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Petit Lafitte
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   Carretera Cancun - Chetumal km 296 + 2.1 | Xcalacoco, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico   |  
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Traverse City, Michigan
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“wonderful!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

We just stayed at Petit Lafitte in one of the Bungalows and we had a wonderful time. From the time we got there we felt part of the family just think it this way (your are at home with no chores how wonderful is that!!!!! starting in the morning at breakfast (need to try Huevo Motulenos and the Pancakes) until dinner time you will see always a smile!!! At the bar we had fun with Chucho every time you ask for a mix drink or cocktail he will mixed Chucho style...... The rooms were remarkable clean and every day they made a dog with the towels that was so cute!!! We also took a snorkel trip at the dive shop was good the kids loved!! we saw a turtle, stars and the reef was full of colors and different type of fishes

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 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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Captainlafitte, Director of Sales at Petit Lafitte, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Dear Lilia R,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review.
We enjoyed meeting you, your friends and your family.
We are glad the children enjoyed their snorkeling trip and all the fish and sea life they saw.
Yeah, a lot of people come here to rest, we are glad you are talking about the water activities.
Food???
Motuleños and pancakes...exactly, I love Motuleños myself a typical Yucatecan specialty.
Thanks for feeling at home here and for sharing your experience with others. We see the hotel like our home as well, a lot of the staff here have been here for a long, long time, like Chucho, (More than 20 years), that is why it feels like a home and we make guests feel like family... a lot of us have devoted our lives to this place.
Thank you for noticing...
We hope your return home was hassle free and we are looking forward to having you visit again.

Until then, have a wonderful year!!!

I.F.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

Don't even know where to begin - beautiful, relaxing setting, so much space on the beach, friendly, helpful staff, delicious food. David, the manager, has a way of creating an intimate, family environment fun for couples and families. He sings, plays guitar, plays bingo and pinata with the kids, goes out of his way to make sure everyone is having a good time. And the drinks were amazing! Can't wait to go back!!

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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Captainlafitte, Director of Sales at Petit Lafitte, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
Dear amiller16,

Brief and to the point, your review brings warm and happy feelings to us all.
You go from the setting, the relaxed atmosphere and space on the beach, to the friendly and fun environment created by our management staff, the service provided by all the other staff and cap it with the food, the drinks, and a promise to return.

Thank you for your visit and for the favorable review.
We are already looking forward to seeing your faces again and we plan to continue with the nice drinks, the delicious food, the songs, the games and the friendliness.

May 2013, bring you many happy travel experiences, love and health.

Yours truly,

I.F.
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Comox, Canada
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

I went there for my 65th birthday and had an unbelievable holiday. Not only was our cabana which is set in the sand - unique - but the staff -owner and son went out of their way to bring a totally AMAZING experience that I will never forget. We had taken the honeymoon package and had a private lobster dinner with our own server and the two musicians that were playing at the bar came and played on the deck - for us. You can walk the beach for hours and the water is this beautiful clear blue. I can't wait to go back. Thanks to all the staff and owners for an unforgettable time. Brandy

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Captainlafitte, Director of Sales at Petit Lafitte, responded to this review, January 2, 2013
Dear Brandy M,

We are truly honored that you chose Petit Lafitte for your 65 birthday celebration. (and...second honeymoon??). It is delightful to see that you are enjoying life intensely. Thak you for buying the honeymoon package. It is designed for ocassions like these. Lobster dinner, private music at your table by the sea, moon rising over the water.
Thank you for talking about it.
Hopefully we will get more honeymooners to vist and esperience the quiet beach strolls, and peaceful atmosphere.
Thank you for visiting and more so for sharing your coments with others.
Happy New Year and may you be able to return for another birthday celebration.

Sincerely,

Iván Fuentes
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

We just came back from a week at Petit Lafitte. What a wonderful boutique hotel. We arrived and were treated like family....the staff was outstanding. The rooms are adequate but they also have bungalows...the bungalows just don't have phones or telephones in them.

The beach is beautiful and you don't have to rush down in the morning to get a palapa or chaise. The hotel is small and intimate with a great little bar overlooking the beach, where people wander up and have something to drink, or have lunch....where you get to meet the other people....that's if you want to be sociable. The breakfasts and dinners are included and were excellent - certainly better than other places I have stayed., My son has stayed there several times and recommended it, and he was dead on in his description. It's quiet and perfect for R&R. Many of the people have been returning there for 20 years since the staff have all been there forever. I look forward to returning.

If you like shopping, it's a taxi ride into Playa del Carmen. We went on a tour of two archaeological digs - Tulum and Coba, and the rest of the time roamed up and down the beach, checking out other hotels. They were soooo big and busy, so we would come back to Petit Lafitte and grateful that we weren't one of thousands of guests - but those hotels are for people with different needs.

Thank you to David, Luis, Jesus, Victor, Philippe, Javier, Martine, Giovanni, Antonio, etc.

Room Tip: Ideally, you would ask for a room with an oceanview. However, we stayed in the gardenview room, so...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Captainlafitte, Director of Sales at Petit Lafitte, responded to this review, December 24, 2012
Dear Carrol333,

We are so glad that your son recommended Petit Lafitte to you, specially since you took his advice and decided to spend your week's vaction with us..
Family of our guests is family as well, so you are now part of that entity.
Thank you for all your nice comments for the staff and about the food and service, we certainly try to keep those two points on a high note.
Visiting Coba and Tulum is a must for those interested in archeology. We are glad your enjoyed those outings.
Stay warm during this winter and enjoy the holidays.
Feliz Navidad to you.!!!

On behalf of all the Petit Lafitte staff,

Iván Fuentes
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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

We decided to make the Petit Lafitte our first stop in Mexico after arriving from England. And, generally, it was a very good choice.
The flight from London took just over 10 hours, but it then took almost 3 hours to get through Cancun airport and pick up our hire car, followed by a drive of about an hour on the very busy highway to Playa del Carmen - our first experience of Mexican roads and driving! So when we arrived at Petit Lafitte we were very tired and somewhat stressed. However, all that was to change very quickly as we were welcomed by the friendly and efficient staff at the hotel.
We spent just one full day and 2 nights the this hotel, but during this time we were able to relax totally and recover from our journey. This was helped by the great standard of the service we received and the excellent location of the hotel which is situated right by a beautifully sandy beach.
We stayed in one of the rooms, in the main part of the hotel, which was spacious and very clean. However, we did feel that it was a little basic for the price that we were paying.
Breakfast and dinner was included in our tariff. We liked the choice of traditional Mexican food at both meals. At dinner the main dishes we excellent, but these were let down by the standard of the buffet style starters and desserts.
Despite a couple of minor criticisms we did enjoy our brief stay at Petit Lafitte and would happily stay there again if we ever come back to Mexico.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Captainlafitte, Director of Sales at Petit Lafitte, responded to this review, December 15, 2012
Dear Graham John,

Thank you for your review.
We love to get reviews from European guests. Primarily we have USA and Canada guests, so to receive guests from U.K. and have them say nice things about us leave us with a feeling of accomplishment.
Thanks!
We also appreciate that you mention those little things that you did not like so much, I believe that taking care of them will definitely help us improve our service and the level of satisfaction of our guests.
I am with you on the theme of salad bars and desserts, it is something we inherited from Petit Lafitte´s predecessor (Capitan Lafitte).
I can foresee leaving the salad bar as JUST salad bar and serve dessert and soups at the table. Specially during high season, to have guests design their own salads can be a nice thing for every one. But I agree, soups should be served at the table as well as dessert.
I am talkin with the powers that be, in order to fine tune this little details.
We are adding nice fixtures to the rooms that will greatly help with the comfort and the sense of good value.
Vanity mirrors for make up, new terrace and balcony furniture, some decoration and painting, just to mention some little things that will be noticeable.
I hope that next time you come to Riviera Maya, you try us again, hopefully for a few more nights to see the changes and improvemetns you are helping create.
Thank you again for trying us, we wish you many more happy journeys...

Sincerely,

Iván Fuentes.
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Golden Valley
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

We just booked our stay for spring 2013, but we have been going to Lafitte every year for several years and LOVE it. It is perfect for a relaxing family trip - we do little else but read, swim, walk and eat while we are there. It is not always easy to find hotels to accommodate 3 kids, so the bungalows are great - we love walking out the door directly onto the sand. The hard-working staff members are always very kind to us and our kids, and we like seeing the same folks working there each year. The beach is peaceful, with not a lot of foot traffic. Margaritas and ceviche are fantastic. Can't wait to get back there!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Captainlafitte, Director of Sales at Petit Lafitte, responded to this review, December 14, 2012
Dear Amy L,

Thank you so much for your belated, but very kind review for Petit Lafitte.
We are delighted to hear that you already booked your spring 2013 return.
We are honored that you have made a habit of coming to Riviera Maya and staying with us. Reading your review makes clear the reasons for your loyalty.
Not a lot else to be said.
Other than :
Thank you, happy holidays and see you soon.
Oh...and
Best wishes from all the staff.

Kind Regards

Iván Fuentes
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Denver
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

The layout, a small hotel in Playa del Carmen with 30 rooms in hotel part plus 16 bungalows. North of Playa next to the Princess resort. Rooms 501-506 are ocean front as well as bungalows 1 and 9. Nice swimming pool, bar, restaurant and beautiful section of beach. Most (all?) bookings include breakfast and dinner.

We spent 4 days in the hotel starting November 6th. Hotels rooms reminded me of a Howard Johnson, main sleeping area with sink and separate shower and commode. Depending on what you are expecting it is a quant room. We started going to Cancun and surrounding area since the mid 80’s, my wife and I both thought the room reminded us of the hotels in Cancun before the resorts became commonplace.

The hotel is great. There were 25 or so guests at the resort while we stayed there. The only time I saw more than 4-6 other people was at dinner. This is one of the most restful places you will ever go to. If you are going to party or look for a night life this is probably not the right place. If you are looking for a low key place to have a great time. Lunch prices and drinks appeared pretty reasonable. Make sure and take anything you need with you such as sun screen as there is no on-site store to purchase misc. items. Oxxo (market like a 7/11) is about a 20 minute walk from the hotel.

This hotel is a real find. Not many of them left. If you are looking for a place to relax and have a great time you will not be disappointed. Our host was David. He does a great job and will make you feel right at home.

Walk up the beach to the Princess report and they have vendors on the beach, several with handmade items vs. the same stuff you see everywhere else.

While the hotel is not for everyone, it is a great find and we will be back again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Captainlafitte, Director of Sales at Petit Lafitte, responded to this review, December 10, 2012
Dear Roadboss,

We hope your return to Denver was nice and hassle free.
We want to thank you for choosing Petit Lafitte for your Riviera Maya destination, more so since you decided to take the time to post a review for Petit Lafitte, you are absolutely right when you say that we are not for "everyone" definitely we are not designed to satisfy the restless, but it is fair to say that we always have options for those adventure seekers, for instance we have a dive shop offering water activities that go from snorkeling to diving, fishing etcetera. Other adventures in the jungle, that include cenote swimming, zip lining, rapelling, canoeing etcetera are just a phone call away and David, our concierge will gladly arrange those for you.
We do have a nice un crowded beach, and that is excellent for resting, reading under a palapa or a palm tree I am sure you enjoyed those.
I would like to break the news of a gift shop openning in 2013, at Petit Lafitte, we are aware of the necessity of an on site place to get certain items, that guests sometimes forget to bring on vacation. We will also have souvenirs, t-shirts, and some knick knacks.
I´d like to also inform the readers that we do have a local crafts and jewelry maker named Manuela who comes on Tuesday evenings. Her stuff is hand made, unique and good value.
I would like to thank you once again, on behalf of the staff and family who operate Petit lafitte.
We hope to see you again on a future Mexico vacation.

Yours truly...

I.F.
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Address: Carretera Cancun - Chetumal km 296 + 2.1 | Xcalacoco, 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 Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#12 Romantic Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#12 Top resorts Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Playa del Carmen
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Hotel Class:3 star — Petit Lafitte 3*
Number of rooms: 50
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