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Eco Chic ~ Basico, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

July 17, 2009

Basico_Playa del Carmen_MX_1.basicodesignhotels2_1It would have been unthinkable a few short years ago, but today, just south of Cancún, tourist-kitsch capital of the Yucatán peninsula, there’s a small hotel so stylish (and sustainable) you’ll think you’ve walked in on a Dutch design expo — at least until the bartender hands over your room keys.

And into the limelight comes Hotel Básico, from the same style mavens that gave us Mexico City’s Hotel Habita, Condesa DF, as well as Playa del Carmen’s neighboring Deseo. But unlike its brethren, it’s a high-design hotel with a sustainable heart, with floors made from recycled tires and twin rooftop pools made from converted oil tanks.

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Unfinished concrete walls and exposed ductwork lend an industrial feel to the guest rooms, like something from a Bond villain’s island stronghold. Raised platform beds sit at the center of each room, surrounded by the sort of accessories you don’t often see in a hotel room — flippers for diving, a soccer ball, a Polaroid camera. A live video feed brings the beach conditions right to your plasma television, in case you need to check the surf or the scene before venturing out.
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There’s no mistaking the youthful energy about the place — there’s music well into the night, and the atmosphere is anything but sedate. For all the funkiness, though, the Básico is anything but basic; the Caribbean view from the rooftop pools is stunning, and the pool deck cabanas come with built-in mattresses for luxurious lazing. Downstairs, an open-kitchen restaurant fashioned after a traditional puesto serves fresh and authentic Mexican seafood on a patio shaded by leafy trees.
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Source: Unique Travel Destinations

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