If you are a surfer on a budget this might be the perfect place for you. It is less than a block from the beautiful beach, and at $60 it is certainly more clean and modern than other accommodations you would find for the same price. We drove by, checked out the room and thought everything looked good so we paid for two nights. In the middle of the night the bed, collapsed and we landed on the floor. We picked up the mattress to find that it was missing half of the support slats and half of the remaining slats were cut too small to support the mattress. We put the bed back together as best as we could and I moved to the 'sofa' sleeper, but a couple of hours later with only my partner on the bed it collapsed again. After a pretty sleepless night I was looking forward to a shower, but was shocked to find absolutely no hot water.
Just a couple more things - the pictures in their add are out of date. There is no big comfortable furniture by the pool, there are lounge chairs that are falling apart. The TV reception is horrible, the safe was 'broken' and it was virtually impossible to lock the door to the room.
I will give the desk clerk a huge compliment. After spending the first night there was no way we were going to spend the second night that we had already paid for. I was totally prepared for the hotel to refuse to refund us for the second night, but the clerk did give us a refund without any questioning.
If you drive down the strip from Mal Pais through Santa Theresa there are dozens of hotels - I would check out some others first.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Playa Carmen prides itself on simple comforts, reasonable rates, and a unique brand of Costa Rican hospitality. A two-minute walk to the beach, our hotel is super convenient for surfers, swimmers, runners, sun-bathers, photographers, and all kinds of beach-lovers. Surf year-round without a wet suit, relax on the beach, take walks during low tide, and enjoy the warm and friendly social scene at sunset. If you love the beach, there is no better place to stay in this area than Hotel Playa Carmen. We are within walking distance as well of two other consistent beach-breaks: Malpais and Santa Teresa, and roughly 20 minutes by car to Hermosa Beach, an excellent spot for all ability levels, especially beginners. We are centrally located near laundry services, the bank, surf shops, and our locally famous international restaurants. When you walk around town, you'll hear many different languages, meet people from various cultural backgrounds, and sample cuisine from many countries. Hotel Playa Carmen is unique! Come stay with us. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Playa Carmen Costa Rica/Santa Teresa