"I was exceptionally pleased with Marla’s condo. It was larger than anticipated, and everything was very clean. The location was excellent, near enough to downtown but far enough away for peace and quiet. It always felt very safe. Marla and the on-site property manager were beyond helpful on many issues. It really did feel like home at the end of the week. I plan to return again!
Everything in the condo worked flawlessly- TV, washer, dryer, dishwasher, BBQ, DVD, and most importantly, AC. TVs have HDMI so you can connect your laptop. All rooms were large and comfortable. The bathrooms were large and stylish. I am a fancy cook, and the kitchen had everything I needed. The pool was nice, and there was an adjacent dunk tank for dive gear. An unexpected benefit was free bottled water delivered right to the condo! This is extremely helpful in keeping traveler’s stomach at bay. There were plenty of towels, linens, utensils, etc. And everything was very clean.
The wifi internet works well for email, web, and skype, but don’t expect to be streaming netflix video (note- you’ll need a VPN to stream outside the US). The island’s network does go down periodically (both internet and phone data), but not long enough to really bother us. The condo has an internet phone for cheap calls back home.
We made the conscious decision to stay in town, and visit a different beach each day, instead of staying south of town on a single beach. It was nice to be able to get to the town center and all the dive boat piers with less than 15min walk. There is a small convenience store 5min away, and a huge modern store ("Mega") 25min walk along the water. Taxis work very well overall, with the closest taxi stand 2 blocks away.
Marla provides an immense amount of helpful information to her renters. We never felt lost or disconnected. She also checked up on us several times during our stay. She has a very helpful property manager named Patti who lives in the condo complex. She can answer questions, provide more water, and help solve more complex problems. We had a health emergency during our trip, and Patti was able to find a solution in under an hour. Amazing. This type of care is invaluable.
Some random thoughts:
*Verizon has very cheap temporary Mexican phone plans, including data.
*Go explore the ruins on the mainland. Use Alamo in Playa del Carmen. Brand new cars, and excellent service
*Do the turtle rescue on the east side of the island
*You can’t go wrong with Aldora divers"
Guest: Chad E.
Date of Stay: August 2015
Review Submitted: August 30, 2015