Best Hotels in Tulum (view of Nerea Pool)

20 Best Tulum Hotels & Resorts in 2022 (With Candid Photos)

Nothing can make or break a beach vacation like a great hotel. That’s especially true for Tulum hotels, because the Riviera Maya is a destination where your hotel basically is the center of the entire vacation experience. Hey, no pressure in choosing, though.

Fortunately, you’ve now got help! 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 2 million Travel Lemming readers plan better trips.

At Travel Lemming, we’re the experts on Mexico’s Riviera Maya. My partner Clara and I make it our mission to find, tour, and photograph all the top hotels in Tulum – and to rank them for you. Our goal is to bring you the best authentic, honest, and unbiased hotel recommendations on the web – with real candid photos!

This post is our running list of the best Tulum hotels, with options for every budget and style of travel. We update it regularly!

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20 Best Hotels in Tulum, Mexico

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Nerea Tulum (New Beach Luxury Hotel)

Hotel Website | Hotel Phone: +52 (984) 147 6515 | $$$ | 👉 Check Prices for Nerea Tulum on Booking

Nerea is one of the newest hotels in Tulum. It is located in the exclusive Tankah bay, a sheltered beachfront community with a guarded gate 10 minutes north of the Tulum ruins. If you want a secure, private, luxurious, and peaceful escape from the crowds, Tankah is the best area to stay in Tulum.

Clara and I visited for the hotel’s soft opening in January 2022. We loved the stylish rooms, the delicious onsite restaurant, the kayaks and snorkel gear, the hammocks and massage station on the hotel’s private dock, and the comfortable beach loungers with bar service. The highlight was the incredible multi-sectioned geometric pool (check out my drone photos above to see what I mean). This Tulum hotel is just so photogenic!

If you want (and can afford) the best luxury boutique in Tulum, we’d say just book at Nerea Tulum now and get on with planning your trip. If that’s not the right fit for you, we’ve still got 19 more top hotels in Tulum to show off ….

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Coco Hacienda Tulum (Boutique Hotel, Town)

Hotel Website | Hotel phone: +52 1 984 130 9318 | $$ | 👉 Check Prices for Coco Hacienda on Booking

If you’re looking for affordable luxury, then stay at the Coco Hacienda Tulum. It’s located in the La Veleta neighborhood of the Tulum city center, but the 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, as it often is).

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 tour more top hotels in Tulum, she came back raving about the spacious and luxurious bathrooms. Coco Hacienda is definitely one of the best hotels in Tulum town.

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Naala Tulum (Boutique Hotel, Town)

Hotel Website | Hotel phone: +52 (998) 688 93 81 | $$ | 👉 Check Prices for Naala Tulum on Booking

Several readers suggested we add Naala Tulum to our list of best hotels in Tulum, so Clara and I recently booked a night to check it out. What we most liked about it is the location, price point to value ratio, and gorgeous rooftop pools. It’s walkable to the restaurants in town, but right at the start of the access road to the beach.

The rooms and grounds offer that quintessential “Tulum aesthetic,” and are clean and well cared for. Ours even had several “smart home” features like an Alexa assistant. We also had a nice terrace overlooking the peaceful garden in the hotel’s courtyard.

The hotel seemed geared toward groups of friends, couples, and younger travelers. It is a good choice Tulum hotel if you’re looking to enjoy Tulum’s nightlife while still having a peaceful retreat to go back to.

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Mereva Tulum (Private Beach Hotel)

Hotel Website | Hotel Phone: +52 (984) 147 6571 | $$$ | 👉 Check Prices for Mereva Tulum on Booking

Tulum can get pretty busy, so for families looking for a serene escape, the private beach resort at Mereva by Blue Sky Tulum is a great bet for a serene and quiet Caribbean vacation. Mereva is located in Tankah bay, a private and exclusive beach area north of the public main hotel zone. This luxury Tulum hotel is targeted to families and groups (couples or solo travelers may prefer its nearby sister boutiques, Alea and Nerea).

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 because 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. Hungry? Enjoy the delicious organic firewood creations of executive chef Carlos Peregrina Serralde. Yum!

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Encantada Tulum (Luxury Hotel, Beach)

Hotel Website | Hotel Phone: +52 (984) 114-7525 | $$$$ | 👉 Check Prices for Encantada on Booking

“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 and intimacy. It’s definitely one of the most exclusive Tulum hotels.

Instead of going for a modern look, the overall design of this boutique hotel in Tulum gives off that tropical or island vibe. It is a bit on the pricier side though, as rooms can run $800 or more per night. But if you have the cash this one of the luxury hotels in Tulum that is worth the splurge.

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👉 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 worth it if you can swing the extra cost per night!

Hotelito Azul (Boutique Hotel, Beach)

Hotel Website | Hotel phone: +52 938 164 0744 | $$$$ | 👉 Check Prices for Hotelito Azul on Booking

This new 5-star bohemian beach boutique is one of Clara’s personal favorite Tulum hotels. 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 in Tulum). 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!

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Dune Boutique Hotel (Beach)

Hotel Website | Hotel phone: +52 984 238 9529 | $$$ | 👉 Check Prices for Dune on Booking

If you want to be right in the beach party zone, 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 style that makes this one of the best boutique hotels in Tulum. The spacious rooms, the friendly service, and the included breakfast all make this one of the most highly rated hotels in Tulum.

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. Just heaven! If you’re booking last minute, it’s probably full, but if you can snag a room, you’re in for a treat.

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Alea Tulum by Blue Sky (Luxury Boutique, Beach)

Hotel Website | Hotel Phone: +52 (984) 147 6571 | $$$ | 👉 Check Prices for Alea on Booking

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.

Of all the best hotels in Tulum, Alea draws some of the most gushing reviews from guests. Reviewers 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 sargasso 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.

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Coco Limited Hotel (Boutique, Beach)

Hotel Website | Hotel Phone: +52 55 4169 2072 | $$$ | 👉 Check Prices for Coco Limited on Booking

This is the bohemian beach sister hotel to Coco Hacienda. With a perfect location right in the middle of the Tulum beach zone, the Coco Limited Hotel is definitely one of the best Tulum hotels on the beach. It offers clean and spacious rooms, a bohemian vibe, and plenty of amenities. Some of the suites even offer a private jacuzzi in a quiet garden, perfect for getting some privacy right on the beach.

Many of the 26 luxury suites offer direct views of the beach, some with patios or terraces just steps away from the shore. The long pool is very solid, and the friendly staff will bring you poolside service. There is also a well-done restaurant right on the beach. Plus, if you aren’t staying in Coco Limited, it’s still worth stopping by for a day and enjoying their excellent beach club.

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El Paraiso Hotel Tulum (Mid-Range Hotel, Beach)

Hotel Website | Hotel Phone: +52 1 (984) 113 7089 | $$$ | 👉 Check Prices for El Paraiso on Booking

If you want to stay on the beach in Tulum but don’t want to spend a fortune, your best bet is probably the El Paraiso Hotel Tulum. I personally stayed in this hotel a couple years ago and absolutely loved it.

What really makes this one of the top hotels is El Paraiso’s location 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 to the Tulum archaeological site.

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La Valise Tulum (Luxury Hotel, Beach)

Hotel Website | Hotel Phone: +52 (55) 80 60 27 45 | $$$ – $$$$ | 👉 Check Prices for La Valise on Booking

This is one of the top hotels in Tulum 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.

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Coco Village (Apartments for Nomads, Town)

Hotel Website | Hotel phone: +1 (702) 460-4388 | $$ | 👉 Check Prices for Coco Village on Booking

Coco Village is essentially a hotel for digital nomads in Tulum. The rooms are apartment-style, with large kitchens, washers and dryers, fast WiFi, terraces, and all the practical necessities that you might need for a longer stay. It’s really designed to cater to remote workers and digital nomads.

Clara and I stayed here recently and, while we did have some trouble checking in when we arrived late at night, ultimately we got it sorted and enjoyed our stay. I especially appreciated having a washer, as doing laundry in Tulum is a pain. Our apartment was huge, the WiFi was fast, and the price point was reasonable. For a longer stay, it’s a reliable hotel in Tulum for digital nomads.

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Sueños Tulum (Eco Resort, Beach)

Hotel Website | Hotel Phone: (+52) 1-984 157 4686 | $$ – $$$ | 👉 Check Prices for Suenos on Booking

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. This Tulum 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!

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Coco Tulum (Mid-Range Eco Hotel, Beach)

Hotel Website | Hotel phone: +52 55 4169 2072 | $$ | 👉 Check Prices for Coco Beach or Coco Zen Zonee

Coco Tulum is the most affordable of the Coco-branded hotels in Tulum, and a great place to stay for eco-conscious travelers.

Technically this hotel is divided into two properties, with separate booking pages: Coco Tulum Beach Club and Coco Tulum Zen Zone. You’ll need to choose which zone to pick your room in, but either way, you’ll have access to the full property. The advertises that the beach club is the best option for those who want to “see and be seen,” which is likely a nod to the fact that you’ll be very close to the popular beach bar. If you prefer privacy, try to snag a room in the Zen Zone, where you’ll find a yoga deck and a temazcal (a traditional Mayan sauna).

Note that you won’t find quite as many amenities at Coco Tulum as you will at the pricier hotels in Tulum. For example, you may have to share a bathroom with other guests depending upon what room you get. But beds are comfortable and, even if the rooms are a bit small, you honestly can’t beat the per night price for a Tulum hotel with a beachside setting.

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Casa Malca (Luxury Hotel, Beach)

View of a hotel room with window opening to the Tulum beach
Photo courtesy Casa Malca

Hotel Website | Hotel phone: +52 1 984 240 2546 | $$$$ | 👉 Check Prices for Casa Malca on Booking

This former house of Pablo Escobar has become famous as where celebrities like Brad Pitt, Drew Barrymore, and Leonardo DiCaprio stay in Tulum.

It’s one of the fanciest hotels in Tulum, and 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.

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The Beach Tulum (Luxury Hotel, Beach)

Cabanas and The Beach Tulum in Tulum Mexico
The Beach Tulum is popular for a reason – just look at all those private rooftops!

Hotel Website | Hotel Phone: +1 855 246 55 75 | $$$$ | 👉 Check Prices the Beach Hotel on Booking

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 offers special amenities, delicious food, rooftop jacuzzis, air conditioned gym, and the feeling of comfortable privacy. The Beach Tulum also prides itself for being one of the top eco-friendly hotels in Tulum.

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KASA Hotel Parota Tulum (Apartment-Style, Town)

KASA Hotel Parota Tulum in Tulum Mexico
Aerial view of the awesome penthouse pools

Hotel Website | Hotel phone: +52 (984) 166-5510 | $$ – $$$ | 👉 Check Prices for KASA on Booking

KASA Hotel Parota Tulum is a larger family-friendly hotel which is really more like a group of vacation rentals. It’s located in the Aldea Zama, between the Tulum city center and the beachfront zone. If you’re into the apartment style of condotel, which is a more typical of the hotels in Playa del Carmen, then this might be one of the best hotels in Tulum for you.

The KASA penthouse apartments have gorgeous infinity-edge private 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. The private pools on the rooftop terraces are a really nice amenity! At the shared pool they also have an awesome swim-up pool bar, complimentary bike rental, and a free shuttle service to the beach.

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Ahau Tulum (Luxury Beach Eco Resort)

Woman standing in front of the statue at Ahau Tulum
(Note: Popper has moved this to the beach recently)

Hotel Website | Hotel phone: +52 (984) 147 5225 | $$$$ | 👉 Check Prices for Ahau on Booking

Ahau Tulum is another great choice for an environmentally friendly Tulum hotel. This upscale property is widely known as one of the best Tulum resorts, and has become famous on Instagram thanks to artist Daniel Popper’s installation, entitled Ven a la Luz, which previously guarded the entrance to Ahau and has now been reworked on the beach. 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 offer 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 who doesn’t mind a higher price per night, Ahau is definitely one of the best hotels in Tulum!

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Hotel Tiki Tiki Tulum (Budget, Town)

Hotel Website | Hotel phone: +(52) 984 265 8206 | $ | 👉 Check Prices for Hotel Tiki Tiki on Booking

If you’re looking for affordable Tulum boutique hotels with (relatively) low per night prices, then Hotel Tiki Tiki Tulum might be among the best hotels in Tulum for you. It’s on the far side of La Veleta, so away from the noise of the Tulum city center. There is nothing like having a peaceful and quiet stay, after all. The interior has an old Miami Beach vibe. Pro tip: choose one of the rooms with a private terrace and in-room hammock!

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Posada Luna Del Sur (Budget, Town)

Hotel Website | Hotel phone: +52-984-182-9696 | $ | 👉 Check Prices for Posada Luna del Sur on Booking

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!).

Located in the La Veleta neighborhood of the Tulum city center, this budget hotel in Tulum 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.

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That’s it for this guide to the best hotels in Tulum, Mexico! From luxury hotels in Tulum with a private beach to artistic boutique hotels, travelers are really spoiled with choice so many beautiful hotels in Tulum.

Before you go, be sure to check out our other guides to help you on your trip to Mexico’s Riviera Maya:

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8 Comments

    1. Hi Jenny! Azucar is not a Tulum hotel we’ve checked out yet. There are a lot of hotels, and so we try to focus our visits on ones with an 8.5/10 guest rating on Booking (or 4 out of 5 on Google). Azucar doesn’t meet that threshold for our consideration. Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad hotel (reviewers can be critical for lots of reasons, and everyone has their own standards), but it definitely does mean there are other hotels in Tulum with higher ratings. If you do stay there, please come back and let us know how your experience was!

  1. What is this comment all about: “(especially when the beach is covered in seaweed anyway).”, from the description of Coco Hacienda? Sure doesn’t make Tulum that desirable for a beach vacation.

    1. Hey Sean – in case you didn’t know, large amounts of seaweed are very common in Tulum, especially in the late spring and summer months. That’s also true of pretty much all Riviera Maya destinations. It’s unfortunate, but a reality that gets worse each year as the warmer ocean temperature promote sargassum bloom. Many Tulum hotels try to clear it in the mornings, but at times it just becomes too much for even the most well resourced resorts to handle.

  2. Hi there!
    Thanks for all this helpful information. Do you know of any beachfront resorts/villas in Tulum that offer two bedroom accommodations? I’ll be traveling with my teenage daughter and we’d like to each have our own room if possible. Cheers!

    1. I have only seen LUV Hotel from the beach (it’s a pretty stretch of beach in southern hotel zone). I can’t speak to what is inside, but LUV does seem to get good reviews!

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