Los Lirios Hotel Cabanas
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Wonderful cabana experience in Tulum
If you're looking for a little different experience with a combination of the "truer Mexico" with nice amenities, come to Los Lirios Hotel Cabanas Spa and Yoga Center in Tulum (yes, there are Mayan ruins there on the beach). We reached Tulum via bus from Cancun bus station downtown or you can hire a cab to take you for probably about $80 per cab; regardless of having one or three passengers. If taking the bus, get off at the bus station and hire a cab to take you to the Cabanas for around $7 (as of 7/2004). The Cabanas are air-conditioned. Make sure to ask for an ocean front room. There is a lovely restaurant and an American full breakfast buffet is included. Get a massage from the Italian osteopath for $65 an hour...you can look at the beach while you do it! I would greatly recommend trying this side-trip from Cancun. When tipping, remember the wages of these workers is extremely low (the minimum wage in Cancun is $3 per day, and it is probably less than that in Tulum.)
Best location if u need air conditioning
First thanks to all of the reviews that made us have more free time on our dream vacation.. there were so many people who were driving down that dirt road in Tulum looking for that perfect place... well I had the printed reviews so just drove there checked out the room and saved time... no tv and or clock.. which was great 4 us...location is amaizing as we usually come to tulum for the day and chill next door at cabanias Tulum(but they have no AC) ..Mexico is like our second home as I spend about three times a year in the Mayan riviera.. well we usually go budget meaning $30-$40 a night in Playa Del Carmen and $40-$60 in Cancunand the places are amazing condos with TV and AC and most of all a kithchen and Fridge...but it was my girlfriends birthday and this was the special place I was dreaming of for her... she loves the waves in Tulum and the fact that it is still quite safe to swim unlike the ripetide in Cancun... the bathtub is huge like no other normal hotel room.. so take some bubble bath with you... well the champagne was hard to chill as the room has no fridge.. so the rope and the ocean or the fridge in the restaurant..the AC was perfect .. all of the rooms are ocean view but make sure to ask for the top floor-this is a must for the best views.. you share 4 individual gigantic rooms per house that all have separate entrances.. the only area that lacks privacy is the balcony which only has a wooden divider... the balcony is paradise and were we spent the majority our time at Los Lirios...did i mention we were the only ones in our building as the other 3 rooms were empty.. every balcony has a double hammock and the breeze of the ocean combined with the dry weather mean this place is paradise... the only complaint was the free breakfast... the fruit was actually frozen(we never knew why, as all the fresh tropical fruit was right at our doorstep. The only thing we could think of was that they prepared it the night before and thawed it at breakfast.. well thanks to the reviews the breakfast was the only meal we ate here.. the rest of the time was zamas or even the little carts off the side of the road were better choices... and the whole artichoke with rice for $4 was a bargain.. If you need ac and want a romantic comfortable setting to get away from it all I would recomend this.. but it is a bit expensive for Tulum were you can get great deals most under $50usd..no bugsclean(great maid service)palapa roof and palm trees safe - with security through the nightand no need for a flash light-electricity at nightgreat water preasure(but salty water)hint - go to their website and print out there web special and they will offer you the same rate when you get there(this is much less than the rack rate otherwise) and you don't have to prebook...when you are in Tulum make sure to visit the crystal cinote - very few tourist go here it is only $2/person and owned by the comunity also safe and has change rooms... you won't find the tour buses or the loud noise find the local flavortalk to the people try the foodlearn a bit of the languageand do a little bit of home workthanks TRIPADVISOR
We stayed at Los Lirios for 9 nights this year. The room was large and comfy and was cleaned efficiently every day. The only problem we had was the amount of ants who sneaked in every day, but that's what you get with a semi-jungle location. The beach here was amazing, and we got up at sunrise every day to walk for miles without seeing more than a handful of people. On calm days, the sea was good for snorkelling with plenty of fish and rays around (but was too windy and mruky on most mornings). Later in the holiday we stayed up the road nearer to town and really missed the quietness (and cleanliness) of the beach. We found the breakfast to be great, although they seemed to alternate at will between buffet and set menu - buffet was 100% better. The service generally was fine in the restaurant, and the evening food was ok but nothing special. You definitely need to hire a car if staying here, but the desk can get a good deal at a local hire shop. As previous posts have said, they'll also try to sell you other things, but the prices are no different to what other places offer.
All in all we'd definitely go back, although we'd probably not use the restaurant much apart from beakfast.
Beautiful beach, clean rooms & sporadic service
We stayed 6 nights at the Hotel Los Lirios and felt, when all was said and done, that there were a couple of other properties within blocks that held much more interest for the same amount of money. Our first pick would be torn between Tita Tulum and Maya Tulum with Ana Y Jose close in the top as well. We stayed at Los Lirios because Ana y Jose was booked and was suggested by Ana Y Jose's reservation area.The rooms at Los Lirios are large, spacious and clean. The beach and ocean there are beautiful with a long stretch to walk on in either direction. We stayed on a ground floor unit and would recommend requesting a second floor unit just to leave the door open at night. The rooms do have Air Conditioning and it is useful particularly because of the poor window layout and no ceiling fan in the room - but theoretically with the strong ocean breeze one would not need the air. I would rather stay somewhere that worked with the environment vs. against it and the one night we slept with the air on, I missed hearing the ocean sound.Our bathroom had an extra large tub and I wished I would have packed a container or two of bath salts as this was a very nice tub. We enjoyed the company of a lovely peach colored lizard throughout our stay - the most hospitable and attentive member of the hotel staff.Service at Los Lirios was sporadic. The check-in person was more interested in selling us add-on tours than explaining what was available at the hotel. The room came with a bottle of water, nice bath soap, glasses wrapped in plastic and the only thing that was replaced was the water (some days) and towels that were old and some were stained. We ran out of soap after 6 days and I had to hunt down a maid to request a new bar. The maids did not as much as look on the porch and we bussed our own drink glasses and bottles from there.Worse was the restaurant where mid-way through our trip they had a new 'policy' that we could not take anything glass out of the restaurant back to our room, yet guests sitting near the beach were brought glass bottles and glasses. This was vexing to say the least as our room over looked the restaurant (they could easily see us as we drank from the forbidden glass) and frustrating because they charged $1 for a 4oz coke in a plastic glass that was double the size in a glass glass. We never figured out happy hour - there was no listing we found that stated what was and was not a part of happy hour. One night we got to the bar at 6:40 and waited 20 minutes for our Pina Colada having ordered one, thinking we would get two. At 7pm when we FINALLY got one Pina Coloda they said happy hour was over, but ended up honoring our earlier order. A few nights later they said Pina Colada was not on the happy hour list and refused to honor the 2 for 1. Speaking of 20 minutes it was not uncommon to wait 10 or more minutes for the simplest of orders. With each order whether charged to a room or paid in cash there was copious paper work to complete and the bartender poured one slow drink at a time.Cash machines in Tulum give 200 or 500 peso bills and we often had a hard time tipping our waiters at Los Lirios as the cashier there would not break our large bills ($20 US = 200 pesos) when we charged food to our room. We had to save change from one day and remember what waiter to give it to the next day. The old advice of bringing a large stack of $1 bills is true here - we ran out. Our extra effort in saving tip money for the next day did not improve the fast declining service.As mentioned early we thought there were some other options. We ate at Tita Tulum twice (chicken kabobs were awesome) and liked the family atmosphere there. We stopped in to look at Maya Tulum and the landscaping was the prettiest we had seen and the property appeared very clean and well maintained. We ate at Ana y Jose twice (two thumbs up on the fish fillet Ana y Jose with mustard) and liked the families playing cards after dinner and foosball machine in the bar area.By the end of our stay we were ready to leave Los Lirios as the service just drove us nuts.
A great get away!
We chose Los Lirios because of good trip advisor reviews and availability. The places in Tulum where our friends had stayed were all full. We made a reservation through the website and had no problem communicating with the Los Lirios staff via e-mail in English. We were delighted with the big, very clean room. Our room also had great water pressure and a clean big bathroom, reliable electricity (the generator's noise points towards the street and was not a problem).
They advertise that they are the only hotel on the road with AC. I beileve it and although we only used it once, it might be neccessary if the wind was less. The price at Los Lirios was less than we expected for what we got. You can pay alot more for alot less at other places in Tulum. And BTW, the food was okay, not the best we ate, but good enough for, "hey, it right here let's not go anywhere for dinner tonite".
Happy hour has 2 for 1 drinks, but only the bad beer is included. The buffet breakfast was quite good.
There was no swimming pool, but just across the street was Los Lirios's private cenote. It was delightful, surrounded by vegitation, big enough, clean, deep, not much for cenote snorkeling, but great for a dip or an early morning bird watch. We went every day. We took a free yoga class on the weekend that was okay. Unfortunately the yoga room was not available off hours. I would have used it by myself; it also has a hard tile floor so you needed their, supplied only during the class, yoga mats.
What else? The beach is open and very nice. Many of the other places on the road have only a short piece of beach. Los Lirios is wider and hence has more beach. The snorkeling was not good, but the reef is not great anywhere along there. The water was very rough during our stay.
The view was glorious. I'm sure it great at sunrise; we weren't up.
We found good snorkeling just north of Tulum in Tankah. Try Punta Solomon and Punta San Francisco. It was worth the 20 minute drive and renting a kayak to get out to the furhter portion of the reef. There is a great snokeling cenote across the street from Casa Cenote, also great dinner there.
We liked having a rented car so we could get to many places of interest: Tulum Ruinas were crowed but it was nice to see them again (too many Cancun buses). Try going south on Rt. 302 to Muyil Ruinas.
It's about 10 miles and we had the place all to ourselves. There are only two excavated structures, but sense of jungle is great. Check your guidebook. We also drove the awful road toward Punta Allen for about 12k. We turned around before Boca Paila at an ecolodge with a beautiful viewing tower from which you could see both the beech and the lagoon.
You don't need a jeep to get there if it's dry, but the smallest rental car is not good either.
Los Lirios is one of the prime destinations south of Tulum. The whole area is great and it's going to change, so go there now.
Beautiful View with good price @ Los lirios
My husband and I just returned from a 6 day excursion to the Mayan Riviera and we stayed 2 nights at Los Lirios. The room had a great view of the ocean/beach and was clean. Rates included breakfast which was ok. Beach was clean. Would go back in the future.
Just got back from a 5 night vacation in Los Lirios, and my wife and I had a fabulous time. If you want to enjoy quiet time on a beautiful beach with comfortable accomodations at a great price, this is the place to stay. As stated in the other reviews, the room size and bathroom size were great with excellent water pressure and plenty of hot water. The room had an air conditioner which we did not use since the ocean breezes were very pleasant the time we were there. We loved the hammock and ocean views (we had a bottom floor ocean view room). I didn't find the food as bad as others have noted. The breakfast buffet was fine and I had chicken enchalatas for lunch that were excellent. We ate dinner at other places such as Gringo Dave's, Ana y Jose's, and Zama's which we enjoyed very much. We didn't interact with the staff very much, but they were always helpful. My only complaint is that they need to replace their beach chairs. Most were broken or had major cracks. Also someone needs to be responsible for cleaning up the trash that washes up on the beaches. You definitely need to rent a car if you stay here. I would highly recommend this place.
Great room and beach but horrible food!!
We stayed at Los Lirios for 7 nights and the room was great. We had an oceanview room on the top floor and it was perfect. Loved the hammock in our balcony, where we enjoyed the stars and the waves every night.
And we got great hot water and pressure in the shower (bathroom was big!). we visited some of the rustic cabanas nearby and our hotel was great if you wanted a place with electricity. However, the food was absolutely horrible. We ate breakfast every morning b/c it was included in our room rate but ventured out for all other meals. But it wasn't a problem b/c all the hotels nearby had great food. Ana y Jose, Margherita and Zamas...great food! Tulum was great. the road to Los Lirios was filled with potholes but they were filling it in as we left.
so, it shouldn't be a problem till the next rain season. My only complaint was that we didn't have a very imformative front desk...we pretty much had to go through our guide books to figure out what we wanted to do. They also advertise 4 wheel motorcycles which didn't exist. We were lucky we had a JEEP, otherwise it would have been costly to leave Los Lirios and it's a long trek to town.
Our family stayed here in Aug of 2003. Very hot and needed the a/c.
Room is very big-accomodated our baby's playpen/bed which we packed with us along with the carseat etc. Good water pressure and great bathtub. The food is as mentioned-terrible, but nobody got sick - really just lacking in skills in how to make it good. We found the staff to be rude and unconcerned. This was not due to a communication issue since my husband is fluent in Spanish. We were initially given a dirty room, they tried to clean it, but when we re-entered the room, I lifted the bedcover to reveal the same sheets as they had spots on them. This was no big deal to them. My husband had his watch stolen. I had a $65 facial which was worth no more than $15 - way below an amateur level. Toward the end or stay, we just laughed at how bad the service and food was because nobody GOT it. We were even charged $7 for a local call to get a tow truck for our stuck rental car!! But in the end, we will probably stay at Los Lirios again due to the a/c, room size, water pressure and location on the beach. Just eat elsewhere and expect nothing in service.
Fabulous cabanas, truly horrid food, great staff
I spent christmas week at los lirios, my mother, brother and I all had a wonderful time. Our rooms were closest to the ocean, maybe 15 feet from the beach, fantastic design for the layout, although they are in the process of more cabanas. We went up and down the beach, checked out many restaurants and other cabanas. It actually looked exactly as pictured on their website. Seemed to us that Los Lirios had the best, although the restaurant wasn't winning awards by any means. The breakfasts were truly unbelieveably bad. However, we didn't care much, because it was a very short stroll down one of the most of the spectacular beaches I've ever seen to go eat at Ana y Jose's (on the left) or to the right at tico tulum or Zebra's. Zamas was about 2 km down the road, but well worth the drive or walk, had an amazing selection of fresh fish there, the chef flags down the fishermen's boat in the afternoon.
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... apart from that we all survived! We tried local street food for dinner; a selection of different 'tamales', not sure what was in them but they were tasty :-) Today (Thursday) we all hired the bikes again (they're a bargain at 50pesos (£2.25) each per day) as well as some snorkelling masks and headed to Grande Cenote (a sinkhole) for some swimming.... It was amazing! The waters were so blue and we swam with loads of fish and turtles! After ...
... there were a few interesting flyers mainly focused on different lodging options around Tulum, so we took some of them and started to walk along the main boulevard, Avenida Tulum, where most tourist-oriented businesses had set up their offices or stores. Thus, you can find many hostels, hotels, travel agencies, bike rentals, bars, restaurants, coffee houses, fast foods and souvenir shops spread along this street.
Since all town´s life was concentrated on ...
... the next few hours there where many bars around to get drinks but it was very expensive :( Went out around 5pm to find good found a deal $85 PESO for three tacos and two beers each :) had delicious chicken tacos!! And the. Headed back to a beach where we layed on some beach chairs and watched the sunset go down and then went for a swim ! :) so pretty! That night at the hostel we had a few pre drinks and then they have a beach party that starts at 11pm and finishes at 3am ...
... are some amazing ruins right on the cliff face overlooking some amazing beaches. That's really the only reason a town has been built 4km away. Again, we got here early to neat the crowds, but we think the main reason is was pretty quite when we arrived was due to the gray skies and drizzling rain. We were pretty wet, and sweaty, after the 4km ride in waterproof jackets. Oh well, you can't win them all. The grounds of the ruins are well maintained and manicured. ...
... fails to amaze how cultures living so distant adopt similar customs as the same time. Anyone visiting Quintana Roo should definitely put Tulum on their itinerary. Juan also told us a little of the modern history of the area. Cancun has only been around for 30 years, and Playa del Carmen for 14 years, as tourist spots. They have grown exponentially during that time. Many of the people who work in Playa have families in the jungle and on their day off ...