Where I Stayed: Central Park Tulum

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While planning my trip to Tulum, I consistently came across some amazing places to stay, whether it be through rental properties on Airbnb or a simple hotel search.  It was initially hard to narrow down an option, however, once we factored in the budget, things become a bit clearer.  But don't worry, even if your budget is on the lower end you can still get some very good lodging options.  Using one of my favorite hotel searching tools, Hotel Tonight, I was met with a handful of really good options, at a range of prices.  

After doing some research, I knew the Los Amigos properties on the list fit what we were looking for as far as amenities and budget.  Now we just had to decide which one between Los Amigos Tulum and Central Park Tulum.  I ventured to the two sites I always jump to first to find out the real deal on properties, Trip Advisor and Instagram.  After doing so my gut was telling me to go with Central Park Tulum, and I'm beyond happy that I did!   

Travel tip:  

Use Instagram as a planning guide, and visit the hotel's page, then check photos under the location tag and the hashtags.   You should even DM a few people asking how they liked the property (or check to see if they wrote a blog post about it - wink wink).   

The breakdown:

Days: 5, Nights: 4

Price per night: $63 via Hotel Tonight app (total: $294 - a steal!) (minus $25 off the total due to a first time user promo code. Need a code?  See the end of this post.)

Room:  a very comfy King bed, kitchen area with full size refrigerator, microwave, stove top,  dishes, tv, a/c (very important), modern bathroom with a nice rainfall shower, and a cute little patio area. The property also has penthouses and larger rooms available as well as daily housekeeping services.

Amenities:

Pool:  two pools that stayed opened 24 hours lit up in various colors added to the beauty of the property at night.   A lounge bed, a pod bed, and several tables and chairs were available to encourage relaxation. Don’t I look relaxed? 

Gym:  a brand new multilevel state of the art gym that overlooked the property, which included a rock climbing wall, and a juice stand, definitely inspired to me bring the gym shoes next time.

Bar and restaurant: a fully stocked outside bar, an outdoor (and indoor) seating area for the restaurant. Try the avocado toast and beet juice for breakfast.  Very refreshing and a perfect way to start the day.  I also heard the pork belly tacos were "slamming" (lol his words exactly).  

Bike rental:  Tulum is the land of bike riding, so these came in handy.  It's such an easy way to get around especially if you aren't comfortable with driving a car in a foreign country or if you would rather save your money instead of spending it on a rental car and taxis.  It even has a little basket on the front for your belongings.

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Beach shuttle:   Catch the free shuttle from Central Park to its sister property, Los Amigos Beach (not to be confused with Los Amigos Tulum).  While the beach shuttle was very convenient, the idea of it could use a little bit of work.  For example, it leaves the property twice a day at 8:45am (highly recommend leaving at this timeframe), and at noon.  However, it only picks up at 5pm to take you back to Central Park.  Guests could benefit from having an earlier pickup time, especially if you are on the 8:45am shuttle.  Also, the shuttle is first come first served, and only seats about 8.  But once you arrive at Los Amigos Beach (about a 20-30 minute drive) you forget all about the shuttle woes.   The view is too beautiful to complain.  Stay a while, enjoy the food, drinks, the loungers, and of course, the water. 

Access to Los Amigos Tulum:  a quick 5 minute bike ride will easily get you to this property.  Use their amenities which includes the lovely rooftop pool - go at sunset - and if you're lucky you will get it all to yourself like I did.  I put on some Cardi B and enjoyed the water watching the sun set over the jungle.   Where else can you do such a thing?!  Only thing that was missing was a cocktail (Next Time!).  You can also enjoy morning yoga at this property a few times a week.  

Spa:  Outside of the massage services, the spa had all the works - sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, cold tub, outside pool, and soon opening, a full service salon.  Because the spa just opened they were running a 15% off promo, however if we had booked our stay directly through the website they were offering 2 for 1 on massages.  Beggars can't be choosers, so 15% off please!   If you aren't interested in the massage services, they also have a $30 a day spa pass granting you access to "the works".  All of the message services include the spa pass, but as the massage was pretty pricey ($80 ($68 after 15% off for 25 minute back, neck, and shoulder massage), I would consider the day pass next time.

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I would absolutely recommend staying at Central Park Tulum.  The amenities offer so much variety that it caters to a range of travelers and tourists alike, while visiting the beach is an easy fix.  

If you can't tell, I absolutely loved Tulum and I'm already ready to plan another trip there.   I think it should be my must-go to spot every year.   Something about the jungle, the beach, and the carefree vibe of it all resonates with me.   Sometimes you visit a place and instantly have a connection with it.  Tulum is it for me.  

As promised, if you are a first time user to the Hotel Tonight app, first of all what are you doing?! (Lol), and second, you can use my code - AWILLIAMS1415 - for $25 off your first booking! Save those coins!

Happy travels!