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Hotel Básico, Playa del Carmen

$199 or less
Editor's Pick
Riviera Maya, Mexico, North America: Hotel Basico
Calle 10 at Avenida 5
Playa del Carmen
Tel: 52 984 879 4448's insider take:

In the mood for rubber and latex amusements? You'll love the Hotel Básico, a high-concept, adults-only creation from Carlos Couturier and the Micha family, owners of Deseo and the ever-hot Hotel Habita in Mexico City. Tire treads cover the reception-area floors, and the industrial minimalist furniture—all metal and fiberglass—is almost too cool for a Mexico beach, especially one like Playa del Carmen, which has lately been invaded by the fanny-pack crowd. Style takes priority over comfort—vinyl poolside chaises grow slick under sweaty sunbathers, privacy is nonexistent in the 15 guest rooms, and street noise is a constant companion. On the other hand, you're sure to meet like-minded, semi-exhibitionist compadres in the hot tubs and pools, which are made from renovated water storage tanks. The restaurant, Marisquería, makes a mean taco, too.—Maribeth Mellin

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