Address: Calle 10 Norte entre 1 y 5 Avenida, Centro, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Hotel Kinbe is located on a quiet side street in downtown Playa Del Carmen right near busy La Quinta Avenida. It is just steps from the beach and surrounded by shops and restaurants. It’s in a prime location for doing it all – lounging, site seeing, and nightlife.
It’s also within walking distance of the bus station and the ferry to Cozumel. Making it perfect for budget travelers looking to save some cash by walking instead of taking cabs. This was one of the big selling points for me when I booked my reservation.
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The Property & Room
Everything about the hotel was modern and light except the courtyard. The rooms overlooking the courtyard enjoyed overflowing lush green plants trailing up the stairs and along balconies. It was open at the top, but not much light made it in. The stairs and rails were made of thick, rough branches and different sized planks of dark wood. It made me feel like I was in a jungle instead of a bustling tourist center.
The Pretty Room, which is just a standard room with a double bed, that I booked was a good size and had everything I needed. At this point in my journey, I just needed a hot shower, air conditioning, and a comfortable bed. The room was very modern and minimalistic with glass-top tables and a silver and deep purple color scheme. The bathroom was decorated with river rocks and featured a rain showerhead.
Other amenities include a minibar, as well as a wall-mounted flat screen television with local stations, and an in-room safe. The free wifi was incredibly strong throughout the entire hotel.
The Little Extras
The staff that I interacted with were welcoming and helpful, even when I arrived at 4 a.m. In the rain, weak and not feeling well, straight off an overnight bus from Belize. =/ I ended up not taking advantage of being so close to the bus station due to the state of my arrival. A taxi from the bus station to the hotel was only about 50 pesos (about $3 USD).
Near the beautiful indoor/outdoor pool, which unfortunately I did NOT take advantage of, is a library full of books written in both English and Spanish from which guests can borrow. They also provide free wifi throughout the entire property.
What I Did Not Love
There was construction going on at a nearby hotel, which is not Hotel Kinbe’s fault, but still not ideal. Luckily the sounds weren’t as loud inside the hotel room as they were outside. Also, guests were provided umbrellas since it was a little rainy during my stay. Despite the umbrellas being flimsy and breaking during my first stride out the door, I appreciated the gesture.
How to Make Reservations
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