This hotel is what a beach resort should be. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful, and the small scale of the hotel allows the guests to relax, get to know each other (if they want to), and not worry about things like whether there will be room for them on the beach in the shade under a palapa, or whether they will be able to get a table at dinner. The grounds of the hotel are beautiful and the scale is such that it is a short walk from one's room to the pool, the beach, or the restaurant. My wife and I spent the week reading, playing scrabble, and swimming. The hotel manages to cater to different tastes and interests--young couples without children, young couples with children, older couples, family reunions, Americans, Canadians, Europeans and Asians. Everyone seemed to get along very well,
The design of the grounds ensures that people have enough personnel space when they need it, but also places to meet other guests. The guests who come here seem to be somewhat "self selecting" in that they are looking for something different from the large glitzy resorts on the Mayan Riviera. Although the hotel caters to many different tastes, it is relatively peaceful and quiet. There is a bar, and it is hopping at night, but it does not disturb the peacefulness of the resort.
The only minor criticism I would have is that with such a small hotel, the food choices are somewhat limited. There is a menu at breakfast, and there are a lot of choices, but at dinner there are only two entrees offered. The breakfasts were uniformly very good; the dinners were somewhat less consistent, but certainly of a good standard, at a minimum, and certainly very reasonable considering the relatively low pricing of this resort.
We would definitely recommend it and we expect to return in the future.
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- Also Known As:
- Petit Lafitte Hotel Playa Del Carmen
- Petit Lafitte Playa Del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico