Popped in a the last minute on Christmas Day (actually a big travel time in MX) and got a room for 4 for about $36! So they have a good variety of rooms. It was clean and has a restaurant and pool. The location right on the square is the big plus. The other hotel on the square, El Meson del Marques, is fancier and more expensive. We stayed here but went and ate at the lovely restaurant at El Meson.
El Meson del Marques - Food Out of Site
My husband, myself and our 3 year old son have just returned from our trip to the Yucatan. We spent part of our time at Genesis Eco Oasis and part of our time at El Meson del Marques in Valladolid.
The hotel is beautiful. The 2 courtyards are fabulous. See pictures attached. Beside the courtyard beauty, the food in the restaurant is delicious. The biggest thing that struck us was how friendly and attentive the wait staff were and the food came in a truly timely fashion. Everything was cooked to order, but you didn't have to wait 45 minutes for it. The staff really took to our son and struck up a number of conversations with him.
El Meson is right next to a school and every morning the band practiced around the square in front of the hotel. So from the restaurant you could hear the kids blowing the tubas and horns as they marched around the square. That would go on for a good half an hour - 45 minutes. It was really cute.
We used Valladolid as a jumping point to the Chichen Itza ruins and the Sammula Cenote (underground river and cave). We did not get to spend as much time as I would have like seeing the historic sights of the colonial town of Valladolid. However we did manage to walk around the blocks around the hotel. Its a big tourist stopping point for many of the tour buses on their way to Chichen Itza. So the main plaza can get busy with the tourists.
Even with all the tourists, this town is clearly for locals. They dominate every narrow sidewalk and shop. English is spoken very limited, though you can get by with limited Spanish. One thing that struck me though was how unfriendly the locals seemed (excluding the hotel staff). They stared a lot. The stares and points didn't seem out of curiosity as much as making fun. I don't know. I get the feeling tourists aren't liked very well here. However, of course vendors love them and are very persistent in trying to make sales (but they are harmless).
Anyway, if you can get beyond the stares (especially if you're not white) than you'll do fine. I would definitely suggest visiting the cenotes outside of town. Dzinit and Sammula, with Sammula being the less traveled and most beautiful to us. We were all alone in the cenote.
Chichen Itza was less than 30 minutes away on the local highway (take the free road its fine). Please take note that they are no longer allowing people to climb the ruins. I guess tourists were taking off pieces of the ruins as souvenirs (AKA picking off the teeth of the jaguar etc.) How shameless? Anyway, it is still a beautiful place to visit and gives you some sense of understanding of how grand the Ek Balam ruins are (which is an hour away). We definitely loved Ek Balam. Its a relatively new finding and is slowly being excavated. It is a must see.
Anyway, I would highly recommend El Meson del Marques for your hotel and eating needs.
Great hotel near the ruins
Very nice hotel with many clean rooms. Prices are pretty reasonable and it was one of the nicest places we stayed while in Mexico. The main benefit here is the location. It is close to Chitzen Itza & Ek' Balum, so coming from Cancun, you could check out Chitzen Itza, then check in to the hotel & eat lunch, go up to Ek' Balum, come back for swim & dinner, and then back to Chitzen Itza for the light show. The restaurant is also good, and the garden & the pool was very nice too. Right across from the street is the main plaza which makes for a nice place to walk around or relax at. You can also get your basic needs at small grocery stores, pharmacies, & banks in the town.
A great base for touring Mayan ruins
My family and I really enjoyed this lovely, authentic hotel in the heart of the Yucatan. As with most of the other guests (a mix of Americans, Europeans and Mexicans), we used it as a base for viewing the nearby Mayan ruins. As an aside, we highly recommend visiting Ek Balam, even though it is not easy to find. It is uncrowded, manageable in size, and a real treat to self-tour. Our kids enjoyed it more than Chichen Itza and so did we.
We had reserved a junior suite (through Different Worlds, who we highly recommend, as we found it hard to do using the hotel's web site). When we arrived we discovered that they only came with king sized beds, which was not suitable for our family of four (couple, 5 and 8 year olds). We were quickly and graciously moved to a large corner superior with two double beds, a view of the pool on one side and the city on the other. It had a huge outdoor patio on the roof for our exclusive use. It was, as our bellman promised, "bonito." All the rooms are air conditioned, but we found we didn’t need it.
The beds are a bit hard by U.S. standards, but quite comfortable. The bathroom was smallish but had a huge glassed in shower and the water was always hot (contrary to what a prior reviewer experienced). The entire room was neat, clean and modern looking and feeling, even though the hotel is part of a house that is some 300 years old. The furniture in the room is Mexican folk style, but modern copies, so the drawers etc., work well.
The restaurant was superb. The waiters are wonderful and taught us lots of Spanish. We had 4 meals there and enjoyed them all, save one (see below). The atmosphere of the restaurant is wonderful – it transports you back to colonial Mexico. It has a fountain in the middle, lots of nooks and crannies and some unusual decorations that create a unique atmosphere. And, amazingly, it had free WiFi Internet available in it.
There is a pleasant pool in the courtyard that was used by a lot of the guests. We really enjoyed it after a couple of hot days tromping around the ruins.
The front desk was very helpful, though they mostly spoke only Spanish. I suspect the prior reviewer who criticised the front desk ran into a language problem, rather than a lack of courtesy.
The prices for the hotel were extremely reasonable.
One caveat. On our last day there a bus of European tourists descended for dinner and completely clogged up the dining room. The waiters apologized but it made for a less than pleasant dining experience. But catering to occasional groups is probably one way this beautiful hotel in the middle of nowhere manages to keep prices reasonable.
Valladolid is a lively town with lots of activity around the square on which the hotel is located.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at El Meson del Marques.
Nice but noisy
The guidebooks say that this is the best hotel in town. I’ll have to take their word for it since it is the only place I stayed in Valladolid but the Meson el Marques didn’t seem all that special to me however for the price it was a fine. The room was large, the pillows are down and the bathroom was nice except there wasn’t any hot water. The air was rather cool in the morning so taking a lukewarm shower was rather miserable. I was surprised by how quiet it was the first night since it is right on one of the busiest streets in town. The second night was a different story. A live band played until 3AM next door. It sounded as though they were in the room with us. Then early in the morning a brass band marched in front of the hotel. This may be the price you have to pay for being centrally located. Myself I didn’t care about the location, I just wanted some rest. If you’re not there on a Saturday night it may be quieter.
Excellent for Valladolid at $63 per night
My husband and I stayed at this hotel for 2 nights in January. It was excellent for what it was ($63 USD per night). It is definitely the best place to stay in Vallidolid, which is a small town. The resaurant had the best food that we ate in the Yucatan Peninsula. Great drinks too. The water in the restaurant is purified. We had drinks with ice and did not get sick. The rooms were very clean. There were 2 full size beds in our room. (The rooms with the king beds were booked.) Beds were comfortable and very clean. There was a ceiling fan and a large window that overlooked the pool. The temperature was perfect. The room was sparse but pleasant. The shower in the bathroom was actually pretty large and very good!
No safe in the room - but it was not a problem.
The service was truly excellent. The entire staff smiled at us and greeted us each time we passed them. There were a few waiters at the restaurant who spoke English. The people at the front desk spoke very little English - but we found this to be the case all over the Yucatan Peninsula.
We would definitely stay here again if we were to visit the area and highly recommend it to others. Remember though, it is a $63 per night small hotel in a tiny town. It is not stunning and it is not a Hilton or American hotel or motel, but it is comfortable. It was a pleasure to come back to after a day of sightseeing.
Very good, on center square and private parking
Very good hotel, on the zocalo, with private parking and good service. Stayed early February and reserved via the email address on their website. Had a good and pretty room (large bed, USD 53 cash, including tax and breakfast) overlooking the pool (worth asking for in your reservation). This room was very quiet (a room overlooking the square/street might be noisier as earlier reviewers wrote) and clean. Decent dinner and breakfast too.
budget hotels in downtown valladolid
whats the median price of a budget hotel in downtown valladolid, and do you recommend any names?
I just want a clean room and air conditioning.
will be traveling there the 21st april til the 24th
Re: budget hotels in downtown valladolid
My wife and I spent a couple of days at the
Hotel El Mesón del Marqués. It is located in central Valladolid and the rooms were clean and inexpensive. We found the "walk-up price" to be the same as reserving a room in advance. They are cash only and will gladly accept USD.
Re: budget hotels in downtown valladolid
I stayed at Hotel Zacì, it is a budget hotel, clean and near the place. You can choose between AC rooms or fan rooms.
I founded a beautiful restaurant in Valladolid: LA CHISPA. They served local food in a mexican atmosphere, listening music. It was in Calle 41, between calle 42 and 44.
Re: Re: budget hotels in downtown valladolid
I didn't read the date of your posting.
perhaps you just returned from Mexico :-))))