Las Palmas Maya is a top pick for Tulum--well-priced, great location (literally across from the beach–beach access with chairs and umbrellas are provided by the neighbouring hotel OM). We stayed for 6 nights. The site manager, Tom, made us feel very welcome, made sure that we were happy with the lodging and offered helpful advice about attractions and dining. Our room had everything that we needed, including hot water, and was swept out each day by the staff. The hotel has a beautiful outdoor area which includes a large community kitchen. Cooking for ourselves saved some money, as the restaurants in the hotel area are quite expensive. Las Palmas provided filtered water for drinking (bring a water bottle and take it to go).
Las Palmas felt safe and relaxing, and was generally quiet (without power in the area, they run a generator on a schedule in the evening). Each room has its own lock – we felt safe leaving our belongings there during the day. A rope or line to dry wet beach wear would have been a welcome addition in the room. In the future, we would hope to see some earth-friendly additions such as solar power, composting, recycling, etc. Coming from Vancouver, B.C., we were surprised at all the plastic on surrounding beaches, and the volume (and smell) of garbage from all of the hotels in the area.
Rent a bike and head to the ruins or to town (a solid half-hour ride to either location), or hop in a taxi for 70-90 pesos (they come by the hotel about every two minutes). If you're looking to escape the "pre-packaged" tourist setup and experience a magical place with real people this hotel and area are for you.
Things we suggest you bring on your trip:
Beach towel or blanket, bug spray, sunscreen, shades, reusable water bottle, pesos (the ATMs in the area are not very reliable), a good book, a backpack
Tyler & Jolie
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Las Palmas Maya is a welcome retreat in the jungle of Tulum. With beach access just across the road, you are only footsteps away from one of the most beautiful beaches in the world! The recent addition of 24hr electricity is a huge amenity, offered at only a few beach zone hotels. Our newly renovated communal kitchen and lounge offers guests the opportunity to keep a few groceries on hand for small meals or snacks, and a wonderful place to relax, read, or chat with other guests. Our rooms have been completely remodeled and are fresh, clean and airy. Some of the other amenities offered are private bathrooms with pressurized hot water, free wi-fi, and bicycles available for rent. In addition, Las Palmas Maya is pet friendly! ... more less
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