Aloft Tulum

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Aloft Tulum - An Honest Review

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Aloft Tulum Hotel, Mexico is conveniently located within half a mile (1 km) of Tulum National Park and 3 miles (5 km) of Tulum Mayan Ruins. It is also close to Playa Ruinas and Playa Paraiso, both within 3 miles (5 km) of the Mayan ruins. The hotel offers two restaurants, two outdoor pools, and a 24-hour gym.


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The hotel has 3 conference rooms and free WiFi in all public areas. You can enjoy the rooftop terrace and visit the two bars/lounges and poolside bar for drinks. The hotel is smoke-free.

Tulum, Mexico is recognized for its bohemian beach atmosphere. Along the beachfront, visitors can find independent eco-resorts, bars, and shops that offer a variety of products from pharmaceuticals to avant-garde beachwear.

The Aloft Tulum is a unique hotel that opened in February. It is different from other hotels in Tulum because it is not located on the busy beachfront, and it is managed by a global hospitality brand. This hotel is also different from other Aloft properties found in the United States.

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In the United States, most properties are considered mid-tier and provide decent accommodation with average amenities which are not usually designed to be the main attraction. However, the Aloft Tulum sets itself apart from others, which becomes evident from the moment guests arrive. As soon as visitors step into the lobby, they are greeted with high ceilings and multi-story, glass-paneled windows that offer a breathtaking view of the majestic rainforest.

The hotel is located in front of Tulum National Park, which contributes to its peaceful atmosphere. It is also built surrounding a sizeable portion of the forest, rather than directly on top of it. The complex features a tree canopy that grows through its center, visible from many public areas and guest rooms.

Aloft Tulum Hotel Review

Tulum, Mexico is famous for its bohemian beach vibe. Along the beach, there are numerous independent boutique eco-resorts, bars, and shops selling a diverse range of items, from medications to cutting-edge beach attire.

The Aloft Tulum, which began operation in February, stands out from the traditional Aloft properties commonly found in the United States. It is also the first hotel in Tulum to be managed by a global hospitality brand. Unlike other hotels located on the busy beachfront, the Aloft Tulum is conveniently situated away from the shoreline.

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In the United States, most properties offer mid-tier lodging with average amenities and are not usually considered their own destinations. However, Aloft Tulum sets itself apart and this is evident as soon as guests arrive. The lobby features high ceilings and large windows that provide a stunning view of the untouched rainforest.

The hotel is located across from Tulum National Park, which contributes significantly to its serene atmosphere. It is also constructed around a spacious forest area rather than on top of it. A treetop canopy grows right through the middle of the hotel, and most of the public spaces and guestrooms provide a great view of it.

The Rooftop Bar and Infinity Pool

One of the best features of the resort is the Atico Rooftop Bar & Lounge, which is exclusively for adults. Here, guests can indulge in mezcal cocktails, tacos, salads, and other local and international food. They can also enjoy hookahs with a choice of flavored tobaccos.

One can feel like they’re on an island surrounded by the lush green forest canopy of the nearby national park, with views of the beach resorts’ rooftops in the distance. The Tulum Ruins’ Castillo can also be seen to the north.

Guests can relax next to the infinity pool on a lounger or in a first-come, first-served cabana. The pool bar offers service making it a popular lounge spot for many guests when they aren’t out exploring the local area.

The hotel is located close to the beach, ruins, and central district of Tulum. The central district of Tulum is designated as a “Pueblo Magico,” indicating remarkable beauty, culture, and cuisine. Guests can explore artisanal shops and try cochinita pibil (a Yucatecan specialty of pork roasted with citrus juices) tacos.

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Clients who love the beach can ask the hotel staff about three different beach clubs that have partnered with the hotel. Each club has their own rules for admission, but the staff can assist in choosing the appropriate club.

During my stay, I visited Mia Restaurant & Beach Club where I spent the afternoon relaxing in an oceanfront day bed surrounded by palm trees.

At Aloft Tulum, the guestrooms are designed in a loft style and equipped with comfortable brand-standard beds, glass-walled rainfall showers, and numerous outlets for charging devices, making it easy to relax and unwind at the end of the day. You can also check in through Marriott’s Bonvoy app and get a digital key.

The Location

The hotel is located about two hours away from Cancun International Airport. If guests need help with transportation, the hotel staff can provide assistance and advise on the best departure time to avoid traffic. The cost of parking at the hotel is $12 per day.

To cope with the possibility of planned power outages, the hotel has its own electrical generator. Guests may experience a small clicking sound when the system switches over and slightly reduced air conditioning output as the system conserves energy during these times.

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