We've just returned from two weeks in Mexico. During the trip, we were married at a private house in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. Most of our friends and family stayed at the Hip Hotel for four to eight days. We spent three nights there prior to the wedding and ate many meals. We selected the hotel because of the kind staff, gorgeous stretch of beach, delicious food (we are true foodies), free full breakfast and fair room rates. The Hip Hotel expertly accommodated a large group. I cannot say enough good things about the experience. We looked at many of the hotels on Tulum beach, and also stayed at Be Tulum and El Pez. In the end, we settled on the Hip Hotel and will be back again.
I usually on the positive first in my reviews, but in this instance I need to start by saying I've read many of the negative reviews. I can't help but wonder if they were written by people who would be better suited for a week at Dreams Tulum or the Marriott in Cancun? I feel like we stayed at different hotels. Yes, you may have geckos in your room or find the occasional giant jungle bug in the shower. It is Tulum. If you have a disability, it might not be the best place for you. There are lots of stairs and lots of sand. You are nestled between the ocean and the jungle. This will happen at any hotel on the beach strip. Even when being treated to a $560/night (overpriced!) honeymoon suite at Be Tulum, we had geckos visiting us at night, lots of sand and lots of stairs. Also, there will be noise on the road in the morning. As Tulum beach becomes more and more developed, there is constant traffic. Staff are arriving the morning and locals will be selling them breakfast from the road. Dogs run free. Embrace it. Or find another vacation spot. If you don't spring for a beach front room, you may be hot at night. The ocean front breezes are constant and they block the noise and cool you down. This is a choice you make when you book a hotel. Tulum is a popular destination spot for weddings, and the weekend parties may be difficult for some travelers. There were 10 weddings the same night as ours on Tulum beach. We had live music at every hotel we stayed at and embraced it as part of the Mexico culture. Several hotel guests crashed our wedding events and we welcomed them. My husband, myself and our guests spoke as much Spanish as possible to the Hip Hotel staff and the gesture went very far in making fast friends! While all of the staff did speak some English, we found that providing our guests with helpful Spanish phrases added to everyone's experience at the Hip! The rooms are somewhat more spartan than the more expensive hotels on the beach we stayed at, but also less expensive and with much better beaches and balconies. The wi-fi does not reach to most rooms but is available in the open air lobby 24-hours a day. Tulum is not a place for wi-fii lovers, at any hotel.
Some of the most positive aspects of our stay:
1. Many of our single, older and less seasoned travelers were greeted at the Cancun airport with pink roses, bottled water and driven in a nice Mercedes Benz. They loved it!
2. Sandra planned fantastic and worry free pre-wedding events for us and 1/5 of the price of other wedding venues in the area. She planned a beach party with live music, passed hor dourves and unlimted margaritas for very little cost and no stress on the bride and groom. It was one of the best parties of our lives. She also knew when to shut the bar down and send everyone to bed.
3. The beach is incredible. There is a lot of space to spread out and relax. It would be hard for you to find a better beach front property in Tulum. We saw turtles and swan from sunrise to sunset. The cabanas are a nice touch. The restaurant deck is fabulous.
4. The ocean front rooms are spacious and worth the extra cost. We stayed in Room 18, which provided lots of privacy and space. Each room has a hammock. They are somewhat spartan.
5. We are true foodies. Before you book a stay, it helps to recognize the food of the Yucatan Peninsula is a much simpler form of Mexican comida or Tex-Mex than most travelers are used to. We picked the hotel mostly because of one peaceful afternoon eating the Pescado Aguachilies on the open air balcony. I could eat this meal, and the hotel's fresh guacamole and homemade chips, every day. In fact, I did during my stay. We also loved the Hartwood and El Camello Jr. The free breakfast does include eggs made any way you like. The Spanish speakers in our group found this included many elaborate breakfasts. We LOVED the deck and spent whole days there eating, drinking and making memories with our family and friends.
6. The location is great. There are lots of other fun restaurants to walk to and fun shops to explore. You are very close to the biosphere reserve and also a quick drive to town.
In closing, I could not be happier with our Hip Hotel experience. If you want the real Tulum, you won't be sorry. Not everything will be perfect, but it will work out perfectly. Be open to the Mexican culture. Understand your destination. And if that isn't your style, consider a higher end option such as Be Tulum, Dreams or Ana y Jose. But for us, after one night at Be Tulum, we were happy to return to the Hip!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With 22 rooms, our oceanfront hotel has a wide beach of white sand and crystalline sea, peaceful garden with palm trees, Restaurant-Bar oceanfront Mexican fusion cuisine - Gourmet, Lobby Lounge with Bar - Bar with free internet connection (WiFi), Free Parking, Bar Beach and highly trained staff will do everything to make your stay fabulous.Some days are blue and calm, the waters warm, delicious ... Some days are cloudy, with big storms, even when it seems that the ocean is going to devour the birth of a new day full of sun and heat.All rooms, located just steps from the beach, have a king size bed, some with sofa bed, ceiling fan, 24-hour electricity, closet, safe box, private bathroom with shower, screened windows and balconies or terrace with hammock. Spectacular beach of soft white sands and calm seas • reclining beach chairs with umbrellas, palapa • Beach bar with international drinks and cocktails • Beautiful gardens with palm trees on white sand • Restaurant - oceanfront outdoor terrace and panoramic view • Coffee-bar in the Lobby • Free parking • Free Internet access in the Lobby Cafe-Bar • Currency exchange at reception • Transfers to / from Cancun airport can be hired on reservation • Laundry on request • Medical service on request Other Amenities:Car rental on reservation Massages by appointment, hotel marketing by aliveunique ... more less
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