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Review of Aqualuna Boutique Hotel by Xperience Hotels

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Aqualuna Boutique Hotel by Xperience Hotels
Ranked #102 of 213 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
Certificate of Excellence
Tampa, Florida
Level Contributor
95 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Xperience hospitality”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2012

What a special place. From the excellent hospitality to the charming architecture and set up -- was totally blown away by this hidden gem in Playa Del Carmen!

LOCATION: Right on 10th and 14th St., it is literally steps away from action-packed 5th Avenue, yet a world away. From my room (number 1), I could hear nothing but the gentle sound of the fountain outside. It was bliss.

ROOM: Simple, yet beautifully appointed. Mayan toiletries in the bathroom/sink, which they buy directly from the villages by the way. Sustainability practices are written on every detail in the room, from the towel rack to the toilet paper signs. Like they say, it's all in the details. Humorous signs, too :)

The bed was firm, but comfortable. I woke up refreshed every day. Linens were always crisp and clean. My only complaint is that I found a sauce stain on one of the towels (albeit it was clearly clean) and there was some amount of frost at the bottom of the fridge. They didn't bother me one bit, but I must note this. Might be time for a little update?

SERVICE: When they say "infinite hospitality," they are not kidding. They live by their motto. Carlos at reception was excellent in every way, even gave me a full-size complementary Colgate total and tooth brush (brand-new!). Just as I asked where the drugstore was because I had left mine behind. Little things like this can simply make the day of the guest. In every instance I needed help or assistance, the staff went the extra mile. Just wow

PRICE: For just $60 a night (got an offer on low season, pre-book online and direct!), it was an absolute bargain. The boutique hotel experience, intimate get close to all the action in Playa Del Carmen, and Xcellent hospitality. What more could I have asked for?!

OVERALL: Perfect little hotel for the explorer. IF you are a traveler that prefers to stay in the hotel most of the trip enjoying amenities, Aqualuna is not for you. However, if you want a little cove to rest, Aqualuna is perfect :)

RATING: Would give it 4.5, but here I wouldn't take out a full star for what I specified. I recommend you don't get the breakfast option so you get to try the several local restaurants nearby

Can't wait to go back to Aqualuna. A little slice of heaven in the Yucatán!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2012

Me and my husband went to Cancun and Playa del Carmen for 10 nights and stayed at this hotel for 4 nights . This is a very basic hotel ,nice, clean and comfortable. One block from all the 5th Av action.
Staff was absolutely AWESOME !!! Great asset for this company . Every single one of the employees were nice, professional, very service oriented and willing to help. Will definitely stay here again and recomend to friends and family . Walking distance to Walmart ( about 5 blocks ) and La Mega (around same blocks away but different direction ) A few steps away from the famous Coco Bongo yet quiet at night time . If you are just looking for a place to sleep while doing your excursion at Playa you won't go wrong w Aqualuna .
Also walking distance from the ADO terminal and very close by to Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplore and Tulum

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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 Reviewed October 21, 2012

The staff were very friendly and helpful, rooms were a very good size, we had mamitas beach club included which was nice, the breakfast were buffet style and pretty good. All in all was the standard expected from a higher end hotel, only down side is location which is a few roads from the beach and a block away from coco bongo, pdc's biggest club (one night was noisy).

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 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 Reviewed September 25, 2012

My husband and I stayed at Aqualuna this weekend and loved it! The little courtyard area was so charming, especially at night.

The room was on the small side, but very comfortable and attractive. I especially liked the bathroom, which had been decorated with bougainvillea flowers (my favorite) and had a spacious shower with a rainfall showerhead. Good water pressure and heat, too!

The reception desk staff was very helpful and friendly, especially Yesica.

We loved the location, 1 block from the center of 5th Avenue, just by Calle Corazon (the most beautiful part of Playa del Carmen, in my opinion), and 2 blocks from the beach.

There's also free Wi-Fi (we didn't use it) and a good, free breakfast just a few blocks away at Hacienda Paradise hotel.

For the price and location, I thought this hotel was a home run.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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XperienceHotels, Front Desk at Aqualuna Boutique Hotel by Xperience Hotels, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
Dear guest,

On behalf of the Xperience Famly we would like to thank you for oyur preference. We appreciate such valuable comments which really motivates us to improve and provide a better service everyday.We are looking forward to have the ooportunity to welcome you back soon.

With the best regards,

Yesica Sanchez.
Front Desk, Aqualuna
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

Aqualuna is situated just one block from famous CocoBongo disco and 2 from main commercial strip of Playa´s little town. Attention is excelente and the place is very cozy. You get breakfast and hace access to a swimming pool in a sister hotel located 4 blocks away. An excelent deal.

Do not miss the animal figures made with towels. They prepare a different one for each day! A great touch of cozyness.

Room Tip: no elevators - pc and internet available
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank victoria m
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Rome, Lazio, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2012

Nice, clean, good position. The hotel 's assistant Praxedes can help and assist you any time you need with kindness and smiling face. Relax and internet area are comfortable and you can stay there in a familiar atmosphere.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2012

I have been to Playa Del Carmen 6 times in the last 5 years and have been at several hotels down there. I used to love Luna Blue, but last time I have very disappointed. I selected Aqualuna on a recommendation and happy I did.

The hotel is very small with not very many rooms. I am pretty sure that in the 3 days I was there, I only saw 2 or 3 other guests. The rooms are very clean, with nice bathrooms. I was very happy with the walk in tile shower that also had a sprayer that could be removed to rinse things. I used it a few times to clean the sand off my shoes.

There are very small things that I didn't like.
1. The beds are not very confortable. They are on concerte bedframes, which is very common; however the mattress wasn't soft.
2. The pillows were flat. I like pillows I can cuddle with and these pancakes didn't allow that.
3. The room keys are attached to a wooden tile with the room number on it. It is slightly larger then an iPhone. If you are walking around without a bag the key is bulky it bring with.

I did like that they have cold water for guests. I had my own water bottle that I filled, or if you buy bottled water you can refill it here. There was a safe, but I didn't use it. I also had breakfast included, but you have to walk up to the sister hotel which is about 4 blocks away. However it was tasty.

Overall I would stay here again. It is a great location a block off of 5th ave (the main street.)

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Aqualuna Boutique Hotel by Xperience Hotels
Address: Av. 10 Con Calle 14 | Col. Centro, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Playa del Carmen
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
#47 Romantic Hotel in Playa del Carmen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Aqualuna Boutique Hotel by Xperience Hotels 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aqualuna is a beautiful boutique hotel in the very centre of Playa del Carmen drawing its inspiration from the peculiarity of the architecture of the Greek islands, surrounded by a luxuriant tropical garden typical of the Caribbeans. Strategically located only steps away from the famous 5th avenue, the hotel offers to its guests an intimate yet refined ambiance ideal for relaxation. ... more   less 
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