5 Outstanding Tulum Resorts—Each Under $400 Night

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The Mexican beach town of Tulum has been the favorable place for the gypset crowd for quite some time, but travelers from across the world are increasingly enchanted by its bohemian approach, eco-friendly vibes and soulful—often spiritual—sense of nature. This nature is best on view at Tulum’s gorgeous and almost untouched white-sand beaches, often dotted with plant life, or at the second largest coral reef in the world.

As a result of its staggering beauty, the region has become a much-in-demand location for yoga and wellness retreats, personal journeys and lots of inspired creativity. Did we mention it’s also home to the preserved ruins of an ancient Mayan port city? Just as the undeniable destination is exploding with visitors, it’s also bursting with an ever-growing list of new and old hotels. Still, to make your decision on where to stay a little easier, we curated a list of the best hotel resorts in Tulum in terms of value and experiences—all under $400/night*:

*At time of publish for high season rates

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Layla Tulum

1. Layla Tulum

  • Best for: Couples and solo travelers
  • Why we love it: Morocco-meets-Mexico vibes, photo-worthy architecture, romantic atmosphere

Enamored couples are drawn to this picturesque haven in one of Mexico's most stunning regions. A reflection of its surroundings, Layla expertly weaves together authenticity and romance, creating an atmosphere that will captivate whether you opt to relax by the splendid courtyard and pool, reminiscent of a Moroccan Riad, or seek R&R within the elegantly adorned Moroccan-inspired rooms.

A sexy rooftop bar with outdoor lounge vibes is an excellent place to grab a drink on-site. For grub, Layla's Burger Bar offers an explosion of flavor by blending Middle Eastern cuisine with Mexican Caribbean ingredients—not to mention the American staple. The result? A taste you won't find virtually anywhere else! We recommend any of their outstanding draft beers to accompany it or savor a sip from their meticulously curated array of exceptional wines.

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Muaré Hotels

2. Muaré Hotels

  • Best for: Wellness junkies
  • Why we love it: Wellness-on-demand, healthy cuisine, authentic jungle experience

Something about the accent aigu (or é) makes everything feel a little fancier, even in this nightly price range. Muaré is a word that means "when there's an intersection of patterns creating a pattern of its own," and the hotel's goal is to create unique experiences, something that nowhere else can offer. We'd say the design that promotes tranquility, intimacy, and lasting relaxation hit that nail on the head since the bohemian inspired villas at Muaré blend seamlessly with the jungle, offering a magical escape that captures the very essence of Tulum's ancient wisdom. Some villas even feature semi-outdoor showers for an even more immersive experience, providing a further connection with nature.

At the wellness center, located inside the hotel grounds, various experiences can keep you in a zen mode for your entire stay. Still, we especially recommend the Mayan Honey Massage and one of the property's invigorating yoga classes offered three times a week. The hotel's lovely Gaudea restaurant serves scrumptious meals focused on healthy foods that promote well-being without sacrificing taste. Most of the menu features authentic Mexican ingredients; for those with an extra nutritional kick, there are plenty of great smoothie options.

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Coco Hacienda Tulum

3. Coco Hacienda Tulum

  • Best for: Nature and plant lovers
  • Why we love it: Artsy atmosphere, kid-free, two separate swimming pools

A former plant nursery, visitors to Coco Hacienda are greeted with vibrant, art-filled exterior walls and sun-sheltering thatched roof indoor spaces that bleed into the outdoors. Considering its origins, it's no surprise that the adults-only resort bursts with verdant plant life, plus potted cacti, palms, and hanging hammocks, making it feel like an intimate oasis.

What we especially like about Coco Hacienda Tulum is that this hotel has a casual, elegant spirit. This is partly thanks to the infinity pool surrounded by eye-catching pink-hued stones and its accompanying restaurant slash coffee spot named Hell Yeah!, which, as the name implies, is extra special in vibes. Twinkling string lights are found around the property for further charming moments, and behind closed doors, the six guest suites feature bathrooms with wood and stone details, raised jacuzzi tubs, and gorgeous light. Charming Colonial-inspired architecture and design mean you'll find headboards with painted details and other traditional Mexican furnishings punched up by vibrant colors.

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Leandro Bulzzano

4. La Valise

  • Best for: Eco-luxe travelers
  • Why we love it: Option of jungle or beach lodging, excellent spa, elevated food options, stunning thatch roof accommodations 

With 11 beachfront suites and 11 new jungle suites, La Valise is one of Tulum's most exciting hotels. Several suites feature king beds on wheels that can be rolled onto private terraces for al fresco nights under the stars, and there are also two mesmerizing Cenote Suites, which feature access to their own private cenote plus outdoor showers and private jacuzzis. 

La Valise is also home to a destination-worthy spa with treatments ranging from Bee Venom facials to Mayan Ancient Mud Rituals and couples Lunar Ceremonies that evoke the moon's energy. So yeah, sign us up! The hotel restaurant features farm-to-table dishes casually cooked over an open fire. They even work with an indigenous farming cooperative to ensure the ingredients used are purchased in fair trade. The eco-minded property (owned by Namron Hospitality, a boutique brand responsible for creating the Tulum Sustainability Pledge) gets extra points for being eco-luxe since it offers guests reef-safe sunscreens and has a single-use plastic ban on the property. Since the property is located on a secluded beach, they even take care to turn down the lights at night to conserve energy and, more importantly, aid in the natural turtle ecosystem. 

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5. Motto by Hilton Tulum

  • Best for: Group travelers, families, solo travelers
  • Why we love it: Modern rooftop pool, connecting rooms, pet friendly, good value, Hilton Honors points loyalists 

This relatively new property opened in the Hunab Lifestyle Center, Tulum's stylish shopping and dining destination, in November 2022, marking Motto by Hilton's first international hotel. Beyond all the nearby shopping—which includes access to some beautiful, locally handmade goods—the hotel is surrounded by ancient ruins, pristine beaches, nightlife, and famous cenotes. In fact, its location makes it strategically positioned 15 minutes to the Hotel Zone, Central Tulum, and the famed Tulum ruins by bike.

Motto by Hilton Tulum also gets excellent marks for its friendly service, which makes it feel like a five-star resort, and its tip-top views from the rooftop — one look at this dreamy spot and you’ll want to park it there all day until the mesmerizing sunset comes. For guests looking for an authentically local stay, Motto by Hilton Tulum has hosts onsite to specifically curate experiences for guests such as a premium mezcal tasting at Ancestral, a sustainable mobility E-scooter or E-bike, or even a jungle DJ class. The hotel has also partnered with the area’s two biggest beach clubs, Bagatelle and Vagalume, to provide guaranteed access and sunbed service for hotel guests.

The 115 guest accommodations are contemporary, with Mayan-influenced design cues, warm tiles and woods, rich stones, and a soothing neutral palette. Pro tip: Upgrade to a suite, many featuring ocean-facing balconies, living and dining areas, and spacious king bedrooms. The hotel is also a foodie's paradise, featuring five distinct concepts ranging from a pasta restaurant to a restaurant serving home cooked-style Mexican goodness. There's also a bar, café, a shared rooftop pool, and a fitness center overlooking a jungle tree canopy.

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