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El Acuario Hotel

Av. 25 Norte entre 2 y 4 Norte Col. Centro, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Ranked #51 of 198 hotels in Playa del Carmen
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Winnipeg, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the 2nd year we stayed at the El Acuraio. We have always stayed at a different place every year. Always looking for the last minute good deal. We stayed at El Acuario last year and enjoyed it so much that we did the unthinkable. We booked a year in advance for the whole month of March 2014. And... More

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Vernon, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I seriously considered not writing this review as it's definitely not in my best interests to "let the word out"! After a hot day on the busy streets of Playa it was so nice to come back to this "haven" and cool off in the wonderful clean pool and have a cervesa on the chaisse lounge or hammock. The rooms... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had another great 3 month stay! Had several pleasant surprises...never ran out hot water even at peak "shower times," the new pillows were a treat too! This was the first time we stayed in a room with a kitchenette and we ate several meals "at home." So easy because groceries are within short walking distances. The location is super,... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With it's 12to13 rooms, El Acuario, is one of our favorite small hotels in Playa. The small kitchen area in the room affords you the choice of breakfast there or, if you prefer, you can eat elsewhere. The location is great as you are within walking distance of many wonderful restaurants. This year is our fourth time here and we... More

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Hamilton, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Together with my wife, we spent the month of February in Playa Del Carmen with El Acuario as our home. What a delightful fun surprise. The hotel is a 12 room hotel with a small pool surrounded by trees and it gets sun all day. This is important since many of the little/midsize hotels in Playa have an interior pool... More

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Port Colborne, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

This was our 5th year staying at the El Acuario for a few weeks. It is the best bargain for the money spent. The rooms are cleaned daily & are equipped with a small fridge, microwave, hot plate (on request), dishes/eating/cooking utensils etc. These amenities have saved us a lot of money because we can eat several meals there. The... More

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Gaylord, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Two Thumbs up for this great little hotel..No frills but clean and quiet! Diane made my stay comfortable and speaks English, French and Spanish..The pool is small but clean..Even had a few visits from Coco

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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

This hotel is really lovely. It's a little oasis in a sometimes frantic Playa del Carmen. It's quiet, colourful, clean, good value and just a lovely place to stay. Diane, who runs the hotel, is a lovely, warm and helpful person. The turtles are so cute and they love fresh banana or apple. I highly recommend this place.

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Ottawa, Canada
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

I was at this hotel for a month recently and had a great stay. The hotel is small with a pool and has lots of plants and trees which offer some privacy. All the rooms face the pool which is a definite bonus. The staff keep the rooms spotless and the landscaping is kept tidy. The location is great. You... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I stayed at El Acuario for 5 nights. Great budget accommodation. Rooms neat & clean. Everything you need - safe, microwave, fridge, TV (2 english speaking channels), wifi, free coffee. Enjoyed relaxing in the hammock or by the pool. There are only 12 rooms so it is quiet and relaxing. Staff take great pride in the hotel... More

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Also Known As:
El Acuario Hotel Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
Address: Av. 25 Norte entre 2 y 4 Norte Col. Centro, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Playa del Carmen
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#53 Family Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#84 Romantic Hotel in Playa del Carmen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Acuario Hotel is a charming Caribbean hotel with only 12 rooms and one Suite. Located downtown Playa del Carmen, just a few minutes walk from the beach and the pedestrian shopping avenue. Beautiful, calm, relaxing, we offer an ideal environment for your family vacation or business trip! All our rooms are equipped with air conditioning, ceiling fan, cable TV, fridge (or kitchenette), table and chairs, private bathroom with shower, and a spacious terrace with hammock and view to the tropical garden and swimming-pool. The Suite is available for mid- to long-term rentals (minimum one month), and has one bedroom, 1.5 bathrooms, living room with sofa bed, dining room, fully equipped kitchen and large terrace with view to the pool. Common areas: large tropical garden, swimming-pool, barbecue and palapa area. Services: free coffee, wireless Internet, 24-hours front desk, laundry, concierge, massages. We look forward to receiving you!!! ... more   less 
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