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“Off the beaten path”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Acamaya Reef

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Acamaya Reef
Ranked #19 of 26 Hotels in Puerto Morelos
South Lake Tahoe, California
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Off the beaten path”
Reviewed 25 February 2013

This is a very funky place, right on the beach, and WAY off the beaten path. There is a communal kitchen but there is an extra charge for using it. The rooms are dark with cement floors. Beds are comfortable and fans provide adequate ventilation. Shared bathrooms. If you want to get away from it all and have your own transportation, I would recommend staying here. If you have a teenager looking for action and are relying on public transportation stay in town. The walk along the beach to town is about 35 minutes, and the taxi is expensive. Shop for food or eat a really big meal before you arrive! They do have a little tienda and a snack shack. They make really good sandwiches!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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AcamayaReef, Owner at Acamaya Reef, responded to this review, 26 May 2013
Thanks a lot for the review! This help us improve our service, and our Food :) Hope to have you back! Kind regards.
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Presteigne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 February 2013

This place is a funky little haven among the giant expensive resorts along this stretch of coast. We stayed on two occasions in each of the upper cabanas, firstly in the air-conditioned #7 and then in the slightly cheaper #5. Both were good value and comfortable with hot water in the en suites, but we preferred the latter for its better views from the small balcony and the fan was perfectly adequate for the temperatures we experienced. Daisy is very helpful and friendly and the location is great - a very pleasant 45 minute stroll down the beach into town where there are some good restaurants and cafes. We found it a great place to chill for two or three nights after flying from UK to Cancun, and again as a last stop before flying home.

Room Tip: Upper rooms are good, the lower ones may feel a little pokey and dark
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Richard S
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AcamayaReef, Propietario at Acamaya Reef, responded to this review, 27 May 2013
Thanks a lot for the review! It's good to know you had a good time! Hope to have you around soon and help us spreading the word about us! :) Regards.
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Kent, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2013

We spent two nights at Acamaya to attend a wedding at one of the more expensive resorts. It is exactly what I've described in the title: a safe place to sleep. For the price, we were very pleased. We did not go on vacation to sit around in our hotel. It shares the same large stretch of sandy beach as the expensive resorts surrounding it, but never felt crowded to us. Our only caution is DO NOT RESERVE TRANSPORTATION THROUGH THE LINK ON ACAMAYA'S WEBSITE!! It takes you to a company called Cancun Airport Shuttle Co., which does not exist!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Kari F
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AcamayaReef, Propietario at Acamaya Reef, responded to this review, 27 May 2013
Thanks a bunch for your review! Our Customer clients are always great to improve our place! And we changed the company for transportation now! Hope to have you back soon! Regards!
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Ramah
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Reviewed 16 February 2013

Our first night in the Yucatan and we were looking forward to staying on the beach, for 80 dollars US we thought it would be pretty nice. The cabanas were VERY basic, dark and gloomy. We had reserved the larger one, but the two young people at the reception seemd confused and couldn't find our reservation, and then couldn't show us the larger cabana. we looked, but it didn't appear to exist. We left, I complained to booking.com and got a refund. Basically this place could be described as a campsite (nice beach) with an overall,feeling of being neglected and abandoned.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Christine M
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AcamayaReef, Owner at Acamaya Reef, responded to this review, 26 May 2013
Thank you very much for the review, this will help us improve our service, we are sorry we didn't meet your expectations and hopefully we will be able to fulfill them in the future. Regards.
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Reviewed 26 January 2013

I found this hotel by googling "camping in riviera maya" and im really happy i stayed here. I brought my tent just in case i couldnt find any rooms, and i had an awesome time camping on their literally beach front property. It so funny to have the dreams resort next door, but it still felt private. i heard music one night (out of the 5) i stayed here coming from next door, but it was not a bother.
In the mornings i could roll out of my tent onto a lounge chair and watch the ocean.
When i was here there was only a few other tents and the last two nights i had the place to my self. Nice bathrooms and showers, (hot water!) which was nice at night when it was a bit chillier. very clean in both.
i met some wonderful people here, and the owners are very accomadating and pleasant to chat with,especially Daisy. they speak both english and spanish, and french
it was pretty windy when i was there, so sometimes i worried my tent would blow away, but there were some protected areas. really felt like i had my own private beach front property
the cabanas are colorful and rustic, i didnt stay in any but i would another time. this place had character in contrast to the resorts and private condos next door. such a funny juxtapostion, but im glad the owners have kept it this way.
you are about 2.5km away from the center of the town of puerto morelos, but it really isnt a bad walk down the beach, and once in the center of this sleepy fishing village, its easy to hop a collectivo (5 pesos) to the main highway and catch another collectivo (30 pesos) to playa del carmen to spend the day..or i would grab breakfast in playa and hop another colletivo to tulum (35 -40 pesos) to spend the afternoon. there are collectivos running from playa del carmen to cancun (pto morelos is just before cancun) 24 hrs.
if you dont feel like walking the beach back to acamaya a taxi is 90pesos
they also rent bikes at acamaya for cheaper than in town, which i thought id do but in the end didnt need to. walking was fine and occasionally the taxi ride home.
this was a great place to stay, super close to the airport (20min in a bus that goes direct from airport to pto morelos highway entrance) and just chill out. Definitely alot alot quieter than playa del carmen, with maybe not as much to do at night but i was ok with that. The beaches were nice, not as beautiful as tulum, but to be right on the beach is awesome.
very enjoyable chill time, i will be back :)

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
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AcamayaReef, Propietario at Acamaya Reef, responded to this review, 27 May 2013
Hey! Thanks a lot for the review! Hope to have you back soon and thank you for spreading the word about us! :) Best Regards.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2013 via mobile

We stayed two nights at the Acamaya Reef. This little hotel was located right on the beach. They had optional rooms with or without A/C. We got one with A/C and a shower and enjoyed the stay, as we explored and laid by the beach most of the day only using this place for a bed. The owners are great and they speak English, Spanish and french. Many french nationals come to this hotel and it was nice to speak with them. Your are located 2.5 km from puerto Morelos. There is a snack bar which you can buy food and drinks at a fair price. You are right besides the Dreams hotel which provides some background noise on special nights. It is not far fr the airport and shouldn't cost you more then 40$ US dollars one way.
The price was right and always keep in mind you get what you pay for. : )

  • Stayed January 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 21 August 2012

If you're looking for a quiet more authentic Rustic Caribbean feel to your holiday, away from the spring break mania of Cancun and the bustle of Playa del Carmen you can't go too far wrong choosing Acaymaya Reef. Nestled between Champagne 5 star luxury hotels on the Riviera Maya but on a beer budget, you can enjoy the beautiful beaches without the all inclusive restrictiveness and generic feel. Beachfront means beachfront!!!! The staff particularly Noel are very friendly, speak many languages and will go out of their way to help you. I'd recommend hiring a car so you can visit local attractions and get around easily as the local taxi's can be pricey. Definitely for those with an adventurous spirit for a wonderfully discreet getaway!!!!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Acamaya Reef
Address: Carretera Cancun-Tulum, Puerto Morelos 77580, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Puerto Morelos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Morelos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1 star — Acamaya Reef 1*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Description: Welcome to “Acamaya Reef Cabañas & Beach Club” in Puerto Morelos, a unique Hotel on the beach with cabanas in the Caribbean Sea with its own style, simple, charming and comfortable and above all let’s not forget that we are an Eco-hotel, trying to improve in recycling and other activities to help the world to be a better place.We are located in the middle of the Puerto Morelos National Marine Park with the Second Largest Reef in the World right in front of our little cabanas, making it an even more special place to stay. You can go on a Snorkeling Tour right from the hotel and enjoy the fantastic coral formations where you will see hundreds of multi-colored fishes.We are not a five star resort; we are only a Puerto Morelos Eco-hotel on the Beach! with cabanas But we have all of the needed services like Massages right on the beach, Restaurant and Bar Service, Kayaks and Bike rentals, free parking lot, free wireless Internet and we also have the Concierge service for anything else you may need. ... more   less 
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