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Zamas
Ranked #20 of 99 Hotels in Tulum
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 March 2014

My husband and I spent 4 nights at Zamas in mid March 2014 and we both loved it.

We stayed in the small beachfront cabana no 3 which is the furtherest from the restaurant, possibly closest to the road. We did find it very noisy the first night but not so much the road noise as the wind. The wind seemed to build up by the evening and for whatever reason our room really caught the breeze. So we were waking regularly on our first night. We got used to this for the next two nights and then suddenly on our last night, the wind disappeared and it was blissfully quiet with just the ocean sounds lulling us to sleep :)

The cabana itself was very cute. Rather small but we only used it to sleep, wash and change in. The location on the beach was so awesome that there was no need to stay in the room. There are 2 hammocks outside and we never had trouble getting beach loungers right outside our room.

Some of the beach at Zamas can be a bit rocky but just to the right of our cabana is some nice swimming water. When that wind died off this area was beautiful for swimming and so clean and clear. Yes, the diving company anchors their boats in this swimming area which is a little annoying but doesn't have to affect your experience here

Zamas is probably in the best spot along the beach road, as there are several good bars and restaurants right across the road, tho Zamas themselves are probably the best restaurant on the beach anyway. You can also hire bikes for $100mx per day just a couple hundred meters down the road. These are great as the pueblo, ruins and other worthy attractions are biking distance from Zamas, and it's a fun way to get around Tulum - very safe

Staff are very friendly and helpful and the room servicing was top notch! They turn down the room each night, prepping the netting over the bed. Netting obviously works well as we didn't use any repellant and didn't get bitten once.

There is no A/C but it wasn't needed in March. We did use the ceiling fan which did the trick along with the breeze that came thru (bit more than desired for the first few nights).

I walked the beach, south, every morning, to just south of Ziggys, and I think we picked a great place in Zamas. The beach is full of weed from El Pez right thru to Amansala and they don't seem to clear it. Some places can be very smelly from the weed. They don't have this problem at Zamas.

The food at the restaurant is very fresh and tasty and the prices are very reasonable. My husband enjoyed the fresh fish caught in the afternoon and on his plate for dinner! The pizza is very good too. French toast for breakfast was excellent.

There is no fridge in the cabanas so we bought a bucket at the supermarket down the road, filled it with ice, and our beers, to enjoy outside our cabana. Tho the prices at Zamas are reasonable too. You could also get a polystyrene bin with lid at the Xoxo down the road ( we didn't know until we already had the bucket!)

I hope I get the chance to return to Tulum, and of course Zamas, someday in the future. Thanks for making our Mexican experience such an awesome one :)

Room Tip: Cabanas right on the beach but be prepared for the noise of the ocean and possibly the wind. Still w...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

Zamas and Tulum were exactly what we were looking for during the winter of 2014. We rented a cabana across the street from the beach and restaurant which had 2 double beds. The beds were very comfortable. They have a big drinking water dispenser with glasses for the room and filling up water bottles. It was replaced at least twice while we were there. There was good air movement through the room, but we also had a ceiling fan and an oscillating fan for a little more air movement. The building (#12) was all our own, elevated above the ground with an excellent front porch that looked at the sea. The porch had 2 hammocks and 2 chairs and always had a breeze. There were iguanas in the garden. With the fence separating the garden from the road - you couldn't really see the road, but you could see the sea and hear the waves.
The beach was small but nice. Our 1st day there I was about to walk into the water in the rocky area and saw a ray. Decided to stay in the designated swimming section which had a sandy bottom, once you got out a little further there were rocks. I chose to do the ray shuffle - leading with my toes in the sand to move any rays instead of stepping on them.
We enjoyed some of our meals at the restaurant (breakfast, lunch and dinner). It was easy to sign the receipt with your room number and signature and total out the bill at the end of your stay. Even if we didn't eat there, we tried to catch some of the live music and a drink in the evening. Great margaritas and cold beer. The restaurant wi-fi worked well. Almost felt guilty using it as it really felt like we were off the grid. Food by candle light, no A.C. (didn't need it), mosquito netting over the beds.
Very nice staff. The reception staff helped us arrange a taxi to Akumal (for snorkeling). They recommended the bike rental place where for 100 pesos you could rent a bike for the day (needed to have it back by 6:00). We road bikes into Tulum, to the Tulum ruins and to Sian Ka'an reserve (each was probably about 5 km away). We also road bikes to a big super store close to town to use the ATMs there.
There were always plenty of taxis to go into Tulum or anywhere else you would like to go. We took one into Tulum to eat at El Camello which was great and recommended.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

We stayed in a beachfront cabana for 5 nights in March.
The staff were friendly and approachable.
The room was small, but we expected this, and it wasn't small enough to worry about, particularly when it was located right on the beach, just a few steps from the sea. The bed was comfortable, and the room was kept well. There is no a/c, but there is enough breeze from the sea that it isn't needed (in March).
The restaurant was the best in Tulum - not only for the beautiful seafront location. The food was fantastic - well priced and fresh ingredients.
There is live music every night at the restaurant, which can be heard in the room, but it doens't continue any later than 9.30/10pm.
This is probably one of the best located hotels also - there is a dive shop just behind (Mexidivers) who were great and it is on the first stretch of the 'beach road', which probably has the most going on, as well as being closest to Tulum town.

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Reviewed 18 March 2014

We've traveled to the Tulum area three times in the past four years and each time we've built in a stay at Zamas. It's convenient, comfortable, on a spectacular beach and the restaurant has some of the best food in the region -- and great music at night. It's hard to go wrong here. We'll definitely be back.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 March 2014

Overall I enjoyed my stay at Zamas. It's important to set your expectations for staying on the beach in Tulum. The beach road does not have city electric, water, sewer or other services. Each hotel survives off the grid. Zamas had 24 hour electricity although some don't. Zamas uses solar, wind and a backup generator. "Potable" water is delivered to hotels in large trucks which fill up tanks. There are also trucks taking away waste water. With generated power it's expensive or not possible to have air conditioning so rooms can be hot depending on what you expect. Zamas has fans which were helpful.

Zamas has wifi in the main building. It's connected to satellite dish which can be slow. No wifi in rooms. I think all internet on the beach road is through satellite so it's not as good as a wire. The reception guys - Max and Salvidor were excellent. Zamas food was good although there are plenty of places to explore. Zamas seems to have live music each night.

Zamas is located very close to a beach store, 3 ATMs, other places to eat and places to shop. Think of a narrow beach road with little shops on either side. Other places along the beach road may be a very far walk for anything so if you are on foot this is convenient. Also close are 3 tour outfitters you can walk to discuss your plans with.

If you want a perfect beach Zamas is not the place. The sand is great and no one bothers you but in the water there are rocks. They have a sign telling you an area to swim which has sand on the bottom but it's just a small area. Not crowded just not perfect. They also park the 2 dive boats in this only area without rocks. Seems dumb to have a swim area and then have a dive boat back in to park right where you were swimming. After the dive boat parks you can swim around them. A lot of the beachline is rocky but there are places north near the Tulum ruins where the hotels have great beachs and I believe some places south with less rocks. Not sure any will be perfect.

Zamas has some small cabanas right on the beach, which are priced the highest I think. Other places on the beach side of the road but not with a beach view...behind some rocks and next to the main building. On the other side of the beach road is what they call the jungle and they have a lot of building there. I stayed in the jungle side. Our room was expansive with 1 double and 2 single beds, huge bathroom. The rooms on the jungle side are probably the least expensive and also the newest and biggest. It's only a very short walk to the beach although the small beach road is busy which you cross. We never waited more than a minute for a opening in the coming cars though.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

We went for a girls trip - 7 of us stayed at Zamas. Five of us stayed in the beachside family suite and 2 stayed in a cabana next door. The suite was great for 5 people, great layout and plenty of space. The only negative was the bathroom, while it was closed, from the 8 foot wall to the celing was open, so anytime anyone went in the bathroom for whatever, you could hear them. The other thing that would have been nice was to have 2 sinks..
We did however have a great time and a great veiw of the water. The staff was very nice and friendly.

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Reviewed 2 March 2014

We returned to Zamas for 10 days and returned home last night. It was our 5th visit and it remains or favorite place to sit and relax on the beach. Food is excellent....the best burgers, pasta carbonara, guacamole, and fish,fish,fish! The shrimp with achiote is superb. Max and Salvatore were extremely helpful, Blanca brought us our fruit salad every morning and the beach was perfect with gently rolling waves and a breeze every day. Our grandsons, 7 and 8 had a great time and there were plenty of menu choices for them. When my husband got sick...a bad cough...no tummy problems for any of us...Max called the doctor who made a house call to Zamas and the doctor was excellent. We look forward to returning!

Room Tip: We love to palapas on the water side...number 4 and 2/3
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Additional Information about Zamas

Address: Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila Km. 5 | Zona Hotelera, Tulum 77780, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Tulum
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Family Hotel in Tulum
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Tulum
#29 Romantic Hotel in Tulum
Price Range: £108 - £285 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Zamas 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ZAMAS is a boutique beach hotel situated on a strip of the Caribbean coast in Tulum. Inviting accommodations reflect a locally-inspired, organic architecture. Thatch roofs, stucco walls in beach-worn hues, and vibrant decor exude tropical warmth. Since it opened in December 1993 ZAMAS, with its hip beachfront style, has enjoyed an eclectic and international clientele of honeymooners, fashion professionals, artists, families, techies, and everyone in between. It is a quintessential hangout, mixing colorful urban roots with laid back local vibes and jungle ambience. Come experience the Tulum we know- delightfully laid back and naturally beautiful. Welcome to ZAMAS. ... more   less 
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