Mexican Retreat in Hotel La Semilla

Written by Nikita Sheth


Hotel La Semilla is a labor of true love and passion. Located in the heart of Playa del Carmen, Mexico this intimate hotel is the love-child of Alexis Scharer and his wife, Angie Rodriguez. They both have a history in the hotel industry and after nine years, their dream to open their own establishment became a reality.

Hotel La Semilla is inspired by the Rough Luxe movement, as Alexis shares;  “Rough Luxe embraces the imperfection created by the wear and tear of time. It’s authentic and unpretentious, reversing the past from the youthful perspective of the present.” Combining fresh white walls with furniture and details hand-selected from the flea markets around Mexico, results in a distinct interior which reflect Mexican heritage, whilst evoking a sense of comfort and homeliness.


There are a variety of rooms to stay in, ranging from Cuartitos—small rooms with big personalities—to the Suites Terraza, large rooms with outdoor terrace and bath and a panoramic view of Playa del Carmen. All rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi, A/C, organic bath products, and a safe. Lush gardens complete with Copal Trees (inherent to Mayan culture) further the privacy and tranquility of the hotel.


Hotel La Semilla translates to ‘seed’ in Spanish and for a seed to grow it needs to stay grounded, humble and present. This is how Hotel La Semilla wants to grow – with love, light and strong roots. At the end of each stay, guests are given a small bag of seeds to plant and nurture. It is the perfect personal touch that allows you to take a little part of Hotel La Semilla with you!