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“Stayed twice. There will be no third”
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The Reef Playacar
Ranked #98 of 214 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
Fort Worth, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Stayed twice. There will be no third”
Reviewed February 4, 2013

Arrived 1/27/13 - departed 2/1/13.
We've stayed at the reef once before, and enjoyed our stay. This time however, was extremely disappointing and costly. We secured the best through the reef for the best room and view. To keep this short I'll just site the negative as it out weight the positive. During our stay on the third / top floor they decided to re-do the roof, 6 days out of 8 was constant hammering and debrie. The jacuzzi had to be drained daily by management. The exterior door would not lock. The shower drain and the sink drained slow and had to be rinsed several time to get the soap to drain. The TV was out of focus and hanging from the wall by a wire and two Eye bolts. You could adjust it daily like a crooked picture. Requested a king and received double beds. Management was covered With a i can't help you comment, backed with a blank look. Food was very bland and simply needed seasoning. Out side of the lobby staff, the maids, servers, and beverage staff were very nice. We met others you were also stating they would try another resort on their return. We will do the same.

Room Tip: Don't choose the best, it's not worth it.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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ReefPlayacarResort, Director of Sales at The Reef Playacar, responded to this review, February 24, 2013
Thank you for taking time to write your review. We would like to apologize on behalf of the hotel for the inconvenience you experienced with your room. We feel horrible your second stay was not as enjoyable as your first stay.
We do not want you to feel uncomfortable to come back with us. We would really like you to come back and keep having a good time at The Reef as you had the first time. Could you please contact the hotel directly and we will make sure to make up for the inconveniences you experienced.
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Louisville, Kentucky
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed February 4, 2013

The Reef is centered around an absolutely beautiful natural setting which is meticulously maintained. The beach is perfect. Plenty of chairs and umbrellas. Beach beds were awesome (Most people "reserve them" as soon as the staff cleans them up for the night with a towel, so plan accordingly.

The food was just adequate for the most part. If it weren't for the omelet bar (Thank you , Victoria!) I would have gone hungry most days. The snack bar keeps you going during the day.

We upgraded to the superior room that entitled us to Nico's beach bar and top shelf liquor. We were also entitled to some extra amenities like a coffee maker, safe lock, bottle of wine and daily restock of drinks in room. Unless you specifically ask for these, they aren't offered up so make sure you ask at check-in.

The resort is really beautiful. The groundskeepers do a great job keeping the jungle like atmosphere looking great. The beach is amazing.

All in all, a really nice place for couples or families. Food was just adequate, but they are trying hard. The staff is really friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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ReefPlayacarResort, Director of Sales at The Reef Playacar, responded to this review, February 14, 2013
We would like to thank you for your fantastic review. We are very happy you enjoyed your vacation with us. We appreciate your comments regarding the hotel, the amazing beach, the upgrade to superior room and wonderful staff.
We offer special rates to our returning guests, so if you plan to come back, let us know directly! We are looking forward to welcoming you once more with the kids.
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Mahon, Spain
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 4, 2013

Having read the reviews here we were looking forward to a good quality 4 Star hotel.
What a disappoinment.
RECEPTION:Had taken no notice of our booking request and subsequent e-mail requesting a top floor refurbished room.After several meetings with various unhelpful staff and front of house manager,some 10 days into our holiday we ended up in a second floor refurbished room,the best of 3 rooms we tried.We were promised a bottle of good red wine to make up for things that had gone wrong,but it was never delivered- despite reminders!
PREMIUM UPGRADE:We had paid for a Premium upgrade when booking as we wanted something a bit special.Was it worth it? NO. All bars seemed to offer the same brands,and the 2 Special restaurants charged extra for anything other than chicken or salmon.Incidentally both these restaurants were high in glitz but low in quality of service etc.,not to mention that the much vaunted Dress Code was ignored-men in shorts and flipflops were allowed in.
SERVICE:If nothing else the service in the bars was enthusiastic,which helped make up for the lack of skills.
CLEANLINESS:this was the only aspect of the Hotel which gained any points.The rooms and the gardens were kept immaculately clean.
FOOD:Was nothing outstanding,and there was usually something different to eat each day.
NOISE:this was without doubt the noisiest hotel we have ever stayed in;the walls were so thin that our neighbour's coughing sounded as if he were in the same room as us;the noise from outside seemed to be incessant with supply trucks being pushed around,chatting,guests and staff,and seemingly never ending maintenance noise(speaking of which a couple of items which needed attention in one our rooms were not dealt with for at least a week).
BARS:Not sure who was responsible for stocking the bars BUT the Premium Bar NICO'S had no premium gin or Tequilla of any sort for 2 days!
GLASSES:There were no glasses in our room 'People get drunk and break them' we were told.
Also I do not expect to be served a drink in a disposable plastic beaker in the Lobby bar of a supposedly quality hotel.
TIPPING:The all inclusive price included tipping,and yet everybody seemed to expect a tip for undertaking even the most basic of tasks.
ENTERTAINMENT:on the whole was OK,with the Theatre /meal evenings being really quite good.The entertainment staff were lively,friendly and worked very hard.
PRIVACY:There was none.The hotel is based on either side of the main pathway from reception to beach and most rooms face each other across this,allowing clear views inside opposite rooms.Ground floor rooms positively public.

You will have gathered by now that we did not rate this place very highly,and had we read this before going we would not have gone

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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ReefPlayacarResort, Director of Sales at The Reef Playacar, responded to this review, February 22, 2013
Thank you for your comments. We are very sorry to hear the hotel did not meet your expectations. We would like to apologize on behalf of the hotel for the inconvenience you experienced with the food and beverage department and reception. Most people enjoy the set up of our rooms and we get many compliments regarding our grounds. We would like to mention that the hotel cannot confirm any room assignment before arrival, since all our rooms are run of the house. We are totally fully booked in high season. We hope this won´t happen to you on your next trip. We wish you happy future travels.
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

Special because of the natural park that the resort is surrounded. Very clean, as staff members always cleaning and being friendly with all guest. Unique because of the tranquility of this resort, only about 205 rooms, very small and relaxing resort, with a 5 stars resort regarding food, services, staffs and room cleaning....I strongly recommend trying the reef Playacar... Specially if you like a different and relaxing environment.

We have went to 5 stars resort in playa Del Carmen before, and for my wife and I, this is a 5 five star...But we are not difficult on rooms and foods, so this is our soul opinion...

We could not find any thing negative...If you work hard you'll find some...We never go twice at the same place because we like to see new things all the time but for once we would make and exception we would and will go back for sure and in a near future.

Thank you to all the staffs specially Humberto at the bar pool...see you all very soon...

Francine & Mike...

P.S.: We where with our family and there comments are the same....

Room Tip: Regular rooms OK Superior rooms nicer and bigger space Premium rooms excellent with more services...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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ReefPlayacarResort, Director of Sales at The Reef Playacar, responded to this review, February 21, 2013
We would like to thank you for your fantastic review. We are very happy you and your family enjoyed your vacation with us. We appreciate your comments regarding the hotel, the cleanliness, the food and wonderful staff.
We offer special rates to our returning guests, so if you plan to come back, let us know directly! We are looking forward to welcoming you once more with the kids.
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West Weber, Utah, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed February 2, 2013

My new husband and I stayed here for 5 nights in October for our honeymoon.
It was a perfect time as the weather was nice and it wasn't too busy since it was the "off season".
It is a good resort for families or couples... or as we saw, groups of friends.
The staff at this laid back resort is wonderful! They make everyday enjoyable from helping you book excursions to quick and friendly meal service!
Dinner at Botticelli is a must! The food was beyond words, and so was the service! We ate there every night except the first.
The ice cream parlor was a very fun part of the day, and the cenote with flambéed coffees was a great show to see with a yummy snack and drink.
The buffet was wonderful for lunch and breakfast (make sure to get a custom omlette), but not our favorite for dinner.
The pool bar is a good place to get out of the sun and relax a bit!
They rent bikes (free) which was a lot of fun. It is about 5 minutes to 5th Avenue where all the shopping and fun is!
Make sure to take a trip in the ocean with the kayaks! The water is gorgeous!
The rooms are decent sized with all the amenities you need.
All in all, it was a wonderful vacation and we plan to go back with the kids!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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ReefPlayacarResort, Director of Sales at The Reef Playacar, responded to this review, February 5, 2013
We would like to thank you for your fantastic review. We are very happy you and your new husband enjoyed your honeymoon with us. We appreciate your observations regarding the wonderful staff, ice cream parlor and cenote, the buffet the pool bar and the good location.
We offer special rates to our returning guests, so if you plan to come back, let us know directly! We are looking forward to welcoming you once more with the kids.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed February 1, 2013

I am so excited to go back to the Reef Club in just 10 short days! This will be our 8th year going to the Reef Club and it truly has become our home in Mexico!

All the staff members - from management to maintenance - are very friendly and always willing to help you and go out of their way to make sure your vacation is as relaxing and amazing as possible!

True - they do have timeshare staff who try to lure you into one of their presentations - but they are just doing their job and trying to earn a payckeck. All you have to do is kindly decline their invitations and they will leave you alone after that.

We have been very lucky in the past to have met some wonderful people who have since become lifelong friends! In fact, we all plan our vacations around the same 2-week timeframe so we can hang out and have fun!

For the past 3 years we've been lucky enough to get the same room - which we now have tagged as "our room" but for the life of me, I can't remember what building number it's in! It's on the 2nd floor (which we prefer) on the left side as you're heading to the pool. In fact, from the balcony you can see the pool! We sleep in a queen bed at home so it's nice to have a king bed for a change! I hope we get the same room again this year - but in case we don't, it's all good! We're there for the sun and sand anyway, right?!

If you're on the fence about staying here - jump off right now and BOOK YOUR TRIP! You won't be sorry! I hope these next 10 days go by quickly!

Amanda - MN

Room Tip: We prefer 2nd floor rooms - close to the pool. Our first year at The Reef Club, we were in a room t...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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ReefPlayacarResort, Director of Sales at The Reef Playacar, responded to this review, February 5, 2013
Welcome back home for your 8th stay.. We appreciate your nice comments
Thanks to reviews like yours we have been able to get the Certificate of Excellence 2012 from Tripadvisor.

We hope you will enjoy your stay as always.
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bergen norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed February 1, 2013

Flew in from gatwick, london, 5th jan. For a14 nights stay @ reef playa car resort.we used Kuoni travel( thank you for very good service Nicole Bull). This was our first trip to mexico & we read up on tripadvisor ahead to get thebest hotel for us. We arrived @ the hotel in the evening with 24 pleasent degrees celcius..mmmmm. The check in was quick & we was given room 732. The room was big & clean, but the bacony was a bit overgrown with plants & ants. We made a deal with mr. daniel & the front desk & boy did we get a fabelous room on the top floor with outdoor jacuzzi & a big terrece with our own sunloungers...(933).the beach is big & nice. Cons..there are some people who put their towels on the sunbeds before sunrise and dont use them..shame..we met canadians,americans,scandinavians,englih,french...good mix. We har superior handband whitch allowed us to use nicos bar but we liked more papos bar (hi orlando). The shows & evenings was so so. But there is only 15 min walk or 70 pesos by taxi to more entertainment inPDC.we used the Atm &@ the hotel because its safe.the bars are all good, if you are a beer lover..bring a bubba keg.did 2 excirsions ,sailcatamaran...great fun. Canotes & turtles..do that..we ejoyed mexico a lot & will be back for the whaleshark season....

Room Tip: 2or3rd floor
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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ReefPlayacarResort, Director of Sales at The Reef Playacar, responded to this review, February 5, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your recent stay at our Resort. We are very happy to know that you had a great vacation at our resort!

We appreciate your comments regarding the room and cleanliness, the quick check-in and the upgrade to superior room.We will share your special thanks with Daniel and Orlando.

We are looking forward to welcoming you once more
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Property: The Reef Playacar
Address: Paseo Xaman-Ha, Ret. Sayil s/n | Fracc. Playacar, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Playa del Carmen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#50 Top resorts Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#57 Spa Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#64 Family Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#67 On the Beach Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#80 Romantic Hotel in Playa del Carmen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Reef Playacar 3.5*
Number of rooms: 196
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This boutique style all-inclusive resort is located on a beautiful white sandy beach just steps away from the famous 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico. The hotel offers all food and domestic drinks, 1 buffet restaurant, 2 a la carte restaurants, Italian & Gourmet($), snack bar, ice cream parlor, various bars including a swim up bar, 2 pools, kids club, daily activities & nightly entertainment. ... more   less 
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Reef Club Playacar
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