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El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel
Ranked #47 of 217 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 13, 2012

Visisted 3 nights, late October, 2012. El Taj is located on the beach in a section of PDC that's like it's own hidden-away neighborhood comprising a few square blocks, yet it's close to everything, a 2 minute walk to 5th avenue between 10th and 12th. After strolling all over PDC, I didn't see a nicer in-town location.

The whole property exudes a feeling of tranquility and offers a nice place to return to after the hubbub of strolling around town. The adjacent Indigo Club serves good food thoughout the day and is reasonably priced for such a nice resort property.

Stayed in unit 327, which is ideally situated for a combination of beach view and privacy. It's a one bedroom unit, very tastefully furnished. No question that I'll be staying here again on my next trip to PDC.

Room Tip: Unit I rented was 327. You can get to it, and other rooms on this floor, without stairs or elevator...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Condohotels, Managing Partner at El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 17, 2012

Dear barbarianinnaples,

Thank you for your review!

You were able to capture the whole essence of El Taj - we have tried to create our own private paradise of luxury and tranquility, located in the middle of the hottest area of the bustling Playa del Carmen.

We wanted to create a luxury oasis of tropical plants, beautiful pool, ponds with fish, all facing a turquoise Caribbean Sea and a white sand beach. Unlike most of all-inclusive resorts, we are also in the middle of town, so our guests have the best of both worlds, and that includes access (steps away) to the best outdoor restaurants, bars, clubs and boutique shops.

We hope you come back very soon!

Cordially,
Jack Perlman, Managing Partner

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Reviewed November 11, 2012

Just got back from an awesome girls getaway in Playa del Carmen. We stayed at El Taj Ocean in unit 341. This unit is beautifully decorated and the owner has put a lot of special touches everywhere to make you feel at home. The views from this unit are fantastic and so close to the beach. Every morning we would have our coffee on the large balcony and watch the waves roll in. Then off to the Indigo Beach Club to relax on the white sandy beach located right in front of our unit! The staff were so helpful in bringing you anything you want, from margaritas to umbrellas! Around mid afternoon, we would jump in the aqua spa and relax on the jet chairs. After a bottle of wine on our balcony, we would walk the block to 5th Ave and shop or dine at one of the many fine restaurants. Definitely we will be coming back!!!!!!!

Room Tip: Our condo, #341 was awesome! Fantastic ocean views ! Located close to the aqua spa and steps from...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Condohotels, Managing Partner at El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 17, 2012

Dear karen s,

Sounds like you had a perfect girls vacation, and thank you for your review!

It looks like you understand how to enjoy life, and I would like to personally thank you for choosing El Taj. We have dreamt up and created this property for guests exactly like you - who appreciate finer things in life, enjoy luxury and want the best in everything.

At the same time, El Taj, as a condo hotel, offers a great deal for groups of friends as yours or families, because sharing a multi-bedroom unit is a much better deal than getting separate rooms at any other hotel.

Hope you come back soon!

Cordially,
Jack Perlman, Managing Partner

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Reviewed November 10, 2012

I can say with confidence 'El Taj' is the best hotel in Playa del Carmen. I've been to Playa a half dozen times prior and always enjoyed the service and cuisine at the Indigo Beach club, and for this trip I decided to step up and stay at 'El Taj'.

The location is right where you want to be; it is ocean front near the best night clubs and restaurants, yet secluded away from the street noise at night. The Bali themed design and architecture of the property allows you to calm down when you step through the front door. There are luxurious details around every corner which allowed me to focus on rest and relaxation.

Above all, the service is excellent and sets this property apart from the others. Everyday we enjoyed at the beach club; with excellent service from selecting beach chairs and arranging the umbrellas to bringing drinks with a smile. In fact, we arranged a tour of the Mayan Coba ruins with staff and the tour departed from the front steps of the hotel in the morning. I want to say a special thanks to the staff of El Taj and Indigo, the service was always first class.

Needless to say, we are looking forward to our next stay, it just can't come soon enough.

Room Tip: The Oceanside Rooms are very nice
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1  Thank Coconut_Patty
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Condohotels, Managing Partner at El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 17, 2012

Dear Coconut_Patty,

Thank you very much for the glowing review!

I am glad you enjoyed everything about El Taj - indeed, it's probably the most luxurious property in Playa del Carmen with very friendly, accommodating staff, which is the result of our hard everyday work and obsessive attention to detail.

We are also very lucky with our location - it couldn't be better. We are right next to 5th Avenue and 12th sreet with all the hottest bars, restaurants and clubs in town. However, despite such a location, our guests find complete peace and quiet once they enter through their doors, as we have installed triple-insullated windows that completely block away any outside noise.

We hope you come back soon!

Cordially,
Jack Perlman, Managing Partner

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Reviewed November 6, 2012

The whole staff is very kind, helpful and efficient. The units are very good, very well equipped and very good maintained.
There is not much privacy while staying at the terrace of the unit, but not really a big issue. I will return for sure.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Agustin M
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Condohotels, Managing Partner at El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 17, 2012

Dear Agustin M,

Thank you for your review.

I am glad to hear you enjoyed your stay at El Taj.

Indeed, our staff is our biggest assest, and we are very proud to hear so many excited guest reviews about all our staff, from the from desk to beach club attendants. If you were able to enjoy our Beach Club, you might have been able to see all the extra effort our beach club attendants put in their job - they would move your umbrella throughout the day to make sure you are always in shade, provide you with books, sunscreen and kids for toys, and would even clean your sunglasses with a special glass cleaning machine...

I hope you can come back soon!

Cordially,
Jack Perlman, Managing Partner

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Reviewed November 4, 2012

WOW. . what a find. We could not have asked for a better place to stay while vacationing in Playa del Carmen. While our first room had a leak, due to rain, the front desk staff did not hesitate to move us quickly to a room with a view ! The location of the hotel was close to 5th Avenue but far enough away to not hear the bars/restaurants at night. Our room was a two bedroom/two bathroom. Kitchen was well equipped with supplies that we could make our own breakfast/lunch. The beach had a lot of fishing boats anchored outside the hotel, but we did not mind. It was nice when the boats came in from a fishing trip and the local fishermen were nice enough to show off there catch of the day. Very interesting! We would highly recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Playa del Carmen, you will not be disappointed. Thanks to the entire staff at the El Taj for making our stay a wonderful experience. We hope to visit you again.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Mandy V
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Condohotels, Managing Partner at El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 17, 2012

Dear Mandy V,

Thank you for such a great review!

I am glad you enjoyed your stay so much. In fact, it's true, we equipped all of our units with all that our guests migh ever need, and we use only highest quality brands for kitchen and everywhere else. Besides what you see in the units - full modern kitchen equipment, flat screen TVs throughout, luxury linens - we also have recently finished installing triple-insulated windows that completely block out any outside noise. So our guests can enjoy the hottest location in Playa, and still enjoy complete peace and privacy.

Please come back soon.

Cordially,
Jack Perlman, Managing Partner

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Reviewed October 30, 2012 via mobile

My gf, her 2 friends and I just recently got back from Playa del Carmen for a much needed vacation. I was skeptical about the quality of the hotel because I had never been to one that usually lives up to the pictures posted on their website however this hotel DID!! We stayed in a 2-bedroom"penthouse suite!" Above our condo was our own personal outdoor grill, hot tub, and living room. It was amazing and we made sure to use every ounce of it. The staff was welcoming and extremely helpful. The owner was such a sweetheart. I could definitely see myself going back every year!!

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Thank Jay B
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Condohotels, Managing Partner at El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 17, 2012

Dear Jay B,

Thank you so much for you review, and I am very glad to have had you visit and see for yourself why our property is different from any other condo hotel in Playa and so special.

Glad you enjoyed your private rooftop - next time, you can also pamper yourselves with services of our private chef, who would cook a gourmet dinner for you and your guests in your unit. You can also enjoy the whole Riviera Maya region by booking various tours with our concierge - adventure tours, snorkeling or diving at our world's 2nd largest barrier reef or visits to Mayan towns.

Please come back soon!

Cordially,
Jack Perlman, Managing Partner

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Reviewed October 26, 2012

i travelled oct 15-22 to playa del carmen. the weather was absolutely perfect , extremely hot but definitely blue skies /sun all week. El Taj was amazing and beautiful and right on the OCean. as soon as you walk in you get the feeling of relaxation and tranquility . Service was impeccable. The hotel is close to everything in Playa del Carmen. We never needed a cab. Fifth ave where all the shopping, rest, and nightlife is is right around the corner. The entire staff was great. Marco at checkin /checkout was great. Pedro loves to clean your sunglasses everyday and ask Preguntas (inside joke with him) Miguel is right by your side whether your falling or need the umbrella. Alfonso and Crispen are the best servers on the beach and will get you whatever you want. For a boutique hotel , i felt the service was absolutely incredible. The best i have ever received on any vacation at any hotel. i have always stayed in big exclusive resorts but this time i was very impressed with El Taj being a boutique hotel. You cannot beat the service you will receive at El Taj. Also, for breakfast we really enjoyed going to Imprevist which is around the corner. We felt the food there was better than at the beach club. We actually took turns going to both places. Indigo beach club was a great time for during day or night . We really enjoyed the Beach club as well.
i cannot wait to go back and am already planning my next trip and stay to El Taj in June.

Room Tip: i stayed in one of the best rooms besides the penthouse and that would be unit 332, Every window ha...
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Condohotels, Managing Partner at El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2012

Dear mcp1021,

Thank you for such a shining review.

I really appreciate your kind words about our exclusivity and service, because we ourselves believe that we differ from all the all-inclusive hotels on most counts - by our personalized service, intimate environment, attention to every detail, and treating all guests as kings and queens. We take every comment or request deep to our hearts, and do everything to provide the best service - for example, we recently finished installing triple-insulated windows so that our bedrooms are completely quiet now, even though we are located in the most desirable downtown area with all the entertainment and nightlife just around the corner.

I am glad you enjoyed Indigo and Imprevist for breakfast - next time, you can also try Imprevist for the best gourmet dinner in town, and Indigo Beach Club for a free Manager's Dinner with live music every Sunday.

We will be waiting for your return.

Cordially,
Jack Perlman, Managing Partner

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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:
#3 Family Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#14 Romantic Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#33 Spa Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#36 On the Beach Hotel in Playa del Carmen
Price Range: $199 - $492 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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