For me, a great stay in Tulum requires a lovely, small, quiet, super-comfortable, clean and safe hotel with a superior beach, onsite dining and friendly service. Villa las Estrellas scores high by all these measures. With just six rooms, three separate bungalow-suites, a small restaurant, and staff members who greet you by name (and sometimes with a hug or kiss on the cheek), I would liken VLE to a lovely inn, rather than an impersonal hotel.
It is beautifully landscaped and simply but elegantly decorated. Deluxe rooms have spacious sleeping, bathing and outdoor areas with gorgeous views of the beach and sea. The king bed was firm but comfortable by Mexican standards, with nice bed linens and towels; I just wish the pillows had been softer and higher quality but others might not mind so much. Hot water was plentiful and the room was immaculately cleaned each day, which is no easy feat given all the sand tracked in from the beach! I loved being awakened by the sunrise each morning, but if you want to sleep in, be sure to bring an eye mask because the curtains will not block the light. Lack of A/C was not a problem; in fact, I was terribly cold one very windy mid-January night because the room was drafty. Wifi was mostly reliable in the room and on the beach, and it was great to have 24-hour electricity. Room safe was a plus, as was the security guard who patrols the premises at night.
VLE is very well located on the beach road. If you can tear yourself away from one of the comfy loungers, you're within walking distance of lots of yoga (Shambala, Uno, Ahau, Yoga Shala & Utopia). There is also excellent nearby dining (Hartwood & Casa Jaguar) and a few shops as well. The beach in front of the hotel felt especially roomy and quiet because there are no hotels on either side, which is not always the case in Tulum. I loved the lack of neighbors and the peace and quiet, but if you prefer more of a scene, you'll want to stay elsewhere.
Breakfast was included and very good, especially the coffee, fresh papaya and croissants. I occasionally snacked for lunch (guacamole w/chips; chicken quesadilla; fish tacos) and had one dinner onsite which was fine but nothing special. Service was always terrific (thanks to Fernando, Joel, Paco, Rafael, Mario & Pepe), so I'm not sure about the complaints of others on this site.
All in all, I had a lovely week in one of my favorite places in the world. I just wish VLE charged a little less so I could afford to return more often.
- Also Known As:
- Villa Las Estrellas Hotel
- Villa Las Estrellas Hotel Tulum
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- Villa Las Estrellas has the objective to offer our guest a personalized attention whit a warm and friendly service in an environment of astonishing tranquility and natural beauty. We are working hard to keep a exclusive service highlighting security, warmth but above all relaxation in this incredible paradise. ... more less
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