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“Great value for the price” 4 of 5 stars
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The Yak
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1 review
“Great value for the price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

Great rooms.
Lots of space in the doorms air conditioning in every room and private bathroom.
To awesome bars in the place.
We had I bit of a problem and thw manager was very nice and help us in a hurry.
Very close to all of the partys (a minute from the coco bongo)

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

We came to the yak the maneger was very nice and kind all the staff ad well.
The rooms was very good .
It's very nice place to be in, good music good bar .
The location is perfect cuple of minut from the center of playa , and from the sea.
Great great hostel very recomended.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013 via mobile

I stayed at the yak with a friend, we accidentally booked a private room that had only one bed (we did not like the idea of sharing), when I spoke to the manager he immediately offered to being up an extra mattress. He didn't charge for it either.
The room was really big, with a kitchen (including a fridge) and a good sized bathroom. The bed was a large double and there was enough room for the extra mattress.
The common areas of the hostel were good for hanging out and meeting new people.
I can't comment properly on breakfast as I always missed out due to being hung over.

If I have any reason to go back to Playa I would stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Splitsie
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

I had a good time at the yak. I moved on to a private room through my language course and found myself wishing I had stayed. There is a bar in the outside common area, but they still let me drink my own beers. Good stuff. The mattresses are comfortable and new. The lockers could be more secure and there could be more power outlets in the dorm. But this is minor. I would gladly return.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013 via mobile

I don't want to repeat everything mentioned allready in other comments, but point out MY personal highlights.
First, every day from 8 to 9 pm there is a open bar for FOURTY Pesos. Unbelievable cheap and brings the hole hostel together in a wonderful garden with (live) Musik, Shishas and hammers.
The community kitchens(2) are very well stuffed and are awesome for cooking with a hole bunch of people(that's what we did).
The rooftop Terrasse is very nice for an late evening chat or a book.
Last I want to mention, it IS loud in Playa, but the hostel really keeps the noise down after 12,so they can't be blamed. The nice from the coco bongo really goes on your nerves, though.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Fhartmann
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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

First let me point out that the staff here were overly accommodating and genuinely interested in feedback and making sure they provided good service. They are a new hostel and are really trying to get up to scratch, and doing a reasonable job. We had a few issues but let me start with the positives. The location is great, just a few blocks back from the pedestrianised Avenida 5. It's also close to a Wallmart and plenty of places to buy food. The main communal area garden is awesome. Plenty of hammocks, a really nice chilled out vibe and plenty of shady trees. They staff organised a singer/guitarist for one of the nights we were there and he was an amazing talent. A really intimate show and a highlight of our stay in Playa.

We booked one of the apartments through Hostelworld, and these apartments are outside the main compound with a street frontage, meaning you have to 'buzzed' through the main gate if you want to enter the main area. The description of the apartment says there is a 'private balcony'. Not the case in our situation. The apartment is advertised to include a cook-top, which leads one to believe you could cook in the room however this translates to a sink, and a non-functioning gas camper cook-top. There were barely any utensils and no microwave (as originally advertised). There is a general-purpose kitchen for everyone to use in the main compound. The television is loosely tuned to local channels, a total of 3, so is next to useless for non-fluent in Spanish.

Also we had to ask repeatedly for our bathroom to be cleaned. Typically in Latin America, toilet paper is not flushed so it's important the bin is cleared. We had to ask for this to happen when it had not been done by Day 3.

As mentioned, staff took this feedback on board however bear some of these discrepancies in mind if you book through hostelworld.com as I don't feel the apartments are still accurately described despite staff saying at the time they would endeavor to get the descriptions updated. Shame, this place could be really awesome with the right expectations set.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank mrenage
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

We stayed at The Yak for four nights and were very happy with our stay. We had a private room which was large and comfortable. The cheap snorkel rental and drinking water were definitly a plus as was the shady outdoor common area and great local food right next door (try the burritos next to Los Quakas!)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Milton27
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Property: The Yak
Address: Calle 10 Norte Bis, Entere Av. 10 y Av. 15 | Lote #146, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Playa del Carmen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 178 Specialty Lodging in Playa del Carmen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — The Yak 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"There are no strangers here, only friends we haven't met." That's the vibe you can expect when entering the perfectly shaded, outdoor courtyard at The Yak. With a combination of the best location, great accommodations, a friendly staff, and lots of awesome things to do-you can't miss out on The Yak. Located right in the center of Playa, The Yak is close to everything: 5th Avenue (known for its restaurants and shops), grocery stores like Wal-Mart, 12th Street with all of the bars and nightclubs, and, of course, the beach-but many people pass the day in the hostel lying in the hammocks or chilling on the rooftop terrace. In The Yak's courtyard, you will find a 24-hour reception with lots of staff members who are always available to answer your questions, a cool bar with cheap prices, and a café where you can order paninis and coffee. The Yak was created for travelers, by travelers-so it's more than just a place to sleep, we try to keep it fun! We have different activities everyday including movie nights, tours to Cenotes, our famous Mojito Lesson, and many more! For those looking to explore the Mayan ruins, we can reserve additional excursions. The Yak has two communal kitchens, bright/airy dorms, and private rooms with kitchenettes, so there is an option to suit every budget. Many people plan to stay for a few days and end up staying for weeks. You're guaranteed to leave The Yak with new friends and fond memories, so come be a part of The Yak Family! ... more   less 
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