We (2 adults & 1 11-year old) stayed at Piedra Escondida for 7 nights over Christmas 2013. We had never been to Mexico prior to this trip. We wanted a relaxing, beach-type holiday with minimal crowds away from the bustling resorts. Another deciding factor was that the location had to be close to recreational scuba diving areas. After deciding upon Tulum as the ideal place we selected the Piedra Escondida hotel based upon the TripAdvisor reviews, that it only had 10 rooms, and that it had a private beach.
Not having been to Mexico before we were not sure what to expect in terms of the hotel. We were not disappointed! We were warmly greeted and even though we arrived well before the check-in time the staff got our room ready within 30 minutes of our arrival and we were able to go into our room. That was really nice considering we were exhausted from the travel we had gone through to get there.
We had a room on the ground floor with two double beds that was exceptionally clean and was maintained that way throughout our stay. Rebecca (one of the cleaning staff) would create amazing animal art out of our daily fresh towels (elephants, dogs, swans, a family of three). That was a nice touch. The room had a small sink area, toilet, and standup shower. We had to get used to the fact that toilet paper was not to be flushed and rather placed in the garbage can. Each room had a small porch with a couple of patio chairs and a hammock. Stepping outside the room you were directly on the soft sand with the beach literally steps away from your door. The beach sand was brushed every morning and cleared of any debris or litter. Beach lounge chairs were available and you could get beach towels from the reception desk. The Caribbean water was warm and shallow enough to get out quite a ways from the shore. My son and I thoroughly enjoyed riding the waves there.
Breakfast was included with our room and it was very good. Coffee or tea, orange juice, and your selection of pancakes, fresh fruit with yogurt & granola, eggs any style, or continental selection of toast and croissants. We did have the opportunity to dine at the restaurant for lunch and dinner and again the food was good. However we found a better selection of meals in town and that is where we mostly dined. A few nights while we were there a live jazz band was playing in the restaurant/bar. They were pretty good and it made for a nice backdrop while sitting on the porch drinking cold beers.
What made Piedra Escondida a place that we would return to is the staff. All of them were very friendly and extremely helpful - whether it was getting directions, learning phrases in Spanish, sites to visit, or finding places in town for specific items we wanted to purchase.
Thank you for making this a great first (and definitely not last) visit to Mexico!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Piedra Escondida is a small enchanting hotel located on a stunningly secluded beach in Tulum that offers its guests charming simplicity and breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. There are 9 rooms decorated with local handicrafts and regional furniture all along with their private sitting area and hammock. Wi-Fi is available at no additional cost throughout the hotel. As we are dedicated to living in harmony with the surrounding area we use solar and wind energy.Air conditioning is now available during the night hours. Our cozy restaurant with a Caribbean familiar ambiance and a magnificent on-beach terrace brings to life the wonderful authentic flavors of Italy with traditional Mexican cuisine and fresh Caribbean seafood. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Piedra Escondida Tulum
- Piedra Escondida Hotel Tulum