This was our 4th time back to Cabanas Tulum and there have been major changes. The hotel has been leased to the owners of La Tortuga in Playa del Carmen. They have brought in an upscale look with remodeled rooms on the North end and more major remodeling underway. Carlos at the desk has been replaced by Eve who was very helpful. The new owners have opened a beach club on the south end complete with many new padded beach chairs and water toys for rent. Le Bistro is the new restaurant complete with a chef from Hawaii. A free, delicious breakfast is part of the upgrades along with a 20% discount for a full meal. We had supper twice and enjoyed both meals, but we certainly missed Carlos' prices. Our lunch was a bit underwhelming.
Half of the rooms are still under renovation and are being expanded including a second floor. As a result the normally quiet Tulum beach was even quieter. Prices have climbed from the $80 range last year to $175 for a beachfront room. This is certainly in line with some of the higher end eco hotels up and down the beach. One of the side benefits of the increased prices was greatly improved service including a wonderful housekeeper, Candalaria (sp?), who kept us entertained with her many towel sculptures. We were served breakfast on our front porch twice and had several visits a day to see if we wanted to order something from the bar. Wireless Internet was available though it wasn't up to a full high-speed connection - good enough for checking e-mail.
There is still no air conditioning and the power goes out at 11 p.m. until 7 a.m. so only the trade winds to provide relief for the heat. We had only one night in the 10 we were there where we were uncomfortable. We enjoyed our hammocks swaying in the shade of the coconut palms and when it comes down to it the only question is whether the price increases are worth it. Before we come back at this price we'd like to see 24 hour power (promised for next year) and a finished remodel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cabanas Tulum Hotel is located on a large stretch of beautiful beach, surrounded by coconut trees, and the turquoise sea. It's the perfect place to relax and reunite with nature. All of our beach front and Rooftop Jacuzzi rooms have breathtaking sea views from the terrace, while our garden view rooms are only a few steps away from the beach. Connecting rooms available on request. Enjoy free breakfast either at our health food restaurant Fresco's or Ziggy's, on site Spa, free bike use. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cabanas Tulum Hotel Tulum
- Cabanas Hotel Tulum
- Tulum Cabanas Hotel