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“A Taste of paradise! A home away from home”

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El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel
Ranked #35 of 209 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
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“A Taste of paradise! A home away from home”
Reviewed October 31, 2011

We just returned from staying 11 days at El Taj. We were 3 adults and my 9 month year old baby. The condo was beyond beautiful, extremely clean. The staff was so much fun and always very helpful. We stayed in room 324 and would go back in a second. There is so much to do in the area as well. 5th avenue is fun to walk around at night. The staff at the pool are always ready to find you a comfortable spot on the beach while getting your glasses cleaned and try have sun run lotion available for you. We were there during what was suppose to be hurricane Rina and the staff really made us feel safe and at ease although we were very scared. We rented a car from Can in airport and if you are driving it's a little tricky to find El Taj. The location is amazing right on the ocean. Everything about this hotel is perfect. We loved having our Jacuzzi and would strongly recommend you get one because if the weather isn't good which is very rare you have your jacuzzi. We found shopping for groceries at Mega to be cleaner than Wal Mary although they were both good. Lots of action in the area at night! I would strongly recommend going to Tulum it's about 50 minutes driving from El Taj but something to see at least once in your life. I can't wait to go back I just arrived back home and I am thinking when to book next!!! Frederic the manager of all of tr hotels is always there and ready to welcome you and make you feel comfortable. When we had the storm after hurricane Rina they immediately moved us for the night to Porta playa which is one of yheir other condos, which isn't right in the ocean. It was nice for safety but nothing compared to El Taj.

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Reviewed October 30, 2011

Beautiful modern condos - check.
Right on the beach - check.
Beautiful pool - check.
Private hot tubs - check.
Full kitchens, washers, dryers - check.
Free covered parking - check.
High speed internet access (fee) - check.
Excellent service - check.
Excellent location - check.

I really couldn't ask for more.

  • Stayed October 2011
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed October 29, 2011

What a great hotel! My husband and I just recently returned from Playa del Carmen. We splurged and got a great penthouse condo for multiple birthday celebrations with a couple of family members. I had never been to this part of Mexico before. We chose the El Taj because it was a condo and not a one room all inclusive hotel. We wanted to stretch out and make it home for our stay. What a treat. We got a really good deal due to the time of year and also got a discount by booking with Buigas Travel. Alex Buigas is very responsive and gave me great advice on when to book the condo and which unit had the best view. We were not disappointed. The staff at the El Taj is unbelievable, our tiny requests were handled within minutes. Gabriela sent me multiple emails prior to our trip with very helpful information. Hector greeted us when arrived and made us feel right at home. I highly recommend a penthouse unit with a good view. There was nothing like sitting in the hot tub overlooking the gorgeous blue sea or having dinner in our rooftop kitchen. I wish we were still there!

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 28, 2011

El Taj a stunning gem! An absolutely beautiful property that is in a great location! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at El Taj. We stayed in room 343, a 2 bedroom. The only thing is that the view from the bedrooms overlooked what looks like a run down piece of property next door, but I suppose El Taj has no control over that.
The staff was great, the restaurant has thee most delicious huevos rancheros, and you have access to a great gym nearby. I took a yoga class for the first time in my life and thought the instructor was wonderful.
We had twin beds (per our request) in the second bedroom. They weren't the most comfortable, kind of hard.
We took advantage of the 40% off special when we booked, otherwise, I don't think we could afford to stay at El Taj. It is quite expensive, but beautiful!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 24, 2011

When we arrived at El Taj we were impressed even though the pool was very small and the beach facilities limited. We had been promised a beach view....hot tub...and large quarters...but not so. The hotel gave us the last room in the back of the hotel..overlooking a vacant lot and garbage containers. When I asked for a different room we were told that the hotel was owned by individual owners and that different rooms could not be switched since the payment had already been made to the owner...Hmmmm lesson learned here.
I asked for a quiet room ...the second night was dreadful as the unit next to us decided to host a huge after bar party starting at midnight ..ending at 5AM. The manager told me I should have complained to security as I should have....but did not think this would go on all night when it started.
Breakfast was offered for $14.00 per person in the small restarant...the little one across the stree was much better and half the cost. At no time was breakfast offered which was also part of the deal I booked on line with. When I asked about that...the manager told us not to book online anymore..but to call direct.
The positive side....the unit was VERY clean.....beds were very comfortable.
The rooms that did have hot tubs ...were strange...the hot tubs were out in the entrance ways to the rooms..not private. Anyway...I learned a lot here.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed October 24, 2011

We were 4 girls that lived together in one Condo. and it was AMAZING!!!! Had the time of our life... Great STAFF everyone very friendly. We didn't stay on the beach and since it was windy we where happy we stayed just acrossed the street. There was a pool and a Yacuzzi.
Great beach with serviceminded staff that saw if you needed anything. Good food in the hotel restaurant. The location is perfect and easy to go everywhere and its safe always someone in the door at the Hotel. We where a group of 15 people the other stayed at another Hotel they wanted to change to our Hotel. This is the best choice of Hotel!!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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Washington Twp., NJ
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Reviewed October 22, 2011

We have been to Playa at least 8 times and this was our second time at El Taj. We stayed in a 3 bedroom penthouse with a private rooftop. Stunning!! Would go back in a heartbeat. Close to 5th Ave., on the beach, pool - I don't need any more that that. The worst part for us is that it rained our entire vacation. But, there were plenty of restaurants around to fill the time.

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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
#26 Spa Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#28 On the Beach Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#28 Luxury Hotel in Playa del Carmen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel 4.5*
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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