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“4th Visit to Piedra Escondida and Still Loving It”
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Piedra Escondida
Ranked #26 of 99 Hotels in Tulum
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 March 2007

Piedra Escondida is the perfect place to stay in Tulum. Each room is within steps of the beach. You can hear the waves all day and night and the cool breeze keeps it comfortable. The hospitality is outstanding as is the convenient and tasty restaurant (again, just a few steps from the beach and rooms).

The location can't be beat. It's only 2.5 miles from Downtown Tulum. If you prefer to stay away from the town, there are plenty of other beaches and restaurants nearby.

We enjoyed walking to yoga classes down the road. If you need it, there is an internet cafe right next door or you can use your laptop in the hotel's restaurant/public area. The computer at Piedra Escondida is available for guests' use as well. This hotel is very quiet, comfortable and reasonable. It offers a perfect get away. No phones in the rooms or television. You can do nothing but read, eat, relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 March 2007

How can you describe a perfect experience? In two words, Piedra Escondida. My husband, daughter and I just returned from our 4th visit and we have already reserved for Feb 2008! The hotel is set on a small gorgeous, crescent shaped beach which is intimate but never crowded. Once you enter the property from the busy beach road, it is a whole new world-quiet and serene. With no clocks, television, phones, faxes, etc. Piedra Escondida provides the perfect escape from our hectic lives!

We return year after year to be greeted warmly by our Italian hosts Andrea and Riccardo, and the wonderful staff, who we now think of as old friends! One year we arrived at midnight, were escorted to our room to find it candle-lit by the hurricane lamps which are provided in each room-so romantic! The rooms are very large, extremely clean and are simple yet elegant. I particularly appreciate the generous armoire which has room to store luggage as well as all clothing. The maids add a special touch by creating adorable animals with towels and fresh flowers. All rooms have front porches with chairs and a hammock and are literally steps from the sea. There is a delightful breeze at night and the soothing sound of the waves--heaven!

Steps away from the rooms is the main building, which as a nice sitting area, bar, and restaurant which has a beautiful outdoor patio. The restaurant serves all day long, which is extremely convenient, and the food is GREAT! There are many Italian dishes as well as Mexican, and there is a large barbecue grill on the patio--in other words, a great variety on the menu. Breakfast is included with the reservation, and is EXCELLENT. (Shoes are NEVER required in the dining room!) The restaurant is well-known in the area, and many guests from other hotels dine there.

The hotel's location is ideal too-within walking distance of many shops, and internet cafe (for those who simply can't resist), a grocery store, dive shop and the most popular restaurant in the area, Zamas. There is a private parking lot across the street from the hotel which is great as many hotels don't have them.

We have looked at most of the other properties in the area, and Piedra Escondida is by far the best of the eco-friendly hotels in Tulum. For those looking for a Mexican vacation which provides a total escape from the over-built, over-crowded and over-booked large resorts, Piedra Escondida is perfect for you. It is a very special place.

  • Stayed: February 2007, travelled with family
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29  Thank lev4
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Reviewed 27 February 2007

February 2007
My wife and I have just spent two weeks in Yucatan, mostly at Tulum but four days at Merida.
At Tulum we stayed at three hotels including Piedra Escondida which was absolutely wonderful. Set right on a glorious private beach which is a secluded cove with white sand and rocks on either side. The rooms are comfortable and tastefully done with hot water showers and electricity which is not always the case on the Tulum coast. There are only 8 rooms. Wireless Internet is available and very good. The staff were all friendly and helpful and the service quick. The restaurant serves good food based on Italian cooking as the owners are Italian. The Mayan ruins of Tulum are close by and the snorkelling on the reef is spectacular. Value for money this is the best of the Tulum hotels. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants peace and quiet, a beautiful beach, and good food. This is paradise!
If you want it a bit of noise and fun go to Zamas next door which has a good restaurant and music, but is tatty.

Stayed: February 2007
29  Thank BelgianSunSeeker
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Reviewed 23 February 2007

we didn't have a hotel booked in Tulum and litterally went along the coast and asked in every single one of them. Piedra Escondida was by far the best one we found. Of course, it depends on what you're looking for, but if you'd like a clean and pretty room, with real walls, non see-through wooden sticks like in most cabanas, a cosy atmosphere, only 8 rooms in total, wake up in the morning and walk ahead to the beach, two steps and you are in the sand, your own white sand beach...breakfast at your leisure under a porch, lovely food and very friendly staff..overall, the perfect holiday, I wish we'd stayed more!

Stayed: February 2007
25  Thank tibu
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Reviewed 12 February 2007

great small little hotel on an private cresent beach. pretty views, wonderful staff, ok restaurant, wonderful place to hang. met a really interesting cross section of travellers: families with kids, older couples, hooneymooners.: a really nice slice with an international flavor

  • Stayed: February 2007, travelled with family
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5  Thank sctgardner
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Reviewed 14 January 2007

We just got back from five nights at Piedra Escondida. I chose this hotel in part because of the good Tripadvisor reviews, but also because it was one of the few hotels in Tulum that seemed child-friendly. We chose well. This is a lovely if rustic place that offers a very good value for the money, particularly for families travelling with small children. We stayed in the "suite"- which is really a huge room above the restaurant, and enjoyed it a lot. I was afraid of noise- from the restaurant or street, but never heard a peep after 9 PM. There is mosquito netting on the beds, but we didn't notice any bugs at the hotel at all. The staff and service are very good, The breakfast is delicious and included in the price. The food in the restaurant in general is very good- some of the best we ate in Tulum. The place is clean and well run. There is a small but lovely beach, with a nice mix of Europeans and Americans. Everyone we met was friendly, interesting, and happy to put up with some inconvenience (limited electricity in the hotel, sporatic hot water, very bad water pressure) in order to enjoy Tulum. The only things that really bothered me about this hotel was the fact that it was impossible to get coffee before 7.45 in the morning (sometimes 8 AM), and the lack of internet access (although there is an internet cafe next door). This hotel has one of the better locations in the Tulum hotel district- and I think you could probably get by without a car, but we found one useful. Zamas is close by, and great for dinner and entertainment.

  • Stayed: January 2007, travelled with family
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7  Thank PSU_travel_mom
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Reviewed 8 January 2007

As big fans of Tulum, we tried Piedra as a follow up to the previous year's week at Suenos ( which is closed).

Pros:
-Friendly and accomidating staff
-excellent restaurant
-clean but stark rooms

Things to be aware of:
-Our week was "kids intensive". If you are into hearing the soothing lap of waves on the beach, the flutter of pelican wings over head, the tickle of palm frands from a nearby coconut tree- then Piedra Escondida is NOT for you.
- There was garbage on the beach.
-There was a bit of a struggle for beach chairs in the AM.

Overall, we enjoyed our stay -but would likely choose a more upscale, chic eco resort that are a plenty a mile or so South down the road.

  • Stayed: December 2006, travelled with family
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5  Thank Susanmv
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Additional Information about Piedra Escondida

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:
#14 Family Hotel in Tulum
#15 Romantic Hotel in Tulum
#19 On the Beach Hotel in Tulum
Price Range: £141 - £204 (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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