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“understandably hot, but oddly antisemtic”
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Posada Lamar
Ranked #52 of 96 Hotels in Tulum
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New York
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“understandably hot, but oddly antisemtic”
Reviewed September 20, 2011

We didn't expect this from a place in Tulum, but when we got to Posada Lamar the employee there told us that there were no bagels in Tulum because there were no Jews in Tulum which was good because it was a place to relax. When our friends arrived he said to one of them, "you're not Jewish, are you?"

The cabins were fine, austere and way overpriced given what else you can get on the beach for similar prices. The ones in the back were very hot.

Room Tip: Ask for one on the beach.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 28, 2011

I have stayed at the Posada Lamar in Tulum once a year for the past 4 years and highly recommend it if you are looking for a low-key place (no electricity except for some hours at night, no a/c, ceiling fans or the like) that has the best view and is very conveniently located. Since the two beachfront properties that are to the left and right are currently not occupied, the sense of space and privacy is just wonderful. And the view from left and right on the beach has to be the most beautiful in Tulum.

Breakfast is included with the rate, but it is a very modest continental breakfast so if you are the huevo rancheros type, just make sure you let them know that you would prefer no breakfast - it is taken to your room every morning at the time of your choice between 7 and 10 am, which is nice (they quietly bring it to the outside patio, which every room has a cute patio or sitting area). Breakfast is usually a plate with two or three fruits, usually banana, watermelon and/or canteloupe, toast, jam, and coffee or tea. If you pay a modest additional amount and place your order the night before, they can add scrambled eggs, quesadillas, or a sandwich to your order. Again, very modest, but good.

The fact that it has no restaurant is not a bad deal, considering that you have a number of great restaurants at walking distance, a couple right next door (KinHa and Posada Margherita), and others a 5 or 10 minute walk by the beach in either direction.

I recommend that before you get in, or if you rent a car - once you settle down, you go down to the San Francisco supermarket in the downtown area and buy a cooler (ecofriendly travelers beware you can only buy styrofoam ice chests). You can buy ice from the guy in the front desk for 15 pesos, and I recommend that you buy it from him because the ice is in larger chunks than the one in bags and it lasts a whole day. Otherwise you need to buy ice in bags, and at least buy 4 to 5 bags to last for a day, which entails buying two, instead of one, cooler. each cooler is about 65 pesos (US$5) at the supermarket.

If you dont want the cooler hassle, you can always get beer from the KinHa right next door. I always like to have my own cold beer at hand, and it is in the end much cheaper, so always worth the hassle. Also, you can keep things other than beer, such as water, gatorade, chocolates, etc. cool too.

Please do not forget to take Off or any environmentally friendly insect repellent. It does not matter where you go in Tulum, bugs are everywhere. In fact, you really do find there is a good use to the net that is placed above the bed - you will appreciate it.

In terms of temperature, if you are an A C person (used to air conditioning all the time), do not stay here. It is not hot at all in the months other than June, July and part of August, the breeze from the sea is nice and should be enough, but if you are the kind of person that needs cold air, you will suffer. Particularly if you stay in the rooms that are not Lapiz, Rubi, Marfil or Zafiro, the four of which have a beach front and get fantastic breeze (sometimes too much, for example, when it rains, you get a lot of breeze and sometimes it is difficult to even open or close the door with the gushes of wind). All of that being said, one of the great things that I find is great from staying in Tulum is precisely not having to need those usual comfort items that we get in our everyday lives. It makes you live the experience more fully and connects you the place. Also the fact that there are no electrical plugs in the room contribuets to this rustic feeling that makes you forget about the Blackberry , etc (you can take your Ipod, cel phone, laptop etc to the front desk / entrance and have it charged there).

Therefore, if you like music from a juke box, or a stereo player, bring something with you that can house your Ipod to play its music and uses batteries. I found a little one that uses 4 AAA batteries and take it with me every time I go.

I very very highly recommend the Posada LaMar with this caveats. I am sure you will feel that you are in the best resort in the world view-wise even if you do not have all the related amenities.

Lastly, the staff is super friendly. Jose in the afternoons and night, and Tony during the mornings, plus the cleaning staff, and the guy that takes you breakfast each morning, make you feel at home!

Room Tip: Zafiro and Rubi are right in front of the beach, but it can get pretty windy, also recommend Marfil...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Forli, Italy
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Reviewed August 14, 2011

We have been in Posada Lamar for about 9 days, and we found a very paradisiac beach. Our cabana, the "Zefiro" was the one in front of the see, with less problem with mosquitos than the others behind, and more chilly. You will have your own amaca to read and rest in the hottest hours, and there are plenty of restaurants around that cook marvellous shrimps, or you can ask the personnel- very lovely- a suggestion for some place to eat in town "el pueblo" (10 minutes, 50 pesos). Very good also the restaurant of Kin-Ha, right beside the Posada Lamar.
The breakfast is perfect for the beach: coffee, yougurt, cereals, a plate of fresh fruits and bread with jam- I wouldn't eat more- and is served in your room or at the beach, as you prefer. They also prepared us a early breakfast when we had to leave early for the plain back. I absolutely, raccomand it!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed June 22, 2011

Cute hotel with bungalows on the beach.
Nice white sand beach.
Good breakfast on the terrace of your bungalow.

Room Tip: Ask for the sea view.
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  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed May 29, 2011

Posada lamar is the best place to stay for the beautiful simplicity of the place, the money and in general for the way the staff receives you and really makes you feel at home. Tonio, and all the girls/guys working there welcomed us in the best way possible after having had a bad experience at a far more expensive place (to be detailed at a later date). We stayed in Lapiz and would probably try to stay in the bungalows facing the beach next time......We will return and HIGHLY recommend to ALL! don't think twice about staying here.......AND MAKE SURE IT IS FOR AT LEAST A WEEK =)....DISFRUTEN!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed May 16, 2011

Absolutely IMO the best place to stay on Tulum beach, especially if you like value for money. I stayed in the nicest beachfront bungalow, Bungalow Zafiro, for 2 nights (not long enough!) in May 2011 and paid the reasonable low season price of $135/night. There are probably nicer and more luxurious accommodations on the beach, but you will pay upwards of $200 or more a night for the privilege, which is kinda ridiculous, given that for the most part, the nature of lodging in Tulum amounts to not much more than luxury camping – which I love, but many people not used to it aren’t prepared for (solar power, dodgy hot water, sand everywhere, the occasional insect, etc.). The only negative thing I have to say is for the beach hotels in general, not Posada Lamar, and that’s overpriced food and drinks! If you can, rent a car so you can eat/drink/shop in the pueblo, and occasionally splurge at the beach restaurants/cafes. Unless you’re lucky to be loaded, which I am NOT. Playa Kin-ha next door though, did have the best guacamole of the trip and great chips/salsa mexicana. Plus, they served you right on the beach. Can't beat that! Great italian food - was surprised to order Amatriciana and get perfectly al dente pasta. Anyway, what you get for your money: a breathtakingly beautiful, light-filled, artfully designed, elegantly rustic bungalow (seriously, pictures do NOT do it justice; I was blown away when I first arrived), comfortable, romantic and cozy king bed w/mosquito net, huge private sundeck w/sunbed, table and 2 chairs + hammock, shower w/hot water (takes a while to get going, but it’s def. hot), nonstop fragrant seabreezes, NO BUGS (at least none that I saw, and probably not the case for the garden cabanas there), delicious and healthy breakfast brought right to your room, incredibly helpful but not in-your-face staff (thank you, Adriana, Antonio and Flor), the joy of jumping out of bed in the morning and taking only a few steps to hit the warm, clear Caribbean, and the lovely sound of waves lulling you to sleep. I miss it so much. Most relaxing 2 nights of my entire, 7-night trip, hands down.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
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Moscow
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed March 24, 2011

At first we were planning to book Coco Tulum Hotel which is just next to Pasada Lamar but there the plave was sold out for requested dates and PL became our next option. Which is only for the best! The place is highly recommended - I am mostly sure that value for the price is the best among competitors - similiar cabanas on the beach. We stayed at Marfil and Ambar rooms (this was the only option for the bboking) and both were clean, beautiful with a bit naive but pleasant design. Also, the beach in front of the hotel is cozy and much cleaner than in front of other hotels- which is big plus for the staff that takes care of algaes and dirt from the see every morning.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Posada Lamar
Address: Carretera Tulum-Boca Palia Km 6, Tulum 77786, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Tulum
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#20 Romantic Hotel in Tulum
#22 Family Hotel in Tulum
#34 On the Beach Hotel in Tulum
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Posada Lamar 2.5*
Number of rooms: 6
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