Family Hotel Review: Posada Margherita, Tulum Mexico
An eco-chic, beachfront retreat popular with Hollywood stars, LA stylists, New York hipsters…and us.
Best for: Seeing and being seen; big kids and teens but all ages welcome.
Reviewed by: Katja Gaskell
Why You’ll Love It
Located in Tulum, in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, Posada Margherita is an eco-chic beachfront hotel popular with Hollywood stars, LA stylists, New York hipsters…and now us. We visited in January for 10 days with our two kids, then aged five and three, and my in-laws who were over from the UK. It’s a beautiful spot, but then Tulum really is a true Caribbean idyll. A place where the sand really is that white and the sea really is that magical shade of blue.
The hotel occupies a prime beachfront location and as well as offering simple beach chic accommodation there is a fantastic, and hugely popular, Italian restaurant. Seriously, you can expect two-hour queues during peak season it’s that good.
The owner, Allessandro, and the chef have known each other for 40 years and have been running Posada Margherita for the last 14. During that time the hotel has made a name for itself as a very hip place to stay; when we visited we had breakfast with (ok, alongside) the actor Demi Moore, met the drummer from the band The Cure and shared the same sunset views as a well-known documentary filmmaker. Needless to say, our family has no celebrity ties but the beauty of Posada Margherita is that you are never made to feel out of place.
The hotel offers little in the way of facilities or organised activities save for the odd yoga class, but when you are located just a few steps away from the beach, what more do you need?! Nearby are the excellent Tulum ruins and Tulum itself is a fun place to explore with plenty of good restaurants and laid-back cafes. We can’t wait to go back.
Why The Kids Will Love It
On the surface, Posada Margherita doesn’t appear to be very family-friendly. In truth, however, it was a great choice for us. When searching for a hotel I wanted somewhere that was in Tulum itself, that wasn’t a big resort, and that was positioned on the beach. Posada Margherita ticked all of these boxes.
Despite only offering eight rooms, there is good family accommodation with big rooms available for families. We took rooms 5 and 7, both of which offered ample space for us. There is a small collection of inflatables (an orca whale and turtle when we were there) as well as kite surfing equipment and boogie boards for use in the ocean as well as a rag tag collection of toys for kids to play with.
The beach in front of the hotel is small (and the sand was being washed away owing to high tides when we stayed), so not great for building sandcastles but the sandy strip widens further down. One word of warning, however, there are no lifeguards on duty and there can be strong ocean currents so keep an eye on novice swimmers. I packed lifejackets for my kids just to be on the safe side!
Away from the hotel Tulum is a wonderful destination for families; we visited ruins, swam in cenotes and counted how many iguanas we could spot in a day. If you’re looking for a family beach holiday, you can’t get much better than this.
With just eight rooms, this is a small eco-hotel where all the electricity is generated using solar panels (in keeping with Tulum’s eco-friendly feel). The rooms are positioned within a handful of one- and two-story bungalows set among the natural palms and plants that grow along the sea shore. The bungalows all have thatched roofs, hardwood porches or terraces and tiled floors. Inside the decor is simple with white sheets, a colourful curtain or two but little else.
Room #1: Ground level, partial ocean view. 1 Queen and 1 single bed.
Room #2: Ground level, partial ocean view. 1 Queen and 1 single bed.
Room #3: 2nd floor, partial ocean view. 1 Queen and 1 single bed.
Room #4: Ground floor, garden view. 1 Queen and 1 single bed.
Room #5: 2nd floor, garden view. 1 King, 1 double and 1 single bed.
Room #6: Ground floor, garden view. 1 Queen and 1 single bed.
Room #7: 2nd floor, garden view. 1 King and 2 single beds.
Room #8: 2nd floor, partial ocean view. 1 Queen and 1 single bed.
Best rooms for families: Posada Margherita is very accommodating to families and we thought our rooms, numbers 5 and 7, were great. Room 5 enjoys a large loft area and is furnished with a King size bed, a double bed and a single bed. Downstairs is Room 7, which enjoys a King size bed and two single beds. The only thing we did notice was that the rooms on the ground floor tended to feel more damp than those upstairs.
The restaurant overlooks the beachfront and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is also open to outside guests so make sure you book a table well in advance if visiting during peak season (particularly for dinner). The feel is much more family trattoria than upscale dining, which suited us perfectly.
Breakfasts: The breakfasts were nothing short of amazing and we enjoyed excellent pancakes with fresh fruit, “egg in the hole”, granola with fresh yoghurt, scrambled eggs and more. You pay for breakfast in advance or your stay but didn’t pay for the kids and brought along cereal for them instead.
Lunch & Dinner: The restaurant focuses on freshly made Italian and seafood dishes. The homemade pasta was particularly delicious but we probably made our way through most of the menu in the time that we were there. Other highlights included the antipasto plate, that came with a variety of homemade focaccia, tagliatelle with shrimp and the fish of the day.
For Kids: There is not kids’ menu although the restaurant were happy to provide child-sized pasta dishes for our two.
Activities for Parents: The beach, yoga lessons, kite surfing, massages, visiting Tulum ruins, wandering around Tulum town and eating lots of delicious food.
Activities for Kids: The beach, sandcastle-building, ice-cream eating, spotting iguanas at Tulum ruins, riding bikes around Coba ruins, swimming in cenotes and morning walks along the beach.
Extra beds, laundry service, pets allowed, shops, travel desk, wheelchair access, WiFi, eco-friendly.
Rates vary considerably according to room type, extra bed requests and date of travel. They generally start from approximately USD $180 per night and are based on double occupancy; extra people in rooms will be charged an additional 20%.
Please contact the hotel directly for an exact quote based on your family’s requirements.
When to go:
Tulum enjoys warm weather year-round with highs staying within the low- to mid-20Cs (70-80F). Tulum’s rainiest months are June, September and October, when the hurricane season is over but the days are not too hot.
Christmas and New Year get very busy, so avoid the festive period if you can. Visit instead in October, November and February and enjoy Tulum all to yourself.
Location & Travel:
Posada Margherita is located in Tulum in Mexico’s Riviera Maya in the Yucatan.
The closest airport is Cancun International Airport, from where you can catch daily flights within Mexico and the U.S. and regular flights to the UK and Europe. From the airport is roughly a 1.5 – 2hr drive.
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Contact The Hotel
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Reviewer’s Top Tips!
1) Be aware of the strong ocean currents, my kids just paddled in the water but I still took life jackets with me just in case!
2) Bring bug spray to counter the evening mosquitoes.
3) Definitely visit the nearby Tulum and Coba Ruins, both are very different and both are excellent.
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