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Cabañas Tulum, Tulum, Mexico

$199 or less
Editor's Pick
Mexico, North America: Modestly renovated in 2010, Cabañas Tulum in Riviera Maya is still a low-key beachfront escape.
Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila, Km 7
Tulum Beach
Mexico 77780
Tel: 866 550 6878 (toll-free)
Tel: 52 984 151 8754's insider take:

After a 2010 renovation, this old-timer isn't a rock-bottom hotel anymore. But don't worry, it hasn't gone all froufrou either. The 16 simple white rooms with bright orange and pink accent walls serving as headboards now have AC at night, 24/7 electricity, even Wi-Fi (most times), and hammocks on front terraces. Beachfront cabanas are delightful until the wind blows sand under the shuttered doors—there's a reason the on-site kiteboarding school is popular. Second-story rooms in the back row catch cooling breezes and are more private. Ziggy Beach, a longtime local hangout, has been upgraded, too, and now has comfy chairs, hammocks, and beach beds on the sand and a menu of yummy ceviches from the Bistro restaurant.—Maribeth Mellin

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