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Thompson Hotels Announces the Debut of Thompson Playa del Carmen

Featuring an urban main hotel with panoramic rooftop and chic NYC culinary concept, and an intimate seaside Beach House, the property will offer the region’s first boutique lifestyle hotel experience, where downtown meets beach.

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO (SEPTEMBER 2015) – Thompson Hotels announces the Fall 2015 opening of its second property in Mexico, Thompson Playa del Carmen, located on lively La Quinta Avenida – Playa’s two-mile, pedestrian-only thoroughfare lined with countless shopping and dining options – at Calle 12, which boasts the trendiest bars and nightclubs in Riviera Maya.

The first-of-its-kind hotel in Playa, Thompson Playa del Carmen will be complete with two locations, the centrally-located main hotel and intimate oceanfront Beach House a short, five-minute walk away, each offering a distinct vibe.  New York City-based hospitality team, EMM Group, will open the first Mexican outpost of its wildly popular dining concept, CATCH, which will be perched on the sprawling rooftop of the main building, overlooking the alluring Caribbean Sea and sparkling city lights. Owned by Thor Urbana Capital, and managed by international, multi-brand lifestyle company Commune Hotels & Resorts, the property has assembled a design dream team of Mexican talent, including Merida-based Seijo Peon and AS Arquitectura, lauded Mexico City-based architecture firm GFA, and notable design firm Niz+Chauvet, who together fused mid-century Mexican accents with colorful geometric patterns and dynamic textures to create a vibrant, 1950s-inspired, glamorous Mexican oasis.

Located on what’s known as ‘Calle Corazon’ on the celebrated La Quinta Avenida, Thompson Playa del Carmen’s main hotel is in the heart of downtown, perfectly positioned to offer guests a colorful urban atmosphere and an authentic connection to the bustling city. Thompson Playa del Carmen will be anchored by the largest and most celebrated lifestyle retail destination in the Mayan Riviera, housing well-known contemporary fashion brands ranging from H&M to Michael Kors and great culinary concepts. The oceanfront Beach House, located just blocks from the main hotel, is a more intimate, bohemian-inspired experience, set to open early 2016. 

“Thompson Playa del Carmen will be the only hotel in Playa with both a central La Quinta Avenida downtown location, as well as a beachfront retreat,” said Julian Smaldoni, General Manager of Thompson Playa del Carmen.  “As the only hotel in Riviera Maya offering two experiences, guests will have the option to relax by the rooftop pool, dance the night away at CATCH, dive into seaside activities, shop for contemporary or artisan bohemian fashions, or embark on a cultural expedition in Riviera Maya.”

Thompson Playa del Carmen is richly inspired by the community and culture in which it resides. Both the main building and Beach House will honor the historic legacy of Playa del Carmen, while adding layers of design, gastronomy and nightlife that will enhance the guest experience. The main hotel will evoke a metropolitan, youthful edge with 92 guestrooms featuring mid-century contemporary décor with a distinct Mexico-Caribbean flair. The highly-activated 30,000-square-foot rooftop with spectacular panoramic views will feature a meandering infinity pool and sea-to-table dining experience and nightlife concept, CATCH.

Thompson Playa del Carmen’s connection to Mexican culture is woven throughout the hotel’s design, which includes 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 both in-room and throughout the public spaces; whitewashed panels, indigenous stone and Guadalajara hand-pressed tiles with movable screen showers in the guest rooms. 

In the main building, CATCH, located on the hotel’s captivating rooftop, will conjure a beach-like feel with the restaurant’s signature turquoise touches and offer an outdoor terrace piped with soft, intimate lighting. The rooftop will also feature indigenous landscaping and greenery, including a chef’s garden and ‘living wall,’ and an infinity rooftop pool with in-water loungers and island perches, flanked by plush cabanas.  Most guestrooms will feature terraces, while the brand’s signature Thompson Suites will boast outdoor stone surface hot tubs and fire pits. 

“Thompson Playa del Carmen marks the much-anticipated expansion of Thompson Hotels in Mexico, after the recent unveiling of our first property in the country, The Cape in Cabo San Lucas,” said Niki Leondakis, CEO of Commune Hotels & Resorts. “Our mission for Thompson Playa del Carmen is to bring a completely new lifestyle experience to Riviera Maya, offering guests a unique experience that seamlessly blends the urban, downtown culture of Playa del Carmen with a laid-back, Caribbean seaside escape.

Scheduled to open in early 2016, the bohemian-inspired Beach House will feature 27 luxury rooms and suites, each with its own terrace, a beachfront pool, cabanas, and a casual restaurant and bar, against the stunning backdrop of the white sands and the azure-blue Caribbean Sea. From the shores of the Beach House, guests can enjoy a variety of beach and outdoor adventure activities, including stand-up paddleboarding, yoga and diving.

Reservations at Thompson Playa del Carmen are currently being accepted for stays starting on November 20, 2015. To reserve, please visit thompsonhotels.com/hotels/thompson-playa-del-carmen or call (844) 823-8100.

About Thor Urbana Capital

Thor Urbana Capital is a leading real estate investment and development company based in Mexico City, aimed to capitalize on Mexico’s strong economic growth and real estate fundamentals. Through its vertically integrated platform, the firm specializes in the sourcing, acquiring, developing, repositioning, leasing, managing and disposing of multiple real estate projects, including lifestyle centers, luxury hotels and mixed-use projects located in the country’s main cities and top tourist destinations.  The depth and reach of the company´s sponsors and experienced management team, together with key relationships developed over decades of active real estate development and investment throughout Mexico and the U.S., uniquely position Thor Urbana Capital in Mexico’s growing opportunistic and value-add commercial real estate arena.  The firm is currently developing over 7 million square-feet in various high-growth markets across the country, such as Mexico City, Guadalajara, Playa del Carmen, Merida, Metepec, and Los Cabos, among others. For more information, please visit www.thorurbana.com.

About Thompson Hotels

Founded in 2001, Thompson Hotels is an international hospitality company that offers sophisticated luxury to its discerning clientele. The Thompson portfolio of lifestyle hotels includes The Cape, the brand’s recently-opened resort in Los Cabos; Gild Hall and Smyth in New York City; Thompson Chicago; Thompson Toronto; Belgraves in London; and Thompson Miami Beach. Thompson Hotels also has multiple new projects in development, including Thompson Playa del Carmen, The Beekman in Lower Manhattan, Thompson Nashville, and Thompson Seattle. Thompson Hotels is a Commune Hotels & Resorts brand. Follow @ThompsonHotels on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for news and updates. For more information, please visit www.thompsonhotels.com.

About Commune Hotels & Resorts

Formed in October 2011, Commune Hotels & Resorts is an international, multi-brand lifestyle hotel management company which manages and operates Alila Hotels and Resorts, an Asian luxury resort brand; Thompson Hotels, a luxury lifestyle brand; Joie de Vivre Hotels, a collection of independently branded boutique hotels; and tommie, a new, micro lifestyle hotel brand launching in 2016. The San Francisco-based company manages more than 40 hotels and resorts across Asia, North America, and Europe, and is expanding its portfolio internationally. For more information, please visit www.communehotels.com. Stay connected with Commune Hotels & Resorts on Facebook and Twitter (@CommuneHotels).

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