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Thompson Playa del Carmen

Last updated: 03 June, 2023

Split between a downtown party hotel and a more intimate beach house, the Thompson feels very Miami.

In the downtown hotel catering to a singles scene, rooms sit behind a sinuous rooftop sundeck and infinity pool looking out over the skyline to the ocean, with a sultry bar. In the couplesy beach house, the best have private balconies and Jacuzzis.

In both locations interiors are clean, modern showcases for ocean views – seen through wall-high glass. And both areas are poised to catch the sunset and serve hangover-cure-large breakfasts.

Frida Kahlo art and Panama hats are sprinkled across the walls in the public areas and the bar – which offers tequila tastings and great margaritas – to get guests in the mood.

Surrounding area

Playa del Carmen is small. Both parts of the hotel are a stroll from both nightlife and beach. But the downtown hotel is in the thick of it, with thumping bars and clubs on the doorstep.

With pristine beaches to the north and south and a lively urban centre, Playa del Carmen offers the intimate back-to-nature feel of Tulum and Puerto Morelos and Cancun’s urban amenities and nightlife – albeit on a smaller scale. The town is close to Cozumel island (for reef dives) and the big Xcaret and Xel-Ha adventure parks.



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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: < 5mins walk
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
: Nearby *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed