I won't repeat all of the great comments about the cleanliness and how wonderful the staff is - it is all so really true, though! We got a great deal, so we knew there would be some downsides, but nothing horrible- just know the "luxuries" you may give up, though (I still cannot IMAGINE why ANYONE would ever stay in an all-inclusive in Playa!!?? Why bother going if you are not going to experience all the great restaurants?!) Anyway - so there are some downsides that people should keep in mind -- when reviewers say the street the hotel faces is LOUD, they are NOT JOKING. I forgot how much I appreciate quiet or "beach noise" (or even just "people noise"!) on a beach vacation - esp. during siesta or in the morning drinking coffee, etc. .. this is a loud, busy street with lots of cars and trucks with no mufflers, bad engines, loud gear changing. . . And don't get me started on the soccer field across the street - there were marching bands and cheering fans so loud! No joke!! Go team! But man, during siesta?! It ended up being funny - every time I tried to nap, the drums started playing or a car exploded! And, yes, our door was closed, but it sounded like the marching band was in our bathroom! So we were used to having street noise on trips to big cities (London, Paris, etc) - but I didn't realize how much I would miss the quiet on a relaxing beach vacation. So just drink enough tequila and the noise and hard beds will be fine!! Also, if you have two women (or some very metrosexual men) trying to get ready at night, it is a TIGHT squeeze to figure out drying hair, makeup, brushing teeth, etc - there is only one small mirror, everything is all by the shower area/closet area/tight hallway . . .we were bumping into each other A LOT (luckily though we are so naturally beautiful, we don't need a lot of primping! haha). But overall, $750 pp for 8 nights, hotel and airfare, was great, so these things were minor. The location is awesome -- the beach is the best - with great people watching. There are so many fun things to do - Playa is my favorite! I want to live there! The issues with the hotel are things the staff cannot control - everything they can do, they do it well. I just wish those dang marching bands and automobiles would shut up!!! And give me another mirror and a feather bed! haha.
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