The Beach Tulum: Hotel Review

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There are many lodging options when staying in Tulum.  You can stay in anything from a $30/night beach hut to an all-out, all-inclusive hotel.  On our honeymoon, we chose a more upscale option:  The Beach Tulum.

The Hotel

It’s an absolutely wonderful boutique hotel. Its location is gorgeous. It’s right next to its sister lodging option:  Cabanas Tulum. The beach is well-maintained, and the rooms are set back up a small incline, but still close enough that the ocean is at your doorstep.

Because of our red-eye flight out of Pittsburgh and the time difference (they don’t observe Daylight Savings Time,) our schedule got a little bit off. We slept more than we had in years, but we woke up very early, which was perfect for Tulum and its breathtaking sunrises which we watched out of our hammock overlooking the beach. sunrise yucatan

Travel Tip:  When telling your taxi driver your destination, just tell them “Ziggy Beach.”  If you say, “The Beach Tulum,” or “Cabanas Tulum,” you will be greeted with, “Yes, the beach is very beautiful.  All the hotels are on the beach. Which one do you want to go to?”  or “Yes, there are many cabanas here in Tulum.”  But everyone knows what you’re talking about when you say “Ziggy.”

room view

The view from our lower-level patio. Srsly.

We stayed in a Supreme room.  It was phenomenal. Not only was the room spacious and well-decorated in a minimalist, but modish way, but we had a rooftop patio with a bath. We spent many nights up there looking at the stars, awed by their multitude and moved by our own brevity.

There was air conditioning at night, which made me so happy as I don’t feel comfortable sleeping with my doors open anywhere nonetheless in a location foreign to me. There was also 24-hour security. My husband stayed up late one night, sitting out on the roof-top patio, and said that on top of the security, he saw police driving by every so often on quads, all through the night.

Aside from the rooms, everything is open. One evening we were playing pool in the lobby, which had no doors. Tiny, green lizards we had seen throughout the day in the shrubbery started scurrying up the walls and onto the ceiling. At one point a bird came and joined us, and no one seemed to notice. Nature was a part of the hotel, not apart from it.

swan towels

Honeymoon suite!

But the amenities in and of themselves weren’t even the best part; while there, we received the best customer service of our lives. The staff always seemed genuinely happy to see us. They were not only helpful, but quick to start up a conversation if we were interested. They made us feel welcome, like family, which is not something I can say of anywhere else we have stayed together.

Travel Tip: There is clean water available in the lobby via cooler. The water bottle they provide you with is a bit small for the hot, humid days; bring your own reusable bottle and you’ll have to make fewer trips to the lobby.

The Restaurant

Ziggy’s Restaurant is my favorite place to eat. Ever. Anywhere. The prices aren’t dirt cheap, but it’s by far the best value for your money I’ve ever seen.  It’s right on the beach, and you have 3 options for where to dine.  You can dine further back on the beach near the bar under a tiki-like shelter, you can dine a bit closer to the beach under a slightly less protective shelter with a fantastic view of the slight surf, or you can eat feet from the tide.

chicken skewer

The most amazing chicken skewers ever. When Oriental cuisine meets Mexican cuisine. And then meets french fries.

Since we were staying at the hotel, we got a complimentary breakfast every morning.  Not your typical choice of a cereal, day-old muffins, or DIY waffles like most places, but made fresh and hot local breakfast dishes.  Lunch was our favorite as it ran late and the prices were amazing for the quality of the meals we had.  I think we tried everything over the course of our stay and loved every bite.

candle lit dinner

At dinner, Ziggy’s turned into a place of fine dining. They really step up the ambiance with candle-lit tables and special events like tequila-tastings. Every year on our anniversary we go to a fancy restaurant, but when we tried our dinners at Ziggy’s we looked at each other and decided this was the best up-scale place we had ever eaten.

We didn’t even have shoes on.

20 thoughts on “The Beach Tulum: Hotel Review

  1. Lauren

    This looks wonderful! I’ve been hearing about Tulum lately- seems like a budget friendly destination, and a tropical one to boot!

  2. femmefrugality Post author

    It definitely can be. We chose to spend a good bit more for some opulence as far as the hotel went. We were only going to honeymoon once! But you could easily book a beach side campsite for cheaper.

  3. femmefrugality Post author

    Yup it’s expensive. Been watching it for a while, and the rates fluctuate with the season. Plus it seems like the price has been going up since they’ve been gaining well-deserved popularity. January 1 the state of QR raised the taxes on hospitality services by quite a lot, but if you paid before then you could dodge paying the increase. Plus the hotel offered us a steep discount on the room itself to book ahead, which also worked well with the logistics of our travel insurance.

    Even at full sticker price it would have been worth all of our saved up pennies. It was amazing. We usually travel dirt cheap, but this was something we were only going to get to do once. And they worked hard to earn every cent.

  4. Victoria @thefrugaltrial

    I want to go to Mexico now! I had a look at the website,that place looks amazing! A splurge for travel is (always) worth it.

    1. femmefrugality Post author

      Agreed. We often don’t splurge just so we can afford to go in the first place. But this time I’m glad we did.

  5. Daisy @ Prairie Eco Thrifter

    It looks beautiful! I have never been to Tulum but have been to Cancun, Cozumel, Playa Del Carmen and Puerto Vallarta. Mexico is great for a quick, easy getaway, though it can certainly be expensive. I laughed at the fries with all the other different cuisines.

    1. femmefrugality Post author

      True story! Tulum can be done pretty budget efficiently. We just….didn’t. It sounds like it’s the last place you have to tick off the Riviera Maya! And I know…it was so funny. But the fries were cooked in truffle oil. So even they were fancy. :p

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  7. Sara

    I just booked The Beach but it seems like the Cabanas next door are pretty similar at half the price. Is The Beach worth the big jump in price? What do you think justifies the price?

    1. femmefrugality Post author

      My memory around this is somewhat fuzzy, as it was our honeymoon and a popular time of year to visit I booked very far in advance. But if I remember correctly, the Cabanas underwent some major renovations not too long before we arrived, making the difference between the two much smaller. I’m pretty sure not all of the Cabana rooms face the ocean, but I could be mistaken on that. I’m also not sure if they have pool access. Like I said, they’ve changed a lot since I booked, and I didn’t stay there, but the same people own and run both, so the superior service is identical. Stay tuned. I’m going to try to get you an answer from someone more in the know.


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