If you want to be in the middle of it – from sun to fun, Thompson Playa del Carmen Main House puts you at the center of the action, bordered by two pedestrian streets filled with shops, restaurants, and clubs.
In fact, the two floors of the hotel, which is topped by its own rooftop pool deck, is built on a shopping center with more restaurants and several higher end boutiques.
You are just a few blocks from the beach, and if you like the sounds of activity, keep your doors open at night and fall asleep to the sounds of live music, club beats and the voices of revelers out partying into the wee hours of the morning.
It’s the opposite of the areas nearby resorts where you may feel like you are the only one there.
Staying in the center of Playa del Carmen, a touristy beach town with an authentic vibe, provides an urban Mexican experience.
If you do want to lounge on the beach, guests have use of the sister Thompson Playa del Carmen Beach House.
However, the highlight of the hotel – and key reason to stay – is the rooftop pool deck, which also features a restaurant and bar. The Alessia Rooftop Dayclub features two narrow infinity pools running the length of the rooftop, each with partially submerged lounge chairs surrounded by comfortable daybeds and backed by private cabanas. There’s a swim-up bar as well.
There is no charge for hotel guests, and even with outside guests, it was never overcrowded. Best of all service was just a wave of your hand away and the servers were also checking on us frequently.
From the deck you look over Playa del Carmen and out to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea and the skyline of Cozumel in the distance, only interrupted by passing cruise ships.
Best said, it’s a resort pool club experience with loud music and stunning views to match. It’s easy for this to become a daily routine.
There are no oversized suites here, but between the pool deck on the roof and the vibrant local scene, you aren’t staying in this location if you are somebody who wants to spend a lot of time in their hotel room. That said, sitting on your balcony above the pedestrian street below gives a feeling a bit like you are in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
Junior Suite With Balcony
The 847-sq.ft. Thompson Suites features a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows opening out to an extended terrace with a private hot tub, daybed, and dining table for two. You will have a bird’s eye view of the lively city center and the turquoise Caribbean Sea from this large king-bed suite with ample natural light. Sink into the plush couch in the separate living area or refresh under a spa-like rainfall shower with a terrace view.
City View Suite
The 880-sq.ft. City View Suites are spread out on the third floor. Each have a private terrace with daybed and table that seats two. Inside is a separate living area with a couch, while the walk-in rainfall shower adds a luxurious spa vibe to this one king-bed suite.
Bars and Restaurants
In addition to poolside service, there are two restaurants. Cinco is open for breakfast and lunch serving sandwiches, burgers, poke bowls, and local dishes, including a fresh tuna tartare and excellent shrimp tacos. Alessia Rooftop Restaurants is open for dinner with an Asian-inspired menu, although it is due to change soon. It’s a great venue for a pre-dinner drink as well.
There is a small gym in the basement with dumbbells, a Precor machine, and several cardio machines.