Fodor's Expert Review Hotel La Semilla

Calle 38 norte Mz 4 Lote 3, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo 77720, Mexico See on Map Fodor's Choice

Strategically located halfway between the famous Quinta Avenida and the gorgeous beach of Playa del Carmen, adults-only boutique hotel La Semilla is a little gem of interior design, where Mexican heritage can be felt at every corner and every piece of furniture seems to have a story to tell. A delightful hotel that offers luxury and style in small doses, but with a lot of sense.


With only nine rooms on the premises, is no wonder that each one has its own well-defined personality. The concept behind their décor could be described as Mexican vintage with a strong Mayan influence. Some rooms include a private terrace overlooking the hotel’s garden, while others enjoy jungle and even ocean views.


A couple of rooms come with the bathroom sinks set directly in the room, but most have them privately hidden behind a heavy but gorgeous wooden door. The space is not huge, but well distributed. All bathrooms have a shower with curtain and some suites include an outdoor shower or tub on the terrace.


Park your bike outside and enter into a white space of hand-chosen furniture and an eclectic mix of styles. Passing by the front-desk through a narrow hallway, you’ll get to a small but cozy living room where no two pieces of decoration match, but the whole design of the room works perfectly. A micro-cosmos of La Semilla’s universe.


There is no pool at La Semilla, but they have an outdoor shower to cool off on the rooftop terrace and the Caribbean Sea is also just one block away.


The staff of La Semilla will organize personalized private Spa experiences for you. All you need to do is ask for one.

Try looking for Spa services on your own. The nearby area is filled with interesting options in this regard.


Bed & Breakfasts don’t usually come with fitness center, but here they’ll lend you a bike to explore downtown Playa and are willing to organize outdoor yoga lessons according to your specific needs and schedule.


The Cocina restaurant serves breakfast daily from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., in a chic open kitchen concept set in the middle of a beautiful garden where little coffee tables, sofas and chairs of all kind of styles, are scattered here and there in perfect harmony with the natural environment.


Guests of La Semilla enjoy private beach access through a sister hotel. The access fee includes food and beverages, and that’s all the drinking available at this otherwise fantastic hotel.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Although there is an arrangement with a neighboring hotel’s beach club, this is subject to availability. Planning in advance is the best way to avoid unpleasant surprises.


Getting Around

Hotel La Semilla has won a lottery with its location. It is just a 5-minute walk from all the buzz of Playa del Carmen, but so well hidden and separated that you will never feel it while inside. Cancun International Airport is 50 minutes by car, and you may take a taxi, a shared van, or a public bus to get to the hotel.


The Pitted Date Vegan Restauran (5-minute walk) is a charming little place with food enjoyed equally by vegans and non-vegans; tasty and high quality. Meat lovers will also love 500 GRAMOS grill (2-minute walk) with delicious, perfect steaks that are really worth trying.


La Bodeguita del Medio (10-minute walk) is an obligatory stop if you love salsa, Cuban food, and Mojitos; some say that this one is better than the original one. Cantina La 38 (1-minute walk) is a must visit bar with a charming setting, hammocks and a wide variety of cocktails and beer. What’s more, it is almost in front of your hotel.


We love everything about its style and design. The polished concrete walls are amazing and the rooftop terrace is a gorgeous spot. The atmosphere of intimacy and camaraderie makes you feel at home.


Near the beach


Phones: 984-147–3234

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