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El Pez Colibri Boutique Hotel
Ranked #7 of 96 Hotels in Tulum
Certificate of Excellence
Sacramento, California
2 reviews
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“For my first time in Mexico, couldn't have asked for more”
Reviewed November 28, 2011

First off, my wife is still raving about the chilaquiles that she had at El Pez. Unfortunately for me, she's a little unsuccessful in recreating them. But here's the thing, El Pez is located next to Dive Bar, a great new little hip scene that is one of the only establishments that allows dancing on the weekends. I noticed someone else's review that they were disappointed because of the bar, but that's one of the reasons that we loved it. But first, let's get into the look and feel of El Pez. The first thing you see when you arrive is the giant gate that marks the entrance. We were immediately greeted by the manager of both the hotel and Dive Bar, a young couple that live at the hotel. We were then shown to our room, where they explained everything. The rooms are studio-esque with a 6-foot wall separating the bathroom/shower from the bedroom. The water from the tap is slightly salty, but they provide bottled water for drinking and brushing your teeth. Each bed is oriented towards the balcony/porch, which in our case faced the ocean (all but two rooms face the ocean). -- this is great in the morning when you wake up to the sunrise and just see a beautiful blue expanse in front of you. Each bed is a queen-size, but the best part of each room is the outdoor area (balcony/porch). They have a reclined chair (equivalent to a queen size bed) that you can sit on and either nap/read in private while maintaining your great views of the ocean. Dolphins and paddleboarders go by from time to time... and you'll constantly see pelicans diving for fish.

Every morning, we would wander back to the common room, where we'd be served fresh local produce and another breakfast plate (remember the chilaquiles). The managers were always around and accessible (even to accommodate someone like me who is allergic to down pillows).

So on Friday nights, Dive Bar opens up for a bit of a dance party. On the other nights, it's just a restaurant/bar where you can go and get great food. Having this within 100 feet of our room was an extra added bonus. If you had a craving, you didn't have to jump in a car or walk a 1/2 mile to get some food... it was right there. I can see how if you don't like to dance or have a drink at a bar that is both popular and convenient, this could be a problem (i.e. you have kids,etc.), but for us, El Pez was an ideal location. To give you an idea of how much I liked this place, I've probably recommended it to about 30 people that I know since arriving, and my wife and I are already talking about when we can go back.

So here goes, if you want to get away, don't want to be completely secluded so that you have to drive or walk for extended periods to get anywhere, want to feel as though you're being taken care of (i.e. the managers there, again, are great), and like a hip/fresh feel to your vacation, then El Pez is the place.

As an extra added bonus, we got to see about 120 baby sea turtles born there on our first night.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Saginaw, Michigan
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Reviewed November 25, 2011

Soooooooooo disappointed. beautiful hotel with great service, amenities and views. However, it was extremely dissappointing that it is located next to a bar that plays booming music late at night. Dont stay here if you intend for peace and tranquility and especially if you plan a scuba diving trip with an early start. I had planned to watch the sunrise but due to being kept awake half the night I didnt. Checked out of that hotel after one night.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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ElPezTulum, General Manager at El Pez Colibri Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, December 11, 2011
First, I would like to apologize that you did not enjoy your time with us. One night a week, on Fridays, we host a beach party at Sandbar, which is a short distance down the beach. Although the music is usually not disruptive, it sometimes can be heard in the rooms. I was unfortunately on vacation the night that you stayed with us, so I did not have the chance to personally apologize and try to rectify the situation. However, if you are ever planning another trip to Tulum, please contact me directly so that we can have another chance to prove our excellent service!
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St Paul MN
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Reviewed November 23, 2011

El Pez is one of THE best places to stay in Tulum, and I have checked out nearly all of the hotels down there to some degree or another (the product of thorough wedding location research). The rooms are beautiful, a perfect blend of rustic and chic, with amazing views. The staff is wonderful, the service is fantastic, the location is perfect, and the free breakfast is delicious. We made the mistake of leaving El Pez to go to another hotel (in the days before our wedding)-- bummer! We wished we could go back to El Pez and stay a few weeks! The beach there is beautiful (though a bit rockier than other places along the strip, given that it is a cove). Don't miss the new Sand Bar, a great spot for food and drinks! I highly, highly recommend this hotel!

Room Tip: To my knowledge, you can't go wrong in any of the rooms!
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 22, 2011

Given the price of the hotel, we expected so much more of the hotel (until we realized that all of Tulum Playa is expensive and the price positions El Pez in the middle of the peck). The hotel is fine and the rooms are really big and all have an ocean view. However, there is a few improvements needed when it comes to service for El Pez to become truly a 4 or 5-star resort. First, we had a bit of a screwup during the booking: more was charged on our card than authorized; the hotel offered to refund but did so via paypal so we ended up paying the fee (later the hotel reimbursed us for the transaction fee). Also, upon arrival, our bathroom was not cleaned properly and the shower was full of black hair. Then later, we realized there must be something wrong with the washing machine--even thought the sheets were washed, they were not properly bleached so there were uncomfortable stains. The day after, the cleaning lady left some cleaning detergent and unwashed tequilla glasses in the sink. All of this of course is nothing to spoil the charm of staying at such a location as Playa but a bit disappointing when high-level service is promised. On the positive side (in addition to the room and the view), the management team is very friendly and can suggest nice places to go and the restaurant (The Sand Bar) is quite known as well and on Fridays, you get your own local party (the largest on the beach).

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ElPezTulum, General Manager at El Pez Colibri Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, December 11, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. It is feedback like yours that helps us offer a better experience to future guests. As we are a new hotel, we are constantly striving to improve things. I am glad you enjoyed your time at Sandbar and thank you for visiting us!
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Reviewed November 16, 2011

Very romantic place, not Luxurious, but totally reaches the goal for a romantic, quiEt, peaceful gettaway

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  • Stayed December 2010, traveled on business
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed November 14, 2011

We reserved a room at El Pez because of the reviews on Trip Advisor, and we were not disappointed. We were in room #1, on the upper level, and initially I thought it was not even going to have an ocean view. I was wrong. EVERY room has an ocean view! Rooms 1 and 2 are oriented to the north, so they look up the beach and out over the ocean instead of directly East onto the ocean as do the other 8 or 10 rooms. But we had the best of both worlds, because we had a lovely crossways breeze all day and night, plus we were not blinded by the sunrise every morning. Our room had a spacious veranda with two comfy chairs, a small table, and a padded recliner that easily held two. Perfect for lazing and reading in the warmer times of the day.

Starting at 8 each day, guests gathered at the dining tables for a beautiful Mexican breakfast that started with freshly brewed coffee, freshly squeezed juice, and fresh seasonal fruit. For our stay that included papaya, cantaloupe, mango, kiwi, strawberries, and honeydew. A plate of toast with butter and marmalade was served, followed by the main dish which was a variation on eggs every day, mostly in a Mexican style.

We prefer the laid-back style of the beach hotels in Tulum and other small towns, and we were very pleased with our 3 night stay at El Pez. Also, the beach is nice with plenty of recliners and palapas, even if the bay is somewhat rocky with coral. Just south of El Pez the beach smooths out for miles of walking, wading and swimming.

Room Tip: All of the rooms have ocean views, so you really can't go wrong. Room #1, the one we were in, wa...
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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed November 14, 2011

I saw lots of photos and videos of El Pez prior to our arrival in Tulum. I expected a quaint and relaxing trip in a sleepy town, but didn't realize how much more we were getting! Ashley was wonderful and helped us with recommendations every step of the way, and just set a wonderful tone for all of the guests staying at El Pez. Breakfast each morning was supurb (the coffee was even amazing), and it became the most effortless vacation one could hope for. The rooms were comfortable, and the view of the ocean outside your door is unbelievable. We saw baby sea turtles hatching, and enjoyed the food and drink at the Sand Bar next door. Have nothing but wonderful things to say about our trip here!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: El Pez Colibri Boutique Hotel
Address: Carretera Tulum a Boca Paila Km 5.5, Tulum 77780, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Tulum
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Tulum
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Tulum
#6 Romantic Hotel in Tulum
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — El Pez Colibri Boutique Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Pez evokes the feeling of a private villa on the beach, with all the amenities of a small boutique hotel. Featuring six Luxury Cabanas, four Sea Front King Rooms and Two Sea View King Rooms, suitable for solo travelers, couples and families, El Pez is situated at picturesque Turtle Cove, where the Mayan fisherman and pelicans create a visually stunning seascape from the hotel balconies and around the hotel grounds. The setting is both intimate and romantic and a stunning backdrop for weddings, family gatherings & romantic getaways. ... more   less 
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El Pez At Turtle Cove Hotel Tulum
Pez Ocean Palace Tulum

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