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“Great find, large enough, small enough, superb restaurant” 5 of 5 stars
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Aventura Mexicana
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   5th Avenue at 24th Street, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #16 of 197 hotels in Playa del Carmen
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“Great find, large enough, small enough, superb restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

My wife and I fussed for several years about going to Mexico. Dangerous? Hard to communicate? Packed elbow-to-elbow with flowered shirts and cameras? Getting ripped off? We kept defaulting to our standard cruises and Caribbean visits. Then we jumped on a special through SniqueAway for Aventura Mexicana. What an experience!

After a bit of confusion at the airport and almost getting into a very expensive cab, we found the very reasonable ADO Bus to downtown Playa del Carmen. A short cab ride, or a walk if you’re feeling sturdy, and you’re delivered to a cozy paradise.

From moment one, it feels like staying with friends. The hotel is large enough to have amenities and small enough to feel warm and friendly. We got to know the entire crew in just a few days. No special request went un-addressed. The many sitting areas, multiple pools, and winding, curving layout make the hotel feel much larger than it is. And we never felt crowded or fighting for chair space. Get the Deluxe room with the water dispenser, refrigerator, etc.

It is the perfect distance from everything; the public beach, shops, pounding club life ‘till dawn, and the lush private beach clubs (AM Hotel can get you deals). Take a cab if you wish – or walk like we did. I managed to gain zero weight on the trip by walking to everything each day.

And, the best surprise of the trip? The restaurant! The hotel has the benefit of an excellent restaurant on the premises. We did not choose the optional meal plan to keep our options open, but wished we had. We ate mostly every meal on the grounds. And it was priced so that if we did buy the plan, and still ate elsewhere a few meals, it would still be cost-effective.

We're definitely returning.

Room Tip: Deluxe rooms have in-room water containers and refrigerators
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We had the best time at Aventura Mexicana. Everyone there is super helpful and friendly, particularly the staff at the restaurant. Rooms are simple but clean, and the common garden and pool area is beautiful. We would definitely visit again.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

suited my purposes perfectly - wanted some of the amenities of an all-inclusive -- like cost control!! -- w/o the size and blandness. No issues during my stay - was in the back in a room overlooking the bistro and pool. had a GREAT massage coordinated by the front desk.

Location - The hotel is just off 5th Ave but surprisingly quiet. the staff were always helpful with trip planning etc.

Food at Mayan Bistro was good, not fantastic. Definitely worth the VIP though for at least 1 good meal a day, if not 2, and some drinks and bottled water!! I didn't get up early enough for breakfast ;)

Beach access - club "passes" offered were not on a great beach, there are others farther south with better sand/water/beach environment. Playa is not a great swimming beach at all though... Cancun proper was better for that (I also stayed 2 nights at the JW Marriott).

Very friendly fellow travelers from mostly the UK and Canada (I'm from the US). I saw some other reviews mentioning the firm beds - my bed was indeed quite firm, but better than the alternative!! i had to sleep on my side and not on my back as i usually would.

Room Tip: rooms in the front have closed in bathrooms and less of a view. rooms in the back have the "po...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

It's all about expectations and you get what you pay for. The hotel is clean, the staff is friendly, and you can't beat the location. This is not a five star resort. It is a reasonably priced hotel that is just off of Fifth Ave. Some of the negative reviews are clearly from people who are expecting the amenities of a large resort and not a comfy boutique hotel. The included breakfast is only coffee and juice with toast or danish, just like most other small Playa hotels. However, you can order a full breakfast and the cost is very reasonable. The restaurant is quite good and they have a full menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They also have a full bar and Christopher, the bartender/manager is an interesting guy. Ask him to tell you a story or two. I have stayed here twice and both times were a pleasant experience.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

We close the hotel online , because a good reviews that the hotel got , but actually after we got there we where really disappointed, the room is really old , there is no door in the bathroom , which mean if you come as a couple , when you do your things she or he have to hear or smell your things !!! On the online it's writing that its include breakfast - but just to let you know coffee and cake it's not a breakfast !! After we ask them about that , they said that is continental breakfast !! In one ward - commmmooonn..... To all of you that will read this - if you looking for a hotel with a good location this the hotel , but its only the location !!!

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013 via mobile

Nice location!! The staff were very nice!! Nice rooms!! The pool was ok! The Jacuzzi was not heated! And the bathroom was partially un private, there is not door to separated the room from the bathroom. But even that is a very place to stay with your husband or wife!!

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

This was my 33rd trip to Playa in 11 years. I've had several friends who have stayed at Aventura Mexicana in the past, so I wanted to give it a try. Booking went smoothly thanks to Andy. Check-in was easy. Went straight to the bar and the lovely Sara made some awesome pina coladas. Met the sweet Nicholas who always had a smile on his face and very helpful. I was traveling with a friend and we had rooms 1102 and 1103...right by the adult pool and restaurant. Bed was comfortable, plenty of space, and the maid, Cristina, did a wonderful job.
Had both the sweet Gabby and the nice Chris wait on us for late lunch/dinner. The food here is fantastic. The cream of soup with gorgonzola was incredible. I don't even like celery, but I ordered it twice. Delish!! My friend said the cream of mushroom soup was the best that he has had. The chorizo mac n cheese rocked as did the scallops tikin-xic and the arrachera. They serve a light continental breakfast included in your cost as well as offered other options. The prices for all of their food is very reasonable and excellent quality. The grounds of the property are kept immaculate. Very quiet property and extremely beautiful and relaxing.
I contacted Andy a few weeks ago for my next return over NYE. I am sure that I'll be staying there many more times in the future!

Room Tip: Rooms by the pool have WIFI.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 5th Avenue at 24th Street, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Playa del Carmen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#13 Spa Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#23 Romantic Hotel in Playa del Carmen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Aventura Mexicana 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are Playa's only Trip Advisor #20 hotel & restaurant! We're located 2 blocks from Playa Del Carmen's famous white, sandy beaches and just 1/2 block from Playa's popular 5th Avenue; full of shops & restaurants. We're a cozy boutique hotel with a lush, tropical courtyard and waterfall, 2 swimming pools, 3 sun decks and chaise lounges for sunbathing, relaxing, or canoodling. All guestrooms include inroom wi/fi, air conditioning, ceiling fans, flat screen TVs, phones and private bathrooms. We also offer rooms with balconies or verandas. Our amenities include free Lite Continental breakfast, free wi/fi, free on-site parking and free beach club access. We also offer yoga class and discounted day passes to the world class gym across the street. The Mayan Bistro restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, dinner & room service. The Mayan Bistro also offers THE VIP, our all inclusive option with fresh, made to order gourmet food and premium beer, wine and cocktails. THE VIP is only available through out website. Indulge in a variety of spa services perfectly at the Beauty Korper Spa located on the hotel grounds. We can coordinate your transportation, arrange tours and ensure you have a wonderful vacation in Playa! ... more   less 
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Aventura Mexicana Hotel
Aventura Mexicana Playa Del Carmen
Aventura Mexicana Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

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