Overall, we loved Playa Linda and we will stay there again in the future. The staff was helpful and friendly during each encounter. We stayed in a studio unit facing the Hyatt side. We were at the end of the hallway closest to the beach so even though our rooms were on the 2nd and 3rd floor, we still had a view of the water. I'm sure higher floors are much better. We loved how close we were to the beach. That was probably our favorite thing about staying here. The location is perfect too; there are restaurants close by in every direction.
We rented a studio directly from the resort for the first 3 nights, then moved into our rental unit for a week. Unless you own or rent 2 consecutive weeks in the same room, you will most likely be moving on Sunday. The resort makes it so easy. We just packed up our things and left them in the room. Refrigerated items can stay in the fridge, bagged up and they are moved for you too. Some of the reviews of PL talk about a mildew issue, we did NOT experience any of this in the two rooms stayed in. The showers are standing showers, no bath tub, so if you require that for children, the studios are not for you. I will say the tile felt like it could use an update. Occupancy is listed as 4 but I cannot imagine more than 2 in this style room, unless maybe you have a small child. The wall does have a divider that slides out to separate the bed from the sleeper sofa, but there is no privacy. There is plenty of dresser space, not a lot of room to store luggage. Studios state the bed is queen size, but it is definitely larger than a standard queen size as we know it. We have a king at home and were a little worried about adjusting, but it was really no problem. It was definitely oversized for a queen. The room had a flat screen with plenty of channels if you were interested. Daily housekeeping is included every day except Thursday.
The studio kitchen is tight. The stove has 2 small burners, we did not cook on them. There is really no room for food prep though. Everything you would need for cooking was there. There were large bowls, pots & pans, utensils, bottle and wine openers, etc. Under the sink there was a blender and toaster available. The refrigerator was not the dorm size small fridge, but it wasnít a big one either. It was probably a little under 5í tall and had a few shelves and plenty of storage in the door. It was good for drinks and the few items we bought. I think the larger rooms have bigger fridges.
I took some pictures but they didnít come out the best. For a look at the rooms go to this site: http://www.playalinda.com/rooms/ For each size room, there is a virtual tour and it really gives an accurate view of the rooms. We have toured a 1 bedroom on a previous visit. There website is a great resource.
We have also heard that the elevators were slow, but we never had a problem. One downside was the availability of taxis in the morning. The bellman were not always available in the mornings to help get a taxi, so we would walk to Holiday Inn and get one. In the evenings for dinner time, it was not an issue. There seems to be lots of parking for rental cars.
There is a well equipped fitness center that got some use, but never looked too busy.
We did not use the pool but it was recently renovated and looked very nice. I tried to go to Bingo one day but there is very little shade in the afternoon that is not reserved already so I didnít stay long.
The resort is quiet on the Hyatt side. I heard others talking about noise from Pelican Pier at night on the Holiday Inn side, but our side this was not an issue. We never heard a peep from any of the rooms around us.
The guests at this resort during our visit were definitely on the older side. This is a quiet, relaxing resort, donít go looking for a party.
You have to pay for wifi, but the connection and signal is great. We chose the highest option but I loved it. Having wifi in the room and on the beach is one of the ways I relax, so to me it was worth every penny.
I am sure each week varies depending on the owners, but to get a front row palapa for both weeks it was a 4-5am wake up. No problem for me because I am up anyway and I love the quiet of the beach in the morning. Our first few days there were open palapas all day, so even the late risers had no problem. Even the back rows you can see the water, there isnít a bad spot. The second part of our stay was different; most of the palapas were full by 9am. They call palapas ďchickeesĒ here, but itís the same thing. If you go down early, you find a chair and sit at the palapa until around 6am when the beach crew comes around and takes your room number down. No sitting in line listening to people talk. At about 7 they start to set up the lounge chairs. The lounge chairs are higher than the typical ones which is nice for people with knee problems (like me).
The best part about this section of beach is there are no vendors in front of you. There are no boats pulling in and out, no umbrella rentals, just open beach. There is a relaxing vibe. As for the water, the bottom was nice and sandy. We had a hard rain one day where a lot of seaweed washed up but they must have raked it because it was gone the next morning. Itís a nice stretch of beach and I never felt crowded like I have at other resorts.
There are waiters on the beach but we only saw 2 and the service was spotty as far as what time they came around and it took a while for them to get back. The ceviche was worth the wait!
The Playa Linda Beach bar was a nice spot to end our evenings. The bartenders were so welcoming. I was surprised how many people from other resorts came down to enjoy our little spot. They had karaoke one night and on other nights they changed the music style based on requests.
The mini market out front has anything you need as far as snacks and drinks, but itís pricey like a typical convenience store but nice for the first day and those little things that you may have forgotten at the grocery store.
Awesome review! I don't think you left a single question unanswered! Thanks
Just thought of one: the beds and pillows were very comfortable. We were surprised and pleased. If you plan on using the pull out couch, look around for sheets and blankets when you first arrive. We never saw any in the room. One morning I woke up and didn't want to disturb Jon so I went to the sofa to read and got a little chilly. The AC worked perfectly!