February 21, 2020
F A C T – the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico is a pretty awesome place to visit while you’re on vacation! From Cancun to Isla Mujeres to Playa Del Carmen to Tulum, there is no shortage of beautiful cities, islands & towns to visit in the Yucatán Peninsula! But there is a sleepy town further south that is not as well known as the other beach towns but is quickly gaining a lot of attention. The town you ask?
Bacalar is located a little over 200 miles (331 km) south of Cancun and is about 20 miles from the border of Belize. It’s slightly off the tourist track, so prices for lodging & food won’t be as expensive as the other cities! This definitely rang true when I came across this super cool hostel in Bacalar!
Kulu Tubohostel caught my attention because of how unique the room looked from my online research! Plus I thought the name of this place was kind of cool too! After reading such great reviews about this hostel, I reserved my spot on Booking.com!
GETTING TO KULU TUBOHOSTEL!
Prior to arriving in Bacalar, I spent a few days in Tulum so I caught the ADO bus from downtown Tulum to Bacalar’s ADO bus terminal. The bus ride took about 3 hours. Once I arrived at Bacalar’s bus terminal, I took a 5-minute taxi ride from there to Kulu Tubohostel.
If you’re flying into Bacalar, the closest airport to this hostel is Chetumal airport (about a 35-minute drive).
Kulu Tubohostel is about a 10-minute drive from Bacalar’s biggest attraction – the lagoon of 7 colors! It is also a short distance (just a little over a mile/2 km) from the center of Bacalar. Taxis are readily available to take you anywhere around the city as well!
STAYING AT KULU TUBOHOSTEL!
This 3-star, adults-only hostel consist of 12 concrete tubes that have been turned into interesting little sleeping pods perfect for backpackers, budget travelers or wanderers looking for a cool experience!
There is not much to the entrance of Kulu Tubohostel, but the ambiance quickly changes with 1 glimpse of the pool, the tubes surrounding it and the cute little garden! The check-in process was easy. It was very helpful that the receptionist was able to speak a little English to me too. At the time of my stay, the property only accepted cash. My tube came out to be $687 MXN Pesos (around $36.00 USD) for 1 night.
The tube is quaint and very clean. There is not a ton of room in them (I was able to fit my carry on luggage under the bed – that is about it), but the space is sufficient for a short stay.
The tube sleeps 2 people in a comfortable Queen-size bed, but if you’re tall, space may be a little cramped. There are no toilets in the tubes, but there are shared bathrooms with a toilet & shower. They are located in covered huts outside. The bathrooms are somewhat clean for the most part (what is to be expected from a hostel), but definitely bring your own wipes and travel size air freshener.
More about Kulu TuboHostel:
You will need to contact the hostel if you arrive after a certain time. The front desk is not open 24/7. | There are mini air conditioners in each tube. | Electrical outlets are in each tube. | Complimentary WiFi is available. | A basic breakfast is included in your stay (and I do mean basic). | No pets allowed (although the owners do have a couple of dogs on the property). | Bikes are available to get around. | Free parking is available.
If you’re in for the evening and don’t feel the need to venture out in Bacalar, the quirky restaurant/bar at Kulu is a super cool spot to grab a bite to eat and a cocktail! The wood-fire pizza is delicious and the pasta looked scrumptious as well! To add to that, I enjoyed 1…maybe 2….MAYBE 3 Mojitos along with my meal! Good food, good drinks AND affordable!
The best part about staying at Kulu Tubohostel (besides the crazy experience of sleeping in a tube) is the owners! O M G they made the ending of my birthday night at the bar, waaaaaaaay too much fun! I told them that it was my birthday and out of nowhere, tequila shots started coming! 🤪 Abe slid me his phone and let me play whatever song I wanted while he turned up the speakers at the bar. Before I knew it – there was a party! LOL! I was fortunate enough to meet some other FUN travelers from London (also celebrating a birthday) that added to how lit this night was! Kulu turned out to be the absolute perfect place for a solo traveler like me!
With all of that being said, the bar area can get pretty noisy on certain nights. I would keep that in mind when reserving your stay here!
The morning after was a bit rough for me (Demasiado tequila), but the weather was absolutely perfect! The way the sun was shining made Kulu look like it was in HD! Just amazingly beautiful!
I took advantage of the complimentary breakfast that is included in your stay which was fried eggs, toast with a choice of coffee or tea.
Soon after my breakfast was finished, it was time for me to check out and catch a taxi to another hotel in Bacalar for my tour of the lagoon of 7 colors! Although my stay at Kulu Tubohostel was a short one, I will never ever forget this unique experience. The owners, Abe & Carla, are simply amazing and made me feel right at home!
Kulu Tubohostel is not luxurious by any means, but for a short stay in Bacalar to save some money, I definitely recommend this hostel! If you find yourself in the sleepy town of Bacalar and you’re searching for one of a kind lodging, this is a top spot for sure!
Happy travels to Bacalar, jetsetters!