4.0 out of 5

"Very nice hotel but they need to fix there room they were clean but my window had a crack on top wer mosquitoes or any other bug could come in, also n ... " More

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Hotel Description

An all-inclusive stay in Playa del Carmen awaits you at The Reef Playacar All Inclusive Beach Resort. You'll be within a 5-minute walk of Playacar Golf Club and 1.7 km (1.1 mi) from Playa del Carmen Maritime Terminal. Highlights at this beachfront resort include 3 restaurants, 2 outdoor swimming pools, and a full-service spa.

LED TVs with cable channels are featured in all 196 rooms, and you can enjoy furnished balconies or patios, free bottled water, and ceiling fans. Additionally, refrigerators, hair dryers, and irons/ironing boards are available.

A day of pampering at The Spa at The Reef can include beachside massages, body wraps, and body scrubs along with hydrotherapy and mani/pedis. At the resort's own beach bar or poolside bar, you can enjoy a drink. Spend the day at the beach where you'll find sun loungers, and enjoy the onsite marina and free kids' club. Plus you'll find a fitness center, a Turkish bath/hammam, and a kids' swimming pool. There's also free self parking, along with the convenience of car rentals on site.

Within a 20-minute drive of this 3.5-star Playacar resort, attractions include El Camaleon Golf Club and Xcaret Eco Theme Park.

Standard Room, Balcony, Garden View

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
$186 per night

Premium room, garden view,balcony

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Superior Room, Balcony, Garden View

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

The Reef Playacar All Inclusive Beach Resort ratings based on 70 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.0 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5

Nice Hotel

Very nice hotel but they need to fix there room they were clean but my window had a crack on top wer mosquitoes or any other bug could come in, also no hot water I had to take two showers with cold water until I call front desk, their Spa I got a holistic massage and my daughter got the relaxing one both wer the same we paid 99 for each but we could go on their hot tub everything is extra but other than that a quiet nice hotel

Posted by , from los Angeles California on Jul 16, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jul 19, 2017 by Micaela Castilla - Brand Executive

Dear Gloria, We appreciate your comments about your recent stay in our hotel. We apologize for all the inconveniences you had in you room, we wish you had told us before you check-out, in order to give you a proper solution. It is a pleasure to know that you enjoyed the spa treatments. We would be pleased to welcome you and your daughter back at The Reef Playacar. Kind regards,

4 out of 5

Small but pleasant. Quaint & beautiful!!

Pros: Extremely friendly staff, nice, smiling and responsive.
Cons: Food choices & quality must up its game!
Location: Extremely well centered & totally short walking distance to shopping & souvenirs! No need for a taxi.
My family & I just visited here in June 2017. We normally stay at the big resorts such as the Riu Palace, so when we walked in it was a little different feel right from the beginning. The check in process was easy(not sure why other reviews complained so much about it?) The Hotel concierge was a "salesperson" & shady! Not worth speaking to because she(Brenda) just wants to sell you something. IF you want to book an excursion go to the Excursions Office & go sit down & speak with Hector! He is nice & informative & a good listener and provides you all the correct details! Rooms are small & quaint, nothing special but clean and comfortable. Hotel staff are professional & nice and they keep the premises very clean! They have 2 pools......Pool bar was a little dirty day after day but the staff & drinks come fast & furious which is a big plus!!! Pool on the lower grounds(next to the buffet) is clean & excellent. Food here is mediocre but decent! If you go to the hot bar in the buffet & order ready to serve that's the way to go(trust me) !! IF your a foodie or picky than dont come to The Reef Playacar or to Mexico in general. All the staff in the buffet are excellent & friendly which makes up for the food quality!! NOW...... the Beach at this property, IS THE BEST THING EVER!! Plenty of seating w/ umbrellas & cabanas which are 1st come 1st serve w/o a cost or reservations! Make sure you take advantage of the free non motorized activities such as boogie boards, catamarans, bikes etc.

Posted by , from Los Angeles on Jul 9, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

Aug 31, 2017 by Micaela Castilla - Brand Executive

Dear Bob & Family, It is a pleasure to read such a wonderful and detailed review. We are proud to hear that you keep a beautiful memory of your recent vacation at our hotel, you can rest assured we will share your kind words with our entire team and management. Indeed, our wonderful position in Playacar allows us to provide unique and recreational vacations. It is a separated, safe and quite neighborhood, which is surrounded by nature and only a few minutes far away from the heart of Playa del Carmen, the 5th Avenue. Please rest assured that your feedback has been displayed in the hotel for all our staff to see, especially for Hector. They will be truly motivated by your kind words, as they continuously endeavor to go beyond our guest’s expectations of service. We are glad to know that you enjoyed our beautiful beach and the non-motorized water sports. We would be pleased to welcome you and your family back at The Reef Playacar. Kind regards,

3 out of 5

Ok for price

Beer & soda flat. Mix drinks are water down. Buffet hit & miss. Snack bar all food ugly. Bed hard. Pool dirty with grass & leaves. 15 min walk to 5th ave. Beach clean. Grounds beautiful.i would try some cwere else b4 staying again

Posted by , from ca on Jul 6, 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jul 11, 2017 by Micaela Castilla - Brand Executive

Dear queen b, We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your review and for giving us the opportunity to welcoming you on the past days. It is a pleasure to know that you liked our location, beach and our hotel facilities. We are sorry to know that you did not enjoy our the food offered in our buffet and snack bar together with the drinks. We try very hard to please all our guest wishes by offering a variety of dishes at the buffet and two a la carte restaurants. Regarding the swimming pool please let us inform you that we have staff that is in charge of cleaning it every day to provide our guests a comfortable and nice surroundings to enjoy. We do hope to have the opportunity of hosting you in the future, so we can change your perspective and offer you the hospitality that distinguishes us. Kind regards,

4 out of 5

Great value resort

Pros: Closeness to Playa and quality of beach front.
Cons: Better beds and an English cable channel other than CNN.
Location: Short walking trip to Playa to the north and outdoor shopping center to the south. On site travel planner, although the price is a little steep.
This was our second time staying at the Reef. We took the premium upgrade this time for the access to better quality liquor, and that by itself was well worth the daily price increase. The other benefits included the wifi connection and a moderately better room. The rooms themselves are suitable for a short stay, but the beds are the weak point for a more lengthy stay. The staff was incredibly helpful and friendly, and there are plenty of daily activities to keep busy, from lounging on the beach to hanging by the poolside bar, snorkeling and other watersports, spa, gym, and of course the short walk into downtown Playa.

Posted by , from Minneapolis on Apr 5, 2017

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3 out of 5

The beach makes everything ok

The check in/out desk is slow, they could use more people working during peak times. The grounds are wonderful. The pool is lovely but the varying degrees of volume on the music which mostly repeats the same set day after day is annoying. The 2 ft kid's pool is perfect to keep a small kid and margarita drinking parent happy day after day. There were usually other small kids around for the kids to interact with. The hotel seems sure whether its focus is family friendly or party friendly. Our first night in our room was a disaster. Room 213 closest to the concert/ event hall and front desk started in with the house music at 10pm and even worse mariachi band (my personal worst nightmare) started up at midnight and did not stop till 1am. No joke, it sounded like the band was inside our room. We were able to change to room 1611 the next day and the rest of our stay was fine. No more being woken up at night by music, only other hotel guests slamming doors and being loud in the doorway corridors. One of their excursion agents quoted us $89 per person for a day drip and on the next day another man quoted us $115 for the same trip - shady!! When I called him on the price change he got squirmy. A few staff members were wonderfully nice but most just doing their jobs. Food was just ok, drinks just ok. Despite all of the "just ok-ness" of this space, the beach is amazing and makes the marginality and affordability of this hotel worth the stay.

Posted by on Jan 14, 2017

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3 out of 5

Not as good as the first time we stayed there.

Pros: Ital. restaurant and beach.
Cons: Staff support. So many people working as staff and yet most were just visiting among themselves. No offer to help us with taking our luggage to room
Location: Shopping either direction from the hotel and, again, the beach is wonderful.
No evening shows. Restocking of food items along the lines was very poor. Had to ask for a plate. No bacon for breakfast. Self-serve coffee machine empty. In the time we were there one staff person asked us once if we wanted a drink by the pool or by the beach. On a previous visit to The Reef we did not have to pay a surcharge for the Mex. restaurant.....this time $6 per person. Will say the Ital. restaurant was wonderful.

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016

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1 out of 5

Not an all inclusive

Paying extra for the upgrade is a ripoff. Took us 6 days to get drinks in our room. Air conditioner was a constant problem

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016

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5 out of 5

Beautiful time at the Reef!

Location: Excellent tours and the security at the Playacar complex is excellent.
Excellent service and all the employees were awesome. We are so glad we had the chance to be there. The Food was nice and the different options were great.

Posted by , from Burke, Va on Oct 28, 2016

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5 out of 5

Excellent stay at an amazing resort!!!!

Pros: The staff and the Food!!!!
Cons: Need a night club or dancing. Even staff entertainment each night!!!
Location: 5th avenue was fun....a short taxi ride to tons of shopping, restaurants, etc.
My husband and I stayed here June 4-11, 2016 for our honeymoon!!! We looked around everywhere and decided on this resort!! Boy were we happy with our decision!! The jungle like feel was very tranquil and refreshing, made you feel like you were in paradise. The staff was AMAZING!!! Tyler (Ricky Martin as everyone calls him) was exceptional at making guests feel welcome! Sol was also very sweet, made everyone feel special and showed extra attention to all guests. The food was VERY good. The $6 extra for the Mexican wasn't worth it, I would say the $6 extra should be on the Italian restaurant!! The Italian restaurant was exceptional!! Also, loved having the little pizzeria, came in handy after too many cerveza's (if you know what I mean). hahaha! The beach was phenomenal, enough chairs for hundreds of people. The only CON I can think of is the Club presentation that they said would only take 90 minutes and it took 3 hours and they were disappointed with us for not joining!! Thank you for an amazing honeymoon Playacar, WE'LL BE BACK!!!!

Posted by , from Napa Valley, CA on Jun 21, 2016

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2 out of 5

Nice Beach, Terrible Hotel

Stayed at The Reef Playacar for 7 days 4/20-4/27. It was a couples trip with my best friend, Age 27-30 First I will start with the pros: -The beach is beautiful. Its large and has crystal clear water! Lots of beach chairs, No issues finding chairs by the beach. -The food at the hotel was decent. Two restaurants with great food, Mexican & Italian. The Mexican restaurant has a $6 fee pp if you want to eat there and the fee is charged directly to your room. -The majority of the staff is very friendly. They are always willing to serve and we never felt obligated to tip for good service. PAULINO was a server in the buffet and his service was spectacular! -5th Ave shopping is a $6 cab ride, 10mins away. CONS: -Check-In was a disaster! We had to switch rooms three times within the first two days of our trip before were were given a room we were satisfied with. It was a complete waste of time. Our first room had a roadside view where there was construction right outside our window. 2nd room was two twin size beds for me and my boyfriend. And finally, our third room was a decent king bed room. We had to move our 4 pieces of luggage on our own! No elevators! -Rude time share concierge trying to force you to purchase packages. -The Hotel is jungle themed so if your room is lower numbers. (500-1100) Expect no sun outside ur window. -sewer smell through the "jungle" and sometimes from our toilet. -No entertainment, no activities, no music! Boring hotel! -RUDE male towel staff!

Posted by , from New York, NY on Apr 30, 2016

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jun 10, 2016 by General Manager

Dear Joannie, We would like to thank you for taking the time to write your comments regarding your stay at our resort. We appreciate your positive comments regarding our beautiful beach, our delicious food and are grateful that you recognize our staff hard work. They ensure that our guests feel comfortable and have everything they may need for a memorable stay. When their efforts are acknowledged it makes all their work worthwhile and so we will be delighted to share these kind comments with them, especially with Paulino. It is important to know that the Leading Vacation Club provides useful information about our hotel and you can listen to it on a sales talk that you will have the chance of attending. The Leading Vacation Club is supposed to use a soft approach and should not insist with the sale. If this happens, we request you kindly to contac tour membersservice We would like to inform you that room assignments are subject to availability and run of the house. Having said this, even though we would like to please all our guests, we are not able to meet all the expectations as sometimes we do not have availability. We did our utmost to meet your wishes by offering you another room. We hope for your understanding that we are not able to guarantee any room with king-size bed. We would like to remind you that none of our Packages has the king bed guaranteed (except from the Honeymoon Package booked through our website) before arrival as they all are subject to availability. Once again, we truly appreciate your comments and would like to mention that we take all comments very seriously. We know they help us to improve our services; our main goal is to fulfill the expectations of every single guest we have the pleasure to serve, as we want you back home totally satisfied and with the desire to visit us again. Kind Regards, General Manager

About the The Reef Playacar All Inclusive Beach Resort

Location Ave. Xaman-Ha, Playa del Carmen, QROO 77710

All-inclusive Details

This resort is all-inclusive. Onsite food and beverages are included in the room price (some restrictions may apply).

Gratuities and taxes
Gratuities and taxes are included. Additional gratuities at guests' discretion are accepted.

Food and beverages

  • All buffet and à la carte meals, snacks, and local beverages included
  • Dining and beverage availability limited at one or more venues

Activities and facilities/equipment
All non-motorized water sports, land activities, and use of recreational facilities and equipment are included.

Water activities

  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing/boogie boarding

Land activities
  • Bicycling
  • Fitness facilities
  • Volleyball

  • Aerobics
  • Dancing
  • Language

Kids' club

  • Supervised activities for children between 4 and 12 years old


  • Onsite entertainment and activities
  • Onsite live performances

Not included

  • Motorized water sports
  • Scuba-diving certification
  • Scuba-diving excursions
  • Scuba-diving lessons
  • Snorkeling excursions
  • Premium food items
  • Premium and/or non-domestic beverages
  • Bottled wine
  • Airport transfers
  • Childcare
  • Laundry/dry cleaning services
  • Spa/beauty facilities and services
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Activities and services offered by independent operators
  • Offsite tours
  • Transportation to offsite activities

Property Features

The Reef Playacar All Inclusive Beach Resort is an all-inclusive resort. Room rates include meals and beverages at onsite restaurants and bars. Other items and amenities, including taxes and gratuities, and access to recreational activities and entertainment may also be included. Additional charges may apply for meals at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, certain beverages, and other amenities. Spend the day at the beach and work on your tan with sun loungers (chaise longues) or relax in the shade with umbrellas. At The Reef Playacar All Inclusive Beach Resort you can cool off in one of the 2 outdoor swimming pools and indulge in a pampering afternoon at the full-service spa. There are 3 restaurants on site, as well as a coffee shop/café and a snack bar/deli. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include a beach bar, a swim-up bar, and a bar/lounge. This all-inclusive resort also offers a complimentary children's club, a children's pool, and a fitness center. Self parking is free.

  • 196 guestrooms or units
  • 3 levels
  • 18 buildings
  • 3 dining venues
  • 5167 sq ft of conference space
  • 480 sq m of conference space
  • Built in 1998
  • Bar on the beach
  • Bar by the pool
  • Swim-up bar
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Deli
  • Kid's club (free)
  • Supervised kid's activities (free)
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Beach lounge chairs
  • Towels for the beach
  • Umbrellas for the beach
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Business facilities
  • 1 conference room
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Wedding services available
  • Pool or billiards table
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • Beauty salon
  • Television in lobby
  • ATM
  • Onsite shopping
  • Bellhop

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Number of outdoor pools - 2
  • Children's pool
  • Supervised childcare/activities (free)
  • Children's club (free)
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • Babysitting or childcare
  • Playground on site
  • Refrigerator
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Free self parking


  • Airport: Cancun, Quintana Roo (CUN-Cancun Intl.) (58.8 km / 36.5 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

The Reef Playacar All Inclusive Beach Resort offers 196 air-conditioned accommodations with complimentary bottled water and hair dryers. Rooms open to furnished balconies or patios. 32-inch LED televisions come with premium cable channels. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations and complimentary toiletries. Additionally, rooms include irons/ironing boards and ceiling fans. Cribs/infant beds (complimentary) and rollaway/extra beds (complimentary) are also available. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Private balcony or patio (furnished)
  • LED television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Cribs (free)
  • Rollaway beds (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe (surcharge)
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

The Reef Playacar All Inclusive Beach Resort has 3 restaurants on site.

Nearby Activities

Guests of The Reef Playacar All Inclusive Beach Resort can stay busy with a full slate of activities including non-motorized water sports such as kayaking and paddle boarding, land sports such as bicycling, and various games and contests. Kids have a chance to explore Mexican traditions through supervised activities such as traditional Mexican games and piñata time.

Staff can help arrange a variety of tours and excursions, as well as tee times at Golf Course Playacar, located across the street.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Snorkeling on site
  • Free bicycles on site
  • Fishing on site
  • Golfing nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding on site
  • Volleyball on site
  • Kayaking on site
  • Skydiving nearby
  • Parasailing on site
  • Playground on site
  • Fitness classes on site
  • Sailing on site
  • Scuba diving on site

Spa Services

The on-site spa features garden views, and offers a variety treatments, including body wraps, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy and sport massages, waxing, braiding, and nail care. A spa tub is available, and beachside massages can also be arranged. Surcharges for all services.

  • Number of treatment rooms 3
  • Couples treatment rooms
  • Massages on beach
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Body wraps
  • Body treatments
  • Body scrubs
  • Facial treatments
  • Hydrotherapy treatments
  • Spa tub in spa
  • Steam room in spa
  • Massages

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Free rollaway/extra beds!
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • No pets allowed


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

  • No elevators



The charges below are included in your overall room price:

  • Resort fee

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • An in-room safe is available for an additional fee
  • Onsite credit card charges are subject to a surcharge

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Reef Playacar All Inclusive Beach Resort
  • Reef Playacar Beach
  • Reef Playacar Beach Resort
  • Reef Playacar All Inclusive Beach Resort Playa del Carmen
  • Reef Playacar Beach Playa del Carmen

You should know

  • Reservations are needed for golf tee times, massage services, and spa treatments. For reservations, contact the resort before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • The total price shown includes a resort fee.
  • Certain facilities might have restricted access. For details, you can contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation.