Condo, 2 Bedrooms 4 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)
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Why Joe chose Zazil-ha
We have traveled to many islands in the Caribbean and fell in love with the Playa area, people and life style in 2010. I first visited Playa in 1989, came back a few times in the 90's and 2000's. We looked at countless properties in Playa and felt Meridian was the best overall location with its proximity to everything we want to do and still peaceful at the end of the day.
What makes this Condo unique
We love to walk the beach every morning and late afternoon, pick a direction and walk for miles on sandy beach. Great exercise and get a tan while you walk. To the north is a very private area with wind surfers, to the south are the resorts and town. I love to make coffee and sit on the patio with my bird book looking at the birds in the jungle, we overlook the jungle not another condo complex. I scuba and have been to almost all the sites on the Playa side, many dive shops in the area and many downtown. One now offers dives to Cozumel directly from the Playa beach so you save some time there. Shopping is great, lots of silver and trinkets, if you forget something plenty of places to get and several pharmacy’s on 5th Ave. We walk to town most every night and find a new or visit an old favorite place to eat. Hundreds of restaurants at great prices. Sports bars so you can see “your team” and other great spots for a drink. Plus this is a safe place, tourism is king and the locals treat you great.
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
A wonderful stay in Playa. All the comforts of home.
The Meridian Condo 310 is wonderful. It is supplied with everything you could possibly need. In all our rentals in Playa we never had the use of beach items. Chairs,umbrella,coolers, boogie boards etc. These items gave us the opportunity to enjoy the local beach without needing a beach club.
Because we stay the month, we enjoy being able to cook. The condo is equipped with everything you need. We enjoyed the use of the grill and being able to eat our dinners on the rooftop. Speaking of the roof top, it is furnished beautifully! We were hesitant to rent on the third floor but made the decision based on the use of the rooftop area. We were glad we did. The three flights of steps were not bad and the security people helped with carrying luggage and groceries.
One word of warning. We were told to be conservative with electric. We would be responsible for usage over 200 . We did not use the air during the day when out, or in the evenings. The air condition was used in only one bedroom most nights. We still went over and were charged $117.00. I can’t imagine what the charge would have been if we were not so conservative. In our previous rentals we never ran over our electric allowance.
We would highly recommend renting this cond! You won’t regret.
Thank you for your stay, we hope to have you back soon.
In Playa electricity is very costly, my property manager checked the meter the day you came and the day you left to figure any extra cost. We did provide a discount on the monthly rate and will give you a great deal on your next trip.
We had a great time in Mexico! Joe and Deborah were very responsive any time we had questions. We loved the 3 different levels--main living area, outdoor shower and sitting area, and small rooftop pool. Great places to congregate and meet lots of great people. The location is on the north end of 5th and hence is quite quiet. Easy walking distance to great food and taxis.
A few issues at the condo largely due to age: mildew smell still seems to persist (alluded to in an earlier review). This is difficult with the concrete of the building, so we just took advantage of the outdoor spaces as much as possible. Cabinets also need some repair. I mentioned these to both owner and manager and they sent someone to come take a look. Also, the hot tub doesn't have water in it and there was only a trickle when we tried to turn it on, but we didn't end up missing it. Just good to know that it may not be available--Deb said that all condos are having that issue.
The north end of 5th is seeing lots of construction, so where there was a view of the ocean a short time ago, it no longer exists. The road to the condo has recently been upgraded to cobblestone from dirt, and is a beautiful walk right up to 5th. Doormen were wonderful and helpful throughout our stay.
This being our first trip, we learned a few valuable lessons that cost us some dollars, but we'd still return. Let me save you some hassle:
-"Mexico Flexico" is the phrase to remember in regards to price. Just know that you can negotiate just about anything. Ask Google what you should be paying before you pay.
-If you are looking for more culture, spend lots of time off of 5th street. There are so many great restaurants on 10th-30th.
-Vegan or Vegetarian? Check out The Pitted Date and Ojo de Agua over on Ave CTE--just two blocks from this condo.
-Runner? Head up to 5th and take a RIGHT instead of a left. Beautiful street art and a lovely path. Run up to Esmerelda Beach and check out the spring.
Check the seaweed (sargassum) situation before you decide where to head for a beach day. Joe has all kinds of gear available, but we ended up going to Kool Beach Club to take advantage of a maintained area of the beach. Sad to see how climate change is affecting the natural beauty of this area--at least in the month of Feb 2019.
Really loved the location! Thanks for the stay!
Thank you for your stay and kind words and yes my property manager and I are always available and respond quickly.
When my property manager came to the unit they did not detect any mildew / mold smell, nor did the people that were there before you or the people that came the next day. We have found that in a warm climate if you leave trash for a day or two under the sink you will get a this smell, especially if it is from fruit it will smell earthy like mold or mildew.
The cabinets needed minor adjustment of the screws holding the hinges and that was repaired. The Jacuzzi, we let guest fill as needed, with a 30 gallon hot water tank in the condo if you have used the hot water it will take a little longer to fill the Jacuzzi from the roof tap. You can also hook up the hose to the spigot under the shower and use that to fill. Most people fill it and let the sun heat it.
Hope to have you back
Great Condo, Great Location, Great Management
We have been renting condos in Playa del Carmen for 15 years and this is one of the best we have stayed in. Location is great and the condo is incredible. Security is there 24 hours a day and are very friendly. We had an issue with the safe when we arrived on Sunday evening, called the property manager and it was fixed Monday morning.
Loved the private roof-top and spent a lot of time there. Wifi signal is weak on the roof but that is usually the case. It was excellent through the rest of the condo.
Overall the condo is great. Would definitely recommend and will likely be back if it is available for our next trip.
thank you for your stay, we hope to have you back soon.
we are looking into a way to improve wifi on roof
The Condo is located in a nice section on the end of town, close to everything. The unit contained everything you could want and was very clean and comfortable. The top floor is a nice getaway, however, the wi-fi doesn't work on the top floor. We experienced issues with the hot water, however, that may have just been our experience. The 3 bathrooms come in handy, it has a nice kitchen, plenty of drinking water and a nice main floor balcony for eating, drinking and socializing. If you want to watch a DVD at night the family room has a large couch and chair. You can walk anywhere in Playa Del Carmen in 10-30 min.
The reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 was partially due to the lack of hot water ( may not be an issue) but I wasn't wild about the nearby local beach. True, we only went to the local beach once so I could be wrong, but, it didn't feel great to us on our only visit. We walked 20-30 min to the easily accessible beaches near the ferry the other side of the ferry near Playacar which had long white sand beache and was only 30 min walk from the condo. There are lots of shops and stores near the ferry for water and snacks.
Tip. Exploring beyond the tourist area is fun. Walk up to Av 30 N (towards the freeway) then go right toward Calle 70 N. This can be a short 30 min walk and once you leave the tourist area you feel like you are in Mexico, very nice. Everyone is friendly and lots of little shops and small food places to explore. Our favorite tour was Puerto Morales, it's a quaint town about 35 - 45 minutes towards Cancun. Puerto Morales is a small fun town to explore the shops and cafe and has great beache and a world class reef for snorkeling. Have fun
Thank you for your stay and review
Per our email conversation after you left there is 100% no problem with the hot water, the temperature setting was turned down on the hot water heater.
Per your email to me you never mentioned it to my local property manager during your stay or to me. I encourage all my visitors to use the local provided concierge and if you experience any issue to tell them immediately so they can resolve.
I am a back up for them and respond to every email. We have had 2 others renters since you left and they had no issue with the hot water or anything else.
Happy New Year and we hope you will return
Beautiful condo, great location near the beach.
Wonderful week in Playa. My family (wife and 2 daughters) spent the week at the condo. It is clean and well maintained as pictured. The roof top deck and pool were great places to unwind in the evening. Condo is well stocked with beach towels, chairs, cooler and umbrella. Kitchen was nicely supplied as well, but there were too many good restaurants to make food at the condo :).
The condo is almost equally located from the beach and 5th Ave. The public beach was a bit crowded, but we could have certainly found space if needed. We instead decided to get pampered at the Encanto Beach club (located just a block and half away from condo. A daily fee includes use of super clean bathrooms, full length lounge chairs, and umbrellas) with food and beverage service. The condo is located on the North end of 5th Ave (Calle 40), which is a bit quieter than the South end of 5th Ave. It's an easy walk into the heart of Playa, and we were happy to be a bit out of the epicenter.
We found plenty of great restaurants within a couple of blocks of the condo (for Breakfast: Que Huevos and La Brioche. For dinner: La cueva del Chango, De Local, and El Taco Mexicano (cheesy sign but great tacos and margaritas).
The area is safe and clean, we walked around 5th Ave as family until 11pm without any issues. Off street parting was great as we rented a car and drove from Cancun. We ended up driving down to Tulum and Coba to see the Mayan ruins. Also took day trip to see the Cenotes.
Wonderful location to get beaches, shopping, dining, and location for day trips.
Thank you for the great review, we hope to have you back soon. We work hard to keep the condo in great shape and constantly make improvements.
Great Location and Spacious Condo
This condo is perfect. I recently took my three teenage children and there was plenty of space for everyone. The condo has all the amenities of home so all you need to bring is your clothes. Although the kitchen is well equipped to fix meals we chose to eat out to experience the cuisine. There is a jacuzzi on the roof along with a pool. The condo is very clean and well taken care of. It is in a secured building and I felt completely safe there. There is a 7 11 just a short walk away where I picked up milk, cereal and snacks for them. It is close to the beach and 5th Avenue where we spent a lot of time! You can walk and do so much! Shops, food, massage you name it. You can also easily get a taxi and visit other areas of Mexico. I highly recommend this condo and would stay there again!
Thank you and we hope to have you back soon
Excellent bird watching from 2 private balconies and roof top, unobstructed views of mangrove jungle across from unit. See parrots, chachalaca’s and many more. Bird identification book and binoculars in unit.