Everything about this condo was perfect for our family's stay in Playa Del Carmen. First of all the location couldn't have been better. We were a short 1/2 block walk to the beach. We were close to tons of shopping, restaurants, and even the big grocery store (Mega) and Walmart were only a 10-15 minute walk away. I had questioned whether we needed a rental car or not, but we absolutely did not (and if you did, there is a rental car place right across the street from the condo). The day we toured the ruins, our tour guides (Alma's LDS tours) picked us up right from the condo, other than than everything was in walking distance.
We were right down town so it could get a little noisy with the music coming from the streets at night, but if the air conditioner was running we really couldn't hear it.
Secondly, the condo itself couldn't have been better. Very nice, very clean, very modern. The kitchen was well stocked with dishes and cooking needs. We ended up getting food from the grocery store for breakfast and lunch and then went out for dinner in the evenings and it worked great. There was drinking water available there for us and when we ran out there is a place to buy water half a block away and very cheap (less than 40 pesos for 5 gallons), or you can leave $ and a container and let the rental property know you need more. The condo came with bath towels as well as beach towels that you can use for the beach, it also had about 6 beach chairs and we left a couple of boogie boards there (don't know if there still there or not). We had a family of 8 there and it was very spacious and very comfortable. We even could've slept a couple more if we had needed--there is a big day bed in the upstairs master bedroom if needed. The condo has 2 master bedrooms with bathrooms and then 2 more additional bedrooms, each with 2 twin beds in them, and an additional bathroom. The upstairs master bedroom goes out onto a roof top patio which you have all to yourself--awesome.
Lastly, I just have to say a word about the owner/managers of the property...so helpful! I had to contact Kate a couple of times about date issues and travel arrangements from the airport in Cancun to the condo. She was super helpful and always responded in a timely manner to my emails. She put us in touch with the property manager onsite who helped us arrange for a van to take our family of 8 both from and to the airport in Cancun. It was so nice to have it prearranged and prepaid for--the drivers were great and right on time picking us up which was a big relief for me. Make sure you do tip your drivers for this service.
I really can't say enough good about this. It was one of the best family vacations we had and the condo was just the perfect place for our stay.
The little fishing village of Playa del Carmen has grown up over the last several decades into a a thriving little metropolis that is more than a match for Cancun an hour to the North. Down close to Mamita's Beach and Club, this condo puts you right in the middle of the downtown Playa action.
Turn right walking when leaving the condo, and 30 seconds later you arrive on the Calle Quinta Avenida, the bustling center of people watching, restaurants, shopping and clubs.
Turn left leaving the condo and with a quick zig and zag you are standing on the beautiful beach facing the brilliant blue waters of the Caribbean with Isla Cozumel a mere 45 minutes by ferry dotting the horizon.
The condo itself is on the top floors, as befitting a penthouse. Three separate private decks give birds-eye views of the surroundings and the top one give a view of the water. The views were even better before the obnoxiously ugly Grand Hyatt soaked up much of the view.
Inside, a full kitchen with everything needed for cooking awaits; and three bathrooms with large showers big enough for two allow you to rinse off the sand and seawater. Two large bedrooms suites have their own showers, and the two smaller bedrooms surround the other bathroom and the living room and dining room.
The entire condo is tastefully tiled. The air conditioners do a wonderful job of taking the edge off when it gets hot outside, so sleeping is quite comfortable.
If you want to save money on a rental car, take a bus or taxi to the condo and then only rent on the days you want to drive. The America Rental Car company is quite literally right across the street. Great prices and easy access.
The owner Kate has a local property manager available and they strive to take care of you. It was a fantastic vacation spot for our family. From daytime adventures to nightlife partying, all our needs were addressed. We met some of the neighbors as well, and they were very friendly and welcoming.
I give the condo and it's location FIVE STARS!
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