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“Great location but very basic” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Playa Hotel
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Playa Hotel
Ranked #14 of 22 Hotels in Puerto Madryn
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“Great location but very basic”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2007

As far as location goes, prices are a bargain. The hotel is right in the centre of the city, facing the ocean and the beach. The best restaurants are minutes away by foot, as are the pharmacy, most travel agencies where you can book daytrips (which are the main reason for coming to Puerto Madryn in the first place), and the grocery store (useful for buying water and snacks for these daytrips).

That being said, this is no luxury resort. Rooms are VERY bland and in desperate need of a fresh coat of paint and new carpeting. However the bed and bathroom were very clean which, for us, was essential since, like most visitors to this city, we were never in our room except to sleep and shower. Forget sleeping in late though: the hotel is on the main downtown street which is VERY noisy. Constant car and bus noises start around 6am and slow down around midnight. I'm not sure, but I think all or most rooms face this street because of the "sea view" attraction (however this view would be better if the trees lining the street weren't so large...). As for breakfast, it is not included in the price. There is a restaurant in the lobby and breakfast there is not too expensive.

We paid 190 Argentinian pesos for a double room. From what I've seen and heard, most hotels in this price range are pretty much the same, i.e. basic and bland. Don't be surprised though. The city's economy relies very much on the tourist industry. Even the simplest hotels are more expensive than anywhere else in Argentina (except maybe El Calafate). We were there at the start of the high season and hotels fill up very quickly so you can't be too picky in this town...

  • Liked — Central location
  • Disliked — Street noise
  • Tips/Secrets — Book early in high season
  • Stayed October 2006, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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devon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2007

Spent 3 nights in puerto madryn to see the whales and penguins. Had difficulty finding accommodation at that time of year so Playa was my third choice. Right on sea front and near all the best restaurants and bars as far as we could see but the most expensive 3 star place we stayed in throughout our 1 month stay in Argentina as it worked out over £35 a night for the room for 2 people.This was more exensive than our hotel in Buenos Aires! It was the only hotel during our trip that did not include some sort of breakfast in the price. The room was a fair size but it was hot and a bit tatty. Right on main road so too noisy to open window. TV didn't work and there was nobody to fix it.

  • Liked — position
  • Disliked — price
  • Stayed November 2006, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank retiredDevon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2005

As we quickly discovered the only reason to visit Puerto Madryn is for the whales...not for the local atmosphere, restaurants or hotels...having said that, we stayed for one night at the Playa, which is above average for the areas (having moved from hotel Piren...never ever go there)!

Playa is a basic but clean and friendly hotel, overlooking the beach. The staff were very friendly and helpfull and the cost was good for the area (160 pesos).

The whales are totally worth the trip (we really recommend Jorge Schmidt tour, which avoids the big crowds) and the Playa makes a better than most place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2005
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Playa Hotel
Address: Avenida Pte Gral J a Roca 187, Puerto Madryn U9120AIB, Argentina
Region: Argentina > Patagonia > Province of Chubut > Puerto Madryn
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Ranked #14 of 22 Hotels in Puerto Madryn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Playa Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 51
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