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“Best in Playa for a family vacation!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel

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El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel
Ranked #27 of 213 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
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New York City, New York
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30 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Best in Playa for a family vacation!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2012

Our family stayed in unit 336 during spring break and loved it! This is one of two penthouse units directly facing the sea so it was lovely just to sit on the balcony all day while our kids played on the beach. We also had a rooftop terrace with bbq grill, and the concierge arranged to have a chef come in one evening to cook fish/chicken dinner for all of us. Overall this is a great property although I heard others complain about the quality of the beach in front, the noise, and the size of the pool..Still better than all other hotels/condos in town, but if you want more peace I'd split the week with a Mayakoba property which is what we did.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hilltown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2012

My husband and I stayed at El Taj for our ten year anniversary in November. The amazing service started the minute we got to the hotel around 11am. They had our one bedroom condo - Unit 341 - ready early so we were able to freshen up before going to the beach club. El Taj is gorgeous - the Bali style is so relaxing and beautiful. Our condo was perfect - it looked brand new and had very high-end finishings.
We had a patio off of the kitchen/living room that looked over the pool and ocean and there was a deck off of the bedroom with a slight view of the ocean. We had Epicurean Chef's come in one night and make dinner and it was the highlight of our trip - we had a very romantic dinner on the patio.
Our stay included breakfast at Indigo Beach Club each morning. Eating breakfast on the beach with your toes in the sand is such a great way to start the day. After breakfast, one of the servers would set us up on a beach bed with an umbrella for the day and take care of us all day. The servers were great - always there when you needed them but never intrusive.
The massages on the beach at Indigo were wonderful as well - $25/hr.
The location is great as well. We walked everywhere and always felt safe.
Just to address some concerns that we read about before we went - We never heard any noise from the clubs. We never smelled any bad smells on the beach. We loved the boats in front of Indigo - we felt that they added to the ambiance.
I can't wait for our next trip to El Taj!!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2012

This was my first trip to Playa del Carmen and I loved it! The resort is also personal owned condos but the professionalism and the management of the resort was great! We stayed in beachside (not the ocean front) but it didn't matter that we couldn't see the ocean from our room because we had a pool that was practically private and all ours! There are only about 15 units on beachside and we hardly saw other people until we went to the oceanside. It was amazing.

We stayed in unit 311 and it was fantastic. The beds were comfortable, bathrooms are spacious, and the furniture was gorgeous. Having a full kitchen with all the amentities was great because we went to the grocery store and stocked up on breakfast, lunch and snack foods which saved us from having to go out all the time. We also stocked upon beer and liquor since it's not an all inclusive resort. With that said, we utilized the beach club often. The servers were attentative and the beers were cold and the fellow patrons were a good time. The food was okay but there is MUCH better food in town which is a 2 minute walk down the block. You must check out the town, it is so much better than any other Mexican town I've visited!!

This resort was more laid back and there wasn't a lot of activities happening, we enjoyed it because we wanted it to be laid back. There were not many children and not TOO many topless people (beach is tops optional).

I highly recommend this resort and condo 311 specifically! There is a spa and gym but we didn't use it!

Room Tip: 311 two bed two bath room.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2012

I have had the pleasure of staying at El Taj 2x. Both were fantastic experiences. All the pleasures of being home with excellent furnishings, new appliances and fast internet service (I do need to keep up with my business.). Staff is very responsive to any need or question.

Room was beyond comfortable and clean. Priced well for what I wound consider a luxury condo.

Room Tip: ask for the ones with jacuzzi (all have an ocean view!)
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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44 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2012 via mobile

I love to stay in el taj when I go to Playa del Carmen they have two buildings one oceanfront and the beachside both are equally good, I have stay there many times in different rooms and all of the rooms are clean, beautiful decorated and very comfortable. Always I've had a great experience there and the best thing is that is in the center of the action steps from the most beautiful beach clubs, international restaurants and great shops. The hotel gardens are lucious with a Balinese feeling to it, it feels like paradise.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: 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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Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Playa del Carmen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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
#5 Business Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#14 Romantic Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#21 Spa Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#23 On the Beach Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#23 Luxury Hotel in Playa del Carmen
Price range (per night): $235 - $877
Hotel Class:4.5 star — El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condos Hotel 4.5*
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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