I enjoyed my first visit to Tulum, and am glad I decided to stay in the city rather than beach road, where the cabanas on the beach are located. More to do in the city, more to explore and far cheaper. Aerolito was a fine place to stay; I'm not one to hang around my hotel when I travel, so I was really just there to sleep and shower. This placed served that purpose--just read the reviews carefully. Like most places in Tulum, the place is rustic (i.e., no air conditioning, nets around the bed, etc.)
I stayed in the treehouse which is exactly what it's called; a hut in the trees. The bathroom was on the ground level of the walled compound and immaculate, which is important to me. Going in the middle of the night was a bit tricky, since I had to navigate steep steps in the dark, but that was a minor hassle. It was the experience I was after.
Personally, I loved riding the bikes Ariane provided to the beach each day, as Tulum is an extremely bike friendly city. Skip the taxis especially if you're in shape.
The two huts on the ground level were quite spacious and nice especially the one tucked away in the corner where the bathroom and kitchen were just a few short steps from the sleeping room and it had a great patio. I met some lovely people from the US, and we had drinks on their patio each night.
People on here raved about the breakfasts. They were fine but not over the top. Good coffee, eggs, fruit, yogurt, granola were offered each morning. Pretty much what you'd make at home; nothing fancy which again, was fine with me. Just keep your expectations in check if you are expecting a lavish meal. I love to bike, and I didn't mind biking to the beach each day (about a 5 mile ride.)
The grounds inside the walls are lovely, with lush trees and hammocks. It's an urban setting--which means you get roosters crowing, music, street noise at night. Ariane provides earplugs which I didn't use, but just know in advance what you're getting into. I saw a guy peeing behind a tree near the entrance to the b and b one night so if you're from a major city that might not surprise you. I'm glad I stayed in the city and not near the beach.
Also, the city has AWESOME yoga classes offered at different facilities for about 5 pesos--it's the same teachers you get at the fancy beach resorts and at fraction of the cost. Ariane is up on where to do yoga in the city so check that out if yoga is your thing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the middle of Tulum, not far from the center of town, there`s AEROLITO, a charming hide-out. Tucked into a lush tropical garden there are our individually decorated rooms: Casa del Arbol (Treehouse), Rincon Precioso (mayan style stone house), Casa Alux (original mayan cabin). Casa Alux is an original mayan cabin with a palm roof and a nice view to the garden. It is equipped with a double bed and a sofa you can transform into a bed. ... more less