Published on August 4th, 2010 | by Mark Chesnut
REVIEW: Hotel Basico, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
For this post, I’m pleased to feature a contribution by Celine Rogers, publisher of Pure Green Living, a magazine based in Huntsville, Ontario, Canada, that focuses on stylish solutions for living green. Celine recently discovered Hotel Basico (part of the stylish Grupo Habita family), and couldn’t wait to share her impressions.
Honestly, I’m not sure why, but to me its very refreshing to find a boutique hotel that’s so fresh in Mexico, which unfortunately seems to have been so dominated by big chain hotels. (If I’m wrong and you’ve been some place fabulous, leave me a link and I’ll check it out!) At any rate, I’ve been sitting on Hotel Basico for a few weeks, and I’m dying to share it with you. Hotel Basico, located in Playa del Carmen, challenges what a typical designer boutique hotel should be, with a raw but impeccably cool style, and a penchant for local and reused materials. The building and floors are concrete (locally produced), the walls are mainly plywood, and the plumbing and electrical is intentionally exposed (I so love industrial design!), and in fact, becomes one of the main design foundations of the hotel.
The hotel has a definite playful attitude that invites spontaneity, for example, beds in each room are floating, and beneath each guests will find a white polaroid for catching the moment, flippers, goggles, toys and soccerballs, to name a few.
Another nod at a playful attitude are the recycled tires found around the hotel. Besides becoming a great, almost nautical focal point, the tires have been repurposed into side tables too.
The rooftop features a terrace with two pools boasting an incredible view. What’s more, they are made of repurposed petroleum tanks. Supposedly the daybeds are made of recycled truck beds too.
Average price for a room is U.S.$200/night.