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Just a few months after opening their first hotel in Mexico, Thompson Hotels is about to do it again on November 20 with the Thompson Playa del Carmen in Riviera Maya. But whereas The Cape in Cabo is very much a relaxing retreat, this new Thompson is all about that fiesta vida.

The boutique lifestyle hotel, managed by Commune Hotels & Resorts, is located just a block away from the lively shopping district, La Quinta Avenida. Well, at least part of it is. Thompson Playa del Carmen will actually consist of two hotels. The main hotel on Calle 12 will have 92 guest rooms, designed by Niz+Chauvet, in that usual midcentury modern flair that Thompson is well-known for, while a second building called The Beach House will open a few blocks away (on the beach, naturally) with 27 bohemian-inspired suites for those looking to have a little beach time with their visit.


The main hotel will open on November 20 but the Beach House will take a few more months before accepting reservations. Additionally, a new retail complex has also opened adjacent to the main hotel, featuring contemporary fashion stores such as Michael Kors and H&M (sorry dolls, HM x BALMAIN is already sold-out.)

Another standout feature of this Thompson will be the first Mexican outpost of NYC hotspot, CATCH, which will be located on the hotel’s rooftop, overlooking all of downtown Playa del Carmen. The rooftop will also have its own infinity-pool and cabanas, but guests may be just as happy holed up in the guest rooms, which all have private terraces with craft cocktail and gourmet mini-bars. The Thompson suites will even have outdoor stone surface hot tubs and fire pits. Swoon.

Rooms on November 20 start at around $216 a night. The hotel is also planning a crazy extravaganza for New Year’s with a three-day festival of sorts, featuring a DJ set from Steve Aoki on December 30, a performance by NAS on December 31 (yes, NAS!), and another DJ set from popular Mexican duo Tom & Collins on January 1. Packages for this Feliz año nuevo event start at around $1,100 a night.

[Photo: Thompson Playa Del Carmen]


Juliana Shallcross
A self-confessed hotel addict, Juliana Shallcross has been reporting on hotels around the world for more than a decade. She was previously the managing editor A good portion of her job involves sleeping in new hotels, obsessing over technology and keeping tabs on the ever-changing hospitality landscape. She's based in Los Angeles.

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