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This rather chic boutique hotel is located on the “fifth avenue” of Playa del Carmen at Calle 12. We did not stay here but I was impressed by its inviting entrance so I wandered into it to investigate further. The raw stone steps, lacking a handrail, leads from the street level up towards the building, and mimics the approach to a Mayan temple, such as the ruins at nearby Chichén Itzá.  At the top of the steps is the lobby-bar-pool area, scattered with tables and lounge beds, and the rooms are above overlooking the area.  The hotel is in the direction of the beach and as there are no other taller buildings in front, the rooms would have views of the ocean and the island of Cozumel.  The bar has a swim-up side for the pool dwellers. From the outer edge of the pool, one could probably peer down (or splash water) at the pedestrians on the main street.  The place is designed for “seen and to-be-seen in swimsuit” action, with real voyeuristic potential. The noise from the bar would prevent any sleep but may conveniently drown out bedroom sounds. Facing east, the rooms would be perfect to see sunrise, after an all-nighter.  Just don’t expect rest or privacy here.  No commission was received for this write-up. – C

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