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“Nice little spot away from the bustle of the 'Ave'” 4 of 5 stars
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El Acuario Hotel
Av. 25 Norte entre 2 y 4 Norte Col. Centro, Playa del Carmen, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #52 of 204 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
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Vancouver, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Nice little spot away from the bustle of the 'Ave'”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

El Acuario is a perfect spot just a short stroll from the bus stop and the 'Ave'. Surrounded by local taco stalls it gives you a completely different feeling than anywhere else in the area. The staff are very friendly and the pool is a great place to relax.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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2 Thank Leon D
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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012 via mobile

My two kids and I stayed here the last week of June, room 206. We adore this place and the room was very comfy with a fridge and microwave and little kitchenette. Also, Its hard to find a pool if you aren't staying at a big resort or super pricey place. And we like the location, a few blocks from the beach and 5th ave but with a town feel. I love the it coffee in the lobby at all times. The grounds are lovingly maintained, it's obvious. The maids are great and very sweet.

We have returned this week and now have the suite which is really an apartment that I never want to leave. Price is very reasonable and this place is awesome. 1 and a half baths, full kitchen living/dining room...so comfy. Seriously...never want to leave...but we will have to settle for just coming back again and again :)

  • Stayed June 2012
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Thank JessicaLyn10
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55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

We stayed here for 1 night and really glad we did. Got a very nice welcome and free fresh coffee in reception. Had fridge in the room and a/c so everything we needed. It was all clean and the pool was lovely too. It's only a 5 min walk from the main street and beach so nicely out of the way. There is on street parking straight outside hotel which was also handy. Overall great value for money and would recommend staying here.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Eldodgemous
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Brisbane
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85 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012

After staying at a somewhat cold 'business' hotel in Cancun, it was a relief to step into the funky lobby of El Acuario! We had a twin room (2 double beds) on the ground floor near the gazebo. Every room has a little area outside with their own hammock. The pool area is really what makes this place - it is so pretty and lovely to look at.

The room was basic but clean. We were glad to have a fridge in the room (not sure if this was standard). The bathroom was small and the hot water wasn't great, but it's hot outside so you don't care in Mexico! The airconditioner in the room was a bit noisy, however we never heard any noise in the hotel itself as all the rooms are built around the courtyard/pool area and don't face the street. The wifi worked well.

This place was about 3-4 blocks from the beach and main shopping strip in Playa. A great location. Playa is fun to walk around in and explore and it was fine not staying right on the beach or over the main street (that would be too noisy and expensive in my opinion).

I would definitely return to El Acuario if travelling to Playa again :)

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank queenjojo02
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atlanta
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2012

thanks to diane and staff had a wonderful 10 days--hope to return soon, because everyone made me feel like family--this is the REAL mexico, not some overpriced resort--love the breakfast in the "yellow shack" around the corner, please give my best to marshall there--i could go on and on but just need to say i miss it and love the mexican people...MIKE

Room Tip: probably any room would be excellent
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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1 Thank 77zeppelin
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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67 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

We had the kitchenette on the 2nd level #202. Squeaky clean and the whitest freshest sheets ever! Air con, TV, free coffee, WIFI.

Mexican flare, clean, simple, safe and basic. Includes the friendliest cat named Coco who does her daily rounds of inspection and visiting.

Our room (as all rooms) overlook the pool and lovely well-kept garden area.

A few blocks to town but close to some of the tastiest (cheapest) local food around. Thanks Diane for your assistance.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Heather L
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Tampere, Finland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

I want to thank Diane with all her help to make our holiday perfect.
We stayed only 1 night, but we wanted to come back for our last days, unfortunately they were fully booked. Diane make all her best to help and find us the other hotel with the swimming pool.

Nice quiet place with nice colours.

KIITOS!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Anuunuu1
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Address: Av. 25 Norte entre 2 y 4 Norte Col. Centro, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Playa del Carmen
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#52 Family Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#52 Romantic Hotel in Playa del Carmen
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Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Acuario Hotel is a charming Caribbean hotel with only 12 rooms and one Suite. Located downtown Playa del Carmen, just a few minutes walk from the beach and the pedestrian shopping avenue. Beautiful, calm, relaxing, we offer an ideal environment for your family vacation or business trip! All our rooms are equipped with air conditioning, ceiling fan, cable TV, kitchenette (sink, fridge, electric grill, microwave oven, kitchenware and dishes), table and chairs, private bathroom with shower, and a spacious terrace with hammock and view to the tropical garden and swimming-pool. The Suite is available for mid- to long-term rentals (minimum one month), and has one bedroom, 1.5 Bathrooms, living room with sofa bed, dining room, fully equipped kitchen and large terrace with view to the pool. Common areas: large tropical garden, swimming-pool, barbecue and palapa area. Services: free coffee, wireless Internet, 24-hours front desk, laundry, concierge, massages, bicycle and car rentals. We look forward to receiving you!!! ... more   less 
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El Acuario Hotel Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

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