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“Our 16th stay in Playa del Carmen...and our best...”
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341 living room with views
Heavenly bed inside heavenly bedroom with private balcony off bedroom
341 large, private balcony off master bedroom
View from inside our living room and kitchen
terrace off kitchen and living room
kitchen
view from master bedroom and balcony.
overhead shot of pool
El Taj Ocean has beach pool and a more private pool in El Taj Beach
Have meals or drinks poolside or on the beach from our private Indigo Restaurant
Free Beach Chairs at our private Indigo Beach Club
view of pool and beach from our terrace
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Aqua Spa overlooks pool and beach
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Stunning Views and Ambience
Night view from the beach
2 and 3 bedroom units also available as well as 2 and 3 Bedroom Penthouses overlooking the beach
Aqau Spa flows over into lower pool
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Condo/Apartment -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 3
Playa del Carmen, Yucatan Peninsula

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wirepass
East Hampstead, New Hampshire
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Our 16th stay in Playa del Carmen...and our best ever.”
Reviewed 18 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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person found this review helpful

We have been to Playa del Carmen 16 times. The first 15, at wonderful All-Inclusive Resorts. This time we wanted to try something different for our 50th Wedding Anniversary. WOW, were we surprised!! We spent 12 days at El Taj. The property is on the beach and only 1 block away from the busy 5th Avenue. Our check-in went smoothly. The property was lovely and well maintained. Our unit #341 was just what we were looking for. It was nicely decorated and provided all of the amenities and conveniences to satisfy our needs. The management was professional and very responsive to our every request. The highlight of our stay was having the complimentary use of the Indigo Beach Club, just in-front of the property.

If you want to relax comfortably under Balinese umbrellas with your toes in the sand, or spend your time in a beach chair with waiter service, then this is the place for you. The outstanding service from the entire staff went beyond excellent. Thanks to all of you, you are not only professional and efficient...but warm and kind, and you made us feel very special. We were so impressed with our entire experience. We would like to mention Hugo, and Daniel for the personal attention that they gave us through out our entire stay. We will see you again amigos! As we will definitely return.

George and Kathy

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Liked best: The condo facility and the complimentary access to Indigo Beach Club
Liked least: The beachfront was not cleaned of seaweed each day.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Large groups People with pets
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beachwood...
Beachwood, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
155 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Chic tranquility”
Reviewed 3 December 2012 for a stay in November 2012
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The worst thing about staying at El Taj Oceanside, is that you'll have to leave it when your vacation is over. The condo/hotel is beautiful, both inside and out in a modern, chic way. The open air center hallway which divides the property in half and runs from the front of the hotel to the back and beach, is filled with beautiful plants, flowers and even tiny ponds with fish. At the back of El Taj is a very small but gorgeous two level pool (the top level is a jacuzzi and the bottom is the swimming area). After that, you're on the beach, about thirty seconds from your room! Pretty convenient, eh?
The rooms are actually suites, with a bedroom/s, large living room/kitchen/eating area and a bathroom/s. We had a one bedroom one bathroom unit. The rooms are decorated very stylishly in a contempory fashion and are quite spacious.
There is, of course, no such thing as a perfect place for everybody, as people have different tastes and needs. Some reviewers have complained about the beach, which, while it has soft white sand, is rather shallow, with a big dropoff. Also, there is usually about a half dozen fishing boats docked there, so it may not be totally ideal spot to wade into the ocean. However, you only have to go over about 50 yards in either direction to clear the boats and the beach extends for probably at least a mile, with no restrictions as to where you can go. We really did not mind the boats being there at all.
The Indigo Beach Club is basically attached to the hotel and they provide not only food and drinks, but padded chairs and even beds for you to relax on at the beach. They serve a delicious buffet breakfast daily, which includes you choice of egg dishes, fresh juice, coffee, pastries, fresh fruit and almost everything you could want. It was included in our package, but even at $12 per person, it is still a fair deal.
El Taj is a comfy, serene, peaceful place, rather than a raucous or rowdy one. Even the music they play is soft jazz or romantic pop, rather than loud techno, rap or rock that some other hotels have blasting from their speakers. There seemd to be very few if any single people staying there. mostly couples or families.
El Taj was pretty much perfect for us and our wants and needs. It is also very close to almost all the restaurants and shops that you might want to see. Most places were about a five minute walk from the hotel, with the farthest being about ten minutes. IIt also seemed very safe wherever we went. We would go back to El Taj in a minute and would highly recommend it to others.

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Liked best: Rooms
Liked least: pool could be larger
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Recommended for:
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barnesje
chicago, IL
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Best Time Ever”
Reviewed 8 November 2012 for a stay in November 2012

El Taj Ocean is just breaktaking. It's tropical, lush and the view of the ocean is amazing. Laura helped us book the large one bedroom and it was perfect for us. She was so helpful and answered every question. The Indigo Beach Club is right on the property and offers lots of amenities such as a great food and awesome drinks. The service is fantastic. Talk about being waited on hand and foot! This is the place -from getting our lounge chairs, umbrellas, towels, food & drinks to recommending a good place for dinner. Fifth Avenue is the happening place especially at night. There were fun places to eat and drink as well as shop. Can't wait to go back. Best time ever!

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Liked best: the location
Liked least: nothing!!!
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway People with disabilities
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mcw1000
Oakland, California
1 review
“Fabulous”
Reviewed 1 August 2011 for a stay in July 2011

Everything was perfect. The location, the staff, the food... My favorite thing was having cocktails on the beach under our own umbrella. The condo is beautifully decorated and very comfortable. It was great to be able to make snacks in our own kitchen. And I loved the rock floor in the shower! I want to do that in my home shower.

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Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway A romantic getaway
Families with young children Families with teenagers
Tourists Luxury-minded travelers
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Management Response
1 Aug 2011
I am so glad you and your husband enjoyed your stay. Please come visit us again!

Laura Leli Carmine drlauraleli@gmail.com 630-664-3904

My promises to you:
1. I respond to all emails within hours.
2. I want you to have the right property for your needs and desires even if it means renting you another unit (not ours) in any of our 5 properties: Porto Playa, El Taj Ocean, El Taj Beach, Maya Villa or Villas Sacbe, or someone else’s property
3. I will be honest with you on any and all questions you may have.
My goal is for you to have a fabulous experience and come back again.
4. We are committed to getting you the best rate we possibly can and can match the Property Management’s rate on all units in all 5 properties.
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Chicago
Reviewed 29 July 2011 for a stay in July 2011
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person found this review helpful

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Your age range 25-34
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