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“Beautiful hideaway in paradise!” 5 of 5 stars
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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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Winnipeg, Canada
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“Beautiful hideaway in paradise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

I have been to the Mayan Riviera 5 times now and have always wanted to stay in Playa. This trip I made a point of finding a hotel for our honeymoon and was I ever blown a way!

Mexico can be hit and miss but this small boutique hotel is a true jem! We stayed in the ocean front hotel (there are two; one is ocean front the other is just across the street) now knowing the layout I would save myself a few bucks and stay across the street.

The location was perfect, two blocks from fifth ave and steps from my favourite breakfast restaurant Imprevist. Rooms were immaculate, we stayed in 133. Pool is small but nice, hot tub in the hotel across the street and the front beach is amazing! I read reviews that said there was noise but we heard nothing! The beach club restaurant is good and I recommend the pizza. Drinks were fabulous made with fresh fruit.

I usually stay at all inclusive hotels but this was a nice break from those mega resorts. Prime location with luxurious rooms and great staff! Check in and out was smooth...thank you Erick Perez.

We will definitely return to this hidden jem!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

I have been traveling to Playa del Carmen at least three times a year. We are a family of six. We had an excellent vacation at the Taj. The location, service, and rooms are top notch. I love that the hotel is in the heart of Playa, everything is walking distance. The staff goes out of their wat to help with all activities.

Room Tip: All the Taj properties are great, our family enjoyed the Taj Oceanfront the Best!
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  • Stayed December 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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

Perfect location, nice beach, and the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. Every room has a hot tub and steps from all of the clubs and restaurants. The penthouse had two levels with a beautiful view and veranda on the top floor. Could not recommend more highly.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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 March 7, 2013

Nothing bad about this hotel....great location,,,nicest workers,,,,good food.they clean the rooms great.internet works well.pool is clean and heated.the room has everything you need.some people complain about noise from the bars in the area but we heard nothing at all.

  • Stayed March 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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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

We have been to PDC many times and about a year ago we discovered El Taj, we fell in love with the place, the staff, the decor, the location, all could not be better.

If you are looking for an all inclusive this place is not for you, but if you are looking for an immaculate clean, fresh, top of the line hotel in a great location this is your spot bar none!

They have a cafe out back on the beach and some of the best restaurantes in town are within 2 blocks, ceviche thats out of this world to fish tacos, to the best sushi, carne asada yum! you name it its all within a few blocks, the best part about being in PDC is experiencing the town, you can get an all inclusive anywhere but there is only 1 playa del carmen and El Taj is one of a kind place In PDC.

Room Tip: closer to the beach is better but they are all good and unique.
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  • Stayed June 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

Rented unit 329, a 2 bedroom condo for a week with friends. The condo was immaculate with a great view of the ocean. It overlooked the pool & had a view of the beach and pier. It was very well soundproofed too, so any music on the beach didn't disturb at all. Staff was very helpful. Service while lying on the sunbeds was great with the staff shifting the umbrellas whenever we wanted protection from the sun.
Location is ideal for walking to the great variety of restaurants and shops. Our group of four women felt safe walking to and from the areas around the hotel and back to the hotel. Mega mart is a short walk and has a good selection. There is a small barbeque on the patio, by the jacuzzi so we were able to prepare our own meals when we wanted. The private jacuzzi is right outside the condo on the balcony and sitting there at sunset with a glass of wine was bliss!
Would definitely go back to this condo again.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

We prefer condos to AI's so we can spread out and be comfortable and also avoid eating out all the time which starts to get old. Our 2 bdrm condo Oceanfront at El Taj was beautiful and stocked with literally everything including a first aid kit. I would definitely recommend El Taj to those who want a great location near 5th Ave., want to be right on the beach, and appreciate excellent service. Best things about El Taj: The front desk staff, very friendly and helpful - we dealt with Miguel, Marco, and Marcela and all were great; the gym, beach club and spa that El Taj is associated with are all fantastic. The gym had literally everything, but bring your own big water bottle because it is humid in there, otherwise you will be purchasing several there. We had the best facials of our life at the Mayan Spa (the foot massages while our masks were on make every penny worth it). We got the basic facials and were wowed. We walked the beach in both directions every day and agreed the Indigo Beach Club in front of El Taj, with the hardest working guys you have every met, looked to be the nicest and most comfy on the beach. Breakfast was included with our rate, and we thought both breakfasts were good (at Indigo Beach Club and Imprevist) but liked that there was a buffet along with our entree at the beach club so we could have unlimited fruit, yogurt, meats, cheeses, etc. Plus eating on the beach with the sea breeze and pretty view was nice. Highlights of our trip were finding good restaurants on 5th Ave., fishing (we grilled mahi mahi my son and husband caught one night), and a really laid back day trip through YucaTreks to Tulum ruins, snorkling cenotes, and lunch on secluded beach.

El Taj is NOT for those who need a huge resort pool to hang at, or a big, wide open beach. If you have to have these things, do not stay here, you will be disappointed. The pool at Oceanfront is a very pretty design but tiny; and the beach is quite narrow in front of the condos. And of course, to address the burning issue in every review, there are boats always in front of your chairs at the beach club. Yeah, I definitely would have preferred no boats, and our first day the boat traffic was extremely heavy and it was dangerous to wade out right in front. The rest of the time was much quieter and you could wade out past the boats (still very shallow) and jump waves or take your cooling-off dip, no biggie. However, if you are a real ocean swimmer like my husband and need to get your hour-long laps in, you need to take a five minute walk to be in a location where you can do this. If you need a huge open expanse of water directly in front of you, do not stay here. Still very pretty to gaze at the water, but it won't be for you. The Beach Club and the service there are so great, it is a trade-off for some boats in the water in my opinion.

To address comments on noise - we had none. We were Oceanside South and literally did not hear the clubs (our windows were shut because it is warm and humid down there). Highly recommend.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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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 Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#5 Family Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#10 Spa Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#12 Luxury Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#13 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*
Number of rooms: 57
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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El Taj Oceanfront And Beachside Condo Hotel
El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

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