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Historical Traveler Reviews Piedra Escondida Tulum
Over our best espectations!!!
I and my girlfriend Serena have spent our last part of a tour in the Yucatan peninsula in Tulum, after being some of the ancient Maya sites, Merida, and in the isles.
Tired after a 2-days journey in the isle of Cozumel, we spent one night in a terrible cabaña of a resort on the beach, but immediately the following morning we pointed to Piedra Escondida, which was signalled to us by some friends who we were talking with just before leaving Italy.
At our arrival we were warmly received by Riccardo, and he and Andrea, the other owner, were always ready to hear our needs and to give us advices (about scuba diving in the cenotes too!).
The room that was assigned to us were on the second floor, with the front window just on the Caribbean sea, clean and large, with a wide mosquitero on the bad and two balconies, the biggest one with comfortable chairs and a hammock to relax looking the sea...
Soon we were glad of our choice, and we were appreciating breakfasts lunches and dinners in the terrace just behind the beach too.
But is really fantastic was the private beach of the hotel, so much that people were moving from the other resorts to sunbathe and go swimming in it! At its sides on the sea there are rocks of limestone, covered with vegetation, and it has palm leaves umbrellas and palm trees just behind. The sun is wonderful there in the morning and for the most of the day.
We will really recommend this resorts to our friends, and thanks to the internet, also to the others!
Our family of 4 stayed at Piedra Escondida for 8 days in June, 2005. We reserved through Loco Gringo with free breakfast included in our rate. When we got there, it was obvious that the restaurant was undergoing major maintenance and was shut down. It re-opened half way through our stay and I was pleasantly surprized when the management reimbursed me for the cost of breakfast for 4 for the days that the restaurant had been closed. The restaurant specializes in Italian food (the owners are Italian) which we did not try as we were so taken with Zamas, Zahras, and the places in Tulum for traditional Mexican food. Take cash...lots of places do not have the ability to do credit cards, although we did use a credit card at Ana y Jose. The Piedra Escondida room was cute...."headboards" painted on the walls. Beds comfortable, fresh towels all the time, beach towels available upon request, tile floors, lots of storage space. The only bugs in the room were the flying ones that came in when we let the door open and some ants that came to feed on their carcasses when they had been swatted....no cockroaches. The beach is small with sometimes rough surf and an overabundance of seaweed. We often walked about a block down the road to Zamas to eat, which was really good. There is a nicer swimming beach there. We also drove to other beaches to swim...Sian Ka'an and Playa Maya. Not too much sitting on the beach because we were busy seeing things and the mosquitos were bad unless the wind was strong. There were screens on the windows. It was hot at night, but the big window by the bed let in the almost constant breeze. Our room was near the road and 2 or 3 trucks roll by early in the morning...."traffic" is too strong a word to describe the road noise, but it is there. From the edge of the road to the edge of the water is less than 200 feet. The water coming from the tap is brackish....nice and warm on sunny days, not warm at all if it is overcast for a long time. You are supposed to put your toilet paper in the trash can because they rely on "Wetlands" treatment systems. This is required at all of the resorts that we stopped at along the beach....Ana y Jose's, Zamas. The electricity was on from dusk until 10:00 pm. Candles were provided. We used the small flashlights that we brought with us. The hotel is so small and quaint. The beach is small but beautiful. Quite private. Often when we went out, we were alone. It was perfectly located for us.....before the pothole fest that begins when the pavement ends just south of Zamas. It was easy for us to go into Tulum and eat at many amazingly good restaurants. Don Cafeto's has a well deserved good reputation. Don Karonte's (next door to Don Cafeto's) is equally delicious...a bit more upscale. They serve "Fortified" margharitas and I don't even want to know what they contain, but all it takes is one. The shops on the right (west) side of Rt. 307 as you drive into the town of Tulum had the best prices for souvenirs; even better than those places that seem to be in the middle of nowhere along the road to Coba. This type of place is not for everyone, but we had a woundeful Mexican experience there. I will go back...between November and February when, I'm told, the mosquitos are a bit less robust.
Not a good time
April 28- May 4, 2005
My wife and I may have had a better stay but due to the poor weather (were not able to cool off even at night), rooms were never real clean, noisy throught out the night and early morning due to traffic right outside our room and other hotels (all very near our room). The staff was friendly. The beach was just adequate, small and rocky. Would not stay here again.
A good decision...
My husband, two children and I have just returned from 10 days spent in this fantastic place. First of all I want to thank Andrea. Last December I wanted to book two rooms for March, but they were not available so he suggested the "suite", in reality it is a very big room that I had already seen in Piedraescondida web page.
After a couple of days I accepted this solution and now I can say that it was a very good decision....... The room, 360 sq feet, three windowed walls facing East, South and West (never met anything similar in my life) is just over the beach.
We could appreciate ten days of sunrise just lying in bed. At the beginning we visited Tulum ruinas, Chichen Itza, Xcel Ha, but, very soon, we discovered how nice it was to lie down on the beach with a good book. Children (10 and 8) were out on the very safe beach very early in the morning and we could control them directly from the window of the bedroom, it wasn't like staying in a hotel, but in our own house.
This, together with relaxing athmosphere, delicious food, very good and friendly service makes Piedra Escondida such a special place! Our one fear is that the next time we want to return we will need to make reservations a year in advance!
I find your way of giving the possibility of showing photos is excellent so I am sending some of mine, there is nothing better than a photo to capture an image of a place.
A special enchanting place
Last tenth of November I was once again in Piedra Escondida; since I discovered this place on a special service of Mexico in a very important German review in December 2002 (The photo of Piedra Escondida was the only one published in a full double page representing beauties of all Yucatan toghether with other five places that the editor chose for representing typical and fascinating spots of all Mexico), I must go there at least once or twice per year, obviously I tried other hotels and some very nice, but in the end I always go back to Piedra Escondida. The reason is very simple: the view of the small private beach set in the unique little bay is absolutely gorgeous. I lie in my hammock with a good book and relax, which gives me the energy to face stress and problems of my job at least for the next six months.
A few words on the architecture, absolutely lineal, simple, rational; the rooms have the right dimension, a big closet contains every thing you can bring with you, you can't find anything similar in very luxurious and super expensive hotels, a big shower with a lot of space, windows complete with mosquito netting and a terrace overlooking the sea.
Last but not least the restaurant, delicious dishes are served in a pleasant atmosphere, recently enriched by a fabulous open air terrace right on the beach.
I recommend you to go there when there is a full moon.
A little piece of paradise
We have just spent a fantastic seven days at the idyllic Piedra Escondida. If you thought that this part of Mexico stopped at Cancun, then think again. This is an unspoilt, piece of paradise, run by two people who really understand just what it takes to make a perfect place for a complete get away from it all holiday. The accomodation is simple but has all that you need to enjoy this spot between the jungle and the beach. The food is varied and always well presented with excellent service from the very friendly local staff. We will be returning for a third time again soon - you must visit this place.
Chris, Jane, Sarah and Belinda Aylward - October 2004
Been twice and will be back
We have stayed twice in the past year. Once by ourselves and the next time with our children. Each time we were treated to a warm and friendly staff and a great time. Escondida like all of tulum is a casual place, but the food(italian/mexican) was great and the beach/cove was beautiful. We loved the mojito's at the bar(with fresh mint picked when we ordered our drinks) and the kids loved the pancakes at breakfast.
Rooms & Beach OK - but the kitchen!?!?
We stayed 2 nights at PE in early November 2003 and were given room #8, which is on the groundfloor but pleasantly overlooking the beach. The candlelights during non-electricity hours give a nice touch to the stay and the beachfront offered some great waves, although the beach is rather small (between two giant rocks) and you share it with guests from two neighbouring cabanas who don't have a beach on their own.Pro's: nice room and beach.Con's: salt water showers (cold shower smells like a highly chlored pool, warm shower smells like you're showering in shrimp soup), ants crawling continuously on the inner wall by the bed and a COCHROACH in our bread basket at dinnertime!!!The cochroach was rapidly killed by the waiter, but he seemed rather indifferent about the incident and was even surprised that we did not want to continue with dessert. On the contrary, he added a service charge to the bill - so I guess we paid him money for killing a cochroach on our table? We also stuck to liquid breakfast in the morning...Compared to other Italian-run places on the Peninsula, Piedra Escondida is unfortunately lacking the warm welcome and attention that the others offered us. We also had a look at the Copal Cabanas a bit earlier on the same road and they seem to be a better treat for a lower price - if you can accept to have some old hippies around you, that is. Cabanas Ana & Jose are also supposed to have freshwater showers - that would be my investment advice to PE (apart from getting the kitchen free from parasites, that is).
A Lovely Place
Piedra Escondida is a delightful small hotel. I wouldn't call it "cabanas" - the rooms are wonderful. We had quite an adventure - we had reservations elsewhere and found out the day before we left that the hotel we had chosen was in a "land dispute". (There were Federales marching around at that hotel when we got there!) We managed to secure reservations at PE but since I meticulously research hotels in advance, I was nervous - imagine my relief when we arrived after dark at this darling, homey and welcoming place. The rooms have tiled floors, stenciled designs above the beds, huge tiled showers and are stocked with bottled water, and the hotel has a marvellously friendly staff who follow the owner's genial example. We ended up moving three times - our first room was number six, which backed up to the road and was noisy and quite warm. The hotel uses a generator until 10:00, and thus there are no ceiling fans; the back rooms are too far from the ocean to get a good breeze, although have hammocks on the tiled porches of each room and it was in the hammock that my son slept in fairly breezy comfort.
We moved the next day to a beachfront room, and then moved again to room number two, probably the best room in the place. It is on the second floor, and features French doors leading to a hardwood deck overlooking the Caribbean. A thatched ceiling and mosquito net over the bed completed the tropical ambience in this room.
Heading across the sandy, palm shaded courtyard for the included breakfast was a special treat, with fresh sqeezed OJ and sliced mangos and bananas to start followed by huevos rancheros or an American breakfast of bacon and eggs and fresh toasted bread. The dining room was charming and had an outside patio; windows were open to catch the sea breeze. In the afternoon, the small bar provided fresh squeezed limonada or icy beer - and I do mean icy, as the generator didn't come on until early evening and the beer was kept on ice.
All in all, I would highly recommend it at the $60 per night that we paid. I see it has gone up to $85; that's pushing it a bit.
Nonetheless, it is a charming spot with a lovely beach freshly raked each morning.
While you're in Tulum, don't miss Zamas, just down the road from the PE, for dinner - excellent fresh fish in a raucous atmosphere - Cuban music blaring and white-shirted waiters rushing to your service. And the best breakfast in town is right next to the bus station. You can bask in the sun on the patio, waving away exhaust fumes, and eat a truly delightful meal.
Cabanas on the beach
You dont go to Tulum expecting extreme luxury and quality. From the outside Piedra Escondida is much like any other establishement. Across the road from a convenience store and internet cafe, it doesnt stand out as a hotel. However this is just the front. You are led through and unaasuming check in area and through to the lobby which although small, immediately gives you a vantage point of the hotel compound. basically the hotel is built on the beach, but unlike budget cabanas these are relative luxury. You walk to your room (very secure) , which has its hammock in the porch for lazing away; inside are two standard double beds, with above standard ( for the area) amenities. the rooms are clean, and well presented. There are little touches which stand out too like the towel arrangements in the shape of a swan placed on your bed!!!. As you can imagine, Tulum is not a town with the standards of a multi-national city, this no more typified by the rationed electricity, which is only on from 18.00 to 22.00 as the generator only works from then, but then again the whole of regional Tulum is like this. However you manage to work with what youve got, and candlelight and gentle music by a live band make every night extremely romantic ( if in the restaurant ) or fun if on the beach with a beer. The restaurant serves traditional Mexican food and is cheap. A main course is about £3 or $4.50.I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants a relaxing time with no real hassles , everything within easy reach, and have a bit more money to spend on a cabana/room, han sharing at a budget backpackers hostel...( which is also a 2 minute walk up the road with some cheap burgers and beers)
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