Stayed at Villa Matisse for 8 nights with a friend. We just loved it there, and Lourdes the owner makes it a really lovely experience. She gives recommendations for places to go, directoions, arranges trips - and all with a lovely smile and a lot of fun.
There is a block of 6 identical rooms each with 2 double beds and an en suite bathroom opening onto a balcony/terrace. We were on the ground floor so although we didn't have a view we did have 2 hammocks hung just outside the room. The garden is small but with grass trees and lovely plants it was a good place to be. It is secure behind big gates which you have a key to. There is a little kitchen with a big fridge. We could make drinks all day and cook if we wanted. There are bikes which are well maintained, and the cycle ride to the beach is about 4 km - but down a very flat cycle path, so easy and safe. VM is in a residential area just off the main street, so not much traffic, but sounds of Mexican life, a few small local shops etc. At the same time within an easy 5 minute walk you are at the bottom of the main road where the restaurants and tourist shops are. There is the main road goes down the middle but apart from taking care when crossing it we hardly noticed it - the ferocious speed bumps mean the traffic doesn't get up any speed and the road is really wide, with a small local road at either side.
The big thing about Tulum is whether to stay at the beach or in town. We opted for town and were glad we had, because we enjoyed the shops restaurants and being in such a nice little Mexican town. We also used taxis to get to/from the beach at times. I also cycled down to watch the sunrise one morning. There are smart hotels and basic cabanas at the beach. But I would stay at Villa Matisse again. It semed like the perfect plan to us.
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