No need for PR rhetoric when writing about Mezzanine Boutique Hotel and its acclaimed beachfront restaurant. Almost universal rave reviews speak for themselves. A perennial favorite of visitors and locals alike — always a good sign — the only gripe that might be heard about the lauded — and yes, authentic — Thai eatery is the occasional difficulty in nabbing a table.
Be it for “the best breakfast with a view in Tulum” — distinguished by its coveted huevos rancheros — the yummy vegan-friendly spice-a-licious lunches and dinners or the daily 2 for 1 Margarita Happy Hour, the place is always packed with guests perched on an open-air deck above the jeweled Caribbean.
But that deck – those sought-after wooden planks that canopy the pearlescent sand – it just didn’t accommodate all who wanted to be accommodated. So enter the builders who — with a few tweaks (and hammers and nails) – enlarged and relocated the bar and expanded the sea-view terrace. Voila! Double the capacity and no more disappointed customers! A painless facelift that enhances Mezzanine’s chicly casual milieu and convivial ambiance.
The first of the Colibri group of exclusive boutique hotels, Mezzanine has enjoyed its status as a Trip Advisor “Certificate of Excellence” recipient since opening in 2004. The restaurant was launched by a native Thai culinary connoisseur and has been one of Tulum’s most popular dining spots ever since. Seems everyone – whether they are staying at the hotel or not – makes their way to Mezzanine at least once during their visit to savor not only the food, but the dazzling views, chill vibe and iconic soundscape — another hallmark of the Mezzanine legacy.
In fact, way back when, Mezzanine pioneered the now ubiquitous electronic/house scene here in Tulum. Its legendary Friday night parties under a star-pocked sky were helmed by renowned DJs who ventured from Ibiza to this yet-to-be-tamed tropical haven, virgin beach stretching seemingly to infinity. Mezzanine’s balls-to-the-walls innovative approach to hospitality clearly helped pave the way for Tulum’s current music-forward hipster reputation, its Grand Dame standing firmly entrenched in history.
These days Mezzanine’s commitment to service, celebration, and mood-setting aural backdrops continues unabated. Live DJs spin lounge and house music during the daily Happy Hour, old-school vinyl record players grace the Master Suites, and the hotel’s carefully curated playlists are available for guests to download or stream for future enjoyment. As the saying goes: “We’re not getting older. We’re getting better.”