Awards, Reviews and Recommendations

2014 & 2013 Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Award Winner for "Best Bargain Hotel - Mexico"

Each year Tripadvisor, the world's largest online travel site, gives out its prestigious "Travelers' Choice Awards." These coveted awards recognize the finest accommodations based on the feedback from those who really matter: hotel guests. The Travelers' Choice winners are chosen based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions covering more than 650,000 hotels and submitted from travelers all over the world. Less than 1% of all accommodations win such prestigious award. In both 2014 and 2013, the Luna Blue was again honored as a Travelers' Choice Award Winner for Best Bargain Hotel in Mexico--the only hotel in Playa del Carmen to win such award!

2014, 2013 & 2012 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence Award Winner

For the past three years, Luna Blue was awarded a Certificate of Excellence from, the world's largest online travel site. The Certificate of Excellence Award celebrates hospitality excellence and is given only to those establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Only the top 10% of hotels around the world are awarded this prestigious honor.

2013 Readers' Choice Award Winner for "Favorite Bargain Hotel in Mexico" 2013 Readers' Choice Awards is a top 10 US website providing readers with high quality information on a wide range of topics including travel destinations. The site is one of the largest producers of original content on the web. Each year it accepts nominations for awards in hundreds of categories, including Mexico travel. Based upon those nominations, five finalists are chosen per award category, and readers are asked to vote for a winner. In 2013, readers chose the Luna Blue Hotel as their Favorite Bargain Hotel in Mexico.

2009 Houston Chronicle

Luna Blue Hotel Reviews and Awards Nationally syndicated travel writer Melissa Ward Aguilar recommended the Luna Blue for our “cozy and affordable” rooms, our “beautifully landscaped cenote courtyard” and our “inviting bar” which she says serves “flawless” margaritas.

2009 Playa del Carmen, Tulum & The Riviera Maya Guidebook, Second Edition

When travel writer Joshua Hinsdale first reviewed the Luna Blue Hotel for his guidebook on Playa del Carmen he found: "There are shaded hammocks and a lagoon like sunken garden and waterfall, and the whole place is surrounded by jungle and tropical flowers, giving it a lost in time quality that's not always easy to find in a modern resort destination." The book proved so popular that a second revised edition has been released with the added feature of an article on Tony and Cheri and their life running one of the most popular hotels in Playa del Carmen, aptly titled, “Living the Dream.”

2008 Outside Magazine Travel Award Winner for "Best Beach for Cheap Hotel"

Outside Magazine Best Beach for Cheap Award

Outside Magazine is America's leading active lifestyle and adventure-travel magazine. For over 30 years it has been inspiring participation in the world outside through its review of sports, travel, adventure and discovery. It is dedicated to "covering the people, sports, activities, politics, art, literature and hardware of the outdoors." In 2008 Outside said it, "scoured the planet to find the best hotels, beach bars...and, of course, destinations." As a result, Outside Magazine named 52 "best of" travel ideas, websites, gadgets, trips and hotels from around the world. We were surprised and thrilled when we were contacted by the editors of Outside Magazine to say they had chosen us as the best place to stay for a budget getaway to the beach. They awarded us the title "The Best Beach for Cheap Hotel."

2008 Tripadvisor's Inside Playa Del Carmen Guide

Tripadvisor is the world's largest travel website. In addition to hosting traveler reviews, restaurant information, activity recommendations and hotel listings, Tripadvisor publishes online Travel Guides which it says collects "the best insider tips from its 25 million monthly visitors to produce a unique series of travel guides." Tripadvisor has chosen The Luna Blue Hotel as a Best Budget Hotel and a Hidden Gem Hotel for Playa Del Carmen. In 2009 and 2012 Luna Blue was distinguished as one of Tripadvisor's Top Value hotels in Playa del Carmen.

2006 Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Award Winner for "Best Bargain Hotel - Caribbean"

Each year Tripadvisor, the world's largest online travel site, gives its prestigious "Travelers' Choice Awards." Recipients are "singled out for their spectacular service and extraordinary value," said Michele Perry, Director of Communications for TripAdvisor. "Most hotel awards programs honor the most luxurious and opulent hotels, but because Travelers' Choice awards are determined by millions of real travelers from around the world, the winners tend to be outstanding properties that are within reach for the average traveler." In 2006 the Luna Blue was honored as a Travelers' Choice Award Winner for Best Bargain Hotel - Caribbean.


While traveling in the Yucatan to review a large all-inclusive resort, USA Today travel writer Kitty Bean Yancey decided to stay at a small local hotel after she left the expensive resort. She seemed to like what she saw, as she reported in her column, HotelHotsheet: "But you don't have to drop hundreds a day to stay on the Riviera Maya. I spent a night in a basic but charming and sparkling-clean guesthouse right in the heart of the action in Playa del Carmen. The Luna Blue Hotel & Garden cost me $72.80, including tax. Bueno for the budget in these days of triple-digit hotel rates in hot resort areas."

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Peter Greenburg, Travel Editor for NBC's Today Show gets to see a lot of places all over the world. The fact that he took time to single out our hotel in his blog about the Yucatan made us very proud: "Playa Del Carmen, about 30 miles south, is an old fishing village transformed into a deluxe Caribbean city with resorts, golf, international cuisine, shopping and beaches. It has a diverse culture mixed with traditional Mexican and European flavors. It also has a variety of busy shops, boutique hotels and all-inclusive resorts. In Playa del Carmen, the Luna Blue Hotel and Garden is a five-minute walk from the beach, and it offers use of their private beach club. Rates start at about $72 per night."

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Luna Blue Hotel & Garden
Calle 26 Norte, between 5th Ave & 10th Ave
Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico