Hotel Review: Hacienda Paradise Boutique Hotel

Jorge and I arrived at the Hacienda Paradise on a Saturday morning, just in time for complimentary breakfast. We immediately loved the fresh, modern style of the lobby and the reception staff was particularly welcoming and efficient.

Served under a palapa by the pool, the breakfast buffet had a ton of options! Jorge chowed down on pancakes and empanadas, while I stuck to my diet with yoghurt, fruit and eggs. Delicious!

We relaxed by the courtyard pool until noon, which was a beautiful spot even if the morning weather was a bit too chilly to take a dip. I loved the quiet atmosphere of this small hotel, with balconies off of every room looking into the courtyard gardens.

After lunch with friends at Wah Wah Beach Club, Jorge and I walked back down 5th Avenue to Hacienda Paradise to check into our room. Considering how inexpensive this property was compared to other Playa del Carmen hotels, we were impressed by the size and amenities of our room. Incredibly cozy beds, high hacienda-style ceilings, beautiful furnishings and a garden/pool view welcomed us as we walked in.

Our favorite, favorite, favorite part was the bathroom. It looked contemporary, but there were also little Caribbean touches like the stone floor detail and locally made bath amenities.

Hacienda Paradise Boutique Hotel offered several great services, including:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Passes to 5 nearby beach clubs, including Mamita’s
  • Free breakfast buffet
  • Bottles of water with refills in the lobby (super convenient in a hot destination like Playa!)
  • Computer access in the lobby

We took advantage of the hotel’s convenient location (on 10th Avenue and Calle 22) throughout our weekend, just 1 block from 5th Avenue and 3 blocks from Mamita’s Beach Club. You can’t do much better than that! We were frequently stopping back at the hotel to change clothes, take a nap, etc because it was so close to everywhere else we went during our trip.

Jorge and I both agreed that the Hacienda Paradise Boutique Hotel was one of the best values we’ve seen thanks to its large guestrooms, top Playa del Carmen location and great amenities. We’ll be back here for sure!


Hotel Review: Aqualuna Boutique Hotel

On the first night of last weekend’s Playa del Carmen beach getaway, Jorge and I checked into the lovely Aqualuna Boutique Hotel. I immediately fell in love with this little hotel, looking toward the beautiful courtyard area as we walked into the small lobby. Check-in was quick, easy and friendly, and the receptionist took us straight to our room, where we promptly changed and got ready to go out for a late dinner on 5th Avenue.

The location is the biggest plus for this hotel, in my opinion. Set on 10th Avenue, it’s just 1 block from the popular 5th Avenue and 2 blocks from Playa del Carmen beaches. Aqualuna is right next to Calle Corazon, which in my opinion is the most beautiful part of the entire 5th Avenue.

The room was a bit on the small side, but it was very comfortable and decked out in bright pink bougainvillea petals (my favorite flower!), plus I really liked the casual Mexican charm.

The bathroom was my favorite part of our room, with even more bougainvillea petals as well as organic bath amenties and a spacious rain shower. (I might have taken a 30 minute shower Saturday morning!)

Aqualuna also has a convenient outdoor sitting area, perfect for a morning coffee or checking your e-mail on the computer. (Free Wi-Fi is also available.)

I highly recommend Aqualuna Boutique Hotel. This spot has an unbeatable location along with all the amenities you need for a convenient stay, not to mention the laid-back tropical charm that Playa del Carmen hotels are known for.