The Best Hotels in Tulum We Know You’ll Love

The Best Hotels in Tulum We Know You’ll Love

Once a relatively unknown spot on Mexico’s Riviera Maya coastline, Tulum has exploded in popularity over the past few years. And, once you’ve seen the city for yourself, you’re certain to understand why it’s now a must-see part of the Yucatan Peninsula.

There is A LOT to see and do in Tulum. There are also a few different areas of the city to consider staying in that will give you easy access to the best of this Caribbean gem. So, in today’s post, we’re sharing the best hotels in Tulum we know you’ll love.

What to Do in Tulum

The joy of Tulum is that you can do as much or as little as you want. Whether you choose to kick back on one of the region’s many white-sand beaches or you prefer to hike through jungles and Mayan ruins, there’s sure to be something for you in Tulum.

Explore Tulum Archaeological Zone

This ancient walled city was built on dramatic cliffs overlooking the Caribbean sea and it’s an incredible sight to see. The castle at the Tulum Ruins, which was originally built as a watchtower, is a highlight of the zone and is well worth a visit. Set your alarm and head out early to beat the crowds (and Mexico’s famous hot weather). Once you’ve finished exploring, you’re already right by the beach to take a rewarding dip in the clear blue sea. Other incredible Mayan ruins in the region include Nohoch Mul Pyramid, Laguna de Muyil, and Adoratorio Ruinas Chac-hal-al.

Swim in a Cenote

Riviera Maya is famous for its cenotes, and no visit is complete without taking a dip in these incredible freshwater swimming holes. Gran Cenote is the most convenient to get to from Tulum and has lockers, changing rooms, and other conveniences on-site. It’s actually possible to cycle to Gran Cenote and the road is wide enough to feel safe while doing so. Stop off for ceviche on your way back to town for a refreshing after-swim snack. Other cenotes to explore from Tulum are Calavera Cenote and the oddly-named Carwash Cenote.

Discover Sian Ka’an

Sian Ka biosphere is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an incredible area of natural beauty. Home to thousands of species of flora and fauna, visitors can take various tours including snorkeling trips and wildlife watching. Tourists interested in sustainable travel should definitely add this wonderful place to their itinerary.

Explore the Town Center

Tulum’s center has a lot to offer visitors, and you can easily spend a couple of days exploring on foot or by bicycle. The region is known for its artisans and there are endless stores filled with stunning handicrafts to discover. There are plenty of eating options from Mexican street food to international options, so you’ll never go hungry on your adventures.

Then, as the sun goes down, Tulum transforms into an incredible party town. Whether you’re looking for a decadent dinner and chilled cocktails or a beachside club, this place really does have it all.

Which Part of Tulum is Best to Stay In?

Tulum doesn’t have a clear ‘center’ as the likes of Playa del Carmen and Cancun do, so it’s important to choose your hotel location wisely.

City Center

Staying in the center of town is an easy option for shorter getaways as you’ll be in the heart of the action. There’s lots to see and do (and eat) in the city center, and parts of it are incredibly picturesque. You’ll also be closer to the bus station which is convenient for heading to the airport or your next Yucatan destination.


Tulum has some of the best beaches in Mexico, so if you’re looking for a place with ocean views, our list has you covered. From the white-sand beaches of North and Middle Beach Zones to the buzzing (and more affordable) Beach Town, there are plenty of beachside options to suit your taste and budget. Many upmarket beach hotels offer access to their own private beaches where you can splash around in the crystal clear ocean.


If you prefer to get off the beaten track, head to the jungle side of Tulum. And, the great thing about Tulum is that it’s a highly accessible city so you’ll still only be a short taxi ride from the center’s many bars, shops, and restaurants.

Whether budget cabanas are your thing or you prefer boutique-style luxury, there’s something for everyone. There are also adult-only options available in the jungle for a true sense of peace and tranquility.

So, let’s get straight into it. If you’re planning to visit Tulum, here are the best hotels in Tulum we know you’ll love.

1. Lagoon Boutique Hotel

We’re starting this list with one of the best boutique hotels in Tulum.

The rooms at this hotel are spacious, airy, and modern. Each one has air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, and a patio with a pool view. Rooms also have kitchens with a microwave, oven, and kettle.

Lagoon Boutique Hotel has two pools for guests to enjoy. The ground-level pool is perfect for a peaceful dip in the afternoon sun and the rooftop pool couldn’t be better positioned for enjoying a few evening cervezas under the starry sky. There are bicycles available for hire if you’re in the mood to explore Tulum’s charming center, and if you’re driving, there’s free private parking on site, too.

Guests can take advantage of the 24-hour front desk and concierge service for trip planning, restaurant recommendations, and anything else you might need during your stay.

Top amenities include:

  • Patios with pool views
  • Two outdoor pools
  • Bicycles for hire
  • Concierge service

Check availability for this tranquil boutique hotel here.

2. La Zebra – Colibri Boutique Hotel

Another superb boutique hotel option is La Zebra – Colibri Boutique Hotel.

This 5-star paradise prides itself on being ‘beach chic’, and its oceanfront position certainly gives it that vibe. There’s no pool at La Zebra, but you’re mere steps from the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean sea. There’s free Wi-Fi throughout the property and an on-site restaurant for when hunger strikes. The staff at the tour desk are on hand to help you plan your travels, and they can even provide packed lunches if you’re planning to be out exploring all day.

Inside the rooms, you’ll find stylish, light-filled spaces. Rooms are bigger than average and include a seating area, a large bed, a semi-open bathroom, and a huge balcony or patio. There’s also air conditioning, a fan, a coffee machine, and a minibar for additional comfort. There are several room types on offer but if you’re really looking to splurge, book one of the suites with private plunge pools.

Top amenities include:

  • Steps from the beach
  • On-site restaurant
  • Large balconies and patios
  • Rooms with private plunge pools

Check availability for this ‘beach chic’ boutique hotel here.

3. Wakax Hacienda Cenote & Boutique Hotel

Wakax Hacienda is a boutique hotel with a difference: it’s surrounded by cenotes and lagoons.

This property is situated in the jungle part of Tulum and is an incredible alternative to central/beachside options. Guests can take advantage of their wild surroundings and go kayaking, paddle boarding, or swimming in the natural waters that surround the property. If cenotes aren’t your thing, there are also three swimming pools to enjoy. The on-site restaurant is handy when you don’t want to go out, but there are eating options nearby and taxis are available for easy access to other parts of Tulum.

The rooms themselves at Wakax Hacienda are incredibly stylish with natural fabrics, neutral tones, and beautiful lighting. They are also very spacious and offer a seating area as well as a big, comfy bed. The villa options also have private plunge pools.

Top amenities include:

  • Access to cenotes and lagoons
  • Jungle surroundings
  • Large, stylish rooms
  • Rooms with private plunge pools

Check availability for this wonderfully wild boutique hotel here.

4. Hotel Bardo

If you’re looking for the best luxury on offer, Hotel Bardo is one of the top Tulum hotels. The design is what makes this property stand out, and it’s Hotel Bardo’s perfect balance of contemporary and rustic styling that keeps guests coming back.

Nestled in the center of a tropical landscape where you’ll find the hotel’s tranquil outdoor pool and loungers. The ultra-stylish bar and restaurant sit alongside the pool, serving local and international cuisine and killer cocktails all day long.

Heading into the cozy, private suites you’ll find the same stylish decor and luxury finish as you do in the common areas. The beds are big and comfortable and the decadent bathrooms come with free toiletries and bathrobes. Each suite also has its own comfortable seating area that opens out onto a private pool.

Top amenities include:

  • Outdoor pool with loungers
  • Bar and restaurant
  • Suites with private plunge pools
  • Free toiletries and bathrobes

Check availability for this ultra-stylish luxury hotel here.

5. Una Vida

Head into the jungle side of Tulum and you’ll discover Una Vida, another spectacular luxury hotel option.

With just 17 rooms and beautiful natural surroundings, Una Vida is a peaceful hideaway from the vibrant center of Tulum. If you’re traveling as a group, there’s also a three-bedroom villa on the property that has its own private pool and patio. For couples or solo travelers, the jungle suites with outdoor bathtubs and kitchenettes are a fantastic option. Whichever option you choose, you’ll be rewarded with Tulum’s classic boho styling, modern amenities, and private, secluded spaces.

In the hotel’s common area you’ll find two outdoor swimming pools. There are two restaurants on-site and a private chef and bartender are available if you’d like to drink and dine in the privacy of your room. The concierge team is also on hand for anything that you might need to make your stay one to remember.

Top amenities include:

  • Secluded rooms and villas
  • Classic Tulum boho styling
  • Private chef and bartender are available
  • Concierge service

Check availability for these secluded boho-style rooms here.

6. La Valise

If beachfront hotels are more your vibe but you don’t want to compromise on luxury, La Valise might be the perfect choice for you.

The beautiful seafront rooms are equipped with hammocks, free Wi-Fi, and luxurious en suite bathrooms. They are thoughtfully finished with handcrafted furnishings made by Riviera Maya craftspeople. There are also rustic bungalows available that have open-air showers and terraces with jungle views.

The sea views are postcard perfect and the heated infinity pool overlooks Tulum’s famous jungles from one side. There are also beachfront beds for the best siesta you’ve ever taken. There are two on-site restaurants serving a stunning daily breakfast and meals and snacks throughout the day. Free private parking can be arranged with an advanced booking, as can an airport shuttle service. The concierge service and wellness packages is the frosting on the cake of this luxe property.

Top amenities include:

  • Hammocks in the rooms
  • Heated infinity pool
  • Two restaurants
  • Beachside beds

Check availability for this luxury beachside hotel here.

7. Encantada

A little further along the coastline between Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and Tulum National Park is where you’ll find Encantada.

Stylish rooms are at the center of this beautiful beachside property. Each one is decorated with local textiles and artwork for an authentically Mexican finish. Slide back the glass doors and you’ll find yourself on your own private terrace or patio complete with a hammock and seating area.

Guests are offered a fresh continental breakfast including home-baked bread and fresh local fruits. Mexican and international cuisine is also on offer throughout the day at the hotel’s beach bar. In seconds you can find yourself in the hotel’s beach area where you can kick back and relax with your toes in the sand.

Staff at the 24-hour reception are friendly and helpful and can help you hire bikes or book an oceanside massage. Parking is also available and there’s free Wi-Fi in selected zones.

Top amenities include:

  • Rooms with private terraces
  • Beach bar serving lunch
  • Beachside massages
  • Free Wi-Fi

Check availability for this authentically Mexican hotel here.

8. The Beach Tulum

Another excellent luxury beachside option is The Beach Tulum.

The freeform outdoor pool is a tropical paradise and is just steps from the white sands of Tulum Beach. The beach club and restaurant are ideal for lazy days when you don’t feel like exploring, and you can even schedule a massage or spa treatment at the on-site spa. If you like to stay active there’s a well-equipped gym available for guests to use, as well as space for yoga classes.

Rooms at The Beach Tulum boast stylish, minimalist décor as well as free Wi-Fi and air conditioning. Several of the suites also have private plunge pools. Some also have internal jacuzzis and one even has a private hot tub on the roof for the ultimate relaxation.

Top amenities include:

  • Fitness center
  • Massages and spa treatments
  • Yoga classes
  • Rooms with private pools

Check availability for this boutique beachfront paradise here.

9. La Palmita Budget Boutique Hotel

If you’re looking for a more affordable Tulum hotel, the city also has plenty of high-quality budget options. La Palmita Budget Boutique Hotel is one of the best low-cost options in Tulum and its location in the city center makes it a perfect base for a weekend spent exploring.

Rooms are bright, clean, and comfortable, with good air conditioning and plenty of storage space. Some rooms also include a kitchen and microwave so you can prepare meals and further save money. Rooms also have private terraces and some boast great city views. If you’re traveling as a group or need two separate beds, the King Studio has a pull-out that can accommodate an extra person. If you’re really looking to save money, there’s also a shared dorm room available.

There’s free Wi-Fi throughout the property and the front desk is open 24 hours a day for late arrivals and any other assistance you might need. Airport transfers can be arranged and the shared kitchen is handy for meeting other travelers over a plate of homemade tacos.

Top amenities include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Private terraces
  • Rooms with kitchens available
  • 24-hour front desk

Check availability for this clean and practical budget option here.

10. Hotel Arcoiris Tulum

The final entry on our list of the best hotels in Tulum is Hotel Arcoiris, which is another superb budget option.

This hotel has a lot of great amenities for such an affordable option. The rooftop swimming pool is ideal for cooling off after a day of exploring the region’s Mayan ruins, and there’s a fitness center if you like to stay active on your travels. The front desk is open 24/7 and the concierge service can assist you with booking trips and travel tickets.

The standard double rooms offer fantastic value for money and feature air conditioning, an en suite bathroom, free Wi-Fi, and a flat-screen TV. Or, by upgrading to a King Room you’ll benefit from a private balcony with a city view.

Top amenities include:

  • Rooftop swimming pool
  • Fitness center
  • Private terraces
  • Concierge service

Check availability for this great-value hotel here.

Enjoy Your Vacation to the Best Hotels in Tulum

So there you have it: our list of the best hotels in Tulum. Regardless of which of these 10 hotels you choose, we’re sure you’ll have the best vacation possible to the Yucatan Peninsula.

Any visit to this boho paradise is going to be one to remember, but by finding the perfect hotel for your stay, you’re never going to want to leave.