Thinking about the perfect vacation in Tulum? Find out where to stay in Tulum for the perfect trip. These are the best boutique hotels in Tulum that guarantee a stress-free vacation in boho paradise.
Tulum really is a magical place, one full of paradisiacal beaches with white powdery sand and turquoise water as well as amazing food and interesting places to visit. It also has some of the most dreamy accommodation options in Mexico and whether you’re looking for just a tent on the beach or a luxury villa you’ll find it here.
There are so many options, however, it can get confusing. This guide will help you first, figure out where to stay in Tulum and then show you some of the best boutique hotels in Tulum so you can pick the best one for you.
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Best Area to Stay in Tulum? Tulum Town or Beach
Tulum isn’t a big place but it does have a few areas to stay in, each with its own pros and cons. The best area for you will ultimately depend on factors such as your budget, what you look for in an accommodation and how close you’d like to be to the beach.
The first thing to know is that surprisingly, Tulum town isn’t exactly close to the beach. In fact, it can take around 45 minutes to cycle from some areas in Tulum town to the beach, so if this isn’t something you’d like to do, consider staying closer to the beach. Taking a taxi is an option but they are expensive and the traffic is infamous on the hotel strip- taking a bicycle or scooter is the best way.
Another huge factor is your budget. Tulum isn’t cheap, especially when compared to other places in Mexico. Most budget accommodation and restaurants are in Tulum town and it’s there that you’ll get the best deals. If you’ve got a larger budget, you’ll be able to fork out a bit more on fancier, more luxurious beachside accommodation.
Tulum is made up of five main areas where most travellers stay. In Tulum town, they are La Veleta, Aldea Zama and Tulum Centro and by the beach, there’s the Zona Hotelera (Hotel Zone or Tulum Beach Strip) and the area by Playa Paraiso.
Briefly put, if you’re on a budget and don’t mind a cycle to the beach every day but you want to be close to great restaurants and bars then go for Tulum town. Aldea Zama is a little closer to the beach than La Veleta but lacks the cafe and restaurant infrastructure of Tulum town itself. If being on the beach is the primary focus of your trip and you have a larger budget then you’ll probably want to stay on the beach strip.
Wherever you decide to stay in Tulum there certainly isn’t any shortage of beautiful, unique, boho-chic hotels that will quickly make you forget you ever came here for a beach.
For our detailed guide on where to stay exactly read The Best Areas to Stay in Tulum in 2023: Centro Vs Zona Hotelera
Where to Stay: The Best Boutique Hotels in Tulum
Tulum is growing at such a fast rate that at times it’s difficult to stay on top of all the new accommodation options available. Before deciding on where to stay in Tulum it’s a good idea to think about your budget and the types of services you’d like during a vacation stay.
Delicious on-site restaurant? Easy access to the beach and to the Sian Ka Reserve? Air-Conditioning? Private beach area? Ocean view? An outdoor swimming pool? or maybe just an all-around great place to stay in terms of aesthetics or service.
Tulum really has everything you might be looking for and more, so you’ll have to choose wisely. This is the ultimate list of my top picks for Tulum. Hotels that I’ve stayed at personally and loved the experience or options which I’ve seen and experienced first hand.
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Hotel Holistika Tulum
If yoga and wellness really are your vibe then Holistika is your mecca.
Holistika occupies a large space right on the edge of the jungle in Tulum and on their property you’ll find a spa and wellness centre that includes a yoga studio with multiple daily classes, fantastic private accommodation, two divine pools and one of the best plant-based restaurants in Tulum.
Staying at Holistika might mean that you’ll never need to leave the hotel premises and having everything you need immediately around you makes your stay so delightfully easy.
The Best Boutique Hotels in Tulum: Hotel Bardo – Adults Only
One of the coolest hotels in Tulum Centro, Hotel Bardo redefines boutique chic. This is the boho-chic style Tulum is known for, think polished concrete walls, and minimalist decor with clean lines yet with a touch of modern boho.
Rent your own little studio villa with a king-size bed, low sofas and your own personal plunge pool and you’ll soon forget about exploring anything else Tulum has to offer.
They also have plenty of healthy, plant-based options on offer at their restaurant and for breakfast. Hotel Bardo is a real gem and is one of my personal favourites if you’re looking for where to stay in Tulum.
Zenses Wellness and Yoga Resort
For another wellness and yoga-focused option, Zenses Wellness and Yoga Resort is an adults-only, 4-star hotel option on a quiet street of Tulum Centro. It’s one of the best boutique hotels in Tulum town.
This beautiful property has a swimming pool, free bikes and free parking for guests who decide to rent a car during their stay- super useful. Their restaurant offers plenty of healthy options but if you prefer to eat out there are many local options nearby.
Each room is bright, airy and beautifully decorated with a lot of frilly cushions, handwoven rugs, plants and natural materials. There’s also an on-site yoga studio where you’ll be able to attend classes free of charge every day at 8 am before you start your day exploring Tulum.
After a full day at the beach or walking around the Tulum Ruins relax at the beautiful spa and get a massage to end your day.
Hotel Tiki Tiki Tulum
A beautiful boutique hotel that will transport you back to Puerto Rico in the 50s, Hotel Tiki Tiki is a design hotel with charm and colour. Rooms are light and offer large beds and a hammock for relaxing in, a private, spacious bathroom and beautiful decor.
There’s a large pool for relaxing during the day and an on-site bar for a few pre-dinner drinks. Located in a very quiet yet safe area and a great choice for somewhere to stay in Tulum.
Era Hotel & Spa Tulum
With a similar vibe to Hotel Bardo but more affordable, Era Hotel is located in the heart of La Veleta, close to many cafes and restaurants. This small boutique hotel is built around a beautiful large pool that beautifully intertwines with the garden vegetation.
Rooms are spacious with open showers (best for couples) and a large, comfortable bed, desk and minibar. The decor is simply gorgeous; everything is made of natural materials and in dark earth tones.
On the roof, you’ll find their on-site spa, Rituals where you can relax and get a heavenly massage or facial. The service here is also top-notch and they loan bikes to get you to the beach and back. One of my personal favourites in Tulum.