Everything about the hacienda is superb and to American standards. The hacienda happens to be a green destination located in the middle of a jungle there is really no way around insects, The best margaritas ever - seriously, try them. No sugar or other adulterations added.
There were many beautiful birds and iguanas on the ground, which made it interesting for my and the pool was imaculate, which is pretty hard to do in the jungle. The food was not bad, but overpriced. To get a reasonably priced meal you needed to drive a few miles into town.
Guests at the hotel for two nights and morning. The swimming pool is perfect for lazing in the afternoon heat. The hammocks are soothing. The bed and bathroom were clean. The hosts are friendly and service was resonable. Quite affordable and the room came with continental breakfast. This hotel has a hacienda feel to it. Mango, plums, citrus trees, and lush tropical plants shroud the hotel.
I recommend this inn to travelers with families and backpackers. Although you may find a critter or two looking for water in the shower but can you blame them. It gets pretty hot and dry in the high noons.
- 200 KM to Playa Del Carmen
- 140 KM to Tulum
- 215 KM to Cancun
- 120 KM to Merida
- Short walk to IK-KIL cenote; 65 pesos if you buy the ticket from the hotel.
- Relaxing pool with insane floor; the bottom of the pool is like the ocean floor.
- Good menu but no Mexican food! Apparently the gringos can't handle picante.
- 35 KM to Valladolid, only 25 pesos on the local bus from the highway.
- Free shuttle ride to the ruins.
- Free wifi.
- No nightly entertainment close by comes as a warning to folks who may wonder what to do at hight.
- Outside food and drinks allowed.
- Accepts travelers cheques.
- No safe in the room.
- NO FRONT DOOR IN THE HOTEL LOBBY!!!
We originally had reservations at the Dolores Alba but we only stayed one night. The beds were uncomfortable, it was noisy, and the shower was horrible. On our second day, we switched to the Villas Arquelogicas (Clud Med). This was a wonderful hotel. The room didn't have a TV, but there was one down the hall. The beds were comfortable, it was quiet, and the shower was amazing! The restaurant even made avocado swans. We loved everything about this hotel... You can even walk to the ruins from here!
very nice Hotel. Close to the busstation where you can take the bus to Chichen Itza for 20 pesos each way at 7.15. you will arrive there at 8.00.
I paid 258 pesos a night.
look at Valladolid for more.
I was hoping that this branch of the hotel we stayed at Merida would be of the same quality, but it was not. A bit isolated from the town proper, you'd have to drive to town to eat a more decent and affordable meal (which we did) as the hotel menu list was not that enticing. The place would have served me fine but the bathroom was horrible: towels are thin, torn and worn out; the water pressure from the shower was low; the bathroom was a step higher than the room so my wife had near-falls; and the sink faucet was too long it's almost at the sink edge nearest you! Unlike their Merida counterpart, breakfast is included with the room which includes bread, scrambled eggs, fruit slices and coffee.
Would I recommend this place? Naah...look somewhere else.
The place is along the highway, right across the entrance to the cenote Ik Kil. You can just walk to the cenote after paying 60 pesos for admission. The hotel website says that guests are entitled to a discount (just 5 pesos less) for the cenote admission but that no longer applies. The hotel is actually a row of cottages behind which is jungle, but don't worry -- I'm sure no snakes or jaguars would creep into your room while you sleep. If it were in the US, the place would be more of a motel than hotel. You would hear constant chirping by various bird species the whole day so the atmosphere does lend some communing with nature.
Yucatan Living ranks Hacienda Chichen in the Top Ten Hacienda's of Yucatan, and they are right. We loved the hotel's property dedicated to sustainable tourism, the place is amazingly beautiful with its own private Mayan Jungle Reserve where birding is incredible. lush gardens embrace cozy cottages, ours was near the large pool with soft king bed, large bath tub and romantic patio featuring a large hammack and candle lights after sunset. We didn't want to leave the property after a three night stay!
The hotel staff is friendly and helpful, the food is excellent, try their Mayan gourmet cuisine; we learned the hotel growns its own organic veggies and fruits, and harvests its own wild pure honey, what a treat!
Our room was super clean, lovely and decorated with great care; fresh flower arrangements were placed every morning near our bed, the room had a mini-bar plus a coffee courtesy bar, we enjoy Mayan coffee each morning at our terrace facinated by the sounds of hundreds of birds singing.
Cultural events are the highlight of this property, it is closed to the Mayan Ruins entrance (the hotel arranged a private guided tour for a small fee). Welcome cocktail and Hors D’oeuvres is offered as a courtesy at 5pm. We enjoy our private tour of the property, including a visit to the hotel's Merle Greene Rubbing Museum (amazing original artwork). Also, guests get invited to Mayan rituals such as the Blessing of the Water and Moon Ceremony (we loved both). Plus, the hotel owners and other executives volunteer their time to sponsor many maya social programs gear to feed and educate the local Mayan children. We were invited to visit the new Health Clinic they built!
Hacienda Chichen is dedicated to eco-friendly programs and has one of the most amazingly beautiful jungle gardens we have been in. The place is romantic and serene, a great getaway for romantic couples and family fun.
Don't miss a Maya holistic Spa ritual, we tried the Kakaw Ritual (chocolate delight) what a delicious way to relax mind, body and soul. Also, we had a purification ritual at their original Mayan cave sweatbath celebrated by a true Maya Elder Wiseman that spoke Maya and prayed to ancient Gods.
Chichen Itza offers several hotels very close to the ruins, which are certainly convenient if you want to get an early start or return for the evening light show. Another option, however, is to stay in Valladolid, a small colonial city that's convenient to the ruins but has a lot to offer on its own. From Valladolid's bus terminal, it's a quick 45-minute ride to Chichen Itza, and it's easy to get there by the time the grounds open. Then, when you're done with the ruins, you can go back and explore the 16th century town, including its historic monastery, beautiful cenotes, and pretty main square. Lodgings and food are quite reasonable, probably more so than the ultra-touristy hotels closer to the ruins.
Valladolid is like a mini-Merida; it's colorful, historical and easily accesible on foot.
The Hotel Chichen Itza is located down the road from the ruins in the town of Piste, just off the main road. The hotel was well kept and the rooms were very clean and had air conditioning. It proved to be an excellent place to stay in terms of price and location. I stayed in September which is still considered the low season and paid about $60. There is a restaurant on site, its a buffet style setting. There was also a mini market right next door. I would definitely recommend this hotel as a fine place to stay overnight. The best way to book this hotel is by simply typing "Hotel Chichen Itza" into Google and it will pull up various sites you can book from. Its worth price checking the different sites, I found a $10 to $12 variable among the different booking options.
This is a great place to stay when visiting the Chichen Itza Ruins. The hotel is a row of bright pink small block buildings. The grounds include two different pools, a restaurant, and a palapa with hammocks.
The rooms include double beds, air conditioner, ceiling fan, private baths, television, and room safe. The rooms are a bit spacious. The beds were only mildly comfortable (not the best nor the worst). There are two chairs and a side table on the terrace for each room that offers a small place to sit outside without being directly with other guests.
The restaurant serves a fair variety and quality of food for reasonable prices. It has several fixed menu choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a la carte choices. On one night I had the chicken dinner that included chicken breast covered with spices (mainly a paprika mix) with a small salad, rice, beets, vegetables, and bread. The next I had the beef version with the same sides. Their margaritas were good and strong for about $4USD. The breakfast was on par with the other choices. The food here will not win awards but it is acceptable.
The grounds of the Hotel Dolores Alba are interestingly pretty. The main pool in the center of the is circular and a nice little wading area with tables and lounge chairs, directly beside the open-air restaurant. On the other side of the pool is a palapa with several hammocks in which to relax, read, or nap.
The second pool is away from the main area and surrounded trees and other vegetation. This pool is unique in that has a natural limestone bottom that is not flat. The bottom is very reminiscent of a coral reef, with openings, valleys, and such.
The hotel has a free shuttle that goes to the Chichen Itza Ruins around 8.30AM. Ask in the morning so they know you want to go, otherwise they may not really announce it. There is no return trip scheduled that I could tell. The hotel is only about 3km from the ruins entrance so that it is near for getting to the ruins ahead of others.
The hotel is across the road from the Ik Kil Cenote and offers a discount ticket (only by $5MX).
The hotel has a list of a lot of useful information posted by the entrance and reception desk about activities and transportation. I found this quite helpful in getting the bus to Valldolid (the hotel has a little covered bench in front for waiting).
Overall, I was quite pleased with this hotel and my stay here. I would definitely recommend this to other travelers; in fact, I did recommend this new friends I met along my journey.
In 1999 this hotel was very much and every bit a 4+ star hotel.
The rooms are seperate, individual lodgings, each carrying a Mayan name. The rooms were very spacious, clean and luxurious (and the bed we had was HUGE!).
Dining in the restaurant was possible... unless, like me, you are a vegetarian and then it was a tad more tricky.. but that was 8 years ago so it may have improved.
Car parking is easy, on site but you room may be a good trek away from the car park!
From the lobby, which is so close to the ruins, you can see El Caracol.
Even 8 years ago it was not a cheap hotel. It was our "treat" for the holiday... but it was an especially good chioce of treat, especially being so close to the ruins - especially for the light and sound show at night.
Stayed here for one night and couldn't wish for a better place! Really smart and luxurious, but a very decent price (although not if you're on a very strict budget) - was $176 for 3 adults including basic continental breakfast. Also had lunch and dinner here - still very reasonable. Only thing is that you have to catch a taxi to and from Piste for the main bus station.
Location! Location! 10 minute walk to the entrance to the ruins (note: the smaller eastern entrance) - you can even see some of the ruins from the dining area!!! Lovely colonial setting, amidst lovely green gardens, nice big pool area, rather private rooms nestled in the garden. Yummy meals. Airconditioning is a great blessing! Hammock on your patio. Fantastic bathroom near the dining area - the wash basins are in a semi-open room!! Really cool!! This is the original living quarters for the excavators of the ruins back in the early 1940's!! Each cottage is named after someone involved with excavating the ruins!!
If you're looking for a little slice of luxury in your stay at Chichen Itza, this is the place to do it. Set on tropical surrounds with hummingbirds flitting from tree to tree, the Hacienda is without a doubt the finest place we stayed on our trip through Mexico.
The rooms are comfortable, with a large bathroom and soft beds, and a hammock out the front to lie in and soak up the afternoon sun. There's a nice swimming pool area, a restaurant with immaculate food, friendly bar staff and a nice fountain.
The best thing about it is that it's within walking distance of the ruins, a convenient five minute stroll to the far less touristed back entrance of Chichen Itza. It's also cheap enough that we managed to squeeze four backpackers into one room at a cheaper rate than staying in some of the less luxurious places in town would cost.
Lie back in your hammock and relax as the hummingbirds dart about the trees.
While this is also a hotel, we camped here with hammocks.
This is a great location, within a walkable distance to the Pyramids. It has a lush back yard with a lovely clean swimming pool and if you are on a budget, you can pitch your tent (or hammock) in the back yard for $10.
Inside the hotel are pictures and newsclippings surrounding the history of discovery and excavation of the pyramids.
Stay in Vallodolid's Albergue la Candelaria located about 45 minutes away towards Cancun. This place is great. They have great self-catering facilities including a nice kitchen and a large outdoor laundry facility. The dorms are clean and airy They have a large living room with cable TV and a really nice garden with hammocks.
They have plenty of information of about the surrounding area and what to do.
Private lockers are provided.
You can rent bikes and visit the town and the cenotes (caves) outside town.
This place is worth coming to Valladolid all on its own
The garden in the back is fanstastic. You can relax in the hammocks and read. The whole place is very comfortable and clean. They really make you feel at home.
It was one of the best hotels of our 3-weeks trip through Maya-land.
The rooms were spacious and clean, There was a swimming pool outside around a lovely courtyard.
Only disadvantage: they were late serving breakfast.
We paid 79 pesos for a double room
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