Small Hostel consisting of ten cabins, located near the beach, city center and all services. Surrounded by coconuts, mangroves and palm trees has a rather broad garden. An appropriate athmosphere in which to hang a hammock and take a "sacred nap ", where people can socialize and enjoy their vacation within nature.
Warm and comfortable, the hostel offers to backpackers the chance to sleep in hammocks or beds in small wooden huts protected with mosquito net or pitch a tent on soft sand. Some bungalows palafito style with private bathroom to please couples and honeymooners and a fully equipped house, favorite option of families and small groups who want a bit more of privacy, are available as well in the property. Finally, guests can have hot water, fans, kitchen, small snack bar, Wi-Fi, relaxation area and reception in different languages.
Bed or hammock in dorm: from 9 USD per night/person
Private Bungalow with s/ Bathroom: from 25 USD per night/4 persons
Private Cabin Ensuite: from 30 USD per night/2 persons
Private House: from 55 USD per night/2 persons
Pitch your tent: 7.50 USD per night/person
Great property design, outstanding facilities, lovely staff, excellent price for accommodation and tours (whale shark tour), central location, clean and comfortable.
Villa los Mapaches looked great on the Internet. But the place was under construction the whole time I was there -- hurricane damage -- and the hammering was incessant. The owner refused to change my room or refund my money when I wanted to leave. She was the opposite of what a hotel owner should be. Really awful experience. I couldn't wait to get out.
I fled to Posada Mawimbi, which is absolutely the best value on the island, a beautiful place with great, hospitable, efficient owners.
Pretty place and good location but run by vipers.
I have stayed here a myriad of times and been very happy with the accomodations and the service. Sometimes the mosquitoes are fierce and sometimes they are non-existent. That is true wherever you stay on Holbox - on the beach, in town, in the jungle, etc. They are a fact of life on the island. And, no one sells repellant on the island that contains DEET - a necessary ingredient IMO.
Regarding the swamp behind the facility, it is protected by law. To change it, fill it in, etc. would cause huge fines to be levied against the perpetrator by the Mexican version of the EPA. If you walk along that swamp, you will find that it also runs behind Esmeralda, Delfines, Xaloc, Paraiso del Mar, etc. The trash is a result of both the destruction of Wilma and the carelessness of locals and tourists.
Quiet and solitude.
All rooms have an ocean view.
Helpful and friendly staff.
Least expensive on the island for hotels offering same amenities.
We stayed at Villas flamingos over the Christmas holiday. We booked our trip through www.turqreef.com. The facility is nice and clean and the staff is friendly. I would not, however, recommend that anyone visit this location due to the millions of biting insects. Behind the hotel is a large area of stagnant, dirty water that is a breeding ground for all of these insects. We were to have stayed 8 days, but had to cut our visit short due to insect bites. We tried 3 different repellants that we bought on the island and none were effective. I even took benadryl tablets and used benadryl spray without relief. We had to see a physician upon our return and get steroid injections. Also, we paid STP Caribe $230.00 u.s. dollars for our transfer from Cancun to Chiquila, round trip for two people. When we left, we found out that one of the couples in the van paid $40.00 u.s. dollars for two people, one way. Also, you could take a taxi one way for $60.00, split between 4 people.
Nothing about the facility can make up for the misery we dealt with due to the bugs. And I cant emphasize enough how disgusting the "mangroves" are behind the facility. Brown, standing water bordered by discarded trash.
I could gush hours about this truly marvellous place, but to sum it up:
It was a perfect stay! The staff is friendly, the breakfast is good, the rooms are unique and decorated with passion, it's very quiet - you fall asleep only with the sound of the ocean in the background,.....
Friendly Italian owner. GREAT rooms right in front of the ocean! A perfect island.
We recently rented Amigo's House in Holbox, pre-paying for a 4 night stay. We were not informed by the owner of any problems with the highway to Chiquila, nor of the condition of the island prior to our stay. Due to extreme damage from last year's hurricane, flooding, and dangerous swarms of mosquitoes, we were unable to stay for the 4 nights. When we requested a refund of the time not used, we were denied, even though complete information had not been given to us at the time of booking. (we only booked 2 weeks before we went)
OK, if you have been to Cancun and loved it, stay there again, do not go to Isla Holbox. If you want to stay in a "hostel" type place, look for other advise as its around but not for us. If staying in a laid back, easy going fishing village full of friendly people is what you like, then this is it. I visited Holbox in August 2006 with my fiancée and we had a blast, and Mawimbi is the place to stay. Onny, the owner, and her husband Carmelo have built a beautiful small hotel right on the beach, which is only a short stroll from the downtown square. We stayed the first night in on of the Cabanas, then moved to the oceanfront suite. Could not be happier with either room. The suite was clean, had a large bathroom, plenty of hot water, small frig. and large comfortable bed. Small front porch with two chairs looking thru palms right out to the water. Friendly staff and owners, what more could you want....o that's right, whale sharks. Do some homework and go do this snorkel adventure, it’s unbelievable and Onny will set it up for you. Seriously, go with the right attitude, relax, laugh at things and you will love this island and hotel.
(I will add photo's soon!)
Mr. Sodypop and I plus one of our friends ( the 4th person had an emergancy and could not come) stayed at Casa Amigos. This place has a full kitchen, dining table, couches, two separate rooms with private bathroom (showers) king sizes bed plus two twin beds (one slides under the other) roof access, TV and AC. I guess there is a small room also available ( did not see whether it had a bath or not). We paid $100 a night. It is not overlooking the ocean but behind Bawimbi Hotel, the Fisherman Club and school. We just walk thru the school.
This is not very fancy but it worked for us.
Did I say it was $100 for the whole place? they also have a couple that lives directly across Casa Amigos that oversees the house and cleans it. They were the nicest people.
we were high recomended to stay at this Charming Bed & Brakfast on the beach wich the owner are 2 Italian Women ...and was the best choise we made!!
great rooms and affordable price! nice decoration and all rooms are differnt . i recomend the Honey moon room or the Tucan bungalow have a super ocean view
ther is also a nice breakfast on the beach bar ...really carreabean!!
the owners are kitesurfer so the ambience is really young all time.the hotel is close to the village and the provide also laundry service and internet.
is just great
if you go ask for Francesca or Greta!
great location, warm attention from owners
nice breakfast, internet wireless
The atmosphere at the Mawimbi can't be beat. It's right on the beach, surrounded by coconut trees. It's laid back and the owners, Onny and Carmello, are very nice.
The water is turquoise and swimable. No sea-grass. The sunsets are awe inspiring.
Each room has a balcony with a small table and stools. The ashtrays are seashells filled with sand.
The breakfast is good. (Vegetarians will fare ok.)
Want a coconut drink? Let one of the staff know and they will grab a machete, cut a coconut out of a tree, cut the top off, pop a straw in it, and hand it to you. You've never had coconut this fresh and delicious!
If you want to relax in a gorgeous setting at a reasonable price, this is the place for you.
Beautiful location, zen atmosphere, the people are gracious and freindly. WOW!
Very good location on the beach, the golf carts for the most part do not drive in front of the hotel as with others.
Hammocks hanging everywhere, very well maintained, they take them down when bad weather is coming.
We stayed at this hotel because we didn't want to go with the cheapest option on the island and wanted AC. At the time that is all we could find online that had AC.
We checked into the hotel (the staff seemed a little aggravated that we had got a good deal online for our room, and took our confirmation paper around to different staff speaking very fast in and pointing) and it was very hot and humid--the air conditioning did not work. When we reported that it wasnt working we were met with hostility. They finally switched our room with much ado.
Ok--now all is great, we are cool, the ocean is beautiful, take a deep breath, take a swim, come inside, take a shower....NO HOT WATER, not only that, there was zero water pressure and the water smelled TERRIBLE. I can take a cold shower but when I smell worse after the shower than before and still have soap on me because in the middle of the shower the water just STOPPED we have a slight problem!
OK--we can go three days with no shower, we are good sports. There are no ATM's on the island and less than 4 places take credit cards and they charge huge fees. We had just enough pesos to get thru the three days on this island.
The second night we are there my husband's wallet was on the dresser in the room and I had been on the balcony before going to bed and didnt lock the door to the balcony (my bad). The next morning we get up and his wallet is laying open with stuff coming out of it and all our money is gone.
I cannot even start to tell you how terrible the staff was to us. They accused us of lying about the theft and were downright horrible to us, they avoided us and acted like we were causing the problems with their facility.
Dolphins not 150 feet from the shore right in front of our hotel! (that is the only thing good about the hotel)
You can stay in a hotel but there aren't many.
This is a picture of the hotel Holbox.
We didn't stay here but rented a room from a local for a very basic price. Just ask around and you will definitely find a bed.
In 2002, we stayed at Faro Veijo. It was fine. This year we stayed at Casa Sandra. Would never stay there again. At $100 USD a day, guests are treated like strangers crashing a family reunion. rooms were not ready on arrival. For three of ten days, we were without hot water. Sandra was perpetually pimping dinner at the hotel and expressed displeasure when we didn't respond. We did eat there one night -it was ok, but overpriced. It's hard to give all the details, but stay there at your own regret.
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