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Tulum Hemingway Romantic Cabanas
Ranked #34 of 84 Tulum B&B and Inns
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Hemingway in Tulum”
Reviewed 19 February 2012

Beach is divine, wide and very remote. Not crowded at all. Lots of comfortable chaise beds. Restaurant excellent and accommodates odd hours and requests off the menu. Helpful management and friendly staff all around. Not too much by way of excursions, but unless you are diving, you can pretty much do it yourself around Tulum and its environs. Very rustic in terms of no power in the room except for some dim lights between 5pm-5am, and geckos and bugs can traipse in, but not a bother in any way. No 3-prong outlets in the room, but you can charge a laptop in the restaurant and phones in the room. Steps from the beach. Garden rooms might be hot in summer, but in winter they are perfect, and steps from the beach, so don't worry about being stuck in a more depressing cabana. They are all wonderful. Highly recommend this place out of many of the places on the beaches in Tulum - and I definitely recommend staying on this stretch of beach versus the stretch closer to the ruins.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 February 2012

My partner and I went to Tulum 4 years ago and LOVED it- however we promised that next time we would spend a little more to stay at a "nicer" place. I'm pretty sure we found our "sweet spot" now here at Hemingway. The place we stayed last time used to be called "Cabanas Copal". Although we had a great time, the cabanas at Copal were really in need of some "TLC"- plus they were all very close to each other. They have new owners- and it's now called "Papaya Playa", so they will hopefully fix it up. We read some reviews about Hemingway, and I have to say some people are just not cut out for Tulum. If you are looking for a luxury vacation with room service and elevators and air conditioning- stay in Cancun or Playa del Carmen. Tulum is NOT for you! Hemingway is just so adorable!! Very rustic- in a good way. We were initially confused about the "sea view" accommodations. All "ocean front" cabanas were booked, so we opted for the next best thing- "sea view". But here's the thing- there are only 2 "sea view" choices. One is a cabana that has a decent view, and two beds. The other option is "Estrella"- which is located on top of the restaurant. It's actually closer to the waves than all 3 ocean front cabanas. Literally 30-50 feet from where the waves crash. It has one very large king size bed. We were delighted by our decision to select this one. Sure- you get the scent of the delicious food cooking every night, but the best part is the view. Because it's perched above the restaurant, the view is DIVINE. Pure paradise! We not only had a better view of the ocean, we also had an amazing breeze all night long. Our deck was at an angle- so we were also able to see down the entire stretch of the beach. Plus, we had better electricity and internet since we were part of the main building. We even had an outlet in our room to charge our iPods and phones. (I don't think anyone else had this) The staff is great- we especially loved Mari (our waitress for breakfast EVERY day). And Melina who does the massages is the best!! There isn't much I would say needs to change here. The chairs on our deck could have been a bit more comfy. The one night we ate dinner there it was amazing. The owner is from Italy- so the food is quite delicious :-) Yes, a bit pricey- but if you're staying at Hemingway, you MUST have dinner there at least once. We saved it for the one night it was sprinkling so we didn't get caught out in the rain. The restaurant across the street (El Tabano) is also a must! It was just featured in Nat'l Geographic Traveler. They really seem to take very good care of the grounds- Heminway's beach was raked each day for seaweed and the handle on our toilet was fixed before we could even ask for repair. Rented a car in Cancun from "Tulum Car Rental" and got a great deal ($200 USD for an automatic for the week). We didn't do a whole lot of exploring, but it was nice to have the car to go to the Supermarket and buy some snacks and beer and wine (which we learned cannot be purchased on Sundays unless you go to a smaller place and bribe the clerk with US dollars). We did a day trip to the ruins in Coba. Much less crowded than Chichen Itza. Very cool. Also did some "cenotes" which was really cool. Other than that- we parked our butts on the beach every day. Another nice thing was the fact that they had enough beds on the beach for every group. I think there are only a total of 12 cabanas here- so very small, intimate, and if you get to meet other guests, it starts to feel like one big family. The beach is also much wider at Hemingway than other places. Perhaps the reef and rocks just offshore help minimize erosion?? We left Philly on Feb. 4th and stayed till the 11th. We had a full moon and perfect weather. VERY hot in the sun- even in Feb!! 80-82 during the day, and 68-70 at night. Just divine! In fact, one night we even pulled up the blanket! No A/C necessary- at all!! We would sleep with the door to the deck open (since we were on the 2nd floor) so we fell fast asleep to the sound of the waves crashing on the beach, and in the morning I would open my eyes and look right out to the beautiful ribbons of turquoise in the sea, and birds chirping. The restaurant never once kept us up at night, and one morning I remember hearing them open and then fell right back asleep. You will need: Sunscreen, Bug spray, flip flops, bathing suit, couple t-shirts, and that's about it! We stocked up on some fruits and chips, etc so that we could just do a light lunch- this way we were actually hungry come dinner time. It was crazy to see how much has changed in Tulum since our last visit 4 years ago. I have to admit- the supermarket was a nice convenience, BUT, we worry that Tulum will one day end up like other resort destinations. But for now, it's still got that rustic feel. Most restaurants are very good, the people here are really by far the warmest and nicest of all the Caribbean. I shouldn't be telling all the world about our little spot that we were so lucky to find- but booking a trip to Tulum can be confusing. Believe me- if you go to Tulum, and are lucky enough to stay ocean front anywhere- leave your stress behind. You can rest assured that a week at Hemingway will be the best week of the year!! But like all vacations, it always has to come to an end. We were sweating getting the car packed for the ride back to crowded Cancun- then landed 3 hours later IN THE SNOW! Talk about reality check! The worst part is leaving. Scratch that- the worst part is going back to work. But at least we know we can start saving for next year. We WILL be back to Hemingway in 2013. If this sounds like your type of destination- you will never want to leave. If you usually go to the "all-inclusive" type of resorts with 7 swimming pools and 17 restaurants- you will hate it. Don't try booking "Estrella" next February- we already have it on hold!!

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Reviewed 27 January 2012

We traveled at Hemingways's a month ago. It was our first visit in Tulum. The beach is just amazing.Tulum is not the typical crowded touristic place as Cancun might be.
The hotel is very nice, not too modern and not too basic.
We liked very much our stay, the room was nice, large enough, comfortable and very clean.
The only thing which could have been optimized would be the prices at the restaurant.
Food is fine but much too expensive, especially compared to other similar places around.
We loved the situation of the hotel and just for that reason it's worth staying at Hemingway's!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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Reviewed 4 December 2011

The second I turned into the sandy parking stall, opened my door and sunk my toes into the flour like sand that buried the top of my feet, we knew we had made a good decision. Like many, we wanted to try something different. This place is a respectable, well cared for, well appointed, casual paradise getaway spot. I researched this strip of boutique hotels through a third party agent and it was not easy to make a decision. This kind of vacationing is likely not for everyone but it was exactly what we were looking for.

The water pressure is low, the lights only came on at night (funny how that works hey?) and we could see clearly between the floor boards, the sand beneath. But folks, leave your hang ups at home when you get here. The plumbing is an experience but completely functional, clean, and private. The rooms are rudimentary, rustic, tribal, cultural, serial to my way of life. So very cool.

The grounds are very well kept and the gardens are well designed to add privacy for all. We enjoyed our ideal vacation but it isn't necessary to have a cabana right on the beach to reach Nirvana, any one of the cabins would be enjoyable at this place. We kept the shutters open and the ocean breeze swept right through our beach front cabana all night, which was wonderful. You do not need to wear shoes anywhere on this property.

My wife and I lost 5 and 6 pounds respectively, eating only a small amount of fruit and homemade bread in the morning, the fresh catch with some soup and salad for dinner, and pica de gallo salsa and chips in-between. The food everywhere in Tulum was fabulous including this place. We ate the fresh catch tossed with homemade pasta and a flavorful tomato based sauce served for the 2 of us in the pan it was prepared in, just as we imagined it might be like. We ordered the same thing the next day based on the owner's recommendation as she described what the fisherman sold to her chef.

You can expect no less then what Hemingway offers on-line so if you are intrigued by that, you will not be disappointed.

The beach was nice, not the best swimming directly in front but there is so much beach in Tulum you will not be deprived in anyway. There were no shortage of clean beach beds.

We ate at several spots offsite and they were all fantastic: directly across was an all-day breakfast and lunch spot, the Mezzanine and Zuma hotels were good too. In Tulum itself we recommend a funky spot called Pepenero's for shisha smoking from hookahs in the back or just hanging out on the front patio being cool with other cool people, either way the cocktails were incredible hand made creations - superb.

We rented a car through Hertz via Hotwire for $115.00Cdn/US for the week, unlimited mileage, for us it was well worth it.

There are many cabana style hotels on this strip. They all have a different thing going on, this one is rustic and quiet. I wouldn't stay at all of them. I'd stay here again but we'd like to checkout others too.

Tulum is a casual experience far away from the chaos of Cancun.

Enjoy.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Detroit, MI
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Reviewed 10 November 2011

We rented a car in Cancun rather than mess with the expensive bus transfer. Tulum is very different from the ghastly hotels in Cancun and surroundings, but the Hemingway was perhaps a little basic. We were fortunate in one sense that we had the second-story room over the restaurant; good because it was full of ocean breeze and up above the movements of the people below; not so good because late drinkers in the bar/restaurant downstairs would keep us up longer than we wished. But the balcony hammock was a great place to laze, morning noon or night, and the shower was wonderfully basic: like washing under a waterfall... I was glad that we were not in one of the Hemingway cabanas, especially one away from the beach.
The beach is great with lots to explore in both directions, and the shelter of the off-shore reef and steady trade winds make it a great place to learn to wind surf, kite board, etc.. The Hemingway/Tulum is also a good jumping-off point for Yucatan explorations of pyramids, Tulum's ruins, the inland waterways and the coast down to Belize.
We had to replenish our cash a few times and had trouble with Tulum ATMs (although not with the good supermarket there). There are several very good ccard restaurants (and small hotels) up and down the beach, and we ate at these as well as the Hemingway restaurant. We had some great meals.
Next time, we will probably stay in one of the more luxurious places, but we did like it simple, and we did like Tulum.

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  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Tulum Hemingway Romantic Cabanas
Address: Carretera Boca Paila km 5.5 | Zona Costera, Tulum 77780, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Tulum
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Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #34 of 84 B&Bs / Inns in Tulum
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €€
Number of rooms: 24
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