Condo, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)
We are a family of four, with two young children who became attached to PDC and the Riviera Maya years ago. We enjoy traveling other parts of Mexico, Hawaii and the USA
Owner purchased this Condo in 2010
Why Owner chose Gonzalo Guerrero
We loved the location for our young family and all the variety of vacation experiences the Riviera Maya provides
What makes this Condo unique
Exploring and just relaxing, every day affords a chance to do something as simple as sea-shelling with our little girl and building sand forts with our boy, to trying out a remote beach, an eco park, walking the beach in either direction, a crocodile zoo, discovering new restaurants and re-visiting favorites or just staying in as little drowsy eyes and bodies fall asleep early.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Such a relaxing getaway!
We had a great time at this condo and at the El Taj Oceanfront. The condo was in very good condition, very clean, the air conditioning worked great during mid-summer, the El Taj grounds look like a tropical rainforest, and everything you need is close by, including Fifth Avenue. Stop into Porfirios for dinner.
The staff was top notch and the service was as good as any top tier hotel I've stayed at. The front desk and concierge are there all the time to help. They booked our transport to the condo and even stocked our groceries for a small fee. The housekeeping staff kept everything spotless and we liked being able to select our level of cleaning each day, from just changing towels and trash to a full cleaning.
Having the Indigo beach club next to the pool for lunch and drinks was very convenient. The staff there was also awesome and very attentive, always ready with a fresh towel. Be sure to get the fajitas at the beach club!
The upper pool was just steps off our front door (so convenient) and the best view of the ocean. We really enjoyed sitting in the jetted chairs and reading in the afternoons. We also tried the pool and hot tub across the street at the sister property for a change and those were very nice as well, with more of a tropical vibe.
The only things I would say would have been good to know or have would be:
- The bed is in great condition but the mattress is very firm.
- The beach was a seaweed nightmare during our time there and made the beautiful torquoise water turn brown which was so sad, but no fault of the condo of couse. Just be sure to check seaweed forecasts (this is a thing that exists) and maybe pick your dates based on that. Luckily the pool options were great so we just relaxed there and hung out on the beach lounges but didn't go in the water.
- Many of the fishing tour boats are moored at the beach here since it's a bit of a cove next to the ferry so swimming with all of the boat lines might be a little iffy. There wasn't a ton of boat traffic though so if the water had been nice I would have still felt safe swimming there.
- The only thing the kitchen was missing was a baking dish. We made do but it would have been convenient to have.
Overall this condo and the property gets 2 thumbs up and we would definitely stay here again.
Great location, great service, perfect 1-bedroom condo on the beach
We will be back!
Thank you Sherry for the great review, we certainly not only appreciate your stay with us, but the great feedback as well. Please keep us in mind for future visits and anything we can do to enhance your next visit, let us know.
The best place on the beach
This review is long over due. We went to Playa del Carmen back in May for two full weeks. We have stayed at El Taj before this trip and we were determined to stay there again. We found this condo on VRBO and inquired about it immediately. Goeff and Tina were great during the months prior to our travels. The condo was perfect, the location was awesome and decorated beautifully.
I am writing this now because we will be contacting them soon for our May 2016 trip. Looking forward to staying there again.
Michelle & Tim
A Fantastic Condo in Playa del Carmen
My wife, son and I stayed in this unit at El Taj the beginning of January, 2015. We had a great time while we were down there. The unit is very nice. The owners were very helpful during my family's planning phase, and do everything they can to make your stay enjoyable. The only downside I can think of was that it wasn't available the entire week we were in Mexico, so we moved from there to the Royal Caribbean in Cancun for our last three days. We were spoiled staying at El Taj, and then to go up to the Royal Caribbean was a letdown. Needless to say, we really enjoyed our time at El Taj, and I would highly recommend staying at this condo. We rented a car for the week and went to Dos Ojos one day and to Coba another. We also went to Akumal for lunch one of those days.
It was great walking to 5th Ave, and I didn't even mind when the Ravens beat the Steelers, because I was sitting at an outdoor bar on 5th Ave with my wife and son, drinking beers and assorted other drinks, wearing shorts and a t-shirt, while my Ravens fans co-workers were watching the game in Maryland with snow and subfreezing temps.
We always felt safe walking from 5th Ave to the condo, even at 2:00 in the morning. The condo unit is extremely nice and looks brand new. The bed was very comfortable, and the unit is quite spacious for a one bedroom unit. Situated right on the beach, El Taj is in a perfect location.
If you want to get away from the big city feel of Cancun and get to a more authentic Mexican feel, you really need to stay in Playa del Carmen, and this condo is in a great location.
Excellent property and super location on the beach
Stayed in one bedroom unit next to pool on first floor. Unit was very modern and the staff were very helpful. You get access to "the Gym" an upscale work out facility right up the street. Playa night life out front door of hotel and beach life out the back of the hotel ...... Perfect combination !
Would stay again for sure been to Mexico 20 times and this place is excellent
Great location for this condo
The unit I rented is only steps from the beach and has a nice view of it from inside and from the balcony. The entire El Taj property is in an ideal location in Playa del Carmen. Quite and serene, but only a 3 minute walk to the main street, 5th avenue.
Everything about this place is first class and it location can't be beat.
Passenger ferry ride to Cozumel, Mayan Ruins - Tulum and Chichen Itza, Eco Parks - Xcaret and Xel-ha, Cenotes, Alligator Farm/wildlife zoo, Canopy Expedition (zipline), white sand beaches and turquoise waters