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Magic Express Hotel
Ranked #181 of 212 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2009

We flew into Cancun, rented a car and stayed at this hotel in Playa Del Carmen on our way south. The staff was friendly, the rooms clean and we received a free continental breakfast with fresh fruit (papaya, mango, watermelon), pastries, coffee, tea and juice. We rented two rooms, one for two people and one for three (our daughters). We were charged about $50 and $60 U.S. respectively. The rooms had cable, internet acess, hot showers, etc.
The location is just off Route 307 in town so no beach and the pool can hardly be called a pool as it is tiny, it's surrounded by high walls so you can only sun at high noon, but we were there because we wanted clean rooms at an inexpensive price - perfect for us! We also drove into Playa Del Carmen, walked around the shops and had dinner, that was a fun trip, neat little shops in town, our teenage daughters loved their time there picking out little gifts for their friends back home.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2009

We were looking for a cheap place to stay in Playa del Carmen so we booked 4 nights at the Magic Express.

We were very impressed by the cleanliness of the place. The bedrooms have a decent size, there is TV with cable for foreign programs, it is a very quiet hotel, matresses are very good, breakfast is included and it is cheap (we paid $56- $60 per night, this is cheaper is you book directly at the hotel than online).

I would definitely recommed this hotel if:
- you have a car, because the hotel is not very close to the main street, but this is easy to access by car;
- you are not looking for a charming mexican hotel: decoration is basic, nothing charming at all, but it is super clean;
- you want a cheap and quiet place just to sleep so that you can spend more time at the beach, dinning in restaurants, dancing in clubs. It is definitely not the place to hang out, swimming pool is very small, the bar area is always empty, but again rooms have a decent size and very good matresses so just go there to sleep!

  • Liked — it is cheap, clean, quiet.
  • Disliked — Far from downtown, not a place to party.
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank TryHotel
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Copenhagen
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19 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2008

We just needed a cheap hotel in Playa del carmen, and we booked this one.

Bad location, but they have a free shutlle to town from 7 - 6 pm.

Room are clean and brand new, but everything was (moist) inside the room and nothing could dry. Strange!

No carpets in this hotel so you wake up everytime a door slams or someone talks.

  • Liked — Price
  • Disliked — Location and climate in the room
  • Stayed November 2008
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank Pippibob
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Peoria, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2008

I wish I had checked this site before booking my trip, I did not understand the true nature of this place from the discription on AAA. It is not a short walk to the main shopping and dinning area, it is more like a 30 min walk, They have a shuttle, it is only one way and runs from 7am-6pm( I noticed on the reveiws here the times vary, it may depend on the time of year or the staff on hand). Taxi service to return from 5th ave is $5. The hotel is very clean and the staff was very nice. The breakfast is only drinks, fruit, pastries and toast, cereal is fruitloops and coco pops. There is a shopping mall about a 10 min walk that has a restraunt kinda like Denny's called TOKS where you can get good food at a reasonable price. The pool is small and surrounded by a block wall. There are 3 pieces of equipment in the fitness room, the bike is the only one that works.The beach club gets you a chair and a 10% discount at Coco Maya, the staff there was very nice. Get your beach towel at the hotel, the deposit is 50 pesos.($5) If I went back I would book one of the small mom & pop places near 5th ave, the price was the same or less!

  • Liked — Cleanlilness
  • Disliked — Location
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank harmonytravels
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2008

We were planning to stay for only one or two night and end up with a total of four nights. We book it after reading the reviews and I have to say it is a budget hotel in Playa del Carmen. We have a car so we had no problem in driving around and the distance was not an issue.
We had wireless internet at no extra charge as well as the use of the safe in room.
The place is ok and they provide you for anything extra such as towels right away, even though the towells are very old and room need some touches of paint and perhaps change some head showers, but the water pressure is very good.
Too bad they did not have hair dryer in the room... I forgot mine.
The continental breakfast is very basic and light and served in disposable plates but still you get something to get ready for the day.
For the location it is very quiet and you can sleep with no problem. They have parking lot and is very safe.
They have a bar with a very decent selection and a variety of places where to eat, not on site, but again we have our car.
We did not use the pool since we spend more time on the beach or visiting other places.
We had a good time and it served our purpose so definetely we'll come back.

  • Liked — Better quality compare to other hotels close to downtown
  • Disliked — They did not have hair dryer
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank joferto
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Additional Information about Magic Express Hotel

Property: Magic Express Hotel
Address: Carretera Cancun-Chetumal Km 291, esquina calle 54 norte, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Playa del Carmen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #181 of 212 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Magic Express Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 98
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Magic Express Hotel offers you accommodation for business and pleasure travelers, not far away from the thrilling atmosphere from Playa del Carmen. It is located few blocks away from the main Street at Playa del Carmen, the famous "Quinta Avenida" (5th Avenue). From the main highway Cancun-Tulum, which takes you directly to Cancun International Airport (55 km), it is easy to access to the hotel facilities. Plaza Las Americas, one of the most important shopping centers in the city, is just 1.5 Km away. The 98 bedrooms in the building are equipped with Cable TV, telephone, air conditioning, free access to the WiFi Network, hair dryer, iron and iron board by request. Safe box is also available with additional cost. Continental breakfast is included in the rate. You can find as well a bar where you can enjoy alcoholic and non-alcoholic including snacks. Conference and events rooms are available at request for a capacity for up to 80 attendees. During the day you may want to spend your free time at the Beach Club, where you can redeem a bargain by showing the hotel's room access card. Additional info: swimming pool, gym public PC with Internet (additional charge $), bell-boy, late check-out ($ additional charge per hour, if available), early check-in if possible due to occupancy, luggage storage, ice machine. ... more   less 
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Magic Express Hotel Playa Del Carmen
Magic Express Playa Del Carmen
Magic Express Hotel Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

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