The chic and edgy Hotel Cacao in Playa del Carmen, which opened its doors on October 1st 2014, is the first Hotel-Matilda-themed collection of lifestyle boutique hotels from the famed Cornerstone group.
The guests at this Riviera Maya spot are being immersed in a kicked-back, relaxed “Hippie Chic” lifestyle of sophisticated accommodations and cutting-edge dining and mixology experiences. Located on Playa’s famous 5th Avenue, the 60-room property is located in the heart of the destination’s chic scene of restaurants, clubs and boutiques.
The Matilda Lifestyle
Experiences that have molded the Matilda Lifestyle, and that are incorporated in the guest experience at Hotel Cacao, include:
Rooms and suites with designer appointments and amenities.
Dramatic works of art installed at key locations that define the interior spaces.
World-class, innovative cuisine making the hotel a culinary destination.
One-of-a-kind artistic and culinary events, from exhibits by major artists and art festivals to extravagant gourmet evenings with guest chefs.
A popular lounge known for its creative mixology.
Style: Everywhere You Look, It’s All In The Details
Architect Rodrigo de la Peña (RDLP Arquitectos Monterrey) has imbued the property with dramatic architectural elements such as huge canvas accents in geometric shapes and a central court with a hyacinth lily pond. The interior design is clean and contemporary with bold color accents. You will find quirky and fun art in strategic interior locations, including brightly painted VolksWagen Bugs by none-other than fashion iconTommy Hilfiger.
The Bar + Rooftop Pool
THE BAR located on the rooftop of the hotel offers a Mixology experience accompanied by a cold menu based on ceviches created by Chef Cuatepotzo. The space is ideal to enjoy the amazing pool and spectacular views of the Carribean and the Island of Cozumel. A fabulous rooftop pool is a nice alternative to the beach when you want a luxurious change.
Every day there is a Daily Specials here! Sit down on the stylish Bar or by the pool and try out the many amazing dishes from Chef Cuatepotzo. Tasty snacks with fresh ingredients like Smoked Fish Tostadas, the inventive and unique Fish Ceviche or the House Cut Fries with Chilly and Lime. Perfect for lounging and nibbling with friends in a fabulous setting.
Monday: Mexican Beer $35 MX Tuesday: $250 MX Mixology Cocktails Wednesday: 15% discount /20% for locals Thursday: 2×1 Food Specials Friday: Daily drink special
Saturday: Flat bread pizza Sunday: $1000MX Day Pass / $1500 for 2
Nibs: A Fantastic New Culinary Experience In Playa
Hotel Cacao’s restaurant, Nibs, is a serene, mouthwatering escape from the bustling dining scene on 5th Avenue. Nibs has a strong connection with Hotel Matilda: At the helm is Chef Alejandro Cuatepotzo, a protégé of Enrique Olvera who was chef de cuisine at Hotel Matilda’s Moxi restaurant. Olvera, who is Mexico’s most famous chef, operates Moxi.
Nibs’ exciting and innovative menu taps the fresh, indigenous ingredients of the region and reinvents favorite Mexican seafood and meat dishes, such as ceviches with coconut and lime, scallops with lime pearls, lobster with green mango, shrimp burritos, tuna and beef tartare, salt-baked red snapper, conch fritters, and prime flat-iron carne asada. The area’s tropical ambience is re-imagined indoors with guests dining amid an original jungle mural by international street artist Eduardo Kobra, a flowing water wall, and banana and passion fruit plants. In stark contrast to the colorful tropical atmosphere, Namuh-designed walnut tables and chairs with Italian carrera marbletops are accented by simple white linens and china. The restaurant’s name reinforces the chocolate theme of Hotel Cacao: Nibs are unsweetened chocolate chips, created when cacao beans are crushed in the chocolate-making process. More on this amazing restaurant coming on a future post!
The Rooms: Spacious, Modern + Luxury Amenities
The spacious, modern rooms and suites offer every contemporary amenity, including bathroom amenities by Italian fashion designer Missoni, 46″ LCD TV with Satellite, iPod/iPhone Docking Station and 100% Egyptian Cotton Linens! Rates range from $208 to $500, including Continental breakfast. Taxes are additional.
Hotel Cacao, part of the Cornerstone Team
Cornerstone was founded in 2013 by the team that created the internationally heralded ‘Matilda lifestyle’ guest experience at Hotel Matilda in San Miguel de Allende. The hotel management and development company is building a ‘Hotel Matilda Lifestyle Collection’ of boutique properties in strategic locations throughout Mexico.