Our family of four (hubby and two teenage sons) stayed here with another family. The booking process was easy and smooth. Upon arrival, we were greeted by Javier, who was extremely friendly and helpful throughout our stay. He gave us a nice list of restaurant recommendations, told us where the locals go (I like to eat and shop where the locals do).
The hotel is located about 30 yards from the beach. While it's not right on the beach, you just walk out the door and you can see the beach. It's located on Calle 38 between the beach and the ever-popular 5th Avenue shopping district. The street itself is lovely with lights and canopied trees providing a beautiful atmosphere of the lush jungle amidst the city.
The beach is gorgeous, white-sand and warm water. We went to several other beaches during our two weeks in Mexico, but my favorite was the beach right near the hotel. There is another resort between the Pueblito and the beach, but it's a very short walk past it.
We stayed in a two-bedroom unit on the 3rd floor. All of the 3rd floor units have a second story that leads up to a private plunge pool. Our friends stayed in a 2nd floor unit that was exactly the same, except for the private pool. Our teenagers used the private pool, but if not for that, I don't think paying extra for the private pool is necessary, especially if you don't have children. There is a marvelous adult-only (18 and over) infinity pool on the roof with a great view of the ocean. Our teens were old enough that they could've used the infinity pool. I would request a unit closer to the ocean if I were to book a unit with a private pool so that your pool gets a nice breeze. Our's was unit 316, which was in the middle of the roof and it didn't get much of a breeze because of its location. Each 3rd floor unit also includes a private patio with cushioned benches. Again, we didn't really use it. But we did use the infinity pool which was excellent!
Our units featured two bedrooms, a master with a king bed and en suite bathroom as well as a second bedroom with two twin beds and another bathroom in the hallway. The master bedroom has a flatscreen TV in it. The living room is nicely furnished with a couch and a couple of chairs and a flat screen TV. The furnishings are modern and mostly wood. The dining room had a glass top dining table with 6 chairs. There's a balcony with a couple of chairs and a table that for us, looked out over the front of the hotel. There's a full-kitchen with microwave, blender, coffee maker, dishes, utensils and cookware. Caution: check your inventory sheet upon arrival. We were missing a few items, which is fine. You just need to note it and report it.
We did experience a little hassle with a missing towel (the maid picked up three towels but only returned two.) After a bit of wrangling with the housekeeping manager, he decided not to charge us for the missing towel. But make sure you keep track of your towels at all times. It seems to be a bigger deal than missing kitchenware.
The hotel has free internet, but it is slow. Parking is free.
There's an OXXO store downstairs, along with a couple of restaurants that we did not visit. OXXO is like the 7-Eleven of Mexico. The hotel will rent you a beach chair for a fee and there's a tour desk in the lobby if you wish to book tours to local parks or attractions.
Lilian, the tour desk agent, was very helpful in suggesting things to do and places to eat. At one point, her boss was a little overbearing when suggesting we do the Aventuras Mayas tour instead of Xplor. While Aventuras Mayas will provide a more ecological experience in a more natural setting, we opted for Xplor at the suggestion of a family member who had just been there a month before. With four teenagers, we preferred to not be with a tour guide and be able to choose which activity to do on our own schedule. More on Xplor below.
Restaurants: We ate at La Cueva de Chengo for breakfast and it was excellent! It's about a block down the street from the hotel and the lovely outdoor, jungle-like setting just added to the delicious food. They have both American and Mexican dishes.
For dinner, we ate at Piola (Italian/pizza) twice. Also about a block away from the hotel on the same street (Calle 38). Very good and a great value for the money.
We got take out from Taco Mexicano (directly across the street from Los Hijos de la Tostada) on 5th Ave (two doors down from Calle 38, next to the ice cream shop). The Carne Al Pastor was some of the best we had! There's a donkey statue out front. The waiter gave us free appetizers while we waited for our order. It was delicious and inexpensive.
We also ate dinner at El Fagon, which is off the main drag, but well worth the journey! It's across the street from Mega Supermarket and there will likely be a line. Every dish was delicious!
Shopping: 5th Avenue is a hustle and bustle street that stretches for about 40 blocks with everything you could possibly want and then some. Restaurants, coffee houses, shops, and a couple of large malls. Prices are higher on 5th Avenue than the side streets. You can find much better prices away from 5th Avenue.
Exchanging money: There are ATM's all over, but don't use the free standing ones, or else risk getting ripped off. Only use the bank ATM's, such as Scotia Bank, CI Banco or HSBC. There's a small fee (about $1.00 USD) plus whatever your own bank charges, but you can withdraw money in pesos. Check before you leave home whether your credit card or ATM card offers a "no-fee for international withdrawals" feature. Our friends had this feature with their credit card. We did not and got dinged with a fee every time we withdrew money.
Weather: The weather in June is hot and humid.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facing the placid waters of the Mexican Caribbean, Pueblito Escondido Luxury Condohotel emerges in the midst of the vibrant atmosphere of Playa del Carmen as an exquisite luxury resort that, with a magical aura, enriches the cosmopolitan Quinta Avenida and its shops, boutiques, restaurants, bars as well as its magnificent nightlife. Pueblito Escondido Luxury Condohotel, Playa del Carmen offers comfortable lodging with spacious and modern suites of different sizes and excellent amenities that enhance the enjoyment of the white sand beaches, beside the property. With a sense of exclusivity, Pueblito Escondido Luxury Condohotel is the absolute place to feel at ease and enjoy an unforgettable vacation at this luxury condominium complex. ... more less
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