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El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel
Ranked #32 of 213 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
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Houston, Texas
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

So happy we stayed here. I've been going to Playa for 20 or so years and El Taj is definitely now on my list of faves. Best features: Staff and location. The staff is truly awesome and being ocean front is always a great choice. We did notice the "Beachside" side of the property was equally beautiful and for a little bit of savings would not be a bad choice. It literally is just across the street, so if you don't mind walking a few more feet before you hit the sand, you can save a few pesos. The guys at the Beach Restaurant ( Indigo) are super quick to seat you on a ocean front beach chair and get you an Sunbrella. Never too crowed for us, but we get up early. Always got a front row chair to look at that crystal clear turquoise ocean (wish i was still there).

Notes; It IS on a LOUD disco street, but amazingly we could not hear a sound from the clubs. We are not late nighters and slept like babies, except for the occasional "bridesmaid" walking the hallway and speaking at bridesmaid's volume (which is always loud for some reason) ; )

The condo itself was spacious, super clean, modern, set up for easy living. Even the priceson mini bar items was extremely reasonable for a hotel ($2. for a Corona out of the fridge) We didn't touch the tequila or wine in the room, but it's there if you want and well priced too.
Our "Ocean View" was a tiny sliver from our quaint patio dining area, but walk a few feet and your on the beach anyway, so who cares!!

OK, let's talk breakfast which is included. One word: Imprevist (just a block away, easy) (you will not be disappointed) We chose it every day over the Indigo: Great service / Great (huge) breakfast: Coffee & juice (try the Chia- yum!!), Big Basket of Mex Bread, fruit plate, yogurt, granola, BIG entree selection - All included -- Tip your waiter, some were not, but come on people.
Viva la Mexico!!

Room Tip: We stayed in 347 because we liked the decor on-line. It was a tad to the back, away from the beach...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Condohotels, Owner at El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel, responded to this review, 19 May 2014
Dear Lin F,
We are so pleased to hear that you had an amazing experience with us at El Taj! All of your lovely comments give us reassurance that we are doing our best to create a posotive experience for each one of our guests. El Taj is in a very prime location with easy access many kind of entertainment venues as well as the best dining and shopping options in the area. We work hard to maintain the property in a way that our guests could still benefit from the prime location without sacrificing peace and quiet. Surely you were able to feel the affects of these efforts and were able to enjoy the downtown experience at the same time. Thank you again and we hope to see you again soon at El Taj in the future.

Kind Regards,
Jack Perlman
Owner, Managing Director
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

We travelled to Playa with family and friends during May 2013. We had a two bedroom two story villa with a roof top hot tub and dinning / bbq area... The rooms were of good size and very well self contained. They have wonderful views of the beach and surrounding area and big tub enough to easily fit 4 or 5 people in. The staff were friendly and helpful and very accommodating.

The dining area is right on the sand and serves a great selection of food including some mexican style dishes even at breakfast.

Would recommend the El Taj to anyone looking for a great value spot in Playa!

Room Tip: One of the rooms with a roof top pool / tub is the way to go!
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Condohotels, Owner at El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel, responded to this review, 15 May 2014
Dear BarAdvisor,
We are pleased to hear that you had a wonderful and comfortable stay with us at El Taj! We also appreciate your kind comments about the service and staff as they work hard every day to create and outstanding experience for your vacation. The rooftop terrace penthouse units really do add an extra experience during your vacation, especially if you are traveling with more than two people. Thank you again for taking the time to share and for your willingness to recommend El Taj to your friends and family. We hope you will return back soon in the future.

Kind Regards,
Jack Perlman
Owner, Managing Director
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

everyone was extremely courteous, and if we needed anything they were able to fix it in a timely matter. the boats tied up directly in front of the hotel was an eyesore, and prevented us from getting in the water as much as we could have wanted.

Room Tip: 3 bedroom penthouse has kitchen, private rooftop terrace with grill and jacuzzi!
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Irapuato, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

We had a Great Time. The Room was fully equipped, Breakfast included in the onsite restaurant (in the beach)
Really close to Playa's Fifth Ave. So great to go walking in the evening and lots of places to eat.
The beach has fishing boats so you can book a fishing trip but if looking to get in and swim its only a 2 block walk to where the hotel has an agreement with an other hotel and you get towels, sun beds and bar service.
Great Discount card for restaurants given on arrival.
Great looking Gym (can`t say I tried it).

Room Tip: Choose Beach Front, you are closer to the beach and the restaurant
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2014

Just got back from an amazing girl's weekend at El Taj. We couldn't have asked for more (except the ocean view suite) We had the 3 bedroom pent house- loved the private jacuzzi and grill! Breakfast every morning was amazing! And FREE! We loved the cabanas and beach chairs and we couldn't have asked for better service. The ceviche is the freshest I've ever had- Delicious! Fernanda at the front desk was a doll! So sweet and helpful!! And our maid Vicky was great!! Our rooms were spotless!

My biggest complaint is the row of motorboats that sit directly in front of the beach...If anything can be done to limit how many there are I would highly suggest it. It is an eyesore and we got gasoline fumes more than once…We actually took a drive to a different beach just to get away from them one of our days. One or two boats is charming…10 boats makes the water feel dirty.

Room Tip: Oceanfront views are spectacular! If you're going with a group of 6 splurge for the penthouse!
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Condohotels, Owner at El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel, responded to this review, 15 May 2014
Dear mahaliasiegel,
Thank you for taking the time to share your lovely review with us on Trip Advisor. We take all feedback very seriously and value all comments as we are always looking for ways to be better and remain the best. We are pleased that you had a great experience at El Taj and that you enjoyed your beautiful penthouse unit as well as all the amenities and benefits included as a part of your stay. Concerning the boats, I would like to mention that it is a very fine line for us to have the boats removed as they belong to the old fisherman who had settled in Playa del Carmen many years ago. Essentially Playa has been built around their homes and their space. Because of this we haven't had the heart to make the decision to ask them to leave. However, guest satisfaction is extremely important to us which is why we offer complimentary beach club access at one of the neighboring beach clubs only steps away from the front of El Taj at the Lighthouse Beach. This area is completely clear of boats and great for swimming. Again, thank you for your nice comments and we hope you will return back soon to El Taj in the future.

Kind Regards,
Jack Perlman
Owner, Managing Director
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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2014 via mobile

My wife and I stayed at El Taj for a short vacation. Despite being located close to the dance clubs, shops and restaurants on 5th ave we found our room to be very quiet. You get breakfast with the room and while the beach club was more scenic, the breakfast at the restaurant down the street was much better.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2014

Thank you so much to the friendly and warm staff at El Taj! From the moment we received our welcome package, to walking through our luxurious 2 bedroom/2 bath condo with private rooftop terrace we were thrilled with our experience. The location could not be better and the included breakfasts are perfect. My husband and I were just here on our honeymoon and it was great for just the two of us but I could see how much fun it would be to go down and stay with friends.

Everything was very clean and easy to use. Wifi was also great all around the various locations!

Room Tip: The private rooftop terrace really makes for a great way to feel like you are in the city without ne...
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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
#25 Spa Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#27 On the Beach Hotel in Playa del Carmen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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