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Where to stay in Tulum, Mexico in 2021 – the best areas, exquisite hotels, top Airbnb

If you are planning a trip to Mexico, this guide to the best hotels in Tulum, Mexico, will help you choose the best place to stay in one of the most famous towns of the Mexican Caribbean. This Tulum hotel reviews include the best boutique hotels and homes for different budgets and styles in the best areas of Tulum.


Tulum is one the most popular and charming towns of the Riviera Maya, with its spectacular never-ending beach, fancy hotels, delicious and artsy restaurants, and the busy “pueblo” downtown, not to mention unique Mayan ruins located right by the turquoise Caribbean waters.

If you see Tulum now for the first time it will be hard to believe that only 20 years ago it was just a small fishing town with a spectacular deserted and undeveloped beach and a few houses and restaurants.

In the past 10 years, Tulum has become the main beach destination of the Yucatan peninsula with an incredible array of natural places to visit, including lagoons, cenotes, and natural protected areas like Sian Ka’an, exquisite beaches resorts, and Beach clubs.

However, you will need to know a few important insider tips for Tulum in order for you to enjoy it to the fullest.

Most of all you need to understand where to stay in Tulum, which is the best area for your vacation plans, and the most enjoyable.

Before moving forward though, I just wanted to give you the heads up if you are looking for all-inclusive hotels in Tulum, these are not easy to find. In fact, both in the Tulum beach area and in downtown Tulum, there is a huge variety of restaurants of all sorts, and you don’t really want to have all your meals in the same place.

Part of the Tulum experience is also about the different dining options available.

You can check out my guide of the best restaurants in Tulum, the coolest spot and cafe’.

Is Tulum Safe?

Before diving into the nitty-gritty of the hotel world in Tulum, I would like to clarify this topic because I know many of you are wondering or concerned about safety in Tulum.

And the short answer is yes, It is safe to travel to Tulum, but some common sense is due. So just follow some tips I share on my massive guide on safety in Mexico and you will be just fine. (There is one specific section dedicated to Tulum safety).


Read also: How to get to Tulum from Cancun


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Luxury hotels in Tulum beach zone

The best area to stay in Tulum is for sure the beach also called “hotel zone” if you want to live the Tulum lifestyle, even though the downtown area has its own charm.

And, if you are particularly fond of Luxury hotels, Tulum certainly offers amazing options, especially on the beach with spectacular ocean views and jungle vibes, not to mention the easy access to the Caribbean Sea right at your door.

Pros of staying on Tulum Beach

Having Tulum white sand beaches right at your doorstep is priceless and the main reason why you would want to stay in a beach hotel in Tulum. Also, the most beautiful and high-end resorts in Tulum are on the beach.

Cons of staying on Tulum Beach

Staying on the beach in Tulum comes with a price, literally. Luxury hotels on Tulum beach range from 200 to 1000 USD in the high season. But it’s the only disadvantage.

Here below, you will find all the best Tulum luxury hotels in the beach area.

Be Tulum

Be Tulum hotel room
Photo © Be Tulum

Among the top Tulum best hotels, Be Tulum is the one that most epitomizes the Luxury Lifestyle. A magnificent blend of jungle style and sophisticated interior. It’s one of those places that makes you feel cool and fancy even on your worse day. Impeccable service and private pools are among the guest favorites.

Among its luxury amenities and services, Be Tulum offers a world-class on site restaurant, luxury spacious room with air conditioning, and an outdoor pool.

Be Tulum is probably considered the best beachfront hotel in Tulum and the perfect place to stay if you are ready to splurge either for a romantic getaway or if you want to treat yourself on a blissful solo trip.

The personalized service includes private transport from and to Cancun International Airport at an extra cost and a world-class wellness center.

Check rates & availability:  Hotels.com | Booking.comRead reviews on TripAdvisor


Casa Malca

casa malca room with a view

Among the best places to stay on Tulum beach, Casa Malca is definitely among my favorites. Owned and designed by the New York Art Collector Lio Malca, whose important projects have included the launch of retrospectives at New York’s Whitney Museum, it’s no surprise in seeing such elegance and taste enclosed in the 41 rooms hotel.

The architects managed to merge different worlds, contemporary art with an overwhelming jungle, an outstanding beach, and the finest amenities, all in front of a sweeping turquoise sea. 

There you breathe a cozy, laid-back atmosphere, a luxury retreat to reconnect with your senses. 

Check rates & availability:  Hotels.com | Booking.comRead reviews on TripAdvisor


Nomade Tulum

Nomade hotel room with a view in Tulum
Photo © Nomade Tulum

Nomade Hotel in Tulum is a stunning creative hotel that boasts multicultural architecture in an elegant style.

You will be mesmerized by the beauty of every little detail of your room, not to mention the sophisticated restaurant with international flavors presented in artistically prepared dishes.

A special focus is given to vegan cuisine and healthy leaving, although no worries, your favorite cocktails will be served all day and night.

Check rates & availability:  Hotels.com| Booking.comRead reviews on TripAdvisor


La Valise

La valise
Photo © La Valise

The perfect love nest for a romantic escape, La Valise is a new “laid-back” luxury property that offers an exquisite private ambiance where the jungle literally meets the beach.

The interior decor includes local artisanal crafts made with natural elements. All suites are facing the beach with beds on the terrace for romantic nights stargazing at the sound of the crashing waves.

Although it’s a romantic hotel I would totally stay there on my own and get pampered.

Check rates & availability:  Hotels.com| Booking.com


Sanara

Sanara Hotel Room
Photo © Sanara Tulum

A new fancy property with minimalistic architecture; essentially chic, it gives a relaxing and sophisticated atmosphere.

One of its main features is the refined gourmet vegan menu and the best yoga space ever, overlooking the stunning beach of Tulum; an ideal place to take care of yourself, both inside and out.

Check rates & availability:  Hotels.com | Booking.com or Read reviews on TripAdvisor


Nest Tulum

hotel Tulum
Photo © Nest Tulum

I fell in love with Nest Tulum just by browsing through their website. Their creativity merges modern architecture with local vintage pieces, lending a cozy and yet elegant appearance to the atmosphere.

A blissful place from where you can enjoy the immensity of the worldly Tulum Beach.

Read Nest Tulum reviews on TripAdvisor


Zamas Tulum

Zamas Tulum
Photo © Zamas Tulum

Zamas Tulum is a romantic boutique hotel that will make you fall in love. The cozy rooms combine the simplicity of the raw polished cement with natural elements such as wood and decorative plants and pieces of local art and textiles as decorative details.

The result is an elegant space where you can relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the surrounding jungle and the sparkling sea. Some rooms are located just in front of the water right on the white sand.

Check rates & availability:  Hotels.com | Booking.com or Read reviews on TripAdvisor


Alma Tulum

Where to stay in Tulum
Alma Tulum

A relatively new property, cozy and elegant with a fully air-conditioned and great restaurant. The ceviche is the best!

 Check rates & availability:  Hotels.com | Booking.com | Read reviews on TripAdvisor


Posada Margherita

An iconic and timeless venue on the beach of Tulum, it has become the hip place, frequented by the boho crowds from New York City and Los Angeles.

It is mainly popular for their Italian restaurant but  I also love the decor of the rooms and the general vibes.

 Read reviews on TripAdvisor


Delek Tulum

Delek Tulum Hotel
The room at Delek Tulum Hotel

This beautiful new hotel is part of the Ahau Collections. I accidentally bumped on Delek Tulum while walking on the beach and my curiosity led me to walk to the reception and ask to see the rooms.

A smiling staff was kind enough to walk me around and showed me the spectacular rooms. Honestly, I didn’t want to leave.

The cabañas are built with local wood and nicely decorated with handmade wooden furniture in neutral colors that harmonically combines with the surrounding jungle.  

On top of a tower, guests can enjoy a lounge and a jacuzzi with spectacular views over the ocean. This hotel is indeed one of my favorites in Tulum

 Check rates & availability:  Hotels.com | Booking.com | Read reviews on TripAdvisor


Affordable & Chic Hotels on Tulum Beach

The good news is you don’t need to spend a fortune to find a hotel in the best part of Tulum to stay in. It is true that the majority of the hotels have outrageously high rates, especially in the high seasons, much higher than any other hotels of the same category and service in another destination.

That is because Tulum grew its own reputation as a trendy cool destination where the raw material and vintage decoration have become the new luxury and fake cheap as I call it.

Therefore few hotels offer to stay on the beach at a decent price, but I have found some for you and here they are.

Punta Piedra Posada

Posada Punta Piedra Tulum
Photo © Posada Punta Piedra

This little jewel is a great option for your stay on the beach in Tulum. The beautiful individually decorated cabins are located in a tidy garden surrounded by palm trees and facing the blue sea. They include safe and mosquito nets. Very important.

This is an eco-friendly property that uses ecological sources of energy. The Mivida restaurant specialized in tapas has amazing reviews not only for the delicious specialties but also for exceptional service and view. However, you can find also great options for restaurants at walking distance from the property.

 Check rates & availability:  Hotels.com| Booking.com I Read reviews on TripAdvisor



Diamante K

Diamante Hotel room Tulum Beach
Photo © Hotel Diamante K

The eclectic architecture, blending Balinese doors with local wooden furniture, stone walls, and fine accessories, makes this hotel one of the best romantic hideaways. It’s located on a lovely stretch of beaches a little far from the heart of the Tulum beach life, but close to the Tulum Archeological site.

 Check rates & availability:  Hotels.com| Booking.com or Read reviews on TripAdvisor


Rosa del Viento

hotel beach front
Photo © Hotel Rosa Del Viento

This is one of my favorites where I spend my day on the beach every time I go to Tulum. You will have the typical palapa roofs and includes hammocks and comfortable lounge chairs on the beach area.

The rooms are spacious elegantly furnished and with either beach or garden views. There is a restaurant on the beach that serves local and international cuisine.

 Check rates & availability:  Booking.com or Read reviews on TripAdvisor


Best Hotel Options in DownTown Tulum

There is, in fact, another side of Tulum, which is the Down Town area. It’s about 10 km from the beach (7 miles) but still really cool and offers a more affordable Tulum stay without losing the charm.

Many more fancy restaurants and hip hotels are opening far from the beach either in the heart of town or a little more secluded in the surrounding jungle, which is even more appealing.  Here I am offering some options.

Pros of Staing in Down Town Tulum

  • Staying in Down Town Tulum is definitely cheaper compared to the beach.
  • Also, you will have a more authentic experience of the local life as you live where locals live.
  • You are closer to the surrounding Tulum attractions and points of interests

Cons of Staying in Down Town Tulum

Staying in Downtown Tulum means that whenever you want to join you are depending on Taxis if you don’t have a car. The alternative is to rent a bike.

Here you can find insider tips on the best hotels in Tulum town.

Zenses Wellness and Yoga Resort – Adults Only (pueblo)

One of the most beautiful hotels in Tulum, in my opinion. Not even 2 years old, this hotel offers a spectacular spacious room in the modern polished concrete with elegant touches and fine rustic-chic decor. It’s an

Adult only property that guarantees peace and tranquillity. Relax in your beautiful room, or the balcony hammock or mingle with other guests by the pool in a lush garden, take some yoga class or splurge in the professional spa packages.

It’s one of those hotels that you never want to leave.

Check rates & availability:   Booking.com | Hotels.com | Read reviews on TripAdvisor

Wish Tulum

Among the best hotels to stay in Tulum downtown, wish Tulum is among the newest. And an artsy addition that definitely deserves mentioning. Typical Tulum style, showing the finest creativity to make your stay magical.

The vintage decorated rooms are spacious and comfortable, the big swimming pool offers a great option to the already wonderful beach.

The fantastic location ad a few km from the archaeological site and downtown and a few extra km to the beach, which you can reach by bike, offered by the hotel at a minimal cost.

Check rates & availability: Hotels.com | Booking.com | Read reviews on TripAdvisor


Harmony Glamping and Boutique Hotel (La Veleta)

Such a beautiful oasis in the middle of downtown, I would call it simple luxury tents in a spectacular garden. The tents feature a queen-size bed, cotton linen, a fan, and each one is decorated with a different theme, from Africa to Italian or local, each of them with its own en-suite bathroom. 

There is a Yoga Centre with daily morning and afternoon classes. They also have a restaurant,  Flow, that serves vegetables from the on-site Permaculture farm, homemade yogurt, and kombucha (a very healthy and purifying local drink).

There are a swimming pool and tanning deck with lounge beds and sun chairs next to the common living room.

Check rates & availability: Hotels.com   |Booking.com | Read reviews on TripAdvisor

Holistika (La Veleta)

A relatively new hotel right in the middle of Tulum Jungle and yet close to everything, Holistika couldn’t choose a better name for itself. The original hotel located right in the jungle outside downtown Tulum boasts Jungle style modern accommodations, budget dorm rooms, or pretty private rooms, decorated with the Oh-so-chic! vintage-minimal style.

But this is not it,  Tierra is their popular vegetarian restaurant attracting all the healthy clientele of Tulum and surrounding, and a Yoga saloon is available for rejuvenating yoga classes, and so many Instagrammable corners throughout the entire photogenic place.

Definitely, a place that deserves attention during your Tulum vacation.

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Era Hotel & Spa Tulum (La Veleta)

Built in the authentic Tulum boho-chic style with vintage decoration in natural colors, polished cement and stones, and elegant linen and covers, this 4-star hotel offers a great place to rest after a day out exploring, or to work if you are on a workation in Tulum.

Among the amenities and services, 24-hour front desk and concierge service, air-conditioning in the rooms, and free WiFi.

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Coco Hacienda Tulum (Pueblo)

Hacienda coco Tulum
Hacienda Coco Tulum – The room

A beautiful property built with the old haciendas in mind in an immaculate garden with beautiful rooms scattered around the property in between palm trees and ornamental objects.

Two swimming pools, a relaxation area, and a garden cafe’ make this cute jewel an oasis of relaxation right in the busy town of Tulum.

It’s located at the beginning of the new coolest neighborhood of Tulum “La Veleta”  and despite it’s right on the main road you won’t be disturbed by the traffic at all. The rooms are very simple and elegant decorated in the fine Mexican style.

You can check out also the sister property on the beach Coco Tulum.

Check rates & availability:   Booking.com | Read reviews on TripAdvisor


If you are looking for very cheap accommodation in Tulum you need to look into hostels, click here to check out a related article.


Tulum Airbnb and amazing apartments

The apartment industry in Tulum has been booking in the past 5 years and you can find incredible homes for rent in the top locations in Tulum.

Here below are a couple of options but if you want to see more amazing apartments check out my selection of Tulum Airbnb and Aldea Zama stunning apartments.

4 Tropical sun-room – two min. walk to the beach

📍 Tulum Beach · 2 guests · studio · 1 bed · 1 bath ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 💲💲💲

Fantastic studio located at the far end of the beach road surrounded by a spectacular lush jungle at a two-minute walk from the Tulum beach.

This beautiful romantic space is decored in the real Tulum boho style, with stone walls and ethnic wooden decorations in perfect harmony with the surrounding nature. The hosts Daisy and Jose will do their best to make you feel at home.

The place is equipped with a kitchenette and working space and guests say the WIFI is great, which is surprising news as normally in this remote area it’s kind of cranky.

It’s one of the cheapest and nicest places I have ever seen in Tulum, great value for money even if you don’t have a sea view.


Zereno studio

📍 Aldea Zama – Tulum · 2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 💲💲💲

Spectacular spacious studio, beautifully decorated in a bohemian style, with premium linen and world-class amenities and artsy objects. External patio with a cotton-made hammock to relax surrounded by lush tropical greenery.

Booking rate: Exceptional! 10


FIRST TIME IN TULUM? HERE IS MY TOP TRAVEL TIPS FOR A QUICK OVERVIEW

✅ TOP THINGS TO DO IN TULUM

✅ TULUM TRAVEL TIPS

  • November to April is the best time of the year to visit Tulum because it’s a less humid and lower chance of rains, while September and October are the rainiest months. However, I wouldn’t really bother. You never know with the weather.
  • Most of the hotels and restaurants do not accept credit cards.
  • If you travel from December through April it’s better to book way in advance if you want to find availability.
  • Tulum it’s a great destination for family and couples or solo travelers. There’s everything for every taste and budget.
  • Surfers and kitesurfers in Tulum find their paradise.
  • A great vegan and healthy living community set the trend for amazing vegan restaurants and yoga studios.


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Ester

Sunday 3rd of May 2020

I still recall I had great (not Italian! 😉) food at Posada Margherita! I fell in love with Tulum but I wish I had found your blog before visiting Mexico! 😁

Isabella Biava

Monday 4th of May 2020

Aww! Thanks Ester! heheh Crazy guys but I love them, the place, and the food. :)

Suad

Thursday 12th of December 2019

Hello! I like this blog, really interesting, good information and beautiful photos. Felicidades

Isabella Biava

Thursday 12th of December 2019

Thank you so much Suad :)

John and Susan Pazera

Monday 7th of January 2019

Awesome information. You saved us a lot of research. Great blog by the way!

Isabella Biava

Wednesday 9th of January 2019

Hello John and Susan, thank you so much for your kind comment. I am glad the post was helpful, and you like the blog ;). Enjoy your trip to Tulum.

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