Best Boutique Hotels in Playa del Carmen

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    Hotel Esencia
    Xpu-Ha
    • Free WiFi

    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Situated only 17 miles south of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, the 50-acre Hotel Esencia lures those seeking seclusion. The guest rooms, suites and villas feature minimalistic decor, with white stucco walls, built-in shelves and brightly colored pillows and throws – all of which add to their spacious allure, according to past visitors. Each accommodation also comes with high-tech amenities, including a large flat-screen TV and an iPod docking station, along with one king or two queen beds (some of the two-bedroom suites also feature private pools and terraces). In terms of dining, you can enjoy inventive Mexican cuisine at the resort's three eateries. Recent guests said the boutique hotel's food was flavorful and the service was immaculate. Guests also compliment Hotel Esencia's well-manicured grounds and the on-site spa, which offers unique services such as the "Ritualito del Sol" (a body treatment that incorporates lavender, chamomile and a Mayan mud wrap to soothe sun-burned skin) and the "Tropical Ritual" (a replenishing hibiscus flower and stawberry body wrap).
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    Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa
    Playa del Carmen
    • Free WiFi

    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Located 12 miles north of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, the Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa's accommodations feature an open-air design and come with handcrafted wooden furniture, canopied beds and private terraces or patios. Outside the rooms, guests will find plenty of high-end facilities, including three palm tree-lined swimming pools, two tennis courts and a rooftop observation tower that offers views of Riviera Maya. For added relaxation, book an appointment at the Kinan Spa, where all the massage beds face east to reflect new beginnings. After a day at the spa, lounge on the resort's powdery sands. And when you feel hungry, dine at one of Belmond Maroma's three restaurants: Snag a table at El Restaurante for crispy duck tacos and lobster enchiladas, Freddy's for inventive sushi and sashimi creations, or El Sol for Mediterranean-style cuisine with a Mexican twist. According to past guests, the flavorful cuisine is top-notch. Another point of praise: The friendly and genuine hotel staff. Past guests say extra touches like the staff greeting guests by name made their stays especially memorable. The one caveat to all of this luxury is the sticker shock some guests feel when it's time to pay the bill; however, many visitors say the price is well worth it.
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    El Dorado Maroma
    Punta Maroma
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    For travelers who enjoy the atmosphere and versatile amenities that all-inclusive resorts offer without the throng of vacationers and maze-like layout, El Dorado Maroma in Punta Maroma, Mexico (a coastal area about 10 miles northwest of Playa del Carmen) may be the perfect getaway. Each of the resort's 98 suites, bungalows and villas faces the teal waters of Maroma Beach or the property's tropical gardens and boasts neutral hues or bright Caribbean decor, a satellite TV, a minibar and a spacious balcony or terrace. Recent guests praised the well-appointed digs but warned that while El Dorado Maroma is technically a beachfront resort, the rooms aren't directly situated on the sandy strip. But if you crave waterfront accommodations, consider booking one of the property's overwater bungalows, which feature glass-bottom floors, private infinity pools and large decks with outdoor showers and ocean access. No matter which accommodation you choose, you'll enjoy beach butler service, access to three freshwater pools and a fitness center, Spanish lessons, complimentary use of kayaks and snorkeling gear and limitless meals and beverages at the resort's six restaurants and five bars. Though travelers give kudos to the variety of gourmet menu items, some wish the food had more of a Mexican flare. And though the spa services aren't part of your all-inclusive package, guests say the soothing treatments and massages are well worth the splurge.
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    Thompson Playa del Carmen
    Playa del Carmen
    • Free WiFi

    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    A boutique, adults-only hot spot in the center of Playa del Carmen, Mexico's nightlife, Thompson Playa del Carmen is a modern hotel that caters to vacationing couples and fun-loving singles. Its 30,000-square-foot rooftop is the highlight of the property, with an infinity pool, a swim-up bar, private cabanas, gourmet Mexican cuisine and expansive ocean vistas. Guest rooms and suites boast mid-century decor, with cocktail bars, queen- or king-sized beds with custom linens, kimono-style robes, rain showers and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Recent guests recommend staying here if you want to immerse yourself in the local party scene. For a quieter scene, consider hanging your hat at the hotel's sister property, Thompson Beach House. Also keep in mind that a $34.80 daily resort fee applies. You'll find Thompson Playa del Carmen on Quinta Avenida in downtown Playa del Carmen, about 35 miles south of Cancun International Airport.
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    The Palm at Playa
    Playa del Carmen
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    4.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    If you're looking to relax and unwind while on vacation, consider a stay at Playa del Carmen's The Palm at Playa. This downtown boutique hotel – located just a block from the beach – features a spa, complimentary yoga classes, a Jacuzzi and a pool, all of which are sure to help you de-stress. And should you require a bit more activity, you can break a sweat in the property's gym or arrange a dive through Reef Quest Divers (situated just four blocks away). After working up an appetite, grab a bite at one of Playa del Carmen's restaurants and bars, many of which are located within walking distance of the hotel. According to recent guests, the property's excellent location more than makes up for the lack of on-site dining options. However, The Palm at Playa does offer complimentary breakfast (although it receives mixed reviews). And once you're ready to bed down, retreat to one of 69 lofts and suites, which include free Wi-Fi access, coffee makers, plasma TVs and glass-enclosed showers. For the ultimate peace and quiet, travelers recommend requesting a room toward the back of the hotel. Just keep in mind, though, that you'll be paying a $5 daily resort fee when staying here.
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    Acanto Boutique Hotel Playa del Carmen
    Playa del Carmen
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    4.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Acanto Boutique Hotel & Condominiums caters to larger groups and families with its collection of one-, two- and three-bedroom villas that are equipped with full kitchens and dining rooms. But that's not to say that solo travelers and couples won't enjoy their stay here; Acanto also features standard guest rooms that, like the villas, come equipped with plasma TVs, terraces or balconies, marble bathrooms and complimentary Wi-Fi. For most travelers, the Acanto's main draw is its location in central Playa del Carmen. The hotel sits within a few steps of the coastal town's vibrant shopping and dining areas, as well as the area's pristine beaches. Although this small property doesn't offer all the amenities of the area's larger resorts – for example, eateries nearby replace an on-site restaurant and fitness facilities are located off-site – Acanto does feature a pool and the on-site Maria Bonita SPA & Beauty Salon, and visitors can arrange diving and snorkeling excursions and expeditions to nearby archaeological sites through the concierge. Acanto also earns praise for its bright decor and gracious staff.
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    Le Rêve Hotel & Spa
    Playa del Carmen
    • Free Parking

    4.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Parking

    Situated roughly 5 miles north of central Playa del Carmen above powdery, white sands, Le Rêve's 28 suites attract travelers craving a quiet, intimate Riviera Maya escape. Recent guests caution that rooms come attached to high rates, but many agree that a stay here is well worth the price. Each suite comes appointed with rich wood furnishings, handmade Mexican tiles, oversized bathrooms with rainfall showers and balconies that overlook private gardens or the Caribbean Sea. The public areas are just as inviting: Le Rêve boasts an expansive infinity pool that flanks the Caribbean Sea. Guests can also appreciate the view while enjoying a yoga lesson or rejuvenating treatment at the spa. But many recent visitors say that the gourmet Mexican cuisine served at Merlot Restaurant & Bar was the main highlight of their visit.
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    Be Playa Hotel
    Playa del Carmen
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free WiFi

    4.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free WiFi

    Travelers who prefer their accommodations infused with a little bit of pizzazz should consider bedding down at Be Playa. This boutique hotel – located in central Playa del Carmen, just a few blocks from the beach – earns praise for its bright colors, unique architecture and signature decorative accents. Suites feature crisp, white linens offset by hardwood floors, contemporary furnishings and, in some suites, stand-alone soaking tubs. Though the look and feel of Be Playa is its overall draw, it doesn't suit every vacationer; some gripe that the rooms here lack separation between the bedrooms and bathrooms, while others describe the beds as exceedingly comfortable and the layout as well-designed. But design preferences aside, travelers compliment Be Playa's ultra-cool pool lounge and the fresh sushi served at the in-house restaurant, Sushi Club. Be Playa's enviable address is hard to beat, too, offering guests easy access to the Riviera Maya's soft sands and Playa del Carmen's abundance of shops, eateries and nightlife venues.
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    In Fashion Hotel Boutique - All Adult
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free WiFi

    3.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free WiFi

    Like its name suggests, this fashion-forward hotel in downtown Playa del Carmen certainly exudes a sense of style. Past guests highlight the In Fashion Hotel Boutique as the place to stay for those who prefer trendier digs. The hotel's 42 suites showcase artwork from Spanish painter Ivan Montero, along with decorative accents that add eye-catching pops of color. The bold decor characterizes other areas of the hotel as well: In Fashion's spa exhibits a bright, yet relaxed atmosphere. Plus the hotel offers complimentary breakfast at its restaurant and features a sleek swimming pool. Previous visitors appreciate In Fashion's chic appearance, but what they can't stop talking about is the high level of customer service they were treated to here.

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