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What We Love

  • Great location half a block from both restaurant- and boutique-lined Fifth Avenue and a relatively quiet stretch of the beach
  • Views of the Caribbean Sea from the rooftop terrace and many rooms
  • The hotel restaurant serves a healthy continental breakfast and mix of local dishes and international cuisine

What To Know

  • Free WiFi
  • Rooms have a simple beach look
  • Children 17 and under are not permitted
  • The hotel is just a block from a prime patch of Fifth Avenue, Playa del Carmen’s frenetic main thoroughfare
  • There’s some on-going construction in this part of Playa


  •  Adults Only
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Distinctive boutique Playa del Carmen sleep less than a block from the beach and Fifth Ave, with huge rooms and a rooftop lounge

The Lowdown

On Calle 8, less than half a block from Fifth Avenue and the beach, Illusion Boutique Hotel offers a comfy base for enjoying the best of Playa. In a distinctive low-rise building scored with terra-cotta tile topped balconies and lots of greenery, interiors channel a cool, beachy look from the marble floors and chunky bamboo furniture to tropical prints and whirring ceiling fans. A towering water feature anchors the central atrium where guests can sit, dine and drink alfresco. Guestrooms are all individually designed but uniformly spacious and have AC, satellite TV and mini fridges. Mirage and Prestige rooms are done up in classic tropical style with rattan bed frames, colorful artwork and Balinese-inspired furnishings, while Cabaña rooms have a more contemporary look, with black lacquer furniture and palette of slate, chocolate and white. Guestrooms on the fourth floor have direct access to the rooftop lounge and plunge pool, but all guests are welcome to use the communal space for daytime sun worship with a Caribbean Sea view. On the ground floor, Nuestra Casa restaurant dishes up a healthy continental breakfast, homemade baked goods and a menu of local favorites and international fare.

In the Area

The hotel is just a block from a prime patch of Fifth Avenue, Playa del Carmen’s frenetic main thoroughfare. There are curiously few good Mexican restaurants, but you’ll find local specialties at Maiz de Mar, Almirante Peche and the hip Plank. For beach time, nab your lounger early at Mamita’s Beach Club or arrive after dark for a dance party on the sand. For a dose of retail therapy, Fifth Avenue favorites include Narcisa and La Bikineria. Away from Playa, make the one-hour drive to hip Tulum for culture at the ancient Mayan ruins, top eats at Hartwood, Posada Margherita and Zamas, and eco-adventures in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.

How to Get There

Illusion Boutique Hotel by Xperience Hotels – Adults Only
8th St North
Playa del Carmen, 77710 Mexico


Great for the price

Spent a week here. The bartender Manuel made the visit worth remembering! Best service and made a personal touch to the stay.

The room was ok. We didn't spend so much time there, if we had, it would have been nice with a window not leading to the corridor to the other rooms. TV not working. When we arrived our booking had not gone through, unclear if that was because of the travel agency or the hotel. Good cleaning.

The breakfast was nice and good menu to choose from, but slow some days when we were in need of eating breakfast in 30 min due to buses. Nice staff.

Last Time in Playa

Thank you to Peirre, Pedro, Mirian, Venecia, Alejandra, and Emmanel (I hope I remembered his name correctly...Pool side bartender). The mentioned staff at Illusion Boutique Hotel made our stay very enjoyable and could not do enough for you. Really lovely people.

Hotel & Restaurant
Edward M

Visited this quaint little hotel & restaurant in August, the hotel itself is spotlessly clean and is just off 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen, we were met by Gabriela the manager and the front reception staff who were all so friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble for Gabriella and her team, their aim was to ensure satisfaction to all that walked through the door.

Thank you Gabby and to all of your team. see you all again soon. x