In a review of 42 hotels around the world, Condé Nast Traveler gives recommendations for saving some money while having a pleasant stay in a quality hotel. In this edition TYT brings you the Condé review about La Semilla Hotel in Playa del Carmen, so take note and enjoy your visit…
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Playa del Carmen, with its tequila happy hours and all-inclusive wristbands, is not quite where you’d expect to find the supremely amazing haven of Hotel La Semilla, conjured up by Alexis Schärer, a fifth-generation Swiss hotelier, and his Mexican wife, Angie Rodriquez.
The pair met while working at the Plaza Athénée hotel in New York, but their dream was to create one of their own, which they did in 2014, just off the quiet, far northern end of Playa del Carmen’s buzzy ‘Fifth Avenue’. The couple spent a year combing Mexico City’s La Lagunilla flea market for furniture and curios, as well as picking up old hacienda finds from around the Yucatán.
A little booklet in each bedroom details where the furniture has come from: an old pirate chest discovered in a house in Mérida; a lamp made from a showerhead used in public pools in the mid 1900s. But it’s far from style over substance.
The couple’s hotel background shines through with handmade gifts at nightly turndown (freshly baked cookies; a pretty dreamcatcher fashioned from twigs and shells), the willingness to source a favourite spirit and add it to the bar, or an offer to send clothes out to be washed with the hotel laundry (no charge). Breakfast is served in the lush garden, where Alexis hovers between wicker peacock chairs and wrought-iron tables, dispensing tips for the day alongside the house juice: orange and cactus, spiced with cinnamon and honey.
Address: Hotel La Semilla, Calle 38 SN Mz. 4 Lote 3, Gonzalo Guerrero, 77720 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Telephone: +52 984 147 3234
Price: Doubles from about $175.00 USD
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