Wanted to take the time to write a review because we relied almost solely on TripAdvisor reviews when deciding where to stay in Playa Del Carmen. After reading dozens of reviews we decided Petite Lafitte was a perfect fit for us. We wanted somewhere to relax and enjoy the Mexican Caribbean and not have the big, over-crowded mega-resort experience. Lafitte is small, laid-back, and met our criteria perfectly. We had high expectations after all of the great reviews and we were not disappointed. The rooms are simple but more than adequate. We had a minor issue with our original room and were promptly upgraded to what seemed to me to be the best room at Lafitte (room 503, ask for it!). The food was excellent, including lunch from the bar/grill which is not included in the daily rate. The margaritas were quite simply the best I've had and being a Texas native that's saying a lot. Now about the staff...These reviews consistently sing the praises of the staff and I have to admit I've always been skeptical of the idea that a hotel staff can really add that much to a vacation experience, but I am skeptic no more! The staff at Lafitte are the most professional, warm, and attentive that I've ever encountered. They all know you by name within hours of your arrival and by the second day it feels like you are among friends. The employees seem genuinely happy to be there and we looked forward to seeing the breakfast wait-staff each morning, especially Antonio who always managed to have us laughing with his quirky sense of humor. (And we are not morning people so that's quite an accomplishment.) We met several other guests who have been returning to Petite Lafitte for 15+ years and after our stay we can certainly understand why. If you are looking for a big party resort with lots of entertainment this will not be the place for you but if you want to unwind and relax on a beautiful beach and enjoy amazing hospitality at a low-key, no frills hotel, you can't go wrong at Petite Lafitte. This place gets all of the important things right and we will definitely be returning.