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Laurie Ritchel, Owner

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, spanish

'Walk to Everything' Spacious Penthouse Condo with Great Pool!

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

Playacar Condo Rental Photos and Description

Condo, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5)

Escape to the idyllic, tropical paradise home of Casa de Sueno! Everyone familiar with Playa del Carmen tells us that our 1,500 square foot, 3rd floor Penthouse Condo is situated in the PERFECT LOCATION.

* We have the Best of Both Worlds - the gated Playacar neighborhood for quiet and security yet close to 5th Avenue

* Casa de Sueno means Dream House!

* Our complex, Rosa Blanca, is small - just 12 units, very peaceful and quiet with beautiful gardens - and you will often be the only people at the large pool

OUR REPEAT GUESTS TELL US THEIR FAVORITE THINGS ARE:

* Large relaxing balcony with beautiful view

* Privacy of our balcony due to our top floor, corner unit location

* 2 Bikes

* Free WIFI

* Free Netflix movies and Amazon Prime games with our Firestick

* Free calls home to U.S./Canada with our Magic Jack phone

* Weber Charcoal Grill

* In-house Washer and Dryer

* Programmable safe for your valuables

* Portable chairs and umbrellas for the beach

* Fast-cooling A/C in every room

* Local cell phone, just purchase a telcel card at any convenience store

LOCATION

We are located at the very northern edge of Playacar Phase 2, a secure, elegant gated community on the south end of Playa del Carmen. You are an easy walking distance to everything in Playa - unlike many other condos in Playacar that are located much further away on the other side of the golf course. Just a 5 minute walk to the main guard gate and another 3 minutes to the Cozumel Ferry and beaches. We are also an easy walk to the main bus terminal in Playa, which can be used for airport transportation or tours to nearby Tulum, Akumal, Cancun, etc. We have never needed a car with all this great transportation and activities close by.

FEATURES

We know you’ll enjoy your time out on the balcony with the relaxing pool and golf course view of the 13th fairway - the 'signature hole' of this amazing golf course! While there you can check your emails and upload vacation pictures for the folks back home with our Free WiFi. The large tree to the side of our balcony does a great job of keeping it cool and shady, and also very private.

The spacious condo is laid out more like a house than a typical condo, which is extra nice if you are traveling with two couples or kids. There is plenty of space to spread out on our leather couch and club chairs to relax with family and friends. Or you might take a break from the sun to enjoy a movie on one of the Flat Screen TVs from the Satellite or DVD Player. You will love the large, open floor plan and the kitchen with stainless appliances and loads of beautiful granite counter space. Other amenities include dining room seating for 6, marble floors throughout, fast-cooling A/C mini-splits and ceiling fans in every room.

Sleeping arrangements include a master bedroom with a comfortable King Size Bed, and an oversized whirlpool tub with shower in the modern ensuite bathroom. The second bedroom holds a full size bed plus a twin bed, and has its ensuite access to the second bath with a large glass & marble tile shower. There is also a queen size air mattress available for extra sleeping. Both bedrooms have a closet, chest of drawers, reading lamps and side tables for storage. Sliding doors in each bedroom open out to small balconies that let in plenty of light and overlook the picturesque street. They also help pull cool breezes through the condo when you want the outside feel.

Two sets of sliding glass doors open up from the den and dining area to a wide balcony furnished with beautiful teak furniture - two lounge chairs and a breakfast table & chairs are ready for you to enjoy. You will have beautiful tropical birds to enjoy during your stay. You will also enjoy visits from the agouti in the garden, as well as the green iguanas which may even climb the tree near the balcony to greet you!

PERSONAL TOUCHES

We invite you to read the comments from our previous guests. We strive to provide each guest with a memorable vacation, and I think our reviews will testify to those efforts. We truly love sharing our home with others.

You will be well cared for in our home. Our managers are available 24/7 to solve any problem, and we offer a Free Concierge Service for our guests - a professional and friendly concierge is available to meet with you and make restaurant recommendations, book personal tours and activities, or simply give you advice for your perfect vacation. Much more trustworthy and better than relying on the offers on the street or the beach! Our renters tell us this made a real difference for them. We also provide a notebook of suggestions and information about the area, as well as an email version that will help you prepare for your trip. And we are available by phone and email as well to answer all your questions and guide you to make the most of the time you have to enjoy.

AREA ACTIVITIES

We know you will love staying at our condo as much as we do! This is the perfect place for whatever your heart desires in a vacation from total relaxation to all-out adventure sports and recreation. Nearby you will find golfing, fishing, snorkeling and diving, Mayan ruins, parasailing, and swimming with the dolphins, just to name a few. One of our favorite things to do is take the short walk (7-8 min) down the path with the small ruins to the closest beach. You can take the beach umbrellas and chairs we provide and chill out at the waters' edge. The sling backpacks provided make taking along 4 beach chairs and the umbrellas a breeze. Add the portable cooler, and a book or two, and you are set for a relaxing day!

Our renters receive a guide from us detailing transportation details and our favorite tips and activities collected from our previous visits. And we would be happy to talk with you and give you any advice or answer any questions that you might have to help make this the trip you will always remember!

Keywords: Condominium, Condo, Vacation Rental, Playa del Carmen, Playacar, 2 Bedroom, Full Kitchen, Pool, Balcony

More Details
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Laurie Ritchel, Owner (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, spanish

About Laurie Ritchel, Owner

We have been traveling to Mexico for more than fifteen years and have fallen in love with the culture and the people we have met on our travels. It was a dream of ours to own our piece of paradise, and in October of 2008 we finally did it! It's great to be within walking distance of beaches, restaurants and shopping, yet located in the peaceful gated community of Playcar. We love sharing it with others! Laurie and Mark, Beaumont, Texas

Laurie Ritchel, Owner purchased this condo in 2008

Why Laurie Ritchel, Owner chose Playa del Carmen

Once we decided on Playa del Carmen for our vacation home, we wanted a place that was an easy walk to everything we love - 5th Avenue restaurants, beaches, shopping, bus station for tours, etc. Casa de Sueno is uniquely situated on the most northern edge of the Playacar neighborhood, which means that all of the fun activities of 5th Avenue are within an easy walking distance, yet we still enjoy the peacefulness and safety of our gated community. There were many nice properties for us to choose from, but location was key to us. We couldn't be happier with our home.

What makes this condo unique

Unlike many condo vacation rentals in the area, the layout of ours is quite unique. Many other condos are long and narrow, to maximize the number of units with a small balcony view. We enjoy a wide, spacious living area with a large living/kitchen/dining area open to the double size balcony. Two couples or a family staying with us will never feel like you are living on top of each other. We visit our home often, and provide for our guests the same amenities that we enjoy while we are there - so no need to pack the hairdryer, pool floats or beach towels. We love sharing our new home and Playa del Carmen with others and want you to have the vacation you've dreamed of!

Guestbook comments from the owner

This was our 3rd stay at Casa de Sueno. Mark and Laurie have done a great job in preparing a vacation spot so much like Home. Moskito staff is awesome - Laura, Daisy, Alfredo. Everything is always in great shape. The other folks that stay in this complex for longer terms are friendly and helpful. Many improvements to the area – new guardhouse, the building by the school finally has tenants, and a restaurant! And, as always, the birds and the animals come around looking for treats!
May 2014
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Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(34 traveler reviews)
'Walk to Everything' Spacious Penthouse Condo with Great Pool!
average rating of 4.9117646 based on 56 reviews
5

Perfect stay in Playacar !

  • 5 of 5

Playacar is ideal for families looking for a safe place to stay in Playa del Carmen and acess to a great beach. Mark' and Laurie's condo is ideally located in Playacar 5mn from 5th Avenue and 10 mn from the beach. The condo is very, very, well appointed (bikes, pool toys, snorkel gears, beach towels, etc.), the beds are comfortable and the bathrooms very spacious. Shopping for food is easy either by taxi or by bike. We would cook most of the meals and go to the restaurant every 2-3 days. Lots of restaurants are within walking distance or a short cab rid away. We would finish every evening with a swim and a drink at the pool after a full day at the beach or some excursions (note: the organized tours had no problem picking us uo directly at the condo.) The condo also gives you access to the reef club resort (no food or drink included). We went there a few times and enjoyed it (a great option if you don't want to carry your beach chairs and beach umbrellas) but we were always happy to come back to our private condo and almost private pool as there was not often people in the pool. We stayed for 3 weeks in the condo, 3 adults and 1 child. Another plus, if you are doing an extended stay like we did, full cleaning of the condo (including change of bedding and clean towels) one a week is included. Very nice service and very efficient. Overall a great stay and would recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing place to stay with guaranteed sun !

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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5

Beautifully quiet, close to everything oasis!

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed at this property 4 times in the past 6 years, and have loved every day we have spent! Owners are magnificent...condo is beautiful...proximity to town and the beach is close enough to walk, but far enough away to have peace and quiet.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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5

Perfect Mexican Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Rosa Blanca was the perfect Mexican getaway. Situated in the quiet and quaint town of Playacar, yet only minutes on foot to the hustle and bustle and excellent dining of Playa del Carmen. The beach is a easy walk from the condo and nearly everything (including Walmart, Mega, beaches up North) is accessible by bike, three of which are provided in the unit. We were so grateful for them. The unit itself is spacious, nicely decorated and has nearly all of the amenities of home- lovely bathrooms, comfortable furniture, stocked kitchen, and the smaller details like beach chairs, extra towels, laundry soap etc. Purified water is provided countertop, and that is what we used for cooking, washing produce, brushing teeth etc. Laurie, the condo owner was more than welcoming and made her self available by email/phone for anything. There are so many great details I am sure I am leaving out, but found all of the reviews I read prior to booking to be accurate. We thank her for everything and hope you'll enjoy staying at Rosa Blanca too!

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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5

Best Family Vacation so far!!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I absolutely LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this condo! We spent 10 days here and we can't wait to return for another family vacation!!

Where do I begin? The condo was within walking distance to most of the activities that we wanted to do, in a very safe gated community. It was neat, clean, beautifully decorated and stocked with almost all the conveniences of home, plus a fabulous pool!

The owners were wonderful with phone calls and emails with any questions we had about booking, transportations questions and gave us great info/suggestions of things to do with our children while visiting. Once we arrived there... There is a large binder of all the answers to all the questions we had about Playa del Carmen, they thought of everything!

The concierge/management staff were amazing!!! They were so helpful by meeting us at the airport, transportation services, meeting us at the condo the moment we arrived and any questions we had during our 10 day stay. They drew us a map to the local supermarkets and gave us info on the best restaurants in the area.

There is plenty to do and see in the local area, and the condo is conviently located to go in any direction either by walking, cab or bus!!

We can't thank the owners enough for such a wonderful vacation experience!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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CAN'T WAIT TO RETURN

  • 5 of 5

ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS CONDO. EXCELLENT LOCATION, WALKING DISTANCE TO DOWNTOWN NIGHTLIFE. A QUIET AND PEACEFUL RESIDENCE. OWNERS ARE VERY HELPFUL, MAID SERVICE AND MANAGEMENT SERVICES OUTSTANDING. LOOKED FORWARD TO THE DAILY VISITS OF THE YUCATAN BLUEJAYS IN THE TREE NEXT TO THE BALCONY. ACTUALLY VENTURED OUT IN A COLLECTIVO FOR AN AFTERNOON ADVENTURE TO KANTUCHI. THE POOL WAS NEVER CROWDED. ENDLESS CHOICES FOR DAY TRIPS AND ENTERTAINMENT WITH A LITTLE WALKING. (WE LIKE TO WALK) THANK YOU MARK AND LAURIE FOR SHARING YOU GREAT CONDO

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Great place to stay in PDC!

  • 5 of 5

My party of 4 spent a week at this lovely condo and can't say enough good things about it! It is located in a quiet gated community within easy walking distance (10 minutes) of the beach, the ferry to Cozumel, and 5th Avenue. We did not rent a car and did not need one as there were plenty of restaurants in walking range. If you do wish to venture further out, cabs are plentiful. The condo is equipped with almost everything you need other than your own clothing and personal items. The pool is beautiful and we had it to ourselves most of the time (except when we were joined by a coatimundi!). The owner has left a notebook in the condo with extensive and valuable information about the local area, including restaurant recommendations, transportation tips, etc. If you're looking for some peace and quiet and aren't afraid of a little walking to reach the main tourist area, this is a great place to stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Cancun airport
Nearest Point of Interest
Guard Gate entrance
Nearest Point of Interest
5th Avenue
Nearest Point of Interest
Beach clubs
Nearest Point of Interest
Bus station
Nearest Point of Interest
Paseo del Carmen Plaza
Nearest Point of Interest
Here we are!
Car: not necessary

Our condo is located in the perfect location for all the fun things that the Riviera Maya has to offer! After a peaceful nights' sleep in a safe, quiet neighborhood, you are within easy walking distance to the beaches, 5th Avenue, shopping, restaurants and local transportation for tours and visiting the ruins. Our personal favorite way to end the day is with a soak in our large pool while staring up at the stars.

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Rates & Availability

Playacar Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Low Season
Sep 1 2016 - Dec 17 2016
3 night minimum stay
$150
$800
$1,600
 
 
Christmas 2016
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,750
 
 
High Season
Jan 8 2017 - Apr 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
$200
$1,250
$2,800
 
 
Easter/Spring Break 2017
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 22 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,500
 
 
High Season
Apr 23 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$200
$1,250
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 26 2017
5 night minimum stay
$200
$1,200
 
 
Christmas 2017
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 6 2018
7 night minimum stay
$1,750
 
 
High Season
Jan 7 2018 - Mar 24 2018
3 night minimum stay
$200
$1,250
$2,800
 
 
Easter 2018
Mar 25 2018 - Apr 8 2018
7 night minimum stay
$1,500
 
 
High Season
Apr 9 2018 - May 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
$200
$1,250
$2,600
 
 
Thanksgiving 2018
Nov 17 2018 - Nov 25 2018
5 night minimum stay
$200
$1,200
 
 
Christmas 2018
Dec 17 2018 - Jan 6 2019
7 night minimum stay
$1,750
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$160
$900
$1,900
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 6.0%

The monthly rental cost is the rate listed above plus the cost of electricity during your stay - the meter will be read at checkin and when you depart. This is a considerable savings if you watch your air conditioning usage and don't run the A/C when you are out of the condo. We have many repeat guests that love using this rate formula. A separate deposit of $400 for the electricity will be collected from you at check in either in cash or through credit card voucher. The unused portion will be refunded to you. NOTE: The VRBO automated system does not correctly quote our rates to you for periods between 2 and 4 weeks - The rate for 3 weeks is the same for 4 weeks. Please inquire for an exact quote but do not let the high automated system quote scare you away!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Playacar Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Golf Course View
  • Near The Ocean ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    Guest Bath - toilet , shower
  • Hair dryer, shampoo and lotion provided
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Guest Bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Pack n Play crib available upon request; and a air mattress.
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) A crib may be made available by request
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Bicycles ...
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • In Ground Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
We provide a programmable safe for your valuables, plenty of beach towels, 4 portable beach chairs and 2 beach umbrellas, small cooler, tote bags, float loungers - everything you need for a fun day at the beach or pool. Free concierge service also for your tours and activities.

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