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“Amazing location for a great hotel” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Paraiso Azul's (Casa De Gopala)

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2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Calle 2 between Avs. 10 and 15, Playa del Carmen, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #78 of 200 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
Beijing, China
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Amazing location for a great hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

After spending a week in a cheaper hotel to keep the budget down, we stumbled upon this gem one night after spying it across from one of our favourite places to eat. It was a little more expensive than our previous accommodation but it was quickly apparent that the extra expensive was directly linked to better value for money.
The hotel is tucked away in a lovely green sanctuary that is lit magically by night and adds a very peaceful element to the day. You could spend hours sitting on the verandah letting the day slip by or head up to the roof terrace and enjoy sun baking all day or cool off in the pool.
The rooms are spacious and clean with extra blankets for the rare chilly night. It was a pleasure to see the new towel art creations that the great housekeeping staff leave on your bed. So far we have had a rabbit, a turkey and a fish. It is the small touches such as this that make this place great. Large bottles of fresh water are located on every floor for your convenience.
This hotel is located so close to the main strip of Playa Del Carmen that you can see the street from the pool.
The only drawback we found was at times it can be a little noisy during the day with furniture being moved and the local dogs barking but this happens rarely and is over and done with fairly quickly.
We would stay here again in a heart beat!

Room Tip: The higher rooms are quieter however if you have a lot of bags be aware that there is no elevator.
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Boise, Idaho
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Casa de Gopala is the best home away from home, this makes year 19. Same hotel same room. Love love love Larry and the staff, central to everything. 3 blocks from the bus, 2 blocks from the best beach of the area and any restaurant is so worth it. Especially off of e 5th.

Room Tip: Rooms on the second floor under Larry's residence are great but the third floor of the original...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Maryland
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

We stayed here and dived with Yukatek divers adjacent to the hotel. So easy and fun! The hotel is hidden and quiet right in the middle of town. I loved the pool on the roof top and a view to die for. We could see Cozumel, the beach and the town of Playa del Carmen. The staff is terrific. Very helpful. Erasmo you were super! And Carlos very nice. I fell in love with the decor and the jungle like plants. Can't wait to return, I miss this place already!

Room Tip: I got to see all the rooms while I was there and they all seem great. My friend and I like to eat i...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Glen Burnie
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3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

conveniently located near attractions, shopping, local restaurants, and beach Good food all around. Hot top on top floor, with seating area for having a brew or snacks. Towels and linen changed everyday. Showers are large with good water pressure. Breakfast was included in our package choice of eggs , hot cakes, fruit plate and good coffee

Room Tip: You can choose your room based on price and air conditioning. Large room with fridge, lots of room f...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Canberra, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

I stayed at the Casa De Gopala as it was nearby to the dive shop I was diving with. This is very average accommodation. The fittings in the room were aged and the bed and shower were also aged and average. Not bad as backpacker accommodation but considering the other accommodation in the area I think better can be had.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Eugene
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

My dive buddy and I stayed at Casa De Gopala this past January for a week and we were very well treated. It is perfectly located on a quiet street only a five minute walk to the beach and the commercialized Avenue Five tourist strip. Our room was cleaned and the linen changed every day and the staff couldn't have been friendlier. There is an 'old world' ambience at this hotel that I've never found at glitzier upscale resorts; the rooms are arranged ijn a "U" around a verdant, almost overgrown garden that reminded me of being in a jungle. We were awakened in the morning by cooing doves. There are many inexpensive restaurants and markets within easy walking distance. The atmosphere is more international than American; we hung out with a couple of Germans and a Russian, as well as a few Americans. The staff of the dive center next door, Yucatek Divers, come from Germany, France, Italy, America, and Switzerland, but they all speak English and will help you find anything you need. When I return to this part of Mexico, I will definitely stay at Casa De Gopala.

Room Tip: If you are a snorkeler or scuba diver, be sure to ask about stay/dive packages. You can check out my...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

We were a bit worried that we might not like the location being not directly at the beach but looking back we can say it was perfect.

It's quite small but lovely, there is a jungle garden you walk through when going to your room. We had room 10 which was on the 2nd floor - only the roof with the nice pool on top. The room was basic but Mexican so we liked it. The windows cannot be fully closed (Mexican builing style I guess) so it was a bit noisy some nights with the neighbour's dog or birds nearby.
The ladies who cleaned our room every day were very innovative with the towels, creating stuff like elephants and scorpions. The guys at the reception were very helpful, pointed out good restaurants and gave us a map of Playa del Carmen although it's very easy after one or two days to find places.

We chose this hotel as we were there for diving and it's close to Yucatek Divers which was one of the best dive centers we have experienced so far.

The hotel does not have a restaurant but there is no need as it is so much fun to go to other restaurants every day (I have written reviews for quite a few as well).

We also booked tours from the hotel, the Chichen Itza Tour was great, but the Jeep Safari to National Park Sian Kaan was not really worth the money. There are also buses (ADO) which you can use easily to go to Tulum or Cobà on your own - very well organized!

If we are ever going back to PdC we will definitely go back to Paraiso Azul.

Room Tip: Room 10 was great.
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  • Stayed March 2012, 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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Additional Information about Paraiso Azul's (Casa De Gopala)

Address: Calle 2 between Avs. 10 and 15, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Playa del Carmen
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#64 Romantic Hotel in Playa del Carmen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Paraiso Azul's (Casa De Gopala) 2.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Also Known As:
Paraiso Azul`s (Casa De Gopala) Hotel Playa Del Carmen
Paraiso Azuls Casa De Gopala
Paraiso Azul's (Casa De Gopala) Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

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