Iconic suite at La Valise in Tulum, one of the best places to stay.

where to stay in tulum: 15 accommodations for all budgets

(Last Updated On: September 18, 2021)

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The town of Tulum rests on the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. In addition to its pristine white sand beaches and gourmet food, it is most famous for its serenity and that “je ne sais quoi” ambiance that permeates the area. A beautiful, peaceful, and unique place awaits you here. It can be challenging to decide where to stay in Tulum, especially with so many stunning and unique accommodations to fit every budget and travel style. Here’s our breakdown of some of Tulum’s best hostels, hotels, and everything in between.

backpackers budget (under $100/night)

Casa del Sol

Daniel, Latin America Backpacking

When looking for places to stay in Tulum and you want to find somewhere cheap and cheerful with an authentic backpacker vibe, be sure to check out Casa del Sol. Not only will you save money but you’ll have ample opportunity to connect with other like-minded backpackers. 

The hostel is constructed from a beautiful solid wood structure and has a mixture of dorms, private rooms, and bathrooms. Whether you are backpacking Mexico for an extended period, or you are on a short vacation, you’ll find comfort here. 

The hostel is run by a Mexican-Mayan family so you’ll have a chance to practice Spanish with the owners too. 

All in all, the hostel is very chill and located just a few blocks from the Ado bus station in Tulum. It makes an ideal place to stay when you want to get acquainted with Tulum’s pueblo.

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Playa Esperanza Hotel Tulum

Playa Esperanza Tulum is an eco-sensitive beachfront hotel with 15 rooms, all surrounded by tropical jungle. Almost all the cabins feature Mayan architecture in the form of thatched roofs with palm trees.

Waves crashing on the beach coupled with the chirping of birds between the palm trees add to the peaceful and tranquil atmosphere. Flora and fauna coexist with palm-thatched roof cabanas

Located on the oceanfront, the paradise offers cabanas built with local and natural materials and furnished and decorated in an exquisite design.

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Mimosa Tulum

Mimosa Tulum Boutique Hotel & Hostel offers comfort and luxury that come together perfectly, delivering a modern, friendly, chic, and cosy boutique hotel.

A coastal jungle vibe is combined with traditional Mexican culture and a whimsical ambiance at this resort. Even sleeping in a Teepee is an option at Mimosa! There is an air conditioning unit and a queen size mattress in each concrete teepee.

Each bed contains a closet, safety deposit box, curtain for privacy, USB port, electrical socket, personal light, fan, and AC.

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Lum

There are air-conditioned dorm rooms, soft beds with individual power outlets, and ample lockers at Lum. There is no breakfast provided; however, you do receive a free bike to use during your stay, and you have access to a fully equipped kitchen to prepare meals. 

There is a bar area that closes at 11pm, and a nightlife area is within walking distance that is open until 6am. 

All the staff and fellow guests are extremely friendly. The hostel is affordable but still feels luxurious. Lum is a frequent award-winner for best hostels in Tulum for its cleanliness, modern amenities, and overall aesthetic.


The Weary Traveler Hostel

The Weary Traveler Hostel Tulum is home to a killer communal vibe, free weekly activities, a bar with affordable prices and daily free caipirinha hour, a community kitchen with seasonings and snacks, plus expert advice on local tours and excursions. They also offer a variety of activities including yoga, karaoke, live music, dance classes, and more.

The hostel was founded by backpackers in 2000. In building the hostel, the owners considered what they were looking for when they were traveling. 

All shopping, restaurants, and transportation centers are within walking distance of Tulum’s Weary Traveler Hostel. The world-renowned white sand beaches of Tulum are accessible by taxi or by bike within thirty minutes.

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mid-range ($100-$399/night)

Ginger Hotel

Jessica, Uprooted Traveler

Are you a fan of traveling off-the-beaten path and want something a bit different to the massive megaresorts in Tulum’s beachfront? The Ginger Hotel is a refreshing alternative, tucked just a couple of blocks away from the restaurants and bars of the city’s downtown area. 

This hotel is owned by a local family and the authenticity can be felt through the carefully curated artwork adorning its walls. For its reasonable nightly rate, it also offers an impressive array of perks. These include beach access through a partner, a pool to cool off in, and even made-to-order breakfast every day. 

Best of all, though, is the staff, who are incredibly friendly and informative, eager to share the best place to snag some street tacos or the most delicious mojitos in town during your stay.

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Posada Punta Piedra

Jane & Duncan, To Travel Too

If you want to relax on your own private beach away from the hustle and bustle of Tulum Town head to Posada Punta Piedra located in Tulum National Park.  

The 3-star thatched cabins offer private en-suite rooms, free Wi-Fi and some have sea views. After a day visiting the Tulum Ruins 4.5 km up the road, you can relax on your patio or head to the lounge bar for a ‘sundowner’.

The complex also has a swimming pool and a restaurant on-site, MIVIDA, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Step outside the front door of the resort and you have a choice of restaurants and bars and a small mini-market. There is an ATM in reception.

The resort is suited to couples, solo travelers and families.

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Los Arrecifes

An elegant and comfortable hotel located on a white coral beach with turquoise waters in the Caribbean, Los Arrecifes is a delightful retreat. In urban areas or on the beach, travelers can decide how to spend their vacations.

Each of the 10 rooms offers sea views, a private terrace, air conditioning, frigobar, free Wi-Fi, and en suite bathrooms. On site you can also find optional massages and yoga classes, as well as an on-site restaurant. The restaurant offers local dishes with locally sourced ingredients, like the tikinxic fish covered in banana leaves or fresh ceviche.

Nearly 40 years have passed since Los Arrecifes began operations. It is one of the few beach hotels with Mexican origins, and its warm culture permeates everything they offer.

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Ahau Tulum

The beachfront Ahau Tulum resort offers a magical getaway to Tulum, a place of magic, mystique, and beauty. During your stay in Mexico’s most coveted destination, you can unplug, relax, and soak up the gorgeous Caribbean Sea on pristine white sands amid a lush Mayan jungle. 

Eco-conscious travelers seeking a luxury getaway will enjoy Ahau Tulum’s cabanas and huts at the oceanfront. Yoga lessons and sunrise meditation are available every morning, or you can explore the ancient Mayan ruins nearby.

There is an on-site restaurant overlooking the beach and offering delicious, locally-sourced food. There are also two newly renovated pools in case swimming in the sea isn’t for you.

Ahau Tulum is probably most well known for its iconic ‘Ven la Luz’ sculpture by artist Daniel Popper. During the renovations that are currently (September 2021) underway at Ahau Tulum, a beautiful sculpture garden is also in development. Part of the entrance fee is going to the local community fundraising initiative ‘Care With Me’.

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Cinco Glamping Tulum

For those who are interested in an alternative option of where to stay in Tulum, be sure to check out Cinco Glamping! Here you have the privilege of combining the intimacy of the Mayan jungle with the luxurious tents on the Caribbean Sea

Nestled under 100 coconut palm trees, there are four medium and three large glamping tents on-site at Cinco. All tents include King-sized beds and luxury furniture. The tents have private safes, air conditioning, fans, lighting, and electrical power to ensure the comfort of home during your stay. 

Cinco Beach is among the most popular beaches that are attached to resorts or accommodations of some sort, so take advantage of it! There’s also a daytime restaurant and bar on Cinco Beach where you can get your daily libations and snacks.

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luxury ($400+/night)

The Beach Tulum Hotel

Haley, Haley Blackall Travels

The Beach Tulum is an adult-only luxury hotel located in the heart of Tulum’s beachfront. Tulum town centre is 10 minutes drive away, and Tulum National Park with many famous cenotes is less than 3 kilometers from the hotel. 

Boasting stylish and luxurious beachfront rooms, with minimalist décor, each room comes with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. The private outdoor seating area attached to the room includes a whimsical and beachy hammock for days relaxing with a book. 

You can choose from a Junior suite, Deluxe Double Rooms or even a beautiful rooftop accommodation, all featuring a large king-size bed. The Beach Tulum offers breakfast either in Fresco’s or Ziggy’s restaurants.

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Azulik

Shelley, Travel To Merida

As far as high end Tulum beach hotels go, Azulik Tulum started all the hype. 

This resort is the gold standard for the quintessential bohemian Tulum esthetic, with reclaimed wood walkways through the jungle, bamboo walls, and art pieces throughout the resort. Not to mention its adjoining SFER IK Museum and Kin Toh Restaurant.

As you might imagine, Azulik is one of the most expensive Tulum Beach resorts. On average, rooms cost about $600-1,000USD per night, and suites go for $1,500-5,500USD per night — making this a hotel for luxury travelers.

For those who can afford the price tag, Azulik Tulum itself is a work of art. This boho Tulum resort offers a stay you won’t soon forget.

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Be Tulum Beach & Spa Resort

Be Tulum Hotel & Spa offers a healthy dose of luxury nestled between the lush jungle and the white sand beaches of Tulum. There are a wide variety of suites to choose from if you are only a couple of people and just looking for a beautiful room. Alternatively, if you are visiting with a group, consider one of their luxe villas. The villas include private pools and rooftop terraces. In addition to included amenities, optional add-ons include grocery pick-up and private chef services.

One of the most impressive aspects of this property is the spa. A multitude of pre-hispanic indigenous treatments are available at Yaän Healing Sanctuary. Additionally, there are many relaxing and enlivening spa rituals designed to cleanse the body and soul.

Spa guests can enjoy complimentary tea elixirs and sacred herbs and medicinal plants from the rooftop garden.

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La Valise Tulum

At La Valise you can find one of the most Instagrammable suites in all of Tulum. A self-proclaimed coupling of Robinson Crusoe with Crafted Museum-Curated villa, don’t forget to bring your drone to get this famous photograph. Bonus – the king-sized bed rolls out onto the terrace to sleep under the stars, if you so desire!

Breakfast, a collection of eco-friendly toiletries, Wi-Fi, parking, and AC are all included. You won’t find any kids or pets at La Valise, making it perfect for those who prefer an adults-only environment to relax.

Located between jungle and sea, each of their eleven rooms offers stunning views, curated arts from local craftsmen, spacious bathrooms, and luxury linens along with access to the saltwater pool that looks out over the Caribbean Sea.

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Casa Malca

Looking for a place to stay in Tulum that has an interesting history? Then book a stay at Casa Malca, one of the premier luxury hotels in Tulum, and also the former mansion of infamous drug lord, Pablo Escobar.

A New York art dealer, Lio Malca, found this abandoned gem in 2012 and discovered it belonged to Pablo Escobar. Following Escobar’s death in 1993, it was left abandoned for a while until Malca bought it. He gradually renovated it into an oasis of luxury for art enthusiasts and well-heeled travelers alike.

The hotel has less jungle and ocean vibes than others on this list. Its ambiance is more the opulence of an impressive art museum. In fact, if you want to simply check out the impressive, large-scale art installations, you can actually visit Casa Malca for the day. The day pass, while seemingly pricey at $160 USD, includes $110 worth of food and drink credits for their on-site restaurants and bars.

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