Hotel Illusion Boutique Hotel Hotel 4 star
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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Illusion is a recently opened hotel of good standing, housed in the heart of the bustling Playa del Carmen. Quite comfortable, it offers a haven of tranquillity within a refined decoration, a welcome alternative on the sidelines of the surrounding agitation. It is suitable for couples and adults in search of rest.

This hotel review is a translation from the French version published on our French site Easyvoyage.com.

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    Location 9.47 /10

    The hotel is located at the intersection of 8th Street and the famous Fifth Avenue, in the heart of the town of Playa del Carmen with its shops, bars, restaurants and bustling nightlife. The town is located 33 miles from the international airport in Cancun, it takes an hour for transfers via shuttle.

    Accommodation 9.20 /10

    The hotel's 40 rooms (including 7 suites at higher levels) overlook the 8th Street or the sea. All are spacious (approximately 215 ft²), being quite comfortable and have a refined decoration, modern sliding windows and pretty enough modern amenities. The furniture and decoration vary from one room to another. The king-size bedding in bright colours, armchairs, tables and buffets alternate between bamboo, rattan and "mimbre" (a kind of rattan). The mirrors on the walls, the paintings, the lamps of wrought iron and the green plants blend in a thoughtfully designed arrangement. They are all equipped with air conditioning, telephone for direct international dialling, satellite TV, a full mini-bar (two bottles of water available, including sodas and beers), a safe, an ironing board and an iron. The bathrooms are large, packed with a few personal skin care products, and equipped with a shower and a hair dryer. The toilets are separate. Room service is offered during the day. Please note that 18 rooms have balconies. The suites are more spacious, and have a kit for making tea and coffee and a kitchenette with a microwave oven.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    The Illusion consists of a four-storey building which is surrounded by a courtyard in the form of a hacienda. The reception, in modern style, housed in a wide corridor leads outdoors to the courtyard. Located on the terrace, it is furnished in forged iron in the shade of bright beach umbrellas. On the façades, small balconies in woodwork alternate with pristine white paintwork of the hotel. Stairs lead to wide corridors open onto the courtyard, where green plants alternate with bamboo furniture, on a bright marble flooring. A fourth staircase leads to the roof, which hosts a spa centre (with aromatherapy) and a small square-shaped swimming pool. The view is a little deceiving: the buildings around present no particular interest, but there is the sea opening on the horizon. Fans of sunbathing can bask on the deck chairs arranged on the sun lounge. In the surounding streets you will find all the necessary services and activities: exchange bureau, shops, boutiques, car rentals, diving centers and supermarkets abound among the restaurants and lively bars in the town.

    Food and drink 7.45 /10

    The Illusion Boutique Hotel has an Argentine grill restaurant. The hotel also has an agreement with the nearby Japanese restaurant, which has a small terrace overlooking the 8th Street. It boasts a modern "design" trend with dark furniture in shades of red and orange. A style that contrasts a little too much with the rest of the hotel... If you like this cuisine, you will find it good. The service, a la carte, provides for lunch and dinner. For breakfast, a service at the table is provided on the terrace of the hotel just after the reception. The tables, well spaced, are welcoming.

    Beach 7.45 /10

    The public beach of Playa del Carmen is located a minute away on foot, after 8th Street. The sixty or so feet that separate the water construction has decreased by half globally, after the passage of Wilma. Indeed, bathers who were already too concentrated before must be content with a limited area of sand. The restaurants, hotels and bars on the beach, aligned for several miles plus the catamarans of the boat clubs, and on the water, the small sailboats in the port present a concentration that is sometimes imposing. If you seek all the facilities (showers, deck chairs, soft drinks...) and animation without fearing any possible noise, the beach is perfect. But for resting hidden in the shade of a palm tree, you will either get off the beaches of Playacar, larger, or move back toward the coast to Puerto Morelos. The bus stations are located within five to ten minutes on foot from the hotel. The water is always turquoise, the sand is fine and white.

    To know

    Relax is the only watchword for the Illusion Boutique Hotel, which invite only adults. Families with children aged under 12 are not allowed in the hotel. For the rest, this hotel is situated on the seafront in the heart of entertainment raging across Playa del Carmen, located on a very calm street. It offers impeccable service in a charming ambiance, and benefits from the services and facilities of the surrounding businesses.

    Equipment

    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, (paying), sauna, spa

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      sailing, canoe

    advantage

    • Architecture in the style of a hacienda.
    • Groomed decoration.
    • The tranquillity.

    disadvantages

    • Not directly on the seafront.

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