- 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: 4282
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 $25. However the inexpensive rates also mean that the Mirador is also one of the most rustic cabanas on the beach. The cabanas are small, clean, and basic. There is no electricity. They have a very basic shared showering facility. This is not a place for the faint of heart. However if you are used to roughing it the Mirador is a perfect place to call home for a few days. The location is perfect, its only a five minute walk to the Ruins and the beach is basically secluded from the other cabanas. The cliff side cafe offers basic Mexican fare but you can't beat the view and the prices are moderate and the drinks cold. As you can see from the picture the Mirador is a picture perfect place to stay, just don't expect the comforts of home!
- Reviews: 9
Zazil-Kin: Stay on the beach!
10$USD to share a four person hut on the beach? It was a rescue from an otherwise desperate situation, as a huge rainstorm had moved in over Tulum after we departed the ruins. Heading south on the trail, we came across Zazil-Kin and were saved, with the help from a pair of exchange students. I have never stayed in a place like this, but apparently they are quite common. It's just a hut with a simple mattress and mosquito netting, no power or running water, but who needs it? The beach is right there, they have a restaurant and nightclub/lounge, and the price is right. The "disco" wasn't open while we were there so I cannot comment on it. The best thing about this place is the beach! Beautiful sand, and what a view! Look up the coast and you can see the ruins of Tulum peeking out of the jungle overlooking the shoreline.
- Reviews: 19
Aventura Spa Palace: A Little Slice of Paradise
We stayed for 7 nights at this large resort in a standard room with a garden view. We had a really fantastic time, and I would definitely return, and recommend this hotel. It isn't for everyone, but it was definitely for me!
Rooms: there are only 2 room types; suites with full frontal ocean view, and standard rooms with partial or no ocean view. The rooms are stocked with a mini fridge and a wall mounted bar. Toiletries are Biosilk by Farouk ( I really liked them). All rooms have a furnished patio with a hammock.
Food: The food was probably the lowest point. We did not get sick at all, but the food wasn't tremendous, either. We had a few meals that we really enjoyed, and the rest were good. There are 4 a la carte resteraunts, and 3 buffet. Our favorite was MoMoNoHanna, an Asian restaurant with good sashimi. We went here 3 times during our stay. I generally dislike buffets, but enjoyed these.
Beach/pool: You should know that this resort does not have a beach. There is a man made lagoon. You can snorkle and kayak in it. It was nice. The pools are beautiful and large and meandering. You will love the pools and forget the waves. There are 2 freeform pools outdoors; one on the spa side, which is quieter, and the south pole, which is livelier by way of bands, volleyball games, etc. There is a swim up bar in each. There is also a standard maybe 30'x50' lap pool, along with a smaller rectangular pool for scuba lessons. There is also a current pool outside the spa. There is an indoor pool by the spa also, which is astoundingly beautiful.
Service: The staff was great, not on problem the whole week. Our room was cleaned twice daily very thoroughly, every person from the maintenance man to the reception managers met you with a smile and hello. I have never ever received service like that in the US. These people must have awesome self-control, because I know when I have a bad day, I can't always hide it. Or maybe they just have them work behind the scenes on off days. Who knows, but they're the best staff.
I would say that the most outstanding features of this hotel are the pools and the beauty of the garden areas, including a living maze. The lobbies are simply phenomenal. They will take your breathe away, especially when you look up to see the massive stained glass ceilings.
- Reviews: 77
Small hotel in the jungle in front of the sea side: KAI KAANA HOTEL
We stayd in a small hotel called Kai Kaana. To reach it it is necessary to go inside the jungle... the hotel is in front of the sea side!!! Excellent restaurant... the service is extremely slow, thiough
excellent restaurant... try tacos dorados or nachos especial
- Reviews: 77
Small cabanas in playa paraiso, Tulum: Cabanas in Tulum
In the most beautiful beach of Tulum there are plenty of cabanas... there is no electricity in them... toilets are shared with others.... but if you want to live in wilderness for a few days, in front of one of the most beautiful beaches of caribbean go there
- 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.
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