Hotel Colibri Hotel 0 star
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Amy Adejokun Section editor

This is a small, basic hotel with very limited facilities, although the atmosphere is friendly. Here, you can go diving all day long and enjoy the school just on the ground floor run by the enthusiastic French owners.

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    Location 8.0 /10

    The Colibri is on the long Playa del Carmen beach, in the centre of the town, and just adjacent to 5th avenue, the hub of the seaside resort. This gives very easy access to all the facilities holiday-makers require. The Colibri is also surrounded by other hotels bordering the turquoise waters. Cancun International Airport is 42 mi away and transfer time is around 50 minutes by car. The boarding port for the island of Cozumel is a 10-minute walk from the hotel.

    Accommodation 6.45 /10

    The Colibri's 33 basic bedrooms are spacious and colourful and consist of the following: 16 with a sea view ('A' rooms), 12 overlooking the small street of Playa del Carmen ('B' rooms) and 5 huts located on the beach. Lively colours brighten up the bedrooms with gentle touches: the tiling, the orange and blue or Mayan fabric bedspread, etc. All have a soft bed, a small raised television with 60 channels, individual air-conditioning with a roof fan and a free safe deposit box. A mini-bar is only provided in 'A' rooms. Bedrooms on the first floor have a large balcony with a hammock and a window box and are topped with palapas. The small square bathroom is very basic and tiled, with a shower, soap and shampoo in the way of hospitality products. The rooms in the huts are smaller and the bathroom washbasin outside.

    Overview 6.20 /10

    The employees, of which there are not many, are very amenable in this small building that opened in 1999 and was renovated in 2005. The entrance is a large archway allowing you direct access to the beach. The reception, decorated in mosaics, is on one side, together with the wide staircase leading up to the bedrooms in the main two-storey building. Bungalows located directly on the beach are also available to guests. Although it is small, the hotel is spacious. The humming bird is, unsurprisingly, a recurrent theme throughout the hotel and you can find it in various places, such as on the painted wooden headboards. All the hotel's roofs are covered in palapas. The path to the beach is bordered by luxuriant foliage to hide the huts from prying eyes. Note: the only swimming pool here is the sea!

    Food and drink 5.20 /10

    The only restaurant and bar are located on the hotel beach. The tables are laid out directly on the sand and the covered bar counter is on the hard ground. Practical and very simple. Breakfast is served between 7.30am and 10am and lunch between 11am and 4pm (two starters, two main courses - one Mexican and one European - and fruit for dessert). The hotel has chosen not to serve dinner as there is so much on offer in the surrounding area. However, you will have a choice between local and international alcoholic drinks at the bar.

    Beach 7.70 /10

    A hotel was built just beside the Colibri in 2007. Lots of small hotels line the busy public beach. Each one has a restaurant, so everything is very lively all day long. The Colibri has the advantage of being right on the beach. With fine sand and a few plastic deckchairs, you find yourself face to face with crystal clear waters and waves. This long, wide beach is supervised, with a lifeguard stationed 33 ft from the Colibri in front of the El Faro Hotel. On the other hand, you will find the Phocea diving centre on the street side.

    To know

    Almost all the clientele is French at this hotel that was repurchased in 2005 by Martine and Didier Manenq, French diving enthusiasts who decided to leave Paris and seek adventure in Mexico. The result: Here, you will find a diving club offering training to enthusiasts and professionals. The club is PADI-certified (ADC gold palm, or the highest level of PAD certification).

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Internet access
    • Sports equipment

      sailing, kayak, canoe

    advantage

    • In the centre of Playa del Carmen
    • Ideal for diving
    • On the seafront

    disadvantages

    • Very few services apart from diving
    • Basic facilities

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