Are you looking for the best cheap hotels in Tulum for a pleasant and memorable stay? Keep reading. We have all the answers for you.
Tulum was once the hidden gem of Mexico. Today though, this once quiet fishing village is a popular destination for hip and affluent crowd that comes here to partake in the very active nightlife, explore the Mayan ruins, and cenotes, and be part of the glamorous social scene.
What many don’t know, though, is that Tulum can also be an affordable destination with a bit of planning. The turquoise waters, great beaches, laid-back beach club atmosphere, many cenotes, fine dining, and plenty of activities make Tulum ideal for a tropical escape without breaking the bank.
How do we know? We have been traveling here for the past 7 years, first as a couple and then as a family of four. We have stayed in pretty much every hotel and resort in Tulum and this is our list of the best budget hotels in Tulum.
Posada Yum Kin Ha is an affordable eco-friendly hotel just north of Tulum’s city center. It is the ideal spot for travelers looking for an immersive experience of the local culture. We enjoyed the complimentary continental breakfast, and the relaxing outdoor pool and hot tub … especially after exploring the nearby Mayan archaeological site only 3 miles (5km) and a quick 15 min drive away.
All rooms have chic traditional architecture and artwork with air conditioning, terraces with comfortable hammocks, and most units also have kitchenettes.
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2 | Las Palmas Maya – $
At Las Palmas Maya, you’ll be able to appreciate the fresh air of the beach, which is just a stone’s throw away from the door of your room. All the rooms come with private bathrooms, air conditioning, and very comfortable and spacious sitting areas. We opted in for the room with the private patios. We really enjoyed the amenities at this hotel.
From the complimentary morning coffee, the communal kitchen for everyone to use at any time during their stay, the bike rentals available 24/7 powered by solar energy, and an exquisite breakfast and brunch cafe that will make your family mornings extra special.
Naay Curamoria is a tranquil yet luxurious boutique hotel just 2 miles (4km) from the beach. We stayed here for 2 days and really enjoyed the complimentary breakfast, bicycles for guest use, and an expansive rooftop deck with two pools, cabanas, and the onsite restaurant.
All of the rooms are equipped with modern amenities, including air-conditioning, smart TVs, Bose speakers, and memory foam beds. Ours even had a private balcony!
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4 | Weary Traveler Hostel – $
Weary Traveler is a comfortable hostel that makes for a really relaxed experience! It has an outdoor pool and bar, a shared kitchen with a barbecue, free parking, and all the necessary ingredients to make your own great-tasting breakfast. The rooms range from private suites to shared dorms. All rooms are air-conditioned. The hostel is just 2 miles (4 km) away from Tulum’s Archaeological Zone.
There are also atone of great and affordable restaurants & bars within walking distance too! You can taste some authentic tacos and try some of the local Mexican beer and wine.
Cabanas La Luna is a stunning beachfront property that includes 10 bungalows, an alluring pool, and a tantalizing restaurant. Every bungalow provides direct access to the soothing soundscape of the Caribbean waves crashing ashore. We stayed in a two-bedroom room that was well air-conditioned for a stay with maximum comfort. Furthermore, each room has its own private bathroom, so you can enjoy your privacy in this idyllic tropical paradise!
The hotel is 5 miles (8 km) away from both the downtown and archaeological area of Tulum.
Mango is just a few miles away from the Archaeological Zone and the Gran Cenote. This is a comfortable, pleasant, and inexpensive hotel very close to the city center of Tulum. We stayed here a few months ago, and everything was so conveniently close from nice restaurants and stores to bars and nightclubs.
The guestrooms are rather modest and come with air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, refrigerators, as well as complimentary coffee, tea, and filtered drinking water. Mango has an outdoor pool and a relaxing garden area!
Teetotum is a delightful and budget-friendly hotel. It has modern guest rooms with air conditioning, a minibar, a complimentary breakfast, an outdoor plunge pool, an onsite restaurant, and even spa services. And the best part? It offers free bicycles for guests to move around and explore Tulum. Just make sure that for your safety you don’t bike at night as the area doesn’t have sufficient lights.
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8 | Casa Don Diego – $
Casa Don Diego is just a short walk away from the lively town center of Tulum. This vibrant hotel offers a variety of amenities and services that made our stay here very very comfortable. The free breakfast each morning was a nice start to our day. We really liked the outdoor pool and bar/restaurant area, which made the stay at the hotel really relaxing. You can rent bikes or scuba gear from the hotel lobby if you’re feeling more adventurous! All rooms come complete with air conditioning, terraces for some fresh air relaxation time, private bathrooms … and no TVs (perfect excuse to unplug!).
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9 | Shambala Petit Hotel – $$
Shambala Petit Hotel is nestled in Tulum’s South Beach. This is a beautiful rustic property that offers isolated bungalows just steps away from the crystal-clear ocean and turquoise waters.
Most of these units come with a private bathroom and fan to ensure maximum comfort during your stay. Parking and breakfast are both complimentary! This is a prime location and an ideal spot to explore what the area has to offer.
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10 | Villas Geminis Boutique Condohotel – $$
Villas Geminis Boutique Condo hotel is an art-inspired hotel that is right at the center of downtown Tulum. It is only 2 miles (4km) away from the Gran Cenote and, of course, the beach.
All of the spacious rooms are furnished with traditional Mexican decor, air conditioning, a balcony, or a patio, and our room has a fully equipped kitchen! We really enjoyed the outdoor pool and garden.
The complimentary continental breakfast was great. And the highlight…the bicycles for exploring your surroundings.
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11 | Biwa – $$
You can surround yourself with luxury and comfort in Biwa. This mid-range hotel has a breathtaking rooftop bar, several lounge areas, an outdoor pool, free breakfast, free parking, and complimentary bicycles for you to explore downtown Tulum’s restaurants on wheels. What more can you ask for? Our stay here was very memorable and for sure exceeded our expectations! Rooms have air conditioning with minibars, coffee makers, and desks, should you need some
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