Well, after our first stay at the Acanto (honeymoon 2007), we wanted to return to the same hotel in 2013. This time we brought 2 other couples with us. Based on the rave reviews of the hotel, they were excited to join us. In 2007, this hotel was the most romantic boutique hotel we had ever stayed in. The few rooms they had were perfect and the staff was so helpful. Now in 2013, all of Playa has expanded...including the Acanto. While we were not expecting the exact same experience, we figured the expansion would just be an updated version of the great floor plans and attention to detail the rooms had before...sadly, this is not so.
The staff is still very helpful and pleasant, but the attention to detail seems to have left behind. While the updated look of the rooms (artwork, furniture etc.) were a pleasant surprise, the bathrooms left something to be desired. Also, the beach club, restaurant and gym you are able to use are not on the premises. The rooftop also left something to be desired. I may be nitpicking here...but prior to the expansion, this was the perfect boutique hotel. I know change is inevitable, but I just wish they would have thought it out better.
I still think it is one of the nicer hotels in the area and I am in no way discouraging new comers to stay here. We are still having a great time and the hotel is clean and nicely decorated. For us, if we come back to Playa, we may look into another option for lodging.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tripadvisor's Top Boutique Hotel in Playa del Carmen. Acanto Hotel NOW ALLURE AGAVE ACANTO has been praised by the Media. This hacienda-style property, one block from the beach and the area's pedestrian-filled la Quinta Avenida is set around a courtyard that's home to a swimming pool w chaise lounges and lanterns. Spanish accents influence the interiors, curved windows frame views of the gardens. All guests enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, phone calls, daily continental breakfast, access to the beach, daily maid service, concierge service and discounts to many local area restaurants. Allure Agave Acanto also offers Penthouse accommodations with roof top areas with BBQs and sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea. Frommer's Travel Guide says" In my view, this property is the most romantic yet family friendly hotel in Playa del Carmen. There is intimacy and flair and a sense of isolation. The accommodations are endowed with color and texture, all encircling a swimming pool and softly lit courtyard that draw a division between this small enclave and the world outside the hotel's door. The accommodations are large and comfortable and all include full kitchens, living rooms and dining rooms. The location is great, just around the corner from La Quinta Avenida, on a secluded and quiet side street, surrounded by restaurants offering live music, great food and drinks. Allure Agave Acanto offers a Romantic yet family friendly atmosphere where our experienced staff will cater to your every need. All guests will enjoy our swimming pool & BBQ, marble floors and bathrooms, granite counter tops, central air conditioning, ceiling fans, flat screen TVs, telephones, terraces and so much more. All of our accommodations are energy efficient and ecologically friendly. We provide organic natural soaps and shampoo for all of our guests and are a smoke free facility. We look forward to your stay with us in Paradise. The Hotel no longer offers Jacuzzi's on the property ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Acanto Boutique Hotel
- Hotel Acanto Boutique
- Allure Agave Acanto Hotel Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico