We spent 2 weeks at the LM hotel in January 2014. We had chosen this hotel because we wanted a quiet hotel far from the crowds. Puerto Aventuras is a great place to stay for a week, no more, unless you exit the area on a regular basis, as there are not that many things going on in this gated community.
The hotel. First of all, I want to say that the young men working at the hotel were very polite and did everything in their power to make our stay enjoyable. However, the reception is only open from 9 am to around 8 pm. Outside those hours, you are on your own. We kind of hoped we would not lose our key in the evening, or else...
There are 2 bicycles available for use. The hotel is a good 15 minutes walk to the restaurants, so having the bikes was great. However, adding a few more would be a good idea, as there are 6 rooms in the hotel.
The room was spacious, well decorated and clean. We were on the second floor (room 5), so we got the best view of the boats coming and going to sea. I knew the rooms did not have a fridge. I must admit that was what I missed the most during my stay. I enjoy having a cold Corona on the balcony during happy hour, but that is not an an easy task, as you must hope for a bike, then pedal to the convenience store and back. Since there is no way to keep them cold, your last ones are not. Since there are only 6 rooms, it would seem to me that adding 6 mini-fridges would be an easy and inexpensive upgrade.
Continental breakfast consists of toast, jam, juice and coffee. It was ok, but basic. Being there 2 weeks, we did need to buy food at the convenience store to supplement. Also, the breakfast was served os of 9 am, which is rather late. When there are catamaran excursions booked (3 times a week), the people waiting for the excursion occupy the whole breakfast area. The boat is supposed to leave at 9, but twice during our last week, there were problems and it left quite later than that. Of course, you could go to town for breakfast, a 15 minutes walk, or less if a bike is available.
As for the beach, although you could probably throw a rock from the hotel to the beach, you must cross through a vacant lot (where the sign says no trespassing), than once on the beach, go left or right for 5-10 minutes to get to a swimable area. The day that vacant lots gets sold, the only access will be through the Omni hotel, which is quite a ways if you forget something in your room. What would have been great would have been the use of kayaks. You could easily padle to the beach from the canal at the back of the hotel.
The hotel is in a residential area, surrounded by million dollar haciendas. It was very quiet until the one next door got rented by 2 families with 10 screaming kids. They stayed and screamed non stop for 3 straight days. We of course celebrated their departure with warm beer.
All in all, we enjoyed our stay. Add a fridge, more bikes and a few kayaks, and you have yourself a beautiful home away from home, where I would not hesitate to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- LM Hotel is located within the heart of the Mayan Riviera in Puerto Aventuras, a luxury tourist residence with everything you need for an unforgettable holiday: beautiful beaches, golf course, marina and exquisite restaurants. Our hotel has six beautifully appointed accommodations; each with its own private terrace with handwoven hammocks, beautiful views of the Marina, event space and pool bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- LM Hotel Boutique Riviera Maya/Puerto Aventuras, Mexico