Mexico, TRAVEL

Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen Resort

grand hyatt playa del carmen

On our last day in the Mayan Riviera, we stayed at the Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen Resort. After our relaxing trip to Mayakoba, we needed a change of scenery and were wanting somewhere fun and lively to end the vacation.

Honestly, all I was thinking about was local tacos and shit.

I was debating on the Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen or on the Thompson hotel, but we ended up picking the Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen because of its beachfront location and its modern architecture.

THE HOTEL GRAND HYATT PLAYA DEL CARMEN

Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen is a new baby in town, as it has just been opened for roughly a year and a half. We arrived shortly after lunch, and the check-in process was great. The service was really friendly at the front desk.

From the outside of the property, it doesn’t seem like much; However, once you’re inside, the open-air lobby offers a glimpse of the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Simultaneously, the exposed wooden beams on the ceiling compliment the contemporary and classic approach to the hotel’s decor. All of these features are located within the main lobby of the property

THE POOLS & BEACH

The beach and pool service is nothing short of fantastic-they offer guests a button which vibrates to your wristband. As well, at a certain point throughout the day, the beach is public to non-resort guests. One factor I appreciate about having the beach public was that the water sports for tourists would become much cheaper than the resort prices; for example, to rent a jet-ski for the afternoon, it is $60! The water itself in front of the Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen is absolutely beautiful, in an array of 5-6 shades of blue.

One factor I appreciate about having the beach public was that the water sports for tourists would become much cheaper than the resort prices; for example, to rent a jet-ski for the afternoon, it is $60! The water itself in front of the Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen is absolutely beautiful, in an array of 5-6 shades of blue.
 The beach is well groomed and taken care of. You are able to sit anywhere without an issue, and the staff will bring an umbrella to your seating area at the pool or beach upon request. The cabanas can be rented for $150 USD; which in my opinion, is a rip off! Towels are also provided at the pool or beach, and the hotel even has a stand for sunscreen and water! Smart idea!   I tried fixing the umbrella myself, and a staff member immediately did the job for me and fixed it! It surprised me how great the service was!

THE ROOM

I wish I took more photos of the room; however, it was too average for me to care at the time. It was very modern and clean, definitely smaller than all the rooms I stayed in during this trip to Mexico. We didn’t spend much time in the accommodation at all, considering the hotel is located right in the smack of the city, and we were out ‘till 2 am every night.

The room featured a walk-in shower with a rain head built-in, and there was plenty of vanity space which was a nice touch. Additionally, the air conditioning worked well. The rooms also all have balconies with a lounge bed, which was super comfy!

 

HI, SELFIE TIME

           

THE RESTAURANT

We essentially opted for meals outside of the resort because of the hotel’s close proximity to Playa’s 5th Avenue; the abundance of restaurants makes the Grand Hyatt a prime choice of location. The hotel is only 1+ block from the main street. It is in a particularly safe area, both on property and off-site. There is an obvious police presence, given the importance of tourism to the entire Riviera Maya region.The on-site casual restaurant is agreeable, as is the food at the pool and beach (we did not eat at the high-end restaurant). We had breakfast here the next day of our trip since it was quick and easy, and it turned out to be quite delicious!

The biggest downside is the “Day Club”. It is not part of the Grand Hyatt, although it is on its premises. They’re operated independently, hence the fact room charges cannot be adjusted. It is located right beside the adult pool, and to the left side of the beach. Music starts at around 11 am, and begins at a low level of volume. By 2 pm it gets louder, until they pump up the volume once again by 4 pm.

There is an “OXXO” down the street. These are the 7-11’s of Mexico. If you go in, you can buy water, beer, wine, and snacks at a very reasonable price!

Everything you need is fairly close by to the hotel; the malls are in the area, so it’s great knowing you don’t have to pay the hotel $30 for a sunscreen lotion.

Oh, and there’s also plenty of cheap massage places in the city! I had a pedi for like $30, it was just amazing!

I JUST LOVE THE VIBE AT PLAYA DEL CARMEN!

We would come back to this hotel again because it’s cheap, and because the walking distance to all the shops and restaurants is so easy. I have no complaints about the property, and it seems as if it is the only luxurious hotel in this area of Playa Del Carmen.

+ Mayakoba +  Cancun

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 location: Located about 35-40 mins from Cancun airport
hotel facilities: 3 restaurants, pool, spa, gym, beach, kids/teen center
service & personalization: service is great, nothing outstanding, 90% attentive
rooms & amenities: room is average. don’t stay in ocean view if you can’t stand music from day club
food & drink: average-mediocre, don’t get meal plan, lots of local food to eat nearby
parking & shuttle service: walk 5 minutes into the city
when I went & weather: January, hot
price: paid $400 CAD a night

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