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Old 12-02-2009   #1 (permalink)
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Just a tid bit of nfo on this hotel........



Morgans Hotel Group agreed to take over management of the beachfront Hotel Las Palapas in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, on Dec. 15.

Morgans said the hotel’s owner, Walton Street Capital, plans to convert the 75-room property to a Morgans-branded hotel "when economic conditions improve."
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Are they going to keep the same facilities or tear it down and put up some concrete monster?
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I know the other night we walked to mamita's for the jazz festival and decided to go via beach. I couldn't believe the amount of concrete just before the BP and up to mamita's
hope they'll keep it simple.

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Shammy. please provide more info. when you can Hate to see the atmosphere of the beach disappear on this end any more then it has!
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Shammy. please provide more info. when you can Hate to see the atmosphere of the beach disappear on this end any more then it has!
As long as they continue destroy the mangroves in the Yucatan and continue to build concrete monsters for hotels, the beach (and the reefs) will continue to disappear.
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I just stayed at Las Palapas at the end of Nov. The friendly German girl working at the reception said that they are planning on things running as they are for the next several years! Such great news, I love that stretch of beach.

Seemed like the Morgan's group were already making nice changes, even though they weren't slated for full takeover until today. I was given a gorgeous complementary fruit basket w/ a bottle of wine. The staff is staying the same, which is great, some of those guys have been there for ages.
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Thanks for the update. Was just worried that things wouls change too much! I love this end of town......
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Morgans is a really high quality small hotel chain. Stayed there twice
in NYC last year. Very nice, personalized service. The ones in NYC are not big places at all, but small and hip.
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Been going to Playa for 12 years (the last 10 at Las Palapas) mainly because of the quaint atmosphere. In those years we have seen this quaint atmosphere continue to erode away as the concrete in Playa grows. Las Palapas represents everything Playa Del Carmen was, at least at one time. May be time to start looking elswhere.
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Isla Mujeres is also getting bigger, but really, a lot more "quaint" than Playa. I decided to try playa again this year, and will be going back to Isla from now on.
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wi fi info

hey everyone, i'm staying at mahekal and just noticed they don't have wi fi. our neighbor, las palapas does... anyone have the info so I can use it?
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Been going to Playa for 12 years (the last 10 at Las Palapas) mainly because of the quaint atmosphere. In those years we have seen this quaint atmosphere continue to erode away as the concrete in Playa grows. Las Palapas represents everything Playa Del Carmen was, at least at one time. May be time to start looking elswhere.
That's the exact reason I started exploring down the coast line and have found so many nice places in Mahahual that offer what Playa used to be. I still love playa and go several times a year. I now include several days down in Mahahual on every trip for the great diving and slower pace with great bed and breakfast places on the beach.
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Las Palapas and Mahekal are now merged and being renovated.
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Glad to hear those 2 wonderful hotels will be renovated instead of torn down for condos as was the original plan. I guess having 500 unsold condos right next door made it clear even to the meanest understanding that there are enough eyesores along that stretch of beach already.
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Las Palapas and Mahekal are now merged and being renovated.
I've only been to Mahekal twice, but we loved it. So will it be the same owners who changed the name to Mahekal, or is this a third owner? I hope they don't get rid of the individual buildings and the palapa roofs. We really liked having breakfast and lunch taken care of, and the rooms were exactly what we wanted -- utilitarian, but comfortable. There was wifi in the lobby last time we were there a couple of years ago.
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