We’ve rounded up six of the sexiest, most sophisticated hotels to stay and play in one of Mexico’s most alluring beach towns. Here are Playa del Carmen's top six boutique hotels.
1. In Fashion
This arty, flamboyant design hotel is situated at the heart of the nightclub strip, a mere stagger away from cabaret-style club Coco Bongo. A dramatically undulating tiled wall leads to an airy lobby filled with contemporary artworks, while the 42 guest rooms are clean-lined, loft-style suites in a striking palette of red, black and white.
12 Calle Norte, between 5th and 10th avenues; +52 984-879-4740
Website: In Fashion
2. Hotel Basico
This 15-room boutique hotel is known for its striking exterior, cheeky design – including recycled elements like furniture made from tires, a reclaimed plywood front desk and two industrial tanks repurposed into a rooftop swimming pool and jacuzzi – and hip clientele. There’s a fresh juice bar, a casual restaurant that does a great line in ceviche and a swanky rooftop terrace with day beds. It’s also surprisingly wallet-friendly.
5th Avenue at Calle 12; +52 984-879-4448
Website: Hotel Basico
This New York loft-style hotel is sleek and modern, from the limestone exterior to the exposed brick feature walls, abstract paintings and polished floorboards. The sexy rooftop bar, La Azotea, features reflecting pools, daybeds and arresting design features like a fence made from bamboo branches. Great cocktails, a tapas menu and ocean views make for a diverting after-dark hangout.
5th Avenue at Calle 8; +52 984-803-0288
Website: Hotel el Punto
4. Hotel Lunata
This hacienda-style boutique hotel is a quiet haven just off the main strip of 5th Avenue. The rooms are named for earth's moons, and a tranquil courtyard with lawns and garden out the back provides a soothing green space.
5th Avenue, between 6th and 8th Streets; +52 984-873-0884
Website: Hotel Lunata
5. Blue Parrot
Playa’s oldest beach club, Blue Parrot, has been going strong since 1984, and its star doesn’t look like fading any time soon – in fact, the group has expanded with two more hotels in town. Those keen to join the nightly party with DJs and fire shows on the beachfront will want to check in to the original iteration, while others might prefer the marginally more sedate surroundings of the Blue Parrot Fifth Avenue location or the roomy, more upmarket Blue Parrot suites just up the beach.
Calle 12 Norte y la Playa; +52 984-206-3350
Website: Blue Parrot
Another cult entry in the Design Hotels portfolio, the same team behind Hotel Basico, this 15 room boutique hotel is a study in chic, white-on-white urban cool with an industrial edge. As with any self-respecting Playa hotel, Deseo features a rooftop bar and pool with DJ that turns into quite the scene when high season hots up.
5th Avenue at Calle 12; +52 984-879-3620
Website: Hotel Deseo