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El Pez Colibri Boutique Hotel
Ranked #7 of 100 Hotels in Tulum
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 1, 2012

The El Pez is in a postcard-perfect setting right in front of a gorgeous strip of beach. Most of the property overlooks an area frequented by seabirds, and it was just heavenly to sit around and watch them dive for fish all day. The room was elegant and spare with a porch overlooking the ocean. I've noticed a lot of people complaining here about mosquitoes in Tulum, but we didn't have any issues w/ that here. The screens were all in shape and there was a breeze that seemed to keep them away.
The rate we booked included breakfast, which I found very good. It was more or less the same each day: cut fruit, yogurt and granola to start, followed by an egg course of some sort + fruit juice and coffee. Everything was well-prepared and again, the view of the ocean and the diving seabirds was a wonderful breakfast accompaniment.
The one misgiving I have about this place is that it's very expensive. For what you pay, you don't get a lot of amenities that would be standard at that rate elsewhere: the rooms don't have air con, bathtubs or mini-fridges. On the other hand, you also don't have 5,000 other people clambering for a stretch of sand as you might at some resorts up the coast. On balance, this was a very nice place to go for some quiet time and R&R.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 1, 2012

We spent two laid back weeks at El Pez in January and all superlative comments from other reviews are fully justified of this stylish boutique hotel.

The warn and stylish accomodations is a direct reflexion of the managers Roy and Ashley and their outstanding staff. We thank you Vanessa, Raul, and Violetta - you exceeded our expectations meeting our every need and request. (be sure to ask them for recomendations of restaurants in the town of Tulum).
Rubin our daily morning waiter at the Sandbar restaurant was an absolute delight. The complimentary European breakfast of fresh squeezed jusice, croissants,yougurt/granola, eggs and french pressed coffee were delicious.

The rooms were beautiful, stylish designed and culturally decorated. The ocean views and the sound of the sea lapping at your doorstep is ever present. Located in spectacular Turtle Cove with unbeatable views of the ocean beach and the ever present beatiful diving pelicans who keep you entertained daily - you could not ask for more. Just a quick five minute walk down beach cove to the right is a long, beautiful sandy beach,with restaurants bars, amazing kite boarders and great swimming. We had fun walking at night a couple of blocks with our flashlights to restaurants and bars near the hotel.

The very best thing about El Pez is the warm hospitality, helpfulness and genuine enthusiasm of the staff.

The best vacation we have ever had. Do treat yourself and excape to the secluded beautiful El Pez at Turtle Cove.

michelle & jerry

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank maybe46
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Reviewed April 1, 2012

We stayed one night and liked the overall feel of the small boutique hotel. Great lounge chairs in front of the room. Breakfast in the now-closed Sandbar was special. Beach around the cove is much better as this is really a turtle cove... Short nice stroll.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 19, 2012

We stayed here early January for a week to ring in the New Year.

Pros:
-Super friendly and helpful staff (though sometimes they put someone in front who doesn't spk English). They let us print our boarding passes from the office. Even helped me scan something for work.
-Walking distance to main Tulum strip restaurants/shops
-Fantastic restaurant: Sandbar. Serves delicious BBQ ribs and tacos and drinks. Reasonably priced, great relaxed atmosphere
-Nice sunbeds outside. You can choose to lounge in these with the hotel/your room/restroom nearby, or you can walk further to a public beach

Cons:
-I'm surprised no one's mentioned this, but the bathroom is NOT a separate entity. As in, the bed and bathroom(toilet/shower) are divided by a room divider which doesn't even go all the way to the top. Decide for yourself if this is a pro or con, but for us it was a bit awkward. Put it this way, you better LIKE the person with whom you're going.
-In addition to the first con, the room was clean, but stunk. The toilet or whole bathroom area just needs to be gutted and replaced or something, because even after housekeeping, within hours the room just smelled like the toilet.
-Breakfast was huge the first day, the seemed to get smaller and smaller as days went on. Croissant, omelette, fruit the first day, next day only omelette and fruit and then smaller portions. Weird.
-At the time we went, you could not get any drinks or food during the day from the restaurant. Even when lounging outside, there was nothing to be had, no snack/drink. Apparently the restaurant was to open for daylong service within a week after our visit.

And other Tulum tips:
Get your cash before going into Tulum's main drive. Preferably from a large bank. There are TWO very shady-looking ATMs next to Mateo's on the strip (one dispenses $US the other pesos). Out-of-order some days, active the next. All I'm saying is within 3 months of using this ATM I had erroneous debit charges. BUYER BEWARE.

Visit the Tulum (small) ruins, but also go to the Koba (medium) ruins. Try to get to Chichen Itza, the grandaddy ruins, like in Apocalypto.

Lovely overall though, very relaxing.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 13, 2012

This was the smallest room of our trip. We got a family room - the last one on the property on the ground floor. The beds were guide comfy. We had a king bed and then there was a day bed with a trundle below it. When we pulled out the trundle there wasn't much room to walk by. There was a small refrigerator which was a pleasant surprise. Despite the small size of the room there was plenty of places to stash our clothes. The bathroom was nicely laid out.

My 12 yr old was not happy with the tap water. The hotel provides plenty of bottled drinking water but the tap water is very salty. Apparently it comes from the local ground water - which is salty. He also rated the pool as poor but I liked it. The pool is small and is located behind the property so you are looking at the back of the colorful hotel rooms and only a bit of beach off to the side. I liked it. It is also filled with rather salty water. Same kid also thought the sound of the ocean was a bit loud and wanted us to close the windows. Crazy kid! I was with him on the salt water - sometimes it is just nice to get really clean.

We all very much enjoyed the "Sandbar" - the little bar/restaurant off to the side. So much so in fact that we ate and drank there all 3 nights of our stay. I was hoping to check out one of the restaurants recommended in the little booklet the hotel had put together that was in our room but was over ruled. My hubbie and I enjoyed the 2 for 1 happy hour drinks - there were always 3 kinds on offer and they changed each evening. The happy hour food was very tasty too - some of the best chips and dip of our trip. The view is excellent - diving pelicans, locals tossing out fishing nets. The beach itself is mostly scenic and not so great for water play. The beach also had a ton of seaweed and trash on it during out visit. The adjacent beaches were being cleaned by hand (lots of men with rakes and wheel barrows!) or machine - but not our little cove. It was quite windy.

We were there in February and the weather was warm - in the 80s - but nice. There is no AC but the fans worked well. It was windier than apparently typical. I don't know if there was no breeze and it was hotter in the summer if it would have been uncomfortable sleeping weather - I suspect so but could be wrong.

I highly recommend visiting Tulum ruins at 8 a.m. - they were delightfully deserted but by 10:30 they were getting packed. The lady at the hotel recommended an early start. Unfortunately this put us a bit at odds with breakfast hour although they did end up serving us after we returned although it was officially after hours. The hours posted in the room weren't the same as the ones the Sandbar said they were. Breakfasts were quite good. There was always some fresh squeezed juice - watermelon or papaya when we visited - and granola and yogurt and fresh fruit to start. This was followed by some egg dish - a croissant sandwich or huevos rancheros. Very good all round with attentive service.

The lady at the front desk was not particularly knowledgeable although very nice. We visited Coba ruins which i recommend - although i would also recommend visiting at very start of the day or after 2. We went mid-day and hit all the crowds but it was really thinning out by 2 when we left. We also didn't experience any bugs and enjoyed the bikes. We did get the names of 2 cenotes from her which we quite enjoyed. Grand Cenote - on the way to road to Coba - and Dos Ojas on the way back to Cancun. We recommend both highly.

The beach just beyond the cove was sandy and nice for beach play. Our hotel definitely looked as nice as anything we saw walking along the beach - and the drink prices were definitely better.

All around we had a very good stay here. The room amenities were nice but it is definitely a bit rustic - as you might expect for beach front. It felt a bit pricey especially since the room seemed on the smaller side but I think it might be very in line with this part of Mexico. I would look at other properties when returning but could also see deciding to return to this hotel again.

Room Tip: we definitely heard the upstairs neighbors walking around on the wood floors - but it was also nice...
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 6, 2012

We had a nice time, and the view from our hotel was gorgeous. The staff was great, but we didn't sleep well.

PROS:
*The place is very attractive, clean, well landscaped, and the view from our room overlooking the ocean was just beautiful.

*Vanessa at the front desk was super helpful and knew so much about local tours, restaurants, etc -- she spent a lot of time telling us where the best taco stands were, which tour guides to request, how much to pay for goods, etc.

NEUTRAL:
*You can't walk outside your room to the beach -- you have to walk 2/3 minutes to get there -- but we really didn't mind at all.

*Water gurgled in the drain of our sink all night until I looked under the sink and saw the drain pipe was an adjustable hard plastic tube; I moved it a little and the gurgling stopped. Thank god -- the noise was driving us crazy.

CONS:
* We didn't sleep well at night, and I am generally a good sleeper. I think it was a combination of being too hot (even with the open doors & fans) and light coming into our room early (6:30/6:45AM); also, we didn't love the pillows. We requested extra sheets to use as blankets instead of the thick comforter on the bed, and the maids were very accommodating.

*The price. I can't compare the price of the room to other places in Tulum, as this is the only place I've stayed in Tulum, but $240/night is very high. Breakfast is not included ($10-$12 for a mediocre breakfast delivered from the Sandbar next door), and as our room did not have a refrigerator, we couldn't buy breakfast ahead of time form the local supermarket. In fact, I was shocked by prices all over Tulum for restaurants, shops, etc...

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 6, 2012

My husband and I just spent an amazing eight days in room 6 at El Pez. There's nothing like a cool breeze and crashing waves at your doorstep to make you enjoy a vacation in the sun. We can't find enough wonderful things to say about El Pez and the staff--Vanessa, Violeta and Raul. Not only did they go above and beyond to help us in any way possible, doing extensive research to help find an affordable, non-touristy true sailing experience on a catamaran but they were great to talk with, as well. Our room was immaculate and comfortable with an unbeatable view, and the breakfasts were great, with fresh juices, yogurt and granola (and good coffee), and eggs any way you like them. We also had some great lunches and dinners at the Sandbar restaurant--fabulous ribs, fish tacos and a little lesson on good tequila from our waiter, Rafael. Some others on this site have talked about the Sandbar being loud on Friday nights, when they have their beach party, but we didn't find that to be the case at all--we were as close as possible to the restaurant and didn't hear anything. The location is very quiet and about a five minute walk from the long, flat, sandy stretch of beach and rows of hotels that go on for miles. It's nice because it's a bit secluded and quiet, but is not directly on the main sandy beach--it's more of a cove, very picturesque, but not the best for swimming. We loved it though and had a super comfortable, very relaxing stay.

Room Tip: All the rooms have great views...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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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: $353 - $685 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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 family gatherings & romantic getaways. ... more   less 
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Pez Ocean Palace Tulum

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