Winter Escape to Mexico! Part 3 – Where to Stay in Playa del Carmen
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The experience changed my life in such a positive way! I saw how kind and generous the Mexicans were towards me, even when they had very little. I realized how much we take for granted in the US, and how blessed we are in so many ways.
Since that time, I’ve wanted to return to Mexico for another mission trip. But this time, my friends and I were on vacation, so we visited Playa del Carmen before our recent trip to Cuba!
No trip could ever replace that first time in Mexico though. I feel thankful that I was able to go to help others.
Winter Escape to Mexico Trip Report Index:
- Part 1 – Introduction & Planning
- Part 2 – Transport to & From Playa del Carmen
- Part 3 – Where to Stay in Playa del Carmen
- Part 4 – What to Do in Playa del Carmen
- Part 5 – Where to Eat in Playa del Carmen
- Part 6 – Blog Giveaway
Modern Airbnb in Playa del Carmen
We stayed at a clean, comfortable Airbnb in Playa del Carmen. The total cost was $339 for a total of 3 nights, which was split between the 5 of us. So we each paid ~$68 per person for 3 nights total. You can use my Airbnb referral and get $20 off your next stay!
Be sure exactly where you want to stay before you book your Airbnb. Because some hosts have very strict cancellation policies! You might not be able to change your plans at the last minute. It’s not like hotels, where you can cancel ~24 hours ahead of time with no penalty.
We checked into our Airbnb, and our host Claudio was there to greet us soon after our arrival. We found the key outside before he arrived, but he showed us some basics like how to work the air conditioning and internet.
The Airbnb had two floors. On the lower floor was the living room, which had an L-shaped sofa and a table.
The apartment was more spacious than anticipated!
There was an updated kitchen with granite countertops. We had a full-size fridge and stove. There was also a large bottle of filtered water in the kitchen, which lasted us our entire trip!
Behind the kitchen was the dining table. This served as our breakfast table and office space.
Upstairs were 2 bedrooms with 2 king-size beds. We had extra pillows and sheets. The Airbnb also provided beach towels! There was air conditioning in both bedrooms.
There were 1.5 baths. The half bath was on the main floor, next to the kitchen. The full bathroom was upstairs, between the bedrooms.
The neighborhood where we stayed looked modern and well-kept. We wanted a central location so we could walk to all the main restaurants, activities, and beaches.
I appreciated that it was still quiet and relaxed. We discovered Cafe Orange, a delicious restaurant within a 5-minute walk from our apartment. It was perfect for coffee and breakfast!
Consider Redeeming your Points for Hotels, Too!
If you’re looking for a more luxurious trip, consider staying at the Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort, which is located right on the beach, and just a few minutes away from the main streets. It costs 20,000 Hyatt points per night.
Many of the rooms have beach-facing views! This hotel gets great reviews on TripAdvisor, so it’s likely worth a stay!
Luxury resorts are great, but sometimes I prefer to stay closer to the locals. And Airbnb is great for larger groups and families because you get a lot more for your money. We got 2 large bedrooms, a full kitchen, dining table, and living room for $68 total per person!
You Can Do It, Too!
If you’d rather experience a Hyatt resort, you can sign-up for the Chase Hyatt card, which comes with a sign-up bonus of 2 free nights at ANY Hyatt!
You can also transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio if you have the:
But I would not recommend this method. Because you can usually purchase a room at the Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen through the Chase travel portal for less points than if you transferred them to Hyatt![table id=267 responsive=scroll responsive_breakpoint=phone /]
Bottom LineAirbnb is a great alternative to hotels, and can be much cheaper! The total cost for our Airbnb was $339 for a total of 3 nights, which was split between the 5 of us. We paid ~$68 per person of the 3 nights total. You can use my Airbnb referral and get $20 off your next stay!
Make sure you’re certain of your plans before you book your Airbnb reservation, because some hosts have very strict cancellation policies, and Airbnb usually charges a cancellation fee.
We had an awesome stay at this Airbnb. It was clean, comfortable, and had fast Wi-Fi!
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