We stayed as part of a wedding party at El Taj in unit 321 (Oceanfront 1BR) from May 23-28. Loved the overall property and location. Half of the rooms were rented by the party we were with and the other half another wedding. Close to the shops, bars, and restaurants. Best of both worlds - resort and being close to town.
Room - it had everything you could think of, very clean and comfortable and great shower, no personal hot tub, think that was for bigger rooms b/c not many 1BR on the property, i think most are 2 or 3 BRs so you go with a group.
Beach/Pool - Not many people used pool on Oceanfront, but good break when needed, its small but nice. Beachside had a larger really nice pool, which was more private, but off the beach, just across street if you prefer it. Beach was great, the beach club had chairs, umbrella, food, drinks, and they staff is great, waits on your every need. Tey even now will take a picture of you when you arrive and you can charge to room now with that ID card if you want (know in past people complained about no charge to room, well now you can). As far as water, it is beautiful, but yes there are fishing/excursion boats out front, its pretty easy to wade between them and some are gone during day, but if that bothers you you can walk to end of pier or even down the beach like 100 yds to avoid them. We didnt mind, but if you want nothing but sea and sand directly in front of you then you might be a little disappointed, we werent.
Location - Its close to 5th ave, the main strip with all the bars, shops, restaurants, so you can walk everywhere and feel safe. On the Oceanfront we didnt have issue with noise, but the Beachside was a bit "bass-ey" from the nightclubs at night, so if you cant sleep through much you might want to go Oceanfront, which might be a little more. If you like a nice resort but like to be close to the town and not feel trapped behind the walls this is a perfect place for you.
Staff - we did not personally use the hotel staff much but overall they were great and i know other people in our party had good dealings with them and they set up tours for them. the beach and restaurant staff were outstanding.
Overall we would definitely go back. Good for groups especially as the units have kitchens, some bbq, etc.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- El Taj Oceanfront And Beachside Condo Hotel
- El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico