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Weary Traveler Hostel
Ranked #26 of 122 Speciality Lodging in Tulum
London
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4 reviews
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“Cracking gaff”
Reviewed 18 February 2014 via mobile

Really friendly hostel. Amazing hosts that couldn't be more helpful.

Really relaxed. Close to main tulum street.

It's not a posh place but has everything you need including a pool in a nice courtyard. Not sure if I was just lucky but the clientele are all like minded friendly but not too friendly. Big clean kitchen.

A diamond!

  • Stayed February 2014
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Blue Hill, Maine
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Reviewed 4 February 2014

I really liked it here. The beds were comfy, and the rooms were clean. The included breakfast was unlimited, although you had to cool it yourself. But they supply eggs, pancake mix, oil, cereal, bread, and a ton of seasonings. The pool was a nice touch, especially being so far from the beach. They also give out free rice and pasta. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2014
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 27 January 2014

I have mixed feelings about this hostel. I ended up staying for over a week, had a wonderful time in Tulum, and met some awesome people here. However, I didn't feel my positive experience was a direct result of the hostel, like I did in Merida or Villadolid. There are many areas for improvement and it is expensive. However, it is where all the backpackers go, so if you want to meet other travelers not staying in the resorts, this is the place to be.

price: $150 pesos ($13.50USD)/night for women's dorm bunk. Many items to easily add to your tab though: 25-30 peso beer and cocktails from the bar, 90 peso bbq dinner, 5-12 peso additions to breakfast, 25 peso ice cream, just for starters. A bottle of beer at the hostel bar is more expensive that at a sit down restaurant. But they don't allow outside alcohol and most people hang out in the hostel courtyard at night drinking beer, so it's hard to not knock a few back anyways. They know their business; definitely a mark up in price in exchange for convenience and culture.
amenities: Free purified water, free pasta/lentils/spices, communal kitchen, free shuttle to the beach twice a day (seriously wish this left at 10am instead of 9am!), hammock area, free salsa lessons every few nights, music every night (live on Sunday).
breakfast: Coffee or tea plus your choice of either french toast, toast and eggs, pancakes, or cereal. For a little extra you can add on fruit, juice, or more food. Or another beer I guess, if that's your thing.
room: Five twin bunks, one en suite bathroom/shower, and is located on the second floor just above the stage/sound system. So anytime there was music (aka every night) it was blaring very loudly right outside our window. The sheet situation was also weird here—each bed has a mattress pad already on it, then you get a sheet sleeping bag with an attached pillow. Mattresses here felt pretty good to me; I slept like a baby. Only one electrical socket in the whole room, so we had to take turns plugging in.
social scene:A big hostel, this is the place where backpackers come in Tulum. It always seemed full. I met a number of awesome people here who I really enjoyed hanging out with for multiple days. A large part of the population I didn't feel I quite jived with, especially at the beginning, but the people I did find were fabulous and I hung out with them happily again and again. There is essentially one common space, separated into two areas—the quieter hammock space and the eating/drinking/socializing long tables. If you sit yourself down at the long tables, you will start talking with someone. A footnote to that is there are power strips along the main table, so during the day people use it as an electronics bar and focusing on their cell phones or laptops instead of meeting people. Mostly younger guests. The bar culture is strong here: a hefty group fills the center tables nightly, drinking and smoking heavily until late into the night.
staff: Mixed bag. For a place that bills itself so loudly outside as an “information center”, the staff at the front desk was able to provide me shockingly little information. No city maps or orientation when I arrived. They are quite interested in selling tours though. Other staff members (or just really friendly regulars?) who hang out in the courtyard are very willing to give advice or help with random questions.
cleanliness: Medium. Surfaces in the dorm were cleaned regularly, but the common areas could be improved. The kitchen suffered sometimes, with everyone using the griddles in the morning they got dirty fast, and often people didn't clean up after themselves as much as they should. Late nights socializing also mean lots of beer bottle, cigarette butts, and general debris. Cleaning staff works hard to keep up, but every morning you can tell it was another busy night of cavorting. There was also significant construction being done while I was there: multiple room renovations, tearing out plants, building a structure in the back corner, and mural painting. While it is great they are into continuously improving the place, it did also make the courtyard feel haphazard.
location: In Tulum Pueblo (main town, a little ways from the beach and resorts) on the main strip right across from the taxi and colectivo stand. Easy for transport. But you do need to take transport if you want to do anything during the day; the beach is about 8km away, as are the ruins and nearest cenotes. For better and cheaper Mexican food, strike out from main Tulum road; you don't have to go far at all, just turn left one block and you'll usually hit something good and a third the price as the main strip!
unique aspect: Loud music and a computer system. First, there are no quiet hours, drunk people socialize loudly and music blasts every night until late. This can be fun or bothersome depending on your perspective and room location. The recorded music played was varied and quite good stuff! Second, everything is tracked by a computer system; each guest receives their own key fob which serves as their computer ID tag. To receive anything, complementary (breakfast, bus ticket) or paid (beer, food, etc), you need to use your fob to log your purchase/request in the computer and get a printed receipt. You turn this receipt then into the bartender, bus driver, etc.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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Poole, England, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2014

I had had a few weeks of horror hostels in Tulum so was dubious about trying a third but I wished that I had gone there straight away! The staff could not do enough for you, and that was all of them not only one or two people. The breakfast was so, so good! There is an abundance of things to cook from each day and free spices, oil, pasta, lentil, rice to help you cook otherwise. The internet was the fastest internet I found and the place was cleaned every day! I can assure you that the cleaning standards of the other hostels are not the same! If I come back to Tulum there is no doubt to where I will stay! They are relaxed and let my friends wander in and out to visit me without making them feel unwelcome or uncomfortable which was appreciated. One of the staff even helped me cook some lentils one day, a little recipe I will use again. All in all I was very happy to stay here, and actually sad to leave.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Oslo, Oslo, Norway
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2014

This hostel has moved since the people that recommended me stayed there. Nothing from the webpage was correct. Ya, it was super cheap, but not worth it. The pool the poster bragged about looked so unclean I didnt touch it. The rooms, madrasses, kitchen, bathroom, everything was dirty, with holes in the walls and surfaces you didnt want to get close to. Im never going there again, and I will not recommend anyone I know to go there either.

Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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4 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 17 December 2013 via mobile

This hostel has very recently moved to a new location, so disregard the photos and previous reviews. There is no breakfast, shuttle to the beach or bar. The common kitchen is small and there is no way to refrigerate anything. The staff were very nice and it was a good spot to meet fellow travelers, the location is set back off the main road and quiet. However, this new location is going to take a LOT of work to be even somewhat comfortably occupied. The dorm room I shared with my travel mate was horrible, it had a sickening smell and dirty mattresses, even with two fans the smell and heat would not dissipate. The building had been unoccupied for several years and you can tell there are a lot of issues with plumbing and the like that need to be fixed. Maybe in time............
Not worth the pesos now

Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Guadalajara, Mexico
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 14 December 2013 via mobile

A friend of mine recommended me this hostal for the good atmosphere and like he I as well had a great time there. Between de nice kitchen and the pool there's one table where it's easy to meet with nice and open minded travelers

  • Stayed December 2013
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Property: Weary Traveler Hostel
Address: Calle Polar | con Calle Beta Norte, Tulum 77760, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Tulum
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Casino and Gambling Free Breakfast Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 122 Speciality Lodging in Tulum
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Weary Traveler Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Weary Traveler Hostel Tulum was started by backpackers for backpackers back in the year 2000. The hostel was built around what they themselves wanted to find in a good hostel when they were traveling. A good social vibe A book exchange A bar with backpacker prices Communal Kitchen (loaded with free spices, salt, pepper) Full Cook Your Own Breakfast Free Rice, Pasta and lentils for dinner Good Advice on Tours and Activities Some aspects of the Weary Traveler Hostel Tulum appear to be unique but they are not. Many of them came from other hostels where we had stayed long before we dreamed of opening a hostel in Tulum. For example the Burn Your Own BBQ was inspired by the Bondi Beach Hotel's incredible steak barbi setup inside the bar. Huge, beautiful cuts of beef were in a display fridge that was part of the bar. You would say, "Yeah, give me that one!" and huge chunk of raw red meat came at you on a platter. It was your job to cook it how you wanted it. The Weary Traveler Hostel Tulum has changed, evolved, gone back to our roots and changed again and again over the years. We have always tried to evolve as a hostel, stay ahead of the competition and anticipated the changing needs and desires of our guests. So welcome to The Weary Traveler Hostel Tulum, mi casa es su casa! John, one of the originals from way back when. ... more   less 
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