If you are planning a trip to the Riviera Maya, this guide to the best hotels in Tulum, Mexico, will help you choose the best place to stay in Tulum, one of the most famous towns of the Mexican Caribbean. This Tulum hotel reviews include hotels and homes for different budgets and styles to help you find the right fit for your needs
Tulum is one the most popular and charming towns of the Riviera Maya, with its spectacular never-ending beach, fancy hotels, the boho culture, delicious and artsy restaurants, and the busy “pueblo” downtown, not to mention the spectacular Mayan Archeological site right on 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, it has become the main attraction of the Yucatan peninsula with an incredible array of natural places to visit, including lagoons, cenotes, and natural protected areas, but also fancy restaurants, 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 and, most of all you need to understand where to stay in Tulum, which area is best 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 and not the best option anyway. 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 consume all your meal 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’.
Read also: How to get to Tulum from Cancun
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Choose among different hotels and apartments comparing prices and location
Luxury hotels on Tulum beach
The best area to stay in Tulum is for sure the beach 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.
Pros of staying on Tulum Beach
Having the beach 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 500 USD. But it’s the only disadvantage.
Here below, you will find all the best Tulum luxury hotels in the beach area.
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.
Be Tulum is probably considered the best hotel on Tulum beach.
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.
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.
Villas Las Estrellas
If I am being honest this is one of my favorite spots in Tulum. Something has to do with the special “vibes”, a special energy that you feel when you are there which adds up to the indisputable beauty of the rooms, the attention to every detail and the delicate taste in every aspect of the decorations and service. Not to mention the delicious cuisine that skillfully mixes the Italian traditions with Mexican flavors.
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.
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 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.
A relatively new property, cozy and elegant with a fully air-conditioned and great restaurant. The ceviche is the best!
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.
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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 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, guest can enjoy a lounge and a jacuzzi with spectacular views over the ocean. This hotel is indeed one of my favorites in Tulum
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 comfort 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 your and here they are.
Punta Piedra Posada
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 a walking distance from the property.
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.
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 a beach or garden views. There is a restaurant on the beach that serves local and international cuisine.
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 offer 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, that 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 the 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 offer spectacular spacious room in the modern polished concrete with elegant touches and fine rustic-chic decor. It’s an Adult only property which 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.
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.
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 their 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 ( 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.
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.
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 a concierge service, air-condition in the rooms and free WiFi.
Coco Hacienda Tulum (Pueblo)
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 pool, 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.
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 increidble homes for rent in the top locations in Tulum. Here below a couple of options but if you want to see more amazing apartment 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.
📍 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 a 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
- Take a stroll on the Tulum beach
- Visit the Archeological site
- Spend a relaxing morning in a Cenote
- Splurge in one of the top luxury beach hotels
- Enjoy top dining options
✅ 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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