Posted January 12, 2012 by Kay Walten in Food,Riviera Maya Destinations
Piedra Escondida Hotel and Restaurant is my favorite “best value” hotel on Tulum Beach. It has been sitting, quietly tucked away, in its private cove for years. This hotel truly has a private beach as the rock formations on either side jut out into the ocean blocking any foot traffic. The rooms are clean with a rustic romantic decor. Our only complaint was the street noise we heard in our room. We stayed in room #1 for two nights and it was very noisy early in the morning. Avoid rooms 1 and 5. Instead, request either room #8 or #4 as these are the farthest from the road.
rooms at Piedra Escondida
The service at Piedra Escondida is some of the best I have experienced in Mexico. The staff is friendly and accommodating. Our waiter brewed a fresh pot of coffee each morning when we walked in the restaurant for breakfast. A full, hot breakfast is included in the room rate. We had the huevos rancheros and huevos Mexicana served with fresh corn tortillas, fresh squeezed orange juice and toast. Dinner in the hotel’s beachfront bistro our first night and it was first rate. The seafood pasta was divine and the grilled fish was very fresh.
After a morning of lounging on the beach in front of our hotel, we headed to El Tabano for drinks and a light bite. We ordered the legendary pork stuffed jalapenos. iQue rico! The wine list, which changes frequently, included some really nice surprises. The wall-sized chalkboard menu didn’t read just “red or white”, but actually had Petite Syrah and Pinot Grigio by the glass. The kitchen is wide open so we saw ladies kneading dough for the house bread – yes, they make their own bread! I will definitely be back for a full meal. El Tabano is located on Km. 7 on the jungle side of the road towards Sian Ka’an.
The perfect beach at Piedra Escondida
On the Tulum beach road their sign reads “The Greatest Fish Tacos on Earth.” My guy and I smiled a “yeah, we’ll be the judge of that” smile at each other and whipped in to Mateo’s Mexican Grill. The tacos were frickin’ great! Grilled, sweet onion piled high on fresh fish grilled to a moist, tender perfection. We asked for corn tortillas and got our much anticipated tacos served on flour tortillas – serendipitous. Greatest fish tacos on Earth? It’s possible. This place was really hopping on a Saturday night!
Tulum Tip: Stop at the Chedraui on the Coba Road on your way to Tulum Beach. It’s a huge grocery store where you can get snacks and fill up your cooler.
Mateo’s Mexican Grill
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