Cancun, Q.R. – A devastating fire that gutted a large portion of the Iberostar hotel in Playa del Carmen will see it closed for two months.
Less than 24 hours after the fire, Rafael Castro Castro, secretary general of Environmental and Urban Planning, released a statement saying, “Those responsible for the hotel are considering a demolition in conjunction with Environmental and Urban Planning.”
He added, “As for the entire burned concrete structure, a demolition has been recommended. The hotel must make an application for the demolition and calculate two months to restore operations,” he explained.
The Iberostar Tucan Hotel in Playacar, Playa del Carmen sustained massive damage on October 10 when a palapa caught fire. The fire quickly spread to other public areas of the hotel’s grounds and destroyed a large portion of the establishment including several restaurants, its spa, theater, lobby and reception area.
Hotel staff have been busy helping to relocate its current guests to Iberostar Playa Parasio, just north of the city. Fire fighers from Solidarity, Tulum and Cancun, as well as officials from Civil Protection and Public Safety all responded to the emergency call on Sunday. It’s been reported that the hotel had a 78 percent occupancy rate when the fire occurred.