This is a very cute, bright, clean, fun, and fully-functional 1-bedroom apartment in the trendy and artsy Hollywood area of Playa Del Carmen, just a 5-minute walk from 5th Avenue and a 10-minute walk from Mamita's Beach.
The Happiness Apartment in Casa Naranja is a very cute little traditional Mexican apartment in Playa Del Carmen. It fits in perfectly with our philosophy of connecting English-speaking tourists with cute and highly affordable locally-owned lodging that has historically only been available to Spanish-speaking individuals that know the area well. This is a 1-bedroom apartment and it's approximately 500 square feet in size. It has a very nice and super comfortable queen-size pillowtop bed (which is rare for Mexico). There is a cute built-in closet in the bedroom, a dresser, and a large beautiful window with tropical foliage right outside the window!
The apartment has a small living / dining room next to a kitchenette. There is a cute little dining table and chairs that can be used by up to 4 adults. The kitchenette includes a good-sized sink, gas cooktop, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, blender, coffee maker, and a good supply of pots, pans, cooking utensils, cups, and silverware. The bathroom is modern and fully functional with a powerful shower (with water as hot as you wish), toilet, sink, and mirror. The apartment building just recently got a new hot water heater and, combined with a great water supply and showerhead, you can have a shower that is just as nice as what you would expect in the United States or Europe.
We also just added brand new temperature-controlled air-conditioning to the apartment in October, 2014, and this works exceptionally well at keeping the apartment nice and cool when it is hot and humid in Playa Del Carmen. The apartment also has 2 ceiling fans and a large floor fan which work great though if you do not wish to use the air-conditioning.
The styling of the apartment is very cute. It has a traditional Mexican style and feel with tile floor throughout and lots of color - mostly a mix of beachy blues, greens, and lavender. There is exceptional natural lighting throughout the apartment. There is also a good supply of ceiling lights and lamps, so the apartment is bright in the evening as well.
A neat feature of the apartment, which is consistent with the traditional Mexican styling, is a nice, large, private balcony. The apartment building is in a very green area and the balcony is surrounded by several beautiful large tropical trees. There is a dining table and 4 chairs on the balcony along with a very nice hammock. A charcoal grill is available for free if you would like to do some barbequeing while staying here.
Arguably the best aspect of The Happiness Apartment is its location. It is in "Casa Naranja", a large traditional Mexican house that has been converted into 6 individual apartments. The Happiness Apartment is on the second floor and it does require being able to walk up a flight of stairs. The property sits in an incredible location in Playa Del Carmen. It is in "Colonia Hollywood", a trendy neighborhood that has a large international population, particularly with a lot of individuals from Argentina and Italy. There are nice Argentinian, Italian, and Mexican restaurants and cafes very close and the neighborhood is home to a lot of young professionals, entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, and workers in the tourism industry. There are large grocery stores (Mega and Wal-Mart) nearby and there is also a little local laundromat very close to the apartment. We have a guidebook for guests in the apartment that provides recommended restaurants, stores, sites, and attractions in the area. Perhaps best of all, the apartment is only a 5 minute walk from legendary Fifth Avenue (with many shops and restaurants) and less than a 10 minute walk from Mamita's Beach, the most trendy and popular beach in Playa Del Carmen!
The apartment is fully furnished with all towels, linens, toilet paper, soap, shampoo, and free high-speed WiFi Internet access provided at no cost! We truly want to provide you with a unique, wonderful, and highly affordable experience!
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Atención a los huéspedes
Minimal (unless increased interaction is desired ;-). We will check you in, provide you with the keys, get you set-up for Internet access, answer any questions that you have, and then pretty much leave you alone unless you have any questions, concerns, or issues during your stay.
Otros aspectos destacables
The only thing that is slightly tricky is getting the key out of the inside of the frosted glass door. In order to pull the key out of the lock, you need to hold down the circular metal portion that surrounds the key while you pull it out. Our apologies for this minor inconvenience.
We recognize that many people come to Playa Del Carmen to party. This is understood by everyone in the building and the neighborhood, but we do ask you to be considerate of others in the building and the neighborhood. There are individuals in the building with families and they live and work in Playa Del Carmen. Thus, please follow the following rules:
1) Please be quiet after 12:00 midnight. There are families and young children sleeping in the area.
2) Please make certain to keep all areas outside of your apartment (including your private terrace) free from garbage. The other guests and the people living in the building do not want to see garbage lying around.
3) Please do not park directly in front of the apartment building. This causes difficulty with people getting bicycles in an out. There is plenty of parking nearby on both Calle 28 and Avenida 25.
4) Please do not ring the doorbells on the front of the apartment building. These doorbells are for other apartments in the building that are not rented by us.
5) Please do not touch the plants on the third floor. These are grown by other residents in the apartment building.
Thank you, in advance, for following these basic rules.
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We are two friends, one American and one Mexican, who live in the Riviera Maya and who started working together in July, 2014, to rent out vacation properties in the area. Our specialty is taking cute, traditional Mexican apartments, upgrading them for vacationers, and providing authentic and comfortable cultural lodging at great discount prices.
Both from a financial standpoint and, more importantly, from a personal desire to make others happy, we truly strive to provide our guests with exceptional experiences! Our reviews on this and other sites have been quite positive, but are not yet where we want them to be and we are working hard to continually improve our properties and processes to accommodate the needs of our guests. We will go out of our way to meet the needs of our guests and we invite them to let us know of any and all needs and/or issues that arise during their stay.
We hope that you will consider renting one of our properties for your vacation in the Riviera Maya and we hope to meet you! Best wishes for a great vacation! :-)