Choosing a Hotel in Playa del Carmen
Boutique Hotel vs. Resort
There are two types of vacationers. Those that want to relax and those that want to explore. We are mostly the second so we decided against resort pricing. There's no point in paying for amenities you won't be around to use! All the money we saved by going with a smaller hotel was spent on excursions.
Why the Posada Mariposa?
There are three main reasons this hotel is ideal:
- Exotic and charming scenery - When I saw the images online, I instantly fell in love. They put a lot of effort into every detail and the staff is wonderful.
- Direct access to 5th Avenue - If you aren't familiar with 5th Avenue, it is Playa del Carmen's main tourist area. You really can't beat the shopping and meal opportunities. It's also a pedestrian only street but there are taxis readily available on the adjacent streets.
- Close to the docks - You'll probably want to visit Cozumel while you're there and the docks are only about a 10 minute taxi ride away. Another great way to get there is walking. It's about 20 minutes on foot but the walk down 5th Avenue is beautiful and you'll miss a lot by taxi.
Hotel Entrance & LobbyClick thumbnail to view full-size
One of my favorite things about this hotel is the lobby. It's an open air concept with no front door or ceiling.
Posada Mariposa Hotel SuiteClick thumbnail to view full-size
For a full week we only spent around $800 for a standard room. This included both the room and a lovely breakfast at La Vagabunda, right across the street. We also booked for mid April which is an ideal time of year to vacation in that area. We got lucky and were upgraded to a suite but even their standard rooms are lovely.
A Few Tips
- Don't get a rental car - We made this mistake and it cost us a couple hundred extra in hidden fees. That, and the fact that everywhere tourist friendly was also easy to get to, by either foot or taxi. We only used the car twice and had to park it on a side street. Most places on 5th Avenue don't have dedicated parking.
- Wear comfortable shoes for walking - Although nothing is very far, the cobblestone on 5th Avenue was not friendly to my sandals. My feet started hurting after a couple of blocks. Luckily, I brought tennis shoes as well.
- Set a shopping limit for each day - You WILL want to shop. 5th Avenue and Cozumel are very tempting and they have some great merchandise. Don't be afraid to accept the tequila. Small shop owners love to give potential buyers a free shot or two. This is also another reason to take a taxi.
- Set up your excursions ahead of time - Once you're on vacation, you probably won't want to spend each morning planning what to do. We planned an excursion for every day we were there except one. Everyone is different though, so don't plan yourself into exhaustion. Most of our excursion had bus stops on 5th Avenue and were only a few minutes away from the hotel. If you would like a list of recommended excursions, I'll be working on an article soon and will provide a link here.
- Visit Cozumel early in the day - Cozumel's beaches are gorgeous but they are also all private and close around 5 pm. We ended up going shopping and getting some delicious sushi while there.
- Exchange your money at the airport - Local shops will do it but they all offer different exchange rates and none of them are as low as at the airport. It's also very hard to keep track of every purchase and ensure you aren't getting cheated.
Hotel to Docks
Hope these tips helped with your planning! I personally can't wait to go back. If you have any tips for my next trip or any feedback please leave me a comment below. Also, don't forget to let me know in the poll what your favorite Mexican city is to stay in.
Until next time!
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