My boyfriend and I booked the TulumBay through Expedia for a vacation. We deliberately chose Tulum to avoid the all-inclusive craziness of Cancun. Tulumbay is right near the beginning of the hotel strip, so it's a quick drive in to the main town. We had free parking, and checking in was easy. The staff are very friendly and willing to help, although we often had to ask very direct questions to get information. We got a complimentary drink at the bar at Hotel Posada Punta Piedra down the street. It was a nice bar and a great drink, but the owner was very rude when we paid in American and his conversion rate was different from what was advertised at Tulumbay. Tulumbay offers 10% off at that restaurant as they are affiliated, but we didn't go back after our unpleasant experience. It was overpriced too.
We stayed in room 5, which backed onto the main road (some noise at night, but we were so tired and relaxed, it didn't really bother us.) The room was lovely; they supplied an oscillating floor fan, as well as the overhead fan. We had mosquito nets but had no problems in the room as there are screens on the windows.
It was a $100 US (or 1000 peso) deposit for the safe key and two beach towels, which we were happy to pay. We had no issues with the room or hotel amenities- other than the fact that we had read on some reviews that they served breakfast- there was no breakfast at all when we went (June 30-July 7) This was a bit disappointing as we were hoping to save some money, but in the end, we bought pastries and fruit from the lovely big supermarket in town. Our maid even brought us a little styrofoam cooler to leave our food in!
The beach is pretty, but is not a 'Cancun' beach. (If that's what you want, go to Cancun!!!) The beach is shared with two other hotels and is quite a small bay. There are large volcanic rocks on either side.The water on the beach is not the nicest for swimming- it was a bit churny and had a lot of seaweed floating in it. However, there is a beautiful lookout up on the rocks, and we had no difficulty walking 5 minutes over the rocks to the next beach where there was plenty of room for a nice swim. We never had a problem getting a hammock or beach lounger to sit on either!
Overall, we were very happy with Tulumbay and had a lovely vacation. Having a car made it easy to eat cheaply and experience the public beaches, Sian K'aan, and go into town when we felt like it. A lovely spot with great ambiance and very friendly staff. Thanks again TulumBay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- TULUMBAY is THE IDEAL PLACE FOR A RELAXING HOLIDAY, YOU CAN REST IN OUR PRIVATE BEACH, MISS THE SPECTACULAR VIEWS OF OUR TERRACE, ALL IN A FAMILY ATMOSPHERE Our hotel is situated directly in front the sea in an area of many kinds of restaurants and shops, 3 km from the archaeological site and a 5 km from the magical pueblo of Tulum. Decorated in a simple and friendly with local products like wood, palapa and clean cement. We are an eco-Hotel that produce electricity with wind power and solar Panel. We offer: breakfast, bottled water, fan, beach towels, private beach, solarium, relaxation area with hammocks and sofas, wi-fi, parking, 24 hour security. ... more less
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