Our stay at Le Reve in Jan 2011 was everything we had hoped. Thanks to Jetsetter we got a great deal, but I would recommend this boutique resort even at retail price. There are I believe 4 types of rooms – garden, balcony, master suite, and beach bungalow. We stayed in a garden room, and I think I would prefer it to the balcony room because there is a large outdoor soaking tub that gets hot water—the Jacuzzi section of the *gorgeous* infinity pool does not appear to have heat, so if you are looking for the hot tub experience, this outdoor tub is great for just relaxing in the evenings with a drink or a book. The value of the service at Le Reve is amazing. The staff/guest ratio is so high, at peak times I think there was a staff member on site for each of the 25 rooms! The staff is extremely well trained to attend to your every need, but no one was at all overbearing, annoying, or sales-y.
As far as food goes, I am used to Chicago food prices and these seemed reasonable to me. One thing to keep in mind is that all prices include tax AND gratuity. The chef was excellent. I was at first a bit nervous about the food as I had heard it was mostly American-influenced and I like authentic Mexican food. No problem—each evening after dinner, our server Ismael and the Chef worked together to give us authentic options to plan the next night’s meal. We had pork cochinita, a whole roasted fish for 2, barbacoa, chlles rellenos, chicken mole, and barbecue ribs. Our favorites were the barbacoa, chiles rellenos and barbecue ribs, but everything was excellent.
We are not big drinkers, but the drinks were well prepared and the service again was excellent.
The grounds are kept meticulously every morning and throughout the day—there is not a stone or leaf out of place, ever. There are also nice touches like afternoon tea at 4:30-5pm and nightly turn down service with a little dessert treat. Room service is no extra charge, and neither is pool service, beach service or wherever-you-want-to-eat service.
Overall this hotel gives the feel of a hidden gem with a relaxed, quiet atmosphere. Down the beach to both directions are all-inclusive/annoying spring break type resorts with 1000s of beach chairs, loud music, etc. do yourself a favor and stay at Le Reve. You won’t be disappointed.
Would recommend setting up a day trip to Xel-Ha which is great for snorkeling. Also if you want great wood fired pizza, walk down the beach to the left of the resort, past Azul and the Tides is a path up from the beach to a tiny place called Coco Cabanas. Bring cash as they do not take credit card. Great for a lunch or mid afternoon snack.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Rêve Hotel & Spa is a luxury and modern boutique hotel in Playa del Carmen. With a unique collection of 28 rooms overlooking the Caribbean Sea with the perfect blend of nature, peace, gastronomy and mexican hospitality. Our guests are able to book just the hotel room or they can indulge with our unlimited food & beverages "Gourmet All Inclusive A la Carte" . ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Reve Hotel And Spa
- Le Reve Hotel Playa Del Carmen
- Le Reve Playa Del Carmen
- Le Reve Hotel & Spa Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico