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Review of El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel

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El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel
Ranked #31 of 212 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
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Brisbane, Australia
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22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great place to stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2012

We really enjoyed our stay at Playa del Carmen and would definitely recommend El Taj. The staff were friendly and the room spacious. We choose a room that had a washer/dryer, as we are a family of 4 travelling for an extende time. This was certainly a good decision. The view was lovely and we liked having the personal spa on the roof. Because the apartments were self-contained there was more choices about meals. The kids loved the choice of the two pools and the ocean is so close. The one problem we did have was resolved and we were even reinbursed (a very pleasant surprise). Would love to return to Playa del Carmen in the future and stay longer at El Taj.

Room Tip: Take advantage of the rooms with washer/dryer. Saves lots of time.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2012

This is a beautiful resort hotel. It is a private beachfront hideaway, but just 2 blocks from all the action in town. So many good restaurants and bars! The rooms are like minicondos - immaculately clean, spacious, and with new appliances. The suites have private balconies with barbecues, jacuzzis, and incredible ocean views. The pool is low key and perfect for a quick dip. Attached to the hotel on the beach is a cute little restaurant and bar with great food and seating on wicker chairs and sofas. Hotel breakast is served there every morning and lunch and dinner are available there as well. You can lounge for free all day on beach beds or luxurious lounge chairs. The El Taj beachfront has a dock that it is the site for leaving for scuba, fishing and jet ski trips. To swim in the ocean is a short walk down the beach. You also get free passes to an Equinox caliber gym down the street. Security is held to the highest standards both in the hotel and the town. You never feel unsafe at night. During the day solicitors do not bother you while you are lying out to tan on the El Taj beachfront. Customer service is top quality. The owner Jack is around and accessible. All this and the price is reasonable! Definitely would come back!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Boise,Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2012

I stayed at the El Taj and loved it! It was perfect I could hang out on the beach and swim in the ocean or take a dip in the pool just off the beach. The hotel decor is very cool and the kitchens in the room meant I didn't have to eat out every meal.... even though I did. Being right in Playa del Carmen it was nice to walk to restaurant and shops.

Room Tip: I didn't have an ocean front room but it would have been nice and I will try that on my next sta...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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Saint Augustine, Florida
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41 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2012

The Bali themed hotel is located on the beach with its own restaurant and bar. A dramatic swimming pool with waterfall graces the common area. All the rooms are spacious, clean suites with kitchenettes. My bathroom incorporated a lovely combination of marble, granite and stones.

The popular 5th Avenue shopping district is just a block away as are many nightclubs. If you want an oasis in the midst of all the action- El Taj is a great place.

Room Tip: The breakfast buffet was excellent and is served at tables right on the beach.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2012

I have been visiting Playa del Carmen since 1990 and over the years I have stayed at various small hotels but each time some amenity was lacking. The El Taj has the perfect beach location. The suites are elegant with full kitchen which included a water cooler for purified water, a large common living area if sharing a 2 bedroom suite, washer and dryer, Jacuzzi, and 2 large very clean bathrooms with glass shower stalls. The rooms are quiet and are secure. The staff was welcoming and they remember you when you encounter them. The hotel fronts a quiet part of a white sandy beach with it's own pier. Very modern and contemporary with a hint of Indonesian decor.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
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Central Florida, Florida
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33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2012

From its location, right on the beach, to its beautiful rooms, El Taj was a first class experience all around. Staff is friendly and helpful, the units are elegantly decorated and spotless, the overall ambience is wonderful.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2012

My wife and I fell in love with the El Taj several years ago. Each time we visit which is about three or four times a year Daniel is always there to open our car door with a huge smile and a heart felt welcome back, always remembering our name and what we like stocked in our Condo. The consistency of maintaining the lush tropical grounds and high end furnished condominiums is amazing let alone retain a staff that is second to none. We are seriously considering purchasing a unit and had a wonderful time exploring available properties with Sandra the Sales Manager.

The beach club and beach were beautiful as always. The water was crystal blue and a warm 83 degrees. A nice addition to the evolving amenities is the partnership with preferred restaurants, notably Imprevist and GiGi's. I also like the addition of being able to charge to our unit when we are at the beach club.

Another staff member that makes you feel special is Lourdes the Reservation Manager who is always available and so patient to assist with choosing the exact unit that meets your needs.

If you are ever looking for the perfect vacation to the very special town of Playa Del Carmen, The El Taj is the place to stay. The resort is located a block from hundreds of restaurants and shops lined along a cobble stoned street (5th Ave) and is a must stroll each day.

As we are becoming "seasoned" Playa Del Carmen visitors don't hesitate to ask for any advice or suggestions.

Room Tip: Ask for Lourdes, the reservation manager and tell her your needs and she will assist you in picking...
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  • Stayed June 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
Phone Number:
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
#24 Spa Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#26 On the Beach Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#26 Luxury 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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