Price Band: $$
Tags: Design, city, beach, nightlife
Price Band: $$
Tags: Design, city, beach, nightlife
In a nutshell:
Vibrant and modern design hotel in the heart of downtown Playa del Carmen, and only a few blocks from the beach. Stylish rooms and decadent rooftop terrace with pool and bar. Recommended for young adults looking to combine sightseeing, beach, and nightlife.
It only took one look for us to fall in love with everything about Be Playa. We love the location on 10th Ave and Calle 26, close to our favorite part of 5th Avenue and only a short stroll to the beach. This area is quieter than the older part of town near the ferry docks, and there are many cool restaurants and smart boutiques nearby.
We love the sexy rooms, especially the Junior and Master Suites which have circular Jacuzzi tubs and step-out balconies; the comfortable beds and lightweight duvets. As you’d expect, there are a good selection of high-tech amenities such as iPod docking stations, room safes that can hold a small laptop and plenty of electrical outlets in the room to charge up your own gadgets.
The rooftop lounge and pool are fun and quirky, with oversized daybeds and views of the Caribbean. Be Playa’s rooftop bar is one of Playa del Carmen’s hidden secrets. Barely visible at street level, the terrace takes on a whole new character as darkness falls.
Back on the ground floor, the in-house Sushi Club is one of our favorite restaurants in Playa. We love the elegant decor as well as the beautifully presented cuisine. Although there’s a world of choices for drinking and dining in this cosmopolitan resort, we could happily spend many an evening without ever leaving the property.
So if sushi, cocktails, quirky modern decor and a great location are right up your street, Be Playa could be your perfect home in the city.
The Junior Suites and Master Suites are the most desirable rooms at Be Playa, but if you are just in town for a few days then the Standard rooms are comfortable and well equipped. Although the Standard rooms don’t have full length windows like the suites, the mostly white decor means that they are still bright and airy.
All room categories can have either one king or two queen beds. They are spacious enough to accommodate a family or friends sharing a room, though the open plan showers and tubs in the suites are more suited to couples.
Guest rooms are arranged over the first four floors of the building, and there is a small elevator. Each level has a mix of the three room types, with the Master Suites occupying the corner positions.
Bottled water is provided in all the rooms and mini-bars are stocked with beers and sodas (at extra charge). Music from the rooftop bar may drift down into the guest rooms on busy nights, but we reckon it’s still one of the quieter places to sleep in downtown Playa.
Summary of room facilities
King bed or two queen beds, air-conditioning, room safe, plasma tv, dvd player, wireless internet access, iPod docking station, mini-bar, hairdryer.
Walk-in shower, high level or small windows with limited views
Full length windows, step-out balcony, Jacuzzi tub
Corner rooms, full length windows with step out balcony, Jacuzzi tub
Standard rooms are the smallest accommodations at Be Playa, but they are still ample big enough to share. We love the featherlight duvets and pillow top mattresses, as well as the efficient and quiet air-conditioning and black-out blinds for a good night’s sleep.
Each room has a generously sized walk-in shower with opaque glass door and dual shower roses. Hairdryers and basic toiletries are provided.
All rooms have a plasma TV and iPod docking station, as well as a small table that can function as a desk.
The spacious Junior Suites are an indulgent and romantic choice for a visit to Playa del Carmen. The full length windows and small balcony offer views onto the colorful streets of the city, whilst the interiors are cool and bright.
Relaxing in the circular Jacuzzi tub is a great way to prepare for an evening out, and the room is equipped with internet access and satelitte TV for entertainment.
The in-house restaurant at Be Playa is a branch of the Sushi Club. Furnished with white linen and armchairs, this is a sophisticated dining choice in the city. The menu offers light and inviting cuisine that suits the tropical climate well. A selection of cocktails and wine is available.
Breakfast is served in the restaurant each morning. There are a few seats on the outdoor patio and more in the skilfully lit interior.
The rooftop bar at Be Playa is a little known gem. Neon lights and a starry sky illuminate the seating areas, and sea breezes provide the only air-conditioning that’s required here.
There are day beds and relaxed seating where it’s possible to while a way a few pleasant hours admiring the city scape below.
The view over towards the sea, with the lights of Cozumel twinkling on the horizon, is especially alluring.
The rooftop pool terrace at Be Playa is a fun place to spend a day. The pool isn’t suitable for serious swimming, but it’s an ideal place to cool off on a hot afternoon. The terrace is usually blessed with sea breezes.
The Caribbean sea is visible on the horizon, and the bar offers refreshing cocktails and chilled beers.
Be Playa also offers guests complimentary membership of some of Playa del Carmen’s best beach clubs, where you can relax on the sands with sun loungers and bar service.
The nearest airport is Cancun – by road the journey to Be Playa takes about one hour.
From the coastal highway #307, take the turning for Playa del Carmen signed “Constituentes”. As you approach the ocean, take a left down Avenida 10 and the hotel will be on your right.