Very Good 2045 Reviews
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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


4.5 Very Good 2045 Reviews
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

Lovely place
karen m

Went to look at this hotel today to see if we would like to stay there on our next visit we were met by lovely reception staff who called the manager Gabriela to take time out of her busy day she showed us several different rooms or bright and cheerful and spotlessy clean nothing was too much trouble Gabriela then took us to the Pierre Masson restaurant that is attached to the hotel we had a lovely snack and a coffee again served by lovely staff and the prices were excellent we would definitely recommend this hotel and will be booking later on in the year thank you Gabriela for taking the time to show us around your lovely hotel

Romantic hotel

The hotel was very good The hygiene was perfect and the room were kept well clean. The staff were very friendly. The breakfast was good. Special thanks to Pedro and Fernando. They took excellent care of us. Bartender Manuel is the best you can get. He makes great cocktails and creates a relaxed atmosphere with good music. The only thing less was that we had to go to a different hotel the first day. That room was a lot less with a broken shower.