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El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel
Ranked #32 of 213 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
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Beverly Hills, California
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18 reviews
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“If only there were 6 star ratings!!! Simply Paradise...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2011

we have stayed at the best hotels in the world, Europe, Asia and South America etc. El Taj for service, location, staff, rooms, customer service is now at the top of our list! The rooms are modern, spacious and just gorgeous. The beach in front is beautiful. The breakfast in the Indigo Club was delicious, served right on the sand. Walking distance to incredible restaurants, amazing shopping and hip and happening clubs. A short ride to Akamal where you swim with the sea turtles for free.. we hired a guide to swim along with us though.. and that was worth every penny. We are already planning our next trip back to El Taj. Trip Advisors.. you really got it right.. This is DEFINITELY the number 1 hotel in playa del carmen!!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2011

We had a wonderful experience at this condo hotel -- both as a group of family and friends staying together on this beautifully located beachfront property and guests at a lovely, sophisticated, and well-executed wedding. The condos are very well-maintained and provide all the amenities of home and the adjacent beach club/restaurant offers wonderful breakfasts and did an exceptional job catering several special parties, including the wedding itself. All the staff here are extremely helpful and professional.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2011

We have been to Playa Del Carmen several times and chose El Taj Oceanfront so that we would have more space to spread out. It worked out perfectly. We stayed in a one bedroom suite (#355) which was more than enough space for my husband and me. We did quite a bit of research to figure out wich unit # was which because I definitely wanted a good size private balcony with ocean view, and an upstairs unit. The bedroom and living rooms had seperate a/c units which was nice. We also had a great balcony off the bedroom. The unit was very clean and fully stocked with more than we could ever need in the kitchen. The staff was wonderful and went above and beyond to be helpful. The location was great, right on the beach and close to everything but was still very quiet and relaxing at the hotel. I will say the gym was just ok, but I understand they are preparing to renovate it. Overall, it was a fabulous place to stay and we will definitely be returning.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Calgary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2011

The El Taj is exactly the way it's shown on it's website. We had a wonderful penthouse condo which is perfect with kids as ours loved to sit in the hot tub and look at the ocean. This hotel is modern and has all the amenities that we required. It was so hot and humid when we were in Mexico and the air conditioning in the rooms were a very welcomed relief. There are boats moored out in front of the hotel but that does not hinder swimming right in front and actually it was great to talk to the fishermen that came in and see what the days catch was. Breakfast was wonderful at the hotel with a choice of cold or hot breakfast items and a choice of eating inside or right on the sand. We've been to this area seven times already and tried the all-inclusives but this beautiful little hotel is by far our favorite experience. We'll be back!!!!

Room Tip: We had room 357 and we never heard any noise from the nearby nightclubs.
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Mexico City, Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2011

The Taj is a lovely condo-hotel. Exactly as you see it in the pictures. At night the view of the hotel from the beach was stunning. There is a lovely, relax atmosphere and 5th Ave (which is very close) is always buzzing. In general very very nice.
Only one real complain...the beach...don´t know if it was just pure bad luck (which I doubt) but it was dirty with algae and smelly (the ocean)all our stay. There are also one boat after another just in front of the hotel so you can´t really swim or simply be in the sea...We were arriving from Cancun where the sea is stunning and clear and this was a real dissapointment.
This comment is just to let you know what to expect, however, we can still say we had a great time at the hotel and it is definetely one of the best in Playa. Good luck!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2011

We stayed in Oceanfront #348 from July 9-16 and had a blast! El taj was simply fabulous!!! Location, atmosphere, decor, furnishings, amenities- Wow. We will definitely be returning. A few points to note: which Indigo Beach Club was very convenient- drinks were expensive, however, the pizza was very very good. We recommend going down the beach to Wicky's Beach Club (Monday at Wicky's is all you can drink from 12-6pm for 300 pesos, and order the Wicky Burger- awesome! I had it twice during the week). The included breakfast at Indigo was again convenient and very good for a few mornings, but I recommend talking a walk down 5th to 34th and stopping in Chez Celine for very very good French pastries and cappuccino to go- the walk in the morning is great exercise and the breakfast well worth it. Also- take a cab one morning down to 38th and have breakfast at the monkey cave- La Cueva del Chango. A+ for atmosphere and food!
The pools at all the El Taj properties were really neat (oceanfront, beachside and porto playa- Maya villa was very small). We had a jacuzzi on our balcony but we never used it- it was too hot during the day and we were too tired every night.
We also recommend the following restaurants: El Fogan, Carboncitos, Las Comales, La Pummerola and Ah Cacao.... Also Wet Wendy's in Cozumel for amazing and huge margaritas. Also Turtle Bay Bakery in Akumal for breakfast before snorkeling with the turtles and lunch at Lol Ha after snorkeling with the turtles.
Take the Collectivos if you travel outside of Playa ($3US pp to get to Akumal).
Take the ferry across to Cozumel one day to go to a beach club and snorkel.
We spent one day at an AI hotel- Catalonia Royal Tulum, again we took the Collectivo to and from the resort in Xpuha for less than half the cost of a taxi round trip ($12US each way for 4 people). We have stayed at the CRT before and loved it but we wanted to do the non AI route thus time- glad we went back for one day it was a lot of fun to share the experience with our friends that we were traveling with on this trip.
Shop on and off 5th, barter well and have fun. We did find that the pressure to buy from the shopkeepers was quite a bit more aggressive this trip, and it did get annoying, but keep a positive attitude and you will be fine.
We loved El Taj and will return!!!!

  • Stayed July 2011
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Overland Park, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2011

Just home from the best vacation !!! Tan and relaxed - couldn't ask for anything more. We had such a wonderful time-- condo is beyond amazing !! We enjoyed the hot tub, morning breakfasts on the patio, movie nights in the living room, and relaxing days on the beach, some great swims in the ocean--water is so calm and clear and the sand bar goes out so far--was able to swim and float more than i have ever been able to before-- LOVED IT!!!! Also enjoyed the small fishing boats coming and going from in front of the condo- one of the fishermen had me eye to eye with the baracuda he just caught.

We did make it easily to WalMart and also up to 5th Street a couple nights, really enjoyed the atmosphere, along with our favorite on the beach lunch spot The Pirate and an incredible on the beach dinner at Fusion.

The El Taj staff was so nice and polite-- everything was just perfect. Chairs and umbrellas and service on the beach - awesome!! Great perk for $50 -- we had outgoing phone service and internet in the room which was nice. One of the fun parts each day was to watch so many people stop along the beach to take photos of El Taj -- clearly the most beautiful spot on the beach -- we would just smile at each other knowing they were taking pics of where we were staying!!! Everything was just PERFECT!!!

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Property: El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel
Address: 1 Norte Esquina Calle 14 Norte | Corner 16th Street, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Playa del Carmen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#14 Romantic Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#25 Spa Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#27 On the Beach Hotel in Playa del Carmen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 57
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Taj Condo Hotel consists of 57 spacious condos situated on 2 separate properties in front of the beach. El Taj oceanfront is directly on the beach and El Taj Beachside is across the street. Guests get to use all the on site amenities including our exclusive beach club. We offer 2 incredible heated pools. The relaxing heated pool on Beachside property is an exotic black mosaic infinity pool with an extra large Jacuzzi while the oceanfront heated pool sits right on the beach in front of our exclusive beach club. We're located in the most liveliest area of Playa that offers the convenience of having the best restaurants, nightlife and shopping within one block from your vacation home.Each Condominium offers expansive floor plans and superb finishes. The Beachside condos have private terraces that are surrounded by exotic plants, Lilly ponds and all face the pool and cascading waterfalls. All the penthouse units in El Taj Beachside feature ocean views from the private roof decks. All the oceanfront units have views of the ocean.Each condo comes with fully equipped kitchens and the finest details including flat screen TVs in all the rooms. We provide the same services usually associated with some of the finest hotels. Our designers traveled the globe to Indonesia trying to recreate an environment reminiscent to Bali. . ... more   less 
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