Thompson Playa Del Carmen
What We Love
- Thompson Hotels’ first Caribbean outpost in a prime Playa location on restaurant- and bar-lined Quinta Avenida
- The vast 30,000-square-foot roof deck, with an infinity pool, submerged loungers, cabanas, a bar and a restaurant by the team behind Catch, in New York’s Meatpacking District
- Guestrooms have a sophisticated Midcentury Modern look courtesy of Mexico City designers Niz + Chauvet
- Some of the 92 guestrooms have private terraces furnished with custom daybeds
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Downtown location, just a five-minute walk from the beach
- Quinta Avenida is Playa del Carmen's party central
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The first Caribbean outpost from design-loving Thompson Hotels, the Playa del Carmen promises a sophisticated Midcentury Mexican style, large guest rooms, and a 30,000-square-foot roof deck for lounging, dining, drinking, and dancing. Mexico City designers Niz + Chauvet are behind the smart style, which uses local materials and includes bespoke furnishings by Mexican craftsmen. All of the 92 guest rooms have beds dressed in sateen covers, craft cocktail bars and gourmet minibars, free WiFi and (in many rooms) private terraces furnished with custom daybeds. Most rooms overlook Playa’s streets, but some have partial views of the Caribbean. For even better scenery, head up to the sprawling 30,000-square-foot roof deck for 360-degree views of downtown and the blue sea beyond. This sure-to-be-a-hotspot playground has an infinity pool, sunken loungers and cabanas, a cocktail bar and food by the seafood experts at Catch, in New York’s Meatpacking District.
In the Area
The Thompson Playa del Carmen is on a prime patch of Quinta Avenida, Playa’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 (until the Beach House opens), 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, Quinta Avenida 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
My wife and I are two foodies on our honeymoon to Playa Del Carmen. We’ve tried every place listed as the best in Playa Del Carmen and have come back to C Grill three times already and are already planning on coming back some more. The atmosphere, view, service (Ricardo was absolutely fantastic every time), drinks, and food were all the best we had anywhere. Ricardo, our server, was extremely accommodating and made fantastic recommendations for not just dishes on the menu, but other places to go in the area. We came for brunch and tried the Americano breakfast and were very impressed. When we came back for lunch we liked it even more. The sauces for the chicken infladitas and the lobster enchiladas are perhaps the best I’ve ever had anywhere. I got the suckling pig entree and was floored. The meat was cooked perfectly and the flavor balance with the vinegar slaw was immaculate. I’ll be coming back a few more times on this trip and every single time afterwards.
Isolated group of hotels but not remote, with a lovely town nearby. You won't regret this area.
Beaches accessable and clean. Clear seas. Within reasonable travel time for most of the peninsula and it attractions or historical sights. Xcaret , Tulum and if course Chitchen Itsa
We spent the day by the pool followed by dinner at the ‘catch’ restaurant. The service with both exceeded expectations. The server German for day service by the pool was out of this world and his beautiful character made our day! Highly recommended!!!
I will return to this hotel, I loved all the details, the pool is great, the view incredible, the rooms just spectacular. The staff is always very attentive to the needs we request. Also the very nice beach club and a spectacular view.
The Thompson Playa Del carmen exceeded our expectations in every way. It made our stay for the wedding all the more enjoyable! The staff was incredibly attentive. Aida always went above and beyond to meet all of our expectations. She was so genuinely kind and considerate at all times!