Welcome to Playa Palms Beach Hotel! You’ve arrived at your personal oasis of calm in the middle of cosmopolitan Playa del Carmen. Lay back in the hammock on your ocean view terrace, sip a margarita and take in the beautiful turquoise colors of the Caribbean Sea. Here are 10 more reasons why you’ll love your stay at Playa Palms Beach Hotel.
The Riviera Maya is home to hundreds of resorts, many of them all-inclusive, where the price of your room includes meals, drinks, and entertainment. Many people love traveling this way. However, traveling not all-inclusive, with an accommodation that only includes the room and a breakfast, comes with many advantages too.
All-inclusive doesn’t always mean all-inclusive
As above mentioned, the room rate includes all meals, drinks, and entertainment, what helps to plan the expenses of your vacation ahead. But some extra expenses should be considered, such as tips, and extras like spa treatment or tours. Also, you usually must pay extra for Wi-Fi access in your room. Besides, tours can turn out more expensive, since the travel agents work on commissions.
Staying at a non-all-inclusive, you can wander around and check out the prices for tours from different agents. Since this means more competition, the agents or concierge at the hotel usually offer better prices for tours. At Playa Palms Beach Hotel, you get free Wi-Fi in all the hotel, not only in the lobby but also in your room and even at the beach.
Are you a foodie?
If you’re a big eater, an all-inclusive sure has its perks. Especially if you’re traveling with kids, having all meals included is a big plus. But the quality of the food can vary greatly and sometimes the quantity just can’t make up for it. The dining choices are limited and can be repetitive after a few days. If you decide to go on a tour or visit the nearby town, you end up paying twice, since your meal at the hotel is already paid for.
At a non-all-inclusive on the other hand, you can go and explore the restaurants and bars in the area you are vacationing, eat always what you’re in the mood for and try authentic, local food. At Playa Palms Beach Hotel, you also have the option of staying in to eat, since all our studios feature a kitchenette and the restaurant next door offers serving you dinner right to your room.
Do you want to get to know the real Mexico?
Do you know these people, who rave about how beautiful Mexico is (or wherever they spent their vacation), and how friendly the people… but they’ve never left the resort? Often, it’s the location of the resort, miles from the next town, that prohibits from easily exploring other parts.
Spending your vacation at a non-all-inclusive, you get the chance to see the real Mexico. Staying at Playa Palms Beach Hotel, for example, you are not only directly at the beach, but also in the center of Playa del Carmen, a few steps from the lively 5th Avenue with restaurants, bars, shops, clubs and whatnot. Stay where you like the crowd and explore the area like locals do, discover hidden treasures, swim in cenotes, visit Mayan ruins and hidden beaches!
Do you like to party?
Don’t expect the best nightlife at a resort. They do have bars and usually one or two clubs, but, depending on the resort, they serve rather cheap alcohol. And they are just not as cool as the legendary Playa del Carmen or Cancun nightlife, with many bars, beach bars, and clubs, for example, the famous Cocobongo.
To sum it up, if you like to travel independently, discover the country, its culture, people, and food, you’ll feel more comfortable spending your vacation at a non-all-inclusive hotel.
When it comes to planning your vacation, one of the first questions that pop up, is, should I book my hotel directly or through an agent? Online travel agencies (OTAs) such as Expedia, Booking.com or Orbitz have grown bigger and bigger over the last few years. They are hard to ignore, since they come up first on google search, luring travelers by promising best rates.
But are those third-party agencies really the traveler’s best option? They sure have their perks, like being able to compare hotel rates side-by-side. But, for some reason, people are unaware of the benefits they have when booking directly with a hotel. We won’t lie to you, of course, the hotel also benefits from direct bookings. But most importantly, there are some real advantages for you. Here are as much as 7:
1 The really best rate
Yes, maybe the rates published on the hotel website are higher than the ones online travel agencies offer. But we assure you, any hotel is more than happy to match this price or even lower it. We at Playa Palms Beach Hotel sure are. Just don’t be shy, ask and send a screenshot of the offer you saw within 24 hours of booking.
2 No hidden fees
When booking through agencies, the price you are charged at the end often is significantly higher than what you originally saw on their website. While if booking directly with the hotel, they usually are very clear about their charges.
3 Better customer service
In case that you have any problems before, during or after your stay, you can contact the hotel directly, instead of being directed to the third-party agency, which usually involves waiting hours and hours on the phone for them to solve your issue – or not. Especially during your stay this is great, since the people you have to deal with are on the property itself. Keep in mind that they, unlike online travel agents, know their hotel and the rooms best, and thus can assist you in better ways. Plus, unlike agencies such as Expedia or Hotels.com, they actually do care about your vacation and are interested in having fully satisfied guests. This is why they will do everything they can to resolve your situation.
4 Better rooms
Usually, guests who book directly get preferred room assignments or even free room upgrades.
5 Better discounts and amenities
Most hotels appreciate your loyalty with special deals and amenities for returning guests – as long as you book directly. If you enjoyed your stay and are planning to come back to Playa Palms Beach Hotel, ask for the 3P-Guest-Card when checking out.
6 Better check-in and check-out
Rooms of direct bookings are a priority. If you need an early check-in or late check-out, it will be provided if possible.
7 More personalized stay
Imagine you are traveling with a baby and wish to have a crib. Or you have mobility problems and want to stay on the ground floor. Or maybe you are traveling with your significant other, and wish to have a special surprise prepared upon arrival. There are many things one can need when traveling. If the communication goes through a third-party agency, information can easily get lost. Whatever it is, it is way easier if you can talk directly with someone at the hotel – and they most certainly will be happy to provide it. At Playa Palms Beach Hotel, just as probably at any hotel, there’s nothing more important to us than the happiness of our guests.