Other reviewers have pretty much nailed the club music issue. It's so bad it's almost funny. On some nights it was tolerable with a white noise machine blaring and ear plugs jammed into the ear canal, but on weekend nights it was ridiculous. That's from midnight to 5:30 am. All day every day, the hotel next door also blares throbbing club music. If you are looking for relaxation, run far far way from this place. But leaving that aside, what you should also know is that this part of the beach has suffered serious erosion since the beach replenishment of two years ago. There is literally a three foot cliff of sand you have to navigate before you go in the water. Also, several fishing boats are roped into the sand directly in front of this condo complex. So overall, the beach here is not what you imagine when you think of Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya. Thankfully, the beach south of the ferry pier in front of Playacar is now terrific, as is the beach to the north in front of Las Palapas, Mamita's beach club, etc. It's true that Ocean Plaza's location is perfectly central. And Ocean Plaza 3, a first floor three bedroom, opens right onto the beach, with a large dining table overlooking the beach. So that place is well-suited for families with a napping toddler...as long as they can stand the club noise. Bottom line: I don't mind staying amid some noise and hustle bustle, in exchange for a great location. But for this property, the tradeoffs are too great. The noise is unbearable, the beach is subpar and crowded, and the property's common areas are drab. The pool is inside, suitable only for kids--I never saw it used except by our children. There was also a strong sewage odor wafting from the El Faro complex down the beach.
I've been coming to Playa del Carmen for 20 years, and this place is sort of symptomatic of how the central hotel zone has lost its charm. Next time, I would stay either to the north (Mahekal, formerly the Shangri La Caribe, looked inviting, though expensive) or to the south, in front of Playacar. The restaurants of 5th Ave have extended nearly to 40th Street going north, so if you do that, you're still close to shopping and dining. Staying in the Playacar development means more of a walk from the restaurant district, but it's tolerable, and you get quietude, swaying palm trees and, since the beach restoration, a wonderful stretch of sand.
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- Ocean Plaza Hotel Playa Del Carmen
- Ocean Plaza Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico