Eye on the World: Thompson Playa del Carmen

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We just got our hands on this eye candy and couldn’t wait to share. Check out that spiral staircase…and did you feast your eyes on the playful lobby? You know it’s going to be a fun stay with a welcome like that. And, um… can we get a second look of that sleek hot tub on the terrace? No, you’re not seeing double—we put it in there twice because really, we’d rather be there than here. And is that really our daytime cabana? Didn’t know we had made it to Kim Kardashian status, but we’ll take it, thank you very much.


We are sure you’ve heard the buzz about the new Thompson Playa del Carmen, which opened its main hotel this past November and is set to debut the Beach House later this year. The main hotel, with just 92 guestrooms, is located on La Quinta Avenida, Playa’s 2-mile, pedestrian-only thoroughfare brimming with shopping and dining options. Although…your clients are definitely going to want to dine in at CATCH, located on the hotel’s 30,000-sq.-ft. rooftop—it’s an outpost of the NYC culinary concept, and serves up a 3-meal casual dining concept. We’re betting the rooftop is already an Instagram sensation, with its meandering infinity pool, those luscious cabanas and drop-dead gorgeous views.

Take a quick walk over to the much more intimate oceanfront Beach House, scheduled to open soon. It’ll add another 27 rooms and suites to the Playa del Carmen hotel scene—each with its own terrace because the Thompson folks wouldn’t want your clients missing out on panoramic views of the white sands and turquoise-hued Caribbean Sea. There’ll also be a beachfront pool, and a casual restaurant and bar.

In essence, it’s the best of both worlds—urban + bohemian. Starting rates for Thompson Playa del Carmen are $240 per night. For more information, visit thompsonhotels.com.