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“A Good Find in Tulum”
Review of Hotel Chilam Balam

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Hotel Chilam Balam
Ranked #35 of 82 Tulum B&B and Inns
Barbados
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36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“A Good Find in Tulum”
Reviewed January 26, 2012

We spent a few nights here and found it to be a good hotel. It’s nothing flashy but a really good budget option. We had a large room upstairs, just by the stairs which cost M$300 per night for a double room. There was AC, good storage, clean bathroom with hot water, TV and a comfortable bed. We had WIFI in our room but it does not work in every room.

Location of this hotel is excellent. It’s on the main street in Tulum so there are no shortage of bars and restaurants. At times, it can be quite noisy due to the music from bars close by.

You can get a bus directly to the ruins from just outside the hotel and getting one back from the ruins is just as easy. The staff here are nice but you would need Spanish to communicate with them. I don’t think any of them had any English.

We checked out lots of hotels in Tulum but found this one to be the best value for money.

Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Rugby, England
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Reviewed January 24, 2012

We stayed for two nights - the first "night" was from 4.30 in the morning when we got off a nine hour nightmare ADO bus from Belize City (broken air conditioningp and a very chemically smelly toilet). We were so tired we slept instantly only noticing later in the day how odd the room smelt due to faulty plumbing. The owner moved us to another room immediately.
I'd say at 350 pesos it was reasonably priced although music blares away from nearby bars into the early hours whch won't suit everyone.
Mayan themed hotel. Clean rooms and linen, large beds, towels, TV, air con, hot (but sometimes a bit slow) running water. No meals on site but loads of eateries nearby including a fantastic fresh juice, homemade ice cream and real fruit lollies place a few doors down the street.
The beach is a couple of miles away and their are several scuba shops nearby.

Room Tip: Avoid room 18 just in case the problem we had hasn't been resolved!
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 10, 2012

The room was decent at first glance, and cheap! ($350 pesos)
However, the room stank strongly of mold, and we found gum on an end table and an old razor cap on the floor in the bathroom and pools of water in the shower.
We are experienced travelers and can get over that, although the moldy smell was hard to get over so we bought incence. Voila!
the hardest part was the noise. The walls are so thin, I could hear the neighbors and the hallway echoes, but the discotech across the street and bike vendors constantly honking and loud late night guests kept us up all night and we were exhausted the next day.
For $50 pesos more we could have stayed at the lobo hostel in a private room with a kitchen (in itself would've saved more than the difference) and fridge. Oh well, maybe next time.
At least it was cheap. You get what you pay for.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Gainesville, FL
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Reviewed November 26, 2011

We stayed our first 2 nights in Tulum at the Weary Traveler for 350 pesos per night. The room was the size of a closet and did not have a mirror, a place to hang our clothes, or a chest. After 2 nights, we moved a few blocks down the street to the Chilam Balam and I thought we were in heaven. We had a large tiled room with 2 queen size beds, air conditioning, cable TV which even had a few English channels, a large tiled bathroom, and it was attractively furnished. All this for the same 350 pesos (appox $25 USD) a night! If you are looking for a nice but inexpensive room, this is it.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Gainesville, FL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed October 16, 2011

"Chilum Balam" is the title for a collection of ancient Mayan writngs and this wonderful small hotel is Mayan themed with bright, colorful wall murals throughout. The rooms are large with nice bathrooms. The accomodations are thoughtfully decorated and have a/c and tv. The staff is attentive and the lobby has an amusing small collection of antiques and relics. I paid 350 pesos for a double room which is cheaper than a similar but smaller room in the well known hostel on the same steert, Chilum Balam is located 3 blocks north of the ADO bus station on the other side of the street. Numerous restaurants line Av. Tulum in the blocks around the hotel.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Chilam Balam
Address: Av. Tulum between Calles Beta and Orion, Tulum, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Tulum
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Ranked #35 of 82 B&Bs / Inns in Tulum

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