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“Simple hotel with a great beach and fantastic staff!”
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Hotel Playa Kin Ha
Ranked #78 of 96 Hotels in Tulum
New York City, New York
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“Simple hotel with a great beach and fantastic staff!”
Reviewed 11 February 2014

This is a simple hotel about 4.5km down the Tulum beach road. The outside environment is beautiful--well taken care of beach 'jungle' and a pristine section of beach. Many other hotels in this area (in particular, those to the north) have beaches which are rocky or dirty--not the case with this hotel. The rooms are basic--a bed, private bath and hot shower with nothing but a fan and the ocean breeze in lieu of air conditioning (you don't need it). We stayed in a jungle room, which still had a nice breeze from the ocean.

The restaurant was good--much less expensive than some of the higher-end places near by. I like to eat typical Mexican food while in Mexico--huevos rancheros, tacos, fresh fruit, etc., all of which just don't have the same flavor as they do in the U.S.A. I think it may be the water--kind of like New York bagels. The restaurant, run by Corina, is exactly what I look for. Also check out Camello's in Tulum pueblo for good ceviche. If you are looking for high-end cuisine (e.g. Italian, Thai) or restaurants with chef's from New York rather than Mexico, there are plenty around.

There are two things that you can't beat about this hotel: the beach, which is a given, and the staff. Ray, Corina, and the rest of the staff were the best of the best. They treated us so well, and were accommodating in every way possible. It was nice to have staff that got to know you and your preferences while you are there. Our experiences with the trendier hotels/restaurants nearby were not authentic and some of their staff were rude. In stark contrast, the staff at Kin Ha Playa really made us feel comfortable and, along with the other positives mentioned in this review, will be the reason we come back to stay here.

Room Tip: The jungle rooms are just fine in my opinion. We had a room with a balcony in the rear of the prope...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Playa del Carmen
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Reviewed 25 September 2013 via mobile

It's a perfect place to relax and enjoy the beach just to disconect about everything , the hotel is really nice and Ray is very attentive. We choose and océan view Room with a balcony and was heaven I never see so many stars in my life You have wifi at the restaurant and continental breakfast include.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Lake Mary, Florida
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Reviewed 1 May 2013

This is definitely a different type of beach experience. We had room 3, ocean view, above the restaurant and we were very happy with it. The view is incredible! Seriously amazing. Beach seldom has more then 3 people on it at any one time. Restaurant is handy and not nearly as expensive as all the surrounding ones. Food is good. Breakfast provided was a plate of sliced fruit, melon, papaya, mango, pineapple and kiwi served with a basket of toast with jam and butter. To that we added eggs and bacon for a small charge.
Upon arrival, room looked a little worn, one pillowcase was stained, I took it to management and they quickly replaced it, apologized and from that point on all bedding was spot free. Beds were made every day and dirty towels were removed daily. Beach towels were provided. Beach is perfect for swimming, no rocks.
Price was great for that location.We would go there again

Room Tip: Ocean view rooms are the best. All ocean view rooms are on the second floor. There is no AC or ceili...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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saratoga springs
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

Just returned from my second trip to Tulum and was literally grossed out by the "garden view" room we were given. The room smelled like the restrooms in Penn Station and the floors were sticky with god knows what. Our room was right on the main path so that you would have had to lock the door at night and have little or no privacy during the day. We walked the beach, found other, albeit more expensive, accommodations and forfeited our room at Kin Ha, never to return.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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Reviewed 30 January 2013

My husband and I stayed here for five nights in January and loved it. I would definitely stay again. We stayed in room 3, above the restaurant, which has a nice balcony overlooking the beach. Even during peak season this part of the beach was not terribly crowded and seemed quite private. The accommodations are not luxurious but had everything we needed. The manager (Raimondo?) went out of his way to help us book a kayak tour in Si'an Kaan. We did have an electrical outlet beside the bed and though the WiFi didn't always work, it worked well enough for us to check email. The one meal we ate at the restaurant was delicious. Don't count on breakfast before 8:30 as this is when it seemed to get started--coffee, toast, jam, fresh squeezed orange juice, and fresh fruit. Even though we screwed up and did not book the room for as many nights as we had thought, they accommodated us for the extra night and were quite gracious hosts. No A/C and no fan, which was not an issue in January, but it might be less comfortable in mid-summer.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Royal Oak, Michigan
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Reviewed 17 January 2013

One of the cheaper hotels in Tulum that is right on the beach and has a has private bathroom and bar/restaurant... which if you know Tulum, is not common for inexpensive places. Hotel room size was fine, bed really small, a little stuffy on one hot night. We had the upper corner room on the jungle side. Towels were stained but appeared to be clean, bathroom is looking a little run down. We had option to upgrade to beach unit but I am a cheapo and decided our room was fine as we spent little time in there. Beach was beautiful, clean, there are four palapas to sit under, hammocks and more beds in direct sunlight. Cushions are seeing their age but comfortable. Right next to Posada margherita (a must for lunch or dinner). Good location along the beach strip, smack in the middle. Good drinks, not the cheapest on the beach but definitively not the most expensive. Ramon takes good care of the place and the breakfast included is coffee, fresh juice, great fruit and toast with storebought jam. Our room was never really cleaned the four nights we stayed there, our bed was made but not changed and we only got a new towel for the bathroom on the second to last night. They do provide beach towels. We had lunch there once, ceviche which was ok as was the guacamole but the fajitas were really bland and the shrimp small. We have stayed at La Zebra and Mezzanine when we were on a bigger budget. Playa Kin ha is a Very simple hotel, I would go somewhere a little more highend again next time. Nothing bad about the place, just nothing super excellent either. Do your research, if you are on a budget it is ok, if you can afford more... i would choose somewhere else. Staff was very nice, polite and leave you alone. Beach and kitchen and restaurant were clean, rooms need some love. Good place to get away just no frills.

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kiev, Ukraine
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Reviewed 22 December 2012

Playa Kin Ha is very cute little hotel right on the beach. The beach is amazing, very soft and white sand like sugar. The sea was clear and warm. They were not too many people on the beach, so sometimes we would be the only ones swimming in the sea. Stuff is very friendly and helpful, although don't speak english too good. Raimondo who runs the hotel has borrowed us snorkeling mask and told where we can see turtles near the beach.
The rooms are quite simple, there is bed, two bed tables and clothes shelf. There is shower and toilet inside of each room. There were no outlets in the room, but you can always charge your phones at reception. Wifi in hotel doesn't work, but you can catch connection in the restaurant from neighboor's hotel. If you want to buy food or souvenirs, go to Tulum center( 10 min drive), they have also banks there.
We did walk around to check other hotels, but Playa Kin Ha is still my favorite. Very simple, but has all basic stuff. Very quite and private and has the best beach.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Playa Kin Ha
Address: KM 5.5, Tulum 77780, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Tulum
Amenities:
Beach Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#35 Romantic Hotel in Tulum
#50 On the Beach Hotel in Tulum
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Playa Kin Ha 2.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located between the National Park of Tulum and the Biosphere Reserve of Sian Kan, you can enjoy miles of beaches, white sand the best place of the Caribbean Mexican. Our eco-hotel is a mixture between modern and rustic. We have light of solar panels. We have 3 suites front the see(no a/c), each with private bath and terrace. where you can admire some spectacular sunrisethere are also three rooms in the back with a partial ocean view . ... more   less 
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