Looking for a perfect place to chill, relax and enjoy the beach near Playa del Carmen? Petit Lafitte fits the bill. A quiet place just north of downtown Playa del Carmen ; about 45-50 minutes south of the Cancun airport. Awesome beach; and we enjoyed the bungalow lodging 200 yards from the water; loved the breakfasts and dinner (and we could barely finish all the food served to us).
Staff was exceptional! Totally took care of us -- stellar service and surpisingly great food at breakfast and dinner (included in the room rate we were quoted). My friend and I were there during the very low season; we got a great rate and we were some of the only guests at the hotel for the week after Labor Day. As a result, we felt like we had the place to ourselves; beach was nearly empty; staff was particularly attentive and hospitable (not that they wouldn't be when busy as well, but it made our time there very special).
Some of our favorite staff? David, the conceirge, bartenders Chucho (Jesus) and Box (Victor) as well and servers Geovany and Baldemaro and everyone else who made our stay so special.
A taxi to Playa was $140 pesos one way. We went in twice, but did rent a car for the day to go to Tulum (and the hotel staff took care of this for us and the rental company picked us up to go into Playa to go the car, which was nice).
Upon arrival, we took the ADO bus from Cancun Airport to Playa for $106 pesos and then a taxi to Petit Lafitte for $140. It was easy! And we were two women traveling solo upon arrival (and not together upon arrival). Very safe and not much Spanish required...
We were happy to chill at the hotel and beach most days, but I might consider renting a car next time. Between the transfer from the airport to the hotel, and from the hotel to Playa or other destinations, it might be worthwhile. Then again, who wants to drive home from Playa after a couple of margaritas?!!
Petit Lafitte is truly a special place, one I'm glad to have experienced. WE LOVED IT.
This is a simple, rustic, yet elegant place on a great, quiet stretch of beach just north of Playa del Carmen. This is not your typical resort that caters to Americans looking for an all-inclusive resort on the Riveria Maya. It has a Mexican feel and vibe to it, and that's why it was so special to me and my college buddy travel companion. It was really perfect.
The road in from the main highway is in pretty bad shape. We called it the Beirut road for fun. If possible, take the road leading in to the Hotel Princess and the follow signs from there.
Great place for couples. And my friend and I thought it would be particularly fun for an adult group of friends looking to have a great time for a special celebration, or just a good time. Get a bungalow if you can -- they are private and right on the sand, if not ocean front. Easily accomodate 2 adults, could manage 3-5 in a stretch (there is a loft double in most but I'm not sure how comfy it would be to be honest).
This place is so great I'm reluctant to tell others in the event it's "discovered" and too difficult to book in the future! SHHH. Don't tell just anybody!
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- Also Known As:
- Petit Lafitte Hotel Playa Del Carmen
- Petit Lafitte Playa Del Carmen
- Petit Lafitte Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico