Enjoy a luxurious stay at the beautiful El Faro Condo penthouse Reef 403, situated in the heart of Playa del Carmen at Calle 10 and the beach. Spacious with 9 foot ceilings throughout, with natural lighting & amazing views of the Caribbean!
Our luxurious penthouse condo has two bedrooms and two baths and a breathtaking view of the Caribbean from the main floor balcony and from our amazing and private rooftop terrace.
This fabulous rooftop comes complete with a wet bar, bar stools, mini-fridge, sink, sun loungers, BBQ grill, hot tub & Jacuzzi, sink, mini-fridge, dining area for 4, as well as a rooftop shower & outdoor bathroom. You...r own private tropical paradise!
The 2 luxurious bedrooms feature one master bedroom with king bed, en-suite bath with rain shower, 2nd adjustable shower head, and a jetted hot tub. The guest bedroom features one queen bed, with en-suite full bath. A sleeper sofa is available to sleep 2 extra guests.
Fully-equipped stainless steel kitchen, and fantastic Sony stereo in the living room completes the entertainment features of this gorgeous condo.
Maid service, onsite beach club, restaurant & bar with waiter service to your lounger makes this for an ideal vacation. Enjoy the huge amazing pool and the incomparable natural beauty of the Caribbean that awaits you.
El Faro is ideally located in the town of Playa del Carmen on the shores of our beautiful blue sea, yet just 1.5 blocks off 'Quinta Avenida.' 5th Avenue is an amazing paved pedestrian only walkway that runs parallel to the beach and houses a colorful array of shops, restaurants, bars, spas and provides excellent people watching all hours of the day and night.
This beautiful vacation home has everything you want - complete kitchen, maid service, laundry service, gorgeous furnishings, beautiful views, a perfect place to stay and every amenity you expect in paradise.
65 Condos in an exclusive complex in the middle of Playa's main beach make El Faro the very best place to be. Walk to everything. All water sports available on our sandy beach. Enjoy poolside service from Wicky's, our onsite restaurant and beach club. On site massage therapy is also available.
Playa del Carmen and El Faro are easy to get to: fly into Cancun and either take a 40-minute cab to Calle 10th & and the beach or a luxury bus to the Playa terminal just two blocks from your vacation home. (Alternately, you can fly into Cozumel and take the ferry across the Caribbean and land just a few blocks from your vacation home.)
We are happy to arrange for your airport transportation via private van delivering you right to your condo door!
Left on 04/03/2014 for a stay in March 2014 | Kevin
This unit is awesome. The pool and beach were wonderful. Most of the staff is great, except the one the stole my phone. Lock everything on your safe.
Left on 01/10/2014 for a stay in December 2013 | Katie
Location, location, location. El Faro not only has beach front property but it is also close to the shops and restaurants on 5th. Typically we stay in hotels, however we loved the condo--with a full kitchen, multiple bathrooms and separate bedrooms, it felt like a home away from home. With 7 people, the living room area was tight but we did not spend much time in the condo. Compared to some of the other resorts around the area, our beach area was the perfect size, not too crowded and easy beach walking distance to food and drinks. We booked our stay last minute, so the penthouse level appeared to under construction. This was fixed within an day but we did have issues with the outdoor jacuzzi operating on a consistent basis. The staff were very quick to help and very friendly.
Leon The Professional
Great property in a great location
Left on 01/02/2014 for a stay in December 2013 | Leon The Professional
We stayed at Reef 403 during the first half of December and had a wonderful time. The property is in a great central location (well, almost southern now that PDC has expanded northward so much), on the beach, and walking distance to some really great bars and restaurants. The new property management did an excellent job in ensuring we were happy with our unit; though we kept missing her, Angie from Caribbean Beach Properties kept dropping by every other day to make sure we had no issues. The maid service was every other day, which in our opinion, is better than daily so we didn't feel like we had to be out of the unit every day. We left word at the front desk that we preferred the maid come in the afternoon just in case we wanted to sleep in, and that seemed to work out well for us. The unit and property are exactly as pictured, and the furnishings are very nice. Our thanks to the owners for allowing us to enjoy their unit for a wonderful vacation.
We enjoyed it!
Left on 11/28/2013 for a stay in October 2013 | Katya
We stayed at condo Reef 403 in October 2013. It was not our first time in Playa but the first time we stayed at El Faro. We enjoyed our vacation tremendously. The location is absolutely perfect: close to shopping, restaurants, beach - everything. Our favorite restaurant is Zenzi next door: the food, drinks are unbeatable.
The condo itself is very quiet and nice too: there are basic appliances, plates, pots and pans, glasses, etc. We particularly enjoyed free phone calls to the us and in-room internet. When we got there first there were a few things missing or not working. We contacted the manager in the us (Tonya) and we got what we needed within a couple of hours even though it was 6 pm. Everything else was fixed the next day. We were told that the reason some things were missing or not working was due to them switching management companies, and I have to say that the new management company is great. It is located right across the street and things get fixed within only few hours. Their representative (Angie) stopped by every day to make sure that we did not need anything. We needed filters changed in the air-conditioner in the second room, Angie asked us what time would be most convenient and by the time we were back from the beach it was done.
One thing that we missed was the instructions on how to use TV, AC, etc. We pressed a button on the TV remote control and lost TV programing until angie stopped by. She also had to show us how to use the aC so it would not blow straight at us when we are asleep. And the hot tub did not work the whole time we were there but we got credit for that which was fair.
It was our favorite vacation in Playa del Carmen so far.
Left on 08/29/2013 for a stay in August 2013 | Kim
This is truly a beautiful apartment. It is well maintained and has a wonderful view of the beach and ocean. We had all three of our daughters with us. The couch has a fold away, however the couch was so comfortable that my oldest slept on the couch itself. Our housekeeper Gloria was wonderful. She added the extra touches that made the stay special. The only issue was we couldn't get the hot tub to work. To be honest, we never asked for help with it since the weather was so warm, we were good just to go to the pool for cool water.
If you get over to Cozumel, a really great restaurant was Panch's Backyard Grill. It had a lovely atmosphere and amazing food!!
Everything you could want is a simple walk away. If a few short blocks is too much, the taxis are right outside of the hotel. This is definitely a trip I would love to repeat!
Left on 06/10/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | GLM
The location of El Faro is excellent; you are step from the beach and 5th avenue. There were small issues with the a/C and electricity the first couple of days but the management company took care of the issues in a timely manner. I would definitely return to El Faro and recommend this place to friends and family. We had a great time and look forward to our return.
Cedar Rapids, IA
Exceeded our expectations!
Left on 02/06/2013 for a stay in January 2013 | Dog
If you are ready to get out of the all-inclusive rut, I would highly recommend ElFaro condos. The condo was perfect and allowed us space, beautiful views, great beach, the ability to eat in the condo or go out to dine. Wicky's on site has wonderful food for lunches on the beach. We ate there one evening when it was raining and the food was very, very good. All the restaurants and shops are literally right outside the front door of ElFaro. The location cannot be beat. The staff at ElFaro was helpful and friendly and the daily maid service was an extra bonus in a condo. This vacation and facility gets an a+++!
As Nice as the Pictures!
Left on 01/09/2013 for a stay in December 2013 | Paco
My wife and I spent Christmas and the following week with another couple at this beautiful condo. Everything was first rate, and winter is a great time to be in Playa. The oceanfront location was fantastic, and everything in the condo very comfortable and first rate. The only issues we had were around trying to get our rooftop jacuzzi working, which unfortunately never happened. The front desk staff was not very helpful, and seemed a bit annoyed as we continued to work on the issue. Otherwise service was fine, both in cleaning our room, and while lounging on the beach.
Long Beach CA
Exceeded my expectations
Left on 12/22/2012 for a stay in December 2012 | kate
I travel often and in most cases I end up disappointed with my accommodations as the picture is usually nicer. In this case it was the opposite. The condo was in new condition, clean, fresh furniture. Bed was in new condition. The views were better than the photos , Great rooftop penthouse views and the balcony is huge! I enjoyed my stay. There was no noise at night. It was very quiet at Reef 403 as it sits between condos and not on a street. I did have to request to have the jacuzzi filled from the front desk, which they did the next day. My only disappointment was they didn't service it with chlorine so it was fairly dirty stale water after two uses and I didn't use it after that. I recommend the Fusion next door south of the condo for dinner on the beach it was beautiful. I do not travel to the same place twice but if I did I would stay there again.
At PDC is all about location
Left on 01/11/2012 for a stay in December 2011 | MARIANELA
Good experience at EL Faro reef 403. Location is the best, right at the beach and one block to the nicest part of 5TH avenue.
Upon arrival at EL Faro, very late evening, Sylvia the hostess at the front desk was very Helpfull, the extra bed we requested was already set.
There were no ammenities upon arrival such as soap ETC but they were placed the next morning. The Galon of water is a nice thing to have at the apartment and it was replaced upon request.
The telephone provided at the unit 403 was not working therefore we have to walk to the front desk Everytime we needed help with something.
The second day of our vacation we had no electricity and no running water for several hours due to major repairs at the hotel as we were told.
The best part of the vacation was coming back to our unit to the roof top terrace and watch the sunset at the Jacuzzi. However the Jacuzzi was Filty at the end, the maids Didnt clean the Jacuzzi, but they do wash the dishes, pots and pans if you leave them a tip.
Sylvia at the front desk was very helpful and always with a smile.
No WI FI at the unit, only at front desk.
Wickys restaurant is Excelent, good service and Excelent food right at the beach.
Again, location and the rooftop terrace made our vacation stand out the best.
New Braunfels Texas
Great location-No phone no wifi -out of service...
Left on 12/07/2011 for a stay in November 2011 | Marijon
Great location, great beds.Restaurant and beach service great Had to use my cell at great added expense for me and my guests. No washer and dryer. No heater for Jacuzzi on the roof top and it was dirty and had no water. On the 3rd day we were there they cleaned and filled it. On the 4th day they said there was no heater. Great kitchen
What a beautiful building and location
Left on 06/15/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | Traci/Seattle, WA
We had a wonderful time at El Faro and Unit #403 Reef. The location just cannot be beat-- right in the middle of the action and yet, seemed quiet and peacefull at night. Our unit was lovely- well maintained and stocked pretty well with basic needs in the kitchen.
The daily cleaning service was great and was a really friendly young man.
The hot tub on top was not kept very hot and it was not cleaned and started to smell by the 3rd day so we were not able to use it anymore.
The front desk was helpful, but not overly friendly.
When we checked out, we had to wait around while they inspected the unit and then came back to us that one coffee mug had a broken handle- none of us drink coffee so not sure how that happened-- and made us pay $5 USD before we could check out... I felt she was a bit accusitory and rude about it and seemed a bit unprofessional to hae us sit and wait... We had a taxi waiting to take us to the airport so we were about to sit and argue of $5.
Overall the unit was fabulous but the front desk could use some customer service training.
El faro Reef 403
Left on 04/22/2011 for a stay in April 2011 | Don M
We spent a week in april in this condo. For the most part it was a nice condo. Great location. Seemed to be well kept and clean. The cleaning service was wonderful. There were however a few issues. First there was supposed to be a washer and dryer. No. We were told to go down the street to another hotel were we could do our laundry for free. There was no working washer and dryer in the complex. There was to be a safe in the room. Nope. The third day they had a guy carry one up. Wireless internet and vonage phone service. Nope. There was a hot tube but were told if we wanted to use it to come to the front desk and they would send someone to fill and turn it on. If we wanted it hot we wouldn't have any hot water in the condo for awhile. We would have to do this each time we wanted to use it because the controls on the hot tub did not work. Plus because we had no phone we would have to walk all the way to the front desk which was quite a walk. Only one elevator was working. The pool is very nice. By the looks of the water it could have been treated more often though. The grounds were well kept. Other than that it was quite nice. Read more
I'm so sorry Don! This is a case of miscommunication. While a washer/dryer is on the docket for installation for public use at El Faro, this particular unit doesn't have one. However, as I told the guest - the maid will do your laundry for you until the public facility is installed. The wireless internet (and therefore vonage) specific to this condo required a technical repair and it is working. During the guests stay he had internet access by utilizing the network broadcast by Wicky's the beach club. The hot tub does work and the guest was given bad information. The walk to the front desk takes less than 5 minutes.
Left on 01/26/2011 for a stay in January 2011 | Colorado Retiree
We had a wonderful week in Playa. The accomodations were very nice, and the staff was extremely anxious to please. We have absolutely no complaints about anything.
Left on 10/07/2010 for a stay in September 2010 | Joel
My wife & friends stayed 9-29-10 to 10-03-10 we absolutely loved the stay,location,& amenities offered by El Faro. If you stay here you should consider hiring
Epicurean chief, they cook awesome. They will come to the condo and cook your meal for you. It will definitely be the best meal you will have in Playa. You can contacted then at EpicureanChefServices.com.
In a word...Excellent- all aspects
Left on 09/02/2010 for a stay in August 2010 | Charlie
In a word...Excellent- all aspects. No problems from start to finish.
Left on 07/15/2010 for a stay in July 2010 | Jules Journeys
I went to El Faro with my husband and 3 fiiends to celebrate our 40th Birthdays. We loved the place. Very modern and brand new. We would go back. I thought there was a cold plunge but it was a hot tub which we liked better on the roof. View of the ocean is wonderful from balcony on main floor and balcony bigger than expected. The restaurant onsite is amazing, Wicky's. We only had 3 things that went wrong the whole week. The floors are very slippery around the condos and when it rains you will slip if not very careful. My friends slipped 3 times. The internet was not working in the room but you could use it in the lobby and the a/c in the master bedroom broke halfway through the week so they are still getting things setup as this is a brand new place. I would go back anytime and absolutely love this place and Playa Del Carmen. We went to the new park Xplor which was so amazing and had so much fun. You can take a cab there so do not buy the transportation as it is way more expensive.
Great but lacking basic necessities
Left on 06/17/2010 for a stay in June 2010 | Karen
The condo, location, beach, Wicky's etc. were great but we found many basic necessities lacking. There was no working elevator the duration of our stay. In the condo there was no kleenex, paper towels, dish soap, hand soap, dish towels... I have never stayed in any condo that was so poorly equipped.
Rooftop fun at the beach
Left on 06/01/2010 for a stay in May 2010 | Harte Family
Reef Bldg, Room 403 was a delightful 2 bedroom condo at the El Fero (The Lighthouse) Residences. Spacious rooms, very accommodating furniture/decor, plenty of amenities, supurb location, wonderful large swimming pool, and the rooftop patio with hot-tub was the best part. We stayed for 3 days, 2 nights with our two children, ages 4 and 5 - and couldn't have asked for anything more. We'll be back. Thank you.
Relax in style.
Left on 05/17/2010 for a stay in April 2010 | Beach Bum
We had a great time in the condo and found it well
appointed and comfortable. If we are ever back in
Playa Del Carmen we will be using this condo again.
One of the best beach vacations we have ever had.
Left on 04/07/2010 for a stay in March 2010 | SoCalSieggreen
Rented Penthouse Reef 403 over spring break and went with my wife, 16 year old daughter and 13 year old son. We have been all over Mexico with Cabo being our previous favorite but for our family PDC and the location of El Faro was perfect.
First the service working with Tonya @ Playa Beach Condo Rentals was exceptional. I tend to ask ALOT of questions and she answered every one of them in detail
El Faro in general....The location is perfect right in the middle of the main beach area. There are no big resorts right here pretty much all Condo's. El Faro for us was the best of both worlds. With a nice pool and Wicky's Beach Club right there it was almost like a full svc resort but you got to go back to a fabulous 2 bedroom 2 bath room and really relax instead of a cramped hotel room. El Faro appeared to us to be the highest end location. Many looked a little old and beat up but I am sure that is fine for many but my family is spoiled so I am told. The room was brand new and everything worked great. The rooftop is really cool and a great place to relax at the end of the day. My guess is Tanya will probably update with better pictures because the ones I had previously seen don't do the rooftop justice. The only downside is the resort rooms are maybe half done. It didn't really both us and there really wasn't any noise but with 2 teenagers it was a little slow but the beach scene made up for it.
Location.....As you have read this is truly about 1 1/2 blocks from Fifth Avenue which again with our family was perfect. We never had to plan out our meals unless we wanted to just walked up and down 5th, maybe the side streets and 10th and picked a place. During the day the beach has tons of places to eat and relax and some alot cheaper that Wicky's but the quality of Wicky's was top notch. It was a little surprise that those beach restaurants weren't as active at night as I would have thought. It looked like some close up because all the action is on 5th
What a location!
Left on 03/17/2010 for a stay in February 2010 | sandytoes
My family and I stayed at El Faro and chose 403 because of a rooftop area that was advertised as a plunge pool - we were so delighted to find out that it was actually a hot tub wtih many settings - never had one in Mexico before! Being right in town but on a gorgeous stretch of beach made our vacation perfect. Tonya with Playa Beach Condos was great to work with - took care of everything and was so nice and thoughtful through a series of reservation adjustments on our part.
The condo is beautiful and had everything we needed. The views from the balcony and rooftop are keeping us warm during the winter.
Loved the people and the food and drinks at Wicky's.
Can't wait to go back!
Left on 02/12/2010 for a stay in January 2010 | BG
Thank you every so much for setting up accommodations for my stay in Playa
January 26-30th. My (by far) favorite place was Luna. We stayed one night at
El Faro 403. The unit was nice and the view was incredible. The one thing I
might suggest is that the living room is cramped and would be more
comfortable if the TV was wall mounted, thus eliminating the sideboard
beneath. This is just a personal suggestion and nothing more!
Thanks again for everything.
J. P. Napolitan
El Faro is terrific!
Left on 01/21/2010 for a stay in January 2010 | J. P. Napolitan
I stayed at unit 403 for four days. The condo is lovely and their beach is huge. The restaurant at El Faro, Wicky's, is absolutely the nicest in Playa Del Carmen.
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