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... and we laid down on the side walk and chatted, this is me and Kerry. The security guard finished at 7am at which point the gate was unmanned and we entered going to bed for few hours. This place really didn't like us. They knocked on our door at 9am saying we had to pay them for extra people and blah blah. Considering we had just gone to bed we weren't happy. We eventually got up and made check out right on time. We headed for the collectivo service for cancun. ...
... a cool 20 degrees, far different to the 27-28 degrees that we had in the Caribbean. This sink hole drops to a depth of 120 meters, but our max depth would be 40 meters. What was insanely cool about this was that at about 22 meters there was a cloudy layer that we needed to pass through, and this layer was where the fresh water and salt water met, naturally the salt water was below the fresh. So dropping through this layer, visibility went from awesome ...
... to load more people maybe fifty meters after leaving the station and we always end up asking ourselves what is the use of these stations if people are waiting for the bus on the street anyway: it’s another mystery of this continent.
We crossed the border more or less easily, in the sense that there was no queue but as always Nina had to empty all her luggage for who knows what reason: strange, as I don’t really think she looks like the average smuggler. ...
A pleasant setting with an open outdoor kitchen but relatively uncomfortable chairs; presumably so people leave soon after finishing so the next sitting can start. The menu was short and interesting – a good start. After a few disappointing cocktails, the food arrived promptly…
Empenadas with chorizo w/aniseed infused pineapple and shoots - OK, pleasant ...
... and sleeping and we sure made the most of it. The people in the neighboring house even had a party one night with entertainment from an awesome Mariachi band!
Since we were in a little cove the water was calm and the sand was fairly rocky but that made for great snorkeling since it meant that the reef and sea grass were intact. There were hundreds on brightly colored fish and we also saw a ...
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Paradise on the beach and in the wallet
Perfect little beach rooms *on* the beach - Basic rooms, with nice little porches and hammock hooks. Friendly staff brought food to our porch. Ideal for our family vacation - all we wanted was beach and shade and we got it for a great deal.
Restaurant wasn't anything special.
Exactly as it sounds
Cabanas Tulum is literally a series of beachfront cement blocks. It's cheap, quiet, and totally decent for the very cheap rate that they charge. With the exception of the huevos rancheros, I wouldn't bother with their breakfast, but the rest of the menu is fine. Very simple, no frills, budget and no bones about it. You pay a lot more at a resort and rarely are you right on the beach. They clean the rooms daily, but you might have to ask. Our biggest complaint was the size of the bed (double) and the lack of beach chairs and no, you cannot buy a beach chair anywhere in the Mayan Riviera. We even went to the Walmart in Playa del Carmen. We ate most of our meals elsewhere which is fine if you have a car. There was some trash lying around which I wish they would have picked up, but the beachfront was very clean and lots of it. What's nice about a place like this is the annoying beautiful people are not there. We also stayed at Maya Tulum which is supposedly an upscale spa yoga resort and much preferred Cabanas Tulum.
Tale e quale come ci aspettavamo
Il Cabanas Tulum è letteralmente una serie di blocchi di cemento sulla spiaggia. È economico, tranquillo, e assolutamente accettabile per il prezzo basso che fanno pagare. Ad eccezione delle uova "rancheros", non farei la prima colazione in albergo, ma il resto del menu è buono. L'albergo è spartano, senza fronzoli, economico e senza pretese. Si paga molto di più in un resort, e raramente ci si trova proprio sulla spiaggia. Le camere vengono pulite giornalmente, ma a volte bisogna chiedere. La nostra lagnanza maggiore era la misura del letto (doppio), e la mancanza di sedie a sdraio, e non c'è nessun posto su tutta la Riviera Maya dove si può comprare una sedia a sdraio. Siamo persino andati al Walmart di Playa del Carmen. Abbiamo preso la gran parte dei nostri pasti fuori dell'albergo, ma bisogna avere una macchina. C'erano dei rifiuti qua e là che avrebbe dovuto essere raccolti, ma la spiaggia era molto pulita e vasta. L'aspetto più piacevole d'un alloggio come questo è che non è frequentato dal fastidioso "bel mondo". Abbiamo anche alloggiato al Maya Tulum che ha la reputazione d'essere un resort di yoga esclusivo con spa, e preferisco di gran lunga il Cabanas Tulum.
This resort/hotel was built in the 70's & everything in the room & bathroom is still from that era - the room has been repainted & was very clean & neat, just sparse looking. Each room has 2 double beds that sit on top of a concrete pedestal. There was not any dresser of any sorts to unpack your luggage to, just an area that served as a closet with a shelf 18" off the floor, with just a few hangers - We used the extra bed as our "dresser" & all worked out well - of course the beds were hard, but all beds are hard in Mexico!! We had no hot water our first day & half (it was Sunday), but was fixed first thing Monday - shower pressure was fine! I forgot to mention they gave us the key to the room next door to shower. The bathrooms were very clean & the fixtures were corroded as always, with being so close to the salt water. People have mentioned that the water is salty - did not taste the water to find out but seemed just fine to me. The room also had 2 plug ins on the wall for recharging batteries & such - just had to be aware to do it while the electricity was on. I am sorry but I forgot to take a picture of the inside of the room. We ordered from the restaurant quite a few times, & they would deliver it to our patio - this way we had our own drinks (wine for us) & had the ocean to look at also! (the restaurant is behind the cabanas & you do not see the ocean.) The beach here is probably one of the most beautiful I have seen! There are no palapas, but plenty of palm trees & a few beach chairs available. There is a table & chairs on your patio.
It is really hard to rate this hotel - as it is not a "5" star hotel, it is a "1" star - but it is as excellent as a "1" can be.
As has been stated before, there is no "ambiance" to the room, however, I did find the location, the patio of our room & the beach all the "ambiance" a person could handle!
L'un des dernières meilleures affaires à Tulum...
Je reviens à peine d'un séjour à Cabanas Tulum. Je dois dire avant tout que l'endroit n'a rien d'exceptionnel. C'est vraiment basique, sauf que l'électricité n'est disponible que 6 heures dans la journée, et 4 heures de le soir. J'ai trouvé ça très pratique, car il n'y a pas grand-chose à faire après le dîner à Tulum, lorsque l'on voyage seul. Il n'y a rien à faire du tout en fait, sauf qu'avec un partenaire, j'aurais sans doute trouvé quelque chose à faire. Ce que j'ai beaucoup apprécié à propos de Cabanas Tulum est son absence de prétention tout en ayant beaucoup de personnalité. Ce caractère réside dans sa vaste clientèle, de majorité européenne, qui arrive chaque jour au compte-gouttes, et revient régulièrement à Cabanas Tulum. Les hôtes sont des voyageurs, plus que des touristes. Les chambres sont d'une simplicité extrême, c'est-à-dire qu'il n'y a rien sur les murs - mais c'est propre, très propre - pour 45 euros la nuit, en front de mer. Je me suis senti en sécurité et bien traité par Carlos, l'aimable et chaleureux propriétaire. La situation m'a particulièrement plu. Il y a un restaurant, qui est bon et pas cher pour des repas simples. On se croirait en famille. Il y a deux très bons restaurants à côté : Ana y Jose (qui accepte les cartes de crédit) et Los Lirios. Tous deux sont gastronomiques à leur manière. Tout est à une quinzaine minutes à pied. Et la plage était vraiment géniale ! J'étais particulièrement contente de ça. Cabanas Tulum a la plus grande plage que j'aie jamais vue et le plus de cocotiers pour se mettre à l'ombre, ce qui signifie que l'on n'est pas confiné sur une petite surface avec beaucoup d'autres personnes. Choisissez sans hésiter le front de mer. Enfin, je vous conseille d'amener des tissus, des bougies et tout autre chose susceptible de créer une ambiance conviviale dans votre cabana. Bon voyage !
Cabanas Tulum a de gros problèmes
Notre concierge était malpoli et pas accueillant. Notre chambre était sale et la peinture s'écaillait des murs. Le pire était l'eau de la douche qui sentait les égouts frais. L'endroit serait super si quelqu'un se souciait de sa propreté.
Great Stay for what you Pay
I agree this is a good deal in a beautiful area that is otherwise full of cute but generally overpriced boutique hotels. The concrete bungalows are from the 70's I think--- our room was basic but not at all dirty (cleaned daily) nor did I find the water smelly or any paint peeling etc. We stayed there for a full week in May, and thoroughly enjoyed hanging out on the large front porch in chairs or hammocks. Each bungalow has its own covered patio and all are right on a sandy beach, just a few steps from the water. Chillin' on your porch at the sunset with a drink in hand is something you cannot find anywhere else in Tulum area for only $55/night (low season). This is the same price or slightly more than the "thatched roof cabanas" which are basically huts with no electricity on the same beach. The "Cabanas" Tulum are equivalent of a motel room, plus the cool patio, and has electricity from dusk till 11pm, which allowed us to to charge our camera battery and ipod as needed. (All hotels in Tulum use generators so many also only have elec. for selected hours.)
The restaurant had a little of everything on its menu, the setting isn't anything fancy (open air with checkered table cloths) but our waiter was always friendly and food was good. For dinner we usually ate at one of the more expensive places at nearby hotels, all walking distance so there was a decent amount of variety for a full week stay. The best deal at Cabana Tulum's restaurant is breakfast--- for under $5 US you get delicious full spread of huevos rancheros, juice, toast, & tea or coffee-- at all the other hotels in Tulum you will pay twice that for a breakfast that is basically same thing or less.
There was one front desk guy who was not particularly welcoming as mentioned in other review (I think he was asleep half the time), but the owner Don Carlos was around for much of our stay and was extremely friendly. We chatted with him about sports and Mexican politics and he called on our behalf to arrange our tour of K'ian Sian biosphere, which is just up the road. If you are looking for a budget get-away on a great beach far from the throngs of Cancun tourists I would definitely recommend this place. If you prefer upscale resort-type atmosphere you're better off spending money on an all-inclusive north of Tulum, but for the low-key traveler this is a great find.
Cabanas Tulum has major problems
Our concierge was rude and unwelcoming. Our room was dirty with paint peeling off the walls. The worst thing is the shower water smelled like raw sewage. It could be a great place if someone cared enough to clean it up.
One of the Last Deals in Tulum...
I am just back from a visit at Cabanas Tulum. I will tell you right up front that it's no frills. It is absolutely basic, except that it has electricity for six hours daily, four in the evening. I found this very useful, as there is not much if anything to do after dinner in Tulum, when traveling alone. There's not much to do period, except that with a lover, I may have found something.
What I really enjoyed about Cabanas Tulum is that it doesn't try to be anything, and yet it has a lot of personality. The personality is in the vast cliental, mostly Europeans, that filter in nightly, who return to Cabanas Tulum again and again. The guest are travelers, far more than tourists.
It is bare bones accomdations, I mean there is not a thing on the walls--but it's clean, very clean--for $60 a day oceanfront. I felt safe and well-cared for by the warm and gracious owner, Carlos.
I was especially pleased with the location. They do have a restaurant and for basic meals it's good and inexpensive. It feels like a family setting. Next door are two very good restaurants: Ana y Jose (which takes credit cards) and Los Lirios. Both are gourmet in their own right. It's a 15 minute walk to everything worthwhile. And the beach is absolutely the best! I was so happy with this point.
Cabanas Tulum has the most beachfront property of anything I saw and the most coconut trees for shade, which means you're not confined to a small area with a lot of guests. Definitely stay oceanfront. And, I suggest bringing fabrics, candles, and anything else that you might enjoy to create ambience in your cabana.