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Hotel Costa del Mar
Ranked #195 of 209 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
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“Perfect Location but......”
Reviewed April 24, 2004

We stayed at the Costa Del Mar for one week and loved being right on the beach for a reasonable price. We stayed in a cabana (no air con) and it was clean but very basic. It was also great to have a restaurant/bar on site. The down side for us was once it got dark it started hopping with LOUD music. Music also bled from the hotels to the north so sleeping was too much of a challenge. We tried to get into a regular room thinking we could use the air con to block some of the sound but they were all booked. We moved to another hotel for our last week and were truely greatful to get some sleep. Good place for those who like the night life! It seems to be geared to the younger crowd.

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Reviewed March 20, 2004

We just returned from staying at the Costa del Mar on March 20th. You can't beat the price at the Costa del Mar... Clean rooms and right on the beach! But a few things you should know.

Phone/Messages issue: No phones in rooms. We were not given any messages that we were told by friends they had left with the front desk. We even asked the front desk if we had messages and they said no.
We think the issue was that the front desk people do not speak English very well so could not take messages for us? We didn't think not having a phone in the room would be a big deal but with our cellphones not working we were concerned about emergency calls from home ever getting to us.

Sleep issues: 1) hard thin mattresses, 2) door rattled all night long with the wind (room #18) and 3) music from the bar until 3am every night. We were able to overcome these issues and sleep by the 2nd or 3rd night... just be aware if you are light sleeper.

Noise issue: We enjoyed having the music playing at our bar during the day (mostly reggae) but it competed constantly with the loud music playing from the Blue Parrot bar next door so that could get very irritating at times.

Some nice things about the Costa del Mar: 1) right on the beach, 2) cheap, 3) clean, 4) a 1 minute walk to 5th Avenue where all the shops and restaurants are, 5) big shower, 6) right next to the Blue Parrot where the biggest outside dance floor is in PDC right on the beach (the DJ plays everything from hip/hop to disco), 7) cheap food and beer at their El Pirata restaurant

Overall we had a good stay at the Costa del Mar.

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Reviewed March 1, 2004

Great location right on the beach and a block from the pedestrian mall (Quinta Avenue). Very uncomfortable Mexican style bed - a thin mattress on a wooden frame, but probably ok if you are younger. The ambiance was fine and the staff most accomodating. Room was kept very clean. A little noisy mostly from the hotel next door with fire dancing performances every night at 11 p.m. on the beach (the performances were very good), so ask for a room closer to the street than the beach if you like to sleep before 2 a.m., then it is tolerable. Good value.

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Reviewed January 8, 2004

I just returned from a brief holiday at the Costa del Mar. Right on the beach, it was a pleasant surprise!I stayed in one of the cheaper cabaña rooms. It was a small, simple room with a thatched roof and a ceiling fan which provided plenty of cool breezes; however, air-conditioned rooms were also available. The room was clean and the bed was firm but comfortable.The towels were thick but if you want a wash cloth or hand towel, you will need to bring them. The staff were always pleasant to talk with.The El Pirata bar on the beach offers tasty, inexpensive food and drinks. Only MX$10 for draft beer!

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Reviewed December 7, 2003

we stayed in one of the rooms on the ground floor with air. it was straight mexican and it was just what we were looking for. a little ruff around the edges but its all in what your looking for. an authentic mexican holiday, yes, or a resort with a gigantic pool. not for you if thats the case. located right on the beach, excellent people willing to please and great management. we got 1 free night for extended stay. their always willing to deal. deposits box in the room not secure and had to get some plumbing looked at, but not a problem.
treat them well and they will treat you well back. try the shrimp cocktail at the little resturant. cheap meals and good.

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Reviewed August 27, 2003

We arrived a this hotel by accident because the hotel that we reserve from the internet was a total desaster. Disappointed we look to find something nicer and there we are... little hotel , nice and warm welcome at the front desk.. almost directly on the beach... quiet at night, clean, clean clean . We take the section with air conditionning and a ventilator.. we were really at paradise. We had a great stay there and Alejandra at the front desk was really nice ! I would recommand this hotel anytime. We paid $ 75.us considering it was august... Price was reasonnable and the room really really pleasant.

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Property: Hotel Costa del Mar
Address: Calle 1 Norte Entre 10 Y 12, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Playa del Carmen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#94 On the Beach Hotel in Playa del Carmen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Costa del Mar 3*
Number of rooms: 39
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