Playa del Carmen is a go-to beach town for tourists on the east coast of Mexico in the state of Quintana Roo. Big resort hotels and condos are abundant but look past those and you’ll find the most charming, small boutique hotel called La Semilla.
Just off the main 5th Avenue shopping/walking street and a three-minute walk from the public beach, La Semilla’s prime location makes it easy to check out the town or spend time in the sand. The rooftop patio is the perfect place to relax with a book or a drink.
Design is a mix of old furniture pieces, beautiful Mexican tile and whitewashed wood floors, and unique light fixtures. Inspired by the “rough lux” movement, the result is a non-fussy, light, beachy vibe that is homey and welcoming. The nine rooms range in size but all maintain this cozy aesthetic. The terrace rooms on the top floor have balconies with outdoor showers and wide windows to bring in great light.
There is no restaurant, but with dozens of restaurants just outside the front door, this is no problem. A friendly concierge will check you in, greet you with a cold beer to sip in the lush, tropical garden space. This is where daily breakfast is also served. The chef cooks up a different health-conscious delight daily, and fresh juices and coffee bring the vacation vibes full circle. La Semilla is intimate and comfortable, and in the busy, touristy town of Playa del Carmen, this is exactly the respite you’ll be looking for.
Local stops not to miss:
Several locations across Playa del Carmen
Hands-down the best tacos al pastor we’ve ever tasted – an authentic Mexican experience. Highlights are the aforementioned tacos al pastor and the horchata.
Calle 34 esq Av 20 Norte Mz 99 Lote 21 Fraccionamiento, Tohoku, Centro, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Casual seafood with open-air seating, lots of locals and fun music.
Images by Leslie Hodgin.