I stayed in Room 5, a second story room away from the lobby, without AC. I never missed it. My boyfriend was comfortable too, as the ocean breezes keep the room feeling perfect. I noticed that there were some rooms right next to the lobby, and they didn't look very private, so I would recommend making sure you're in a room away from the lobby. Room 5 had a great full ocean/beach view. As everyone has said, the food is wonderful, although US priced, not Mexico priced, but that is true in most of Tulum. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. We hung out with one of them when we ran into him at Akumal, and met some of his friends, one of the highlights of the trip.
The beach in front of Room Five, Las Ranitas Eco-Boutique Hotel
The view from Room Five
I went and snooped around other hotels and honestly couldn't find one that made me think, "next time I'll stay there instead". Las Ranitas was quiet and on a gorgeous beach, but be careful in the waves. They literally body slammed my boyfriend directly on his head; he was spitting out tooth chips and his back is still killing him. We also saw a sea turtle laying her eggs on the beach in front of Las Ranitas, a rare treat; a staff member said they had never seen this. I was especially impressed with the staff cleaning the rooms. One day we left some valuables out, and they left a note saying that they recommend storing valuables in the provided safe. So we felt very secure there and the staff were trustworthy.
A rare sight - a sea turtle lays her eggs on the beach. She must have been a yard wide. Be on the lookout for my video of this turtle, and diving with them at Akumal.
I never felt unsafe anywhere in Tulum, including Tulum Pueblo. At night there were police monitoring the beach, but I would have felt safe without them. I was also worried about the weather before I left, as many websites said June is the rainy season. However, there were only a couple light showers that lasted maybe five minutes, and the rest of the time the weather was spectacular. It would have been hot, but the breezes on the beach are constant and refreshing, but not overwhelming.
Las Ranitas restaurant. The chef was one of the best I experienced in Tulum, and there were MANY good places to eat. I'll post a video of my Hartwood experience soon.
One thing I wish they had more of is hammocks. There were only one or two on the property but they were right in front of other rooms so I didn't use them. I would have loved to have eggs for breakfast - they were available for $10, and even if you order just one, it’s $10, which was annoying.
The yoga studio at Las Ranitas
Stay tuned for more videos on my Tulum trip!