When I saw a new Tulum hotel called “Hotel Tiki Tiki” featured in Dwell Magazine, I knew I’d have to visit and review it since it combined so many of my favorite things: Tulum, mid-century design, and boutique hotels. Just the name, Hotel Tiki Tiki Tulum, had me hooked because I thought there might be the teensiest chance of running into Don Draper at the bar there.
If you’re a mid-century fan headed to Tulum, you pretty much have to stay here. Plus it’s close to restaurants, shops, tour agencies, and is less than 3 km to two cenotes, Cristal and Escondido, on Cancun-Chetumal/México 307. I booked one of the first floor “Superior King Suites” closest to the pool, with a giant tub and bathroom, and a terrace outside for lounging in your own space after a swim.
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Hotel Tiki Tiki’s Location
The hotel is located in Tulum Town, on a side street in the jungle. Its location is a little off the beaten path, close to the end of the hotel zone. I had a car so this was fine with me, but guests here should plan to rent bikes or take taxis to get around the town. Also, this is an area where new construction is common since there’s still space available to build. Thinking of renting a car for your trip? Check out my best advice here for renting a car and driving in Mexico.
Mid-Century Modern Design
The first thing you notice about Hotel Tiki Tiki is its swank mid-century design, of course. I really loved all the furniture and design touches, including the patterned tile and retro bar. If I could have a patio and yard that looked like this, I might never need to travel again! (OK maybe not, but you get the idea.) I was totally charmed by the hammocks in my room and patio, and spent a while lounging there after I checked in. The pool, especially reflecting the garden lights at night, is gorgeous. And I loved having breakfast from the mid-century couch – avocado toast and cappuccino – with the pool for my view. The bed was comfy, and although I thought I would take a bath, I quickly realized that filling up the pool would have wasted a lot of water! (I went for a night swim instead.) The AC in the room was perfect and I had a great night’s sleep in the big king bed.
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With rates around $100/night for many dates, this hotel is definitely a great budget option for a boutique hotel in Tulum. When I visit the area, I sometimes split my time between Tulum town (pueblo) and the beach (playa) in order to make the trip more affordable. I’ll find a hotel base in town for a few days while I explore the area sights, then spend the rest of the week on the beach relaxing. For me, there’s no reason to pay beachfront prices if you’re going to spend your day at ruins or cenotes.
Breakfast is not included in room rates. The hotel has a small cafe that serves juice, smoothies, cappuccino, scrambled eggs and a la carte breakfast items like fruit and croissants. I had a spectacular dinner at Humo on the recommendation of the hotel staff. The food was delicious and service attentive. I loved the hip but laid back ambience, with cozy floor seating and low light that’s common to many Tulum restaurants. Also they had no problem seating me as a single traveler/diner, which was not the case for some other spots in Tulum!
Other places in the neighborhood with great reviews:
And just down the street is Holistika Tulum, a hotel, coworking space and yoga retreat.
Ready for a Mai Tai at the Tiki Bar?
In short, while I didn’t see Don Draper, it was still one of my fave hotel stays. The staff was super-friendly, and they offered spot-on tips and recommendations for the local area. Book your stay and get ready for some swank Instagram shots at the Hotel Tiki Tiki!