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Petit Lafitte Hotel

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This hotel is a gem. A couple of things to mention - the staff is amazing and they LOVE kids. My daughter was treated like royalty by everyone and it made our stay so special. The staff overall is just topnotch and made us feel like family. The food is delicious. I was skeptical because I don't usually do "All Inclusive" (because the quality of food is typically so bad) but we did not have a bad meal the entire week. Everything is fresh and so good. They can customize for dietary needs and on 2 occasions made a special kid meal for my daughter. Playa Del Carmen is gross and this gem is far enough away that you aren't part of the madness but you can get their easily if you want to shop. My only complaint is that the huge hotels on either side of Petit draw a lot of tourists to the beach but there is nothing to be done about that. Go here! You will love it!!

We went for relaxation and warmth and got plenty of each. The property is beautiful, and the beach is the best one in the area. We enjoyed the landscaping, the bunglows, the wildlife (tropical birds and monkeys, to name a few). I felt like we were in a setting that was closer to the real vibe of the area before the mega resorts came along. We enjoyed the food, the happy hours with entertainment, and the intimate feel surrounding each. I loved our bungalow and would highly recommend staying in one. The staff were all friendly and helpful.

Quiet time. Average rooms. Food was good but without a lot of options.

The Petite Lafitte Hotel is nestled in between larger properties on the beach just north of Playa del Carmen. It's a small property with a chilly pool (we were there in late December) and a very friendly staff. Breakfast and dinner are included with the price and the beachside bar stays open to accommodate the guests. There is a small 3 story main building and about 15 bungalows which are larger and more private. The food is excellent and the bar offers a limited menu during the day. The property is well maintained and offers everything you would want in a beachside resort. What isn't available at this property can be arranged by the front desk or found a short distance up or down the beach. My only criticism of the property is the extra guest charge which seems high, especially for children, but compared to the charges at some of the all inclusive resorts, may be reasonable. It is conveniently located to Puerto Morelos or Akumal and maybe a 10 minutes drive from PDC.

Good location. Small but very well kept and cozy resort. Meals were good and decent for vegetarian folks.

Enjoyed my stay at lafitte- staff and food excellent and close to city of playa de Carmen to enjoy Many bars and restaurants- don't miss the cenotes

The moment you get there, you are home. The staff is very attentive and will go out of their way to make your stay the best! Jesus, Victor, Martin and Manuel have all been there for 15 years or more each and Geovanie, Antonio and the others are learning from the best! You will think you want to go to Playa or Cozumel, until you get there and realize you want to "go home" and never leave!

This was our first stay in Playa del Carmen so I picked this hotel based on reviews. We prefer smaller hotels and love the Tulum area (where we spent half this vacation and at least part of every other vacation in the area). We were surprised when we arrived as it felt a lot larger than it is (50 rooms). When you arrive you walk through past the restaurant (seats 90) and the pool (very nice large pool) to get to the rooms. The building for the main rooms is 3 stories (be aware that you may have a 3 floor walk-up to get to your room). Only the front-most rooms have much of a beach view (we were in the front set on the third floor - 506- and did have a really nice view). Rooms are pretty standard beach rooms, nothing really special. My husband's comments upon entering let me know he was a bit disappointed. Overall, though, they weren't bad and they were clean. We've just gotten a bit spoiled in Tulum. The only real complaint we had in the end with the room was that the bed was not comfortable (too firm) and we could have used more pillows. Our room included breakfast and dinner and this is where we really were surprised. The food was outstanding. Breakfast offered a continental buffet or a full menu (included with our room). Dinner was a 4-course fair that changed each night and both nights we had amazing food. Service was excellent throughout the resort. All in all it was a great stay, and we would recommend it if you stay in Playa.

Great staff and we loved the location. We were looking for a small hotel with a more personal and authentic experience and this checked all of our boxes. We loved the food and the service and the rooms.

This was our first trip to the Riviera Maya without staying in a giant all-inclusive. Those types of places have their perks but after staying at Petit Lafitte, I really don't want to go back to a giant place. PL is small, intimate, relaxing, the staff is amazing, the setting and grounds are gorgeous, and the bungalows and rooms are cute. Dinner and breakfast is included - the food was fantastic - a 4 course meal for dinner and a great breakfast menu. You can get lunch at the bar restaurant, also great food, or walk to CoCo's next door for great pizza and cerviche (this is a must - CoCo's is super cute and the staff were really nice...and wear your swimsuit because you can take a little dip in their pool). For drinks, you just start a tab at the beginning of the week and pay up at the check out - for our family of 6, included 2 20-somethings, our drink and lunch/snack at the bar bill was $400 for 6 days. Margaritas were about 65 pesos (about $3.25 US) each, a glass of wine about 90 pesos ($4.50 US). The beach front and pool are great - and it was never crowded. We were always able to get prime beach chairs without waking up at 5:00 AM to reserve a spot. You can get a massage on the beach for only 600 pesos (about $30 US)- this is a must. The swimming on the beach is great. The kids can run around and it's small enough that I wasn't concerned about having my youngest run back to the bungalow by herself. Perfect vibe for relaxation.

This was our 5th visit in as many years, and was probably our best time. Great to see familiar faces of the staff whom we've come to know well. Things seemed busier this year, with more guests than we're used to seeing, but perhaps it was our scheduling this year. Very relaxing stay. Beautiful weather. Great margaritas. We took advantage of the $30 hour massages which helped melt the tension away. Next door, Cocoa Cabanas offered a different menu than the standard fare at Petite.

Hotel was very welcoming. David is wonderful and charming . He gave us a tour of the hotel and explained everything. The hotel's beach is a little rocky, but there are areas you can swim. The pool is small. The food at the hotel is very good. It is half board-breakfast and dinner. Lots of fruits and salads, healthy food. We stayed in a bungalow which was different and also in the main part of the hotel. I liked the main part because it is brighter. The bungalows are great for families with small children. There are spider monkeys in the trees .

We arrived at Petit Lafitte in a rental car and it was a little strange coming in through the different hotel complexes with high walls, then a dirt road leading to P.L. We were greeted in the lobby with a delicious glass of melon juice, then David showed us around P.L and then to our room. Everything was very clean: the rooms, bathrooms, pool area and grounds. There were lots of staff members working hard every day to make sure everything was spotless. Loved the traditional rooms. Very simple with tile floors and my favorite part was the patio off the room where you could sit and look at the ocean. We were in a ground floor room with an ocean view. Other rooms had a pool view and on the other side are the bungalow rooms. The room had a coffeemaker, mini fridge, tv and safe. Loved that they provided lots of bottled water each day. Great food here which included breakfast and dinner. We ate at the beach bar for lunch each day. That was delicious as well. There is also a little gift shop where you can rent lifejackets and snorkel kits. We got these for swimming in the cenotes. We would take a walk several times a day and the beaches were beautiful. Lots of huge resorts with massive amounts of people on beach chairs in these complexes. Made us glad when we got back to our quiet resort! They also had 2 for 1 drink specials sometimes in the evenings and entertainment like live music and mayan dancers. We loved it here and will be back!

Our family of 3 recently stayed at this hotel. We had an ocean-view bungalow right on the beach. The bungalow had AC, safe deposit box, coffee/tea making facility, and a sizeable patio. There was also free wifi access, even on the beach. The entire staff of this hotel was warm and helpful. We spent 5 relaxing days with them and would be happy to go back. It was upon arriving back in the U.S. that it occurred to me that they didn't have a T.V. anywhere and this had worked out perfectly! I add here that we were purposely looking to avoid those big hotel establishments that we found this little hotel. It turned out that their part of the beach was actually more quiet with fewer people and hence more space for each person than the beach in front of the big hotels further down from where we were.

Exelent the service was the best . Food very good .

My 2 children (ages 10 and 14) and I stayed here for a week. We had an excellent experience. The breakfast was delicious with lots of great menu items. We enjoyed the swimming pool, game room with ping pong and pool table, and of course, the lovely white sand beach. I appreciated the location - close to Playa, but quiet and cozy. There is a great pizza place within walking distance to the south. One of our highlights at the hotel was one evening when a group of colorful costumed Mayan actors performed singing and dancing with local instruments! They were so amazing and memorable!

I have stayed at this place for the third time during 10 years. I was more than happy to find out that it still exists and was not devoured by resorts around (although they unfortunately swept the beach both sides so the disco is heard even here at nights). It is a place where people whisper even in the swimming pool not to bother others, and the courtesy and care of the staff is just amazing, not to mention the excellent food and simple (in the best meaning of word) design of the hotel.

nice hotel localisation is little confuse the buffet is great overall 3 star thank you

This is a wonderful retreat. Understated elegance and great service, no crowds - just peace and the beauty around you!

This was our first experience in Mexico. The location was great, the beach awesome and the staff very welcoming. We loved the food and the amenities.

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Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Petit Lafitte Hotel places you within a few miles (5 km) of El Camaleon Golf Club and Grand Coral Golf Riviera Maya. This 55-room, 3.5-star resort has conveniences like an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. It's on the beach and also near Punta Esmeralda Beach and 28 de Julio Square.


Dining

Free buffet breakfast is served each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM. Enjoy a bite to eat at the resort's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge.


Rooms

All 55 air-conditioned rooms feature balconies, refrigerators, and minibars. Guests can expect to find free WiFi. Coffee makers, free bottled water, and ceiling fans are also available.


Property features

Guests of Petit Lafitte Hotel enjoy an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and coffee in a common area. There's free parking if you drive. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to help with concierge services, and answer any questions about the area. Other amenities at this beach resort include a computer station, an arcade/game room, and a library.

Room options

Double Room, 2 Double Beds, Garden View

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Double Room, 2 Double Beds, Ocean View

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Bungalow, Garden View

Full 2 | Twin 1 | Sleeps 5

Bungalow, Ocean View

Full 2 | Twin 1 | Sleeps 5

Guest reviews for Petit Lafitte Hotel

Everyone (13) Couples (8) Family (5) Friends (2) Other (2)
5
Everyone

This hotel is a gem. A couple of things to mention - the staff is amazing and they LOVE kids. My daughter was treated like royalty by everyone and it made our stay so special. The staff overall is just topnotch and made us feel like family. The food is delicious. I was skeptical because I don't usually do "All Inclusive" (because the quality of food is typically so bad) but we did not have a bad meal the entire week. Everything is fresh and so good. They can customize for dietary needs and on 2 occasions made a special kid meal for my daughter. Playa Del Carmen is gross and this gem is far enough away that you aren't part of the madness but you can get their easily if you want to shop. My only complaint is that the huge hotels on either side of Petit draw a lot of tourists to the beach but there is nothing to be done about that. Go here! You will love it!!

By on Mar 25, 2018

5

beautiful beach and grounds enhance charming hotel

Everyone

We went for relaxation and warmth and got plenty of each. The property is beautiful, and the beach is the best one in the area. We enjoyed the landscaping, the bunglows, the wildlife (tropical birds and monkeys, to name a few). I felt like we were in a setting that was closer to the real vibe of the area before the mega resorts came along. We enjoyed the food, the happy hours with entertainment, and the intimate feel surrounding each. I loved our bungalow and would highly recommend staying in one. The staff were all friendly and helpful.

By , from Midwest on Mar 4, 2018

4

nice hotel on beach.

Everyone

Quiet time. Average rooms. Food was good but without a lot of options.

By on Feb 20, 2018

5

great spot and even better staff

Everyone

The Petite Lafitte Hotel is nestled in between larger properties on the beach just north of Playa del Carmen. It's a small property with a chilly pool (we were there in late December) and a very friendly staff. Breakfast and dinner are included with the price and the beachside bar stays open to accommodate the guests. There is a small 3 story main building and about 15 bungalows which are larger and more private. The food is excellent and the bar offers a limited menu during the day. The property is well maintained and offers everything you would want in a beachside resort. What isn't available at this property can be arranged by the front desk or found a short distance up or down the beach. My only criticism of the property is the extra guest charge which seems high, especially for children, but compared to the charges at some of the all inclusive resorts, may be reasonable. It is conveniently located to Puerto Morelos or Akumal and maybe a 10 minutes drive from PDC.

By on Jan 8, 2018

5
Everyone

Good location. Small but very well kept and cozy resort. Meals were good and decent for vegetarian folks.

By , from orlando, fl on Dec 11, 2017

Review comment responded on Dec 31, 2017

thank you very much for your comment and we hope to see you in the future, Happy and prosperous year 2018,

5

great small hotel

Everyone

Enjoyed my stay at lafitte- staff and food excellent and close to city of playa de Carmen to enjoy Many bars and restaurants- don't miss the cenotes

By , from NYC on Aug 22, 2017

5

best small beach hotel experience in mexico!

Everyone
Jesus the man! View from the bar stool! Lunch delivered on the beach!

The moment you get there, you are home. The staff is very attentive and will go out of their way to make your stay the best! Jesus, Victor, Martin and Manuel have all been there for 15 years or more each and Geovanie, Antonio and the others are learning from the best! You will think you want to go to Playa or Cozumel, until you get there and realize you want to "go home" and never leave!

By , from South Carolina on Jul 11, 2017

Review comment responded on Jul 15, 2017

Dear Allen in Petit Lafitte we are very happy to know that you enjoy your holiday, and we hope to see you again in the not too distance future. Best regards Petit Lafitte staff

4

small hotel with a big feel

Couples
Cute towel animal on the bed

This was our first stay in Playa del Carmen so I picked this hotel based on reviews. We prefer smaller hotels and love the Tulum area (where we spent half this vacation and at least part of every other vacation in the area). We were surprised when we arrived as it felt a lot larger than it is (50 rooms). When you arrive you walk through past the restaurant (seats 90) and the pool (very nice large pool) to get to the rooms. The building for the main rooms is 3 stories (be aware that you may have a 3 floor walk-up to get to your room). Only the front-most rooms have much of a beach view (we were in the front set on the third floor - 506- and did have a really nice view). Rooms are pretty standard beach rooms, nothing really special. My husband's comments upon entering let me know he was a bit disappointed. Overall, though, they weren't bad and they were clean. We've just gotten a bit spoiled in Tulum. The only real complaint we had in the end with the room was that the bed was not comfortable (too firm) and we could have used more pillows. Our room included breakfast and dinner and this is where we really were surprised. The food was outstanding. Breakfast offered a continental buffet or a full menu (included with our room). Dinner was a 4-course fair that changed each night and both nights we had amazing food. Service was excellent throughout the resort. All in all it was a great stay, and we would recommend it if you stay in Playa.

By , from Huntsville, AL on May 23, 2017

5

loved this place

Everyone

Great staff and we loved the location. We were looking for a small hotel with a more personal and authentic experience and this checked all of our boxes. We loved the food and the service and the rooms.

By , from lousiville, ky on Apr 11, 2017

5

perfect family vacation environment! loved it!

Everyone

This was our first trip to the Riviera Maya without staying in a giant all-inclusive. Those types of places have their perks but after staying at Petit Lafitte, I really don't want to go back to a giant place. PL is small, intimate, relaxing, the staff is amazing, the setting and grounds are gorgeous, and the bungalows and rooms are cute. Dinner and breakfast is included - the food was fantastic - a 4 course meal for dinner and a great breakfast menu. You can get lunch at the bar restaurant, also great food, or walk to CoCo's next door for great pizza and cerviche (this is a must - CoCo's is super cute and the staff were really nice...and wear your swimsuit because you can take a little dip in their pool). For drinks, you just start a tab at the beginning of the week and pay up at the check out - for our family of 6, included 2 20-somethings, our drink and lunch/snack at the bar bill was $400 for 6 days. Margaritas were about 65 pesos (about $3.25 US) each, a glass of wine about 90 pesos ($4.50 US). The beach front and pool are great - and it was never crowded. We were always able to get prime beach chairs without waking up at 5:00 AM to reserve a spot. You can get a massage on the beach for only 600 pesos (about $30 US)- this is a must. The swimming on the beach is great. The kids can run around and it's small enough that I wasn't concerned about having my youngest run back to the bungalow by herself. Perfect vibe for relaxation.

By , from Milwaukee, WI on Apr 2, 2017