- Reviews: 207
Santa Fe: Cabañas and hammock space at the beach
I slept in my hammock at a place called Santa Fe. It is located around 1-2 kilometres outside the town of Tulum, but it is very close to the ruins.
It was great to lie in my hammock at night and listen to the waves and watch the stars.
Santa Fe also have cabañas, the are rustic with sand floors and walls with gabs in them.
When I was there in year 2001, the prices for a hammock space was 30 pesos (around $2,5) and for a bed in a dormitory 50 pesos.
The cabañas of Santa Fe flow together with the cabañas of all the other places along the beach. Thet all make up a complex of restaurants, cab stand, pay phone and a small shop.
Santa Fe has its own restaurant. There are some toilets and communal showers with cold saltwater. That wasn't so great as I never really felt clean.
The reception at Santa Fe will store your backpack if you slep in your hammock at the beach.
The ruins of Tulum is close to Santa Fe, you can walk there in 10-15 minutes and the beach and blue water is great.
- Reviews: 753
Cabanas Sante Fe: Sleeping on the Beach
This is a popular place to stay, located only 1km south of the Tulum Ruins. Wake up early and make the walk to the ruins before it gets too hot.
You can stay in beach side cabanas for $15/night or sleep in a hammock for only $3. They also had very good inexpensive meals here and a large white sand beach.
Please note that this information is from Feb 2001. Apparantly Cabanas Sante Fe has since closed down and I do not know if it has reopened under a different name. However, there were several similar cabana accomodations nearby so I recommend checking the most recent Lonely Planet Travel Guide for up to date information.
- Reviews: 808
Accomodation in Tulum
Tulum is not a big touristresort like Cancun and Playa del Carmen. The city is just some houses stretched along the highway. The best place to stay is in one of the cabañas on the beach. From the ruins and south there are many small places offering all kinds of cabañas, from the smallest and cheapest to big and luxurious. The price range from just a few dollars pr night and up to hundreds of dollars depending on what you want.
- Reviews: 2258
Piedra Escondida. Tulum: Piedra Escondida. Tulum
Not cheap at approx $100 per night but if you want a relaxed place to stay in Tulum, this is the place.
What a delightful place. Eight rooms only, 2 per 'block' (wat & daub style with thatched roof, painted yellow) built around what is in effect almost a small private beach (the coast here is full of little 'bays', interconnected by rocky headlands).
Each room has 2 double beds and oceans of space, with either a balcony (top floor) or terrace with hammocks etc.. Big bathrooms, comfortably furnished without being ostentatious.
Public spaces very welcoming and 'cosy', lots of information about various trips in the area, books to borrow, small sitting area with board games etc.. Great little bar which serves brilliant cocktails and there is an excellent Italian restuarant (great for breakfast too) attached.
- Reviews: 4274
cabanas el mirador: very basic accommodation
First of all, let me say that i did not stay at these cabanas. I took a look and decided that they were far too basic and unsafe. Most are also partly destroyed bt the latest hurricane (Wilma, if i am not mistaken). Doors can't be locked and parts of the roofs have big holes in them. There's no toilet facilities, either. Manz people camp on the beach: I guess it's a much better alternative.
The position is unbeatable: they are the nearest cabanas to the Tulum ruins.
- Reviews: 987
Robinson Club Tulum: Robinson Club Tulum
We had an all-inclusive deal that included airfare from Toronto, all the drinks and food for $1258 Canadian
This is a German owned resort so there were a lot of German tourists there. Should have brushed up on my German! Absolutely beautiful place, gorgeous beach, extremely clean, very friendly staff. Loved the place, the food was amazing! There are lots of palapas for shade on the beach, though you'll have to be out early to get a chair.
The resort has it's own dive centre which lends out snorkelling gear and you can book your diving trips here as well.
Watersports like kayaks and windsurfers are available from the watersports centre.
- Reviews: 1149
Cabanas Santa Fé: Nice little huts but...
Well, first I loved it.
Little huts on the beach. This means when you get up, you don't have to dress very much and you can jump in the ocean. You don't need a swimming pool!
There was no comfort, only a double (hard) bed and one chair but I didn't care.
It changed during the night when it started raining. It rained inside the cabana and we had to move the bed all through the night.
We had our indoors swimmingpool....
We paid 40 pesos for this double
- Reviews: 162
El Crucero: Don't Stay Here
El Crucero is a bare bones hotel within about a 10 minute walk to the Tulum Ruins (Archaeological Zone). That is the only reason to stay here. But even that is not worth it because you can stay closer to town for cheaper and then use the money you save to take a taxi to the ruins.
This hotel is partially owned by a Canadian man named Duncan. He was nice enough but he really don't know how to run a hotel. The beds were not comfortable. The rooms were not well lit. They don't have towels. The water is not hot.
Stay at the Weary Traveler in town instead. It is a much better deal.
The only thing I liked about this hotel is Gregorio who works in the El Crucero Restaunt. He is such a nice guy. You can eat at the restaurant without staying at the hotel. In fact, if you are hungry after the ruins, they have a great daily meal deal.
- Reviews: 3
No name, but have directions - see picture: Cheapest beachfront accomodations in Tulum
The beach is just under a mile directly south of Tulum. To get to it, you need to head south from the Tulum ruins on the main road. Drive approx. two miles. When you get to the stoplight (grocery store on your right), turn left and drive toward the ocean. At the "T" in the road, turn left and drive approx. a mile. There is a scuba/snorkel rental shop on the beach on your right. Next to it are several beach huts. These are very basic grass huts with a mattress inside. The cost was approx. $14 a night. They were damaged in the last hurricane, and being rebuilt. The owner said the price might go up to $20 or $25 dollar. It is much like camping, but on a beautiful beach with great snorkeling/scuba diving. Has been 4 years since I have been there. Hope to check it out again next year, to make sure this information is still accurate,and appreciate any feedback from someone who may visit this beach.
Just a place to sleep, nothing more.
- Reviews: 584
Cabana Mirador: A true beach cabana experience!
El Mirador is the first cabana from the road that leads from the Tulum Ruins. It offers the best rates on the beach with a cabana with a hammock going for $12 and a cabana with two beds running about $20 to $25. However the inexpensive rates also mean that the Mirador is also one of the most rustic cabanas on the beach. The cabanas are small, clean, and basic. There is no electricity. They have a very basic shared showering facility. This is not a place for the faint of heart. However if you are used to roughing it the Mirador is a perfect place to call home for a few days. The location is perfect, its only a five minute walk to the Ruins and the beach is basically secluded from the other cabanas. The cliff side cafe offers basic Mexican fare but you can't beat the view and the prices are moderate and the drinks cold. As you can see from the picture the Mirador is a picture perfect place to stay, just don't expect the comforts of home!
- Reviews: 378
Cabañas ''Sol Maya'': ''Mayan Sun''
In Tulum you have two options when looking for a place to stay: in the town or on the beach. We decided to stay in town. The place we wanted to go first was full so we started to look around and got lucky immediately. We found this cabaña settlement. They were weel built, with mosquito protection, fan and TV. And I couldn't complanit about the common bathroom. We payed 250 pesos for 4 of us per night.
- Reviews: 3
Stone Tree Little Ceynote: A Hidden Treasure
Quaint, comfortable dwelling. You feel like you're part of the community. Nestled in the little town, of Tulum, you find a jungle oasis including a main house (sleeps 6) and a guest house (sleeps 2.) We had a full kitchen with range top and microwave...pots and pans and dishes included. 1 bathroom with very large shower in the main house and 1 bath with shower in the guesthouse. Guest house had air conditioning, while the main did not, but the fans usually kept it pretty cool. The roosters start crowing at 2am and continue past dawn. If you're on the ground floor, you might be able to sleep through it, but the loft is amplified! Maid service comes once or twice a week...and she's very thourough! We found all of our clothes folded and put away!
There is a beautiful garden growing throughout the property. A small sitting pool with fountain is located in the courtyard. There is also a rooftop deck for lounging. You can't beat the price.
- Reviews: 9
Tribal Village: Bare bones beachfront cabinas
We stayed 3 nights in Tulum at Tribal Village. It was very quaint and eclectic which is to say unorganized, rough around the edges, and not maintained very well.
Tribal Village is an enclave of ocean/beach front cabinas.
This place was recommended by me by two different people. I, would NOT recommend this place for anyone except a backpacker with their own tent (at a fee of $5 per person per night). I found the owner of the place to be rude, impatient, curt. Basically just a bit shy of being a ***. Although in the hospitality business, she was anything but hospitable. It seemed like we were inconveniencing her by being there.
The restaurant is extremely overpriced. $8 for a crappy melange of rice and veggies doesn't sit well with me. But, they've got you by the balls. The "city" is 3 miles away and costs $3 in cab fare each way.
The grounds aren't maintained well. If you're going to make me share a bathroom/shower/sink, please be courteous and clean it at least once a day! There were 4 dogs on sight that barked at all hours of the day and night. Their *** was scattered about.
Wilma also took the beach from directly in front of the property and put it a few hundred yards down the coast. At night, some lights in the landscaping beamed right through the sticks into our cabina. I had to stack rocks and palm fronds to block one such light.
I was disappointed on our last day to discover Diamond K cabinas. At a mere $5 more per night, I could have had access to their beautifiul setting with a private swimming cove and beach. chaise lounges, etc. A nice restaurant, and a "lounge" which was simply low profile tables and chairs on the rocks by the sea. This place looked nice and the staff was extremely friendly.
Also, I looked at this place online before the trip. I found the website to be utterly inconsistent with what I actually saw when I got there.
All these eccentricities attracted a unique blend of people. While there we met a variety of folks: the tatooed hypnotist jeweler from NYC, friendly backpacking Canadians, and a super stoned ex-pat from Boston who was cruising around aimlessly.
- Reviews: 26
Gran Bahia Principe: The Definition of "All Inclusive"
This resort was MASSIVE. It was one property which held 3 different resorts on it: Tulum (we stayed here), Akumal and Coba. All hree accomadate approx - 2500 guests! The food was fabulous, I didn't get sick of the buffet as i usually do at these all inclusive places. We were able to book 3 restaurants out of about 15 on the resort - they we all very good! The acitvities were non stop by the Sports and Entertainment team. The beach was huge, however you could not access much of the water due to the fact that it was quite rocky. My theory is that this was a result of the hurricane a few months ago. They appeared to be filling it up with sand again. Where you could access the water without rocks was lovely. There were fish swimming around you, some of the stripped like tigers! The nights were filled with the shows (not fantastic), but entertaining nevertheless!
The service was great - the room was left immaculaste every day. The bar was stocked with beer and water and juice and chololate bars and chips every day! The staff always served you with enthusiasm and pleasure - despite being all inclusive you wanted to give them a gift because they were so sincere!
One of the greatest things about the resort was the fact that it had a mini town right on the property. We could walk (2 mins from Tulum, the other resorts had to take a shuttle which came every 2 mins) to the Hacienda Dona Isabel. In the Hacienda there were many shops, two bars and the disco. At about 11:00pm the entertainment crew would come and salsa in the square and then move into the disco at midnight. It was much needed since Playa del Carmen was so far.
- Reviews: 10
Hotel Dos Ceibos: Hotel Dos Ceibos
You can see the ocean from your cabana and the service there is great! They are happy to communicate by emails to nail down reservations, etc. We arrived late at night but someone met us to make sure we could get in to our Cabana. The Cabana was lovely with nice details like folding your towels in various poses.
I would recommend this place but remember the breakfast is pricey and so is dinner. Of course, so is everything along the beach; you have to go into Tulum to get reasonably priced food and even then it isn't certain.
You can't charge your battery for a camera in your room but the main office will let you do it while you have breakfast.
Their rates were what they told me via email, unlike other places which will tell you one thing before you stay and then have unexplained additions to the bill when you leave.
Overall, the best points of this place are the proximity to the ocean, kind staff and honest rates.
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