La Zebra Hotel, Tulum
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... we got a few weird looks but the guys insisted if we are with them everything is cool, neither of us ever felt threatened, we have been in Mexico long enough now to know as long as you don't do anything stupid the locals don't mind tourists being there. Some of the places we went were pretty dead, not many people were out tonight. We ended up going to 5 different bars with these two guys, one of which was a really bad ...
... I can always change my mind, pull in, so far so good enough, but not sure I'm seeing it, shared bathroom, beach front $90 U.S, plus taxes. Zara the doll at the desk takes me through, and I'm starting to get it, as I walk through to check out the most basic, this lovely chit chats it up, selling me on everything, without selling me on anything, if I've got it I may as well go the beachfront it's a completely different experience, to,wake up to that! to ...
... bags for the bellboys to move them to our new suite, we head down to the lobby and meet Juan Carlos, ("like the Spanish king, si?!") our driver for the day. As he drives us the hour from Playa del Carmen to Tulum he tells us he moved here to Playa and the province of Quintana Roo from the colonial town of Merida in the nearby Yucatan province 25 years ago. At that time Playa del Carmen was just a sleepy fishing village which acted as an embarkation point for ...
... and after Tikal nothing really seems to compare. There were a ton of wild iguanas all over the place though, and a perfect little swimming cove which was cool. I cooled off with a quick swim and then headed back down the street to the Las Palmas site to continue swimming. I dont know what it is about me and this bloody Las Palmas but I somehow managed to walk right past it (in my defence, the sign is almost completely obscured by trees) and ended up walking halfway back ...
... for dinners and lunches at some of the many beach restaurants. Despite it being extremely hot here, the sea breeze has made for 3 amazing days on the beach and a good start to my trip. The Angus' left us this morning and headed on their way back to USA, and tomorrow we'll be making a fairly lengthy commute to Caye Caulker, Belize where we'll be spending the next week or so. That's all for now, so I'm going to head back into my little dream world here in my hammock. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews La Zebra Hotel, Tulum
We spent four nights at La Zebra in the Grand Cabana, and our only regret is that we couldn't stay longer! The people are incredibly warm, friendly and helpful, the cabana is extremely clean and comfortable (great bed!), and the little touches from the staff made use feel like a part of the family. The beach is super quiet and well-kept. We even saw a sea turtle laying eggs by the moonlight!
The food at the cantina is hands down the best we had in Tulum. We kept trying other places but decided that since we had a winner, we'd stick with it. We can't wait to go back!
La Zebra was great!
I stayed for three nights 2/23/07 - 2/26/07. The cabanas are simply but beautifully redone, and the beach in front of the property was stunning. This spot is much less busy than other cabana developments on this beach, and the laid-back attitude was great. The staff was friendly and helpful. The restaurant/lounge area was under renovation, which meant that on-site conveniences were limited. There were many options nearby, though, so it wasn't a problem.
The property's manager mentioned that the owners are planning to build another 30 cabanas or so on the property, which would drastically change the laid-back appeal of La Zebra. This would be a disappointment, since it is one of the few properties on this stretch of the Tulum beach that doesn't feel overdeveloped.
My girlfriend and I just got back from a 9 night stay at La Zebra and we had a fabulous time. The beach is amazing, the staff is friendly and helpful, and the cabanas are everything you would need or want for a quiet beach vacation. We will definitely be going back.
Loved la zebra!
Just got back from a great week at La Zebra...beautiful cabanas (stayed in #3) woke up to the sound of the ocean...and a beautiful view from my cozy bed.
Everyone was really friendly and helpful....I can't wait to go back!
DO NOT STAY HERE until late 2009-it is under construction. It is another 20 months from Feb 2007 until it is finished and for 18 hrs a day, there are workmen hanging around your cabana.
I made reservations at Eco Inn based on reviews I read here. I must say, we were more than disappointed. We were not expecting a lot, we understood that it was rustic, but it was terrible. First, the only cabana that is beachfront and has any kind of view at all is No. 1, and we weren't in No. 1. The cabanas are decent sized, and while a little on the rustic side, perfectly fine. The bed, well it had a fitted sheet, and a mismatched folded top sheet was sitting on the bed. The fitted sheet didn't actually fit the bed, and "sprang" loose durning the night. So we were laying directly on the matress, not even a matress cover. The mosquito net was dirty (you can't tell when it is down, but when it is knotted you could see that it was dirty). Also, the net had several holes in it. There was electricity until 10, and that was fine. However, the fan didn't work even when the electricity was on. Also, because of the way the cabanas are built, you are not able to enjoy the ocean breeze because there isn't any cross breeze. So even though we slept with the door and window wide open, it was not pleasant. Oh, the restaurant - I asked and they said that they were cooking a 5 kilo fish and were serving it with rice, they usually included a rum on coke with the dinner, but they forgot to buy rum. The fish was for 10 people, they already had 8, so we could join them for $95 pesos each. We decided to just have snacks from our ice chest instead.
Next time La Zebra
We didn't stay at La Zebra, but definitely will next time. We came for dinner and were thoroughly charmed by the staff and the facilities (we got a tour of the cabanas). While there are fancier places along the beach, the cabanas here embodied what we hoped to find in Tulum. They were inexpensive, quaint and quiet.
We went to Tulum to stay in one of the cabanas on the beach. We were in Playa del Carmen for the rest of the trip and heard that the Tulum beaches were much better, and the atmosphere much less touristy. We booked a cabana at Cabanas La Zebra without having heard too much about it. We got off the bus and had to pay 80 pesos for a taxi to this cabana, which seemed exorbitant until we arrived, after a painful ride down a partly unpaved road chock full of more potholes and craters than you would ever believe. Obviously the taxis need to make enough money to pay for new tires every week! By the time we got there, we were wondering if the trip to Tulum was worth it: we were hot and tired from carting our small but heavy backpacks around, and now had a headache. But all our doubts disappeared when we were led, through the palm trees growing in the finest, whitest sand I've ever seen, to the only truly ocean-front cabana (ask for cabana #1!), whose direct view from the door and windows is of nothing but the turquoise ocean and blue sky. I have never seen anything so beautiful. The beaches in Playa did not compare to this stretch of deserted land we had almost completely to ourselves. The breeze was very strong and constant here, and the waves were huge, but the water was warm. The cabana was way beyond what we expected to get after reading horrific reviews of other cabana properties. We paid $60, and got the best cabana there, definitely a great value compared to many of the other cabana properties in Tulum. The cabana was raised up off the sand to keep most bugs out (we did see two bugs, but after all, you are directly on the beach, and there are mosquito nets on the beds anyway). There were hard floors, two double beds (one of which was very comfortable), a ceiling fan, two wooden lounge chairs for the beach or the room, and a bamboo screen separating the bedroom from our private bathroom that had plenty of hot water. We also had electricity for several hours at night, unlike many of the other properties (some have only candles- all have to generate their own electricity). The cabana was really beautiful inside, everything white or natural-colored, prettier than most hotel rooms. And of course your front proch is the Caribbean ocean. We were very secluded, and only saw a few other people the whole time we were there. There were a few hammocks hanging between palm trees to relax in. At night, we went to their open-air pavilion to find out about dinner, but they didn't have many choices. It was either spaghetti, quesadillas, or tuna sandwiches with fries. No beer either, but we walked up the road a short way and bought some there. We were going to walk further to find a restaurant, but it was getting dark and the street is not lighted at all. If you don't have a rental car or a flashlight (which we didn't), you're pretty much stuck. We ate tuna and fries and drank our beer, then went to sleep to the sound of the roaring ocean. We didn't even need the ceiling fan, the breeze coming in from the ocean was so strong. In the morning, we were pretty much coated with a film of salt and some sand, but who cares when you haven't worn your shoes for two days? We had coffee at the pavilion and then sadly left to go back to Playa, wishing we hadn't booked ahead for our room in Playa that night. The Cabanas are at almost the very end of the beach opposite the Tulum ruins- the taxi to the ruins cost 70 pesos, which we gladly paid after walking for a half hour and not finding a single car to try to hitch a ride with. The guidebooks don't tell you to rent a car, but I wouldn't go back without one. Overall, I highly recommend the Cabanas La Zebra for anyone who wants to relax in paradise.