Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Newport House

Rates per night from$81.45

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD81.45), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

La vida local

Setting

Stroll to the fifth

Love living like a local? Then meet Newport House, an apartment-style bolthole that’s laced with SoCal style and within minutes of Playa del Carmen’s beachfront. Inspired by the beach-ready looks of West Coast homes, the rooms feature handmade wooden furniture, whitewashed walls and original work by photographer Mario Entero, who takes sea and surfers as his muse. What’s more, they all have kitchenettes and a full-size Smeg fridge, making them perfect for those who want to take on the city on their own terms. On the roof, there’s a palm-fringed pool that’s perfect for watching the sunset; down at reception, an expert concierge is on hand to give insider tips on the best taquerias, coffee shops and salsa clubs in town. Oh, and as we said, the Caribbean is just a few minutes’ walk away – but many guests choose to get there SoCal style, borrowing one of the hotel’s cruiser bikes or longboards instead.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

15.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $81.45, excluding tax at 19 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of $1.50 per room per night on check-in.

More details

Rates include use of the bicycles, longboards, snorkel gear, paddle boards and yoga mats. Breakfast isn’t included, but Smith guests get a Continental breakfast basket for their first morning.

Also

There’s a three-day jazz fest held each year at Playa Mamitas Beach, usually over the last week of November.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, laundry. In rooms: flatscreen TV; kitchenette with an oven, coffee machine and microwave; tea kit; free bottled water; Cypress bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Even the smallest rooms have a kitchenette with a Smeg fridge and a living area with original photographs and handmade furniture. Everything above a Classic has a balcony, and it's worth asking for a room on the higher floors for the most expansive views.

Poolside

The pool is on the roof, giving swimmers a sweeping view across the city and ocean beyond. Sunloungers run along one side, and a border with manicured palms and bright flowers takes up the other. At the far end, there’s a pergola shading a large, L-shaped sofa.

Packing tips

Bring Vans or other skate-ready shoes to take advantage of the hotel’s longboards.

Also

There’s a lift to all floors but no adapted rooms, so the hotel’s not well suited to wheelchair users.

Children

All ages are welcome at the hotel, and the fully equipped kitchen makes it easy to whip up meals for the whole family. Babysitting can be arranged with 24 hours’ notice.

Food and Drink

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Hotel restaurant

There’s no restaurant at the hotel, but you can have breakfast delivered to your room from nearby Zorro Plateado.

Hotel bar

There’s no bar at the hotel, but Playa del Carmen is famous for its nightlife, so you won’t have to stray far for a drink.

Location

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Address
Newport House
10 Avenida Norte & Calle 44 Norte
Playa del Carmen, Solidaridad
77710
Mexico

Newport House is on 10 Avenida Norte, a short stroll from Calle Quinta, Playa del Carmen’s bustling beachfront strip.

Planes

The most convenient airport is Cancun, which can be reached directly from London Gatwick. If the traffic plays nicely, it’ll take around 45 minutes to drive to Playa del Carmen; the hotel can arrange a one-way transfer for two people for US$85, or US$145 for a return.

Automobiles

You shouldn’t need a car if you’re planning on sticking to the city: you’re within walking distance of the beachfront and cabs can whisk you to bars and restaurants that are further afield. If you’re planning on exploring the wider peninsula, a car will definitely come in handy.

Worth getting out of bed for

The hotel is designed so that you can live like a local, exploring the city and beachfront in your own time. You can borrow bikes, longboards, snorkels and paddleboards for free, making it a breeze to get around and enjoy the ocean. In the late afternoon, pedal home for a sunset dip in the rooftop pool, which is best enjoyed with an ice-cold beer. In terms of local sights, your first port of call should be the hotel’s excellent concierge – they’ve got the insider track on the hottest beachfront bars, salsa clubs and places to pick up a new bikini. If you’re looking to escape the city for a day, hop on a ferry to Caribbean island Cozumel, a 45-minute ferry ride from the coast. It’s covered in lush forest, mangroves and impressive karst formations, making it a legendary destination for scuba diving. It was once a Maya settlement too – the most famous ruins are at the San Gervasio, a former pilgrimage site for Maya women, who journeyed to the island to worship Ix Chel, a goddess of childbirth and fertility. If you’re into wild swimming, don’t miss the Rio Secreto, an underground river just south of the city. The 1km route involves hiking and swimming through still turquoise pools, which are overhung with stalactites and surrounded by rock formations that date back millions of years. If you’re more interested in cavern diving, try the beautiful cenotes at Chikin Ha, a 30-minute drive from the city centre.

Local restaurants

In Playa del Carmen, some of the best places to get a bite to eat are unassuming hole-in-the-wall restaurants that you wouldn’t look twice at. As always, the size of the queue is a reliable indicator of which places are best, but if you’re apprehensive, have the concierge recommend a few failsafe spots. If you’ve skipped breakfast, swing by El Gallinero du Chocolat, a bakery and breakfast specialist serving some of the best crepes, croissants and ice cream in town. No trip to Playa del Carmen is complete without a trip to El Fogon, a legendary taqueria that almost any local will recommend. You can usually count on a queue at peak times, but it’s well worth waiting for their charcoal-grilled chicken al pastor, which is lauded across the city. For dinner, try La Perla Pixan, a rustic Maya restaurant off the main strip. The roof is thatched, the food is served on earthen plates and there’s usually a live band playing, but this is no mere tourist trap. Everything from the tacos to the smoky mezcal cocktails is made with love and care, and the service is slick yet friendly. Occupying a 10,000-year old cavern, Alux takes the biscuit when it comes to the city’s destination dining. Start with the king crab, then follow with the smoked deer or the seasonal fish, which is cooked in dill chimichurri.

Local bars

If there’s one thing that Playa del Carmen has in spades, it’s bars. Try Trujillos for craft cocktails, Alux for fine wines and La Perla Pixan for a long list of mezcals. As in any good-time town, new places crop up all the time, so ask the concierge for the latest spots.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this budget boutique hotel in Playa del Carmen and unpacked their new swimwear from nearby La Bikineria, a full account of their break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Newport House in Playa del Carmen…

It might be on the other side of the continent from California, but the Yucatan Peninsula has a lot in common with its US counterpart. Both are famous for their palm-lined beaches and good-time coastal towns, in which the locals live a laid-back, sundrenched lifestyle. Clearly, the people behind Newport House feel the same way, as they’ve brought a distinctly West Coast look to this minutes-from-the-beach hotel. Whitewashed wood, oceanic artwork and marine tones instantly place you by the sea, making it easy to slip straight into holiday mode the moment you step through the door. Yet there’s more to it than that, and it has a lot of parallels with California’s surfer communities, famous for their coveted in-the-know knowledge of the local area. When you stay here, you feel as if you’re being let in on a secret: like any good surfer, the concierge knows all the best spots in town, whether for sundowners, tacos or craft coffee. And once you’re armed with that knowledge, they’ll give you a cruiser bike or longboard to get there, which instantly hoists you out of the realm of the tourist and places you firmly in the ‘temporary local’ club.

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