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El Faro Condo in Gorgeous Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview


Details
Property
condo
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
2
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

Description

Centro Condo Rental Photos and Description

Condo, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

El Faro is the newest beach front condo complex in the center of Playa del Carmen. If you are looking for luxury, location and amenities...this is the place!

HOME AMENITIES: Our condo is on the 3rd floor in the Reef building. The building is designed so that each condo has a fabulous ocean view. Our 2bed/2bath home is 'beach contemporary'. It is ideal for 2 couples. Our foyer offers a reading area with a lending library of books that you can borrow from or exchange. Each bedroom and the living area offers a flat screen tv. We also have a selection of dvd's to view when you feel like relaxing at home. We have wireless internet so that you can stay in touch on your vacation or even get some work done if needed. The full kitchen is set up for casual dining or even more formal entertainment. Our covered patio is comfortable and a great place to relax. Enjoy the ocean breeze and beautiful Caribbean sea with a cup of coffee or a drink. A bonus feature for our condo is a washer/dryer located in the master bath. Not all condos at El Faro have this option.

RESORT AMENITIES: El Faro has the most elaborate pool in Playa del Carmen. Multiple water features, infinity edge and a children's wading pool with an ocean theme mosaic make this pool unique - especially for an oceanfront resort. There are beach chairs on the beach in front of our condo. Walk on the beach and you will find places to rent wave runners, parasail, sail Hobie cats or kayak.

PLAYA ACTIVITIES: XCaret,XPlor, Xel Ha, a ferry over to Cozumel, ATV tours in the jungle, zip line tours, cenote and cave tours, Mayan ruin tours to Coba, Tulum and Chichen Itza...you name it! Ask our front desk personnel for help planning these or walk around 5th Avenue and see videos of these activities and book them with the tour operators. Eating and shopping in Playa is great fun especially with all the fantastic choices. Playa restaurants have a large European influence as well as Asian and South American. Evenings bring a variety of strolling musicians and several restaurants offer live entertainment. The balmy, tropical weather is perfect for walking around and taking in the sights and sounds of Playa no matter the time of day. Whether you are searching for the best margarita, mojito or cold cerveza, dig your toes in the sand and enjoy the best that Playa has to offer!

El Faro is a non-smoking property. You must be at least 25 years old to rent our property and no pets are allowed.

Keywords: Condominium

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Owner
Owner
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 17, 2016
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About The Owner

This is the 2nd condo we have owned in Playa and we know it is the perfect one. The location, the amenities, and the views make this a fabulous 'home away from home' for us. We also have rental properties in Maui and Sedona. Playa is the best vacation spot whether you are a sun seeker, a thrill seeker or just searching for the perfect margarita...it has everything. Bienvenidos!

The Owner purchased this condo in 2009

Why The Owner chose Playa del Carmen

El Faro is located right on the beach between the 2 piers. The location couldn't be better. Morning beach walks and sunrises are perfect. There are restaurants everywhere but the ones right on the beach are the best...especially Zensi.

What makes this condo unique

El Faro is located next to several dive shops. The dive shops are so convenient for snorkel and dive tours. You can wake up, walk next door and then head out to the beach to get on your dive boat. 5th Avenue with all of the restaurants and shopping is steps away. A taxi stand is right at the intersection of 5th and 10th. We get to see the lights of Cozumel at night from our balcony. This is an ideal location in one of our favorite places in Mexico.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

El Faro Condo in Gorgeous Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews
5

Best Place Anywhere

  • 5 of 5

Corresponded with Sherry and got the condo for 11 days/10 nights. Have travelled to Mexico, Panama, and many other countries.

The condo was, by far, the best I have ever stayed in. Has everything you need to make you stay as comfortable as possible. In addition, the grounds are fantastic and you are close to everything you need.

Was a daily visitor to Starbuck's , 1/2 block away, for morning coffee and people watching, and also enjoyed afternoon tea there for more people watching.

Great restaurants nearby. Had seafood or Mexican food every night except one. GREAT.

Alex, of the management company, is one of the nicest persons there. She goes out of her way to make sure your stay is great. KUDOS Alex!!!

The staff and security on premises also ensure your needs are met.

Will definitely return. Thank you Sherry.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words. At El Faro it is truly a team effort to make sure your vacation is a great experience. Thanks for mentioning the front desk and Alex. I always make sure I pass on those comments! Look forward to hearing back from you for your return trip!
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5

Best Condo choice in Playa Del Mar

  • 5 of 5

The booking process directly with owner was really easy and straightforward: it was my first time doing so, but everything went very well, so do not worry about this part. The recommendation from Sherri for Airport transportation was also spot on, its really good value to book the private little bus and its worth paying the $25 extra for a stop at Walmart to stock-up (esp. those heavy booze and beer bottles..:)). location of the El Faro condo complex is really good as it is Ocean front and just a block from the 5th Avenue buzzing place. It also has the best pool amongst the lot as we took many walks along the beach and noticed the other places had smaller pools. The property was also very well managed with front reception always manned at advertised hours and many security and cleaning staff, all amazingly friendly (esp. Miguel, sooo friendly). Their professionalism and dedication is worth every penny of your tips. This particular apartment was REALLY well appointed and decorated: huge beds with quality mattresses, excellent showers, abundant supply of towels and toiletries (Dont bother messing with small shampoo and bath soap bottles for plane carry-on...) and very nicely decorated: It was like staying in 5 star luxury place, except its better value and you get to eat and cook what you want when you want… :)). If you are too bored with the amazing views and swim, pls talk to Rogelio, he is the very nice gentleman (speaking very good english) who goes around with excursion folders around his arm and sits in an umbrella just right of El Faro beach. He hooked us with couple of great tours at very good prices. If you see him, pls say hello from Nour.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you for taking the time to write the review. I'm so happy that our team of people met all of your expectations. I made sure to pass on your review to all parties so they would know their efforts are appreciated. Hope to hear from you again when you plan to visit Playa.
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5

As Good as it Gets in Playa for Location & Property

  • 5 of 5

Believe all the excellent reviews regarding the beach front location, condo unit, proximity to restaurants, bars and shopping. The owners were great to work with and the reservation process was very easy.

Ideal for 2 couples as each bedroom has a king bed along with a large bathroom. We stayed in late May which was very quite which meant there were plenty of available lounge chairs at the pool and beach. The 3 buildings in El Faro are well maintained and the security staff is plentiful and willing to assist you. My wife was concerned about safety prior to the trip but felt very comfortable the entire time as the guards are 24/7 and the area around the buildings seems safe.

If you are high maintenance with high service needs you should stay in a full service resort as it would be unfair to criticize the property for something it does not promote itself to be. We were OK with bringing our own drinks to the pool or getting drinks from the beach bar right next door. Rooms are tidied up every other day but new towel are an additional fee. We ate out for all meals as that is what we do on vacation but if you wanted to cook the kitchen is well stocked and there is a grill on the patio.

My wife had a massage by the pool, most of us did the trip to the Mayan ruins and the boys did para-sailing right down the beach. We only stayed 4 nights because of work commitments but would recommend at least 5 nights.

We have recommended the place to all our friends except 1 couple that normally stay at the Ritz or Four Seasons. We would not look to stay at any other place on our next trip to Playa del Carmen.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you for your review. It is always helpful for others to get some input from a previous guest. I'm glad you had a good time and I hope you get a chance to come back to Playa and explore more of the area.
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4

Great Vacation Spot

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time at this well appointed condo in the El Faro Residence condo building. Everything was as advertised for this condo. The condo unit was well maintained, all appliances worked and the TV/DVD worked without a hitch, as did the WIFI. The unit owner was great about responding to emails in advance and their on site liason person dropped by a few times during the week to make sure all was OK. The building itself is kept very clean and the staff were very pleasant and polite. They also have on staff security at the front of the building and at the beach/pool area. The pool was a very nice size, very clean and the beach is right off the pool deck. We started with 3 large purified water containers for use both under the sink and in a dispensing unit which cooled the water and these were replaced as requested, usually within the half hour. There was a little bit of seaweed washup along the beach but that was spotty and really not a problem. There were comments in other reviews about construction noise but that was not noticed when we were there, the new building next door is almost complete. We were a 10 minute or so walk to the Walmart for groceries and in terms of restaurants lots on 5th avenue a few minutes away though we would suggest getting off of 5th or perhaps walking up to 5th and 22nd/24th area where a little quieter for dinner. We played golf twice while there and the cab ride was 120 pesos to the Hard Rock course and 160 to the Grand Coral course so relatively cheap transportation.

The one thing that could be a negative is the noise from the clubs and some of the people staying at El Faro starting up parties on their balconies/patios when returning from the clubs - this was only on Saturday/Sunday. Our last night in PDC was apparently the commencement of a week long electronic music festival, the electronic beat was booming until 5:45 AM and could be quite clearly heard in the unit, particularly in the bedroom by the entrance door, so I have to say if that was the noise level for that entire week, it would not have been restful.

Overall a great holiday and we very much enjoyed our stay in Reef 304. My rating is 4.5/5.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking time to write a review. It is helpful for other guests. I'm glad that your vacation was a success. Thank you again for choosing our condo for your Playa vacation!
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5

Wonderful Condo

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time here. The condo is exactly as the pictures describe. The management people were great, the condo was cleaned every other day, which we didn't even expect. This is a great location, within walking distance to everything you want, but far enough away from the nightlife that noise did not bother you. The beach is fabulous. You can have chairs on the sand or hang out on the pool deck.

El Faro is spotless. Yes, as others have said, some of the tiles on the pool are gone and the negative edge pump doesn't run, but who cares. The pool was kept super clean and the deck, walkways, lobby and landscaping of the complex were maintained daily. We've stayed at a lot of places in Mexico over the years, and this compares favorably to all of them.

One word of warning though, they are building something new right next door. The construction noise is loud. They start around 9am and wrap up at 7pm or thereabouts.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. I don't solicit reviews so appreciate comments that might help other travelers. Our property and resort management staff do their best to make sure the complex and our condo look great. There is so much to see and do in the area so I'm hoping you will decide to come back again and enjoy.
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5

Perfect graduation gift

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I travel to the Caribbean frequently. Always using VRBO and almost always staying at a new location. We are looking for our retirement location. This time we took our daughter and her friend as a graduation gift. Everything with rental unit met or exceeded our expectations. From the beginning of the process until the end, everything went smoothly.

El Farro is the perfect location in Playa, and Playa is the perfect town to take college girls.

The girls had a great time, and my wife and I feel very comfortable with them, running around town, even at night. Of course, as always we talked with them about exercising good judgment and safety precautions. With that said, they ran around shopping, and I'm sure that they did their share of partying, with absolutely no problems.

When we take our other kids to Mexico for their graduation gift, we will stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you all had a great trip. I'm glad you let other people know that Playa is a safe and great place for families. I'll look forward to hearing from you again!
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Map

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Cancun
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Playacar
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Car: not necessary

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Rates & Availability

Centro Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Late Fall
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 15 2016
3 night minimum stay
$225
 
 
Holiday
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,800
 
 
Winter 2017
Jan 7 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$300
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$250
 

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Centro Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 3
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (2)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • wind-surfing

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