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El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel
Ranked #40 of 211 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 29, 2011

If you're the type that likes to get to the beach in no time, enjoy newer facilities and great hospitality, likes to walk and experience culture this hotel is for you. We're staying in the El Taj oceanfront. It is so close to all the activities and yet feels far. Our room has a side view from the front terrace # 342 of the beautiful turquoise ocean. The hotel is Balinese inspired with many beautiful touches and mostly curved walls ( good feng shui) We enjoy swimming in the pool at the El Taj Oceaside,( a few feet away) since it's bigger and it has a heated jacuzzi, the entire week, we were the only ones there. When we arrived we went to Walmart ( a longer walk or very short cab ride) to stock up on snacks, beer and sandwich supplies.
We were given the choice of including a breakfast (@ $12 a day) I would have rather not since we will not use two days. One we went on a tour to Chechen Itza and left early and it was not open yet and the last day we will also leave too early. The breakfast eggs are VERY good, try huevos rancheros and chilaquiles. The portions are enough to satisfy and nourish, not the size that we Americans are used to, which could feed 4!

About Massages- I had a very nice massage at the the spa for $55 by Flor and a also a nice massage by Tere at Teres massage ( half a block away) toward Blue Parrot for $35, she runs her one woman show from her rented spot, it's a small place and shes been there 8 years. I'm a spa owner, and both are professional to American training standards. At the spa ( nicer decor) make sure you pay with dollars or pesos, if you want to use a credit card, you pay 11% more to cover credit fees.
I was talking to an American at the pool and we said we would write a nice review but we're afraid when we want to book, there won't be availabilities ;-)

You won't regret being here. hurry up a reserve! I am writing while feeling the tropical breeze. OH, forgot WIFI is $50 a week.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 29, 2011

We just spent a little under a week at el taj and overall were very happy with our stay. The place is beautiful and very clean. We stayed in an oceanfront room and had a great view of the ocean and were just steps away from the beach. Super comfortable chairs were a plus. Pool/jacuzzi too cold to really spend anytime in. Would be nice if these were heated. Didn't really care for the food at the indigo restaurant. For the price way better places to eat on 5th. Drinks were good although not strong but this seems to be the case with most places we went. Did make use of a discount card they give for certain restaurants. Both my husband and I really enjoyed our meal at yaxche. We loved being able to walk right to the restaurants/shops. Yes being bombarded while walking down the restaurant to come into a restaurant or being asked if we wanted a massage or if we wanted cuban cigars was annoying but we just said no or just kept walking. Overall we really enjoyed playa and will def be returning and would def stay again at el taj.

  • Stayed: January 2011
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Reviewed January 26, 2011

We had the most enjoyable stay at El Taj oceanfront condos. Unit 345,is a 3 bedroom unit, with a private roof top terrace, which has a hot tub , hot shower, BBQ ,table & chairs 2 loungers and a lovely long sofa sitting area { for guests when entertaining ] Words cannot express the feeling we got while sitting in the hot tub at night with a glass of wine and being able to look out over the Caribbean and see the lights from the Island of Cosumel.. It was awesome! tThe views were fantastic from anywhere , in and around El Taj.The unit was decorated beautifully and had all the amenities one would wish to have.We felt at home the moment we stepped through the door. El Taj is in an excellent location ,2 mintues from the beach with lots of loungers with unbrellas and towels.El Taj was decorated Bali style and had a wonderful pool and jacuzzi.. Also great service and friendly staff.
Very quiet at night so we had some great sleeps. We didn't even have to leave the unit to watch the sun rise. We had full use of the Indigo Beach Club with great food and drinks.
We also had full use of the gym at Porto Playa and the pools across the street at El Taj Beachside condos. Tranquillity for sure!!.Wonderful!.Lots of lounges, tropical shrubs & trees and real Green grass. Loved it!
El Taj was a most amazing experience.Like no other AND.one we can scratch off our bucket list. We really hated to leave.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 24, 2011

El Taj Oceanside is one of the best kept secrets in Playa del Carmen! The service was impecable - Carlos, you're the man! - the beaches were kept groomed - Indigo Restaurant is 5 star, the massages on the beach - top notch and the location - right on the Carribean - and 2 blocks from shopping and food. Thank you for an AWESOME relaxing stay!

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 23, 2011

We stayed at El Taj for 3 nights in January and it wasn't long enough! My husband and I were looking for a place to have our wedding in Mexico and stumbled across El Taj here on Trip Advisor. After searching for months, we picked El Taj and are so glad that we did. We had 15 guests traveling from the US and 14 local guests that came to the wedding which we held at Indigo Beach, the restaurant at El Taj. The condos were a great way for our guests to enjoy a larger space and really feel at home. We had two condos next to each other that had shared access to our penthouses. We even cooked dinner for our entire wedding group the night before on our rooftop. This place is a tropical paradise.

The best location in Playa! We could walk 5th avenue during the day for shopping and drinks but still be secluded at the hotel. You could hear the nightclubs nearby on your balcony but as soon as you shut the door to your unit the sound was gone.

Our entire family cannot wait to go back to El Taj. My husband and I moved to an all inclusive for our honeymoon and we truly regretted it. The entire honeymoon we talked about how much we missed being at El Taj. It is absolutely the best place to stay....

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 22, 2011

First time to Playa Del Carmen and I want to come back to the El Taj. The El Taj provided everything my friends and I needed and it was all perfect: the service, friendliness, ocean view, ocean sounds, beach, hot tub and the Indigo food and drinks. I loved the pools and had a great massage on the beach. I never slept better, loved the beds. El Taj is located so conveniently to all the entertainment and shops and yet when at the El Taj one feels taken to another world of relaxation and fun.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 17, 2011

El Taj was great. Check in was seamless and the service, when needed, was excellent. The location was perfect; near everything. First time in Mexico that we did not have a car, but did not need it. We had lots of trips planned, but the kids were entertained (in the hot tub, on the beach or in the pool) the entire time, so ventures away were not needed.
The only issue we had, which had nothing to do with El Taj, was the late night/early morning disco music from the Blue Parrot and their adjacent neighbor, which took away from ambiance of the beach...none the less, it was always a party on the beach leading up to New Years, which was entertaining.
We cant wait to come back.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with family
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Additional Information about 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
#27 Spa Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#30 On the Beach Hotel in Playa del Carmen
Price Range: $175 - $460 (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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