PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO—Thompson Hotels has debuted Thompson Playa del Carmen here.
The 92-room main hotel, now open, is situated on La Quinta Avenida—Playa’s two-mile, pedestrian-only thoroughfare lined with shopping and dining options—at Calle 12. The Beach House, which will sit on the shoreline of the Caribbean Sea just a few blocks away from the main hotel, is set to open in early 2016, and will offer a Bohemian-inspired, villa-style guest experience.
The hotel is owned by Mexican-based developer Thor Urbana Capital and managed by Commune Hotels & Resorts. Eugene Remm and Mark Birnbaum of New York City-based hospitality team EMM Group are opening the first Mexican outpost of their New York and Dubai-based, globally influenced seafood restaurant, CATCH, which sits atop the rooftop of the hotel’s main building. Mexican architecture firms AS Arquitectura and Seijo Peon, as well as designers Niz+Chauvet, together fused mid-century Mexican accents with colorful geometric patterns and dynamic textures to create a vibrant, 1950s-inspired concept.
Thompson Playa del Carmen’s connection to Mexican and Caribbean culture is woven throughout the hotel’s design. Design highlights include light-washed concrete, Mexican marble, oxidized metal shelving, and a native, carved lava rock stone desk located in the lobby; custom furniture handmade in Mexico found in-room and throughout the social spaces; and whitewashed panels, indigenous stone, hand-pressed tiles and original art in the guestrooms. Guestroom numbers also feature the corresponding Mayan number, a nod to the local culture. Most guestrooms feature terraces, while the brand’s signature Thompson Suites have outdoor stone surface hot tubs and fire pits.
CATCH offers a beach-chic feel, blending the restaurant’s signature turquoise touches and outdoor terrace. Cinco, located on the opposite side of the rooftop, is the hotel’s three-meal restaurant, serving up Mexican-inspired breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The rooftop also features indigenous landscaping and greenery, including a chef’s garden and ‘living wall.’ At night, CATCH transitions from dinner service to a dance party, featuring DJ sets and live performances from local talent. Adjacent to CATCH on the hotel’s rooftop is an infinity pool with in-water loungers and island perches.
Thompson Playa del Carmen is anchored by retail destination Calle Corazon, which houses well-known contemporary fashion brands, including H&M, Michael Kors and Sephora, as well as culinary concepts.
Scheduled to open in early 2016, the Beach House will feature 27 luxury rooms and suites—each with its own terrace—as well as a beachfront pool, cabanas and a casual restaurant and bar, exclusively for use by Beach House guests.