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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 #59 of 199 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014
John F Vernon, Canada
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Vernon, Canada
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

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
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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
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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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Petoskey, Michigan
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6 helpful votes 6 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
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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
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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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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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Knoxville, Tennessee
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

I was in Playa in March for a week and just returned from a 13 day stay at the El Acuario. It was like returning home. Diane, yet again, set things up perfectly; an amazing woman and a fantastic manager. If you are looking for an economical alternative to the beach expense of staying in PDC then look no further.... More

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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
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Number of rooms: 13
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El Acuario Hotel Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

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