The Best Hotels in Playa del Carmen to Live La Vida Loca

Best Hotels in Playa del Carmen MEX


Where to Stay in Playa del Carmen


Vamos a la playa!

Known for its coral reefs, palm tree-lined beaches and gorgeously azure seas, Playa del Carmen is rightfully one of Mexico’s most famous tourist destinations. And, unlike many North and Central American tourist meccas, Playa del Carmen offers incredibly convenient access to the city of Tulum and the ancient Mayan temple Chichen Itza.

Well known for its abundance of luxurious all-inclusive resorts, deciding where to stay can be a daunting task for families, couples, and spring break vacationers alike!

Fortunately, we’ve got you covered – keep reading for our favorite places to stay in Playa del Carmen, Mexico!





Best Hotels in Playa del Carmen

To summarize, here’s a handy chart of our recommended Playa del Carmen hotels. All include free wifi and are known for comfort, great locations and great customer service.


Best Playa del Carmen, Mexico Hotels – Summary Comparison Chart

Name All Inclusive? Best For Price
Rosewood Mayakoba Yes All Check rates:
Belmond Maroma Yes Spa Lovers Check rates:
Banyan Tree Mayakoba Yes Couples Check rates:,
Hilton Playa del Carmen Yes Luxury Check rates:
The Palm at Playa No Families Check rates:

Below is more information about each hotel and why we recommend it!





Best Hotels in Playa del Carmen Mexico Rosewood Mayakoba
Best Hotels in Playa del Carmen Mexico Rosewood Mayakoba


Rosewood Mayakoba

Nestled in the heart of the Riviera Maya, the Rosewood Mayakoba takes the concepts of luxury, privacy, and peace and elevates them to utterly stratospheric levels.

With 130 suites interspersing lagoons and the Caribbean sea, the Rosewood Mayakoba offers its luxurious guests everything from terraces, outdoor garden showers, plunge pools, private boat docks, and suites that are literally less than twenty feet from the beaches of the Caribbean Sea.

What more could you want!


What makes this one of the best hotels in Playa del Carmen?

Despite an all-inclusive package that offers the aforementioned luxury suites, world-class dining options, multiple spa treatments, and even trips to many of the surrounding Mayan ruins, the Rosewood Mayakoba is not above offering fantastic deals to its patrons.

For every three nights booked, the Rosewood Mayakoba always offers the fourth night compliments of the house. Can’t beat that!

Check rates:

Read reviews: TripAdvisor





Best Hotels in Playa del Carmen Mexico Belmond Maroma
Best Hotels in Playa del Carmen Mexico Belmond Maroma


Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa

Set literally right between the white sand beaches of the Caribbean Sea and a lush jungle filled with everything from exotic parrots to butterflies, the Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa is a true luxury oasis in the Riviera Maya.

With four types of room and suite options featuring everything from garden views, plunge pools, and oceanfront terraces, this all-inclusive gem has the perfect option for all types of vacations!


Why stay at this all inclusive Playa del Carmen resort?

Besides its luxury accommodations, the Belmond Maroma offers a seemingly endless array of ways to spend your leisure time.

Whether it’s appointments with a staff of personal trainers, beachside yoga, guided trips to nearby Mayan ruins, or scuba diving amid the world’s second biggest coral reef, the Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa has something for everyone to enjoy!

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Read reviews: TripAdvisor





Best Hotels in Playa del Carmen Mexico Banyan Tree
Best Hotels in Playa del Carmen Mexico Banyan Tree


Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Located in the gated resort development of Mayakoba, the Banyan Tree Mayakoba offers its guests unrestrained access to the sparkling coral reefs, winding lagoons, teeming mangroves, and idyllic beaches of the Riviera Maya region.

With such a picturesque facility and special couples’ packages built around the resort’s spa and accommodations, come here and see why the Banyan Tree is one the most reputed hotels for honeymoons or really any couples’ escape!


What makes this one of Playa del Carmen’s best resorts for honeymooners? 

Of all the luxurious accommodations featured on this list, probably none have anything as incredible as the pool villas of the Banyan Tree Mayakoba.

With over 3,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, the Banyan villas feature everything from Mayan inspired bedding and furniture to hammocks to outdoor bathtubs. Talk about romantic!

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Hilton, the Royal Playa del Carmen

Located just a short walk from the famed Fifth Avenue of Playa del Carmen, the Hilton Playa del Carmen epitomizes the classically luxurious Riviera Maya all-inclusive resort.

With all of its suites featuring private balconies, terraces, and whirlpool tubs and some even featuring incredibly lavish features such as swim-up suites or beachfront walkouts, the Royal Playa del Carmen befits its regal name!


What makes this one of the best hotels in Playa del Carmen, Mexico?

Though its suites are some of the fanciest anywhere on the Riviera, the facilities and amenities throughout the rest of the Hilton Playa del Carmen might be even more impressive.

Guests at the Royal can enjoy everything from an award-winning spa featuring a traditional Temazcal sauna, a swim-up bar and tequileria, and daily opportunities for tennis, cooking classes, snorkeling, and even live music!

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The Palm at Playa

Located in the heart of Playa del Carmen, this boutique hotel reflects the fun-loving and bustling culture of the city it calls home.

With 69 rooms featuring a variety of loft and suite options and a restriction on children under 14, the Palm at Playa is perfect for vacationers looming for a romantic getaway or Spring Breakers alike!


What makes this one of Playa del Carmen’s best resorts? 

Though technically not an all inclusive resort, the Palm at Playa offers all the amenities one would expect from a Yucatan resort with a bustling urban location to boot!

The Palm provides its guest with everything from a rooftop with plenty of pools, views, and drinks and a full-service spa that developed its treatments based on traditional Mayan healing!

Check rates:

Read reviews: TripAdvisor





And that’s it! Our guide to Playa del Carmen’s best hotels to make the most of your stay.

Whether you’re looking for an all inclusive luxury hotel, a family hotels for kids, or a romantic hotel for couples, these top hotels in Playa del Carmen, Mexico are sure to please.


Visiting Mexico – Travel Checklist

From New York City, you can easily grab inexpensive direct flights to Cancun. From Cancun International Airport, either rent a car or take the local bus to Tulum, Playa del Carmen and other popular cities. If you’re visiting Puerto Vallarta or Mexico’s West Coast, you may need to transfer in Georgia or Texas if traveling during low season. Check here for flight deals.

For hotel bookings, we relied on For more help with planning your vacation to Mexico, we love Lonely Planet’s Mexico guidebook. The local advice for admissions, times, maps and pricing was pretty invaluable.

If you plan to scuba dive, kayak or swim – I recommend bringing along a GoPro to take some fun photos!

Finally, make sure to visit Mexico with travel insurance. Whether you get injured and need to be hospitalized, your phone gets stolen, or a flight delay leaves you with nothing but the clothes on your back, travel insurance will help when you need it most. Get a quote for your trip here.


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