I didn't like Tulum. But I really liked this hostel. The main highway from Cancun to who knows where runs right through Tulum and this hostel is located right next to the highway and the far end of town. There's nothing calming or enticing about the area, but once you walk into the reception it's like you're transported to a wonderful peaceful oasis. The vibe is SO good.
I stayed for 2 nights in 'la mano'. A private room with a double bed on the 2nd floor in the back building. I liked the room very much. Some hooks to hang things on would have been appreciated, but it was decorated very nicely. There was a ceiling fan as well as a floor fan.
I stayed for 3 nights in 'el cotorro' which is also on the 2nd floor in the back building. It's a LOVELY room. So spacious, king bed, a long bench under the window, a hammock (I think they need to re-hang it I couldn't lay in it properly), a nice balcony with 2 chairs and a table (view of some small trees - meh), and AC. If they could add a floor fan and some hooks to this room it would be perfect!
The WiFi worked fine. Breakfast was OK. Small, but healthy and delicious and coffee! People working there were nice and helpful. I really enjoyed my stay. The only thing I didn't like is the cats meowing in the middle of the night. They woke me up every single night.
If you don't mind being so far away from the beach (the entire town is 6KM away from the beach, but this hostel is as far away from the turn off to the road that leads to the beach as you can get) this is a perfect budget option.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- El Jardín de Frida is your home in Tulum, we're an Eco-Cultural Poshtel, full of magic, culture and art built around a beautiful botanical garden. The project is inspired not only in Frida Kahlo's amazing life, but also in Mexico's great culture, art and traditions, offering all that in your stay. We are located in Tulum's residential area, on the main avenue, 5 minutes away from downtown and the bus station. We cater to guests looking for a quiet and comfortable place to relax, surrounded by a beautiful lush tropical garden. Our garden is programed to help you heal and release any energy you no longer wish to carry with you. You will be surrounded by the beauty of nature... The singing of the birds in the morning will wake you up and the chirping of the crickets at night will accompany you in your dreams. In our beautiful botanical garden you will find different species of local trees and plants, like the sacred Mayan tree or the chicle (bubble gum) tree, amongst others. Here you can learn about our local flora and their uses. We also have a hammock site where you can lay down below bamboo trees, a great place to arrive and chill after a day of exploring the area. We are concerned not only in the quality of service but also in developing activities that benefit the planet. We offer you a good price, an excellent service and an unforgettable stay full of magic, nature and Mexican culture. Here you SLEEP, LEARN and HEAL. Welcome HOME! ... more less