There’s a new address to know in Tulum and it’s not on the playa: the communal, collaborative Casa Pueblo is an achingly cool gathering hub in buzzy downtown. The design is industrial-in-the-jungle, but the ambience is far from ascetic – the communal spaces are warm and welcoming, inviting you to hang out over stone-baked pizzas in the open-plan restaurant, slip into the sparkling saltwater pool when the Caribbean sun gets caliente, and meet for expertly mixed Margaritas in the rooftop bar. When you’re ready to explore, the cavernous cenotes and playa parties are in easy reach, but your home-from-home’s memory foam mattresses and buttery-soft linens will soon beckon you back.
Check-in is from 3pm and check-out is noon – both can be flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $70.00, excluding tax at 16 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of 16% per room per night on check-in and an additional service charge of 3% per room per night on check-in.
Rates exclude breakfast; the brunch menu in the open-plan restaurant has options ranging from the healthy to the hangover busting: fresh fruit, french toast, turmeric granola, eggs made to order, juices, smoothies and organic coffee, all for under £10.
Wellness seekers will love the group yoga, pilates, guided meditation and Reiki sessions on offer. Just ask the concierge for the schedule.
At the hotel
Salt-water swimming pool, super-fast free WiFi throughout. In rooms: adaptors, air-conditioning, refillable glass water bottles and botanical bath products by Mexican apothecary brand LoreDana.
Our favourite rooms
There’s not much difference between the Queen and King rooms – both are monkishly minimalist, except when it comes to the beds, they have heavenly memory-foam mattresses and airy linens by Parachute Home.
The unheated salt-water pool is lushly landscaped and framed by wooden sunloungers and fringed yellow parasols.
Make sure you download Shazam before you go – Tulum gives good tunes.
It’s all communal seating in the restaurant. For backyard barbeque vibes, grab a table on the patio.
We’d go grown-up gap year: salty hair, conversation-starting jewellery and your most artfully ripped t-shirt.
The restaurant is an all-day, open-air, communal affair on the ground floor where brunch rolls into lunch rolls into dinner. In the mornings there’s strong, organic coffee, home-made banana bread, turmeric granola, avocado toast, juices and smoothies. The lunch and dinner menu is Mediterranean inspired and uses local and seasonal ingredients. We loved the rustic Neapolitan pizzas, which pair perfectly with crisp rosé.
The rooftop cocktail bar makes mean Mezcal Mules and Margaritas and owner Derek Klein’s playlists are famously the best in town. From 5pm, there’s food, too, like bruschetta and guacamole.
Casa Pueblo is in Tulum’s trendy downtown, perfectly poised for inland exploration of the jungles and cenotes, but the beach is in easy reach, too.
The nearest airport is Cancun, a 90-minute drive from the hotel. The hotel can organise transfers – an SUV (which seats up to three people) is $130 one way or $230 round-trip, a Suburban (which seats between four and six people) is $160 one way or $320 round trip.
Most guests explore town on foot or by bicycle and the hotel can easily arrange taxis or drivers to take you further afield. If you do decide to brave the roads, the hotel can direct you to the closest public parking spots in town.
Worth getting out of bed for
Mornings are easy-going here, you can pad downstairs in your pyjamas for corpse-reviving coffee, superfood smoothies and home-cooked breakfasts in the open-plan restaurant. Next, it’s time for ablutions: a dip in the salt-water pool, before stretching out with a good book under a jaunty yellow parasol or in one of the built-in nap nooks.
When you can tear yourself away from Casa Pueblo, don’t miss exploring the cenotes, spectacular water-filled caverns that are one of the most beautiful natural features of the Yucatán Peninsula. The concierges recommend Calavera, Escondido, Cristal, Santa Cruz, Nativus and Car Wash cenotes for diving, snorkelling and exploring. To see some of Tulum’s spectacular Maya archaeological sites, climb the pyramid at the Coba ruins – bonus points if you make it to the very top – or visit the more serene Muyil ruins on the Si’an Ka’an lagoon, which limits daily visitors so there aren’t as many selfie snappers. When you’re ready to head for la playa, Nest is a laidback little spot with first-come-first-serve beach access. The hotel's sister restaurant La Bomba has hand-crafted cocktails and a Greek-inspired menu.
You’re spoiled for wallet-friendly restaurants and street food here: young turks flock to Loyal Order for adventurous Aegean dishes, vegans and vegetarians will love Verdant's kitchen garden and the pink-on-pink interiors at Hashtag Poké will tickle the Instagram addict. If you’re searching for authentic Mexican food, you’re in the right place, too: don’t miss the fish tacos at Tres Galeones. On the beach, the seasonal small plates at Arca are cooked over an open fire, Kitchen Tableis totally integrated with its jungle surroundings, and you can gather around the beach campfire at Safari for their famous grilled octopus.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this minimal hideaway in the Yucatán and unpacked their mezcal and hand-woven rugs, a full account of their community-spirited break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Casa Pueblo in Tulum…
Wherever Derek Klein goes, the cool kids follow. His first Tulum project was the restaurant-slash-nightclub Gitano, where the glamorous interiors heave with DJs-slash-models. Now, he’s moved his tribe of global nomads off the playa to the modishly millennial Casa Pueblo in Tulum’s bustling downtown, just five kilometres inland. The interiors nail the Maya-minimal, industrial-in-the-jungle thing: the rooms surround a bright, open-air atrium, the white plaster walls are pristine and the sinks and sconces are hand sculpted. Aside from the blissful bebds, the bedrooms are fuss free, prompting you to spend more time downstairs in the buzzy communal spaces, where locals and visitors alike gather for conversation and collaboration. The open-plan restaurant invites you to hang out over organic coffee, all-day Mediteranean dishes and rustic pizzas; the patio feels like your best friend’s backyard; and the salt-water pool is lushly landscaped. When you’re ready to explore, you’re perfectly positioned to disovers ruins and cenotes, beaches and bars… but you’ll want to head back to the casa for sunset views, mezcal cocktails and the best playlist in town at the rooftop bar.
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