise was later found out to be a broken down aircon duct at the gym).
So the next day after we got some sleep on the beach we came back to the news that we could move into the only room available which was 208 (1 double and 1 twin room), which we have to say was a lot better than 203. The layout was well spaced and rooms were brighter (with no scary pictures). Only thing to note is that the shower next to the kitchen, you need to aim the shower head towards the wall else you will have water trickling down the side of the glass door and creating a pool of water beside the toilet.
From here, the rest of our holiday was much much better and relaxing. The pool up on he first floor is smaller than it seems in the picture but at least it is warm... weirdly though the jacuzzi at the end of the pool is luke warm/cold? The pool at the bottom is shallow which is good for kids but the jacuzzi here is nice and hot... there was some construction going on while we were here but it was workers were nice and stopped as you walked by.
The staff here are well spoken and friendly and the cleaners do a great job in keeping condos clean and tidy.
We did use the gym next to the condo which is ok in size and has all the latest equipment and classes to join (I even used the new weights area which was where all the noise was coming from on our first night). Good advise - Take a bottle of water with you as there is no water fountain (strange for a gym) or you have to pay MX$15. Definately buy a Chicken Pasta salad or Chicken and Cous Cous Salad MX$55 from the gym cafe as they are really filling (we shared one) and have a freshly squeeze juice or milk shake for around MX$35.
We did use the access to the Indigo Beach club to lay out on the sun beds and the service there is quite efficient. Although you are crammed with a bunch of other guests and staff struggle to navigate through when tables and umbrellas are put out in between
It is about a 3 minute walk to get to Indigo Beach club which I would advise to go around the back (along 1st avenue past Imprevist and then take a left at the Divers shop. If you walk along the beach, you will smell a lot of fish (from the boats moored up) and get hassled for massages every 10 seconds as you try to get to the club.
It is a shame as guests of the Porto Playa Condo, we couldn't use the other amenities of the other Condos of the same chain such as using the El Taj pool outside the Indigo Club. Apart from that, this place is fine to stay as a couple but I think it caters for more family/friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The focal point is a Sanctuary reminiscent of a tropical rain forest. There is even a "State of the Art" Gym and Fitness Center right on premises. Porto Playa features 1, 2 and 3 bedroom penthouses and condominiums. All the Penthouses have their own private rooftop terrace with BBQ outdoor kitchen, heated Jacuzzi some with spectacular partial ocean views. Centrally located in the heart of Playa, Porto Playa is only one short block from the beautiful Caribbean Playa del Carmen beaches and famous 5th Ave. Perfect for beach weddings, honeymoons in Playa del Carmen , families and business groups and meetings. ... more less
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