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El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel
Ranked #43 of 211 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 February 2013

We just spent a week there in unit #51 beachfront faceing north (not the night club side).
This place is all about service,from the moment we checked in till the late checkout i asked
for and got ($25) but so worth it. The beach was great it narrows so if your a people watcher
you get to see all the shapes and sizes, sure the boats are there local tour operators and fisherman just adds to the experience. we would walk everyday and the best swiming is on the other side of the pier anyways always a place to cool off, great walks every day and the gym, just around the corner is as good as any i go to, three levels and all the newest equipment, life cycle.hammer strength. and great free weights.Remember this is NOT an all inclusive and tipping will get you top notch service,forgot your cash or card no problem pay us later,or they
politely remind you the next day.Ask for the north side of bldg in beachfront if noise bothers you i'm a light sleeper and after 10:00 pm never heard a thing, we cooked about half the time buying our food and snacks at walmart $ 80 bucks for the week and some great dnners on fifth ave,takes about 3 min walk and your right in the middle of all the action. Weather was hot and sunny and our room being 30 sec from the beach was a great place for afternoon naps *wink* and cooling off with a great walk in shower. in closeing if your looking for higher end trip and some great service this is the place,fantastic resort in heart of "PLAYA" ..........

Room Tip: North side in the beachside units for quiet
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 February 2013

We had an amazing time in Playa and the El Taj made the stay that much more enjoyable. The rooms were comfortable very homey and spacious, including the bed. The grounds were beautiful and private, we stayed on the Beachside, I was a little disappointed when we first arrived that we were not in the main area along the actual beach, but by the end I was very pleased with the location of our room and the Beachside complex. We are not light sleepers, so we have absolutely no complaints about the club music and actually discussed how amazed we were that we could not here the music. No complaints on the cleanliness, perfect, and the maid service was efficient and thorough. The front desk and concierge (Roberto and the girl, can't remember her name) were very friendly and helpful with anything we had questions or concerns about. We did have a small problem with the lock on our door that we asked to be fixed that never did get fixed, but it was safe and there was nothing to worry about. The security guards were consistent and friendly as well. The Indigo Beach staff was Aaa-mazing! Friendly, funny, and super efficient! Keke, Roberto, and Chuc were our main waiters and by the end of our stay it was almost sad to leave them. The rest of the staff there was just as efficient and memorable, this includes the beach attendants, Juan specifically. The food was great and the drinks even better, complimentary breakfast was delicious! We would definitely recommend a night at Improvist too.The beach was beautiful, there was a bit of a turn off with the boats but we got used to it and swam out along them, were pretty easy to please. The pools were a perfect temperature, a nice escape from the sun, and nice option to have two pool locations as well as hot tub. The location was great to the restaurants, bars/clubs, shopping, and Ferry to Cozumel. In addition my boyfriend (of 6 years) also proposed to me here, so we will definitely be returning every year to enjoy that special occasion! In the end we left rested and really did not want to return to our snowy cold Boston home. We have even been discussing buying a Condo! Yeah it was that good!!!! If your going to Playa del Carmen, this is the place to stay. Worth every penny!

Room Tip: request Beachside if you want more privacy and quiet.
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank rachael l
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Reviewed 14 February 2013

It'a a very Nice place to stay and there is not much you can say badly about this place! It is the best service, with nice rooms!
The only problem is the Beach. It's a perfect beach, But there are to many boats lying infront!
It's also a shame that the pool dosen't have sunlight all the day.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Thank Mikkelu
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Reviewed 9 February 2013

This was our 2nd visit to the CondoHotel complex. It was that good the first time(see prior reveiw http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g150812-d1488864-r124432474-Maya_Villa_Condo_Hotel_Beach_Club-Playa_del_Carmen_Yucatan_Peninsula.html))
This time we stayed at El Taj unit 320. Basically we had the same great experince.
On the up side: 1. the addition of the new Imprevest restaurant gives another on-site dining option (breakfast in airconditioning when you are dressed for the road is a real plus)
2. the staff seemed even friendlier. (our Hot-tub didn't heat when we arrived ... it was fixed that night ... and it wasn't just throwing a switch)
3. the internet now works really well.
4. the Gym got new spinning cycles(Shimano clips)
On the down side:
1. The addition of music on the beach is a nuisance. Loud. Conflicts with the music from the next "resort". There were days where we thought the soundtrack is what the US military played to get Noriega out of hiding.
2. If you are a light sleeper you will have a problem with the booming disco beats coming from the bars a block away ... it's a real cacophony until 4 am.
3. The Pilates bed at the Gym is in disrepair (needs replacement wheels)
4. the demand has driven up the price.
bottom line ... we will still come back.

Room Tip: rooms on the north side are quieter
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank YahHeyDer
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Reviewed 9 February 2013

I went to the Oceanfront for superbowl weekend with my wife a kids. Everyday I went to the top of the line Gym, and my wife enjoy the Yoga. We had breakfast in Indigo beach club and really enjoy the food and service during the whole day. There are two things that make el Taj the best option in Playa, The first one is the apartment itself, the quality of the bed and linens, the kitchen, appliances and the amenities on it, the jaccuzi on the balcony, the flat screens, the housekeeping keeps everything working and clean. We enjoy the apartment in a rainy day. The second thing about the Taj is the amazing location, that you are on the center of the action (shopping, nightclubs, restaurants) but you don´t hear any noise at all. I travel to Playa a lot because I´m from Mexico, and I don´t stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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Thank MrMSD
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Reviewed 7 February 2013

El Taj in Playa is beautiful, clean, comfortable, on the beach, close to the action, and priced reasonably. The staff is personable and accommodating. They have a restaurant/bar which delivers to the beach and the beach staff provide sunscreen, books and magazines, towels, sunglasses cleaning, and they will move your beach umbrella for shade or sun! My family was very happy with their El Taj experience.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Angela M
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Reviewed 26 January 2013

My first and only review on TripAdvisor was back in 2011 after we stayed at El Taj in July for a three week visit. I simply wasn't aware that such a genuinely amazing experience was possible — my previous resort experiences could best be described as average and not necessarily too memorable. That certainly changed after my experience at El Taj. Since then, our family has returned for a one week stay in March 2012 and a three week stay in August 2012. I am now in the process of finalizing arrangements for a one week visit in March of this year, which has brought back some fantastic memories, so I thought that I would relive them a bit on TripAdvisor!

For our one week visit in March 2012, my wife, two teenagers and I stayed in a three bedroom penthouse at El Taj Beachside. Our previous stay had been in a three bedroom penthouse at El Taj Oceanfront, so we had an opportunity to compare the two. What we discovered is that there is essentially no difference between the two in terms of room sizes, amenities and roof terraces. The only differences that we noticed is that staying at Oceanside added about 60 seconds to our walk over to the Indigo Beach Club, while on the other hand, at Oceanside we were closer to our favourite pool — an iridescent black-tiled one!

One other difference we noticed between our Spring versus Summer visit was that the air and ocean temperature were not quite as hot. We all wound up agreeing that we prefer the higher summer air and ocean temperatures — we realize that we might be in the minority in this regard!

For our three week visit in August 2012, we stayed at a three bedroom penthouse at El Taj Oceanside. As usual, our transportation from the airport, arranged through Condo Hotels, went off without a hitch. We all loved our return to the extra summer heat! Similar to all of our previous visits, the room, amenities and service were first class. The Gym had expanded since our previous visit and we all made good use of the well equipped facility. We enjoyed dining at the newly opened Imprevest restaurant — the food was spectacular and we returned for a couple of brunch visits, even though we typically enjoy all of our breakfasts at Indigo Beach at El Taj. We just couldn't resist!

Even though our kitchen had all that we needed to prepare meals ourself, as usual we dined out every night at one of the many fantastic restaurants in Playa. In addition to Imprevest, just a few that include both casual and fine dining: Oh Lala, Kaxapa Factory, Bro Chetas, Curry Omm, El Fogon, GG, Indigo Beach — the list could go on and on.

As usual, the aspect of our stays at El Taj that have made the greatest impression on us is the friendliness of the staff and their incredible attention to detail and service. From the front desk to the cleaning staff, the restaurant staff to the beach crew — all are truly amazing and they have made each our stays very enjoyable and memorable.

My family and I are definitely looking forward to our return to Playa in March!

Room Tip: We have stayed in four different three bedroom penthouse suites at El Taj Oceanside and Beachside. F...
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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6  Thank axestone
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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
#29 Spa Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#32 On the Beach Hotel in Playa del Carmen
Price Range: £131 - £379 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel 3.5*
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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