1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 3
Chris & Betsy
- english, french, german
About Chris & Betsy
Chris and Betsy live in Tennessee but call Playa home all winter. We own two condos in Alizes and one is always available for rent and the other can be rented sometimes. We are both retired professionals and travel extensively.
Chris & Betsy purchased this Condo in 2011
Why Chris & Betsy chose Luis Donaldo Colosio
We looked in several countries for just the right place to spend our winters and found Playa del Carmen was just right for us. Great dining in walking distance, great beaches, friendly expat community, lots of things to see and do and the weather is nearly perfect. Alizes fit our requirements with no windows looking into other condo windows and a fantastic garden and pool with plenty of shade under the coconut trees. We don't need a car and take inexpensive taxis if needed, for everything else we ride our bicycles or walk.
What makes this Condo unique
Our Casa Toucan at Alizes is on the North end of 5th Ave and the beach and does not suffer from the noise of downtown Playa. Alizes attracts a young at heart middle aged crowd. We are a 2 minute walk to the beach and 5 minutes to the restaurants and attractions of 5th Ave. You really do not need a car!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Disapointed about this condo...
Rented for a month… no internet for 2 days the first week; no hot water neither stove for 1.5 day; fridge door shelves inadequate/broken; toilet seat not the right size flap hits our back; balcony set was a decorative set, metal and all rusted so couldn't use it; one full month of very noisy and dusty environment with the construction of 2 condo buildings just besides ours; no opaque curtains in the bedroom so very difficult to sleep in the morning and at night with the exterior lighting; no tv station to listen, neither DVD or CD player as mentionned by owners in their notes; kitchen table no at a standard height (too high) so quite uncomfortable; toilet doesn't flush well, need to shake tank to fill it up!; safe located in a very difficult and unsafe area to access; however the location of the pool was perfect and access to the corner store very handy.
We have mostly (14) 5 star ***** reviews in the last 5 years and pride ourselves in the quality of our condo. Many of our guests have returned multiple times. We are so sorry these folks did not have a good time with us. Many of the problems they encountered are problems that bedevil all condos in Playa, but we are working on it! We did offer to get groceries for them as they were ill for much of the time.
Perfect place for a month getaway!
The property is almost perfect. Spacious, well supplied and low-key.
This was really a great property. I am not sure what else we could ask for, there was just about everything we needed. Since we stayed a full month it was very nice to have it all. Pots, pans, plenty of dishes, linens towels etc. Made full use of the washer and dryer, even had some snorkel gear and beach accessories. It really was great. Rocio the apt manager was very responsive and helpful. Checking in with the security guard was a breeze, and the tourist police within a stones throw made us feel secure. Although we NEVER felt anything remotely threatening anywhere.
This is for anyone considering working remotely. The apartment's internet was very spotty but the cell service is great. If you intend on working remotely I highly suggest having an LTE hotspot on your phone or a separate device. Between the two options I was never completely without internet and with little effort was able to work. Rocio was very quick to respond to internet outages, but she is at the mercy of the internet company so having a backup option is a must. I also want to point out there was a huge lightening storm which knocked out internet in most of Playa, so this was not complex specific.
With that out of the way, I highly recommend this complex. We had a blast, cooked in A LOT and did not have to purchase anything other than what you would expect. The Italian food place in front is really pretty good and Sam the waiter was super friendly. Hugged us every time we walked by with a big smile on his face. 7-Eleven next door is super convenient, plus there are a lot of cheap taco stands right up CTM past 5th avenue. Have to give a plug to MU Burger as well. If you're looking for a good burger and craft beer, this is an excellent option.
If you want an apartment style vacation vs. a resort this is the way to go. Thanks to Chris and Betsy for allowing us to invade your space. And oh BTW, thanks for the dentist recommendation. We had the unfortunate happen, I had to have a root canal on day two of our trip. Dr. Armenta and Dr. Omar were great! Thanks to Rocio for all of your help and recommendations.
This complex is absolutely amazing
We loved our month stay in this complex. So much so we have booked again in a ground floor unit for next year for 6 weeks. The people are very friendly and the pool is lovely. Location is perfect. Close to everything you need. We bought bikes and cycled all over. Beaches are close and snorkelling from shore easy and lots of great fish life. The Italian restaurant in front of the complex is outstanding. David the groundskeeper works very hard and it shows. Rocío makes sure that all guests are well looked after. Sunday cocktails is such s great way to meet people and socialize. Only thing I wished is that the balconies were a little bigger. Just an extra couple of feet would have been nice. Wifi worked well in the living room but not in the bedroom hopefully with the new fibre optic that will solve that issue. Units are well equipped with everything you need. The outdoor grill was very well utilized most evenings. Can’t wait to go back next year. So relaxing and so much fun.
Very nice relaxing vacation
We had a great time at this property. this property is perfect for people who do not mind walking a lot. We walked to grocery store, bus station, etc. Taxis are definitely the most expensive route of transportation. When we got to the airport we paid for the trip to condo by taxi and also to be picked up on our last day that way you save money if you book both rides at that time (cost about 100$ for round trip). we had problems with ants in the kitchen so have to be super careful about crumbs and wipe down counters after every meal. We did one excursion to the tulum ruins which was great and a much nicer beach there then the one across the street from condo. The one by the condo we still went to every day. There are tons of restaurants everywhere. Overall, it was a great vacation and was very relaxing. If you want to do excursions everyday you could do that too but we liked spending most time by pool/ocean. Thanks for letting us enjoy your property!
3 great weeks at Alizes
My wife and I had a great stay at Alizes. Betsy, Chris and Roccio were fantastic. The location was bang on. Next to the beach, close to restaurants and stores yet isolated enough for peaceful evenings. The ambiance at Alizes is exceptional. So many knowledgeable regulars and travellers always ready to share their experience. It was without a doubt the best trip down south with truly great value. Bettre than any all-inclusive that we had been to. I'm already booked for next year.
Nancy and Bob, Canada
Everything we were looking for...
Chris & Betsy,
Thank you for renting us your condo. We enjoyed our 3 week stay in your beautiful clean condo. Not liking air conditionning, we were looking for a place where we could leave the windows open. It was perfect with an amazing cross ventilation that was fresh day and night.
We found everyone friendly, enjoyed the poolside get-togethers, the Friday morning Eco-Markets. Great location with only
short walking distance to 5th Ave with all its restaurants and tiendas.
Edmond & Gabrielle
Our condo is just 150 yards from Coco Beach and next to Playa's Dining District. We snorkel by swimming out at our beach, to a smaller section of reef, part of the second largest reef in the world. It is just off the coast & accessible by swimming or by boat. Lots of lovely shops, restaurants and plenty of night life, all within walking distance. An inexpensive taxi ride or walk will get you to any of the big cinemas, shopping centers, modern (english speaking) medical care, Mayan Ruins, Golf, and so much more.
Theme Parks are near by. Lots of interesting day or overnight trips are available to cenotes, Chechin Itza, Tulum, Cancun and more. Even Belize can be reached in a day with a bus ride!