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El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel
Ranked #33 of 210 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
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“Luxury at its best!”
Reviewed 22 March 2012

The service , the ambiance, the decor and the food at El Taj are all top notch. It is the most beautiful hotel on the beach, but the beauty of this glorious resort is far more than skin deep!

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Reviewed 21 March 2012

We had a super time . Condo Hotels which operates EL Taj was excellent . This was our second visit , The condo was top class , spacious , with all facilities of a 5 star and more . Having WIFI , maids service , consierge and other facilities were excellent .Room service is so good. Conveniently located to all amenities . We have booked our vacation for Dec with a 3 Bed Penthouse , we love it .

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 20 March 2012

My wife and i stayed in room 341,everything you needed was furnished. The views from the patio were absoloutly breathtaking. All of the staff go out of there way to please you. We had breakfast most mornings and the food was cooked just as you ordered. It was so easy to get to the pool and beach from the unit. We walked to 5th ave everyday and enjoyed all it had to offer.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed 20 March 2012

We usually stay at places like Banyan Tree Mayakoba for visits to the Riviera Maya, but decided to try El Taj for a change in scene. Glad we did. Staying at a place like the Taj is totally different. It's a city trip instead of being out in the middle of nowhere. Nice condos, and a fun atmosphere. Maybe a bit too tight, with a small pool and chairs close together, but having all of Playa Del Carmen at your fingertips is fun. PDC has morphed into a full blown wild scene. Much more to do than staying at some AI or isolated resort.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

Middle-aged couple from Western Europe first time in Playa, reserved in Oceanfront 1 bedroom appt with partial ocean view, got apt. #318 with 2 bedrooms but view on backstreet (advise: if you want to be sure what appt you get, you have to reserve through the website of the hotel, will be more expensive).
Nice furnished flat and quite new equipments (fully equipped kitchen, bathroom in each bedroom etc), so it is a wise choice for families 4 persons or more.
A better choice for couples, in the same area, are the other properties of Taj or Mosquito hotels, costs much less.

The beach in front of the hotel is rather bad (perhaps we were unlucky?) - windy and full of marine herbs, stincks little bit. My wife didnt entered the sea, for instance. The piscine of El Taj is very small, two persons max.

The hotel is advertised as having own beach, in reality they have contract with a company (Indigo) managing the beach in front of the hotel. Staying in El Taj means you have access to the beach for free (if you find place) - otherwise costs 10$, and anyhow you have the waithers jumping around you unstoppable to get you drinks (and the probida service fee), after some time is annoying.

From the perspective of Europeans travellers, be aware Cancun/Riviera Maya are not luxury destinations (even if costs are same as Bali, Seychelles, Thailand in exclusive resorts etc), looks more like Mallorca/Magaluf during Summer days. People from US/Canada are flying with 200US$ tickets, the region was developped with timesharing schemas etc, The main think to do in Playa is get drunk in the evening, partying in the night clubs around etc.

El Taj is located in the hot clubbing area, separated from Blue Parrott by a strange building (empty during the day, even if full beach access etc); at night we saw large vans parked on the street black windows mafioso style, bringing young ladies to the clubbing area, we guessed they rent rooms to people going out of the clubs.... not for the weak hearts.

Don't use the travel agent of the hotel to reserve tours, go till the end of Av.5 around the ferry terminal, it is half price (we went to Tulum/Koba, they asked 240US$/2pax in the hotel, we paid 110$ for 2 and using same tour operator!). Issue is that anyhow tours are bad, you will spend half of time in the van; it is far better to rent a car and go around by yourself.

We got a strong feeling the place is a ripp-off, according to European standards (and to alternative hollidays in Asia or Indian Ocean). You have to put yourself in a zen attitude, otherwise better avoid Mexico!

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Olive Branch, Mississippi
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

We visited Playa Del Carmen for the first time for my birthday with my brother and his wife. We stayed at the El Taj Oceanfront. It was beyond fabulous! The breakfast was awesome and the complimentary beach chairs were so comfortable. We loved our condo and it was so close to everything on 5th avenue. We quickly caught the ferry to Cozumel for a day trip. I can't say enough about this condo hotel - room service was great and inexpensive as well. Seriously - best vacation ever!!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed 14 March 2012

We had a great stay at the El Taj. We stayed in room 344 and loved our condo which was ocean front. We thought the condo was very spacious and comfortable. The kitchen had what we needed and it was nice to have a washer and dryer. We did not have any problems with any noise from the nightclubs. The beds were a little hard so we put one of extra comforters on our bed to help make it a little softer. We were not crazy about the foam pillows either. The location of the El Taj is great so close to all the bars and restaurant's. When checked in they gave us a discount card for restaurant's in the area. We would recommend Yaxche which was awesome and we received a discount. The breakfast buffet was good but not great. We had a very pretty view from our balcony. We enjoyed the hot tub and it was clean and worked great
The beach was area is a little small because of the location and shape of the property at the El Taj. They have alot of beach chairs placed really close to each other. We walked down the beach and layed out by the Wah Wah Beach Club to have a little more room.They will provide you chairs for free and we bought a couple of drinks. Oh we had really good pizza there that they brought a table and served on the beach.Even though the beach is a bit small, we really enjoyed our trip to Playa del Carmen and the El Taj..

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel
Address: 1 Norte Esquina Calle 14 Norte | Corner 16th Street, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
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Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Playa del Carmen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#14 Romantic Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#25 Spa Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#27 Luxury Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#27 On the Beach Hotel in Playa del Carmen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 57
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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