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Papaya Playa Project

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The property is beautiful and huge! A nice beach but when we were there the seaweed was horrible. They seemed to be trying to clan it up but it didn't do anything. Didn't stop anyone from swimming or relaxing on the beach. When I booked the oceanfront cabana I knew it was going to be small but it was extra small. With only a double bed and a tiny closet and a bathroom. There was no room for my fiancé and I to put our things. It rained one day and I had put some of my clothes in the closet and the rain leaked in and soaked and stained the clothes I had in there. The hotel didn't care at all that this happened. Since we were staying over a week we decided we would pay to upgrade rooms but they only had the last two nights available to switch rooms. I went and looked at the room and confirmed the upgrade with an employee and the manager confirmed the rate. When the day came, we packed our things and went to the front desk only to find out nobody wrote it down and they were fully booked and we couldn't switch rooms. I talked to all the people that I had spoken with about it an nobody took responsibility or did anything. All I got was an "I'm so sorry, there's but nothing I can do" They had great toast and fruit but other then that we didn't enjoy the food. We made the best of everything and overall it was good but I would never stay there again.

For the price, I was expecting more. The room and the bathroom were the most disappointing. Maybe if the weather was nicer, I would have felt differently. The grounds, restaurant, lounge, beach, etc were beautiful. However, the first two days we were there, a storm with extreme 40 knot winds, clouds, and light rain hung around. Therefore we mainly used the room and then went inland. For $250+ paid for ocean front room, I was expecting more than a tiny window with a glimpse of water beyond the cabanas in front. The room was more like "glamping" on full size bed with nowhere to put your bags. The bathroom was very cramped and poorly designed. The tourist office on site was also a rip off for $15 bike rental and $115 cenotes tour. We went into town for more options at better price. Fine accommodations if price was aligned appropriately. Overpriced for what you get. Food and mojitos at restaurant were good at least.

Room and beach club excellent food terrible and food service OK... But lots of good food around... I'd stay again and have at most a snack from the restaurant

Papaya Playa Project was a wonderful place to stay. It was like a boutique hotel nestled in the jungle right on the beach. We will definitely be returning.

Km 4.5 Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Tulum QROO

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Private beach

Papaya Playa Project places you within 3 miles (5 km) of popular attractions like Tulum Mayan Ruins and Tulum National Park. This 73-room, 3-star hotel has 3 outdoor pools along with a private beach and a restaurant. It's in a national park and also close to Ziggy Beach and Temple of the Frescoes.


This hotel is home to a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café. Start each morning with cooked-to-order breakfast, available for a fee from 7 AM to 10 AM.


All of Papaya Playa Project's 73 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including free bottled water, ceiling fans, and safes. Bathrooms offer rainfall showers and free toiletries.

Property features

At Papaya Playa Project, guests have access to a private beach, 3 outdoor pools, and free WiFi in public areas. There's free parking, and an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for USD 0 roundtrip. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with concierge services, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this beach hotel include a garden, a porter/bellhop, and wedding services.

Room options

Maya Ocean View cabaña 1 double bed

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Maya Oceanview cabaña 2 Double beds

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Maya Oceanfront cabaña 1 double bed

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Jungle Experience Casita with Pool

King 1 | Sleeps 3