Stayed here for 3 days during travels around Mexico over NYE (last few days in Dec, first few in Jan).
The location is great; at the end of the road is the strip of restaurants, bars and shops (some of which were ridiculously overpriced, but that's what you get in touristy areas anyway, so was expected. Adjacent to the strip is a beautiful, white sandy beach, however being an area popular with tourists..the beach can soon fill up with people. The NYE experience was amazing; street parties and fireworks on the beach! Great atmosphere, very busy.
Everything else was unfortunately not so great..the rooms were extremely basic - dormitories of 8 beds (4 bunks), plug sockets hanging from the walls, very loud noise EVERY night until 5/6am, dirty bathroom (they never cleaned it), undecorated, etc. We didn't expect much as it is a backpacker's hostel, but it was the worst place we stayed in throughout our time in Mexico!
They do have free wifi, but to reach the signal you have to sit in the doorway or alternatively there is a free computer you can use.
We made reservations for one room for 6 girls, and another room for 3 boys....we arrived and were put all in one room, except for one person who had to stay in a room full of unknown people - could have told us they only had rooms of 8! Anyway, only staying there for a few nights it was bearable, especially as it was cheap to stay, but I wouldn't recommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel de Mar is a family business Hotel with 15 rooms. Offers a pleasant rooms at economic prices .Its located just a few steps from 5th Avenue is an ideal option for those who want to stay close to all key points of Playa del Carmen. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maria Sabina Hotel Backpackers Playa Del Carmen
- Hotel De Mar Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico