Situated beachfront near the Riu Palace Peninsula on the upper part of the “7”, Maya Caribe Beach House Hotel is an all-inclusive optional hotel for vacationers on a tight budget. The Maya Caribe is adjacent to its sister hotel, the Celuisma Dos Playas (also an all-inclusive optional hotel), and both use the same lobby/reception area with guests having unrestricted access to the other hotel’s amenities. Between the two resorts they share five small pools, three restaurants and bars, three stretches of beach, tennis and basketball courts, and select non-motorized water sports. The Maya Caribe has a good location– just a 10 min. bus trip to Plaza Forum where many clubs and restaurants are located, and only a few min. walk to the Isla Mujeres ferry pier. Despite its location and cheap price, the Maya Caribe is not for everyone. Guest room quality varies from “bare bones” to poor (particularly in the “garden bungalows”), older A/C wall units can be noisy, small pools and a small beach with few loungers offers guests extremely limited seating space, and few dining/bar options are factors which may deter some guests. There is also a lack of on-site evening entertainment and communal space and seating. Budget vacationers more interested in spending time tanning, drinking, and going off-site for excursions and nightlife may find this budget-friendly hotel to be perfectly acceptable. This hotel is a two star facility and potential guests should keep this in mind when deciding whether or not to book.
Pro: Budget-friendly, beachfront, close to transportation
Con: Rooms need updating, WiFi and in-room safe $
Best Suited For: Vacationers on a tight budget (I’ve seen this hotel advertised for as little as USD $385 pp for seven nights, hotel-only with all-inclusive plan); guests who spend very little time in their room and aren’t bothered by very basic amenities on a vacation.
No. of Rooms: 40
Room Amenities: King or two dbl beds, A/C, table and chair, TV, in-room safe, telephone, hair dryer, and shower only (no mini-bar). Irons/ironing boards are available upon request. WiFi is an additional charge, as are bottles of water.
Physically Challenged Rooms: This property is not recommended for the physically challenged.
Resort Amenities: Several smaller pools (no swim-up bar) located beachfront on several different terrace levels, a decent beach, child care, and a buffet restaurant with bar included. Most of the additional amenities are over at the Dos Playas including two additional pools with daytime activities staff, tennis and basketball courts, non-motorized water sports, two more beach areas, a gift shop, car rental and tour desk.
Restaurants/Bars: There is one buffet restaurant with bar on-site. The Dos Playas has an additional buffet and a Thai a la carte which is open several nights per week with two seatings (reservations required). Two additional bars are also located over at the Dos Playas.
Entertainment: The activities staff is in charge of daytime events over at the Dos Playas main pool area; they will also help to arrange VIP club packages for guests.