Nothing can make or break a beach vacation like a great hotel. That’s especially true with Tulum hotels, becuase it’s a destination where your hotel is basically the center of the entire experience. Hey, no pressure, though.
Fortunately, you’re not alone! I’ve quite literally created a career out of visiting and comparing the best hotels and attractions around the world. To date, I’ve helped over 1.5 million Travel Lemming readers plan better trips.
And I’m especially familiar with Mexico’s Riviera Maya, where I’m currently based with my partner Clara. Together, we’re making it our mission to find, tour, and photograph every Tulum hotel that will let us inside. Our goal is to bring you the best authentic, honest, and unbiased hotel recommendations on the web.
This post is our running list of the best Tulum hotels, with options for every budget and style of travel. We update it regularly!
👉 Summary of Our Top Picks:
- Best Luxury Hotel: Casa Malca
- Best Beach Resort: Hotelito Azul
- Best Hotel for Honeymooners: Encantada Tulum
- Best Beach Boutique: Dune Boutique Hotel
- Best Hotel in Tulum Town: Coco Hacienda Tulum
The 15 Best Hotels in Tulum, Mexico
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Casa Malca (Luxury Hotel, Beach)
This former house of Pablo Escobar has become famous as where celebrities like Brad Pitt, Drew Barrymore, and Leonardo DiCaprio stay in Tulum. And it’s really no wonder why this hotel is so popular: you’ll be hard pressed to find a more luxurious hotel in Tulum. Casa Malca was purchased a few years ago by a New York based art dealer, who built it up from the original 8 room setup to its current 72 spacious and art-conscious rooms.
Encantada Tulum (Luxury Hotel, Beach)
“Encantada” can be closely translated as magical or enchanted and Encantada Tulum promises an enchanting escape and getaway. Reviewers love that you get to have a breathtaking view of Tulum beach, plus the small number of rooms gives the feeling of privacy, intimacy and exclusivity. Instead of going for a modern look, the overall design of this boutique hotel gives off that tropical or island vibe. It is a bit on the pricier side though, but if you have the cash this is worth the splurge.
👉 Beach or Town? Deciding where to stay in Tulum comes down to choosing between the beach and the town. It’s really a question of budget, because Tulum’s luxury beach hotels are worth the splurge if you can swing it!
Mereva Tulum (Private Beach Hotel)
Tulum can get pretty busy, so if you’re looking for a serene escape, the private beach resort at Mereva by Blue Sky Tulum is your best bet for a serene and quiet Caribbean vacation. It’s located just 10 minutes north of the Tulum ruins, but in a private beach area separated from the main hotel zone. Most of the rooms have a view of the ocean, and the master suites have private plunge pools. You’ll be spoiled for choices to swim, becuase Mereva also offers two stunning pools, a private dock over the Caribbean, and a nearby cenote.
Get a massage on the dock, borrow snorkeling equipment from the hotel, or join one of the boat tours organized by Mereva. Oh, and even if you don’t stay here, Mereva’s restaurant is worth a visit just to taste the delicious organic firewood creations of executive chef Carlos Peregrina Serralde. Yum!
Hotelito Azul (Boutique Hotel, Beach)
Clara recently toured this new 5-star bohemian beach boutique, and it is now her personal favorite Tulum hotel. Hotelito Azul offers a prime location on the beach with super spacious suites and villas. Many offer private beachfront balconies with hammocks and hanging chairs. You’ll find a spectacular pool and bar on the rooftop, plus a fashionable coffee shop and market in the front. Try the smoothies! Oh, and Hotelito Azul also features some of the fastest internet we’ve ever seen in Tulum (often a problem in other hotels). Overall, Hotelito Azul does a truly fantastic job of packing everything you’d possibly need for a relaxing beach vacation in Tulum. You could honestly have an excellent trip without ever leaving the hotel grounds!
Dune Boutique Hotel (Beach)
If you’re after Instagram shots that will make your friends drool with envy, then stay at the Dune Boutique Hotel. The star attraction here is the incredible pool, which offers several hanging nest seats that are perfect for snapping that iconic Tulum photo. But it’s not just the ascetic that makes this one of the best boutique hotels in Tulum. The spacious rooms, the friendly and attentive service, and the included breakfast all make this one of the most highly rated hotels by guests.
Clara recently visited and especially liked the pool and the huge, immaculately clean, rooms. Her insider tip is to book one of the rooms with a private beachfront plunge pool and terrace. They look like this:
Coco Hacienda Tulum (Boutique Hotel, Town)
If you’re looking for affordable luxury, then stay at the Coco Hacienda Tulum. It’s located in the town, but it’s lush green gardens and two expansive pools make it feel like its own private jungle retreat. The rooms are spacious and well appointed, there is an attached restaurant featuring exhibitions from local artists, and large pool offers views over the nearby plant nursey. It’s the perfect luxury oasis for enjoying your time in Tulum (especially when the beach is covered in seaweed anyway).
Oh, and can we talk about the bathrooms for a minute?
I’ve never seen Clara so excited about a bathroom before. After her most recent scouting trip to Tulum, she came back raving about the spacious and luxurious bathrooms. Definitely another reason Coco Hacienda is our current favorite pick for the best hotel in Tulum town!
Alea Tulum by Blue Sky (Luxury Boutique, Beach)
If you manage to snag one of the ocean view suites at Alea Tulum by Blue Sky, you’ll fall asleep to the sounds of waves cresting against the sand of Alea’s private beach. Alea is the sister hotel of Mereva Tulum, and is also located a bit north of the main hotel zone in a more secluded area away from the masses. The hotel draws near-perfect reviews from guests, who love the clean and spacious suites, the friendly staff, and the gorgeous beach. The location in Tankah Bay helps to shelter it a bit from the sargassum that plagues so much of Tulum, so this is the perfect Tulum beach hotel if you’re just looking to relax and soak in some rays on that famous Tulum sand.
The Beach Tulum (Luxury Hotel, Beach)
A beautiful oasis where you can fully relax in your rooftop jacuzzi while listening to the sounds of crashing waves on the nearby private beach. If you’re looking for the kind of Tulum hotel you see on Instagram, this is it! You can expect a high-end, luxurious stay. Located along Tulum’s south beach, The Beach Tulum has it all — excellent service, special amenities, delicious food, rooftop jacuzzis, air conditioned gym, and the feeling of comfortable privacy. The Beach Tulum also prides itself for being an eco-friendly hotel.
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El Paraiso Hotel Tulum (Mid-Range Hotel, Beach)
If you want to stay on the beach in Tulum but don’t want to spend a fortune, your best bet is the El Paraiso Hotel Tulum. I personally stayed in this hotel a couple years ago and absolutely loved it. What makes this hotel a great choice is that it’s located directly on the main beach so you can enjoy a peaceful sunrise view before the locals come flocking in. You can also easily visit the Tulum Mayan ruins by foot or by riding a bike.
La Valise Tulum (Luxury Hotel, Beach)
Another great option for honeymooners or those looking for an exclusive and private feel is the La Valise Tulum. It only has a few rooms so it’s the perfect place to relax and chill all you want without being conscious of other hotel guests. What makes this Tulum hotel really unique is the simple yet sophisticated aesthetics with Mexican art and culture integrated into the overall design. You can lounge around the living room or shaded garden area while enjoying the beautiful view.
Sueños Tulum (Eco Resort, Beach)
Concerned about the environmental impact of your visit to Tulum? Consider that a VICE documentary recently exposed that many Tulum hotels dump their wastewater right into the Tulum aquifer. To minimize your ecological impact, stay at one of Sueños Tulum’s 13 beachfront suites. The hotel runs its own wastewater treatment, powers via solar energy, and collects rainwater to maximize sustainability.
Sueños is a smaller beach hotel, and there’s no beach club or public restaurant, so it’s a good choice if you’re looking for a private experience but don’t want to give up a prime location. The rooms feature nice balconies and comfortable hammocks.
The rooms are decorated with authentic Mayan art, the wall are beautifully hand-painted rooms. You’ll also feel at one with nature because of the surrounding trees and green scenery. As an eco resort, power is available 24/7 generated by solar panels. Note that air conditioning is limited to the night, with A/C only running from 8 PM to 8 AM. The rooms have fans, hammocks, and are well cross-ventilated by the ocean breeze!
KASA Hotel Parota Tulum (Apartment-Style, Town)
KASA Hotel Parota Tulum is a larger family-friendly hotel and located between the city center and the beachfront zone. Its penthouse apartments have gorgeous infinity-edge pools. If you’re looking for a quieter place to stay that’s still easily accessible to the beach, this is a great Tulum hotel to consider. They have an awesome swim-up pool bar, complimentary bike rental, and a free shuttle service to the beach.
Ahau Tulum (Luxury Beach Eco Resort)
Ahau Tulum is another great choice for an environmentally friendly Tulum hotel. This upscale beach resort has become famous on Instagram thanks to artist Daniel Popper’s installation, entitled Ven a la Luz, which guards the entrance to Ahau. The hotel itself runs off self-generated solar and wind power, and a rain catch system.
The suites are spacious and evocative of the Tulum boho chic style. Many offering ocean views. Ahau’s location in the middle of the hotel zone also perfectly places you within walking distance of some of Tulum’s best restaurants, bars, and beaches. Overall, for the eco-conscious luxury traveler, Ahau is a can’t miss pick for your best hotel in Tulum!
Hotel Tiki Tiki Tulum (Budget, Town)
If you’re looking for affordable boutique hotels, then Hotel Tiki Tiki Tulum might be the best hotel in Tulum for you. It’s away from the noise of the city so you’re sure to have a peaceful and quiet stay. The interior has an old Miami Beach vibe. Pro tip: choose one of rooms with a private terrace and in-room hammock!
Posada Luna Del Sur (Budget, Town)
The Posada Luna Del Sur is a quaint and cozy Tulum hotel that offers just about everything you could want in a Tulum hotel – if you’re cool with not having a swimming pool (but, hey, you can always visit the beach!). This Tulum hotel offers a complimentary Mexican breakfast that you can enjoy at the Posada Luna Del Surhe rooftop Palapa and the hotel is located close to the main road which gives easy access to different restaurants and shops. You’ll love the complimentary breakfast and the gorgeous rooftop lounge area.
That’s it for this guide to the best hotels in Tulum, Mexico! From luxury hotels with a private beach to artistic boutique hotels, Tulum really spoils travelers with choice.
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Enjoy your stay in Tulum! Oh, and here’s a pro tip (since you took the trouble to read all the way to the bottom): be sure to check out the incredible Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve while you’re in Tulum. It’s an activity not to be missed!
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