Avenida 35, Sac Pacal
77720 Playa del Carmen, Mexico
+52 984 138 0743
Overall Rating 4.5/5
A cute, colorful B&B with excellent personalized service at moderate cost. Located in a quiet residential area of Playa del Carmen, Vainilla Bed & Breakfast is a great base for exploring the city and to relax, whether for just a night or for a longer period.
The property is centrally located within a residential area in Playa del Carmen. The beach and the famous nightlife and shopping street “Calle Quinta Avenida” can be reached within 15 min walk or 8 minutes by taxi. The next ADO and local bus station are only a short walking distance away.
Several supermarkets, shops, pharmacies and local eateries are just around the corner. The area around the property feels very safe.
There is no signage outside of the building which makes it difficult to spot the B&B when you arrive for the first time. However, the owner Roberta is very proactive and sends her guests directions via email prior to arrival. Not having the property name displayed is for security reasons which is a good thing after all.
Style & Character 5/5
Vainilla B&B is designed in Mexican/Mediterranean style with colorful and creative furniture. The building is surrounded by multicolored gardens, fruit trees and aromas of vanilla plants which gives the place a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.
Since the property has only 2 rooms that are rented out to guests (the owner family occupies the rest of the rooms) the place is like a home away from home with a very private ambiance.
All areas of the property are very well maintained and spotlessly clean.
Service & Facilities 5/5
The service provided is overall excellent and Roberta is extremely helpful and accommodating. Upon arrival you will be given an information sheet with location map, WiFi log in details and some recommendation of nearby restaurants, tours, local transportation and shops. Roberta also provides you with her mobile number, so if there is anything you need you can simply Whatsapp her.
Even if you arrive before the official check in time, you can relax in the garden patio and enjoy complimentary refreshments while waiting.
WiFi is complimentary and mostly reliable, even though sometimes a bit slow.
One of the highlights is the free breakfast in the mornings. Do not expect many choices, however what you get is freshly prepared, healthy and organic: a huge bowl of fresh tropical fruits, homemade cake, bread and jam along with fresh guava juice, coffee and tea.
Upon request you can order pasta for lunch and dinner. Again, freshly prepared and at very decent prices. Soft drinks and beers are available as well.
The B&B also offers a small pool at the backyard of the building.
Room category booked: Standard Double Room with Fan (Standard category)
Located on the ground floor, the rooms are very spacious, featuring a comfortable king size bed, an open kitchen and a private bathroom with shower. The throughout colorful design reflects also in the the rooms.
Bed linen and towels are provided and changed on a daily basis.
The kitchen includes some basic equipment such as stove, fridge, plates, mugs and cutlery. American style high chairs and table create a great dining area. In addition to the in-room kitchen, guests are welcome to use the shared kitchen in the garden.
I really liked the fact that there are hairdryer and ironing facilities in the room.
Value for money 5/5
Prices start from USD 30 excluding 19% taxes which is very competitive compared to other hostels and B&B’s that offer private rooms with bathroom.
The personalized service, colorful decor, safety and quality of the food are absolutely worth the money.
Note: The property can only be booked online via third party websites and does not accept walk in’s. Since there are only 2 units, you will need to book well in advance.
Who is this accommodation for?
The B&B is perfect for everyone on a tide budget and who is looking for a quiet, clean and relaxing place that is yet close enough to the happening spots of Playa del Carmen. Children and pets can be accommodated as well.
Vainilla B&B is a great alternative to inexpensive hotels or a private room at a hostel.