Looking for the best hotels in Tulum?
The once sleepy fishing village of Tulum has transformed into one of Mexico’s trendiest beach destinations.
Deciding where to stay in Tulum can be overwhelming with so many hotels, hostels, boutique stays, and vacation rentals to choose from.
The coastal town is divided into three main areas—the beach zone, Tulum Pueblo, and the jungle—each with their own atmosphere and accommodation options.
With over a decade of experience traveling through Mexico’s Yucatan region and calling Tulum my second home, I’m delighted to provide first-hand recommendations to help you find the ideal Tulum accommodation.
Follow this guide on the best places to stay in Tulum and you’ll be set up in the perfect spot for your vacation, whether you’re looking for beachfront luxury, eco-chic digs, budget dorms, or family-friendly hotels.
Where To Stay in Tulum: My Favorite Areas, Hotels and Resorts, How to Choose Where to Stay, and More
Ultimate guide to the best places to stay in Tulum all-inclusive, luxury and budget accommodation, where to stay on the beach, and more.
Quick Guide: My top picks on where to stay in Tulum
Tulum has grown at a fast pace in recent years which has seen new districts emerge around the town. Here’s a quick guide to help you find the best spots in the different parts of Tulum:
📍Best Cheap Spot in Tulum: WishTulum (3-star hotel, Tulum Pueblo) $
📍Best Budget Beach Hotel in Tulum: Tunich Jungle Cabanas (Guest house, South Beach) $
📍Best Luxury Beach Hotel in Tulum: Papaya Playa Project (5-star hotel, South Beach) $$$
📍Best Mid-Range Hotel in Tulum: Diamante K (3-star hotel, North Beach) $$
📍Best Luxury Resort in Tulum: Una Vida (5-star hotel, Tulum Pueblo) $$$
Best Places to Stay in Tulum Beach District
Most visitors flock straight to Tulum’s beach zone for direct access to the powdery white sands and the turquoise Caribbean Sea.
Stretching about 7 kilometers, Tulum Beach is dotted with thatch-roofed cabanas, yoga retreats, and eco-resorts interspersed amongst the coastline.
Drawing from my local connections as a long-time expat in Tulum, I’m eager to offer trusted insider tips on the best boutique beach hotels and eco-cabana options to match your travel style.
South Tulum Beach
The southern end of Tulum Beach towards the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve tends to be more tranquil and secluded. The beach areas are wider here and backed by palm tree forests rather than dense development.
South Beach draws those looking for a more relaxed vibe away from Tulum’s busier central beach drag. It’s about a 15-20 minute bike ride into the main beach strip and Tulum Pueblo.
– Known for its laid-back, bohemian vibe
– Has the best selection of restaurants and cafes in Tulum, many of which are on the beach.
– Offers a wide range of activities including yoga classes, beach parties, and water sports that cater to its unique and eclectic crowds.
– Crowded beaches which sometimes spoils the view, particularly during peak season.
– High prices – everything is more expensive here, from accommodation, food, sunbeds, activities and drinks.
– Pollution: the large crowds has unfortunately resulted in higher pollution on the streets, beaches and in the waters.
📍$ Budget Option: Tunich Jungle Cabañas
🏨 Type: Deluxe king room with garden view | 💸 Cost: $53
| ✅ Facilities: A/C, Free WiFi, patio, Free breakfast | ⭐️ Rating: 7.4 Good
Photo @ Tunich Jungle Cabañas
Located on the jungle side of the hotel zone, this property is just 1 minute walk to the beach and 10 minutes drive from Tulum village. With free WiFi throughout the premises, all rooms feature a private 3-piece bathroom and a patio space at the front, complete with chairs and a hammock.
📍$$ Mid-Range Option: Villa Las Estrellas Tulum
🏨 Type: Junior suite with garden view | 💸 Cost: $210
| ✅ Facilities: A/C, Free WiFi, pool, beachfront, airport shuttle | ⭐️ Rating: 7.3 Good
Photo @ Villa Las Estrellas Tulum
Located at the party zone on South Beach, Villa Las Estrellas boasts stylish rooms that offer free Wi-Fi and terraces with stunning sea views. The rooms at Las Estrellas are traditional thatched cabins, with wooden floors and mosquito nets. Each elegant room has a laptop safe, a fan, and a private bathroom with free toiletries.
📍$$$ Luxury Option: Papaya Playa Project
🏨 Type: Ocean view cabin | 💸 Cost: $660
| ✅ Facilities: A/C, private beachfront, Free WiFi, Spa & Wellness center, pool, airport shuttle | ⭐️ Rating: 7.7 Good
Photo @ Papaya Playa Project
Papaya Playa Project is a sustainable boutique hotel complex of beachfront cabins and cottages, situated on the Tulum coast. Set on a 1,000 yards stretch of private beach, Papaya Playa Project not only offers rustic accommodation with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea, the hotel has a world-class reputation for hosting famous DJs with a superb party atmosphere.
North Tulum Beach
Tulum’s central beach zone is the epicenter of the action with boutique hotels, beach clubs, restaurants, and shops clustered along the coast. It’s convenient for accessing both the main beach drag and Tulum Pueblo.
Accommodation in north Tulum ranges from mid-range hotels to stylish designer digs. Days are spent lounging on the beach, hitting up trendy beach clubs, exploring cenotes, and diving/snorkeling along the Mesoamerican Reef.
– Quieter area and more secluded, less crowded
– Cheaper options for accommodation, food and activities compared to South Beach
– Offers some activities
– Fewer accommodation options
– Longer distance between accommodation and restaurants/places of interest
– Fewer amenities (such as restaurants, bars, activities, shops) compared to South Beach
📍$ Budget Option: Camp Ikal Tulum
🏨 Type: Deluxe tent | 💸 Cost: $100
| ✅ Facilities: Private beach area, Free WiFi, bar, airport shuttle | ⭐️ Rating: 8.7 Fabulous
Photo @ Camp Ikal Tulum
Located a few steps from Paraíso Beach, Camp Ikal Tulum is a luxury tent accommodation with a private beach area, free private parking, a garden, and a bar. Boasting full-day security, this property also has a modern restaurant and a sun terrace. On clear days, guests can head outside to enjoy the luxury tent’s outdoor fireplace, or simply kick back and relax.
The luxury tents include wardrobe units, a shared bathroom fitted with free toiletries, and free WiFi, while some rooms include a balcony. Each unit also has bed linen and towels.
📍$$ Mid-Range Option: Diamante K
🏨 Type: Bungalow with garden view and private bathroom | 💸 Cost: $200
| ✅ Facilities: A/C, private beach area, Free WiFi, bar, pool, Spa & wellness area, airport shuttle | ⭐️ Rating: 8.2 Very good
Photo @ Diamante K
Facing the beachfront, Diamante K is situated inside of Tulum National Park and offers 3-star accommodation with rooms boasting balconies and stunning sea views. Also on -site is an outdoor swimming pool, garden, and terrace. With free WiFi in all rooms, the hotel also includes a restaurant and a bar, as well as a spa and wellness area. Evening entertainment is also provided on-site.
📍$$$ Luxury Option: Ikal Tulum Hotel
🏨 Type: Ocean Front Suite with Plunge Pool | 💸 Cost: $460
| ✅ Facilities: A/C, private beach area, Free WiFi, Plunge pool, bar, Spa & wellness area, airport shuttle | ⭐️ Rating: 8.0 Very good
Photo @ Ikal Tulum Hotel
A few steps from Paraíso Beach, Ikal Tulum Hotel offers accommodation with a garden, free private parking, a terrace and a restaurant. A few steps from Las Palmas Beach and 550 yards from Playa Pescadores, rooms at this property boast private plunge pools with private beach areas as well as room service, a concierge service, and tours for guests.
Tulum Pueblo: Best Places to Stay
Around 3 kilometers inland from the beach sits the laidback town center of Tulum Pueblo. Staying in town gives you a taste of real Mexican life and access to affordable local restaurants.
Tulum Pueblo has more of a bohemian, alternative vibe compared to the coast. You’ll rub shoulders with locals, expats, and travelers. The ruins and cenotes are easily reachable by bike or public minibus from town.
As someone who has lived, worked, and lodged extensively in authentic Tulum town, I’m going to suggest my local favorite hotels, B&Bs, and guesthouses that let you experience real Mexican culture.
👉 Travel tip: Tulum Pueblo has much more culture than the beaches of Tulum which tend to have an artificial feel to them. If you’re looking for the ultimate budget spot with cheaper shops, transport and hotels, and the most authentic and cheapest food, Tulum Pueblo is the place to be.
📍$ Budget Option: WishTulum
🏨 Type: Standard double room & ensuite bathroom | 💸 Cost: $55
| ✅ Facilities: A/C, Free WiFi, pool, airport shuttle | ⭐️ Rating: 8.3 Very good
Photo @ Wish Tulum
Situated in the heart of Tulum Pueblo, WishTulum hotel offers an outdoor pool and à la carte restaurant as well as bike rentals and a garden. The hotel is just 6 minutes’ drive from the Tulum Archaeological Site.
Rooms at WishTulum feature a Mexican-style décor with colorful beddings and wooden furniture. Guests can expect air conditioning, private bathrooms with showers, and a seating area. Extras include a desk and a safety deposit box.
📍$$ Mid-Range Option: Layla Tulum
🏨 Type: King room with balcony | 💸 Cost: $150
| ✅ Facilities: A/C, Free WiFi, pool, minibar, airport shuttle | ⭐️ Rating: 9.0 Superb
Photo @ Layla Tulum
Layla Tulum is an adults-only 4-star hotel that boasts an outdoor swimming pool, a garden, a shared lounge, and a terrace. Guests can expect free WiFi and AC as well as a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, a patio, room service, and a concierge service. The property is just 2 miles from the Tulum Archeological Site and a short walking distance from the heart of Tulum Pueblo city center.
📍$$$ Luxury Option: Hotel Bardo
🏨 Type: Suite | 💸 Cost: $495
| ✅ Facilities: A/C, Free WiFi, pool, Spa & wellness center, minibar, airport shuttle | ⭐️ Rating: 9.5 Exceptional
Photo @ Hotel Bardo
Conveniently set in Tulum, Hotel Bardo is an adults-only 5-star hotel that provides air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, free private parking, and room service. Among the various facilities are free bikes, an outdoor swimming pool, as well as a garden. Guests can have a drink at the bar.
Every room has a wardrobe, bed linen, and a terrace with a garden view. Also included is a private bathroom with a shower, free toiletries, and a hairdryer. All units include a safety deposit box.
Best Places to Stay in Tulum for Families
With its beaches, cenotes, ruins, and adventure parks like Xel-Ha Waterpark and Xenotes Riviera Maya., Tulum is a fun Mexican destination for families. The best family hotels cluster on the northern end of Tulum Beach which provides easy access to attractions.
Through my years of travel in Tulum with my own family and friends, I’ve discovered the most convenient, family-friendly hotels perfect for a Mexico vacation with kids of any age.
📍$ Budget Option: Jade Tulum Hotel (Tulum Pueblo)
🏨 Type: Superior apartment | 💸 Cost: $70
| ✅ Facilities: A/C, Free WiFi, pool, Spa & wellness center, fitness center, airport shuttle | ⭐️ Rating: 7.8 Good
Photo @ Jade Tulum Hotel
Situated close to Tulum Pueblo, Jade Tulum Hotel offers accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool, free private parking, a fitness center, a garden, and more. With free WiFi, this 5-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and a concierge service. The hotel has a terrace and pool views, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar.
Each room also consists of AC, seating area, flat-screen TV with cable channels, kitchen, dining area, and private bathroom with shower.
📍$$ Mid-Range Option: Aldea San Lam (Tulum Pueblo)
🏨 Type: Entire apartment | 💸 Cost: $164
| ✅ Facilities: A/C, Free WiFi, pool, Spa & wellness center, family rooms, airport shuttle | ⭐️ Rating: 9.1 Superb
Photo @ Aldea San Lam
Conveniently situated in the center of Tulum, Aldea San Lam – Oasis Of Tulum offers free WiFi throughout the property, an outdoor swimming pool and free private parking for guests. This 4-star hotel also comes with a balcony and garden, and provides airport transfers, while a bicycle rental service is also available.
Hotel rooms are air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a coffee machine, a fridge, a microwave, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, a terrace and a private bathroom with a shower.
📍$$$ Luxury Option: Una Vida (Tulum Pueblo)
🏨 Type: 3-Bedroom luxury house | 💸 Cost: $1,035
| ✅ Facilities: A/C, Free WiFi, pool, Spa & wellness center, family rooms, airport shuttle | ⭐️ Rating: 9.4 Superb
Photo @ Una Vida
Located in the jungle side of Tulum, away from the busy areas and into the quietness of the forest. Designed and built by young professionals inspired by the beauty of the surrounding nature. Just a couple blocks from center of town there are some great restaurants and bars.
Amongst tall tress there are eleven separate and independent Villas, with jungle and garden views, equipped with dream catchers and locally sourced handcrafts, and with a zen-like pool and common area, Una Vida is a fit for families, friends, and couples looking for a quiet, fun and chic atmosphere to spend time together.
Best Things to Do in Tulum
There are so many exciting things to do in Tulum for everyone, in fact, there are too many to list here so I’ve picked out the most popular day trips and tours that I have personally experienced myself, as well as rave reviews that others have given:
Cenote Triple Adventure Tour
Free dive, snorkel, and cliff-jump at three different cenotes on this half-day guided tour from Tulum.
Jump from tiered platforms at Cenote Zemway, explore the caverns and rock formations of Grand Cenote, and admire the mangroves of Casa Cenote. Or, simply climb down the ladder.
Sian Ka’an & Muyil Archaeological Site Tour
Explore the structures of Muyil, a Maya archaeological site amid the mangroves of Sian Ka’an, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This excursion takes you to the former trading post along an interpretive nature trail before a boat ride to Muyil Lagoon. Then enjoy a relaxing float down the shallow canal as you drift past unique vegetation. Learn from your guide about the ecology of the area and the Maya civilization.
Playa del Carmen Buggy Tour with Cenote Swim and Mayan Village Visit
Take an off-road romp in the jungle beyond Playa del Carmen on this half-day excursion. Drive or ride in a 2-person buggy and follow a guide first into scenic parts of the Playa del Carmen not frequented by tourists, before bouncing and bumping your way into the jungle. Wash off the grime during a swim at a gorgeous underground cenote and journey to an authentic Maya village.
Hotel Map of Tulum
Here’s a map of all the recommended hotels in this post, to help give you a clearer idea of the different districts of Tulum and how close everything is to each other.
Below are the most commonly asked questions about staying in Tulum:
Which part of Tulum Beach is best to stay?
The central and northern sections of Tulum Beach have the widest range of hotels, from budget to luxury, and are close to restaurants and shops. The southern end is more secluded and relaxed.
Is it better to stay by beach or city in Tulum?
Stay on Tulum Beach for direct beach access or Tulum Pueblo town for a local vibe and affordable prices. The town is a 5-10 minute drive from the beach.
What area do you want to stay in Tulum?
There are 3 main areas—Tulum Beach strip for the beach and nightlife, Tulum Pueblo town for culture, and the jungle for seclusion.
Is one week in Tulum too long?
One week in Tulum gives you time to relax on the beach, explore ruins/cenotes, and take day trips to islands, parks, and nearby towns. It’s not too long for most.
Can you walk from Tulum Town to the beach?
It’s not practical to walk from Tulum Pueblo to the beach as it’s 3-5 km. You can easily bike, taxi, or bus between the two zones.
Is Tulum better than Cancun?
Tulum has a more laidback, bohemian vibe compared to the big city tourist scene of Cancun. It depends what experience you’re looking for.
How many days recommended for Tulum?
Most people recommend 4-7 days in Tulum to explore the beaches, ruins, cenotes, and take day trips to nearby areas. It also depends on your travel style.
How to get to Tulum
The main airport is Cancun International Airport (CUN). Click here for airport transfers from Cancun.
Best time to visit Tulum
There’s a tropical climate in Tulum, with a rainy and muggy season from June to October, a relatively cool season from November to February, and a hot season from March to May. The highest temperatures are around 40C at peak season, whilst in January it can fall as low as 15C.
May to mid-December is the low season. This means hotel prices are much cheaper, and therefore the best time to visit if you’re on a budget.
December to April has the best weather conditions, and is therefore considered the ideal time to visit Tulum.
What to pack
Plenty of sunblock, t-shirt, vests, casual shorts, swim shorts, flip flops, towel, sunglasses, cap/headwear.
For a complete guide on everything you need to pack for Mexico, head over to What to Pack for Mexico: Travel Essentials (+ Free PDF Checklist)
Good to know
Street food is delicious and ridiculously cheap here. So if you’re on a budget, head to the street vendors, especially the ones that attract a lot of locals (and don’t worry – the food is clean and cooked well). It’s also authentic Mexican food – much tastier than the expensive food you’ll find in touristy restaurants.
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Conclusion: Staying in Tulum
With its palm-fringed beaches, relaxed boho vibe, cenotes, and Mayan ruins, Tulum seduces travelers seeking that quintessential Caribbean vacation infused with Mexican culture.
By staying in Tulum’s beach district you’ll be footsteps from the ocean and main beach drag. For a more local Mexican experience, book accommodation in laidback Tulum Pueblo.
It’s been a joy curating these Tulum accommodation and hotel recommendations drawn entirely from my decades of on-the-ground travel experiences in this captivating coastal paradise. Happy travels!
Essential Yucatan & Mexico Travel Resources:
For more useful travel information on the Yucatan, check out these articles:
✪ Ultimate Yucatan Travel Guide (+ FREE Cheatsheet)
✪ The Perfect Yucatan 1 Week Itinerary
✪ Complete Guide to Driving from Cancun to Tulum
✪ How to Travel Yucatan on a Budget (+ FREE Cheatsheet)
✪ The Best Tulum Tours & Excursions
✪ Interesting Facts about Mexico