Don Diego de la Selva
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Clean, Airy, and Spacious
We have travelled all over Mexico and stayed in dozens of hotels. Don Diego de La Selva was an excellent small hotel, and one of the nicest middle range priced hotels in which we have ever stayed in Mexico. By Mexican standards, it is extremely clean (spotless) and the rooms are quite large, bright and airy. No funny smells here. As for the exterior, it is painted very colorfully, yet tasteful and the pool is very nice.
The hard part was finding the turn off for the hotel. If you are coming from the Cancun area, drive through the Tulum Pueblo and keep going about 1/2 mile until you pass where some large trucks park off the side of the highway. There will be a Don Diego de La Selva sign on the right. Then turn right onto the little gravel road. The hotel is only a block away.
If you are looking for a quiet, yet clean and comfortable place to stay in Tulum Pueblo, stay here. You will not be disappointed.
Great hosts & nice place in Tulum Pueblo
Excellent service from the hosts. We felt welcomed from the first to the last minute. Charles and Stefan were so nice, we could even leave a bag at their place for a week.
Rooms were clean and beautiful.Nice patio and pool to hang around.
The only thing we did not like were the dogs in the neibourhood, which barked a couple of times during the night. But that's not their fault and maybe it was because of the full moon. We used earplugs and that helped.
A little oasis just outside of Tulum
Don Diego de la Selva is more like a cozy little bed & breakfast than hotel. We booked a room from April 4th to April 10th and enjoyed every moment of our stay. The surroundings looked just like the photos. The ambience was a tad bohemian which suited us just fine. The rooms were immaculate and spacious. For UNDER $70(USD)a night, we got a king bed and patio with hammock. The price also includes breakfast. While we didn't get a view of the sea, we did have a view of the beautiful tropical garden. The best feature was the palapa dining area situated next to the pool. Every morning we sat outside and ate a delicious continental breakfast consisting of fresh juice made of exotic fruit, strong coffee and fresh baked goodies. In the evenings we sat by the pool sipping drinks from the bar. Charles provided an awesome blend of music to set the mood. The intimate surroundings enabled us to mingle with an international melange of guests. Our host Charles, who hails from France, was very accomodating and helped us plan some of our local excursions. If you plan to stay here, Don Diego is situated off a dirt road just south of the Tulum Pueblo. The town is close enough to walk to, or you can rent one of the bikes on the premises. The beach itself is about three miles away but you can easily bike to it or take a taxi. Payment is by cash (USD or Pesos). Traveller's checks are also accepted. In retrospect, I'm so glad we picked Don Diego over the many cabana options. We definitely plan to return next year.
Cozy paradise on the edge of the jungle
My daughter and I rented a car and toured the ruins of the Yucatan Peninsula so we unfortunately only stayed at Don Diego de la Selva one night. It was by far our favorite place to stay. It is an exquisitely designed hotel on the edge of town and the jungle. The rooms are spacious with a Feng Shui feel to them, particularly the showers with the skylights so you can turn off the lights and shower by the moonlight. The rooms have a small patio with a hammock to relax in. The sinks have an artsy flair to them and the way the beds are made and they towels folded almost as if they were an art exhibit is a delightful touch. My daughter loved the way one of the towels was folded to look like a swan. The rooms form a semi-circle around the dinning/lounging area with a thatched roof where all of the visitors sat and talked as if they were old friends for many years.
The hotel is owned an operated by two guys who are very friendly and really make you feel welcome. Although we did not eat dinner there, it looked great and the breakfast was excellent. It is close enough to walk to the beach and town. The only thing you might need to be prepared for is they do not take credit cards, which is not a problem if you know that up front. There is also an ATM machine in town.
I highly recommend this place and wish the owners a lot of success because they have done a great job designing, building, and running this place.
Warm, welcoming, and beautiful
After researching several other hotels (both on the beach and in town), we selected Don Diego De La Selva. It is a very peaceful place and it exceeded our every expectation! The staff and owners are friendly and welcoming. The main palapa is a nice place to relax, enjoy the music and converse with other guests. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and well cared for by a friendly gardener.
As another reviewer stated, the photos on the hotel's web site very accurately reflect the appearance and condition of the extremely comfortable rooms. The bed was very comfortable and the "skylight shower" had plenty of hot water and great water pressure.
The hotel is located just outside of town. For this reason, we found having a rental car was quite nice. We noticed most other guests had one too.
The breakfast breads, homemade jam, and fresh blended juices were delicious. We will definitely be back!
Beautiful, relaxing and superbly managed -- great value too
My boyfriend and I stayed at Don Diego for five days -- this hotel is only a year old, and it is immaculate -- beautifully designed, spotless and so peaceful. The rooms are large, with great showers with overhead skylights. Beds are firm and comfy, and each room gets a back porch with a hammock. We never heard a peep out of our neighbors, even though the hotel was full.
The location is convenient to Tulum pueblo, and a taxi to the beach costs about USD $3 (about $5 to the ruins and cenotes). The included breakfast is a real highlight, with strong coffee and a different treat each day (warm chocolate cake, rice pudding, pound cake), and freshly made juice concoctions.
The grounds are lovely - and should be even better in a year or two (most of the garden was destroyed during Hurricane Wilma and had to be replanted). There are banana, papaya and palm trees on the grounds, along with hibiscus and bouganvilla in many colors.
Since it is located about 1/4 mile beyond the southern edge of Tulum pueblo, it is super quiet. The only negative is that the walk into town isn't great -- the road has no sidewalk, and there's a lot of bus/truck traffic. Obviously, this isn't a problem if you've rented a car, and a taxi costs only a dollar or two.
Don Diego de la Selva is just a terrific find -- Charlie, the owner, is helpful, gracious and friendly. We can't wait to go back. We found the pictures on their Web site to accurately represent the hotel -- not like some hotels where you're a bit surprised when you see the actual location.
Don Diego is great for all types of couples and single travelers, but there were a couple of small families there as well. They seemed to be having a good time too.
A Paradise Found!
We stumbled across Don Diego de la Selva by chance...and what a great find! We were originally looking to stay on the beach in Tulum, but found the very basic cabanas extremely overpriced for what you got. Don Diego de la Selva was heaven in comparison! We were only planning to stay a couple of days but ended up staying a week. We ate in practically every night because the home made meals were so delicious. The rooms were spotless, sunny and very comfortable...much more than what you can expect from a lot of other places in Tulum. The great hosts made our stay that much better, so we decided to return and celebrate new years eve the following month.
A WONDERFUL PLACE MANAGED BY WONDERFUL PEOPLE
This hotel is a very wonderful place to stay:
The two owners are amazing persons who love what they do:
Welcoming people in thery own paradise they have created by themselves one year ago:
We spent only one night (my wife, our 2 daughters and i) but we felt very confortable.
- Nice rooms with a classy touch, such as the shower where you can see the stars during the night and the sun during the day (cf. pictures).
- Nice and very clean pool.
- Nice breakfast with cakes prepared by the owners themselves.
Well, a place where you feel good....
where you can talk easily with the owners....
where welcoming you is not only a word but mean,s something.
Beautiful new place with great service
We found this hotel by chance, and what a great surprise! After trying to find a cabana on the beach for a few hours... only to discover that prices went up 3 times since our last trip 3 years ago, we headed to Tulum town. The super friendly owners (what a change from the beach cabanas!) recently opened this beautiful and stylish place, and take good care of it. They prepared a delicious breakfast (incl. in the price) every morning and gave us advise on where to go, what to do around town. We also borrowed snorkel gear for free. Really neat place, friendly people, reasonable price, and in a nice jungle setting just oustide of town. Highly recommended!
Great hotel in the jungle
This place was a wonderful surprise. We had been staying in the beach for the first part of our trip (over at Papaya Playa), and wanted to be closer to the pueblo and were looking for more posh, air conditioned accomodations.
Don Diego is a small hotel just outside town, kind of a mini resort. Although we loved our earlier place, this hotel was a nice change. The rooms were very clean and spacious (skylights in the bathroom), and the pool was great. Wireless internet is available if you want it. It's only a $3, ten minute taxi ride to the beach.
The manager we found out later was also the owner, Charlie, and he made us feel at home the whole time we were there. We will be back!
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