As a fussy, tricky englander arriving with high demands and high expectations but sometimes careful pockets, i wholeheartedly recommend this cute little diamond of a hotel.
I actually stayed here in May 2012 for a whole month and the fact that i just returned here for another sneaky holiday says alot.
I orginally took one of the standard rooms which was all fine but over time graduated to using the suite which accomodates all my needs and more ( basically a fully functioning apartment inclusive of bathroom, additional toilet, fully equipped fridge, lounge and balcony).
The location is fine, tucked a few blocks from the beach. I more or less arrive there in 7 to 10 mins at strolling place. It also strikes a nice balance with the costly 5th avenue and the more local, welcoming local restuarants and shops. Just across the street you have a fruit vendor who sells every juice you can imagine for a ridiculously good price. There is also a breakfast place across the street with evety manor of egg breakfast you could imagine.
If im feeling lazy there is always a nice pool area to hang round. The pool is always clean.
The rooms are all more than adequate with air con, tv, fridge and fresh bedding.
What really makes the hotel is the manager. I dont have enough good words for her, she is eternally helpful, full of advice about where to go and how to do things. That alone would be worth paying for but its all thrown into the price.
One guy loved the hotel so much he decided to become a permanent resident ! He and the other resident, a cute little cat provide a degree of entertainment and humour.
Whenever im here, i feel like im home from home with the added bonus of a beautiful beach and great weather at my disposal.
- 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, kitchenette (sink, fridge, electric grill, microwave oven, kitchenware and dishes), 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, bicycle and car rentals. We look forward to receiving you!!! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Acuario Hotel Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico