Our friend picked out Casa Guanabana from its airbnb listing, and we were thrilled with its charms when we looked through the pictures on the website. The materials used, the layout, and outdoor space looked quirky and fun, and they were, but I will say that the pictures did not do the place justice upon arrival.
The seven of us stayed for one week in April. Casa Guanabana is so thoughtfully put together and appointed by owner/host Pepe that we found ourselves cooking, laughing & playing together within minutes of arriving. Our three rooms all had outdoor entrances and their own bathrooms (w/showers), plus there was a bathroom in the common area downstairs. Pepe was very accommodating and allowed us a seventh guest who stayed on the couch. The flow of the indoor space was great and allowed for conversation between whoever was cooking and people seated at the main dining room table or couch. Outside, a small pool is situated up against the house and has room for about four people, and was a great place to cool off after a long day of exploring and tequila.
The BBQ is stupendous, and Pepe and his girlfriend brought over fish one night for a beautiful meal they shared with us. If you've never had flame-kissed fish that was caught the same day you're eating it, Tulum is the place to try it!
The location may put some people off, as you're in the Tulum Pueblo suburbs, basically, but we found the backstreets authentic and a real part of our trip. We had cars rented so it wasn't an issue at all. Another rental place next door to ours had taxis coming and going all the time, so that's the other option. The house has a high fence with secure door.
Casa Guanabana has wifi, which is awesome when you're trying to reach your bank or home. Between this and the grass roof patio upstairs, the moka pot on the stove, and the big fluffy beach towels, this place was amazing and I want to go back right now!
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