Overall this place is great. The location is excellent and there's easy beach access just across the road. The rooms have everything you can hope for and are well above basic, certainly excellent value. Mosquito nets are a huge plus (without them it would be unbearable), the hammock lounge upstairs is incredibly peaceful and a great way to watch the makings of a sunset. Having a kitchen is perfect for making your own meals and it's well stocked and spotless. The bikes are a bit average for 100 pesos per day (rusty chain etc - they just need some basic maintenance, about 100 pesos worth) but great for getting around. Wifi actually works all over the property - unheard of! Noise travels easily from the common areas but it's quiet time from 11 so this isn't an issue. Both the managers we encountered were incredibly friendly and welcoming, with Tom more than happy to offer advice and tips for getting around the area. This is actually where my one complaint about my stay here stems from.
When inquiring about visiting Coba, Tom advised that the money saved on the bus wasn't worth the added hassle of catching it and he knew a guy who would do the trip for 750 pesos. 65 dollars!! I'm well acquainted with ADO buses and their deservedly excellent reputation. The trip is around 50 pesos each way and could not be easier. I also read online of people making this trip for as little as 400 return in a taxi. This experience made my second similar run in less surprising. On the way in from town I forgot to negotiate a cab fare and the driver got lost so I knew it'd be steep. 100 pesos - not too bad really. I asked a local girl how much a cab to town should be and she said don't pay a peso over sixty. I had no problems negotiating this for the remainder of my time and most drivers would only start at 80. Until it was time to head to the bus stop that is, when Tom hailed a cab for me and informed me that it would be 100 pesos. I objected and he negotiated it down to 90 with the driver. These are minor grievances but frankly it really dampened my time here because this was supposed to be a blissful break from the constant haggling and touting that you encounter as a budget traveler in the region. I know that it's tourism and everyone is just trying to make a buck, but it actually bothered me more because he made out like he was helping us - at least you know the touts are trying to scam you! Just do your research and you'll be fine. Otherwise our stay was 5 stars.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Las Palmas Maya is a welcome retreat in the jungle of Tulum. With beach access just across the road, you are only footsteps away from one of the most beautiful beaches in the world! The recent addition of 24hr electricity is a huge amenity, offered at only a few beach zone hotels. Our newly renovated communal kitchen and lounge offers guests the opportunity to keep a few groceries on hand for small meals or snacks, and a wonderful place to relax, read, or chat with other guests. Our rooms have been completely remodeled and are fresh, clean and airy. Some of the other amenities offered are private bathrooms with pressurized hot water, free wi-fi, and bicycles available for rent. In addition, Las Palmas Maya is pet friendly! ... more less
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