Of all the restaurants we tried in Playa, ComoComo, the hotel restaurant was pretty much the best.... See full review
Aug 20, 2014
Excellent stay for an adult vacation
This is the best hotel I've ever stayed at on vacation. We received exceptional customer service... See full review
Jul 10, 2014
Award-winning boutique hotel in the heart of Playa del Carmen
La Tortuga Hotel & Spa was named Mexico's Leading Boutique Hotel in the 2010 World Travel Awards. The hotel is located on Playa del Carmen's famous Fifth Avenue. The adults-only hotel is a short walk to a number of beach clubs and boasts a beautiful pool and accompanying Las Margaritas pool bar, open only to guests of the hotel. La Tortuga's convenient location makes it easy to access all that Playa del Carmen and the Yucatan has to offer. The hotel prides itself on its customer service and attention to detail.
Centrally and conveniently located in Playa del Carmen
Awarded Mexico's Leading Boutique Hotel in 2010
Expect elegantly simple accommodations with regional art and decor throughout the rooms. Suite options include the standard, standard plus, junior suite and superior junior suite. Standard rooms include air conditioning, cable TV, hair dryer, mini-bar and room safe. The superior junior suite features private Jacuzzi, bathrobes, slippers and private balcony. Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet is available for all guests. Honeymooners are welcomed to La Tortuga with a special surprise.
Guests at La Tortuga Hotel & Spa have access to the on-site pool, restaurant and Zen Eco Spa. The spa combines Mayan ancestral techniques with current technologies to create a memorable experience. The hotel is centrally located to a number of adventure activities including water sports, scuba diving and archeological tours. Downtown Playa del Carmen offers a plethora of shopping and dining options as well as the chance to walk through the city's ancient streets.
Cancun International Airport (40 minutes)
Xcaret (4 mi/6.5 km)
Xel-Ha (30 mi/48 km)
Tulum (37 mi/60 km)
High-speed wireless Internet
Playa Del Carmen.
International Airport:CANCUN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT -65 Kms, 45 MIN
Domestic Airport:PLAYA DEL CARMEN -1 KM
La Tortuga, Hotel & Spa, is perfectly located in the heart of Playa del Carmen, the perfect place to set up base for your visit to the Riviera Maya. 45 minutes from Cancun Intl. Airport. Two blocks from the most beautiful stretch of white sandy beach, just around the corner from the famous 5th Avenue with its myriad of cafes, restaurants and colorful Mexican handicrafts. The open design is a reflection of the warm Caribbean weather, with attention to details, the hotel has created a charming personal ambiance, which makes you feel comfortable and relaxed, yet refined.
La Tortuga Hotel and Spa - Adults Only Rooms
Superior Junior Suite
The room offers one King bed with Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bathroom amenities, Cable/Satellite TV, Ceiling fan, Color TV, Ensuite/Private bathroom, private jacuzzi, bathrobes and slippers, Hairdryer, Laundry service, Mini bar, Room service, Safe in room, Balcony, Tea and coffee making facilities and Telephone.
The room offers 2 Twin or 2 Queen or 1 Queen or 1 King bed with Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bathroom amenities, Cable/Satellite TV, Ceiling fan, Color TV, Ensuite/Private bathroom, Hairdryer, Laundry service, Mini bar, Room service, Safe in room, Tea and coffee making facilities and Telephone.
The room offers 1 King or 2 Queen with Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bathroom amenities, Cable/Satellite TV, Ceiling fan, Color TV, Ensuite/Private bathroom, Balcony, Hairdryer, Laundry service, Mini bar, Room service, Safe in room, Tea and coffee making facilities and Telephone.
The room offers 1 King or 2 Queen with Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bathroom amenities, Cable/Satellite TV, Ceiling fan, Color TV, Ensuite/Private bathroom, Private jacuzzi, Balcony, Hairdryer, Laundry service, Mini bar, Room service, Safe in room, Tea and coffee making facilities and Telephone.
Doctor on call
Bistro' Restaurant and Bar serves fine International Fusion Cuisine. Salads, sandwiches, light snacks for lunch. Wine cellar.
Terms and conditions
Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.
The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.
La Tortuga was beautiful with a quiet quaint feel to it. The pool was refreshing and clean and perfect for cooling off or lounging with a book and/or drink. It was not a huge pool but rather two circular type pools that were kind of playful -
there was a little bridge in the middle of one where you can swim under it, and another section where the put little pillars you can swim through as well. It was in the perfect location just a couple blocks from the beach, several blocks from the ferry, several blocks from the bus stop, and a couple blocks to the restaurants/bars/street shops.
The staff was friendly and really helpful and the breakfast was amazing. I was expecting the included breakfast to be more like a bagel and eggs but I got fresh fruit juice, and each menu item was a heaping plate of deliciousness. I definitely recommend the Mayan eggs (huevos motulenos) - it was a fried tortilla topped with two over easy eggs, fresh pureed tomato salsa, peas, bacon, chunks of ham, queso crema, with black beans and hash on the side ... yum.
I was given vouchers for a beach umbrella and chair over at Mamita's which was several blocks away from La Tortuga. The first day I didn't even make it there. After a few blocks with the heat, the water looked too beautiful so I just dumped my stuff down and ran in. One day my friend and I ventured over there because he couldn't take much more sun but all the umbrellas were taken. You probably have to get there pretty early. We asked to use one of the other umbrellas with the cushier chairs that were available and would have been buying drinks but they wanted like 40 USD so that was a bust. Later other travelers told us that The Blue Parrot (club/bar on the beach) would let you use the umbrellas/chairs free if you paid for drinks so I'll keep that in mind for next time.
Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Short drive from hotel
I would definitely recommend going to visit the cenotes - caves that have sunken into these fresh water pools. I went to Cenote Cristalino - if you take the collectivo there (vans that line up near the bus station) it is only 20 pesos (less than 2USD) and then it is 40 pesos to get in. The water is cool and refreshing and the locals hanging out there were super nice. There is a little clifflette you can jump off too into the water.