by Karon Warren
One block from Playa del Carmen’s Fifth Avenue and a three-minute walk from the beach, the Hotel Riviera del Sol welcomes families to its intimate, 23-room property. Enjoy the serenity of the garden and swimming pool, or head to town for shopping, restaurants and nightlife. The hotel offers four room types for you to choose from, all with such amenities as a mini-bar, a flat-screen TV with cable, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, a safety deposit box, a hairdryer and wireless internet access. Plus, kids 12 and younger stay free when sharing a room with their parents. The available room types are: suite, deluxe, standard king and standard double.
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by Jean P
This hotel is a great value and a good stay in Playa. It is very well located a minute from the pedestrian busy 5th Avenue (with shops, restaurants and entertainment), not too far from the Cozumel ferry (20 min walk) and only 3 minutes walk from the Playa del Carmen public beach. They have a discount for the Mamitas Beach Club which is very nice.
The whole hotel and our room were amazingly authentic in Spanish hacienda style. Great view from our balcony over the cute pool with bridge. Good size room, good air conditioning, mini fridge in room and a safety deposit box. Our only issue was with noise, not so much from the hotel itself but from the bars outside. Not bad on week nights, but on Friday and Saturday nights, it can go quite a bit later than we would have liked. The hotel provided earplugs but they could only mask so much noise.
Another little thing with the room is like most Mexican resorts, you cannot drink the water from the sink. That's fine but the hotel only gave us two extremely small water bottles per day, not enough to brush teeth. That was not very nice to have to go get extra at the nearest OXXO (two of them close by fortunately).
The hotel includes a complimentary breakfast which by far exceeded our expectations. Lots of options, fresh fruits, cereals, delicious pastries, omelette and local dishes, real fruit juices. That was awesome service.
The pool area was also very nice, clean with a few chaises in the shade. It was on the small side but never crowded.
This boutique hotel is a half block from Fifth Avenue and just a short 3-5 minute walk to either a public beach or Mamitas Beach club which the hotel offers discount tickets for. The hotel is decorated in a Bohemian Chic feel, with ornate lighting, inlaid mosaics, and other decorative tiles and most importantly is clean. Beds while a little hard were comfortable with clean lines and ample towels supplied. Each room has a furnished balcony that overlooks the pool and gardens. Wifi was good and the free breakfast served each morning was homemade and wonderful. The grounds are well kept, the staff personable, and the neighborhood safe. Tourist Police are abundant in Playa giving the overall feeling of a safe experience. There are ample taxis adjacent to the hotel to take you to other parts of town, however the area is also totally walkable. This hotel is an oasis in the heart of Playa and as such should afford most laid back and low key travelers a great stay.