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El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Privada 1 Norte, Mza. 35, Lt. 1, # 238, Col. Centro. | Corner 16th Street, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico   |  
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washington, DC
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“I can't wait to return to El Taj”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Went to Playa for a girls trip Veteran's Day weekend. Stayed in unit 309, in the beachside building. The property is beautiful. Loved the Balinese decor, modern design and high end finishes. Felt like i was staying in a 5 star hotel suite. Lovely, immaculate grounds, beautiful beach front and friendly attentive service. The location is ideal, great restaurants, bars, clubs and shopping within walking distance, as was the ferry to Cozumel. The only thing I would change is the boats docked in front of the Indigo Beach Club (which I knew about going in thanks to previous reviews). Indigo Beach club was awesome. Chaise lounges and beach beds with full drink and menu service on the beach. Great ceviche and top shelf margaritas. Our package included breakfast at Imprevist or Indigo every morning. You can't beat the view at Indigo Beach club, but the breakfast was just okay. Imprevist breakfast, however, was outstanding. Fruit, a basket of breakfast breads with homemade jam, yogurt with honey and granola, AND your choice of delicious hot breakfast options to order off of their menu. The waitress there was lovely, her name escapes me but she was working the entire restaurant by herself every morning with a smile. Manuel at the front desk was wonderful. We had a blast. I plan to return with my family and would not hesitate to recommend El Taj to anyone I know that wants to visit the Mayan Riviera.

  • Stayed November 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Loved the location and the view. Great pool and beach club. Everything was perfect in the unit. I loved the outdoor space and the interior decor. Close walk to restaurants and shops on fifth avenue. This is your best bet in playa del Carmen. Try to visit around all saints day so you can soak up the local customs and traditions.

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  • Stayed October 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

I personally own hotels in the US. This property is above and beyond what you need out of a hotel! the staff is excellent I want to give ahts off to Daniel the person who helped our every need! pick this place and you will not go wrong. We stayed in condo # 338 excellent!!!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Visisted 3 nights, late October, 2012. El Taj is located on the beach in a section of PDC that's like it's own hidden-away neighborhood comprising a few square blocks, yet it's close to everything, a 2 minute walk to 5th avenue between 10th and 12th. After strolling all over PDC, I didn't see a nicer in-town location.

The whole property exudes a feeling of tranquility and offers a nice place to return to after the hubbub of strolling around town. The adjacent Indigo Club serves good food thoughout the day and is reasonably priced for such a nice resort property.

Stayed in unit 327, which is ideally situated for a combination of beach view and privacy. It's a one bedroom unit, very tastefully furnished. No question that I'll be staying here again on my next trip to PDC.

Room Tip: Unit I rented was 327. You can get to it, and other rooms on this floor, without stairs or elevator...
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  • Stayed October 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Condohotels, Managing Partner at El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel, responded to this review, November 17, 2012
Dear barbarianinnaples,

Thank you for your review!

You were able to capture the whole essence of El Taj - we have tried to create our own private paradise of luxury and tranquility, located in the middle of the hottest area of the bustling Playa del Carmen.

We wanted to create a luxury oasis of tropical plants, beautiful pool, ponds with fish, all facing a turquoise Caribbean Sea and a white sand beach. Unlike most of all-inclusive resorts, we are also in the middle of town, so our guests have the best of both worlds, and that includes access (steps away) to the best outdoor restaurants, bars, clubs and boutique shops.

We hope you come back very soon!

Cordially,
Jack Perlman, Managing Partner
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Just got back from an awesome girls getaway in Playa del Carmen. We stayed at El Taj Ocean in unit 341. This unit is beautifully decorated and the owner has put a lot of special touches everywhere to make you feel at home. The views from this unit are fantastic and so close to the beach. Every morning we would have our coffee on the large balcony and watch the waves roll in. Then off to the Indigo Beach Club to relax on the white sandy beach located right in front of our unit! The staff were so helpful in bringing you anything you want, from margaritas to umbrellas! Around mid afternoon, we would jump in the aqua spa and relax on the jet chairs. After a bottle of wine on our balcony, we would walk the block to 5th Ave and shop or dine at one of the many fine restaurants. Definitely we will be coming back!!!!!!!

Room Tip: Our condo, #341 was awesome! Fantastic ocean views ! Located close to the aqua spa and steps from...
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  • Stayed November 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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Condohotels, Managing Partner at El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel, responded to this review, November 17, 2012
Dear karen s,

Sounds like you had a perfect girls vacation, and thank you for your review!

It looks like you understand how to enjoy life, and I would like to personally thank you for choosing El Taj. We have dreamt up and created this property for guests exactly like you - who appreciate finer things in life, enjoy luxury and want the best in everything.

At the same time, El Taj, as a condo hotel, offers a great deal for groups of friends as yours or families, because sharing a multi-bedroom unit is a much better deal than getting separate rooms at any other hotel.

Hope you come back soon!

Cordially,
Jack Perlman, Managing Partner
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Novi, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

I can say with confidence 'El Taj' is the best hotel in Playa del Carmen. I've been to Playa a half dozen times prior and always enjoyed the service and cuisine at the Indigo Beach club, and for this trip I decided to step up and stay at 'El Taj'.

The location is right where you want to be; it is ocean front near the best night clubs and restaurants, yet secluded away from the street noise at night. The Bali themed design and architecture of the property allows you to calm down when you step through the front door. There are luxurious details around every corner which allowed me to focus on rest and relaxation.

Above all, the service is excellent and sets this property apart from the others. Everyday we enjoyed at the beach club; with excellent service from selecting beach chairs and arranging the umbrellas to bringing drinks with a smile. In fact, we arranged a tour of the Mayan Coba ruins with staff and the tour departed from the front steps of the hotel in the morning. I want to say a special thanks to the staff of El Taj and Indigo, the service was always first class.

Needless to say, we are looking forward to our next stay, it just can't come soon enough.

Room Tip: The Oceanside Rooms are very nice
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  • Stayed October 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Condohotels, Managing Partner at El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel, responded to this review, November 17, 2012
Dear Coconut_Patty,

Thank you very much for the glowing review!

I am glad you enjoyed everything about El Taj - indeed, it's probably the most luxurious property in Playa del Carmen with very friendly, accommodating staff, which is the result of our hard everyday work and obsessive attention to detail.

We are also very lucky with our location - it couldn't be better. We are right next to 5th Avenue and 12th sreet with all the hottest bars, restaurants and clubs in town. However, despite such a location, our guests find complete peace and quiet once they enter through their doors, as we have installed triple-insullated windows that completely block away any outside noise.

We hope you come back soon!

Cordially,
Jack Perlman, Managing Partner
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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

The whole staff is very kind, helpful and efficient. The units are very good, very well equipped and very good maintained.
There is not much privacy while staying at the terrace of the unit, but not really a big issue. I will return for sure.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Condohotels, Managing Partner at El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel, responded to this review, November 17, 2012
Dear Agustin M,

Thank you for your review.

I am glad to hear you enjoyed your stay at El Taj.

Indeed, our staff is our biggest assest, and we are very proud to hear so many excited guest reviews about all our staff, from the from desk to beach club attendants. If you were able to enjoy our Beach Club, you might have been able to see all the extra effort our beach club attendants put in their job - they would move your umbrella throughout the day to make sure you are always in shade, provide you with books, sunscreen and kids for toys, and would even clean your sunglasses with a special glass cleaning machine...

I hope you can come back soon!

Cordially,
Jack Perlman, Managing Partner
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El Taj Oceanfront And Beachside Condo Hotel
El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
Address: Privada 1 Norte, Mza. 35, Lt. 1, # 238, Col. Centro. | Corner 16th Street, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Playa del Carmen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#5 Business Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#7 Luxury Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#24 Romantic Hotel in Playa del Carmen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Taj Condo Hotel consists of 57 spacious condos situated on 2 separate properties in front of the beach. El Taj oceanfront is directly on the beach and El Taj Beachside is across the street. Guests get to use all the on site amenities including our exclusive beach club. We offer 2 incredible heated pools. The relaxing heated pool on Beachside property is an exotic black mosaic infinity pool with an extra large Jacuzzi while the oceanfront heated pool sits right on the beach in front of our exclusive beach club. We're located in the most liveliest area of Playa that offers the convenience of having the best restaurants, nightlife and shopping within one block from your vacation home.Each Condominium offers expansive floor plans and superb finishes. The Beachside condos have private terraces that are surrounded by exotic plants, Lilly ponds and all face the pool and cascading waterfalls. All the penthouse units in El Taj Beachside feature ocean views from the private roof decks. All the oceanfront units have views of the ocean.Each condo comes with fully equipped kitchens and the finest details including flat screen TVs in all the rooms. We provide the same services usually associated with some of the finest hotels. Our designers traveled the globe to Indonesia trying to recreate an environment reminiscent to Bali. . ... more   less 
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