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La vita e bella vs. Rosa del Viento

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La vita e bella vs. Rosa del Viento

My boyfriend and I are going to Mexico in may/june and are planning a 4 nights stay in Tulum. We have been looking at the beach hotels and find it hard to choose from the many options.

So far we have booked a cabana/room at the beach on both La Vita e bella and Rosa del Viento for the same days in june - and we are then going to cancel on of them in time.

So my question is: Has anyone been to both of them or at least one of them? And what would you recommend?

Personally, I find La Vita e Bella to be way too expensive for what it is compared to other, better hotels. Also, this particular hotel has some rather mixed reviews. On the other hand, Rosa del Viento's location probably isn't as good as La Vita...

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1. Re: La vita e bella vs. Rosa del Viento

RdV gets better consistent reviews than LVeB. Both have a somewhat beach club atmosphere - so there will be nonguests popping in to hang out for the day.

Take a look at the map on alltulumhotels.com to get an idea what is near each hotel. There is more to walk to near RdV although it's far south along the hotel zone.

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2. Re: La vita e bella vs. Rosa del Viento

These two properties are about as far apart on the beach as you can get. La Vite e Bella is on the north beach, closer to the ruins (but only three or four restaurants within easy walking distance). Rosa del Viento has air-conditioning, if that helps your decision. It is very far south on the beach road, but as Pepper said, if you're up for a good walk, you'll find plenty of dining options. Or you can get a car, which opens everything up.

Of the two, I'd probably go with RdV. You only have four nights, will you mostly just be flopping on the beach, or are you eager to get out and about, see the ruins and cenotes and go into town? If you're flopping on the beach, I'd stick with RdV. If you want to be doing more and open up more dining options, you might find another property more centrally located. But it sounds like you've got it narrowed down to these two, and of the two I'd point you to RdV.

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3. Re: La vita e bella vs. Rosa del Viento

Thanks for your reply. Since we are going in june, i guess we would appreciate A/C, but still, we are young people in our late 20's, so we should be able to cope with just a fan :)

We narrowed it down to these two based on a mix of the reviews, direct location on the beach, price and availability. However, Nueva Vida de Ramiro might be an option too (they still have some available rooms in our price range). Would you still stick with RdV or is NVR better?

We might rent a car - but it isn't a big deal. We don't mind walking a bit to get to a restaurant or other transportation options.

We won't be flopping on the beach all day long. We are going to see the close-by attractions such as the ruins, Si'an Ka'an, the town of Tulum etc. But obviously we want to enjoy staying at the beach as well, so there will be some relaxing, swimming and so on.

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4. Re: La vita e bella vs. Rosa del Viento

Nueva Vida has a more central location plus great consistent reviews. Definitely worth considering.

There are heaps small hotels along the beach in Tulum. See the map on alltulumhotels.com for reference.

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5. Re: La vita e bella vs. Rosa del Viento

Thanks, Pepper. I think we have ditched LVB and are now leaning towards either NVR or RdV. But it's a hard choice as they both seem great and pretty much what we were looking for.

Decisions, decisions! :-)

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6. Re: La vita e bella vs. Rosa del Viento

Rooms at NV vary quite a bit. Let us know if you need help picking one.

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7. Re: La vita e bella vs. Rosa del Viento

Yes, which room is available at NVR? That does make a difference. NVR is definitely more centrally located than RdV, more restaurants to walk to, etc. The NVR beach will also feel a bit more private as they only set out chairs and such for guests in residence, no beach clubbing at all. At RdV, they have lots of chairs set out all the time, so it's a bit more cluttered, if that makes sense. And they do apparently bring in buses from time to time. So, depending on which rooms at each you have to choose from, that mght make the difference.

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8. Re: La vita e bella vs. Rosa del Viento

Thanks guys, your help is truly appreciated! :-)

At RdV we booked the last ocean front room. Don't know which name or number it has.

At NVR room 8 it available at a special rate (so it might not be available much longer).

Also available is room #9, and many of the cheepest rooms in the garden like Beso, Ambar and Coral.

23, 25, 27, 28, 29 and 30 - the Corazon rooms - are available. We were considering room 30 (Suspiro) or maybe another of the Corazons'. Although room #8 is more attractive due to the price difference.

The cheaper garden rooms are probably too hot, so don't think we'll pick one of those.

So should we go for #8 or 30 - or maybe a different Corazon room?

Edited: 22 April 2014, 05:56
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9. Re: La vita e bella vs. Rosa del Viento

#8 is definitely better than #9 at NVR, but if you can afford a Corazon room, those rooms are much newer, brighter and larger. But if the price they're offering on 8 makes a difference, it's a cool room. It's a standalone bungalow of dark wood with a great deck and a view of the water, very private. Not as good as #7, #11 or #12, but pretty good. Pretty rustic with all the wood, It's interesting that the Corazon rooms are the same price now as something like #8 (on the rate sheet, not with a discount). They started out being significantly more expensive, now looks like they've brought the cabanas up to the price level of the Corazon rooms.

So the Corazon rooms are nicer, larger and have a somewhat more private beach area where children, theoretically, are not allowed. The main difference between the lower units and the upper units is the ceiling. Uppers would have the soaring palapa, the lowers would have solid concrete ceilings. Advantage to the former is the look of it and the spacious feel, advantage to the latter is that the concrete is more sterile, and some folks feel it results in fewer visitors (geckos, etc.). I love the palapa as it's something you don't get at home, but it's definitely personal choice. At Corazon, the lowers are still elevated above the ground level so you still get a great view and privacy from the beach, so it's really about the ceilings.

But if you like rustic and want a standalone cabana, go for #8, especially if they're giving you a good deal.

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10. Re: La vita e bella vs. Rosa del Viento

We finally made our choice.. We have now booked room 23 at NVR :-)

It was a hard battle of the palapa vs concrete ceiling, but in the end - the concrete won.

Hope we will be happy with our decision and we are looking so much forward to our trip, where we will be staying in Mexico City - Isla Mujeres - Valladolid - Tulum and Akumal.

Thanks for your great tips and take care! :-)