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“Great place, excellent staff” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Yak
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1 review
“Great place, excellent staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

Hello friends as i mentioned The yak has The best location in playa near to The beach & next to The clubs, restaurants, shopping malls, bars, etc, The rooms Are very comfortable & The staff is very nice and friendly I Recommend it 100%

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Doddaballapur, India
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2014

The Yak was a fun experience over Christmas! Rooms were clean, bed was comfortable enough, and the staff was very sweet. I arrived on the 24th evening and was straight invited to a Christmas potluck cooked by staff and backpackers alike, it was a relish! Met some very cool people and enjoyed my stay overall.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2014

Ive traveled around and stayed in a lot of hostels and I have to say this one was exceptionally amazing. Would recommend it to everyone going to Playa. Perfect location and great common areas make an amazing social atmosphere where you can meet tons of like minded people. GO STAY THERE!

Room Tip: I stayed in a top floor big room (12 beds i think) and it was fine plus the cheapest
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2014

Great hostel and extremely helpful staff. The couple running the place were very friendly. The first night I arrived there was a Halloween party which was pretty cool. The hostel was very secure and the comfortable especially with all the hammocks and music playing in the background. The beds were very comfortable, I'm sure due to the very good quality thick mattresses. Activities were organised too for the day time which was cool, especially the day trip to go and swim in a Cenoté. Wish I could have stayed longer. I would like to take this opportunity to thanks Juan and the boys for all their help and flexibility during my stay, they will know what I mean! Nathan

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2014

This hostel does have a lot of pros: Secure gate allowing guests in, free drink upon arrival, very friendly and attentive staff, steps away from AGO bus station, walking distance to most places tourists want to visit, nice social atmosphere, etc.

HOWEVER, I do NOT recommend this place because there are bed bugs in this hostel. At least in my dorm room of 8 people, each and everyone of us had massive/numerous bites all over our body. The air conditioning also has fixed timings, so the night can get very stuffy. Shower pressure was very weak as well. The cons aren't too bad, however, I can't stress enough the lack of sleep and distress to bed bug bites all over my body when me and the people in my room woke up to.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Austin, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2014

The dorms and very clean, the staff very friendly, and the people even more so. The hostel is huge and with plenty of rooms for activities. The atmosphere is paid back and casual. The hammocks are nice for afternoon naps to avoid the heat and sip on beers which are available at the reception.

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Avignon, France
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2014

The best place I stayed in during my journey in Mexico! Friendly atmosphere, very good location near everything in Playa del Carmen, and an amazing staff!!! I really love this place, I felt much better than in France. The main problem: you won't want to leave this place! I'll be back asap, and I'll never forget this place and the people I met there!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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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
Phone Number:
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 #5 of 196 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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