"Three of us rented this home for a golf trip for a week. It was perfect for our needs. It is a spacious home with three bedrooms with baths and a separate small sleeping area perfect for kids if needed. It has multiple comfortable sitting areas with comfortable furniture. The internet works well, with a couple repeaters in the bedroom areas to spread the signal. It was beautifully cleaned when we arrived.
The kitchen is functional but a bit small, with no dishwasher. The cabinets are showing their age, as this is an older home, but they all work. Lighting is functional although mostly fluorescent, pretty typical for Mexico. The dining room has a spacious table for 8.
Outdoors is a small, pleasant pool. The area is pretty closely packed with homes, so if privacy is a concern, this is not the place. Landscaping is well maintained, with a peek at the golf course through the trees. Unfortunately, the outdoor furniture is white plastic of the thin variety, the type that bends a bit when you lean back. Never felt quite safe in it.
The location is perfect if you want to enjoy the main part of downtown Playa del Carmen. No need to drive as it is an easy walk to town and restaurants. Supermarkets are a short drive away.
The home is in a gated community called Playacar. It seems relatively secure, with a number of large hotels, a golf course, and many homes. A book in the house trumpets discounted golf, but at the golf course we found that only applies if you rent for 6 months or more. That same book also highlights that you can use the Reef hotel facilities as a renter, but when we went there we found that they limited that amenity to 20 people a day, with a line forming at 8:30 each day. Not something we used.
Getting to the beach is a bit problematic. The beaches are public, but getting to them is difficult. There is very little parking in Playcar, so you walk. Once on the beach, virtually everything on the beach is all-inclusive, so it's difficult to buy any food or drink on the beach. So when you go, take all you need with you. Certainly, the house has all the beach chairs and towels you need.
In general, we loved the place. Their are some broken lampshades that need replacing. A number of lamps were unplugged and didn't seem to work. The water pressure in the shower in the back room was pretty poor. A water cooler with bottled water was a pleasant surprise. We would certainly rent this home again, although a number of details could be cleaned up."
Guest: Ed P.
Date of Stay: February 2017
Review Submitted: March 9, 2017