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El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel
Ranked #35 of 209 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
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Mexico City
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Reviewed 22 December 2010

This condo-hotel is a wonderful place to stay! Great attention to detail in every room. A quick walk to the beach or to the Quinta Avenida. We had a wonderful stay and felt pampered by the staff. The view is breathtaking, too! We stayed for a few days at the beachfront cond (which is across the street) and enjoyed the privacy of the swimming pool there. Then, we moved to the oceanfront room and enjoyed the outdoor jacuzzi and great view. The kids felt right at home and enjoyed walking to the vibrant nighttime activity nearby. The staff is very oriented towards service.

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Reviewed 21 December 2010

Convenient location in the heart of Playa del Carmen and only one block from the beach. Exceptional quality in the unit and grounds outside. Penthouse units include a large private rooftop with sunning area, hot tub, and barbecue. Some units have better views than others. Only negative is the loud music heard from the Blue Parriott and other clubs a block away but the unit soundproofing blocks out 90% of the late night noise and it was a minor issue overall.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with friends
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South Florida, Florida
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Reviewed 20 December 2010

We spent 8 days at El Taj to celebrate a big b-day for my wife and could not have been more pleased with our choice. The complex is in a perfect location in paradise and the condo itself was amazing with post card views. We have stayed at some of the nicer ai's, boutique hotels and condos in Playa and El Taj topped them all. We will be back for sure!

Some standout places to eat
La Cueva del Chango is a must for breakfast
Carboncitas for their Al pastor tacos among other things
Wicky's - pricey for dinner ( but amazing) and reasonable for lunch
El Fogon - Authentic mexican (off the strip)

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 18 December 2010

We've been to Playa del Carmen three times and to other resorts on the Mayan Riviera three times and without question, El Taj is the most amazing place we have stayed. From the moment the car meets you at the airport (wonderful Fernando with the cool facecloths and bottles of water) to the greeting at check in (lovely and helpful Teresa) arriving at El Taj was a breeze. Check In was handled quickly and professionally, with all of our keys and support material ready to go when we arrived. Our bags were whisked to our room, a two-bedroom; two-bathroom suite (#308) overlooking the black pool. The suite was stunning - every room more lovely than the one before. The balcony felt very private because of the design and decor. There wasn’t anything lacking in the suite, as far as amenities go. There was a water cooler which came in very handy for both cold and hot water. There is wonderful Mexican coffee provided and Splenda. Unfortunately no real sugar so we picked some up at the market just up the street. The bathrooms were both very large and beautifully appointed. Housekeeping did a great job keeping our suite clean, although we did not request our room to be serviced every day. We spent each day at the El Taj beach - most comfortable lounge chairs on the Mayan Riviera! Great service from the Indigo Beach Club and although we only ate one breakfast there and one lunch, the food was excellent both times. Don't miss the calamari and the fish ceviche. El Taj's location is absolutely perfect - two blocks from the main pedestrian street and right on the beach. The hotel is serviced by a gym about 1/2 a block away and it's a really great facility with all of the machines and weights you'd want. We didn't try the spa but it looked lovely. There are two pools although we only used the one near the beach - it's breathtaking. Really, there are too many wonderful things about El Taj to describe them all. We'll be back for sure.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with friends
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Laguna Beach, California
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Reviewed 17 December 2010

El Taj is, in my opinion, now the best place to stay in Playa. The location is perfect, right on the beach between 12-14, the rooms are spacious, gorgeous, and very well appointed, the staff is friendly and helpful, and the beautiful beach is just steps away.

Rooms: Simply put, I've never stayed in a better room. Our unit (#356) was a one-bedroom condo with a stove, fridge, cooking/eating utensils, HUGE couch, two flat screens with digital cable, floor to ceiling window in bedroom, big lovely bathroom, shower, big King Bed. The decor is a fusion of contemporary and tropical Balinese that blends really well.
*nicks: bed is REALLY firm and pillows are huge a clunky. This didn't bother me but my girlfriend had to use a couch pillow.
* notes: I would recommend asking for square footage when requesting available rooms. We learned that there was a 300 sq ft difference between equally priced one-bedroom units that you can't really discern from the pictures. So naturally we choose the largest one (#356 - 860 sq foot).

Beach (Indigo Beach Club): The beach is beautiful, the day beds are heavenly and the food/drinks are overall good.
*nicks: There are boats directly in front the resort so you need to stroll down the beach a bit or swim in between them. The chicken satay from Indigo was tiny. Not enough food for a single person appetizer.

Pool/Jacuzzi: Well they look beautiful. But they are not heated and get no sunshine after noon, so we never stepped foot in. But we are beach people anyway.

Service/Staff: Excellent. Everyone is so friendly! We had a few issues with our door lock and phone, and the staff fixed both in a timely manner. Security was very prevalent and premises were secure 24 hours.

The only drawbacks: cool pools, no ice machine, fishing boats on beach, no room service or food for dinner.

The positives: EVERYTHING ELSE.

Love this place! Wouldn't stay anywhere else in Playa.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 December 2010

Brand new condohotel in the very centre of Playa. Minutes away from the main pedestrianised street - 5th Ave with loads of great restaurants, bars and clubs. Quite a young vibe around the hotel and families with young children may find the late night music from nearby clubs disturbing but we were not bothered. Hotel has its own private beach with lovely sunbeds, waiter service and a FANTASTIC restaurant, Indigo. Shame it was not yet open for dinner as well. Not the best bit of sea on the coast due to the boat and ferry activity but 2 pools to choose from as well. Great photo opportunities in the jaccuzi above the main pool!!!
We had paid a little extra for a penthouse apartment with private rooftop hottub, BBQ and social area. Worth every penny, the place was huge and really well equiped with all kitchen stuff. Made us wish we were staying for longer so we could actually cook!!! Loads of towels and place was serviced everyday, washing machine and tumble dryer too.
Recommendations to the hotel....we were shown to our room by a security guard who spoke very little English. So he didn't show us our private roof area, how to lock the door and no local info. Shame. The pillows are awful, huge, bouncy foam things. We all used the cushions from the lounge, there were no others available. But minor things, we had a great stay and have all said we will return.....soon.
Bonus tip...we got the hotel to organise a private taxi for a day so we could go sightseeing without being stuck on a coach with an agenda. The best thing ever, we went to local places, power walked round Tulum and finished with a late, lazy lunch with our toes in the white sand, cold beer and blue, blue sea at El Paraiso just south of Tulum. Hipolito was our driver and so much fun, book him and say that the 3 English girls sent you and he'll give you a great price. Cell 984 142 32 14.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with friends
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Naples, Florida
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Reviewed 15 December 2010

My wife and I travel the Caribbean extensively and with out hesitation can say that the El Taj is the best we have stayed at. The rooms are actually condos and are appointed with details you would find in any luxury designer home...high end stainless appliances, fine linens and Henckles cutlery are nice touches.

The house keeping staff was beyond belief....how anyone can clean a complete 2 bedroom 2 bath condo to like new condition each day is beyond me.

The front desk staff Daniel and Hector would complement any Four Seasons Hotel. The bell captain Daniel was also top shelf, as was Carlos at the Indigo beach club...which was a Zen like experience.

We stayed in unit 329. The views from our oversized balcony of the pool, Jacuzzi, beach club and ocean were breath taking.

The location of the hotel to the all of the restaurants, shopping and night clubs was perfect...never had to rent a car or even take a cab. We could walk to anywhere we wanted to go easily.

A side note; to those apprehensive to travel to Mexico.....Playa Del Carmen is as safe as any ivy league college town in the U.S.... my wife and i eat late and on many occasions we returned well after 1:00 am and walked just about ever side street and was never met with anything but a hello. It was a little surreal. There was always someone to meet you at the front door and security guards were highly visible and friendly 24/7.

I would never think about staying anywhere else but the El Taj and cant wait to return to visit my new friends.

  • Stayed December 2010, 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
#27 Spa Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#29 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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