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 Basico Hotel in Playa del Carmen, Mexico Sets New Standards for Innovation; 
Industrial Water Tanks Which Serve as Pools 
Berlin, March 22, 2006 - The 15-room hotel, one of the newest members of design hotels(tm), is located on the chic strip of Mexico's Playa del Carmen. With a casual and unconventional twist on what a design hotel should be, Básico is themed around basic concepts and a strong local identity. Both the architecture and design have made use of materials and references from everyday Mexican culture including public schools, 'cantinas' and the petroleum industry of the 1950's. 

The building, by architects Moisés Isón and José Antonio Sánchez, is a mixture of concrete and Caribbean sand, while designer Héctor Galván used predominately recycled materials for the interiors. Guestrooms, including three suites, continue the basic theme with white cement walls, tile floors made in a local factory, exposed plumbing and floating beds. Humour and hedonism are equally important and are expressed in details such as champagne stocked in a crate, beach balls, fins, flat-screen TV's, DVD players and vintage-style Polaroid cameras for guests to document their stay. 

Basico Hotel, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Basico Hotel Exterior

Basico Hotel Guest Room
Themed around basic concepts with a strong local identity, the Básico hotel challenges preconceived notions of what a design hotel should be, evoking images of an essential Mexico. Located only a few steps away from the ocean, off 5th Avenue amidst the bustling centre of Playa del Carmen, Básico opens its doors to a hedonist crowd with fifteen curious rooms distributed over two floors. Very traditional ideas of Mexican everyday culture are brought to life here. Public schools, “cantinas”, the petroleum industry and other references are present throughout the property.

Made out of a mixture of concrete and Caribbean sand, the newly built sand-coloured building fits in perfectly with the local beach atmosphere. The floors are also made of sand-shaded cement with red details, reminiscent of the typical “Mexican patio” style. In the interiors, a lot of plants, colourful details and rich textures remind guests of the country’s popular culture. Héctor Galván has made sure that most aspects of the interior design have been made out of recycled materials, resins, plumbing pipes, different woods, paint, cotton, rubber tires, plastic, glass and even latex. 

Básico Hotel
5ta. Avenida & Calle 10 Norte
Playa del Carmen
Quintana Roo
C.P. 77710

general manager  
Alejandro Rueda 
Moisés Micha
Rafael Micha
Jaime Micha
Carlos Couturier 
central de arquitectura 
(Moisés Isón and José Antonio Sánchez) 
interior design  
omelette (Hector Galvan) 

The entrance area to the hotel is reminiscent of a public market opening towards the street, while the multi-purpose bar is the hotel's reception as well as serving juice and fruit by day and latin cocktails at night. The hotel's restaurant features an open kitchen specializing in local seafood and traditional recipes.

One of the hotel's highlights is its roof top terrace with two industrial water tanks which serve as pools and truck fronts which have been converted to cabanas. Evenings come alive with guest DJ's and tropical films projected on the surrounding walls.

Roof top terrace with two industrial water tanks which serve as pools
Básico is a promising new option for hip travellers to experience first-rate innovative design. The renowned Travel + Leisure magazine has recently confirmed this by naming it the 'Best Small Hotel' for its 2006 Design Awards. 

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