“We hope you adapt to our bohemian philosophy,” say the staff at Hotel La Semilla, by way of explanation when guests ask why rooms have no televisions (there is, however, Wi-Fi and AC). With distressed walls and furniture, the hotel has a shabby chic feel (or, as they describe it, “rough luxe”), and owners Alexis and Angie treat all guests as friends. Part of the room rate is earmarked as a donation to the Friends of Sian Ka'an, a conservation group dedicated to the preservation of the nearby Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.
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Hotel La Semilla is centrally located near Playa del Carmen's Fifth Avenue; crucially, however, it’s not right on the thoroughfare. This means it's close enough to walk to the town's shops and restaurants, but far enough that guests will not be disturbed by the noise of these businesses. The hotel owners are happy to let guests borrow bikes to explore Playa del Carmen on two wheels, and they enjoy making recommendations about their favorite local places.
Need to Know
Rooms: 9 rooms; from $110. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Cocina Loft (“Kitchen Loft”) is an on-site café that serves breakfast daily in a setting reminiscent of a design-savvy treehouse. Spa and gym details: There is neither a spa nor a gym on-site.
Who it's for: Travelers who love boho design, intimate spaces, and friendly treatment. Our favorite rooms: The Suites Terraza (or “Terrace Suites”) are coveted for their king-size beds and open-air showers. Swimming holes: Staff can point guests in the direction of one of the area's cenotes, natural pools that were sacred to the Maya, where modern-day visitors can take a dip.