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“Our new home on Tulum Beach” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Chan Cabanita

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La Chan Cabanita
Ranked #18 of 115 Speciality Lodging in Tulum
Certificate of Excellence
Giessen, Germany
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Our new home on Tulum Beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014

La Chan Cabanita is a quiet little B&B on the beach of Tulum - so small that you might miss the entrance between the other hotels that try to attract your attention with big signs. And this is a good thing: After the first night we had La Chan Cabanita all to ourselves and Moni (one of the nicest hosts ever) does not seem to want to change anything about this because she wants to keep it small and make you feel at home, not like in a huge hotel.
She and her staff make your stay as comfortable as possible. Ms Pinky makes the best eggs in the world (ask her for huevos a la Mexicana; although she only speaks Spanish and we know very little Spanish, it was very easy to communicate with her). She also brought us delicious snacks in the afternoons. The men who do the maintenance also take care of security; they were always there (sitting at the front desk at night which made us feel very safe). As said before, Moni is an amazing host. We had lots of interesting, helpful and funny conversations with her. When we arrived, she showed us every room that was available so we could choose one. When we mentioned to her that the first night had been a bit sweaty because there was no breeze coming from the ocean that night (this was in August!), she offered to move us to La Mexicana (1st floor) because it gets more of the breeze. So, the next 3 nights were very pleasant. As the electricity for the fans was down and I was a bit scared of getting more mosquito bites, she even brought us a fan connected to a very long extension lead (in the end, we did not see one mosquito in the whole place).
The rooms we lived in are amazing. They are very clean, nicely decorated and have comfortable beds. The view is worth every Peso you pay for your stay!
Through a little garden you get to the beach. There are several sun loungers in the private part of the beach so you don't even have to lie next to all of the other tourists of Tulum beach. On the beach you can find lots of dining options: the beach bar right next to La Chan Cabanita (Tacos) has good food and drinks. Make sure you save up a little money to have dinner at Posada Margherita - the food is fabulous and you can spend a very relaxing evening here between beautiful furniture and hundreds of candles.
Should you stay here on a Sunday night, take a taxi to La Zebra and enjoy a wonderful evening at the Salsa Party with live music.

All in all, we would definitely recommend La Chan Cabanita and the next time we visit Tulum we will stay here again.

Room Tip: La Mexicana is quiet, closest to the beach, has a big balcony facing the ocean, and like Chan Cabani...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
New City, New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2014

My friend and I found La Chan Cabanita by chance. Our room was clean, fresh and efficient. I highly recommend this B&B without any doubt! The staff was terrific. It actually felt as if I was meeting long lost family members. Overall, it's eco-friendly, inexpensive and clean.

Room Tip: Beach front!
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Christina S
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Vancouver
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2014

My girlfriend and I travelled to Tulum last week. I looked at and contacted over 20 different places on the Tulum beach strip but this turned out to be a hidden gem in paradise.

Moni was very helpful when booking and responding quickly to all email questions. She even sent photos of the two different room options which were available. We ended up staying in the Chan room which was awesome. It is the only room which is not connected to the others. It has two little balconies one of which we had breakfast on every morning. All of the rooms are are back from the main beach by about 100m. There is a little sandy forest of palms and shrubs between the rooms and the beach, which is really nice becuase you are not "on display" from the people walking the beach. The hotel really has anything that the other hotels on the strip have but I found for a faction of the price and twice the privacy. I think you would need to spend at least $300 to get the next level up in any of the hotels. The staff are amazing. "Pinky" makes a great breakfast, and the two guys who are always on site make it feel safe.

On day 2 of our 5 day stay, one of the reception girls said that they had overbooked the hotel with a big group and asked if we would be willing to move to another set of cabana's Moni owned down the beach about a kilometer. We were a bit sad to leave Chan but remained optimistic and flexible and moved. Not only did Moni not charge us for two nights in our new cabana but we were literally the only people in our private beach. The waves crashed 25 steps from our door and we couldnt have asked for more.

All in all, both the Chan Cabanitas and Blue Iguana are amazing. Everything you need when you go to Tulum.

Room Tip: We ended up staying in the Chan room which was awesome. It is the only room which is not connected...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver, Canada
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14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2014

like some others who've written reviews on this charming place, my girlfriend and i just happened up it by chance - it's tucked away between more expensive, touristy places. We had rented some bikes and were luckily able to coast by at a leisurely pace and discover it!

What's really great about this place is the warm, kind vibe of the people that work there - it feels very much like a family run business (Jessica is wonderful and super helpful - she is their English ambassador i think:) ).

It's also amazing that for the price (we were there in late Feb/early March and paid $120 US per night), you get breakfast included! They have a beautiful area for eating your breakfast and served coffee, juice, yogurt & granola and a plate of sliced fruit! They even brought out a twinkie with a candle in it for my girlfriend's birthday!! Jessica would often search us out down by the beach and deliver french fries or chips with guacamole.

super thoughtful and a wonderful discovery. Will definitely go back there!

Mark & Julie
Vancouver, BC, Canada

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Mark H
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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81 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

After all is said and done, Tulum is now a destination that brings in bug names and big prices and understandably. We were concerned that we might not find a comfortably place in Tulum as beautiful as it until we stumbled into La Chan Cabanita. It was affordable and the room was wonderfully "organic" meaning feeling handmade like a palapa should feel.The space was big and colorful with a very comfortable bed. It was great and the breakfast terrific along with the staff that was truly helpful. It seals it for us and Tulum.

Room Tip: we had the Sol room that has a bathroom on the ground floor and a large space up a flight of stairs...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Berlin
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50 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2014 via mobile

We came across this place by pure chance. The beach here is nice and so are the cabins. We did not meet the owner and had the feeling that a few details had been neglected (possibly due to the owner's absence).

The prices here are reasonable - in conrast to all the neighbouring places which charge outrageous rates. So all in all, we really liked La Chan and would come back any time.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2014

I almost didn't want to write this review because I want this place to be my little secret :) but Moni (and her staff Javier and Miriam,) was such a great host that I felt she deserved all the business she could get! A friend of mine and I stayed in the Jade Room which is on the ground floor and faces the ocean. The ocean is about 30 feet away and at night you go to bed serenaded by the sound of the waves. The property itself is on a beautiful strip of the beach, not too many people unlike the beaches nearer the ruins, and seems to be located somewhere bang in the middle of the long hotel zone. There are some restaurants near by though you have to walk about about 15-20 minutes if you want more dining options. One tip - if you are arriving at the ADO bus in Tulum town, ask cabbies to take you to Coco Tulum which is the adjoining property. We found that cab drivers were not familiar with La Chan Cabanita but immediately understood when we mentioned Coco Tulum instead.
We went in early January when its not supposed to be humid but we did find that the nights can get slightly muggy. A fan would have been welcome, but it wasnt a big deal. Be warned, there are no outlets in the room, so don't be packing your hairdryers!! There is free wifi, but if you want to charge your phones/laptops/ipads you will have to charge it in the open reception near the gate at the front of the complex. They serve a nice breakfast of fruits, bread, yoghurt and coffee which you can eat sitting at your balcony watching the ocean. We ordered the eggs a couple of times and had to pay extra for that, but it was very cheap. There were also afternoon snacks and atleast once I remember being offered wine in the middle of the day, which is always a welcome bonus. There are beach towels in the room and tons of beach chairs and a couple of hammocks that guests are welcome to use. The only minor suggestion I have is to add a couple of extra lights in the room. Our room had just one light (other than the bathroom light) which made it a little inconvenient at night when everything around is pitch dark. I know that a number of properties on Tulum beach are solar powered so I guess thats the reason for the reduced lighting. Overall though, this was a fantastic experience and I plan to return here whenever I can.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: La Chan Cabanita
Address: Carretera Tulum Boca Paila Km 6.4 | Zona Hotelera, Tulum 77786, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Tulum
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 115 Speciality Lodging in Tulum
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — La Chan Cabanita 2.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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