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Don Diego de la Selva
Ranked #15 of 92 Hotels in Tulum
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brooklyn, ny
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“Beautiful setting, great food, great service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2009

I stayed here with my two sons, 8 and 15. We stayed in a thatch roof 'cabin' (I forget what it was called) in their town location. They also have a location on the beach with more rustic accommodation. The room was spacious and comfortable with a private bath and ceiling fan. My kids were a little taken aback at first that lizards could crawl in through the thatch, but they got used to it! They also have more conventional rooms. We really enjoyed the breakfast - bread with good jam, a different fresh fruit and pastry each day, along with fresh squeezed juice and good coffee. You can order hot food for an extra fee. The restaurant serves dinner and you should definitely try it - we found it to be the tastiest food in Tulum. The pool is great and never crowded, and you can get drinks or fresh juices to enjoy poolside. The staff were wonderful. They were very friendly and helpful in setting up tours, getting directions, making recommendations. We recommend this place highly.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2009

We stayed at don diego de la selva for 4 nights in a bungalow with no A|C. For us it was absolutely perfect.... The staff is very nice (merci beaucoup Jean-Charles, Gabriella et Charles) .

The food is exquisite, especially the steak marinated in papaya juice. Of course it is a little more expensive than what you would pay at a restaurant in Tullum, but the quality makes up for the prices. I enjoyed their french breakfast (fresh fruit and orange juice, coffee, bread and marmalade and homemade pastry), it perfect after a week of eating mexican breakfast ....

It really was a pleasure to stay there and enjoy a little bit of luxury, calm, sun and pool...

I wouldn't recommand to stay on the beach in the tents, they are really hot (there is a fan but no electricity after 10 pm) and you kinda feel trap because of the height. I stayed in a much better cabanas for a lot cheaper on Tullum beach. But their beach is beautiful!!

I would recommend Don Diego de La SELVA anytime....

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2009

Don Diego de la Selva, which is Zorro of the forest (Don Diego was Zorro's real name). We stayed at the Tulum Village 10 room hotel, not at their beach location (Don Diego de la Playa). We loved the rooms and the feel of being surrounded in our own private garden. Each room has its own patio. We ate at the on site restaurant and bar a couple of times and were not disappointed. The included breakfast was simple and delicious, fresh bakery goods as well as fresh fruit and coffee, you could order anything you wanted for an additional charge.

Don’t worry when you are driving down the dirt road to the hotel, its a block off the main road and kind of feels like you aren't going anywhere but their place is very nice. They are on the South side end of Tulum. Once inside, the garden feeling of the pool and courtyard make you feel right at home in a tropical setting. We also liked the fact that they have a second (more rustic accommodations) hotel site on the beach. If you are staying in Tulum you are free to use their beach facilities which are on a relatively quiet section of beach (not like the Zama's stretch) right next door to the Hemingway. They had lounge chairs, beach side cabana that served drinks and barbecued food and toilet/shower facilities. We found that using their beach facilities was much more more comfortable than feeling like you are "crashing" someone else's beach. We had a rental car and drove to the beach but there was a couple who rented bikes and rode to the beach. Seemed like it was around 5 miles or so. Kind of a long bike ride in the heat and the beach road is narrow and does not have a safe shoulder to ride a bike on.

One note: If you are staying during festival…(approx. 2 weeks prior to March 21) make sure you have ear plugs to sleep with. If the wind is blowing from the East the festival music in town (1/4 mile, 1/2 km away) was quite loud, it started at midnight and ended at 4:00 a.m. No way could you sleep through unless you had ear plugs. Each room has hairdryers. Their website is built entirely with Flash Player :-(way too much fancy smancy web crap) so it was a little hard to find using the Googalator. Here they are - www.dtulum.com/swf/english.swf

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
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North Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2009

Tulum, more specifically the beaches of Tulum, have become the place where we leave our hearts every time we depart. We have stayed in the area many times and know that when we need a clean dependable friendly "home"...Don Diego de la Silva is the place to go. I hesitate to write this review because since the first time we've stayed there years ago, it seems to get more difficult to get rooms. We travel very open ended and like to be able to call when we do arrive in town. The last few times we've tried to stay here they've been booked. We've also stayed in their bungaloes on the beach. Also perfect if that's what you're looking for. The cabanas are actually tents that were imported from Morocco. The beds are elevated and it's incredibly sweet to be able to walk barefooted to the gorgeous shoreline, for the simple life!

  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
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vancouver
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2009

We just came back from a lovely trip in Mexico, and I wanted to thank Tripadvisor for helping me in my research of the nicest hotel in Tulum! Don Diego is amazing, nice rooms, nice place, hidden gem and wonderful people there, trying their best to help you. The food was excellent too, and we canadians loved the coffee they served at breakfast, not too strong but tasty. Staying in Tulum is about relaxing, having a good break in the middle of the winter, and this place is great for that : a perfect swimming pool, nice grounds, lots of light in the room, good music at the bar. And if you rent the bikes, you can go by yourself at the beach they own, an incredible piece of beach on the blue Caribe. Asta luego to the next one who will visit Tulum, say hello to the boys!

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2009

It's not on the beach but what an amazing pool and gardens. Quiet relaxing location near downtown. I stayed in Room 5 (king bed) I recommend room 4, 5, or 6 all with huge glass sliding doors overlooking nice big patio and gardens. Guys who own the place are from Paris. Very friendly and professional. Free wi fi. My Room was 95.00 USD per night March 6 to 9th, 2009. I'll be back.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled solo
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poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2009

Last month we visited Tulum and discovered Don Diego de la Selva, such a lovely place! What a nice surprise after 15 days on the road! We were looking for time to relax and there we found it. Tulum is great, and Don Diego is absolutely delicious : friendly staff, nice garden, excellent food. What makes the different between a nice hotel and a place like Don Diego de la Selva, it's the service, the amenities and the ambience. Wow. We surely will return with the family next year...

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with friends
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Property: Don Diego de la Selva
Address: Calle Tulum - Mza 24 Lote 03 | South part of the town, Tulum 77780, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Tulum
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Tulum
#5 Best Value Hotel in Tulum
#16 Romantic Hotel in Tulum
#17 Family Hotel in Tulum
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Don Diego de la Selva 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Since 2005, Don Diego de la Selva, ideally located at the south end of Tulum, offers to the visitors an accessible alternative to the beachfront cabañas. 12 large rooms with AC, private bathroom and own terrace. Free wi-fi, 24 hours electricity, swimming-pool and tranquila atmosphere! Small bar, delicious homemade breakfast and the best restaurant in town : "Yerbas y Sabores" for the ones who like to discover new ingredients :)- Welcome ! ... more   less 
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