The white sand beaches, the turquoise waters, and the laid-back bohemian vibe are just a few of the offerings that make Playa del Carmen a sought-after vacation destination. Its eclectic hotel scene is also a stand-out feature and it radiates its Boho Chic vibe and offers everything from elegant boutiques to glamorous all-inclusive resorts. Here are my favorite cool and fun hotels in Playa del Carmen, Mexico…
Platinum Yucatan Princess Adults Only
Born to be one of the Riviera Maya’s reference resorts, The Platinum Yucatan Princess faces the crystal-clear waters of the Mexican Caribbean, and offers a paradisiacal environment where you can enjoy the art of sophistication, luxury, and serenity combined.
The contemporary suites boast private access to the hotel pool and are decked out with modern amenities and soft, natural hues.
To disconnect from the daily routine, you can indulge in renewing treatments in the on-site spa, or energize with the diverse range of leisure activities on offer. Here, paddle boarding, snorkeling, and diving by day are followed by a charming entertainment scene by night.
Welcoming cocktails for every guest
Paddle boarding and snorkeling services
Access to 6 tennis courts
Special access to Grand Riviera Princess
Strict dress code
The Yucatan Resort Playa del Carmen
This adults-only resort invites you to live the coastal life in an intimate and boutique setting, on the town’s most iconic street. Each accommodation pops with vibrant colour, and shares a nod to the resort’s tropical surroundings.
At The Yucatan, you can indulge in a spot of respite at the rooftop pool before taking your tastebuds on a global journey with Peruvian-Japanese eats, and finish off by relaxing mind and body as you treat your senses to holistic therapies at the spa.
Every turn through the property leaves you mesmerized by the spirited art and design, with a strong undertone of chic sophistication throughout.
Immersive coastal boutique style
Fusion of Peruvian-Japanese flavors
Holistic spa for sensory rejuvenation
Panoramic rooftop with sweeping vistas
The breakfast buffet opens only for a limited time (10:30 AM)
Restaurants lack vegetarian cuisines
Etéreo, Auberge Resorts Collection
Etéreo, meaning ethereal, is a luxury haven that plunges you into a spiritual paradise and unites you with rhythms of nature to inspire a sense of renewal.
Secluded from the distractions of modern life, Etéreo is rooted in Mayan philosophies, which radiate through the extraordinary cuisine, the rejuvenating spa, and the epic encounter with beaches.
Seamlessly floating over a mangrove forest facing the unspoiled white sand beaches of the Caribbean, this cool resort engages with an incredible, storied culture, and connects effortlessly with Mexico’s beautiful traditions.
The property’s unique, spiritual symbology permeates the communal spaces, which are backdropped by exquisite works by celebrated Mexican artist Manuel Felguérez.
Mayan philosophies intertwined throughout
Present within the mangrove forest
Striking and photogenic Design features
Plunge Pool with suites
Lounge music can be a bit loud
Pool cocktails are a little overpriced
Secrets Impression Moxché
Escape into luxury at this romantic getaway, where exotic ocean views, gourmet room service, and sunset beach walks form the blissful serenade to your coastal vacation.
Set on a pristine strip of white sandy beach, all of the 485 opulent suites provide a modern experience rooted in an earthy feel, topped with an in-room rolling bar.
The affluent surroundings of exquisite architecture and state-of-the-art comforts make this resort a truly memorable hideaway.
Redefining and elevating the all-inclusive resort experience, Secrets Impression Moxché offers the ultimate backdrop for a rendezvous and boasts stunning rooftop pools, numerous tours and activities, and a tranquil, full-service spa and salon.
Gourmet artistry delivered via room service
Superb swimming pools and swim up bar
Two-story beachfront penthouses
Unique Bamboo Southeast Asian cuisine
La Casa de la Playa by Xcaret
Portraying a cheerful soul and a spirit of exceptional service, the sustainable heritage of La Casa de la Playa reflects the silence of the jungle and the gentle waves of the Caribbean Sea.
This new boutique hotel set in the Riviera Maya offers 63 homely, sea-facing suites which captivate you with their fascinating landscape views and are ornated with works of art and crafts.
During your stay here, you can indulge in wine experiences by celebrity chefs, and exclusive activities in the Xcaret parks. As you reconnect with nature, this eclectic hotel is ready to pamper the senses with a gastronomic ensemble of world-renowned flavours.
Wine collection by Sandra Fernández in Cava
Designer Carla Fernández’s Concept Store
CHOCOLATERÍA by Mao Montiel
63 suites with coastal views
Some staff members struggle with English
Breakfast lacks food options
Thompson Playa del Carmen
Crowned by a spectacular signature rooftop playscape with 360-degree panoramas, Thompson Playa del Carmen takes the adults-only boutique hotel scene to new heights.
A block-long infinity pool bordered by luxury cabanas and breath-taking seascapes provides an unparalleled spot of respite, and turns into a vibrant social scene by night, with live DJs adding a Mexican boho flair.
The 92 guestrooms and suites feature mid-century aesthetics, with a serene sand-tone palette infiltrated to add a relaxing touch. Sweeping views are framed by epic floor-to-ceiling windows, which can be enjoyed alongside a cocktail and gourmet treat from the in-room craft cocktail bar.
Signature rooftop parties and Sand-hued palettes
Lively beachside with live DJs
Sundrenched Mid-Century Aesthetics
In-room craft cocktails
A bit noisier in the night
This secluded resort is nestled on the coastline of the Mexican Caribbean, girdled by nature and vegetation. Exceptional attention to detail has seen the interior embellished by unique artwork, with an Octopus mural adding a vibrant touch.
A refreshing outdoor pool and heated hot tub offer an idyllic spot to immerse yourself in lush greenery and tropical landscaping, featuring exquisite views of the sparkling Caribbean beachfront.
The guestrooms and suites at Andaz Mayakoba boast open layouts, and a nature-inspired colour palette reflective of stone, sand, and water, topped with refined Mayan décor. The on-site ‘Naum Wellness & Spa’ provides blissful Mayan rituals, and helps you to custom create your own treatment plans.
Secluded coastal embrace
Two outdoor pools and a private beach area
Mayan-infused ‘Naum Wellness & Spa’
Breakfast is not buffet styled
A bit distant from Playa
Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique
Steeped in avant-garde design elements, this boutique resort is a work of minimalist, organic hues, with an open concept adorned by gardens and works of art.
Here, a unique, artful pampering experience is the result of a fusion of Eastern heritage and the effervescent diversity of Yucatecan culture.
Grounded in elegance and quality, Blue Diamond’s opulent suites are arranged around the river, the lagoon, and the cenote, echoing the brand’s pledge to honouring the local, natural environment.
The philosophy of holism suffuses the property, seeking to inspire a state of connectedness and well-being amongst guests, and enthuse a balance between mind, body, and soul.
Built around Mayan Cenote
Rooftop infinity pool
25000 square feet of Spa facilities
Private Pool is relatively smaller for family
Gym lacks varied equipment
Palmaïa – The House of AïA Wellness Enclave All Inclusive
Imagine a mystical place born from the vivacious complexity of contemporary Mexico, where a blend of ancient roots and sacred rituals forms a natural beach enclave.
Here, inspired architecture coalesces seamlessly with modern design principles, and serene spaces of comfort. Oceanfront swim-up suites are complemented by elegant décor, holistic amenities, and the tranquillity you would expect from a yoga retreat. The connection between mind and body is an ever-present reality at, as trendsetting wellness experiences are influenced by the vibrant jungle energy of the Mayan Riviera.
The property further boasts an eclectic array of gourmet restaurants, overseen by internationally accredited chefs who have served in Michelin-starred restaurants.
Special Plant Based Cuisines
Blend of ancient rituals and modern design
Oceanside suites with holistic amenities
Michelin-influenced dining havens
Su Casa restaurant service is a bit slow
Suites are a bit expensive
Mvngata Boutique Hotel
Mvngata’s name originates from the natural wonder Mångata, a Swedish term for the reflection of moonlight on the water, a true spectacle you can witness in this stunning boutique hotel.
Surrounded by the joy of nature, Mvngata offers an enchanting and secluded place to toast the night away in one of the most intimate corners of Playa del Carmen.
Every step through the hotel’s grounds brings a new type of discovery, from the pristine sands of the private beach to the alluring interiors of the 23 suites and eclectic restaurants. All accommodations reflect the artisanal side of Mexico, and share a nod to the spellbinding shapes and colours of the sea, offering an idyllic, romantic escape.
Fire Moon restaurant
Hammock in the suites
Moonlit reflections on private beachfront
23 suites exhibiting sea's color
KAYAK Sol Playa del Carmen:
KAYAK Sol Playa del Carmen
As you plunge into your Mexican adventures, Sol is your perfect reset spot, with one of Playa del Carmen’s most blissful outdoor pools dotted by cabanas and plush sun loungers.
An air of elegance spreads into the bright and airy guestrooms, many of which boast private outdoor spaces ideal for absorbing the Yucatan’s golden sunshine.
In these secluded havens, coral-inspired colour embellishments contrast the earthy tones, kickstarting your every day with a positive glow as you enjoy a coffee with a view.
Coastal and casual, the on-site bar & restaurant is your ultimate post-beach perch and boasts a tequila-forward cocktail menu to accompany the seafood staples and indulgent brunch-style items.
Dripkit pour-over coffee
Private outdoor spaces with Yucatan views
Cabanas and plush sun loungers
Stunning unique design
The shower pressure is not too strong
Soho Playa Hotel
Here we have Playa del Carmen’s first Urban Chic Hotel, which effortlessly blends comfort, style, and relaxation to create a one-of-a-kind boutique experience.
Once you step inside, you will recognize the quality and sophisticated approach which the hotel prides itself on, which is enhanced by artful, personal touches.
The air-conditioned guestrooms feature urban-style décor, with colourful embellishments adding a creative flair, while state-of-the-art amenities provide the comforts of home.
Further, on-site offerings include premium yoga classes, a sky-blue outdoor pool dotted by cozy sun loungers, and a trendy lounge & bar offering hand-crafted cocktails and artisan coffees.
Centrally located just one block from the famous 5th Avenue, Soho Playa Hotel is ideally located to enjoy the downtown gems of Playa del Carmen.
Boutique experience with yoga classes
400 meters from Mamitas Beach
Very close to Mayan ruins of playacar
Outdoor pool and jacuzzi with Cozumel views
Hand-crafted cocktails and artisan coffees
No towels for swimming pools
Dated room layouts
Soul Beach Boutique Hotel & Spa
Inviting business and leisure travellers to indulge in a world of pleasures from one of the most celebrated corners of the Riviera Maya, Soul Beach Hotel embellishes its unique style with five-star comforts.
Located next to the hip-trendy part of the Riviera, this stunning hotel puts you a stone’s throw from Playa del Carmen’s most exclusive boutiques and malls.
The thoughtful selection of services and facilities endorses optimum comfort, offering a toast to good vibes and beautiful adventures. In the hotel, you will find a comprehensive range of spa offerings, the sumptuous Steak & Tonic restaurant, and an outdoor pool with solarium area.
Vibrant color combination in suites
Solarium services and facilities
Special baby safety gates
Steak & Tonic restaurant
Mattress is too soft – can be uncomfortable for some
Noise disturbance on the sun deck
Unic Design Hotel
Taking the essence of Boho Chic to new heights, this design-centric, tech-forward hotel is adorned with graceful décor and bright pops of colour, stimulating the senses and inspiring a happy, stress-free vigour.
Unic blends contemporary elegance with hip flair, and evokes a sense of sophisticated glamour in the 21 amenity-laden guestrooms.
These private sanctuaries offer a coffeemaker, a washing machine, and a microwave oven, while the plush bedding and pillow-top mattresses accommodate a blissful night’s sleep.
The property is set in Centro district, a short stroll to the epic night scene of 5th Avenue, however for those who prefer a peaceful reprieve, the on-site garden and restaurant are a tranquil alternative.
Short stroll to the 5th Avenue
European and Mexican culinary delights
It can be a bit noisy
Modest room size
Vainilla Bed and Breakfast Mexico
Situated a short stroll from the world-famous 5th Avenue and the turquoise beach of Playa del Carmen, this family-run property offers a homely and cozy atmosphere, topped with the facilities and attention of a five-star resort.
A stay here keeps you nestled within a colourful garden girdled by fruit trees, where the scent of vanilla orchids offers a chance to retreat to a more natural way of living.
Vainilla Bed & Breakfast features a design-centric, vivacious ambiance, and stimulates an air of creativity through thoughtful appointments in the guestrooms, and artful touches to your breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Homely family-run property
Colorful tropical gardens
Tasty included breakfast
Snorkeling and Yoga classes
Some rooms may not have AC
Limited parking space
Cocos Cabañas Playa del Carmen
Designed with a tropical ambiance at the core, Cocos Cabañas lines an elegant outdoor pool with swaying hammocks, towering palms, and comfy loungers shaded by thatched-roofed cabanas.
Communal seating areas are quaintly appointed around the property but are nestled within their own jungle setting, evoking the sensation of a quiet rainforest lodge.
Whilst this spirit emanates into the thatched-roofed bungalows, it is met with a sumptuous tone set by stone and wood, and beautified by plush bedding arrangements.
The on-site restaurant has become a well-known delight for locals and travelers alike, with menu offerings influenced by both European and Mexican cuisines.
Unique outdoor pool with hammocks
Thatched-roofed bungalows with plush bedding
European and Mexican menu delights
Quiet rainforest lodge vibes
Exclusively for adult guests
Beach can become crowded in events
Inviting guests to revel in a delightful open-air ambiance, this Boho Chic Hotel offers a scintillating pool area dotted by comfy sun loungers and swaying hammocks.
The charm of Playa del Carmen can be soaked up with every stride through the property’s lush grounds, owing to the tree-lined surrounds and the elegant wooden verandas.
Quinta Margarita prides itself on the uniqueness of each room, designed with an exclusive theme paying homage to the vibrancy of this charming coastal haven.
The hotel strives to create a smooth hospitality experience and achieves this through a bespoke, personalized concierge service, fun tour offerings, spa services, and VIP access to local shows and nightclubs.
Delightful open-air Zen garden
Organic toiletries and eco-friendly towels
Fun tour offerings and VIP access
Hot water may not be available on some occasions
Club-adjoining rooms may get disturbed by the noise
DEWLestudios & residences: THE KAHLO
The perfect union of home comforts and high-end resort dependability, The Kahlo takes the best of the vibrant Mexican culture to curate a stunning property maximizing comfort, intimacy, and quality.
With the inspiration of local artists and creators, this eclectic hotel has fuelled a sophisticated ambiance, consisting of but not overpowered by vibrant colours and quirky décor.
Each room is equipped with an ergonomic workstation, a flat-screen TV, and a terrace with a city view. The property is situated just 1 km from Playa del Carmen, and within 400 metres of the city’s main thoroughfare, offering convenient access to an effervescent night scene.
Ergonomic workstations in each room
Quirky décor with vibrant colors
Sky-high terraces offering city views
75 USD damage deposit is required
Urban noise in suite-proximal rooms
In Fashion Hotel & Spa
Situated in the beating heart of Playa del Carmen, this urban, contemporary hotel is designed to awaken your senses with a blissful blend of natural rhythms and an opulent atmosphere.
Okoume wood furniture features in each artfully designed suite, which includes a flat-screen cable TV and a stocked mini-bar. The boutique ambiance makes even the weariest patron feel right at home, through thoughtful technologies and five-star in-room amenities.
A stay here grants you access to an outstanding selection of on-site facilities, including a graceful café, a quaint rooftop terrace replete with ocean vistas, and an eclectic hip bar & lounge.
Artfully designed suites
One mile away from Cozumel Island
Okoume wood furniture
Boutique café and hip bar & lounge
49 km away from Cancún International Airport
Spa treatments are a bit pricey
This graceful boutique hotel fills a lush garden setting with a bohemian vibe, with a supreme location just 50 meters from the sparkling ocean, and a few steps from the celebrated handcraft stores of Quinta Avenida.
Contrasting the artistic features of the poolside area, which includes wood and onyx stone going up the stairwell, the garden offers a more rustic ambiance, topped with a bountiful array of tropical plants for shading.
From the hotel’s rooftop, you can gaze over dazzling sunrise and sunset views, where an intimate atmosphere welcomes travelers from near and far. The guestrooms offer a comfortable night’s sleep, in a sanctuary characterized by modern lighting, quirky paintings, and plenty of natural wood.
Bohemian style garden
Steps away from the Caribbean ocean
Celebrated Quinta Avenida location
Rooms are a bit smaller
Suites near the pool are a bit noisier
Best Hotels in Playa Del Carmen Ranked
We have ranked the top 20 cool and fun hotels in Plata Del Carmen in the table below.
|Hotel Name||Location||Price Range (per night)||Fitness Facilities||Distance to Attractions (km)||Nearby Restaurants|
|Platinum Yucatan Princess||Prolongación 5ta Avenida Manzana 20 Lote 006||$373-$1100||Yes||0.8||7|
|The Yucatan Resort Playa del Carmen,||Calle Quinta Avenida 5, Gonzalo Guerrero||$178-$449||Yes||0.3||6|
|Etéreo, Auberge Resorts Collection||Paseo Kanai 16 Solidaridad, Quintana Roo||$1028-$6645||Yes||0.9||4|
|Secrets Impression Moxché||Carretera Playa del Carmen-Cancun KM 294, Corasol||$1414-$7494||Yes||0.4||3|
|La Casa de la Playa by Xcaret||Carr. Chetumal Juárez, Quintana Roo, Mexico km 282, Lot 023 2, Solidaridad||$2445-$3912||Yes||1.7||5|
|Thompson Playa del Carmen||5th Avenida Norte Por 12 Norte y 14 Norte||$203-$1095||Yes||0.2||6|
|Andaz Mayakoba||Carreterra Federal Chetumal-Puerto Juarez KM 298,||$414-$2271||Yes||1||4|
|Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique||Carretera Chetumal-Puerto Juárez Km 298||$533-$1112||Yes||1.4||3|
|Palmaïa||Paseo Xaman - Ha Manzana1, Fracc Playacar||$653-$1849||Yes||0.4||2|
|Mvngata Boutique Hotel||Cerrada Zona Costera lote 21, manzana 91,||$299-$1417||Yes||0.2||5|
|KAYAK Sol Playa del Carmen||10 Avenida Norte esquina con calle 14||$128-$206||Yes||0.3||7|
|Soho Playa Hotel||Calle 24, Corner Avenida 10||$122-$267||Yes||0.4||8|
|Soul Beach Boutique Hotel & Spa||Calle 28 Norte - Entre Calle Quinta Avenida y 10 Avenida,||$132-$390||Yes||0.4||7|
|Unic Design Hotel||4th Street and 5th Avenue||$118-$196||No||0.3||8|
|Vainilla Bed and Breakfast Mexico||Avenida 35 entre calle 34 bis y 36||$74-$121||Yes||1||9|
|Cocos Cabañas Playa del Carmen||Xcalacoco Lote 2,||$105-$199||Yes||0.1||6|
|Quinta Margarita||Calle 32 Norte No. 124, Entre 5ta y 10||$365-$438||Yes||0.4||9|
|dewl estudios & residences||22 Calle Norte ENTRE Av. 30 y 35||$89-$100||Yes||0.9||7|
|In Fashion Hotel & Spa||Calle 12 Entre 5 Av y 10 Av||$86-$150||Yes||0.2||7|
|Hotel Kinbe||Calle 10 Entre 5th y 1st Avenida||$105-$155||Yes||0.1||6|
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