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El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel
Ranked #32 of 213 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
2 reviews
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“Beautiful Property-Presidential level staff!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2011

We just got back from a week at El Taj. The property is really beautiful! The new suites have wonderful top finishes and plenty of room. (The beds were extremely hard as a side note.) The hotel is right on a spectacular white, sandy beach along the breath-taking blue Carribbean Sea shoreline.

The staff was fantastic! From the front desk, to the concierge, the management, the beach-front waitstaff, maintenence, and finally the staff at the Indigo Beach club were all superb! Truly, everyone was wonderfully welcoming and accommodating.

The hotel is only a few blocks from 5th Ave and all the shops, restaurants, and nightlife that you'll want for a fun vacation. The Indigo club is a bit small and when everyone goes down for breakfast in the morning, there can be a wait. And the chairs on the beach fill up extremely fast, so be sure to plan for those events. The gym is being remodeled in Dec 2011 which will be nice as it's currently a bit small as well.

The Riviera Maya is a dream away from home-we had a wonderful honeymoon full of great memories! Thank you.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2011

We were here for a wedding with about 50 people.....wonderful service, very clean, close to all and no problems whatsoever. Great front desk and concierge staff.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2011

We've stayed at El Taj several times. We've stayed at Beach side and Ocean front condos. Ocean front is nice because you are truly ocean front, but the Beach side condos are equally as nice; just have to walk 15 more steps to cross the street into the Ocean front units to get to the ocean. I believe both sides have the same unit designs... they are very similar and are appointed with the same design features. We usually choose a 2 bed/2 bath even if we are only heading down there as a couple. The extra room makes us more comfortable, but the one bedrooms are just fine for a couple. The ocean front pool is spectacular and the beach club that is just in front of that pool is wonderful. The food at this beach club is spectacular. We eat our breakfast there very morning, and really find little reason to go anywhere else for lunch. True this: The food here is spectacular. we choose to wander around more at night for other food options, but I really have to say the chef and mgmt at the beach club restaurant are top notch.

We love hanging all day at the beach club on their beds and lounge chairs and getting the excellent service from their staff all day. The beach just in front of El Taj is white sand and beautiful, but the local "panga" fishing boats are lined up on the beach there, so you must walk 100 yards south to get a clear shot of a boat-less swimming area. The boats are beautiful though to look at... just not to swim amongst.

If you stay here at El Taj, you are the type of person that wants to be close to the action. El Taj is close to the best restaurants and clubs in Playa but it is peaceful there. We've stayed in several units there and never have a problem sleeping. You can hear some of the pumping clubs a few streets away on Fridays and Saturdays if you are outside on your patios, and the clubs are open late, but I've never heard anything inside the units, so sleep isn't a problem. We like being so close to the action, but not staying on 5th avenue... the small street El Taj is on is very quiet, but 2-3 blocks from the best clubs in town.

For a small fee, ($25 I think) we got unlimited telephone calls and unlimited web availability for the stays we were there for the last 2 times. The kitchen is extremely well appointed with all the appliances and pots and pans you need to cook at home. If you stay in one of the 2/2s with a roof top deck, please know that you must spend time up there in the hot tub and grill. Night time cigars and drinks overlooking the ocean on the roof top are magical. I wish I could give it a 4 1/2 stars because it deserves it. 5 stars if the beach right in front were not cluttered with the small panga boats. Leaving in a week to stay there for the 8th time.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2011

All of CondoHotelsplayadelcarmen properties are beautiful, but their "anchor" El Taj Oceanfront is Superb. The service is 5 star. The staff is fabulous. The condos are spectacular and with the addition of Indigo Beach Club and Restaurant you will believe you are staying at a swanky Country Club.

The amenities like The Gym, personal car service to and from the airport and 24 hour service all your needs are fulfilled and dreams come true.

Check out their newest addition...a live beach webcam from Indigo Beach club.
http://www.condohotelsplayadelcarmen.com/official-playa-del-carmen-live-web-cam.php

No Better place in the world.

Room Tip: Rooms to the north are quieter, but all of them are terrific and their is one to fit every budget.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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San Diego, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2011

My son and his bride picked out El Taj in January for their November wedding. We had 62 people staying in one, two, three and four bedroom condos. Everyone was more than happy with their accommodations. The servers beachside were awesome--friendly and sweet. Housekeeping, front desk and hotel concierge all so helpful. We can't wait to stay again. We had our rehearsal dinner on our rooftop terrace. Amazing view. The gym was one of the nicest gyms I have ever used. I can't rave about this place enough. You won't be disappointed!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2011

This is a nice property, built with good intentions and nice finishes that give the appearance of zen. We stayed in El Taj Oceanside, penthouse unit 320, which is a 2 bed / 2 bath and shared the unit with my parents. The unit sizes are great for 2 couples. This unit also has a private roof deck with grill, table seating for 6, 2 lounge chairs and a roof top jacuzzi. This unit is located on the oceanfront development but the far side from the beach.

The finishes were nice, bed comfortable, linens of high quality, adequate services and amenities, etc. But, it is really suited for club -goers and partying so if that is what is important for your holiday then this may be the place for you.

Now, about the noise. As I mentioned, unit 320 is on the backside of the property closest to the street. There are about 20 night clubs that go until 5 and 6 AM located 100 yards from the property. And, guess what... you hear them until 5 or 6 AM in the MASTER SUITE. This property is FAR too expensive to spend my holiday searching for ear plugs and trying to drown out the noise with a sound machine.

The beach club amenities are nice, but even in the off season I felt like I was packed into a sun bathing camp. There are both lounge chairs and beach beds, but there is little room between you and your neighbor. The service and the food at the beach club was good. But note, cannot bring your own drinks.

We were there during the October storm. The staff did a great job of prepping the property and returning it to its zen-appearance after the storm.

Overall, nice property for those that want to take a holiday and be in the middle of the party and the chaos.

Room Tip: Stay away from the units on the back side (closest to the street) at Oceanside. El Taj Oceanside 320...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2011

We stayed at the El Taj Oceanfront Penthouse Unit #345 for 10 days. The staff there were amazing - very friendly and they catered to your needs. This penthouse has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a kitchen, washer/dryer, and safes, which accommodated 5 adults nicely. This penthouse also has a private rooftop terrace, with a jacuzzi, BBQ, sofa, table, chairs, and loungers. The beach was just outside and we had an amazing view of the ocean. We also enjoyed the pools that this condo had to offer. Many hours were spent relaxing on the beach or at the pool. This condo is also within walking distance to 5th Ave, which is great for shopping and eating. Overall, a great experience!

Room Tip: Unit #345 is great for everyone. Great ocean view, clean and awesome rooftop terrace.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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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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