We just returned from an amazing trip to Mexico and had to rave about El Taj. We booked the hotel because of all the great reviews on this site and can see why it's rated #1...the place is simply fantastic! We had never been to Playa del Carmen before and while it's a bit more of a happening scene than we were wanting, we were thrilled to find the beach beautiful and El Taj tucked away in the perfect location. Situatated right on the beach we were able to stroll on the sand or wander 5th ave. just minutes from our room, but we never would've guessed it from the peace of the hotel. It's like an oasis and our room even seemed to have escaped the usual noise through walls and ceilings of other guests. Quite an accomplishment!!
The room itself was the perfect hotel room. A full kitchen, separate bedroom, huge bathroom and separate air conditoning controls for the main rooms ( a huge plus in a tropical setting when you went it cooler when you sleep than when you come in off the beach and don't want to get chilled!). It felt more like being in a beautiful apartment but with all the amenities of a fantastic hotel!
We loved the food at the beachside restaurant, especially the fruit smoothies, and the beachclub staff was always very friendly and helpful.
Also, we booked two tours through Theresa, the concierge, and couldn't have been happier. She was so helpful and the tours she set up for us were amazing. We spent a day at Chichen Itza and another at Xel-Ha (the 'water park'...though it's more of a nature park for swimming, snorkeling and hiking). Those were long, tiring, amazing, unforgettable days and we absolutely loved it.
As for the people who have noted that swimming directly in front of the hotel is difficult because the fishing boats are tied up there...sigh...
It's a gorgeous image: brighly colored mexican boats on a brilliant sea at sunset. But aside from that, it's a whole 30 second walk slightly up the beach to a perfect swimming spot. Not a hardship and we had a good laugh at how big a deal others had made it out to be!
All in all, we loved our time at El Taj and wouldn't change a thing! The next time we return to Playa del Carmen we will definitely stay at El Taj again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- El Taj Condo Hotel consists of 57 spacious condos situated on 2 separate properties in front of the beach. El Taj oceanfront is directly on the beach and El Taj Beachside is across the street. Guests get to use all the on site amenities including our exclusive beach club. We offer 2 incredible heated pools. The relaxing heated pool on Beachside property is an exotic black mosaic infinity pool with an extra large Jacuzzi while the oceanfront heated pool sits right on the beach in front of our exclusive beach club. We're located in the most liveliest area of Playa that offers the convenience of having the best restaurants, nightlife and shopping within one block from your vacation home.Each Condominium offers expansive floor plans and superb finishes. The Beachside condos have private terraces that are surrounded by exotic plants, Lilly ponds and all face the pool and cascading waterfalls. All the penthouse units in El Taj Beachside feature ocean views from the private roof decks. All the oceanfront units have views of the ocean.Each condo comes with fully equipped kitchens and the finest details including flat screen TVs in all the rooms. We provide the same services usually associated with some of the finest hotels. Our designers traveled the globe to Indonesia trying to recreate an environment reminiscent to Bali. . ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Taj Oceanfront And Beachside Condo Hotel
- El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel Mexico/Riviera Maya - Playa Del Carmen