Just around the corner from loud and lively Calle Quinta, the pedestrian only, tourist corridor with a multitude of restaurants, cantinas and kitchy-shops, lies the calm, no frills Maya Del Mar. With barely a change since the 90's when I used to stay at this property under its former masthead, The Jungla Carribe, this little property is convenient in several ways.
First, it's just a block from the beach. There's a restaurant on the property that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks and the food is good. There's a currency exchange right next door. It's one block from a pharmacy and a bank. The place is clean and no bedbugs. Also, it has a pool in a shaded garden, large enough to swim laps in. The rooms are spacious and some are now equipped with kitchenettes. Every room has a balcony, some facing toward Calle Quinta, so you can be on your secluded lanai, having a drink, and still be right in the heart of the action.
The bathrooms are large, with hair dryer, large mirrors but no tub. Showers only. I was sad to note that the remodel also meant no more bidet, but maybe people didn't know how to use them.
The staff are very friendly and helpful. It helps if you have at least some Spanish, but since mine is rudimentary at best, they were great with helping me plan outings, making phone calls for me and gathering info. The maid service is daily, leave them a few pesos and you'll have a sparkling room complete towel sculptures.
The hotel also offers a complimentary, continental breakfast of toast, juice, coffee and cereal with milk. It's not the Ritz, but the coffee is good and strong. If you want something more fancy there's a French Bistro two doors down that does croissants, cafe au lait and so on.
Wi-Fi is only in the lobby/courtyard by the pool. There are some nice tables with umbrellas in the garden courtyard, if you must be in the internet, it's a nice place to spend time.
One other addition to the Maya Del Mar's offerings is a tiny spa where you can get a massage, facial or mani-pedi. It's very low key, no frills, but the prices are pretty reasonable and the work satisfactory.
If you want five stars, if you don't like old Mexico, if you are a light sleeper with an aversion to the night life, go somewhere else. But if you want a friendly, safe, reasonably priced hotel in the heart of the party this is the place. This is my second year booking with the new owners and I plan to return next year.
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- Also Known As:
- Jungla Caribe Hotel
- Hotel Jungla Caribe
- Maya Del Mar Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen