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“Relaxing and quiet”
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Piedra Escondida
Ranked #22 of 101 Hotels in Tulum
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 November 2006

Stayed for 3 nights in Oct. Had a quiet and relaxing getaway. Upper floor room was very clean with daily maid service. Lots of hot water. Slept well to the sounds of the ocean. Electricity is on during restaurant hours. Restaurant/bar is excellent with great service. (Gracias Caesar!) Beach is lovely but water has alot of rocky areas. Nearby beaches are less rocky and wider. Hope to return in the future!

Stayed: October 2006
7  Thank tulumfans
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Reviewed 15 July 2006

We stayed at Piedra Escondida the first week in July of 2006. We had a very nice, relaxing time, even though it was HOT!
Here are the pros and cons:

PROS:
*Quiet - atleast during July which is lowseason
*Relaxing
*Gorgeous view - definitely spend a little extra for an oceanview room and balcony
*Nice staff
*Romantic - we recommend using the candles after the electricity has been shut off.
*Breakfast menu - (except for the Eggs Benedict) The french toast was EXCELLENT!

CONS:
-Relying too much on the ocean breeze to cool you off. One night there was no breeze at all and it was very uncomfortable in the room.
-Lunch and Dinner not worth price (also, avoid the complimentary bread basket because the bread is stale!)
-Room doors automatically lock (we accidentally locked ourselves out twice and had to wait for the manager to unlock them)
-Prices in area - we tried to get a beach towel and beach bag at a cheap price across the street, but they wouldn't budge with their prices. We suggest you purchase those items before you leave for your trip.
-You can't "walk along the beach" because there are large rocks. You have to go further down the road and then over to the beach.

Regarding restaurants, we recommend the bar/hotel down the road called the Mezzanine for a trendier dinner and drinks with a great view. Also, venture out to a lot of hotels and have a drink somewhere different. Each hotel has a unique atmosphere, which was neat to see.

We also recommend getting a cooler to put drinks and snacks in. We just bought a cheap styrofoam one and bought ice everyday. We put cheese and crackers in there, which was nice to have.

There are a lot of places similar to Piedra Escondida along the beach, but we had never stayed in Tulum before, so we wouldn't know how to compare Piedra to the others. But, overall, we would definitely stay at Piedra Escondida again, trying to avoid the summer when it's a little too hot.

  • Stayed: July 2006
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5  Thank Nikki S
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Reviewed 1 June 2006

We spent 5 nights and 6 days at Piedra Escondita. All in all it's a decent place. The view is one of the best, especially if you get a room close to the ocean. We watched the sun rise in the morning on the ocean's horizon from our bed in our room! You're literally 15 seconds walking distance from the ocean. The staff was very friendly. The food was good. We knew this was a more "rustic" type of a place but I wasn't ready to have kill two large cockroaches that greeted me one morning on the floor. My other complaint would be the showers. Absolutely no water pressure. The shower water was also very salty but it was the water pressure that I was unhappy with. My wife couldn't even get shampoo out of her hair. If you're looking for a economical yet slightly rustic place, this is for you. Just make sure you keep a shoe out to kill the occasional cockroach with.

  • Stayed: May 2006
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4  Thank Wieb
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Reviewed 23 May 2006

We ran away from our crappy accommodations at Zahra next door. And were happy to pay $100 dollars a night for a sweet, clean, room with clean beds, and an amazing view. Best of all were the kind staff members who really welcomed us. Unlike the terrible hotel the Cabanas Copal folks run next door. Our little room was just as "rustic" as they claim to be next door only without all that "rust". I was so excited to see a clean towel after the dingy ratted thing they gave us next door.
I LOVED pierdra escondida. Just sitting in the lobby waiting for our room to be cleaned made me feel good and safe knowing we were in good hands. About the only thing you could complain about was maybe listening to the same Eric Clapton Cd but who cares. : ) the manager seemed to really like it and if it made him happy then that was good enough for me : )
Our meal servers were supper attentive and the food was really good. I felt relaxed and like I was on vacation, surprise! rather than feeling like I was trapped when I was next door at the Zarha. Do yourself a favor. don't fall for that fancy website that the Copal folks have. Just book your nights at this mini hacienda/cabana hotel and you will really find the rest and relaxation that tulum beaches have to offer. Good luck.

  • Stayed: May 2006
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9  Thank negin
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Reviewed 17 April 2006

Six of us traveled from Isla Mujeres after a wedding to spend 2 nights at his lovely place. We had three rooms right on a small private beach. Each of the eight rooms has an ocean view and a hammock on the porch. The rooms were clean, the restuarant/bar charming, the weather was perfect with a constant breeze to keep us cool and bug free. The water was warm. Take water shoes as the ocean floor was a bit rocky and there was some surf which was fun for the adults. Our nine year old had fun without going too far into the water. If I return, I will ask for room number 1. It appeared to have the best view and most privacy. The location is also central to several good restraunts, tour kiosks, a small grocery store and a few shops. There are miles of beach to walk on if you venture to the left or the right of Pierdra Escondida. The Tulum ruins are a short taxi ride and some of our group signed up for a trip to a underground cenote which was a big hit. A bonus is that breakfast comes with your room and you can dine
almost right on the beach. Heaven!

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Reviewed 31 January 2006

Paradise Found.

My husband and I stayed at this wonderful hotel for seven short days. There are eight rooms in two units of four. Our room was 20 feet from the ocean, with double French doors onto a small balcony overlooking the ocean and a larger balcony with two Adirondack chairs and a hand made hammock. I fell asleep to the sound of the waves and woke up to a beautiful sunrise. There are several palapas and tons of beach chairs. Although the beach is shared with two other hotels we never had to fight for a chair and if you didn’t like that beach all you had to do was walk ten minutes up the beach and there was beautiful stretches of beach with maybe two people. Breakfast is included, table service of either continental or a variety of hot meals from eggs to enchiladas. But just because it is included don’t forget to tip; these people rely on tips for the majority of their salary. Meals are amazing. Everything is prepared to order so relax and enjoy everything from fresh fish to pasta. Unwind on the only veranda that is right on the beach. But be prepared the rooms are rustic. They have tile floors; a couch, one or two beds with a romantic mosquito net. Our room was on the upper floor so it had a thatch roof. There is a shower but it is gravity feed salt water. Tulum beach is part of an Eco Sanctuary so the toilets are on a septic system and they do not want you to put your toilet paper in the toilet, there is a waste basket provided. That takes a little getting used to. The rooms are cleaned daily and they need to be because of all the sand you track in. Power is provided by generator that is on from 7-3, then again from 5 -11. Candles for hurricane lamps are provided. Very romantic. We checked out all the other hotels and were happy with our choice. Many were trying too hard to be little Cancun with loud music and “American” style food. I am already in the process of booking my flights and arranging for our vacation for next year. Best vacation I ever had!

  • Stayed: January 2006
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8  Thank CarolefromCanada
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Reviewed 8 January 2006

It was with some trepidation that we set out to explore a few destinations on the Mayan Riviera coast post hurricane season. We'd heard lots of rumours, but knew that no matter where we stayed, we'd find a beach, blue waters, and the amazing hospitality we have always received in this area of the world. We looked at a number of options in the Tulum area, and decided to try Piedra Escondida. A great choice for those who love everything that's antithetical to the big all-inclusives. There are only 8 units. Ours was a lower one with tiled floors, step-in shower, two beds and a little deck with two chairs and hammock. Ultra clean ... breakfast included at the lovely little beach restaurant. Very little hurricane damage showing as they had worked hard to repair the palapas roofs etc. and bring the walls at the restaurant back to repair. Certainly the main road and some of the destinations were heavily hit, but Piedra Escondida was in great shape.

Don't go expecting TV's, plug-ins for hairdryers etc. This is a destination where the generator goes off at 10 or 11 pm. and doesn't come on til dinner time. But what you get in return is that wonderful quiet that comes from travellers who, like you, appreciate the private little bay, great sand beach, and proximity to all the beaches of Tulum, from the Tulum Ruins all the way down to the Sian Ka'an reserve. A bike rental place next door provided us with bikes for the day and we headed up to the ruins before all the tour buses arrived. Spent each day exploring beach to beach down the coastline, trying out little beachfront restaurants along the way (the one at Vite e Bella was lovely, and the beach at Don Cafeto Restaurant was amazing) ... and our favourite bike destination was further down the south coast at Ana Y Jose's where we had ceviche and beer at their great restaurant and walked along the beaches for miles before bicycling back to Piedra Escondida. It's a simple life -- leave dresses and dressy sandals and resort wear for another trip. Pack simply with books to read, shorts, bathing suits, sports sandals, day pack, and little else. And try out a few of the places. We looked at Vite e Bella, Zamas, and Ana Y Jose and decided all of them would be fun to try on our next trip to the Tulum Beaches. (No need for a car: Taxis are cheap and plentiful into Tulum Town for dinner, shopping etc.) We rented a car for a day to go to the ruins at Coba but otherwise were happy just bicycling or taxi cabbing it around. Nightlife is pretty non-existent except into Tulum or up at a new Euro style disco hotel/restaurant/bar called Mezzanine ... but that wasn't really the trip we were looking for so we can't say much about that end of things. We booked our transportation online from Cancun straight to Piedra Escondida. It was about $80 but worth it as we had arrived late into Cancun and weren't up to figuring out public transportation. If you're getting in early, there are lots of options for cheaper transport. have fun!

  • Stayed: December 2005
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12  Thank Cwink
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Address: Carretera Tulum Ruinas-Boca Paila Km 3.5, Tulum 77780, Mexico
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Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Tulum
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#10 Family Hotel in Tulum
#15 Romantic Hotel in Tulum
#17 On the Beach Hotel in Tulum
Price Range: £124 - £196 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Piedra Escondida 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Piedra Escondida is a small enchanting hotel located on a stunningly secluded beach in Tulum that offers its guests charming simplicity and breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. There are 9 rooms decorated with local handicrafts and regional furniture all along with their private sitting area and hammock. Wi-Fi is available at no additional cost throughout the hotel. As we are dedicated to living in harmony with the surrounding area we use solar and wind energy.Air conditioning is now available during the night hours. Our cozy restaurant with a Caribbean familiar ambiance and a magnificent on-beach terrace brings to life the wonderful authentic flavors of Italy with traditional Mexican cuisine and fresh Caribbean seafood. ... more   less 
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