Where to stay in Tulum | 10 beautiful Airbnbs
Tulum is a different scene today than when I first visited a few years ago.
Tulum is also a good base to visit other popular landmarks, such as Chichen Itza and Valladolid.
Times have changed — where to stay in Tulum
In recent years, Tulum has also become popular with people wanting to stay long term. Digital nomads and social media influencers are drawn to its laidback lifestyle, low-cost living and glorious sunshine.
To cater to this growing group, there has also been an increase in the number, and style, of accommodation types in Tulum. If big name hotels aren’t your thing, these 10 Airbnbs in Tulum may offer a unique alternative.
From apartments to lofts, here are 10 beautiful boutique options on where to stay in Tulum. Use my unique referral code to get $40 off your first Airbnb experience.
1. The one with plenty of Boho chic
Combining minimalist design and bohemian-style furnishings is this stunning apartment with private pool in Tulum.
With 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, this apartment’s ideal for families or for a group or friends.
The unique selling point is the grand terrace that comes with its own private pool. Offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, it’s a place where you’ll be spending a lot of time.
Amenities include free WiFi, air conditioning, a washer, Smart TV and a coffee machine.
2. The one surrounded by nature
Wake up to the gentle sound of singing birds at Casita Maya Loft in Tulum.
Surrounded by over-arching trees, this rustic-style loft apartment is made from local materials to recreate an authentic décor.
Tulum style — where to stay in Tulum
Suitable for 3 guests, the apartment has 1 bedroom, 2 beds and 1 bathroom. The kitchen’s fully equipped, and there’s also an outside area where you can enjoy al fresco dinners and drinks.
The highlight has to be the natural stone swimming pool and hot tub. Ideal for relaxing after exploring Tulum, it’s the perfect antidote after a long day.
Other features include complimentary WiFi, and 2 bikes on site that are also free of charge.
Bedroom and rooftop at this Boho chic apartment in Tulum ©Airbnb
“…Tulum is a place that has become a destination in its own right.”
3. The one with the private pool
Enjoy your very own space in Tulum at this ground-floor apartment with private pool.
It can accommodate 2 guests, with 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom inside the property. Enjoy breakfast each morning on the terrace, and relax in the hammock with a good book on a lazy afternoon.
Other notable features include a laundry room, air conditioning and WiFi. The apartment also has 2 free bikes that you can use to visit the beach or to explore the area. Parking is also free.
Exquisite inside and out ©Airbnb
4. The one that’s minutes from Tulum centre
Check into this exquisite Boho-style penthouse with natural handmade furniture located just minutes from the centre of Tulum.
Combining comfort with ecological design made by local artisans, this apartment has everything you need for your stay. The private rooftop terrace with plunge pool overlooks the surrounding jungle, offering a relaxing spot to unwind.
Amenities include WiFi, air conditioning, coffee maker, beach towels and 24-hour security cameras.
Check into this penthouse with rooftop pool in Tulum ©Airbnb
5. The one with the modern studio
Located just a few blocks from downtown Tulum is this modern studio.
Equipped with a king bed, sofa bed and 1 bathroom, it can sleep 4 guests. Head to the rooftop to take advantage of the 1.35m swimming pool and to enjoy the Tulum sunsets.
Wifi, toiletries, air conditioning and other essential amenities are also included. One last thing to note, is that 24-hour transport is also within walking distance.
Luxury lounge and furnishings at this Airbnb in NYC ©Airbnb
6. The one in Aldea Zama
Check into a gorgeous apartment in one of Tulum’s most desirable areas, Aldea Zama.
This 1-bedroom apartment can sleep 3 guests, and is located within easy reach of the beach. Designed by a Mexican architect, the apartment has a swimming pool outside that lights up at night.
Enjoy a bottle of wine on arrival, as well as free drinking water throughout your stay. The apartment has high-speed internet, a fully-stocked kitchen, and 2 free bikes for guests to use.
A gorgeous Airbnb in Aldea Zama, Tulum ©Airbnb
7. The one near to downtown Tulum
Get super cozy in this 1 bedroom and 1-bathroom apartment in Tulum.
Just minutes from the downtown area, the apartment contains everything you need for a comfortable stay. A 43-inch Smart TV, WiFi, kitchenette, air conditioning and free parking are some of the other amenities included.
Also, on site is a swimming pool, hammocks and lounge chairs surrounded by plenty of lush gardens.
Eat organic — where to stay in Tulum
Just a few minutes from the apartment is an organic market, along with food trucks and a cafeteria.
Nearby noteworthy attractions include the Mayan ruins of Tulum and the super scenic Laguna Kaan Luum.
Please note, that this apartment isn’t suitable for families with infants aged 0 to 2 years old.
Enjoy a midnight swim at this Tulum Airbnb ©Airbnb
8. The one with colonial Mexican style
Get a taste of authentic Mexican style at the very colorful Casa Chak.
Located in downtown Tulum, this studio apartment has 2 beds and 1 bathroom, making it ideal for 2 guests. Also included is a kitchen, air conditioning and free WiFi.
Staying here means you’re at the beating heart of Tulum. Casa Chak is minutes from the town’s restaurants, bars and transportation services. The ADO bus station is also close by, offering an affordable way to visit other parts of the region.
Colonial Mexican style at Casa Chak ©Airbnb
9. The one that supports Mayan artists
Suitable for 3 guests, Kín Tulum offers a space away from the crowds.
The bedroom has a queen bed, and is decorated with artefacts made by Mayan women. A similar theme runs throughout the kitchen, where several pieces of furniture are also made by Mayan artisans.
The property also provides a crib for families that are traveling with young infants.
An outdoor patio area comes with a good-size swimming pool and plenty of surrounding nature. WiFi, air conditioning and free parking is also included.
Away from the crowds at this Airbnb ©Airbnb
10. The one with its own coffee bar
It’s not often that I feature 1-room accommodations. However, I’m making an exception for the gorgeous Petite Queen room at Meteora Stay & Coffeehouse Tulum.
A room and bathroom in a complex located 5km from the beach, it perfectly encapsulates the town’s laidback vibes.The Petite Queen room at Meteora Stay & Coffehouse Tulum
With complimentary WiFi, air conditioning and a dedicated workspace, it’s a place that was made for digital nomads.
Get your daily caffeine fix at the on-site coffee bar, and chill out by the pool in the afternoon. Meteora Stay & Coffeehouse Tulum is a great place to consider booking, and the location doesn’t get any better.
More than a room at Meteora Stay & Coffeehouse in Tulum ©Airbnb
Have you visited Tulum? Which of these Airbnb would you like to stay at? Let me know in the comments.
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Welcome to my site! I'm Lisa, founder of Following the Rivera. I write primarily for a ‘flashpacker’ audience, a demographic (late 20s onward) that enjoys glamping over camping and staying at boutique/luxury boutique hotels. Flashpackers also like to indulge in the local food and wine, cultural activities, as well as a spot of wellness on their travels. Want to know more? Read on....