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El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

El Taj is really two properties: Oceanfront and Beachside. Oceanside is right on the beach. And Beachside is a block away. So, if you want a view of beach, book for Oceanside. We booked for Oceanside in room 324 with a partial view of the ocean and private hot tub. The condo was very lovely with a fullly equipped kitchen. Paula keep our rooms clean and free from the sand we dragged in. Lots of beach chairs available. You can use the Gym for free (about 2 blocks away on another of the CondoHotel property). The is a Beach Club restaurant - okay food, but nothing spectular. Free breakfast at either beach club or Imprevist. We preferred Imprevist. But it's a small restaurant so you should get there early - before 9am. The location of this hotel is great since it's only 1.5 blocks from 5 ave (shopping) but far enough away from the noise.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Calgary4togo
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

The hotel has an excellent location, with a beach front and a block away from the 5th Avenue. Even though it is close to the clubs we were not disturbed at all by the loud music. The hotel has two restaurants where you can have your complimentary breakfast, the Indigo beach club and the Imprevist. I recommend both but in my opinion the Imprevist was better. The staff was helpful at all times! We will definately return to this hotel in the future!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank mariomdz
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

Its our 7th time staying at one of Jack Perlman's hotels. Our second time at El Taj in Feb 2013 and it did not disappoint. Great service every time, great location, best beach club and nicest rooms. I've been to Playa Del Carmen probably 10 times in the past 10 years and El Taj can't be beat. Jack, if you recall, I met you when you were building Sacbe and I saw you at the beach club in February. Thanks for making Playa such a great place. We'll be back again next year!

Room Tip: Pick a room on the North side to keep noise down from nearby clubs. Not bad in any room, just a little quieter on the north side.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Patrick M
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

First of all, the physical property of El Taj was lovely. The layout, the plants, the palm trees, and our 1 bedroom condo was small, but very, very nice.
The location is perfect - literally 5 minute walk to Fifth Avenue which was fun every night we were there.... we found wonderful restaurants, boutiques, bars, and gelato/ice cream parlors -. and we felt safe at all times..
The staff in the front office and the beach club could not have been more helpful, friendly or accessible. Wonderfully accommodating staff.
The Beach Club had plenty of chaise lounges & beach beds, although they are in close proximity to each other. The complimentary breakfast buffet provided hot and cold options and had a variety of pastries and fruits.
NOW the reason for the 'but...' .... El Taj has a fine beach but it does NOT have nice access to the water. There were 15-20 fishing boats tied up in the water at the El Taj beach every day.. The boats caused a seaweed collection floating in the water in front of the hotel as well. The pier you see in the pictures actually doesn't reach the beach.... you have to wade/swim out to it. and there's no ladder. .We had to walk down the beach every day to wade in the water or swim.
In sum, El Taj is perfect if you don't care about a pretty water view or if you don't mind walking a ways to find a beach suitable for swimming.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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5  Thank Hikermom54
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

One of the BEST hotels I have ever stayed at.. gorgeous views, beautiful facility, excellent buffet breakfast.

Pros: Centrally located. Less than a 5 minute walk from Avenida 5 (downtown). Easy beach access. Beautiful hotel. Beautiful luxury Rooms/Bathrooms. Fully Furnished Condos. Filtered Water provided. EXCELLENT Customer Service. Friendly Dining Staff. Buffet Breakfast included in room rate. Hotel plans fun activities most nights.

Cons: One Bedroom Condos barely have a partial ocean view – talk to the hotel directly before booking, or go to the hotel website for the best deal. 2 or 3 Bedroom Condos are the best options. Small swimming pools. Hotel can be noisy since they do offer live music a couple nights a week, this didn't bother me though.

http://www.honeywhatscooking.com/2013/03/el-taj-oceanfront-condo-hotel-playa-del.html

Room Tip: Room 328 is a 2 bedroom condo - boasts partial ocean views. Book directly with the hotel for oceanview or partial oceanview.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank honeywhatscooking
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