I booked the Nina Hotel on Expedia.com knowing that the hotel offered very little in amenities, but my friend and I wanted to stay in a charming little hotel near 5th Avenue. Playa is very walkable and there really isn't a need to be right on 5th Avenue. Upon checking in, we were told that the hotel (which is owned by Tukan Hotel on 5th) has some kind of agreement with Kool Beach on 28th (Nina is located on 6th Street)...that the sunbeds were complimentary to us (sunbeds are Kool will cost you 70 pesos per day) and that a shuttle from the Tukan Hotel to the beach club would run every hour. That sounded like a great deal to us. The rooms at Nina were very basic, but clean. The shower water pressure was horrible and the pillows the tiny (bring your own). The shuttle to the beach club does not run every hour but 5 times a day and the schedule is posted at The Tukan Hotel. The complimentary sunbeds are not the cushy leather mattresses at Kool, but the hard ones on the far right side of the beach club, away from the action. Again it will cost you 70 pesos to rent the comfy ones and after laying out on the uncomfortable beds for a day, I ended up renting the nice ones on my second day. We were willing to let all this slide until our 4th day at the hotel when we were informed that The Nina was closing for the rest of the week due to a scheduled maintenance. Why this was never mentioned to us when we checked in is still a mystery to me. We had only an hour's notice and had to pack our stuff and haul it to the Tukan for the remainder of our stay. This was after spending a relaxing day at the beach. The staff still could not tell us why this was not disclosed to us when we checked in. So because of this I have to give Nina one star.
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- Nina Hotel Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
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