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“Rough and Ready but Enjoyable” 4 of 5 stars
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Posada Los Mapaches
Carretera federal Chetumal - Cancun | Zona Arqueologica de Tulum, Tulum 77780, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #4 of 64 Specialty lodging in Tulum
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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24 hotel reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Rough and Ready but Enjoyable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

The best thing about this hostel is the location, it's right near the Tulum ruins and the quiestest beaches in the area. The bike that comes with your bed is fantastic, you can get around really easily to cenotes, the beach and the ´downtown´. The breakfast is also fantastic, really sets you up for the day.

Los Mapaches is somewhere between camping and a hostel. It´s a great looking location, sort of like a giant tree house, but there were a lot of bugs and even a few rats running around our room. It´s not a case of cleanliness, just that the rooms are pretty much open to the elements, with just slighty broken screens as windows. Depending on where your room is, it can be quite a walk to the shared toilets.

Beware of the ´kitchen' as well. It only really consists of a fridge to store stuff in. There´s no way to heat anything, even water. So you can´t actually cook any food for yourself.

All in all a positive experience, but only for people prepared for basically living outdoors!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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32 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

What a wonderful place this hostel is - The sweetheart Chelo will take you under her wing and treat you like her child from the moment you walk in the door. Her & her son have designed and built this place themselves and you can see it was made with love. Yet somehow, each family member you meet working there seem to be friendlier than the last.

The home-cooked breakfast in the morning is first rate and different every day.

The location is great due to the fact that it is much closer to the beach than downtown - On a bike, you will be at the beach or ruins in just 5 minutes. Chelo gives you a free bike along with lock, reflective vest & flashlight for the dark (so cute!). Then Chelo will show you the ins and outs of Tulum on her hand drawn map of the town (definitely not to scale, yet even cuter!)

And Oscar - Little baby Oscar! Please don't be afraid of this raccoon like creature. He may look like he is biting and scratching you, but he is just a baby trying to show his affection. Play with him for a while & you will see what I mean!
Of course, Chelo has a host of other animals, most of which she has adopted because she found them sick and without a home. Once she nursed them back to health they decided to stay - Can you blame them?

What a wonderful place this is - Do yourself a favor and visit!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Aguascalientes, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

The free bikes idea is brilliant, you can visit many of the cenotes on bike easily ( and i'm not a sporty person) and the owner - the sweetest woman alive- explains all the routes to the cenotes. Also to get to the ruins and the beach the location out of town is better, you simply cross the highway and go straight down to the coast (its a 20/30 min walk so wizzing down on your bike is way more fun) You dont feel like you are off the highway, since the hostel is covered in beautiful vines, trees and flowers and it is totally clean, cosy and comfortable. The dorm is only 4 people and there is lots of outdoor space with a book exchange and hammocks. The breakfast is two courses, fruit and then a hot dish and beautifully presented. Chelo the owner is fantastic.. she deserves 5* simply for existing!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Saskatoon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

We were so lucky that we found this place on line. The rooms were basic but very secure and the beds were comfortable. We loved our upstairs room - if felt like you were in a tree fort which was such fun. The people running the hostel were amazing and so very helpful. The hostel is on the highway straight up from the road to the ruins and to the beach. We took taxis into town and it cost us about 25 pesos for a trip - this was so cheap. The owner recommended two restaurants and we ate at both and both were fantastic. The free bikes make getting around quite easy even for an old guy like me. We went to the Gran Cenote and had a lot of fun. The breakfast that is included was wonderful We wanted the recipes for everything. We would stay there again without any problem

Room Tip: We were upstairs facing the highway and did not notice any highway noise at all so I would say that...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

Booked this hostel on a recommendation from a friend ... ending up staying 4 nights! Yes, $22 is on the expensive side, but it's absolutely wonderful. The rooms are clean and comfortable. Bathrooms are clean. Staff is uber friendly (I want Chelo to be my grandmother). Breakfast is the best in town and keeps you full until late afternoon! I think this is where the extra cost comes in, but you really can't find a better and more convenient breakfast in all of Mexico. I suggest eating the breakfast, do whatever you want during the day (ruins, beach, cenotes, etc) and then head into town for dinner at Al Pastor Tacos -- the place with the big spinning spicket of pork. You'll know it once you head into Tulum Centro and see the picture on the door and decorating the walls inside. Bikes are a plus and I used mine everyday. PLM also has a great communal area ... I loved bringing beers back and just chilling with everyone at night. Never really felt the need to go out. Also, the pets there are totally sweet and regardless of what other people say -- they do not dirty up the place at all! Oskar (the raccoon type animal) is very mischievous, but Daniel or Joaquin (Chelo's sons) put him in his cage if he starts acting really rowdy. A+ hostel

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012 via mobile

Loved this place! The rooms are simple but nice & clean. there is a nice garden area to sit, hammock area, eating/table & games room. You get bikes for free so you can ride into town which is only 5-10 minutes & the beach about the same. The breakfast was amazing everyday. Thry also have free drinking water & a fridge but no kitchen. The staff (a mother & her 2 sons) were so lovely & always up for a chat. They gave us so much to do & detailed how to get there. Close by are 2 cave cenotes, 1 outdoor cenote, Mayan ruins next to the beach, an amazing lagoon, swimming with turtles at Akumul beach - you can do it all yourself quite cheap (no expensive tours). We extended out stay longer because we loved it so much & there was lots to do. Its a really relaxed & friendly place. The hostel also has 4 cats & 3 dogs who were all extremely friendly. My only negative was that the wifi doesn't always work so well & it is on a speed bump which can be loud, but you get used to it pretty quick & forget as it is such a pretty place.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

This place is awesome. If you like want to meet really wonderful people from all over the world, stay somewhere you feel welcome, get a hug from the owner, eat a delicious homemade breakfast every morning with everyone staying in the hostel, be around adorable cats, a few pups, and other animals, be near the beach and ruins, have bikes at your disposal and hang out with some really great and fun people who run the place - stay here.

If you like resorts, unsustainable tourism, are anal about things like the sound of a speed bump outside, don't stay here and stay in a nice safe, "americanized" resort north of here in the riviera maya where you'll feel like you're not even in mexico (not sure the point of that, but I digress.)

This place is the perfect, affordable way to stay in Tulum. We met some pretty amazing people and hung out with them every night we were there. We stayed 4 nights and have no complaints!

Room Tip: We stayed in a private room and it was great! Not sure how the shared rooms are.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Carretera federal Chetumal - Cancun | Zona Arqueologica de Tulum, Tulum 77780, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Tulum
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Ranked #4 of 64 Specialty lodging in Tulum
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Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Posada Los Mapaches Hostal B, B & B (Bike, Bed & Breakfast) Come, Relax and Enjoy the beautiful palapas (cabins). Ride your bike, and go to the Ruins, Beach or Cenotes!! Hostel room for 4 people only, private room, shared bathroom, hot water 24 hrs, Delicious breakfast, bike 24 hrs., electricity 24 hrs and more... ... more   less 
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