Monday, January 21, 2013

Tulum, Mexico (Lodging)

I spent six days visiting Tulum, Mexico in December of 2009 with two friends.

I selected Tulum as our base of operations for our time on the Rivera Maya for a few reasons: I was not interested in staying at one of the mega resorts in Cancun or Playa del Carmen and wanted a more small-town authentic Mexican feel. Although Playa del Carmen has plenty of smaller boutique-type hotels in its downtown area, it is overly touristy and not what I envisioned for this vacation. Additionally, I had heard amazing things about the beaches of Tulum, so I decided it would be our best choice.

Tulum, located about 90 minutes south of Cancun, has a much smaller choice of accommodations when compared to Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Ideally, I would have preferred to have stayed in a small hotel directly on the beach but those were out of our price range. As a result, I decided to look at places within the town of Tulum. The best value for our money appeared to be Posada Luna del Sur, which also happened to be the highest rated place to stay in Tulum on Trip Advisor.

This small and intimate hotel is located in downtown Tulum close to many restaurants. The hotel includes breakfast each morning atop its beautiful rooftop lounge.

The rooms were clean, simple, and comfortable and the staff were kind, friendly, patient, and very informative. Really, what's not to like? This is definitely one of the most favorite places I've stayed at while traveling. Unless you are dead-set on having luxurious accommodations on a beachfront view while in Tulum, this is the place you should stay at!
Posada Luna del Sur in Tulum, Mexico
The sitting area of my room at Posada Luna del Sur in Tulum, Mexico.
Rooftop lounge at Posada Luna del Sur in Tulum, Mexico.
Rooftop lounge at Posada Luna del Sur in Tulum, Mexico.

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