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La Tortuga Hotel & Spa - Adults Only

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

great location right next to all the shops and restaurants, next to coco bongo. staff was friendly and informative, and complimentary breakfast was a plus. we were there for our anniversary. room was small but all we needed, the beach is really close , about 5 min walk.

The hotel was nice, friendly and great breakfast. The lush vegetation is the hotel grounds is beautiful. I would recommend this to anyone interested in going to Playa del Carmen.

Hotel is at a great location in playa del carmen downtown. Beach, restaurants, night club, bus station, almost everything is accessible by walk. The room that I was given but very small and barely had any ventilation. I felt like we were put in some sort of box without any windows or outside view. Bathroom was just ok. TV was like 12 inches(the smallest TV I have ever seen) but it was ok considering that we were out spending time with other activities most of the time. Wifi was complementary but speed was not that great. Overall I wasn't very much satisfied because of the room I was put in.

La Tortuga was a very good value, the room was decent for the price, bed was good, the shower door opened the wrong way for checking water temp, water pressure was excellent. Staff was very helpful. The included full breakfast was served till one which was great, saved money. Well located and a beautiful pool complex courtyard. Playa Carmen is totally tourist no local culture, but plenty of restaurant and shopping choices, lots of outside activities available, stay off of 5th if looking for value.

We stayed one night, so limited to a short stay. Stayed over a Sunday night in room 207, great view of the courtyard and pool area. Service at front desk and bellboy were excellent and quick. Had to leave a deposit for their room bar. Bell person was kind enough to offer to run across the street and pick a few items while we settle in. Hotel was very quite, didn't see anyone in the pool but got there an hour or so before the sunset. We had a nice balcony with 2 chair to sit out and enjoy the evening. Room a little small, but functional, bathroom in need of a little updating, Overall ok. Could hear some noise off in the distance until 4am. It wasn't super loud, but could hear if you are a light sleeper. My partner did not hear anything and slept soundly. Of course, night club C-B, that shares the other end of the block was closed for the night and not sure how much impact it would have if opened. Very close to 5th avenue, where all the bars, shops, restaurants are located. and probably approx. 3 blocks to the beach. the complimentary breakfast, was limited. 3 options, mine was the American selection, consisting of scramble egg, hash browns, black beans and toast. With orange juice and tea or coffee. they did have another menu that you could pay for. Overall for the price approx.$100+Tax, it was a great deal.

Of all the restaurants we tried in Playa, ComoComo, the hotel restaurant was pretty much the best. The staff truly went out of their way to provide excellent customer service. The hotel was adorable, and the perfect size, not too big, not too small. We stayed here 3 days, then went to a 5 star all inclusive resort to experience the luxury side. Our next trip will only include this hotel, as the other did not compare in the level of service, and quality of food and drink. We loved being right in the middle of town, two blocks from the beach. We were able to go out and participate in many local activities, rent a car, and visit the other islands. Amazing.

This is the best hotel I've ever stayed at on vacation. We received exceptional customer service from all the staff. They were all very welcoming and truly went out of their way to ensure we had an excellent stay. The pool was great - more like a lazy river shape which made it more fun. The inclusive breakfast was delicious and filling. They give you beach/pool towels which you can swap out and get new ones as many times a day as you need. The bed was exceptionally comfortable and our room was thoroughly cleaned every day. You can't beat the location (one block from 5th Ave). It is not on the beach but that's a good thing. You don't have to deal with the bass thumping club music day & night from the beach clubs, restaurants and bars. We will definitely go back again!

We went to Playa Del Carmen to spend 8 days celebrating my birthday the week of March18. Originally, we rented a condo in the exclusive gated community in Playacar, but on day 3, that place turned into a horror story of bad plumbing and no A/C. I did not want to spend my vacation in a place I HATED going back to. So that night, I went online and booked La Tortuga. The next day, we went to breakfast, spent a few hours on the beach and checked into La Tortuga. I'm so glad I did! The room, although a bit smaller than we expected, was air-conditioned (a BIG plus), had a great bathroom (another BIG plus) had spacious closets, a large dresser, a safe, a large private balcony and a VERY comfortable bed. The hotel is on Avenida 10 (10th Ave), and yes, the street is currently being re-built. That means that there is a LOT of LOUD noise. But when we went into the room for the first time and closed the door, the room was QUIET. The walls are so thick and the door is sound proof that the noise just fell away immediately. Total peace and quiet, even though my door was DIRECTLY in front of the construction (I could see it through my door). This made the room totally worth it! Also, we were on vacation. So we were out of bed and on our way to breakfast by 8:30am and since we were out ALL DAY, we were in bed by 12am. Construction ran from 8:30am-8:30pm (or there about), so we were NEVER there when the noise was happening. And if we were there, it was only to clean up to go back out shopping, to dinner or downstairs to the bar and pool area. The staff was VERY professional and accommodating. The pool and hot tub are the perfect spot to take your margarita from the hotel bar and unwind from all the fun you had during the day before turning in for the night. I can't say how much I appreciate the last minute accommodations La Tortuga was able to make for us. The staff was extremely courteous and helpful at every step of the way. They really cared about how our stay was going. Oh, and breakfast at the restaurant on the bottom floor was included - so that was nice too! Good food. I definitely plan on making Playa and La Tortuga an annual birthday trip -- See you there!

Very good location. Staff was just great.an older hotel, but very clean. Restaurant was good also.pool was very nice, but very shaded so kinda cold.i would stay here again.

The hotel is quite ok... The pool will be nice but in my opinion the water was too cold... The sea near the hotel is quite bad... You need to walk on the otherside of the port to find a nice sea... ( like 15/20 minutes walking ).

Beautiful pool. Very nice clean room with A/C and nice bathroom. Free breakfast in there own cafe. Very good food. 1 short block off the main market street of 5th. Lots of restraunts and shopping close by. Close to the COCO Bongo club. Had a great time scuba diving. Also had a lot of fun on a jungle zipline/ ATV tour with a nice swim in a Cenote. Will be back!!!

This hotel is way overpriced for the quality that is delivered. The rooms smell musty, the sheets and towels are old and have stains. They give you exactly one towel per person and one hand towel. Also no shower gel, only bars of soap and they never replenish shampoo or conditioner unless you ask. Very loud noise coming from club next door and hotel management was not accommodating, as the other reviews will lead you to believe- management and staff will totally ignore you once you've paid. Finally there is absolutely no one at the front dest past 11pm which is pretty concerning- not even anyone to answer the phone if you have a problem!! Avoid!

We are 2 adults in our 60th and the beauty and calm of the hotel was just what we needed for our week vacation in Playa. The upgraded room with balcony was fine for us, good king size bed, flat screen TV that we barely watched, very good restaurant for food and service, staff was really nice and the experience was a daily enjoyment. every room gets a safe for valuable, the maid decorated our bed with Towels's arrangment every evening, and we fell at home with the computer for all at the Bar and the sitting arrangement all around the pool. We loved our massage too, charming staff and Spa. The location is great, one block from Avenida 5, where all the action was, but far enough to remain quiet for us on the side of the hotel we were at (room 309) and the walk to the beach club was enjoyable looking at stores and vendors. Las Mamitas Beach Cllub was too noisy for us with loud music and lots of teen agers, we enjoyed the beach club next to hotel Mosquito Beach, way more civilized, large comfortable beach beds, brazilian soft jazz music and nice restaurant.

I think this is the issue of both of website and the hotel. I picked Standard plan which description was '2 twin beds, 2 queens beds, or one king bed'. It looks I can choose 2 beds, however, I was told 2 beds room needs more $20/night. Additionally, this room had no balcony. I think this kind of hotel should have a balcony (and, again, I was told 2 beds room had a balcony), otherwise, it should be mentioned. If I knew no 2 beds room and no balcony, I would not pick this hotel. The hotel itself was not bad at all. It's located center of the tourist area and staff was all friendly. The restaurant, Le Bistro was much much better than the restaurants along 5th avenue.

This is a very comfortable hotel with a welcoming staff in an outstanding location. Beautiful and quiet courtyard/pool area, reading area, sun deck, nice restuarant and friendly bar, One b;ock from all the happenings of 5th Avenue. Not fancy, just about perfect for the wife and me. Our only complaint was that the room could have had a little more light.

I love it, close to fifth street and restaurants.I love it, close to fifth street and restaurants.I love it, close to fifth street and restaurants.I love it, close to fifth street and restaurants.

Staff was very helpful and friendly. Nice pool area that was kept very clean.

La Tortuga was everything we hoped for in a boutique hotel and more. It is built around a beautiful garden with a swimming pool meandering like a river among the trees and a warming jacuzzi for contrast. Included in the price was the best breakfast I've ever been offered by a hotel--including eggs Benedict. The staff was unflaggingly friendly and helpful. Our room was quiet and cool with excellent air conditioning and a ceiling fan to dissolve the August heat. We'll be back!

Wonderful experience. Hotel was excellent with friendly, helpful staff. Decorated my daughter's room with balloons, flowers and birthday messages on her birthday. Staff were always happy and smiling. Would definitely recommend. Couple of blocks away from beach - easy access to beach and lots of shopping and restaurants closeby. Very convenient. Hotel arranged great R.T. transportation from Cancun airport to the hotel. Restaurant served great food - super breakfast served up until noon. We would go back without hesitation.

We had the best time. The hotel was cozy and beautiful. The service was excellent! The people is very friendly and helpful. They make you feel like home. The breakfast that is included with the package is awesome! Is not the typical continental buffet, you can choose what do you want to eat from the menu of the hotel's restaurant,The Bistro, wich is really good! You are so close from the 5th ave, one block and you are in the middle of everything. You also have a free access to Mamitas beach, wich is one of the best beach clubs of the area. The beach is in a walking distance as well as the nightclubs, restaurants...very convenient!! If you are not traveling with kids, this is the best place to stay!

Room options

Standard Room

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard plus

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Junior Suite

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Junior Suite (Superior)

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Guest reviews for La Tortuga Hotel & Spa - Adults Only

Couples (44) Family (3) Other (2) Friends (3)
5

nice anniversary trip

Couples

great location right next to all the shops and restaurants, next to coco bongo. staff was friendly and informative, and complimentary breakfast was a plus. we were there for our anniversary. room was small but all we needed, the beach is really close , about 5 min walk.

By on Aug 28, 2015

4

nice hotel centrally located!

Couples

The hotel was nice, friendly and great breakfast. The lush vegetation is the hotel grounds is beautiful. I would recommend this to anyone interested in going to Playa del Carmen.

By on Jul 29, 2015

3

great location but awful rooms

Couples

Hotel is at a great location in playa del carmen downtown. Beach, restaurants, night club, bus station, almost everything is accessible by walk. The room that I was given but very small and barely had any ventilation. I felt like we were put in some sort of box without any windows or outside view. Bathroom was just ok. TV was like 12 inches(the smallest TV I have ever seen) but it was ok considering that we were out spending time with other activities most of the time. Wifi was complementary but speed was not that great. Overall I wasn't very much satisfied because of the room I was put in.

By on Jul 8, 2015

4

a wee in playa carmen

Couples

La Tortuga was a very good value, the room was decent for the price, bed was good, the shower door opened the wrong way for checking water temp, water pressure was excellent. Staff was very helpful. The included full breakfast was served till one which was great, saved money. Well located and a beautiful pool complex courtyard. Playa Carmen is totally tourist no local culture, but plenty of restaurant and shopping choices, lots of outside activities available, stay off of 5th if looking for value.

By on Jun 15, 2015

3

one night stay

Couples

We stayed one night, so limited to a short stay. Stayed over a Sunday night in room 207, great view of the courtyard and pool area. Service at front desk and bellboy were excellent and quick. Had to leave a deposit for their room bar. Bell person was kind enough to offer to run across the street and pick a few items while we settle in. Hotel was very quite, didn't see anyone in the pool but got there an hour or so before the sunset. We had a nice balcony with 2 chair to sit out and enjoy the evening. Room a little small, but functional, bathroom in need of a little updating, Overall ok. Could hear some noise off in the distance until 4am. It wasn't super loud, but could hear if you are a light sleeper. My partner did not hear anything and slept soundly. Of course, night club C-B, that shares the other end of the block was closed for the night and not sure how much impact it would have if opened. Very close to 5th avenue, where all the bars, shops, restaurants are located. and probably approx. 3 blocks to the beach. the complimentary breakfast, was limited. 3 options, mine was the American selection, consisting of scramble egg, hash browns, black beans and toast. With orange juice and tea or coffee. they did have another menu that you could pay for. Overall for the price approx.$100+Tax, it was a great deal.

By on Nov 11, 2014

5

awesome, cute hotel, awesome food!

Couples

Of all the restaurants we tried in Playa, ComoComo, the hotel restaurant was pretty much the best. The staff truly went out of their way to provide excellent customer service. The hotel was adorable, and the perfect size, not too big, not too small. We stayed here 3 days, then went to a 5 star all inclusive resort to experience the luxury side. Our next trip will only include this hotel, as the other did not compare in the level of service, and quality of food and drink. We loved being right in the middle of town, two blocks from the beach. We were able to go out and participate in many local activities, rent a car, and visit the other islands. Amazing.

By on Aug 20, 2014

5

excellent stay for an adult vacation

Couples

This is the best hotel I've ever stayed at on vacation. We received exceptional customer service from all the staff. They were all very welcoming and truly went out of their way to ensure we had an excellent stay. The pool was great - more like a lazy river shape which made it more fun. The inclusive breakfast was delicious and filling. They give you beach/pool towels which you can swap out and get new ones as many times a day as you need. The bed was exceptionally comfortable and our room was thoroughly cleaned every day. You can't beat the location (one block from 5th Ave). It is not on the beach but that's a good thing. You don't have to deal with the bass thumping club music day & night from the beach clubs, restaurants and bars. We will definitely go back again!

By on Jul 10, 2014

5

la tortuga was exactly what i was looking for!

LGBT

We went to Playa Del Carmen to spend 8 days celebrating my birthday the week of March18. Originally, we rented a condo in the exclusive gated community in Playacar, but on day 3, that place turned into a horror story of bad plumbing and no A/C. I did not want to spend my vacation in a place I HATED going back to. So that night, I went online and booked La Tortuga. The next day, we went to breakfast, spent a few hours on the beach and checked into La Tortuga. I'm so glad I did! The room, although a bit smaller than we expected, was air-conditioned (a BIG plus), had a great bathroom (another BIG plus) had spacious closets, a large dresser, a safe, a large private balcony and a VERY comfortable bed. The hotel is on Avenida 10 (10th Ave), and yes, the street is currently being re-built. That means that there is a LOT of LOUD noise. But when we went into the room for the first time and closed the door, the room was QUIET. The walls are so thick and the door is sound proof that the noise just fell away immediately. Total peace and quiet, even though my door was DIRECTLY in front of the construction (I could see it through my door). This made the room totally worth it! Also, we were on vacation. So we were out of bed and on our way to breakfast by 8:30am and since we were out ALL DAY, we were in bed by 12am. Construction ran from 8:30am-8:30pm (or there about), so we were NEVER there when the noise was happening. And if we were there, it was only to clean up to go back out shopping, to dinner or downstairs to the bar and pool area. The staff was VERY professional and accommodating. The pool and hot tub are the perfect spot to take your margarita from the hotel bar and unwind from all the fun you had during the day before turning in for the night. I can't say how much I appreciate the last minute accommodations La Tortuga was able to make for us. The staff was extremely courteous and helpful at every step of the way. They really cared about how our stay was going. Oh, and breakfast at the restaurant on the bottom floor was included - so that was nice too! Good food. I definitely plan on making Playa and La Tortuga an annual birthday trip -- See you there!

By on Mar 28, 2014

4

great staff

Couples

Very good location. Staff was just great.an older hotel, but very clean. Restaurant was good also.pool was very nice, but very shaded so kinda cold.i would stay here again.

By on Mar 2, 2014

4

nice stay

GetawayWithFriends

The hotel is quite ok... The pool will be nice but in my opinion the water was too cold... The sea near the hotel is quite bad... You need to walk on the otherside of the port to find a nice sea... ( like 15/20 minutes walking ).

By on Sep 13, 2013