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El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel
Ranked #35 of 209 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
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New York
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“Great place to stay for a destination wedding”
Reviewed June 5, 2012

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.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 1, 2012

We’ve stayed at El Taj on 3 different occasions and with great confidence I can say that this is the best hotel in Playa del Carmen. When you combine the size and quality of the rooms, the location along with the overall hotel staff professionalism and courtesy it grades out extraordinarily well. We recently held our wedding in Playa and had the majority of or guests stay here. The two comments we heard most from them were “we wish we could have stayed here another few nights” and “we are already thinking about when our return trip will be”. I cannot imagine considering any other hotel.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 31, 2012

We were recently at El Taj for 4 nights as part of a wedding group and loved the property. We had Unit 309 which was off the beach but it had a huge roof top deck with BBQ, couches, hot tub, and tiki hut with bar. It was a great time all the way around and would highly recommend the local club scene also. One caveat, it is loud at night as the hotel complex is near many of the best clubs in town.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

This was one of my best vacations yet! We went as a group of 11 and rented three units, #336 (3BR Penthouse w/terrace), #332 (2BR) and #341(1BR). I reserved through Buiga Travel, which I highly recommend - great service, great rates and you can reserve a specific unit, which is absolutely the way to go. The resort is beautiful and pictures are an accurate representation of how everything is when you get there. All the units we rented were very nice, with #336 and #332 directly oceanfront with amazing views. I stayed in #336 and it was awesome. Waking up to the sound of the ocean and being able to look out the balcony at the beautiful blue water was like a dream. The condos are beautifully decorated, kitchens fully equipped, housekeeping was great, front desk was super responsive. Breakfast each morning at Indigo was wonderful. All the staff and customer service at the resort was outstanding. I do agree with the comments about the loud music at night, although it was no problem for anyone in our group. With all the doors closed, we could barely hear it. However, that is no fault of the resort and anywhere you stay within close proximity would experience the same. The beach in front of El Taj is quaint and the fishing boats add character, although not ideal for swimming. I did do some swimming there but thoroughly enjoyed Mamitas beach a short walk away. We did a lot of exploring and El Taj appeared to be the best resort by far. I have absolutely no regrets or complaints and would return in a heartbeat!

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Reviewed May 23, 2012

Overall good stay.

Stayed in room 303 which is street level and not beach front so that was a little disappointing. There are two separate sections of the hotel and were we're in the secondary back location. We could hear the music from the surrounding clubs all night. Water leakage from the AC and refrigerator the first night we stayed there. I asked to switch rooms but they didn't allow us because the money was already paid out to the owner of the condo (but who would have known right?).

Hotel is gorgeous inside and out. Very zen. The seats in the main pools are cool. Steps from the beach but the view of the sea is blocked by the docked boats. Enjoyed the cabana service. Only qualms were the rooms need better lighting especially in the bathroom and I wish the TV was in the living room and in the bedroom.

Ate breakfast at Indigo Beach one morning. It's your average breakfast buffet, nothing special.

Al Cielo - definitely make a reservation and go to this exclusive and secluded beach. Beautiful!

Free access to The Gym - I was impressed because hotel gyms usually have minimal equipment. The Gym was fully equipped. I didn't have to adapt my routines at all. Nice and clean.

The front desk people were amazing especially Josue and Ivette. The concierge was very helpful.

  • Stayed May 2012
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Reviewed May 21, 2012

Our family stayed in unit 336 during spring break and loved it! This is one of two penthouse units directly facing the sea so it was lovely just to sit on the balcony all day while our kids played on the beach. We also had a rooftop terrace with bbq grill, and the concierge arranged to have a chef come in one evening to cook fish/chicken dinner for all of us. Overall this is a great property although I heard others complain about the quality of the beach in front, the noise, and the size of the pool..Still better than all other hotels/condos in town, but if you want more peace I'd split the week with a Mayakoba property which is what we did.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 16, 2012

My husband and I stayed at El Taj for our ten year anniversary in November. The amazing service started the minute we got to the hotel around 11am. They had our one bedroom condo - Unit 341 - ready early so we were able to freshen up before going to the beach club. El Taj is gorgeous - the Bali style is so relaxing and beautiful. Our condo was perfect - it looked brand new and had very high-end finishings.
We had a patio off of the kitchen/living room that looked over the pool and ocean and there was a deck off of the bedroom with a slight view of the ocean. We had Epicurean Chef's come in one night and make dinner and it was the highlight of our trip - we had a very romantic dinner on the patio.
Our stay included breakfast at Indigo Beach Club each morning. Eating breakfast on the beach with your toes in the sand is such a great way to start the day. After breakfast, one of the servers would set us up on a beach bed with an umbrella for the day and take care of us all day. The servers were great - always there when you needed them but never intrusive.
The massages on the beach at Indigo were wonderful as well - $25/hr.
The location is great as well. We walked everywhere and always felt safe.
Just to address some concerns that we read about before we went - We never heard any noise from the clubs. We never smelled any bad smells on the beach. We loved the boats in front of Indigo - we felt that they added to the ambiance.
I can't wait for our next trip to El Taj!!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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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 Luxury Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#28 On the Beach 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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