by Whitney Rife
A modern and sophisticated boutique hotel, Bambu is set in the beautiful Playa del Carmen. Sixteen luxurious, spacious suites present a minimalistic, yet homey decor with dark woods, colorful artwork and neutral tones. These stylish units feature air conditioning, wide-screen televisions, Internet capabilities and kitchenettes. An outdoor pool and Jacuzzi area is a huge draw for kids, though keep in mind that the pool is on the small side. A rooftop lounge offers snacks, beverages and views of the downtown area. A walk from the hotel takes guests to a beach, that frequented by many in the area. Some days it may seem pretty crowded, so pick your times carefully. Vendors provide water sports equipment at the beach for a fee. Fifth Avenue is also nearby, offering shops for souvenirs and restaurants. For an adventure, take the family to Xcaret Eco Theme Park. Chichen Itza is a day trip attraction, located about three hours from the hotel. Tour buses are available to take you there.
Our Editor Loves
- Small outdoor pool and Jacuzzi
- Stylish suites with kitchenettes
- Short walk to the beach
by Naomi E
We were disappointed to find upon arrival that the exterior of the hotel is run down. Mold/rust around the exterior of the property (unlike the perfect photos advertised), green algae growing in the pool, and a very disappointing roof top. No jacuzzi on the roof top as advertised (it’s actually packed away out of sight) and the roof top bar is abandoned. The room was fine and everything was clean; but we were really looking forward to the pool/jacuzzi and disappointed to not be able to use them.
I stayed here with my boyfriend for a week. The room was clean and comfortable but we had a few issues. The hot water in the shower only lasted about 5mins leaving one of us with a cold shower. The hot tubs were cold, we tried to heat them and waited an hour but they remained cold. The bed was also strangely short. My boyfriend is 6ft tall and his feet hung over the end of the bed. The hotel did give us passes to the Margaritas beach club which was nice, these are for two chairs and an umbrella. The hotel doesn't advertise these so be sure to ask. The hotels front desk staff were friendly and the hotel was very safe. There are lots of good restaurants walking distance away. We loved calamar de la 10 a few blocks away.