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“Only hostel you need in Playa” 5 of 5 stars
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The Yak
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 reviews
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“Only hostel you need in Playa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Great prices with different room sizes to choose from. Great location near the clubs, restaurants & beach. Great facilities in and around the hostel clean rooms with air con & fans, descent beds, tv room, large kitchen, outdoor movie screen & fantastic outside bar area. Awesome staff that were friendly, helpful & tons of Fun!! Wish we found this place earlier!!!!

Room Tip: All the rooms & beds are pretty new so they're all clean with descent matresses
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

I've been staying in the hostel for more then 4 months!!! and its one of the best experiences i had in my life . its a great location close to everything . offers everything that you can need . and the people that work here are very helpful in anything you need. i warmly recommend to come here and enjoy !

Room Tip: all of the rooms are the very good.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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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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Thank doronm2
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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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Thank shayoh
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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
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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 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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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 #4 of 173 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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