“Welcome Home” said Jorge as we unloaded our bags from the airport van in front of Luna Blue. “Gracias, Jorge”. Yes, we were home.
This was our second trip to Luna Blue, only 8 months after our first stay back in January, but there was something very comforting about Jorge greeting us and seeing Jaime (the afternoon Receptionist) behind the counter in the lobby. While we were checking in, we even received a call from Cheri (one of the owners), welcoming us, and letting us know that she arranged to have our room to be adjacent to our in-laws that we were meeting in Playa. Both rooms shared a large patio on the second floor that overlooked the beautiful lush tropical gardens that make up Luna Blue. Thank you Cheri, we’re still talking about how great both of those rooms and patio were.
Once we finish checking in, we get up to our room, #34, unlock the door and instantly smile. Each room at Luna Blue is different from the others but the common theme on all of the rooms is that they are bright, clean, comfortable and very indicative of the style you would expect in Playa del Carmen. There is no phone, not a TV to be found, only a little alarm clock that I instantly unplug. I’m on vacation after all, do I really need to have an alarm clock??
The room is smartly decorated. There is a wardrobe unit with a couple of drawers underneath, the queen bed with 2 nightstands, a water dispenser with a fresh bottle of water on top of the small refrigerator. The bathroom, with a wonderful walk in tiled shower, completes the layout. Two of us lived in that room for 10 days and not once did I feel like it was too small or inadequate for our needs.
As I stated above, the patio was right through the sliding glass doors, and the view was just beautiful. It was a great place to sit in the morning, drink coffee and lose yourself in thought as to how great it is to be in Playa. The grounds of the Garden are peaceful. The sounds you hear might be from the waterfalls in the gardens, the birds in the trees and the occasional lizard chirping somewhere in the palapa roof.
Speaking of coffee, something that was new from our last visit was the addition of the morning coffee and pastry bar in the Lobby/ Reception area. Every morning, Mayte would make sure there was fresh coffee and delicious cupcakes ready for the guests. During our 10 days there, she did not miss a day and always greeted us with a smile and a “Buenos Dias”. Mayte is a new member of the staff and a wonderful addition.
We found the entire staff of Luna Blue to be not only helpful and friendly, but they all seemed to be genuinely happy in their work and more than eager to help the guests. Even the owners, Tony and Cheri, whom we saw on more than one occasion, were nice enough to ask how our stay was going, and quick to offer suggestions as to where to eat or sights to see in Playa. We honestly felt as if we were staying with family and not as though we were just some random guests at a hotel. It’s a big reason we came back to Luna Blue this trip and will continue to do so on trips in the future.
No review of Luna Blue would be complete without saying a few words about the bar and Jorge the bartender. If you’re looking for one of the best margaritas in Playa, look no further than the Luna Blue bar. Complete with swings around the bar, tables and chairs on the floor and plenty of standing room all along the outside, it’s a great place to enjoy an adult beverage. Not only is Jorge a very good bartender, he’s a great guy as well. Even if you’re not staying at Luna Blue, I would highly recommend a visit to the bar. There is live music there on Wed and Fri nights which ends at 11:00 as not to disturb any of the hotel guests that are looking for a peaceful night of sleep.
As far as any negatives on our stay, well, I can’t think of anything I could even remotely complain about. Yes, this was my second stay here but the same held true on my first trip back in January. I did know what to expect this trip and even then, my expectations were surpassed. If you like small boutique style hotels and the personal service that comes along with them, you owe it to yourself to experience Luna Blue and live Playa the way no big AI resort can ever show you. You won’t be disappointed and you’ll be counting the days until you return again.
Thank you Tony and Cheri, for memories that’ll last a lifetime.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luna Blue Hotel & Bar. We are a small Hotel and have turned it into one of the most popular boutique hotels around. Our small hotel is lush, intimate with comfortable 18 beach rooms adult-only, designed for travelers and a perfect to stay for more than a few days to explore the wonders and beauty of this magical area. Experience the real Mexico. Only at the Luna Blue Hotel, you will feel like home. All rooms at the Luna Blue Hotel have a garden view, covered outdoor balcony or seating area, air conditioning, a safe and free bottled water. Organic toiletries are provided in the bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms and public areas. The Luna Blue Bar offers live music and exotic drinks under a palm-thatched roof. There are a coffee station, tea and homemade pastries, daily from 7:30 am - 10:30 am. Guests of the Luna Blue enjoy local area discounts and free privileges at certain beach clubs. The hotel’s multilingual staff provide a perspective planning tours and activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Luna Blue Hotel Garden
- Luna Blue Playa Del Carmen
- Luna Blue Hotel Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico