Check out where we stayed and where we ate in Playa Del Carmen!
Where we stayed
We were booked into the Soho Playa which is a small boutique hotel set one block back from the main street and a 5 minute walk from the beach. The lobby is a cool oasis from the heat and bustle outside, it has a four storey waterfall and showcases local artists work.
The rooms are gorgeous, and feature small balconies with hammocks. On the roof is a small pool that overlooks the city and has a bar which serves cocktails directly to your sunlounger.
Each morning we had breakfast in the small restaurant that’s off the lobby, they have a pretty extensive menu to choose from so there is something for everyone.
Where we ate
The hotel recommended this place as it was very close by, and we weren’t disappointed. From memory it is a chain restaurant but it doesn’t seem that way, it really feels like a traditional Mexican restaurant. Plus they do massive cocktails!
This is a traditional Mayan restaurant, so it’s a bit different from your traditional Mexican food. It’s very popular, especially the outside seating on the street, we end up inside upstairs and it was very, very hot! Personally I didn’t really like the food here, however Jess enjoyed hers and it rates well on TripAdvisor.
We came here after a long day adventuring and it was great for a quick bite to eat. It has a pretty cool and relaxed atmosphere with loud music and a younger clientele. They are on the cheap side but still good and do cocktails for 85 Pesos!
We went to this place as we were planning on going shopping and needed to eat before hand. They also had a two-for-one cocktail deal on, which, when you go up, means two of the same cocktail, you can’t mix and match which is a tad annoying. There is a lot of showmanship here, they also take your photo and then put it on a bottle of liquor and try to sell it to you. Personally I didn’t really rate the food here, and there so many better options along the avenue.
On our final night we felt like something different and this place was on the corner by our hotel. They lured us in with a sample of free pizza and we had a lovely table on the street front so we could people watch! The food was delicious, probably some of the best Italian food I have had, and ironically in Mexico! It’s also very reasonably priced and the staff are very friendly.
In the next blog post I’ll include the amazing activities we did, from swimming with sea turtles to visiting on of the 7 Wonders of the World!