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7 Best Hotels in Tulum Town and Aldea Zama (Mexico)

Are you wondering where to stay in Tulum Town (aka Pueblo) or Aldea Zama?

These two areas are less expensive than the Tulum Beach area in Mexico. (In the Tulum Town vs. Tulum Beach debate, it’s often about cost. And Tulum Town and Aldea Zama are the more affordable picks.)

Now, you can certainly visit Tulum cheaply and scrimp on accommodation costs. But we’re partial to staying at romantic boutique hotels that leave you wanting for nothing.

And staying in Tulum Town (or Aldea Zama) doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style for cost!

We’ve written about Tulum’s best beach hotels. So now it’s time for a guide on the best hotels in Tulum Town and Aldea Zama.

Best hotels in Tulum Town, Mexico

Best hotels in Tulum town (Pueblo) and Aldea Zama

Whether you fancy outdoor pools, spa treatments, hot tubs, yoga classes – or just want somewhere with really good food – read on for Tulum hotels in town and Aldea Zama that deliver.

Some are even on our list of fabulous Tulum hotels with private plunge pools!

Tulum Town hotels rate guide

Here’s roughly what the following hotels cost:

  • Under $100 = $
  • $100 to $200 = $$
  • $200 to $300 = $$$
  • $300 to $500 = $$$$

All rates are in USD.

Best hotels in downtown Tulum

Tulum Town is packed with authentic eateries and bustling markets. It has a real local feel.

A stay here means you’re right in the heart of daily life, with lots of amenities at your fingertips.

The famous Tulum archaeological site is about 2½ miles away from the center of town.

As for the beach, it’s just a bike ride away.

1) Hotel Bardo

  • Rating: 9.5 out of 10 stars
  • Price: $$$$
Bed draped with Mexican textiles in a guest room at Hotel Bardo, Tulum

Imagine waking up in a huge loft-style villa (evocative of Bali), decorated with designer ceramics and cotton artworks.

It’s air-conditioned and comes complete with an open-air shower and a private pool in your own jungle garden.

After a morning yoga class (free), you take out bicycles (also free) for an exploratory ride.

Back at your hotel, you kick back on a deluxe cushioned lounger around one of the most beautiful pools in Tulum.

Cocktail by the pool at Hotel Bardo, Tulum

At sunset, candles and lanterns are lit everywhere, casting a sensual golden glow.

You order a margarita or gin-based cocktail by the pool bar and take it over to the open fire pit – and thank the twinkling stars overhead that you lucked into one of the best hotels in Tulum Town.

Meet Hotel Bardo!

Stay here, and you can also use the pool and facilities of its sister hotel, Una Vida, next door (covered in #2).

Best for?

With a clean and chic aesthetic, Hotel Bardo is a superb, deluxe all-round Tulum Town hotel for adults. (No kids!)

Hotel Bardo, Tulum: Check rates and availability

2) Una Vida

  • Rating: 9.4 out of 10 stars
  • Price: $$$
Una Vida guest room with private plunge pool

Una Vida is also an award-winning design hotel, like its sibling Hotel Bardo (#1 above).

It’s family-friendly and more affordable than Hotel Bardo. But it offers an equally enchanting escape and is recommended by Michelin Guide.

You can choose from a variety of rooms, suites and villas. They include rooms with outdoor plunge pools and jungle suites with full kitchens and outdoor bathtubs.

At night, the pebbled paths are lit by hundreds of twinkling tea lights, lending a sense of magic to this jungle oasis.

Best for?

Una Vida is the perfect place for design-conscious boutique hotel devotees to bed down in luxury in Tulum Town.

Una Vida Tulum: Check rates and availability

3) Maka Hotel

  • Rating: 8.4 out of 10 stars
  • Price: $ to $$
Maka Hotel Dormitory Room

Priding itself on its multicultural atmosphere, this 15-room hotel offers a selection of interesting room options. They include mezzanine rooms, garden view rooms, female-only rooms and a “friends’ room” (with a private terrace) that sleeps eight.

Maka Hotel is technically a hostel, so bear that in mind before booking.

But with a small pool, great housekeeping and room service available, you’ll have everything you need.

Maka Hotel pool with orange loveseats around it

Maka Hotel also offers varied activities.

They include birdwatching and kayaking in the UNESCO-listed Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. You can also book unique experiences, like participating in a Mayan Temazcal ceremony, followed by a swim in one of the nearby Riviera Maya cenotes.

And on weekend nights, DJs spin electronic music at the happening rooftop bar until the wee hours. Don’t fight it – you might want to join the party rather than trying to sleep.

Best for?

This is one of the best Tulum Town hotels for travelers on a budget – who still want a hint of luxury, but without the high price tag.

Maka Hotel Boutique: Check rates and availability

4) Hotel Boutique TerraNova

  • Rating: 9.3 out of 10 stars
  • Price: $$
Boutique TerraNova room with king bed and wood floors

Another one of the best downtown Tulum hotels, Hotel Boutique TerraNova offers 10 spacious rooms with reliable A/C in a quietish location.

When you come in from the sun, you can relax by the pleasant outdoor pool in the terrace garden.

Restaurants and bars are within a 10-minute walk away.

If you need an airport shuttle, simply arrange this in advance and you’re good to go.

Best for?

Hotel Boutique TerraNova is ideal for families interested in affordable city-center accommodation in Tulum Town. (Studios have a king bed and a sofa bed.)

But there’s no reason you couldn’t book here with a friend or your partner for a getaway.

Hotel Boutique TerraNova: Check rates and availability

Best Aldea Zama, Tulum, hotels

The Aldea Zama area is about half-way between Tulum Town and the beach zone. This upscale residential neighborhood has shops, bicycle paths, restaurants and more.

You can get to the beach by bike within 10 minutes.

Here are our picks for the best Aldea Zama hotels.

5) Orchid House Tulum

  • Rating: 8.4 out of 10 stars
  • Price: $$
Pool at Orchid House Tulum

As beautiful as the flower it’s named after, Orchid House Tulum combines a wonderful location in Aldea Zama with peace and tranquility.

All resources used to build this retreat were sustainably sourced – and, yes, you’ll see plenty of orchids around.

Of the 10 rooms, we like the two Master Suites on the upper floor best. Each has a palapa roof and a small indoor/outdoor plunge pool with views of the jungle outside.

But all rooms feature heavenly beds with Egyptian cotton sheets. (Note: Some guests are bothered by the lack of soundproofing.)

Nestled among palm trees, a cool pool has a swim-up bar, where the unique artisanal cocktails never disappoint!  

Best for?

Couples looking for an affordable but romantic place to stay in Tulum.

Orchid House Tulum: Check rates and availability

6) KAN Tulum

  • Rating: 8.4 out of 10 stars
  • Price: $$$
Pool chair in front of room balcony and hammock at KAN Tulum

If you’ve ever wanted to stay in a treehouse – a luxury one, that is – here’s your chance!

KAN Tulum has 24 eco-chic rooms in buildings that are covered with latticed bamboo strips and creeper vines. Cozy and with king-size beds, they blend in seamlessly with the lush jungle landscape.

Two rooms even have infinity pools.

“Nests” (elevated viewing platforms) are perfect for taking in the killer sunsets.

Sustainability is key at this secluded adults-only hideaway.

Bamboo and other all-natural products were used in the design, and air conditioning is solar powered. To reduce plastic use, a reverse osmosis system makes tap water drinkable.

There’s a lovely cenote in front of the bar (cool for a dip!), along with a spa for massages and a pool.

Waterfall cascading down into a cenote in the stone courtyard of KAN Tulum

A delicious vegetarian breakfast is also included in your stay.

Near the Aldea Zama area, KAN Tulum is about a 10-minute scooter ride to the heart of downtown Tulum and a 15- to 20-minute ride to the beaches. 

Scooters are available to rent (at competitive prices) and bicycles are free to borrow.

Best for?

Couples who dig unique eco-friendly hotels are sure to love KAN Tulum.

An Instagrammer’s dream, it’s definitely one of the coolest Tulum hotels!

KAN Tulum: Check rates and availability

7) Kimpton Aluna Tulum

  • Rating: 8.1 out of 10 stars
  • Price: $$
Freeform pool with orange pool chairs at Kimpton Aluna Tulum

Enveloped by jungle and priding itself on tranquility and TLC, this is the place for those on the hunt for a traditional hotel with all the mod cons in Aldea Zama.  

The 72 air-conditioned rooms at Kimpton Aluna Tulum are white oases of cool, with LED smart TVs.

The rooftop pool and bar are a must, and the full-service spa and 24-hour onsite fitness center are perfect for exercise junkies. You also get complimentary transportation to the resort’s private beach club (with a DJ).

Valet and self-parking are available, as well as same-day dry cleaning and laundry for those mucky days.

This hotel is highly accessible, with special roll-in showers, communication features and restaurant features accommodating guests with disabilities.

Best for?

Families and friends who want to be close to the action but switch off from the noise at night.

Guests with accessibility needs will also appreciate the attention to detail at Kimpton Aluna Tulum.

Kimpton Aluna Tulum: Check rates and availability

That’s our list of the best places to stay in Tulum Town and Aldea Zama!

Best hotels in Tulum Town, Mexico

As you can see, there are some great choices when it comes to the best accommodations in Tulum Town and Aldea Zama.

Who needs to stay in Tulum Beach when you’ve got jungle luxury for up to half the price?

In a way, you get the best of both worlds here.

You can still bicycle or take an Uber to the beach for the day.

But when the beach buzz gets too much, you can retreat to your peaceful haven – and have tons of eateries and clubs close by when you’re ready to step outside again.

More information on the best Tulum hotels

In case you missed them, see our other guides on the best hotels in Tulum:

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Our top travel tips and resources

Hotels: Booking.com is great for scoring a “wow” hotel – or at least a decent one. (We especially like their flexible cancellation policy!)

Vacation homes, condos and rentals: We prefer and use Vrbo (Vacation Rentals by Owner).

Tours: For the best local food, walking and other guided tours, plus skip-the-line tickets to attractions, check out Viator (a TripAdvisor company) and GetYourGuide.

Car rental: Renting a car is often one of the best ways to explore off the beaten path. Discover Cars searches car rental companies so you get the best rates.

Travel insurance: SafetyWing is designed for frequent travelers, long-term adventurers and digital nomads. It covers medical expenses, lost checked luggage, trip interruption and more.

Travel gear: See our travel shop to find the best luggage, accessories and other travel gear. (We suggest these comfy travel sandals for city walking, the beach and kicking about.)

Need more help planning your trip? Check out our travel tips and resources guide for airline booking tips, ways to save money, how to find great hotels and other crazy useful trip planning info.

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Photo credits: 1 Una Vida | Remaining hotel images courtesy of the respective Tulum accommodations


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Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George Mucalov are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents. See About.

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