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“Exceeded all expectations!!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Residences El Faro
4.0 of 5 Condominium   |   10th Street, between 1st Avenue and the beach | on the beach, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico (Formerly Encanto El Faro)   |  
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“Exceeded all expectations!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012 via mobile

Beautiful resort located smack in the middle of playa del carmen yet private enough, gorgeous 3 bedroom villas and caribbean ocean views, excellent service only mexico can offer, we stayed in a 3 bedroom villa on the first floor just a few steps from the pool and the beach, not cheap but worth every penny, we were invited to the residence club presentation and decided to join (no problem coming back over and over) good food in their restaurant, and plenty of food and shopping options at a walking distance on 5th street (main tourist strip in playa) had a couple days of rain but the lovely villa made it ok to just sit and enjoy the views, the only bad thing was that 1 week is never enough.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED give their residence club a chance, good value.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

We thought this place was great. We booked a two bedroom condo with our family of five (1, 3, and 5). The rooms were beautiful and very nicely designed with all the upgrades in the kitchen and bathrooms. There is laundry right in the unit, and the ocean views were stunning. The location is hard to beat, you are literally in the middle of it all and can walk just about anywhere. They have a kids pool as well as a regular pool, which is very nice to see at a place like this. We also loved the food at the restaurant located on the first floor. We hope to stay here again sometime soon!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

We stayed at this property for 4 nights in July. We wanted to stay at a condo, rather than at a hotel, because we were going to be out a lot of time. It was just perfect for our family of 5 with kids. The property of El Faro has an excellent location, one block from 5th street, where you'll find lots of restaurants and shops, and it feels really safe, even late at night. The condo looks very new. Attention and service was perfect at all times. The beach is wonderful, beautiful sand, chairs and you can ask for an umbrella if you need one. We had a car and they offer free covered parking.
The condo we stayed at was absolutely wonderful and in a great location: Reef building, first floor, with direct access to the pool, and just a few steps from the beach. The decoration was lovely. It was very well furnished, rooms, bathrooms, kitchen, etc. It had 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, plus a futton and a sofa bed, so it was perfect for a family of 5 or 6. We didn't cook a lot, as we were visiting the area, but it was great to have a kitchen for breakfast, snacks and drinks. We loved the big terrace, as some other condos don't have it. The washer/dryer unit was very handy, as we were going to Cancun for 5 more nights, so I was able to have a fresh start of clothes.
We would recommend El Faro to anyone and will definitely stay here again next time.

Room Tip: Reef building has bigger terraces and first floor even better with direct access to the pool.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

Just got back to the states after a great week at El Faro. Rented this one through a third party, after a couple of emails and a confirmation we were set. Check-in was easy, the staff was always very helpful. We stayed in Surf 407, as expected the suite was exquisite marble throughout with granite countertops and a very modern decor. I am a person that does not eat in, but if I had to, the kitchen was well equipped. This unit had two LG units that kept the room very dry and cool, which is a great luxury in the humid July heat. The ocean view was amazing, the resort grounds were simple but nice, with an amazing pool that looked out to the ocean. This was a great central location to bustling 5th Ave, cab stops, money exchange and even a Wal Mart were within walking distance. The cooler water did not get me sick and the floor to ceiling window shades let me sleep in very late, so my stay was healthy as well. all of this for a per night fee of less than $200, you can't beat it!

There were only two small negatives I can comment on about Faro. The first is the club noise to the north. I am a South Beach Miami veteren, so sleeping with outside partying noise is no big deal, but at least let the party be epic and worth the lost sleep. I at first thought the bass-thud to be coming from neighboring Zenzi, but its actually a few doors down and is pointless- no one is even there at the hours the music is played. Faro and other neighboring places should put a stop to this endless music. The second is that Wickys and the resort need to work out a better deal in regards to beach chairs and price point. A one-time 10% coupon or a free drink just is not enough to seperate the loyal Faro guests and strangers walking off the beach.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

My husband and I just got back from Playa del Carmen, El Faro Resort. We went for our honeymoon. We are in our late 20's/early 30's. Overall, I must say that this trip was one of the best trips we've went on!!
I will break it down very easily. When I was researching this resort there were many reviews but certain things were not listed that i really wanted to know. So i will do my best to give a thorough yet straight forward review.

We did an all inclusive deal which included meals free and alcoholic beverages (only at Wicky's and Mr. Chile restaurants) Wicky's is located right in the resort/condo. The service there was great! Food was amazing! it is fine dining so that was a plus! Mr. Chile is about a block away, the food there is also good, not GREAT, but doable. Just fyi. tips are a big thing here (and other places for that matter) i think we spent about $120-130 U.S. just on tips for a 1 week stay.

Beach - amazing beach! amazing water! clear! See weed is removed very quickly on this beach, which was great since i cant stand see weed! Beach chairs ALWAYS available! Can order food/drinks on the beach which was great!
I was told that beaches in Mayan Riviera are very rocky and not the best.....BUT then i was told that beaches in Playa Del Carmen are a lot better and this was absolutely CORRECT! was not rocky at all. I brought my water shoes just in case, but did not even use them!

Hotel/condo - VERY spacious! Clean! full kitchen! 2 full bathrooms, living room. It was an open concept! Loved it!
This resort is also good for non-all inclusive trips since it comes with a fully equipped kitchen with utensils. We just didn't want to cook on our vacation so all inclusive was perfect for us!

5th Avenue - just steps away from the resort, always busy! ITS SAFE! so try not to get easily influenced by what other people may say. You will have the random people trying to sell you stuff, as long as you say no gracias, they will leave you alone!
Shopping - lots of stores! Starbucks! Was nice to have that! Clothing stores/souvenirs/diamond stores etc. Lots to look at on 5th avenue!

Nightlife - COCO BONGO! i must stress, if you go to Mexico you must see the coco bongo show! its about $50/pp U.S. this includes all you can drink + entrance. totally worth it! Show is amazing!
There are other clubs on 10th and 12th avenue, I just found them to be a little expensive on the weekends....if you want to save some money and don't mind partying on weeknights, i would suggest going out on weeknights..most of the times they let you in free and drinks are half price!

Excursions - Chichen Itza is where the pyramids are, 1 of the 7 wonders of the world! SO worth it! Such an experience! definitely a must! It was boiling hot that day, i believe it got up to 65 degrees CELSIUS! WATER IS A MUST!
When we booked this trip (there is a tour guide in the lobby for the excursion bookings, she gave us 2 free 30 min massages on the beach for free because we mentioned it was our honeymoon) FYI. when you book these excursions, most of them involves you to sit through an hr of time share where they try to sell you stuff...If you want a good deal on the excursions, just sit through the time share and say no at the end of the presentation. it'll save you about $100U.S on the excursions.

Cozumel is a small island, you need to take a ferry to get there, went snorkeling, felt like i was in the movie Finding Nemo! So many fish! Great experience! Shopped in Cozumel, had little shops on every corner. very cute! You can bargain here and souvenirs are cheaper in Cozumel.

Overall honest review: This resort i will def recommend, there were some families with kids, but they never seemed to bother us, we had privacy all the time, pool or on the beach! Its not that busy, which was great for us because it was very relaxing!
Only down side was, on the 2nd last day of our trip i got some sort of stomach virus or food poisoning, not sure what it was, so spent the whole day in the washroom sick! plane ride home was quite interesting. BUT this did not affect the trip in any way, i mean it happens, you deal with it and get over it! I still had the best time ever!

Room Tip: If you can get a room facing the beach, it is a nice plus! We had the room facing the street, which...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

The location is perfect for Playa del Carmen. Close to everything. Right on the beach. The staff is friendly and the place is clean and has up to three bedrooms inside for staying together. The pool was fine and but stay here is you are really looking for a place that is right on the beach and close to everything.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Austin, Texas
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

This was excellent experience for us and the all staff members were superb! There was an occasional problem with the water pressure, but it wasn't a big deal. It was through out the hotel/condo. We stayed in a condo that had an awesome view of the pool and ocean. The A/C was good for those days you needed to chill or you could step outside on the balcony and drink to enjoy the breeze. The place was well maintained and had good security. Walking access to the beach and pool. We were eight and having a kitchen was ideal and we could prepare simple meals and not spend a lot on eating out, that was expensive. There was a Walmart close by (many Taxi's to help out). There is plenty of shopping around the condo area and restaurants/bars. Tourist type shopping with the usual tourist rates, still you can bargain and look around for a cheaper merchant. And there is a Starbucks one block from the condo (if you need your fix), plus there are a number of exchange places and ATM machines, just beware...the ATM machine (banks) charge an arm and a leg for their services (ranging from $6.00 to $25.00 per transaction)! You can get pesos or dollars.

Fun things to do on the beach, such as parasailing, snorkeling, subadiving, ski jets and a ferry to Cozumel.

We rented a car from Economy car rental through Expedia, never again. They charged us $300 more from the price we were quoted, which include more insurance. Apparently Expedia's quote insurance was not valid, Not expedia's fault. I will rent directly from another car agency in the future.

If you are set on having adventure, rent a car. Taxi's are expensive. We stayed at Playa del Carmen which was the mid point to other attractions. If you want an all inclusive then Encanto El Faro is not for you! My family prefers to seek adventure so a car was a must for us, so we drove to different beaches and stayed away from adventure parks, except Xelha, a big must for all who go to that area! Then we would come back to the condo and relax, drink and swim some more.

I did not like Cancun. It was too commercialized for my taste. There was an area that reminded me of Las vegas. There is everything you can get in the US. I prefer Mexican cultural experiences, not Vegas style reminders. It is good for the locals or those who do not get these experiences. Cancun was a dissappointment. It is for the rich and famous who want to be spoiled.

So there, if you want more information feel free to email me at :
youwhotowers@msn.com

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a balcony facing the ocean view.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 10th Street, between 1st Avenue and the beach | on the beach, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico (Formerly Encanto El Faro)
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Playa del Carmen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 125 Specialty Lodging in Playa del Carmen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Residences El Faro 4*
Number of rooms: 65
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our beautiful exclusive condominium property is nestled in the heart of downtown Playa del Carmen, and perfectly situated right on the beach. Our 65 suites have a fully equipped kitchen, dining and living room area. The complex is comprised of three buildings, Reef, Coral and Surf, with one, two and three bedroom suites. These individually owned condominiums are spacious and each offers its own distinct style. Owners and guests enjoy our expansive pool, or basking in the sun on our beach front lounge chairs. Enjoy the view from your balcony; the impressive colours of the Caribbean Sea. ... more   less 
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Encanto El Faro Hotel Playa Del Carmen
Residences El Faro Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

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