Trouble finding accommodation in Tulum.
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Dec 1, 2012 5:17 PM Last Post By: bergenplanner
Nov 19, 2012 11:13 PM
Trouble finding accommodation in Tulum.Am planning a last-minute trip for 12/29-1/7, flying in/out of Cancun. Would like to travel down to Tulum around 12/29-1/2 and visit Chichen-Itza and Ek Balam after that. Willing to travel 2-4 hours from Cancun, anywhere quiet-ish (it -is- peak season), but must be near the beach (within 15 minutes or so by taxi).
Anyone know a quiet B&B or hidden inn? Usually I am quite alright with showing up at a place and hunting around, but as this is peak season in a heavily touristed and very popular area, I'd rather have reservations in advance.
We are in our early 30s, well traveled (~30 countries), hostels or 4-stars are both equally appealing to us, but we would prefer a smaller, simple or boutique place in the US$50-150/night range.
I have checked all of the following places for vacancies, but they are all full:
Nov 20, 2012 4:43 AM
1You have picked a peak season to visit.reservations need to be made months in advance for beach areas at this time of year. Suggest you change your plans and go see Merida instead. All of Mexico goes to the beach over Christmas Holidays. Also there are requirements of week long stays in lots of places. . Merida will be very interesting and since not on a beach will not have these problems. Photos of all of this see my website wolfcalls,com. I myself plan any Christmas trip to Yucatan in May.
Nov 20, 2012 6:46 AM
2I looked on Locogringo and the only place showing availability for that time of year is Hotel Posada 06 at $130 for a standard room. It is in the pueblo so you would have to taxi to the beach. Might also look into iTours although they only have six rooms and are very popular. Also in the pueblo. Taxi would cost you $7-10 depending on how far south you want to go on the beach.
Nov 20, 2012 7:19 AM
3I don't see Teetotum on your list. It only has 4 rooms, and may also be full, though. We really liked it; it's between the town and the beach, a short bike ride to the beach.
Or, go stay in Valladolid. We really loved it and you can easily get to Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, and Coba from there. You could do that first, and then go to Tulum afterward when the beach places will be quieter. We had a car, but a bus from Cancun to Valladolid is easy.
Nov 20, 2012 7:28 AM
4We recently stayed at that place, easily located just behind the Scotiabank on the main 307 road in the town, and liked it. Staff are very nice. We did have a car, though, to get to the beach, but you can walk to shops and restaurants/bars in town, and there are lots of interesting food stands nearby in the evening. We paid off season rates, but over the high season holidays, I would think the rate mentioned above would be fair value for money.
As far as visiting Chichen Itza and Ek Balam, I would advise basing conveniently closer than Tulum, in Valladolid, a town we loved for its atmosphere, small festivals, and friendly people. We were happy staying at the Aurora Hotel Colonial, a couple of blocks from the main square, recomended to us by the good folks on this forum.
Nov 20, 2012 8:05 AM
Nov 20, 2012 1:26 PM
6You might take a look at http:// www.kayak.com . Several there might work.
You need to decide and book fast. Its a little late to be booking for that time of year.
Nov 21, 2012 3:42 PM
7With the Mayan Apocalypse crowd this year, there might also be a bunch of people hanging around after the world doesn't end.
Nov 22, 2012 5:06 AM
8If you do not mind being out of town in the Jungle check out Dos Ojos Lodge:
dosojoslodge.com they may not meet you 15 minute beach requirement, they are close to Xcacel beach but at least 15min from Tulum.
Nov 25, 2012 10:56 AM
Dec 1, 2012 5:17 PM
10Check out a new hostel in Tulum that just opened in November 2012--Hostel Sheck. It is situated in Central Tulum, just a few minutes from the bus station. It is situated in a lush garden setting, has a great bar and social area. Beds (dorm style) are super comfy and they provide sheets. Lots of hot water and breakfast is included. The bartender Mike (also the owner) makes the best drinks...try the Mojitos, they are the great!!! The website is: www.hostelsheck.com. Can't go wrong here!!!!
(4 star Hotel)
From US$70.00 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$92.59 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$82.49 per night