Updated: November 7, 2017
“The Yucatan is statistically as safe as Finland.” – The Economist
Tulum Hotels – Where To Stay in Tulum
- The best hotels on Tulum Beach: Mezzanine • Coral Tulum • Alaya
- The best budget hotel on the Tulum Beach is Playa Mambo Eco Cabanas – great location right on the beach and several good restaurants within an easy walk.
- Tulum has the best beach along the Yucatan coast. Great sand and swimmable surf.
- November to April is the best time of the year to visit Tulum – but Tulum is a year round destination and you can have a great visit any month of the year. September and October are the rainiest months but otherwise I wouldn’t let the time of year dictate if you should come.
- Book far early for the best hotels on the Tulum beach. 3 months in advance is good, 6 months better.
- High season is January, February, July, August, and late December, when it’s even more important to find hotels early.
- Tulum does not have any mega-resorts or all-inclusives. The places listed below are small to medium-sized boutique-style hotels with lots of character.
- My top tips for visiting Tulum are to eat some tacos al pastor and swim in a cenote.
- The food in and around Tulum is amazing and one of the highlights of the town. These are my favorite restaurants in Tulum.
- If you’re worried about the seaweed on the Yucatan coast (which has improved markedly over the last year) then Tulum is a better choice than Cancun because there’s so much more to do here (swim in cenotes, boat tours of Sian Ka’an Biosphere, swim with turtles in nearby Akumal, great Mexican food in Tulum Pueblo). And the adventure parks Xplor, Xcaret, and Xel-Ha are much closer to Tulum than Cancun.
- Tulum is great for families. These are the best hotels for families in Tulum.
- Read Also: How To Book Hotels Online
The 18 Best Hotels in Tulum
The hotels below are ordered by location from the north of the beach road (closest to Tulum town and the ruins) and moving south. All of these hotels are walking distance to several restaurants and biking distance to town – except Mezzanine which doesn’t have a lot nearby although it is closer to town than the other hotels.
Mezzanine Hotel – luxury
Superb, oceanfront, boutique hotel with refined, economical ‘non-view’ rooms, sea view rooms, and master suites, having mini bars, coffee/tea baskets (delivered daily), and yoga mats. The 2 master suites add coffee makers, soaking tubs, bluetooth speakers, lounge areas and large private terraces overlooking the beach. Has a pool, Thai restaurant & bar, lovely long beach (a very short walk from the hotel), and is a short bike ride from the Tulum ruins. Hotel phone: +52 1 984 131 1596.
Azulik Villas (Adults Only) – luxury
Absolutely stand-out, oceanfront, eco-paradise with a fantastic range of funky, wooden, candlelit villas/tree houses with hand-crafted decor, mosaic bathtubs, round beds and private decks. Aqua villas feature indoor plunge pools/outdoor plunge pools overlooking the ocean, Sky villas have the best views and outdoor mosaic bathtubs while the top class, 3 story honeymoon villas have indoor couple´s tubs, showers, two private decks with private beach access, outdoor swinging Balinese beds and unique net-beds. Has no electric lights, no tv (only power outlets), on-site cenote (natural sinkhole), unique spa (seafront bathtubs, sweat-lodge treatments), sound healing classes, fine dining restaurant, two bars, and a clothing-optional beach. Hotel phone: +52 984 980 0640.
Maria Del Mar Tulum – luxury
Beautiful, brand new upscale beachside hotel with fantastic restaurant featuring an open air kitchen. The rooms allow for a lot of natural sunlight and each has it’s own deck with lounge chairs overlooking the pool. The restaurant is one of the best in Tulum and provides an active evening atmosphere. The beach is small but the pool is a nice place to get some sun. Hotel phone: +52 786-393 6096
Zamas Hotel – moderate
Relaxed, great value, beachfront eco-hotel set in 2 acres of coconut trees having a wide range of colourful, rustic cabanas with mosaic work, mosquito nets over beds and porches with hammocks, and spread across different settings (beachfront/jungle/coconut grove). Ocean view cabanas add daybeds & wrap-around verandahs. Has a very popular restaurant with live music, pool, small beach, and a dive shop across the street. No tv/airconditioning and mosquitoes may be in abundance for the non-beach locations depending on the season. Hotel phone: +52 984 145 2602.
El Pez – luxury
Pretty, oceanfront hotel with comfortable seafront rooms, cabanas with handcrafted furniture, balconies with hammocks and complimentary breakfast. Has one top-end master suite with a full kitchen and an oceanfront deck. The beach isn’t great for swimming. The restaurant and bar are set in a large, beautiful open palapa overlooking the ocean. Hotel phone: +52 984 116 3357.
Playa Kin Ha – moderate
Rustic hotel with beautiful views and a great low key atmosphere. The amenities are basic but the location is fantastic. There is a restaurant and bar onsite and one of the best restaurants in Tulum is just a few hotels down. There are no yoga classes on-site but many neighboring hotels offer classes daily. Hotel phone: +52 984-871-2321.
Coral Tulum – luxury
Stunning beachfront luxury hotel. Rooms are huge with large glass sliding doors opening to their own private plunge pool. The restaurant specializes in seafood and provides options to dine inside or outside on the beach. The beach is well maintained, there is an abundance of sun chairs, and beach service is fantastic. Hotel phone: +52 998-880-6022.
Coco Tulum Hotel – luxury
Cozy cabanas, rooms/tower rooms with ocean/garden views in a laid-back, beachfront, eco-hotel. Has budget cabanas with shared bathrooms, high-end tower rooms with splendid views with terraces, and a lone suite with jacuzzi. Has a beach bar, temazcal, yoga classes, Mexican-Italian restaurant and many good restaurants within walking distance. Hotel phone: +52 984 688 8592.
My Way Luxury Resort – luxury
Lovely, oceanfront hotel having attractive, rustic suites with wood floors, coffee machines, bluetooth speakers, mini-fridges and garden/ocean views. Suites (depending on the category) have outdoor/indoor bathtubs, whirlpool baths on the decks and kitchenettes (top-end). Breakfast is complimentary and room rates include loaner paddle board equipment, boogie boards, and kayak equipment. Has a beach, bar, and restaurant and many restaurants are a short walk away. Hotel phone: +52 984 688 8582.
Ana y Jose Charming Hotel & Spa – luxury
Tranquil, beachfront spa hotel, with a lovely beach and a variety of well-appointed suites (ocean/garden views) and villas with Nespresso machines and mini bars. Some suites feature private pools, bathtubs/jacuzzis on terraces/balconies; top-end Coba villas have fully equipped kitchens and gardens with private pools and decks. Has a pool, spa and a Mayan cuisine restaurant. Hotel phone: +52 998 880 5629.
The Beach Tulum – luxury
Rustic chic, beachfront hotel with deluxe rooms, junior suites and rooftop jacuzzi units with coffee makers, bathtubs & private beach beds. Deluxe rooms are on the ground floor and have furnished terraces & direct beach access. Suites have private plunge pools. There’s a restaurant & bar, pool, beach club, and spa with crystal therapy. Hotel phone: +52 984 871 1130.
Los Lirios Cabanas – luxury
Good value, quaint beachfront hotel with rooms and suites having bathtubs, terraces, (no mini fridges), complimentary breakfast and ocean/ garden views. The top-end oceanfront suite adds a jacuzzi. Has a pool, palapa by the sea, yoga classes, restaurant, and bar. Hotel phone: +52 984 231 1007.
Villa Las Estrellas – luxury
Right on the beach, this small (9-unit) boutique hotel has compact, thatched rooms and suites with 4-poster beds and balconies with hammocks. Suites (small bungalows) add private gardens facing the sea. Hotel has a restaurant and a small pool at the back of the hotel. Within walking distance of other restaurants. Hotel phone: +52 984 879 0772.
Alaya Tulum by Ahau – luxury
Beautiful, beachfront boutique hotel with airy, light-filled beach cabanas/apartments, villas and suites having wooden floors, floor-to-ceiling windows with bi-folding doors and terraces. Apartments add small kitchens. Has a Latin American restaurant, outdoor eco gym, yoga lessons, kitesurfing and paddle surfing. The beach is a hotspot for sea turtles/nesting sites (during the season). Hotel phone: +52 984 159 1696.
Playa Mambo Eco Cabanas – moderate
I love this place. Inexpensive by Tulum standards. A small (8-unit) beachfront hotel with minimalistic eco-cabanas and palapa roofs, mosquito nets, and sea or garden views. The ‘Cabaña Chocolate’ is decorated with Mayan art, upgrades have lofts and outdoor wooden decks and the top-end ‘Cabana Penthouse’ has a private terrace with ocean views. There’s a small restaurant & beach bar and many shops and restaurants nearby. Hotel phone: +52 1984 165 1267.
OM Tulum Cabañas & Beach Club – moderate
Small (10-unit) beachfront hotel with simple, 1 and 2-bedroom, rooms and cabanas with mosquito canopy beds and garden/sea views. There’s free yoga lessons, a beach bar, beach club and popular restaurant right on the beach. Hotel phone: +52 984 125 3108.
Suenos Tulum – luxury
Chilled-out, beachfront, artsy eco-hotel with Mayan-themed, beautifully decorated suites with hand painted tiles, outdoor sitting decks, hammocks, porthole windows and solar powered electricity. The lone penthouse has sofa beds, a stone hydromassage jacuzzi, 360 degree views of the ocean, jungle and lagoon (of the Sian Kaan Biosphere), and a terrace. Has complimentary breakfast, a yoga studio, fire pit, pool, and restaurant. Hotel phone: +52 984 119 3484.
Be Tulum Beach & Spa Resort – luxury
Super-stylish, beachfront, spa resort with 2 pools having a lineup of fantastic designer suites with cowhide rugs, ipod docks, leather chairs and balconies. Depending on the type, suites have private plunge pools, indoor copper tubs, roof top solariums/terraces with pools, private gardens/pools, and small kitchens. Two restaurants, a raw food bar, beach bar, yoga studio, meditation classes, and spa. Hotel phone: +521 984 132 6215.