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La Zebra Colibri Boutique Hotel 3.0

Tulum, Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo

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Pros

  • Laid-back beach resort in the heart of Tulum
  • Jungle landscape plus direct access to the beach
  • Spacious, contemporary rooms, all with beach views and some with plunge pools
  • Small on-site restaurant and bar
  • Family friendly, with on-site playground
  • Free Wi-Fi in rooms and restaurant

Cons

  • No TVs (pro for some)
  • No pool, gym, or spa on-site
  • No elevators

Bottom Line

Located in the heart of Tulum's Hotel Zone, Le Zebra is mid-range boutique hotel that has quickly rebounded after an unfortunate fire destroyed some of the property in 2015. This cozy beachfront resort offers 15 suites, some with their own mini plunge pools and others with expansive balconies. All have epic views out over the Mexican Caribbean. Other features include a palapa-covered restaurant and bar featuring hand-painted tables, a small children’s playground, and plenty of beach space, but little else in terms of public spaces or extra features. There’s no pool, so guests looking for more places to swim than just the ocean may want to consider the Ahau Tulum just up the coast. 

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Scene

Family-friendly coastal resort with panoramic views and a wide beach

This lively mid-range beach hotel has all the elements of a more upscale boutique destination, with natural stone and wood elements throughout, plus pristinely manicured grounds that help blend the tropical environment with the modern buildings. Wooden walkways from the main avenue out front pass under shady trees and lead to an expansive view of the ocean, with the rooms to the left and the giant palapa housing the restaurant and bar just to the right. Wooden stairways lead up to the rooms, but there are no elevators. While the hotel suffered a major catastrophe in early 2015, with the restaurant and bar burning to the ground, as of Oyster's 2016 visit, La Zebra is almost entirely rebuilt. The restaurant is filled with lovely hand-decorated tables by a Chiapas artist. The hotel attracts a relaxed, bohemian vacationer crowd, and both couples and groups of friends stay here, as do families. 

Location

In the center of the jam-packed Hotel Zone of Tulum

La Zebre is located in Tulum's touristy Hotel Zone, which has plenty of restaurants and hotels, a few small shops, and plenty of wide beaches fronting tranquil, turquoise waters. The main town is around 15 minutes away via taxi or car, and it's about an hour by car or bus to Playa del Carmen, or just under two hours to Cancun's international airport. 

Rooms

Charming rooms that blend modern and local influences, some with panoramic views

La Zebra has only 15 rooms, split between ground-level options with plunge pools out front, and upper-level suites with larger balconies. There’s also a Penthouse. Suites have great views, and all face the beach beyond. Decor is modern, but with plenty of local touches; expect natural wood furniture, and a brightly colored patterned bed runner and accent pillows contrasting with the cream color palette. Standard amenities include mini-fridges, coffeemakers, and free water, tea, and coffee daily. There are safes and air-conditioning, but no TVs. Bathrooms continue the natural wood look, and have wood-framed countertops and mirrors, basin sinks, organic toiletries from local vendors, and walk-in showers.

Features

Limited amenities include a small restaurant and bar, a children’s playground, and Wi-Fi

La Zebre offers little in terms of amenities beyond the restaurant, bar, and beach. The restaurant, however, gets good reviews from guests, and is a popular spot with locals and travelers in the know, who often drop in to sample chef Eleazar Bonilla’s offerings. It's open daily for breakfast (not included), lunch, and dinner, and offers a variety of events throughout the week, from free Sunday salsa nights to regular live music performances. There's no pool, but the hotel sits right on a wide stretch of white sand with lots of lounge chairs. Other features include a small children’s playground just to the side of the restaurant, and free Wi-Fi (in the rooms and restaurant). 

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Address

Km 8.2 Carretera Tulum-Punta Allen, Tulum, Riviera Maya 77780, Mexico

Also Known As

  • La Zebra | By Colibri Boutique Hotels
  • La Zebra | Colibri Boutique Hotels
  • La Zebra Hotel, Tulum
  • La Zebre | a Colibri Boutique Hotel

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