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Weary Traveler Hostel
Ranked #21 of 122 Specialty Lodging in Tulum
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“Value for money, friendly place and good location for travelling on”
Reviewed April 1, 2009

Very close to the ADO/OCC bus terminal so great if you're planning on catching a night bus or travelling onto other destinations. The hostel is on the main road in Tulum with plenty of good places to eat. Friendly environment with a bar and free bus to the beach twice a day.

Good price, rooms and bathrooms are basic, recommend you use your own sleeping bag/liner than the linen.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with friends
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grand canyon
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Reviewed February 26, 2009

i've travelled to many parts of the world and this hostel was one of the dirtiest. it's true, the staffreally dont care. every day i was there i watched more and more people come to breakfast covered in welts from bed bug bites. i watched it nearly ruin peoples trips as they left covered in red spots. then on the 4th day i woke up with blood marks on my sheets and my arms totally eaten. gross.... then i too complained to uncaring staff and left a marked woman, an itchy reminder to be leary of the weary traveller.
i look for blood marks on sheets everywhere i go now....scared

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled solo
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Seattle
1 review
Reviewed January 23, 2009

I'm actually pretty entertained by reading everyone's reviews, I get the impression that people's overall experiences (good or bad) are clouding their judgement.

The overall opinion seems to be that the place is dirty, and that was pretty much my experience. It wasn't the worst filth I've seen (especially after the Urban Hostel in Playa Del Carmen), but it was definitely not clean. It didn't smell any worse than you'd expect a room full of traveling French guys (i'm not making a mean spirited joke, I was in a room with 5 French college kids), but it's clear that the dorm style rooms around the courtyard aren't regularly cleaned. That's mostly because the people who work there are, for the most part, travelers who have come through and stayed, working for room and board.

Although it's dirty, the crowd wasn't sketchy (don't leave your food in the communal fridge though, it will get eaten, duh), I never locked my stuff up and even the apathetic staff/residents are cool if you make it a point to get their attention.

There are some redeeming factors for putting up with [--] rooms, [--] service and dirt. For one, if you're a sociable person you're going to make a lot of friends here. And I don't just mean in that regular "I've seen you in the hallway" type way. The reason for this is that the building is shaped like a U, and in the middle of the U is a large, open air courtyard with a long row of picinic tables, hammocks, a little bar and the "kitchen". The bar doesn't serve mixed drinks, but acts like a storefront selling bottles and cigarettes. This results in large masses of people sitting in the yard drinking, smoking, playing cards, and doing all the things you'd expect them to be doing. At midnight the noise is supposed to stop and those who want to go out generally form a group and head to a local spot. It wasn't uncommon for there to be 20 of us heading out in a group, but even on slow nights there are people to go and have fun with.

If you're looking for peace, quit or cleanliness, don't go here. If you like to meet people, stay out and don't mind sleeping in a little filth, go, because you will definitely meet cool people and probably end up in some weird Mexican adventures. The times I've come to the place I've been traveling alone, and even though I continue to be bummed on the grossness of it all, staying here results in a lot more fun that would result from me staying alone in a clean room.

Stayed March 2008
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nj
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Reviewed November 4, 2008

- im not sure what other places in tulum were like so i cant compare. tulum was a last minute addition to the vaca so it was kinda chosen out of a tourguide book as the choice budget location.
- outdoor common area, we had a room with 6 beds... the rooms and beds were pretty much bare necessity... compared to other hostels ive been to (ive been to many in diff parts of the world) this one was the worst ive stayed at... dirty, ghetto.. even when i was showering, i didnt want any of my belongings touching any part of the shower because theyd get dirty... i came out still feeling dirty... i didnt like touching anything, even my bed... then the notes about the bedbugs posted on the door skeeved me out... people were loud and noisy pretty late, although in the morning i overheard ppl saying "it was quiet last nite".. no outside drinks, but i cracked open my own bottle of wine to drown out the noise outside my room to pass out.. staff did their job and were helpful when we needed info, though not necessarily friendly or welcoming... just doing their job..
- you cook your own breakfast in the morning.. i made a veg omelette with toast..
- great location, then again tulum is a small town.. bus terminal is a couple stores down and it slocated on the main strip..
- i can be a roll in the dirt kinda girl but for $10, but you get what you pay for... a bed, a roof over ur head, breakfast, and quite possibly bedbugs and their eggs!

  • Stayed November 2008
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madrid
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Reviewed September 9, 2008

The whole place was a bedbug nest.....when i discovered them in my bed, they offered me a new one....i tried in all the rest beds even in the other building they have....but there was full of bedbugs too...

The place is dirty, bedrooms, kitchen and even the toilets, which are blocked twice a day...and the staff is not willing to clean up the mess...

So if you have the chance, go to casa del sol or rancho tranquilo, nicer and cleaner places...

STAY AWAY FROM THERE!!!!!!!

Many thanks.....

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled solo
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san diego, ca
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Reviewed August 26, 2008

This place was kinda dirty. I stayed in the private rooms across the street. The sheets had (blood?) stains on them and there were ants everywhere (well the ants are expected). The showers weren't cleaned during the days I was there. Other than the filth, its an okay hostel. The free bus ride to the beach was definitely a plus. But overall this hostel is extremely overpriced for what you get. Try Lobo Inn or something. I heard its much better.

  • Liked — Free bus ride to the beach.
  • Disliked — Dirty rooms, sheets, and showers.
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Louisiana, USA
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Reviewed July 21, 2008

This hostel made my whole trip to Mexico even better. I made so many friends here that i still keep in contact with, and every day i wonder why i left to fly back home. The common area was great for meeting people b/c it was so open and hammocks for siestas. They had a little bar with cheap drinks, so you didn't even have to go out for the night. The rooms were clean and so were the bathrooms. I stayed in a large mixed dorm and it was nice. People were considerate, so even though we had lockers (bring your own locks) you didn't have to lock up your stuff. People weren't sketchy. Found this place after staying at the Lobo Inn one night (awful. it was only good 'cuz it was across the street from the ruins. but it was a 5 minute cab drive from the town). Weary is right by the bus stop, and in the middle of the whole town. Just 5 minutes from the beach. Great hostel if you are outgoing and want to make new friends. I will definitely be going back when i visit Tulum, which just so happens to now be one of my all-time favorite cities.

  • Liked — how easy it was to meet great people from all different countries
  • Disliked — their internet rarely works
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with friends
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Property: Weary Traveler Hostel
Address: Calle Polar | con Calle Beta Norte, Tulum 77760, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Tulum
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Casino and Gambling Free Breakfast Swimming Pool
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Ranked #21 of 122 Specialty Lodging in Tulum
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Weary Traveler Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Weary Traveler Hostel Tulum was started by backpackers for backpackers back in the year 2000. The hostel was built around what they themselves wanted to find in a good hostel when they were traveling. A good social vibe A book exchange A bar with backpacker prices Communal Kitchen (loaded with free spices, salt, pepper) Full Cook Your Own Breakfast Free Rice, Pasta and lentils for dinner Good Advice on Tours and Activities Some aspects of the Weary Traveler Hostel Tulum appear to be unique but they are not. Many of them came from other hostels where we had stayed long before we dreamed of opening a hostel in Tulum. For example the Burn Your Own BBQ was inspired by the Bondi Beach Hotel's incredible steak barbi setup inside the bar. Huge, beautiful cuts of beef were in a display fridge that was part of the bar. You would say, "Yeah, give me that one!" and huge chunk of raw red meat came at you on a platter. It was your job to cook it how you wanted it. The Weary Traveler Hostel Tulum has changed, evolved, gone back to our roots and changed again and again over the years. We have always tried to evolve as a hostel, stay ahead of the competition and anticipated the changing needs and desires of our guests. So welcome to The Weary Traveler Hostel Tulum, mi casa es su casa! John, one of the originals from way back when. ... more   less 
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