Mexico Riviera Maya welcomes new hotels By Gay Nagle Myers / January 02, 2013 Share 1 -- The Palm at Playa Lifestyle Beach Hotel opened in November on the beach in Playa del Carmen within walking distance of Quinta Avenue shops and restaurants.Accommodations include 69 lofts and suites with kitchenettes and free WiFi. The hotel features the Playa Grill restaurant and a rooftop terrace with pool. Complimentary coffee and pastries are available each morning in the lobby. For details, visit www.thepalmatplaya.com.Farther south, the three-room Gardenias Inn Tulum opened this month in the downtown area. Each room has king beds, a stocked minibar, organic Chiapas coffee, gourmet teas and a coffeemaker.The boutique property features an outdoor grill area, afternoon hors d’oeuvres, preloaded cellphones for guests and family-style meals in the innkeeper’s kitchen, priced at $48 per person ($18 for kids under 16; free for kids 6 and younger).Private garden dinners in a candlelit tent can be arranged.Rates from $159 per night, double through Feb. 2 (lower after that date), include gourmet breakfast basket and roundtrip beach shuttle.For details, visit www.gardeniasinntulum.com.