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The Reef Playacar - A to Z Inspection

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The following is David's professional opinion from a recent hotel inspection.

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Ambiance-Tropical, lush, tropical, lush, did I say this resort was tropical and lush? I could not believe once you passed the lobby you felt like you were in another world. This small resort of just over 200 rooms exceeded my expectations.

Beach-The beach looks fantastic after the beach recovery project back in early 2010. It has never looked better. A great beach to be able to take a nice long walk.

Charges (extra) - Spa treatments, motorized water sports long distance and business services like internet access would be extra. One of the few resorts that still charge a couple of dollars a day for the safe in the room.

Distances- In the resort community of Playacar just a 20 minute walk into Playa del Carmen. Many people like to be close to Playa for the shopping on 5th Avenue or to maybe take the 45 minute ferry across to Cozumel.

Entertainment on Property -They have activities all during the day, and entertainment in their theatre in the evening.

Fitness Area - Pretty basic but enough machines to work up a sweat. The surrounding area is perfect for joggers and runners to get a nice run in and feel safe and secure.

Food- They have 5 restaurants if you count the ice cream parlor, 2 are specialty restaurants serving Italian and Mexican cuisine. There is no limit to the number of times you may eat at the specialty restaurants and reservations are required 24 hours in advance

Getting Around- Great area to walk into town or if you want to take a taxi, it is only around $5.00.

Internet Access -They have wi-fi from the lobby and business center at a charge.

Jackets and Ties- Keep them at home, but bring slacks and polo shirt for dinner in the Specialty restaurants.

Kids-They have a kids club for children ages 4 to 12. Babysitting is also offered.

Little Known Fact-There are two natural Cenotes (caves) running straight through the resort.

Medical Services-On call medical services.

Negatives-If you are looking for a large mega resort, this would not be a good fit for it is small and very quaint. And I wish they would stop charging for the room safe.

Nightlife- They have entertainment in the evening and there is plenty of nightlife a short taxi ride away in Playa del Carmen. If you get a chance to walk down 5th avenue during the evening it is a whole different experience than during the day.

Opportunities- They offer a private romantic dinner on the beach which if you have never done this, it is well worth it.

Pool- They have 3 pools, one is the swim up bar pool where the activities are held, another is a relaxing pool and they have a wading pool for the children.

Protection-In room safe at and extra charge :(.

Recreation- Not only do they have the non motorized water sports but with their own small marina, you have access to plenty of motorized water sports which is nice.

Rooms- Their rooms are small which I was expecting for this size resort but bigger than some of the others in its category. I was pleasantly surprised. They have either a king bed or two double beds.

Shopping-They have a small shop at the resort for incidentals and small gifts plus you have plenty of shopping in Playa del Carmen.

Spa- I am not a spa expert but from my perspective it was pretty basic.

Terrain- Because of its tropical nature, there are some slopes to navigate as you traverse the property though it is small. People who have trouble walking might not do as well here.

Updates-The beach is coming back!

View-You are right on the ocean but the way the 18 villas are built with the lush tropical foliage, there are no ocean view rooms.

Weather-Mid December through May has the best weather. September and October gets more rain.

WOW Factor-I could not believe how tropical the grounds of the resort are.

X-Y-Z- This is a great resort if you want small, lush and convenience to Playa del Carmen.

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"Just the Facts"

Hotel Location


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The Reef Playacar is located in Playacar within walking distance from Playa del Carmen in the beautiful Mexican Caribbean on the coast of the Riviera Maya, some 40 miles (60 km) south of Cancún. Playa del Carmen is blessed with white sandy beaches, crystal clear Caribbean waters and that warm, small town feeling that is proving harder and harder to find. It is a place for those in search of the real Caribbean. Experience The Reef Playacar and the endless adventures Mundo Maya has to offer.

Hotel Facilities


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HOTEL OVERVIEW

Number of Floors 3
Number of Rooms 202
Year Built 1998
Last Renovation 2005
Check-in Time 3:00 PM
Check-out Time 12:00 PM
Check-in Minimum Age 18 years
Atmosphere Both Active and Relaxed
Hotel Appeals To All Groups

HOTEL AMENITIES

On-Site Shopping Multiple Shops
Babysitting Services Available Yes, Fees May Apply
Babysitting Service Types Referral Service
Rollaway Beds Yes, Complimentary
Cribs Yes, Complimentary
24-Hour Front Desk Yes
Wake Up Calls All Rooms
Concierge Yes
Porter/Bellhop Available Yes
Baggage Check Available Yes, Complimentary
Courtesy Room Yes, Complimentary
Safety Deposit Box Available Yes, Fees May Apply
ATM Available Yes
Business Services On-Site Yes, Fees May Apply
Description of Business Center: Internet (extra Charge)
Wireless internet in our lobby area (additional charge)
Internet Access Terminal Yes, Fees May Apply
Housekeeping Daily
Laundry Service Yes, Fees May Apply
Laundry Service Type Valet
Self Parking Yes, Complimentary
Primary Airport Name CUN
 

Hotel Room Details


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Standard

Bedding options available: King size or two double beds. All rooms are run of the house
Air conditioning All rooms
Alarm clock/radio All rooms
Telephones All rooms
Tub and/or shower Tub & shower
Hairdryer All rooms
Iron/ironing board All rooms
Television All rooms
Cable/satellite television All rooms
In-room safe All rooms
Internet terminal within the room available Yes, fees may apply
Refrigerator in room All rooms
Room opens to balcony/patio All Rooms
Outdoor furniture Yes

ADDITIONAL AMENITIES

All rooms include - air conditioning, ceiling fan, satellite reception television, direct access telephone, alarm clock radio, safety deposit box ($)iron and ironing board, refrigerator, and a full bathroom with tub and shower, vanity mirror & hair dryer

ROOM POLICIES

Occupancy limits - 3 adults, 2 children, 4 total
Dining


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DINING

Number of Restaurants On Site: 5

Buffet Restaurant Chula Vista for breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Italian a la carte restaurant Botticelli for dinner only. Reservations required and dress code apply.

La Terraza grill a la carte restaurant with grilled Mexican specialties for dinner only. Reservations required and dress code apply.

Ice cream parlor with coffees & ice creams in the afternoon

Snack Bar La Chiquita

Number of Lounges/Bars On Site: 4

Lobby Bar

Theatre Bar La Jolla open during night entertainment

Snack Bar La Chiquita Open during the day and for a late night snack

Swim up bar in our relax pool, open during the day

Sports bar, Bar Papos open until 2 am

All bars offer national and international drinks.

Activities & Entertainment


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Recreation & Activities

Please be aware that due to changing weather and ocean conditions, beach shapes and characteristics may vary.

Activities/Tour Desk Yes
Beach Type Public
Beach Access Direct
Description of Pools: 1 activities pool
1 relax pool
1 children pool
1 jacuzzi
Number of Swimming Pools 2
Number of Wading Pools 1
Adult Outdoor Pools Are Heated None
Swim-up Pool Bars Yes
Non-Motorized Water Sports Available Yes, Complimentary
Wind surf, boogie boards, kayaks, catamarans, snorkel equipment
Motorized Water Sports Available Yes, Fees May Apply
Wave runners, diving, para sailing, fishing tours, snorkel tours
Gameroom/Arcade On Site No
Bike Rental On Site Yes, Complimentary
Moped Rental On Site No
Tennis Courts Available Yes, Complimentary
Number of Tennis Courts On Site 1
Number of Lighted Tennis Courts On Site 1
Tennis Equipment Rental Available Yes, Complimentary

FITNESS & SPA FACILITIES

Fitness Center Yes, Complimentary
Hot Tubs/Jacuzzis - Indoor 0
Hot Tubs/Jacuzzis - Outdoor 1
Sauna Available No
Spa Available Yes, Fees May Apply
Steam Room Available Yes, Fees May Apply

WEDDING SERVICES

Wedding Services On Site Yes
Different wedding packages, Agua wedding, Tropical Caribbean Wedding, The Ideal Wedding, Mayan Wedding

wedding coordinator on site. Our contact is groupsales@thereefplayacar.com

GOLF AMENITIES

Golf Course On Site No
Distance to Off Site Golf Course Within 1 mile

Off Site Golf Shuttle No

ENTERTAINMENT

Entertainment On Site Yes

Show Caribe caliente, Seventies show, Mexican folklore, Casino night, Disney show, Prehispanic show, Latino show, Mr. & Mrs. Reef show, international show

First Attraction Served Down town Playa del Carmen

Distance to First Attraction Within 1 mile

Second Attraction Served Xcaret

Distance to Second Attraction Within 5 miles

Third Attraction Served Xel-Ha

Distance to Third Attraction More than 15 miles
Fourth Attraction Served ATV tour
Distance to Fourth Attraction Within 5 mile
 

Children's Programs


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Children's Activity Program Yes, Complimentary

Open hours 9 am - 12 pm & 3 pm- 5 pm
children from 4 - 12 years
Activities such as; sand castle contest,Piñata time, ceramics, drawing contest, soccer game, movie time, mexican games, treasure hunt or music.
Children's Play Area Yes


 
 

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