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“Frida's magical garden”
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El Jardin de Frida
Ranked #6 of 136 Specialty Lodging in Tulum
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 14, 2012

Arrive at El Jardin de Frida at night and you will immediately be taken by its inviting aura. Soothing illuminating lanterns, bookshelves that hold the wisdom of travelers passing through, and lush vegetation lead the path to the beautifully decorated private rooms. Hidden throughout Frida's garden are sculptures and hand painted secrets to uncover. A freshly cooked organic breakfast in the morning and mezcal margaritas at night and you won't ever want to leave. Rent cheap bikes and take the back streets on your way to the beach and you will feel a part of the welcoming surrounding community. The staff will share local gems close by to explore and express their true desire to take care of the planet, leaving you feeling grateful to take part in their world for a moment in time. A truly magical place worth discovering again and again.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

This hostal surpassed my expectations completely. This place is packed with lush tropical foliage, filled with artistic murals and creative pro-recycle decor, and the staff is amazing. Frida, the hostal mascot, is also the chief of security, but dont let her barking fool you. She is a total cuddlebug once she gets to know you.
There is a nice lil restaurant-bar in one section of the hostal that provides healthy food and delicious drinks. Since the place is at the far end of Tulum town, and the rooms are located in the back, you have the luxury of chirping crickets to lull you to sleep instead of the noise of the busy avenue. I would definitely recommend this hostal to anyone, even the most squeamish of visitors. The beds, sheets, pillows and towels are clean and new.
Every morning there is a bit of fruit and bread and a pot of coffee to wake up to, and next door there is a mini eco-ranch that has healthy, well-fed chickens where you can buy the freshest eggs in town.
I loved staying here and definitely would come back!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 1, 2012 via mobile

It's been almost 3 months since we left the hostel, but the memories are still fresh;) we were going to stay at the hostel only for 1 week, ended up staying for more than a month!! Their private room and apartments are amazing! We miss Frida and Coco. They were the hardest ones to say good bye to..we fell in love with them.
we loved this place!;)

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Thank Cherritta
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

This place was a nice find. There are not many options for good hostels in Tulum and I was a little wary before getting there.

This hostel is well decorated and has friendly staff. Breakfast is is free and includes cereal, toast, eggs, tea and coffee. It has a cute garden at the back and a nice hangout area. I was lucky to be there when it wasn't too busy so I was sharing a 6 bed dorm room with only one other person on the first night and two people on the second night. There is no aircon but the fan was adequate for me.

The only cons were: some of it is still unfinished so there was a little building work going on during the day time, however it looks as though it is almost complete. And it is slightly further away from the main beach and ruins than some other hostels.

Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

I paid about 150 pesos for a nice comfy bed (bed not bunk) in a fairly comfortable dorm room. Luckily there wasn't too many people here in July so it seemed quite spacious but I still got to meet a couple of other travelers. Everything seemed clean, there's a nice garden with hammocks and chairs, there's WIFI and guests get use of a large kitchen. For breakfast you get to use/cook the food that they lay out (normally cereal, bread, eggs, fruit, tea, coffee) which suited me just fine!
Accommodation in Tulum seems to be much cheaper in town (rather than on the beach) and finding the accommodation from the ADO bus station is easy - you take a right from the bus station and just walk along the main road. You'll probably see the Weary Traveler first (I looked inside here but it just looked kinda dirty so I moved on) then if you continue along the road you will see a few other options (Rancho Esparanzo seemed a good not too expensive option if you're looking for a nice private room). After a few minutes or so you'll get to El Jardin de Frida which I chose because it seemed nice, not expensive (150 for a dorm I think) and kinda cool looking.
In Tulum I totally recommend hiring a bicycle and using it to cycle to the beach. Tulum is very flat so cycling is easy even if you use the single speed "cruiser" bikes (which most people seem to go for).
I also recommend hiring snorkeling equipment, catching a bus to Akumal and snorkelling off the beach from Akumal (very easy snorkeling close to the beach, you get to see a nice reef and hopefully a few turtles!)

Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

I'm sure this place has seen better days, probably during their peak season.
However, while we stayed there the place looked a bit run down. The room was spacious and had its plus like the kitchen/sitting room area, but they never came to clean it in 3 days. Staff not very knowledgeable. The communal kitchen,tough, were breakfast was "served" (you pretty much make your own) was a real nightmare: rotten fruit in the fridge alongside with cooked and/or uncooked smelly fish, sinks full of dirty dishes and rubbish and food leftovers scattered on the floor.
We didn't like it very much.

Room Tip: private rooms at the front get lots of noise from the very busy road outside
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

We stayed for a week in early April and honestly could not have been happier. Raffa and the staff were very nice and always available for information.
The garden is beautiful and the mango's are amazing. Let me say that again, the mango's are amazing. Fresh fruit every morning in the kitchen where you can relax in the garden and eat and plan your day.
We stayed in a private room that had it's own kitchen but we rarely used it as we did not come to Tulum to be inside. The rooms are clean well appointed and we could not have been happier.
Thank you Raffa, we will be back!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about El Jardin de Frida

Address: Av. Tulum Mza 32 | Lote 9, Centro, In Front Of Ceviche House El Camello Jr, Tulum 77760, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Tulum
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 136 Specialty Lodging in Tulum
Price Range: $22 - $41 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Jardín de Frida is your home in Tulum, we're an Eco-Cultural Poshtel, full of magic, culture and art built around a beautiful botanical garden. The project is inspired not only in Frida Kahlo's amazing life, but also in Mexico's great culture, art and traditions, offering all that in your stay. We are located in Tulum's residential area, on the main avenue, 5 minutes away from downtown and the bus station. We cater to guests looking for a quiet and comfortable place to relax, surrounded by a beautiful lush tropical garden. Our garden is programed to help you heal and release any energy you no longer wish to carry with you. You will be surrounded by the beauty of nature... The singing of the birds in the morning will wake you up and the chirping of the crickets at night will accompany you in your dreams. In our beautiful botanical garden you will find different species of local trees and plants, like the sacred Mayan tree or the chicle (bubble gum) tree, amongst others. Here you can learn about our local flora and their uses. We also have a hammock site where you can lay down below bamboo trees, a great place to arrive and chill after a day of exploring the area. We are concerned not only in the quality of service but also in developing activities that benefit the planet. We offer you a good price, an excellent service and an unforgettable stay full of magic, nature and Mexican culture. Here you SLEEP, LEARN and HEAL. Welcome HOME! ... more   less 

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