Tulum lies on the Yucatán Peninsula’s Caribbean coast. It is most famous for more than its white-sand beaches and fine food, but for its serenity and the atmosphere of a bygone era. You will find this to be a peaceful, memorable place. When you have so many stunning and unique accommodations to choose from, it can be hard to decide where to stay in Tulum. Listed below are some of our picks for the top Tulum hostels, hotels, and even glamping!
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Backpackers Budget (under $100/night)
Casa del Sol
Casa del Sol is a great option for backpackers looking for a cheap and cheerful place to stay in Tulum. In addition to saving money, you’ll have the opportunity to network with other backpackers.
There are dorms, private rooms, and bathrooms in the hostel, which is constructed entirely of solid wood. Regardless of whether you’re booking an extended stay or a few short nights in Tulum, you’ll be very comfortable here.
In addition to practicing Spanish with the hostel’s owners, you can also learn about the Mexican-Maya culture.
I found the hostel to be very chill and located just a short walk from the Ado bus station. When you want to explore Tulum’s pueblo, this is the ideal place to stay.
Playa Esperanza Hotel Tulum
This eco-friendly beachside hotel has 15 rooms and is surrounded by tropical jungle. Cabins almost all feature thatched roofs and palm trees, typical of Mayan architecture.
While the waves crash on the beach, birds chirp between the palm trees adding to the tranquility. Cabanas with palm-thatched roofs coexist with the local flora and fauna.
Situated on the seaside, this affordable oasis offers huts made out of natural local materials, adorned with exquisite attention to detail.
A modern, friendly, chic, and quaint boutique hotel, Mimosa Tulum Boutique Hotel & Hostel delivers comfort and luxury in a perfect fusion.
Coastal jungle vibes converge with a whimsical ambiance and traditional Mexican culture at this resort. Mimosa even offers the option of sleeping in a Teepee! The Teepees are constructed from concrete, each adorned with an a/c unit and a queen bed.
Regardless of the room or Teepee you choose, each is equipped with a closet, a safe, privacy curtains, USB ports, outlets, as well as fans, and air conditioning.
Lum offers air-conditioned dorm rooms, comfortable beds with power outlets, and ample lockers. The hostel does not serve breakfast; however, you will have access to a free bicycle for use during your visit. There is also a kitchen in which to prepare a quick bite to eat.
Within walking distance is a nightlife area that is open until 6 am in addition to an on-site bar that closes at 11 pm.
Guests and staff are friendly and helpful. Despite its affordability, the hostel offers a luxurious experience. In addition to its cleanliness and modern amenities, Lum has consistently won awards as one of the best hostels in Tulum.
The Weary Traveler Hostel
Weary Traveler Hostel Tulum offers a cohesive traveler community, a bar with reasonable prices, a free weekly activity schedule, and daily free caipirinha hour, a communal kitchen equipped with basics such as spices and oil, as well as knowledgeable staff with plenty of advice for tours and day trips. There are a ton of fun things to do on-site, including yoga, dance classes, concerts, karaoke, and more.
Backpackers founded the hostel in 2000. In establishing the hostel, the backpackers contemplated things that were important to them when staying in hostels and implemented them into their own design.
Tulum’s Weary Traveler Hostel is within walking distance of all shopping, restaurants, and transportation options. Tulum’s famed white-sand beaches are easily reached by cab or bicycle within half an hour.
Would you like to experience something a bit different from the massive megaresorts on Tulum beachfront? Located just a few blocks from the downtown restaurant and bar scene, Ginger Hotel represents a pleasant substitute.
The artwork adorning the walls of this hotel has been carefully curated by the local family that owns it. Aside from its reasonable nightly rate, it is also equipped with an impressive array of perks. There is access to the beach through a partner, a pool to cool off in, and daily breakfast made to order.
Most importantly, though, is the staff, who are incredibly helpful and informed, eager to show you where you can get some yummy tacos or the ultimate mojitos nearby.
Posada Punta Piedra
Posada Punta Piedra located in Tulum National Park is the perfect place to relax away from the hustle and bustle of Tulum.
There are thatched cabins with private en-suite bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, and some of them overlook the sea. The renowned Tulum ruins are less than 5km away. After a day trip to see them, you can enjoy on your private patio or venture down to the lounge bar for a cocktail.
A swimming pool is also on-site, as well as a restaurant called MIVIDA, which offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Once you leave the grounds of the resort, there are a plethora of eateries and watering holes, as well as a small convenience store. If you need to grab some cash, there is an ATM in the lobby.
Families, couples, and solo travelers all enjoy the resort.
Los Arrecifes, a hotel in the Caribbean, is an elegant retreat set on a white coral beach with turquoise waters. Whether on the beach or in an urban area, travelers can choose how they want to spend their vacation.
There are 10 guest rooms, each with a private terrace, air conditioning, a mini-fridge, free Wi-Fi, and an en suite bathroom. The hotel also offers massages and yoga classes, as well as an on-site restaurant. You can order local dishes with locally sourced ingredients at the restaurant, including fish wrapped in banana leaves and fresh ceviche.
Los Arrecifes has been operating for nearly 40 years. It is one of the few beach hotels with Mexican roots, and the focus on culture is evident in everything they do.
Enjoy a magical vacation at Ahau Tulum, a beachfront resort in Tulum, a place of mystery, culture, and aesthetics. During your vacation in Mexico’s hottest tourist destination, you can disconnect, relax, and bask in the Caribbean sun on Tulum’s white-sand beaches, surrounded by verdant tropical jungle.
Ahau Tulum’s cabanas and huts on the oceanfront are ideal for eco-conscious tourists looking for a luxurious escape. Yoga classes and early morning meditations are offered each day. Alternatively, you can take an excursion to visit the historic Mayan ruins.
An on-site restaurant overlooks the beach and serves fresh, regional food. In case you’re not up for swimming in the salty Caribbean, Ahau Tulum also offers two outdoor pools.
Most people remember Ahau Tulum for Daniel Popper’s iconic ‘Ven la Luz’ sculpture.
Cinco Glamping Tulum
Try Cinco Glamping if you’re looking for a unique accommodation option in Tulum! It is a luxury to be able to experience the intimacy of the Mayan jungle combined with the luxury of a tent by the Caribbean Sea.
Cinco offers four medium and three large glamping tents nestled amongst 100 coconut palms. Luxury furnishings and king-size beds are provided for all tents. Each tent is also equipped with a safe, air conditioning, ‘ceiling’ fans, lighting, and electricity in order to ensure each guest’s comfort during their stay.
If you are staying at a resort or hotel, Cinco Beach is among the best! You can also get your afternoon refreshments and munchies at Cinco Beach’s daytime restaurant and bar.
The Beach Tulum Hotel
The Beach Tulum is a luxury adult-only hotel located on the beachfront of Tulum. The hotel is less than 3 kilometers from Tulum National Park with many famous cenotes, and 10 minutes from Tulum Town Center.
Each room comes with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi and boasts luxurious and stylish beachfront décor. For relaxing days with a book, the private outdoor seating area includes a charming and tranquil hammock.
Choose from a Junior Suite, Deluxe Double Room, or a beautiful rooftop accommodation, all of which feature a spacious king-size bed. You can have breakfast in one of the two on-site restaurants.
The Azulik Tulum resort embodies the typical beach-bohemian aesthetic in Tulum, with reclaimed wood pathways through the jungle, bamboo walls, and the art that adorns them. It’s also renowned for its SFER IK Museum and Kin Toh restaurant.
Azulik is one of the most expensive resorts on Tulum Beach, as you might expect. A room here starts at $600 per night, with suites as expensive as $5,500 per night.
Azulik Tulum itself is a work of art for those who can afford the price tag. A bohemian vacation at this Tulum resort won’t be soon forgotten.
Be Tulum Beach & Spa Resort
Be Tulum Hotel & Spa is nestled between a lush jungle and the white sand beaches of Tulum. Whether you are a couple, a single traveler, or just looking for a beautiful room, there is a wide variety of choices available to you.
Consider staying in one of their luxury villas if you are traveling with a group. Each villa has a private pool and a rooftop terrace. In addition to included amenities, private chefs and grocery pick-up services are available as options.
This property is known for its spa, which is one of its most impressive features. Yaän Healing Sanctuary offers a vast selection of indigenous pre-hispanic treatments. The spa also offers many relaxing and enlivening rituals that purify the body and soul.
The rooftop garden offers complimentary tea elixirs and sacred herbs and medicinal plants to spa guests.
La Valise Tulum
The Suites at La Valise are some of the most photogenic in all of Tulum. Don’t forget the drone to take this famous picture of Robinson Crusoe and Crafted Museum-Curated Villa. In case you’ve got the inkling to sleep under the stars, the king-size bedrolls outside onto your private terrace.
La Valise provides breakfast, eco-friendly toiletries, free Wi-Fi, parking, and air conditioning. There are no children or pets at La Valise, so it’s ideal for adults who prefer a relaxed environment.
Want a fun story to tell friends back home? Then reserve a room at Casa Malca, one of the finest boutiques in Tulum, and also the mansion once owned by the famed drug lord, Pablo Escobar.
Lio Malca, a New York art dealer, found this abandoned gem in 2012 and realized it belonged to Pablo Escobar. Escobar died in 1993, and the property was left abandoned until Malca purchased it. Gradually, he transformed it into an oasis of luxury for art lovers and wealthy travelers alike.
In comparison with the other hotels on this list, the hotel has a less jungle and ocean vibe. Instead, you might find the ambiance of an upscale art museum. Even if you just wish to view the impressive, large-scale art installations, Casa Malca can be visited for the day. The day pass is $160 USD, but includes $110 in food and drink credits for the on-site restaurants and bars.
Hopefully, this has helped you decide where to stay in Tulum. We also recommend checking out VRBO for places. There are some really unique homes you can rent. If you want to stay in between Riviera Maya and Tulum we recommend Grand Bahia Principe Tulum a Family-Friendly All-Inclusive Resort.