Right between the beach and la quinta, my place is located in a really cool and quiet part of town. The balcony overlooks a jungle canopy that borders the beach bringing in a nice ocean breeze and beautiful sunrises.
Welcome to my playa home located on the corner of 1st and 40th in the newer part of town. This open space is ideal for couples or a single person wanting a nice quiet space with an ocean view. Doors open on a nice deck overlooking a jungle canopy and the ocean about 25 meters away. At the front of the building there is a communal pool a gate and parking should anyone need it.
Should you want to cook, the place comes with a fully equipped kitchen. Should you not... The quinta avenida is a half block away with many of the nicer restaurants around the corner.
I also have satellite TV and WIFI. No AC, but you get a nice brise from the ocean through the patio doors.
Please dont hesitate to contact me for more info
Mi casa es tu casa!
Keep the place clean, quiet and enjoy yourself
Desde el primer día la atención de Benoit y Andrea fue excelente. El apart estaba equipado con todo lo necesario para nuestra vida en playa. El barrio es muy tranquilo, ideal para hacer vida de playa. Para los que gustan de la vida nocturna, el paseo es corto.
My partner and I had a wonderful time staying at Benoit's Casa for 10 days while in Playa del Carmen.
The pictures on his site accurately depict the place and it's just as cozy as it looks.(However, we found the pool area to be a bit neglected). If you're looking for a great little place to relax in a comfortable surrounding without a lot of "bells and whistles"........ you definitely found it!
The kitchen was adequately stocked, but we didn't go on vacation to cook, so we never made a single meal or even turned on the stove! We did attempt to cut up the fresh pineapple that was left for us along with a few limes for our cerveza's that we enjoyed on the patio and found the knife to be extremely dull... however, it will get the job done! The kitchen is also in need of a few more drinking and wine glasses... only 1 of each, but we made do and drank from bottles or plastic cups.
We actually spent very little time at the condo as the weather was pristine and we were "out and about" discovering Playa or at the beach most of the time.
The condo is extremely bright and airy and we found no need for A/C as the ceiling and floor fans as well as the ocean breeze were more than enough to cool the place down. There were a few nights where the mosquito netting around the bed was extremely useful.
As mentioned earlier, we never used the pool and we actually never saw anyone else in the complex using it either. It wasn't very inviting as it was fairly dirty with debris floating in it each day with several tiles missing inside the pool. But, with the ocean only 1 block away who needed a pool!
Overall, the neighborhood is extremely quiet, with the exception of several barking dogs early each morning. That may really bother some, but they didn't bother us at all. It was part of the charm of being in a local neighborhood.
We really loved where the condo is located. An easy walk to everything, yet far enough away! We personally avoided 5th Ave. the entire time we were there as it was way too commercial for us and there are so many other great shops/restaurants in Playa that are off of 5th Ave. that we really enjoyed.
There is a radio and TV in the unit, and Ben informed us that he now has Apple T.V. alth But, I can't speak to this as we never turned either of them on!
The bathroom is terrific. We thought the water in the shower heated up very quickly and there was always plenty of it. The water pressure was also just fine.
Communication from Benoit and Andrea was flawless from beginning to end. All in all, we had a great time staying in Benoit's place and we would highly recommend it. The most difficult part was leaving!
Arriving to the property we soon discovered it was NOT as pictured. It was the same property, but about 10-12 years older. Slightly different furniture, not a clear ocean view as described, dirty and FILLED WITH BUGS. The listing describe it as a quiet location. Not possible with the 4-5 dogs living in the complex and the 5-6 dogs in the in the neighboring jungle area. Trash floating in the pool. I have pictures of the property my swollen leg from the NUMEROUS bug bites and all the trash, feel free to message me if you want to see them. After a hot sleepless night I contacted the host at 4am and advised him we would not be able to stay. Although he did allow us to leave only a portion of our money was offered as a refund. Airbnb cooperate made it right. We moved to a great hotel in the city with free breakfast for THE SAME PRICE we paid to stay here.
I hope my future guests are able to see past this review and read the other 39 excellent reviews from past guests :)
It seems Dave wanted to get back at me for not issuing him a full reimbursement for his 3 day stay. His initial complaint was that the bed was too small for his 6ft 3 height. I have a really comfortable king size bed :s Furthermore, I keep my apartment very clean and have a very nice Mexican lady clean between each stay. It is Mexico so yes, there are your occasional dogs barking but my neighbourhood is one of the quieter ones in playa. Between my apartment there is a nice little stretch of jungle so there are some mosquitoes, but i have screen doors and occasionally need to use the mosquito net around the bed. Anyone with the least bit of common sense will figure out how to enjoy their stay and appreciate the location, view and the sunrises i get from my balcony. My apartment is no all inclusive 5 star resort, but I believe the experienced traveller will find they have a much better experience than any hotel can offer :)
My S.O. and I had a wonderful time staying at Ben's place while in Playa del Carmen.
The pictures in his post accurately represent his place with a couple of additions. Ben recently redecorated the porch with a nice, larger wooden table and a couple of jazzy chairs. He also added some more plants which created a lush feel. It was really pleasant lounging out there in the evenings to cool down with some cervezas :)
We let the sunrise and the birds wake us up in the mornings. The condo has jungly lots on two sides where many different animals sleep during the night. They will celebrate every morning with you as well as a couple of dogs that live in the area. Embrace it and love it :)
Overall, the neighborhood was quiet during the night. Occasionally a loud car would drive by or something would cause the dogs to bark. We did hear faint club music on a Friday night until probably 4:00 a.m. It didn't start until late though, so we were able to fall asleep quickly.
The bed was firm compared to the average pillow top mattress. We found it very comfortable.
Ben also just added Apple TV to his entertainment system.
The kitchen was well equipped. We ended up cooking ourselves breakfast every morning and dinner one evening. I do wish the knives were a bit sharper...
Guests will probably notice that the bathroom, as well as the general area, will smell like sewer (faint to semi-strong) in the mornings. We opened the bathroom windows and closed the bathroom door to help block it from the rest of the condo.
We thought the shower water heated up quickly enough. No rush here. The water pressure was also just fine.
The place is just a couple minute walk to the beach and to a handy convenience store. Avenida Quinta is maybe a 5 minute walk away where plenty of restaurants/bars/clubs/shops are located. Walk deeper into the city for a more authentic dining experience though.
There is also an Italian restaurant that will be opening up soon on the first floor of the complex.
All in all, we had a great time staying in Ben's place and would highly recommend it!
Excellent host. In addition to Benoit checking on us, Andrea personally attended to all our needs, provided helpful tips to make our vacation a blast. Great location - 1 block to the beach and 3 blocks to 5th Avenue where all the action is - shopping, restaurants and bars.
We highly recommend this host and location. Can't wait to visit again.
Last week we got back from Playa Del Carmen ( Benoit's place). Andrea greeted us upon arrival, and provided us with the keys. Benoit shortly after emailed us to ensure we have settled in ok. Benoit's place is just as shown in the pictures. There are a few outdated things that probably require replacing in a near future, however you can't beat the location. One block away from 5th Ave and the beach. However it's amazing how you can just go a couple blocks, and you are easily avoiding the tourist life, and enjoying true Mexico ( If that is what you are desiring) Perfect little place to enjoy a relaxing vacation. All in all Benoit is a very attentive host, and we enjoyed our stay very much. Thanks !
Benoit was great! This place was just as pictured beautiful little spot right by the beach but also close to all the shopping in Playa Del Carmen. Would definitely stay here again!
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I'm from montreal but work in the arctic and live in playa :) I`ve set myself up for escaping most of the canadian winter and gladly share my place with the air bnb community while away at work. I`ve first arrived in playa almost 20 years ago and returned ever since. I know playa quite well and have lots to recommend :)