What it is like to stay at the El Taj Oceanfront and Beachside Condo Hotel

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El Taj Hotel

The El Taj Oceanfront and Beachside Condo Hotel is right in the middle of Playa Del Carmen. This beachfront hotel has always stood out for its beautiful design and green tropical look. We have always wondered what it was like inside and what it is like to stay at this hotel. We recently had the opportunity to stay here so here is our review.

What are the rooms like at El Taj Hotel?

This is a condo hotel which means the rooms are set up like a condo that people could live in.  You have a full living space, bathrooms, bedrooms and a kitchen. Some of the rooms even have washers and dryers!

This style of hotel makes for a very comfortable stay with more benefits than just staying at a regular hotel or renting a condo. You have the benefit of a full condo but also the services of a hotel.

The rooms here are spacious and modern. They are decorated with local stones and tropical hardwoods. On the oceanfront side many rooms have an ocean view or partial view.

Overall, these rooms are very comfortable with all the conveniences of home that will make for a good vacation.

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One of the living rooms in the El Taj Oceanfront Hotel.


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An advantage of staying here is the fully equipped kitchens in the rooms.

What amenities does the El Taj Oceanfront and Beachside Condo Hotel have?

This is an area where this hotel excels. Compared to just staying at a hotel or condo rental this hotel has a lot to offer.  It is very nice to have a concierge/booking service in the lobby for example. In fact, there are many “extras” when staying here.

Here are some examples of what “extras” we are talking about:

  • Beach club access in front of the hotel.
  • Discounts to local restaurants and businesses.
  • Off street parking (which is very nice in the center of Playa Del Carmen).
  • Daily housekeeping if desired.
  • Two pools to choose from.
  • Snacks and liquor stocked items in room.
  • Fully functional and equipped kitchens.

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This is the pool on the beachside of the El Taj Hotel. Both pools are accessible for al guests.

What is near this hotel?

The El Taj Oceanfront and Beachside Condo Hotel is on Avenida 1 Norte and Calle 14 in the center of Playa Del Carmen. This makes it very central to everything in the downtown of Playa Del Carmen.

  • You are only about two blocks from 5th Avenue which is the main pedestrian street in Playa Del Carmen. Here you have about 22 blocks of shopping, restaurants and attractions.
  • If you want to enjoy the nightlife in Playa Del Carmen you are only about 2 or 3 blocks from a lot of places to go out. Don’t worry though, you cannot hear it since it is around the corner.
  • The Gym is just 3 blocks away and is one of the nicest gyms in Playa Del Carmen.


Our recommendations for this hotel

This condo hotel offers a comfortable stay in the heart of Playa Del Carmen. You will be within walking distance to most things in the downtown.

Since the rooms are all set up for comfort as well as kitchens, these rooms can make a nice base for a comfortable longer stay in Playa Del Carmen. Compared to large hotels in Playa, you have the option to order in food or make drinks in your room all with the facilities you need.

Since there are one-, two- and three-bedroom units this hotel can host families, groups or is a good place for friends to share a luxury condo. We mention in the video that is has more an adult vibe but we noticed that families were staying here and liked it.

For beach lovers, this hotel is right on the beach and has a beach club at its front door, sort of speaking.

What rooms are best at the El Taj Hotel

If you do want an ocean view, be sure to book the oceanfront side of this hotel. Check also the description of the room since some rooms are further back from the ocean. The higher the floor is also probably preferred by most. The views are further, and you will have more breeze usually.

If you want the same luxurious rooms but don’t necessarily need an ocean view, the beachside part of the hotel is good. The pool and courtyard are beautiful and a little more secluded. Although you can use both pools no matter which side you stay on.

Have you stayed at the El Taj Condo Hotel before? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below, we would love to hear from you. 

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  1. I have such fond memories of staying at El Taj. We went three years in a row but have not been able to come down of late because my mum has been ill. The beachfront balconies are about as close as you can get to the ocean and I love how big the units are. I know Playa has changed a lot but glad that this place is still around.

  2. That pool view! I want to be there now. I am stuck in snow and dreaming of Playa right now. Hope to book and be there in March. It is too far from now.

  3. Your video and description has sold me on this hotel. It looks perfect for what we are looking for. We have stayed at all inclusives but now want a little more calm vacation with space for our family. We have two kids that are 15 and 17 and like being in the center of Playa for all the walking and restaurants. So many things to do and see, we love it.

  4. I love your photos and video of this hotel. I will have to put this on my list of places to stay.

  5. Each condo here is a little different. We have stayed on the Beachside and loved the quiet setting and we have had oceanfront. Some of these condos are large enough for several couples and can be a good deal especially for oceanfront. There are only a few places that get you that close to the water. Most large resorts are set back pretty far and often many rooms are blocks from the beach even though they have an ocean view.

  6. This looks like a beautiful hotel. Thanks for your reviews of things in Playa del carmen. We have been coming for four years now and love the vibe of the city. We know there is so much more to discover. I love checking on your website to see what is new and getting an inside look at things.
    Thanks a lot!

  7. This is one of our favorite places to stay in Playa. We just hope the beaches get better. The seaweed is a big turnoff.

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