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Playacar Palace


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2018 Exceptional Values
Extra Value:
Receive up to a $1500 in Resort Credit (booking dates, travel dates, duration and usage restrictions may apply).
Free Symbolic Weddings: Restrictions apply - see applebeachbrides.com.
Honeymoon: Honeymoon dinner and one breakfast in bed (reservations required; restrictions apply).
Family: Two kids 12 and under Stay, Play, and Eat Free (valid 6/01-12/23/18)!

2019 Exceptional Values
Extra Value:
Receive up to a $1500 Resort Credit (booking dates, travel dates, duration, and usage restrictions may apply).
Free Symbolic Weddings: Restrictions apply. See applebeachbrides.com.
Honeymoon: Bottle of sparkling wine, mini-cake, honeymoon dinner at select restaurants, two T-shirts, and breakfast in bed (reservations required; minimum 3 night stay).
Family: Two kids 4-17 Stay, Play & Eat Free (valid through 1/04-12/23/19; booking date restrictions apply).

Ideally situated right on the glistening white sand beach of the Caribbean Sea, the intimate and luxurious Playacar Palace is an all-inclusive resort that's well suited for a relaxed family vacation, a picture-perfect wedding or a romantic honeymoon. Playacar Palace is just minutes from the laidback charms of Playa del Carmen and its outdoor restaurants, authentic Mexican shops, bars, and nightclubs on famous 5th Avenue.

Enjoy the modern spa or take a refreshing swim in the sparkling pool. Enjoy a large, smooth beach that seems designed by nature for wading, throwing a Frisbee, flying kites, or playing beach volleyball.

Savor exceptional international dining at three restaurants with unlimited wine by the bottle and brand name spirits. After dinner, enjoy nightly activities and entertainment that both adults and kids will love.

Playacar Palace features 208 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, most with balconies and ocean views of the Caribbean Sea and Cozumel Island that will take your breath away. Equally inspiring are the abundant in-room amenities, including a double Whirlpool Tub in every room, 24-hour room service, and luxurious and stylish décor.

Additional services and amenities are available at other Palace Resorts in Cancun, Riviera Maya, and Cozumel! Explore all that this incredible area has to offer! (Le Blanc Spa Resort is excluded and transfers are not included.)

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HOTEL LOCATION
Located on the pristine beaches of Playa del Carmen in the Rivera Maya, this hotel is situated amongthe Mayan Ruins and between two of the best golf courses in Mexico.
Address: FRACC PLAYACAR, KM 62.5
PLAYA DEL CARMEN
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Local Phone: 011-52-984-87...
Toll Free Phone: 800-635-1836
Fax: 011-52-984-873-4961
HOTEL FACILITIES
Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Car Rental
Concierge
Currency Exchange
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Physician on Call
Pools
Number of Pools: 1
Outdoor Pools: 1     
Swim-up Bar
Golf: NEARBY
Holes: 18
Tennis
Number of Courts: 1
Lighted Courts: 1
Water Sports on Site
Scuba: Additional Charge
Other Sports Available
Other Sports: Beach & water volleyball,billiards, ping pong, table game
Health Club / Spa
Massage: Additional Charge
Nautilus Equipment: Additional Charge
Spa: Additional Charge
HOTEL DETAILS
This intimate and luxurious beach front hotel surrounds palms trees, pools, swim up bar and is within walking distance of the charming town of Playa del Carmen. Check-in: 3:30 p.m.
Check-out: 12:00 p.m.
Total Rooms: 201
Year Opened: 2005 Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, American Express
HOTEL RESTRICTIONS
No springbreakers, Must be at least 18 years old to check in. Restrictions apply for kids 17 & under when using the Spa facilities & services. Please check with Spa on arrival.
ROOM TYPES
SAND SUITE
Suite includes one king bed or two double beds, a double whirlpool tub, and direct access to the beach. Room also features oceanfront views, private check-in, aromatherapy menu, exclusive beach bag, turndown service, 24-hour room service, and more.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Shower
Room Service
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Room Safe
Satellite
SUPERIOR DELUXE OCEAN VIEW
Room includes one king bed or two double beds, a double whirlpool tub, and a balcony or terrace with stunning ocean views. Room also features CHI bath amenities, a liquor dispenser with premium brands, 24-hour room service, turndown service, and more.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Shower
Room Service
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Room Safe
Satellite
DELUXE RESORT VIEW
Room includes one king bed or two double beds, a double whirlpool tub, and a furnished balcony with limited or obstructed resort views. Room also features a liquor dispenser with premium brands, 24-room service, turndown service, and more.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Shower
Room Service
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Room Safe
Satellite
GOVERNOR SUITE
Suite includes one king bed, a double whirlpool tub, a living room, and a furnished balcony with ocean views. Room also features a liquor dispenser with premium brands, 24-hour room service, turndown service, WiFi, and more.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Shower
Room Service
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Room Safe
Satellite
SUPERIOR DELUXE PARTIAL OCEAN
Room includes one king bed or two double beds, a double whirlpool tub, and a french style balcony with partial ocean views. Additional amenities include a liquor dispenser with premium brands, CHI bath amenities, 24-hour room service, and more.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Shower
Room Service
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Room Safe
Satellite
CONCIERGE ROOM
Room includes one king bed, a double whirlpool tub, a sitting area, and a furnished balcony with ocean views. Premium amenities include a liquor dispenser, two 25 minute massages, private check-in, nightly petit fours, 24-hour room service, and more.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Shower
Room Service
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Room Safe
Satellite
HONEYMOON SUITE
Suite includes one king bed, a double whirlpool tub, a balcony with two sunbeds and beautiful oceanfront views, and a sitting area. Additional amenities include a liquor dispenser with premium brands, 24-hour room service, and much more.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Shower
Room Service
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Room Safe
Satellite

OTHER INFO
Smart TV and Apple TV is available in select rooms.
DINING
Playacar Palace features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips
There are 3 Restaurants at Playacar Palace:
MoMoNo Hana - Oriental a la carte restaurant. Open for dinner. Dress Code: Casual Elegance
Terrazza - Italian a la carte restaurant. Dress Code: Casual Elegance
Cafe Del Mar - International buffet for breakfast and lunch. Mexican buffet for dinner. Dress code: Casual
ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Golf, beach volleyball, activities program, and sparkling pool.
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
Theme parties or shows nightly
CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS
Kids' Club
Applicable Ages: 4-12 years old

TripAdvisor Web Reviews
Based on 824reviews
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Apple Vacations Traveller Reviews
MICHAEL A.
Sep 17 2014
We really enjoyed ourselves at the Playacar Palace. The staff was top notch. Everyone greeted us with smiling faces and were eager to assist us. Francisco, the bartender, was always a pleasure to see in the morning and afternoon. He takes pride in what he does and it shows through on the service he provided us. Erik in customer service was very helpful and answered any questions we had. He went above and beyond to help us any chance he got. This vacation will be hard to beat and we look forward to coming back. Thank you for everything!!
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CHARLES C.
Mar 11 2014
Positives included the swimming pool and beach; the close proximity to Playa del Carmen's shops and restaurants; and, the closeness to the pier that provided transportation to Playa del Carmen. The smallness of the hotel also provided for a very relaxed environment without the need to get up early just to get a chair either at the beach or pool area. The hotel could use another restaurant for those who stay 7 days or more. Another food venue would have been greatly appreciated. The biggest disappointment was we ended up with a room with a beautiful view, but no balcony. We've never been to a highly rated resort in a room with no balcony. The bad part was that no where on the resort website (and while making reservations) does it state that there are rooms with no balcony's. Upon arrival, and getting our room, I immediately requested a move, but was told that the rooms with a balcony would be given to members, but we could upgrade to a suite for an additional $1000 for the week to have a balcony. We even asked to be contacted when guests moved out, but were never contacted by anyone from the hotel in 7 days. In fact, of the 6 or 7 calls I made to the front desk, my calls were never answered. Very disappointed. In addition, once we indicated that we were not interested in becoming a "Palace" member, help from the hotel staff became very limited.
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CATHERINE G.
Dec 11 2013
Playacar Palace is exactly what I want in a beach resort, so I’m reviewing the resort in the order of what my priorities are; with the beach first. Beach: It is the best beach in the Riviera Maya for swimming. I’ve stayed at several resorts in Mexico and in Punta Cana and none compare to this. The sand is still soft, white, and plentiful. You can wade well past any breaking waves (when they have them) and still stand up. The water is clear and beautiful. The water was unusually rough when we were there and it was still very swimmable. There were always beach chairs available and although there is only one beach side bar, the staff is always walking by and taking drink orders. Location: Again, a perfect location. One block from the pedestrian Fifth Ave. in Playa del Carmen, next to the pier for the ferry to Cozumel, and yet it never looked or felt overcrowded. Senor Frog’s is next door but was never too loud (but it wasn’t spring break either). The Hotel: Unusual but met all my needs. It is actually the old Continental Hotel that was bought, gutted and rebuilt by “Palace”. It is white; stark white. There is no Mayan or Mexican influence in the decor so if you want large palapa reception areas, and trails through jungle gardens with iguanas, coatimundis and monkeys, you won’t find them here. Instead the resort takes on a bit of a chameleon presence with a little Brazilian bossa nova music, good jazz, hip hop by the pool during the day and even a country song or two. It is small (200 rooms) and it looks like they all have ocean views. Everything is very close together, which I like. Reception area has one bar. There is a huge second story outdoor veranda overlooking the ocean, one buffet dining area next to the pool. The one outdoor bar serves the beach, the poolside and the swim up bar. One gift shop, one sports bar, an outstanding Italian restaurant and a Japanese restaurant. Everything looks towards the ocean. The entire resort appears to be handicapped accessible in a very subtle way that just incorporates into the design. The pool is nice but not one of the huge, ½ mile long rivers with fountains, bridges and waterfalls; those exist but not here. The pool is right on the beach, small to average in size and usually had available chairs. Water activities, kid’s area, swim up bar, even a ping pong table in the water are all there, but I prefer the ocean. The food: I’ve been to enough all inclusives to not expect great food; however this was the best (still not great). They’ve added a wood fired grill to the outdoor bar so you can get good pizzas day and night. The Italian restaurant is close to great and unlike the usual so-so theme restaurants in other resorts. It has a modern and changing menu with things like pumpkin risotto and a parmesan soup. Husband said the beef was excellent. I think the buffet worked well with this size resort. Food just appeared fresher and there were no mobs of people. Staff: Being a smaller resort, you get to know them staff and their shifts. Everyone from the girls that walk untold miles every day taking drink orders on the beach, to the waiters who always remember your name and how you like your coffee. Antonio usually met us as we walked in the door with a smile and a handshake. Angel at the reception bar is a gem; professional and knowledgeable. But everyone was eager to help and here’s the best part; they all appeared to enjoy working there and they all seemed to work as a team. The front reception area was a little more chaotic when we were there and the physical reception area is not terribly impressive to look at, but they did their best. We had paid for a small upgrade for our room and ended up with a substantial upgrade to a suite (Other than getting there late on a crowded night, we’re still not sure how that happened). There are many people doing many things in that area and it was confusing when you had a question. Best bet is the “public relations” desk to the left of check in. Specials: There is a 1500 dollar resort credit that can be used for many things. Don’t know if this is a permanent offer. Anyway, previous reviewers were correct when they say it can be tricky. You pay fees and taxes and the quoted base price is usually inflated. Still, we had a nice wine upgrade at the Italian restaurant and brought back a couple of tequila sampler boxes for very little money. We were not asked to take a time share tour but I think others were. The gift shop will let you use 40 credit dollars but only if you spend 100 dollars. You’ll get better deals in town if you like to bargain. Or if you hate to spend time haggling over prices, the gift shops at the Cancun airport have decent prices. Entertainment: I seldom go to the shows at resorts but these were amazing. I loved the water ballet in the pool, try not to miss it. I think their overall entertainment is much better than any place I’ve stayed in the past. The weddings (of which they have many) look beautiful and I don’t think they cost much (if anything) extra to set up. I watched their photographers on the beach and was so impressed with their creative poses, set ups etc. The Riviera Maya has great places to stay and explore but I doubt that I will find a place better than this one.
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Had a rocky start
ROBERT F.
Nov 30 2012
The day the Apple rep drove us to the hotel he tried to let us off at a hotel that was not ours. He did not speak hardly any English I insisted this was not ours and I was not getting off because I would never get to ours without it costing an arm and a leg, so he drove on, I showed him my paper work next he tried to drop us at the Riu palace, once again I said I was not getting out. He was pretty frustrated as well as I was. Finally he asked at another hotel that just has palace in the name. On the way home we had a delayed flight because something with the crew in St.Louis. After sitting 5 1/2 hours at the airport we finally got out of Cancun. They gave us a 5.00 voucher for lunch but our lunch was 60.00 at the airport. Also I liked that we bought an upgrade at the airport each way 20 dollars a piece to board first a couple drinks and a snack. I wouldn't have bothered paying the 40 dollar on the way home cause we sat soo long at airport I was starting to be fit to be tied. As far as resort it was great but getting there with the Apple rep was very frustrating!
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CHARLES B.
Feb 25 2012
My wife and I arrived @ 12- not able to access our room until 3pm. We were given a double and not able to be moved to a king-so slept in separate beds all 4 nights... The wait staff/service people were very kind and helpful all throughout our stay. The beaches were nice-no rocks or strong currents but littered with a lot of trash and a ton of seaweed. We met a couple that said they found a vile of blood on the beach the 1st day and wouldn't go back- it wouldn't surprise me. One week before our trip we were told by Apple vacations that our return flight thru Air Tran was cancelled and we needed to book something else ourselves that ended up costing us $667 more! Ironically we were put in a van from another hotel getting on our cancelled Air Tran flight to Atlanta...needless to say were were furious. It was a very expensive 4 days of subpar paradise. I will never book thru Apple Vacations again.
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RAYMOND P.
Jan 23 2012
Room service left a lot to be desired.on 3 occasions they either got the order wrong or forgot to bring items.looked like they just threw it together.food was descent.in one rest. Our waiter was tasked with other duties hence food was delayed and presented in the wrong order,but good when we got it
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TripAdvisor Traveller Reviews
Would go back in a heartbeat
Parisa s,
Thu Dec 13 21:28:36 EST 2018
We love this place so much that we we have gone back 3 times in the past year. The hotel, the Spa, food, beach and approximity to 5th ave is all great, but what makes this place fantastic is the staff. We love seeing the familiar faces and the great welcome that we get. They get to know you on the first couple of days and they truly make your vacation a relaxing experience compared to none other. Abigail, Icinio, Meyra, Edgar are just a few names to mention and not to forget the kids club staff. Everyone goes above and beyond to make sure you are taken care of while enjoying paradise. Parisa Vancouver, BC

Didn't want to leave.
Ginny G,
Thu Dec 13 11:48:39 EST 2018
We had a wonderful week in Playa del Carmen, and a wonderful stay at the Playacar Palace. We were so spoiled. The food was incredible. So many other resorts have buffets that are so-so. The buffet here is top notch. The serving plates were small so that the food was fresh all the time. (Some buffets we've seen have large serving platters that sit there for hours. These were always fresh.) Our room had a full window that opened to the ocean so we could listen to the surf all night if we wanted to. The staff was incredible, friendly and made you really feel welcome. We were greeted with a smile and a "buenos dias" or "hola" by every employee we crossed paths with--every one, every time! We really felt cared for and special. The spa was like no other in helping you feel pampered. We walked out of there on a cloud! We did not have to worry about anything. They helped us arrange tours, transportation, provided daily and evening entertainment, provided containers for box lunches for days when we left the resort, and did not overwhelm us with timeshare sales requests. We politely declined our membership "update" and they did not harass us after that--so refreshing!! We were able to walk to 10th Ave. shopping and town square, as well as to the ferry to Cozumel, which we did for the day. On the 2 nights we walked down to the town square, there were all kinds of activities going on, street vendors, food carts, a show with dancing and drumming. Lots of things to experience. We will be back. :-)

Playacar Paradise
55Liana1975, Dublin, California
Thu Dec 13 09:11:47 EST 2018
We keep going back to Playacar Palace for a totally relaxing vacation from the stress and strain of work. Starting the day in the Del Mar cafe with its variety of breakfast options. Our server, Isreal, knew what coffee we liked, how we liked it and had it ready almost before we sat down. Letica, our omelet maker, was engaging and sweet on top of making wonderful custom ingredient omelets. Pool time was so helpful in making us forget our worries. The day flew by with the congenial service from Silvia our pool attendant to Francisco (Sr.) the pool bartender. We felt so comforted by our friendly and helpful lifeguard, Ignacio and security attendant, Ernesto. Also, for making all of our cares disappeared was the hydro pool and spa services. We used the hydro area for sauna, steam, hydro pool and Jacuzzi free of charge almost daily to relieve some of my body’s aches and pains. Of course, the three massages we booked were the icing on the cake for melting away our strains both mental and physical. Daily walks along the beach were so enjoyable. Lastly, dinner was always a culinary delight. Our favorite restaurant was the Italian restaurant called Bocelli. There is such a large variety of many delicious entrees to choose from. Both Francisco and Rafael tended to our every need and desire. Just writing and thinking about our wonderful trip has me already planning our next trip back to the most pleasurable Playacar Place.

Playacar Palace Dec 2 to 12, 2018
Crafter7898, Prince George, Canada
Thu Dec 13 06:54:37 EST 2018
Just left from another fabulous visit to Playacar Palace. The reno's of last year are wonderful. We were there last year just days after they opened and not everything was finished, not the case this year. New elevators were also installed. The staff as always made us feel so welcomed and did whatever they could to make our stay pleasurable. Isreal and Edgar at Cafe del Mar in the morning with Bailey's for the coffee and mimosas. Isreal spoiled me with cold "special" coffee at lunch. Olivia was promoted to captain and was there at all the restaurants making sure everything was perfect. Antonio the manager in the Italian restaurant made sure we had our favourite rose wine during our stay. Pauline in the lobby bar in the evenings made me my requested recipe beverage. Eder our pool concierge made sure we were comfortable from the sun moving our umbrella as needed daily, the life guard also helped with this task. The entertainment staff were just that, entertaining. Fania, Jose (Pepe) and Cain with his paint with wine and cheese class he provided making artists of all of us and the others on the entertainment team. Susanne in the beauty salon did an excellent job once again with my hair cut and colour. The evening entertainment and the nightly shows are fantastic. They do a great job. I highly recommend this hotel. As it is a smaller property with 201 rooms you do not get lost in the large number of people. They call you by name, remember your likes for drinks, where you like to sit at the pool or restaurant.

Mayan Coffee
Michael W,
Wed Dec 12 16:05:43 EST 2018
Tonight me and my wife experienced a true local experience. We asked our waitor Eduardo for Mayan coffee for desert. At first he was unsure he could make it happen because of limited access to ingredients which was diavouraging. But luckily he was able to gather what he needed and make an treat for us. The show and drink itself was amazing. I strongly suggest anyone who stays to request this at least once. Thank you to the staff William, Eduardo, Felix, Meyra, and Olivia for creating a memory for us.



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