I got a private room at this hostel which meant that I wasn't staying at the main building. My room was across the street and down the block a bit. The room was not bad. It was one of the only rooms with a balcony which was nice. The bed was comfortable. They have a policy if you are staying there for more than one night that the staff will not enter your room unless you ask them to clean. I like this policy because it guarantees that your stuff is safe. Although the staff was really great and trustworthy so even if you wanted a clean room it wouldn't be a problem. Compared to the other hotel I stayed at in Tulum, this place was amazing. They had hot water at all times of day. The room aired out quite well. The only issue is that the room was a little dark. Other than that, the place was great and well worth the price.
Unique Quality: They offer breakfast, but you have to make it yourself. It seems like a pain, but it actually turned out to be really fun. You meet a lot of people who are also staying at the hotel when you are making breakfast and eating it. They offer a lot of things like pancake mix, eggs, and toast. If you want, you can also bring your own stuff and cook it on the grills there. At nights, they fire up a barbeque grill and have cheap options for you to purchase meat and stuff to eat. They also have their own bar at night.
The lobby has free wifi. They have a free shuttle bus to the beach twice daily. They also have discounts on renting a bike. This place is well worth the money.
Directions: A few doors south of the bus station.
If you're looking for hostel accommodation near the Tulum downtown bus terminal you don't have much of a choice but to come to the Weary Traveler Hostel (120 pesos for dorm bed with air-con., a little less for one with fan only). The people working there are friendly and helpful.
Make-your-own-breakfast (included in the price of the accommodation)..... bread, veggies, eggs, coffee, condiments, etc., and stoves, pots & pans are provided.
Free shuttle to the beach departs from the back of the hostel at 9am and 12 noon, and you walk about ten minutes to get to the Tulum ruins. The return bus for the 12 noon departure is 5pm, and that's the last one.
You can also get collectivos/vans to Playa del Carmen (35 pesos) just a short walk across the street from this hostel.
Unique Quality: I wouldn't particularly recommend this hostel since a couple of people in the other room complained about being bitten by bedbugs. Also they put too many bunk beds into the room (12 or more) and the shared washroom is windowless. But then again, they don't need any further recommendation since they are already super busy.
The best thing about this place are the hammocks under the leafy trees....makes it sooo good to relax and read or just chat.
In the evening, you can get good tacos, etc. in the restaurant just next door (your right hand side as you exit the hostel).
Like most of travel guides say, it's an okay hostel where its workers are usually on a bad mood!
After seeing what the 'cabanas' look like by the beach, I'm sure the hostel is the best option... although, if you stay at the dorms, you'll find them over-crowded. There's one with A/C for an extra charge of USD 1.00, and then some private rooms... plenty of hammocks in the backyard and a nice atmosphere, but still... it's not more than just an okay hostel.
Unique Quality: Free breakfast ... free internet (although there's only one computer).
Directions: 100 meters south of Bus Station
I'm planing to stay in tulum city for a few days and from there I want to visit Tulum ruins, Xel-ha park and do some snorkling.
If you've been in Tulum can you recomend a hotel nice and clean.
I would be more than happy to hear any suggestions to have a good time in Tulum city.
Tulum is great, close to the ruins and to the sea. But remember, you would still need to take taxi to enjoy the beaches.
In Tulum I hav estayed in Mayan Hotel, outside the bus station , about 250m to the right. Clean, but not a resort :), 350 pesos for double per night (this January). There is Weary Traveler Hostel but they have only dorms, only 100-120 pesos per person with breakfest but no doubles. Staff there speaks good English and is very helpful. I could not sleep as they were fully booked.
On the oposite side of the road there is another hostel but I do not know much about them.
My recommendation, however, would be to spend a couple of days in the cabanas on the beach. To get one of them be sure to be there around 10-11 o'clock in the morning as all of them get filled up very quickly. Car is great advantage here. If you are planning renting, do not do that in Tulum. It is crap, expnsive and no choice, rather do it in Playa del Carmen or Cancun.
Enjoy your holiday,
(on my page I have just added some pics from Mexico, the place is great! but if you want to see ruins go to Chitzen Itza or Koba, Tulum is good only because it is at the seaside)
Thank you Marceli for telling me all those tips.
I will consider and look into some thing else.
nice pictures of mexico.
I hope I did not discourage you from visiting Tulum. The town has not much to offer but you are very close to many interesting things.
Sian K'han Park, or however it is spelled, just 25-40km south, is worth a visit, either with organized tour or on your own - both provided that you want to see some jungle, empty beaches and wildlife
Tulum ruins are really beautiful set - worth visit, but remember it is not the same magnitude as Chitzen Itza,
Beach south from ruins is about 5-6km long, and it is the most Caribean beach I have ever seen :),
Xel-Ha is not far away, and it is a very nice day off,
Koba (Coba) - large ruins comparatively unexplored only 40km away
And last but not least - cenotes - some as close as 3km away, some further but all of them in the 15km radius - are simply AMAZING
Thank you Marceli, I really appreciated.
I'm going to keep in mind all the advise that you're giving me.
Thank you very much, Tomas.
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Address: Tulum #36, Tulum, Quintana Roo, 77780, Mexico