Tulum, Mexico is a small, laid-back Mexican town with a slow-paced atmosphere located in the Mayan Riviera along the Gulf of Mexico, approximately two hours south of Cancun.
The town of Tulum is a great place to stay to get a better feel for the local Mexican culture. There are also more authentic restaurants to choose from that serve traditional and cheap Mexican food. The town is becoming more touristy but is nowhere near the level of tourism that you will see in Playa del Carmen and Cancun. There are not too many crowds in Tulum, which I loved.
Tulum is the perfect place to relax and learn about the Mayan culture and history. The town is close to the gorgeous beach which can be reached via local colectivo shuttle van or taxi (5-10 minutes) or bicycle (25 minutes). The are an abundance of unique and beautiful cenotes surrounding the town. The ruins of Tulum, Coba and Muyil are also nearby, as is the Sian Ka’an Biosphere.
Mama’s Home | Starting at $14 CAD per night
Calle Orion between Calle Venus and Sol Sur
I stayed at Mama’s Home for four nights during my first solo travels in Mexico. It was an amazing hostel!
Mama’s Home is a hostel in a quiet local neighbourhood of Tulum, with a relaxing and laid-back yet social atmosphere. It is centrally located and is within short walking distance to local restaurants, shopping, pharmacies, grocery stores, and banks. The ADO bus terminal is approximately a 10 minute walk away, on the main avenue going through Tulum.
The hostel features a central outdoor courtyard surrounded by colourful and brightly painted walls with a variety of designs and patterns that is the perfect place for socializing with and meeting fellow travelers and also just relaxing in one of the hammocks along the side of the courtyard, unique decor, a communal kitchen and refrigerator for guests, super fast and free Wi-Fi, two guest computers, a book exchange, luggage storage, free breakfast (the breakfasts are elaborate, delicious and different every morning), super friendly and helpful staff with great tips and recommendations, a 20 peso discount on daily bike rentals from a local place in town, free maps of Tulum, and hot showers.
Jose, the owner of the hostel, organizes a variety of fun social activities and events that take place in the communal courtyard, as way for travelers to get to know each other, make friends and have fun. When I stayed there, there was a pina colada night and movie night. I participated in both and ended up meeting some great friends! There are also two adorable kittens that live at the hostel. They love to cuddle and play with you.
Mama’s Home offers a variety of rooms to choose from. There are spacious and air conditioned private rooms along with an air conditioned 6 bed mixed gender dormitory and a 10 bed open air mixed gender dormitory (with no air conditioning). The dorms have individual lockers to keep your belongings safe.
I have personal experience staying at this hostel (you can read my detailed review by clicking on this link) and can pretty much guarantee that you will not regret staying here!
Hostel Akadia Cultural Tulum | No price listed
Calle Sol Poniente Lote #5 between Calles Alfa and Jupiter (one block north of the main avenue, directly behind the ADO bus terminal)
Hostel Akadia Cultural is a relaxed hostel with a chill atmosphere, located in the town of Tulum.
The hostel features a large courtyard with a swimming pool. Other amenities include Wi-Fi, TV, lockers, equipped kitchen, music, bar, cooking classes, and an on-site restaurant.
Hostel Akadia offers private rooms, dorm rooms, camping and hammocks.
Chill Inn Hostel | Starting at $15 CAD per night
Avenida Gama #47 between Calles Orion and Beta Sur
The Chill Inn Hostel is a newer hostel with a relaxed atmosphere located in a quiet and safe neighbourhood in the town of Tulum, a 5 minute walk from the main avenue where you will find banks, restaurants, groceries, tour agencies and transportation. It is located within a 20 minute bike ride to the beach and Tulum ruins or a 5 minute taxi ride.
The hostel features a shared kitchen and common areas which are great for relaxing or socializing, free Wi-Fi and included breakfast.
The hostel offers four dorms with the choice of 4, 8 or 10 beds, all of them equipped with a full bathroom and shower. Each bed has an electrical outlet, comfortable mattress, reading light, fan, and security box, as well as fitted curtains so you can have some privacy.
El Jardin de Frida | Starting at $
Avenida Tulum between Avenida Kukulkan and Chemuyil
El Jardin de Frida is an eco-cultural hostel built around a beautiful garden, located in a calm and quiet neighbourhood of Tulum. They use solar panels to generate 80% of their electricity. The hostel is centrally located on the main avenue in the town of Tulum, close (about a 10 minute walk) to the bus terminal, restaurants, attractions, banks and supermarkets.
The hostel features a large, beautiful and tranquil garden where you can find hammocks to relax, mango, banana, and avocado trees and be surrounded by nature. The hostel offers daily cleaning, hot water, linen included, luggage storage, tourist information, a communal kitchen, bar, free continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi, lockers, and a library.
There are both private rooms as well as a 7 bed mixed dormitory (shared). All of the rooms are spacious and clean and have fans. The private rooms have private bathrooms and a small terrace facing the jungle. The dorms have a full bathroom ensuite and single beds (not bunk beds).
Hostel Sheck | Starting at $11 CAD per night
Corner of Avenida Satelite and Calle Sagitario
Hostel Sheck is a laid back hostel with a beautiful lush garden to relax, socialize and meet new people. The hostel is located in the town of Tulum, close to banks, supermarkets, the ADO bus terminal, restaurants and attractions.
The hostel features a budget-friendly bar, fully equipped industrial kitchen (with blender, juice squeezer, variety of utensils, industrial stoves, refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven), hammocks, tour and travel recommendations from the staff, free hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi, free purified drinking water, free Tulum maps, hot showers, individual lockers, bed linen included, towel rental, discount on bike rental, table games, book exchange, and more.
The hostel offers a variety of rooms including: 12 bed mixed dorm, 6 person mixed dorm, 4 person mixed dorm, and private rooms with shared as well as private bathrooms. The dorms have individual lockers, a full bathroom, and ceiling fan.
Hostal Tulum Naa | No prices listed
Avenida Satelite between Calle Sagitario and Calle 2 Poniente (left hand side)
Hostal Tulum Naa is a clean and comfortable hostel centrally located in the town of Tulum. It is close to banks, restaurants, the ADO bus terminal, supermarkets, shopping and attractions.
The hostel features 24 hour reception, free Wi-Fi internet access, board games, housekeeping, an outdoor terrace and a kitchen.
The dorms include a ceiling fan, shared bathroom with hot water, lockers and reading lights. Linens and towels are included.
Hostal Chalupa | Starting at $15 CAD per night
Corner of Avenida Tulum and Avenida Coba
Hostal Chalupa is a newly built hostel that is comfortable and clean. It is located at a busy highway intersection in the town of Tulum, within walking distance to the bus terminal, restaurants, banks, supermarkets, tour agencies, and shopping. The beach, ruins and cenotes are a short taxi (5-10 minutes) or bike ride (20 minutes) away.
The hostel offers free Wi-Fi, air conditioning at night, a kitchen, relaxing lounge, outdoor swimming pool, housekeeping, linen included, luggage storage, lockers, and huge rooftop patio.
Accommodations include a 4 bed dorm, two 5 bed dorms and two private ensuites.
Una Noche Mas En Tulum | Starting at $8 CAD per night
Calle Jupiter Sur, just south of Avenida Tulum (main avenue)
Una Noche Mas en Tulum is a clean and simple hostel and it is the cheapest accommodation in the town of Tulum – perfect for budget travelers. The hostel is located in a safe and quiet neighbourhood just minutes south of the main avenue in town. It is located two minutes from the ADO bus terminal, and close to many local restaurants, shops, supermarkets, tour agencies and attractions.
The hostel offers free drinking water, 24 hour reception, free city maps and an outdoor terrace.
The hostel offers private rooms with a shared bathroom, a 4 bed female dorm, and a 6 bed male dorm. All rooms have fans, lockers, and free Wi-Fi.
Quintana Roots Hostel | Starting at $15 CAD per night
Calle Sol Oriente #19 between Highway Coba and Calle Escorpion Sur
Quintana Roots Hostel is a new and comfortable hostel in Tulum. They are centrally located in the town of Tulum, and a short bike or taxi ride away from the beach, ruins and cenotes, as well as being within walking distance to local restaurants and the ADO bus terminal.
The hostel provides information about tours and Tulum, free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, drinking water, kitchen, hot water, lockers, daily cleaning, linens included, dive centre, lots of electrical outlets, fans, game room, rooftop area, flat screen television and lounge and hammock area.
There are a variety of rooms to choose from, including mixed dormitories, female-only dormitories, and private rooms. The dorms range in size and can sleep from 6 to 12 people.
Kin-Ha Suites | Starting at $55 CAD per night
Calle Orion between Calles Venus and Sol (across the street from Mama’s Home Hostel)
This small, affordable and comfortable hotel has a pleasant and peaceful atmosphere and rooms surround a small courtyard garden. The hotel offers free parking and is centrally located in the town of Tulum, only a couple of blocks south of the main avenue in a quiet residential neighbourhood.
Services include: rental cars, bike rentals, access to facilities at sister hotel on the beach (Playa Kin-Ha), 24 hour surveillance, airport transfers, discount at the restaurant at the beach location, diving, yoga classes, beach club, massages and laundry.
The rooms feature hammocks, air conditioning or a fan, double, single or king sized beds, free Wi-Fi, and a private bathroom.
Secret Garden Tulum | Starting at $75 CAD per night
Sagitario Poniente #54 (from Avenida Tulum, walk two blocks north on Calle Acuario Norte and turn left on Calle Sagitario – the second street you will arrive at)
Secret Garden is an affordable and comfortable hotel that is hidden away in a quiet neighbourhood in the town of Tulum. It is centrally located, only two blocks from the main avenue with shops, restaurants, transportation and more.
The hotel provides a beautiful courtyard area with a tranquil atmosphere and surrounded by tropical gardens, tour desk and information, free local maps, hammocks and lounge area, free Wi-Fi, luggage storage, laundry service, hot water, beach towels, daily cleaning, coffee/tea/cookies/granola bars/fruit available 24 hours and a book exchange. Breakfast is not included.
The rooms and cabanas feature modern, minimal and unique decor with a comfortable atmosphere, and are decorated with local and handmade ornaments. The rooms are clean and all have air conditioning and all feature private bathrooms.
Hotel Posada Las Tres Palmas | Starting at $23 CAD per night
Calle Venus #88 between Calles Satelite and Centauro Sur
Las Tres Palmas Hotel is a comfortable budget hotel located in the town of Tulum. It is located within walking distance of restaurants, banks, the bus terminal, transportation, and groceries.
The hotel offers bikes for rent, tour desk and information, laundry services, and airport transfers/shuttles for a fee.
The hotel has 12 rooms available which include double, twin and family rooms. All rooms have a kitchenette, bedroom and balcony overlooking the surroundings, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi.
Hotel Palma Real | No information available
Federal Highway Tulum-Coba Km 21.5
Hotel Palma Real is a budget hotel located on the highway between the towns of Tulum and Coba. In order to get to Tulum town for restaurants, banks, groceries, and transportation, you will have to take a taxi.
The hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool, bar, free Wi-Fi, included breakfast, free parking, on-site restaurant, 24 hour reception and luggage storage.
The rooms are air conditioned and have simple decor with tiled floors. The rooms feature cable television and private bathrooms.
Hotel Nadet | Starting at $85 CAD per night
Calle Orion Norte by Calle Polar
Hotel Nadet is a hotel located near Tulum town’s main avenue, close to restaurants, groceries, banks and transportation.
The hotel provides free Wi-Fi, luggage storage and free parking.
The hotel has 15 rooms which offer free Wi-Fi, cable television, kitchenettes with refrigerators and premium bedding.
Hotel Villa Matisse | No information available
Avenida Satelite Norte #19
Hotel Villa Matisse is located in the town of Tulum, close to banks, restaurants, transportation and supermarkets.
This hotel offers free bike rentals, free Wi-Fi, a garden and lounge area, tour desk and free parking.
The rooms are simple and feature a full private bathroom with shower as well as bed linen and a fan.
Mango Tulum Hotel | Starting at $15 CAD per night
Calle Polar and Avenida Coba (behind the OXXO)
Mango Tulum is an affordable, modern, comfortable, simple and clean hotel located in the heart of Tulum, close to the ruins, cenotes and beach and within walking distance of banks, restaurants, transportation (15 minute walk to the ADO bus terminal) and groceries. It is a small and friendly family-run hotel located in a quiet and tranquil neighbourhood.
The hotel provides free Wi-Fi internet, large garden and swimming pool, air conditioning in all rooms, hot water and free drinking water, free tea and coffee, free maps, fridges in the private rooms, parking and on-site security.
This hotel/hostel offers 4 bed shared dormitories and private rooms. The dorm is simple and has bunk beds, air conditioning, and a separate full bathroom ensuite with showers and toilets. There are large individual lockers, individual power outlets, and individual fans. The private rooms are spacious and modern and have ensuite washrooms and showers, air conditioning and internet.
Pacha Tulum |
Avenida Coba in front of the Supermarket San Francisco
Pacha Tulum is located beside a supermarket and banks, and close to restaurants, transportation, and about a 5 minute drive to cenotes, the beach and the ruins of Tulum.
It features free Wi-Fi, 24 hour front desk, free parking,
The rooms are comfortable and simple, offering basic decor with a desk, wardrobe, private bathroom and air conditioning.
Lobo Inn | Starting at $12 CAD per night
Carretera Federal Chetumal-Cancun Km 230.5
The Lobo Inn is ideally located near Tulum and it is only a 10 minute walk from the beach and 3 km from the Tulum Ruins.
The inn offers a spacious garden and swimming pool with a relaxing atmosphere, full breakfast, friendly service, free Wi-Fi, bike rentals, purified drinking water, hot water, fully equipped kitchen, bed linen included, parking, hammocks, lockers for bags and personal belongings, book exchange, TV room with DVDs, luggage storage and a lounge area. They also offer a travel desk, taxi service, 24 hour reception and currency exchange.
Lobo Inn has a variety of rooms to choose from including private rooms with double beds as well as a 14 bed mixed gender dormitory.
MyTulum Cabanas | Starting at $40 CAD per night
Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila KM 7.5
MyTulum Cabanas are large cabins located on the gorgeous beaches of Tulum. The town of Tulum, along with local restaurants, supermarkets, the ADO bus terminal and shopping is located 9 km away, and can easily be reached by taxi.
The cabanas feature a tour desk, massage services for a fee, tropical decor, an on-site restaurant serving local and Mexican-style dishes, a bar, car rental, bike rental, laundry service, and airport shuttle (the last four items have a fee).
The bungalows offer rustic-style decor, free Wi-Fi, a fan, mosquito net, sofa and garden views. The bathrooms are private and are stocked with free toiletries.
Ahau Tulum | Starting at $72 USD per night
Carretera Tulum-Punta Allen KM 4.4
Ahau Tulum is a unique and eco-friendly accommodation located directly on the beach. It features free Wi-Fi, yoga lessons and massage services (for a fee), and an on-site restaurant.
Ahau Tulum offers rooms for a variety of budgets. The guesthouse with shared bathrooms and “Bali Huts” are budget-friendly and rooms have mosquito nets and fans.
Yoga Shala Tulum | Starting at $63 CAD per night
Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila KM 7.5
Yoga Shala “offers a comfortable space to stay, relax and practice yoga.” It is conveniently located between the Tulum Ruins and the Sian Ka’an Biosphere, and is only a 10 minute taxi ride from the town of Tulum where you will find restaurants, shopping and transportation. Yoga Shala is surrounded by lush jungle and is located only steps away from the white sand beaches of Tulum. The hotel offers a wide variety of yoga classes and styles.
The hotel features massage services for a fee, tours, bike rentals, on-site restaurant, and boutique for shopping. Wi-Fi is available in public areas.
You can choose from a couple of different rooms including private rooms with shared bathrooms or private bathrooms. All rooms are unique in their decorations and their size. There is no air conditioning.
The website Workaway is a place where volunteers can connect with businesses and individuals in destinations around the world, offering free accommodation and sometimes food in exchange for your time and skills.
You are often required to work for 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week. There are a variety of volunteer placements available on the website and you can browse through them for free (but you must pay for a membership to contact the hosts). You could be working at a backpacker hostel, guesthouse, bed and breakfast, local hotel or small business or helping out a local individual or family with something.
Volunteering in Tulum is a great way for budget travelers to save money on accommodation costs in order to travel slower and for longer periods of time.
Here are some volunteer placements that I found interesting during my travel research:
Airbnb is a website that allows locals in places around the world to rent out a private room in their home or their entire home/apartment to travelers for either a nightly, weekly or monthly fee.
Airbnb rentals are a great alternative to hotels and they are often cheaper. You have the opportunity to live with a local resident who can provide you with advice and recommendations for things to see and do, transportation and where to eat in Tulum. You might even become great friends! Airbnb is great for those who enjoy the comforts of home and those who want more privacy than a hostel dorm room offers.
If you sign up for Airbnb using this link, you will get a $25 USD credit for your first booking!
Here are some Airbnb rentals that I found during my travel research:
https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/2122747?s=2ZE4ANl1 – Located in Tulum town, $34 CAD per night, 5 night minimum stay.
https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/4502053?s=2ZE4ANl1 – Located in Tulum town, $21 CAD per night.
https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/4305070?s=aorgy32m – Located in Tulum town, $41 CAD per night, 2 night minimum stay.
https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/5077746?s=aorgy32m – Located in Tulum town, $38 CAD per night.
https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/3877314?s=aorgy32m – Located in Tulum town, $41 CAD per night.
https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/3153261?s=aorgy32m – Located in Tulum town, $60 CAD per night, 3 night minimum stay.
https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/2071513?s=LkYUwkpL – Located on the beach south of Tulum (camping), $20 CAD per night.
https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/2102819?s=eAw1D67v – Located in Tulum town, $57 CAD per night, 3 night minimum stay.
https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/2883241?s=eAw1D67v – Located in Tulum town, $47 CAD per night, 3 night minimum stay.
https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/862329?s=eAw1D67v – Located in Tulum town, $52 CAD per night, 2 night minimum stay.
https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/4477417?s=eAw1D67v – Located in Tulum town, $40 CAD per night, 2 night minimum stay.
https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/2993524?s=eAw1D67v – Located in Tulum town, $43 CAD per night, 2 night minimum stay.
I hope that you have found this accommodation guide to Tulum helpful for finding cheaper places to stay on a budget.
Have you been to Tulum? Where have you stayed? Do you have any recommendations that are not listed here?
Please let me know in the comments below!