The marvelous Mayaland Hotel was as splendid as I has remembered, but far less touristy. Located on the edge of the incredible Chichen Itza World Heritage Site,the Hotel is a lush romantic retreat.
The hotel was built in 1923, I think, and the Mayaland's owners actually owned the land that ruins are on until 2011 when they sold it to the Mexican government. We met Sr Barbachano who took over the hotel in 1988 -- the last time I had visited. I had also been in '86 and will return again one day!
Location location location -- if you want to see Chichen Itza, stay overnight at the Mayaland. Get up early, have a bite and get to the ruins before the tourist busses and the heat. Ask for a golf cart ride or stroll to the back of the Hotel's grounds to their own little ticket office. Best deal: buy the combo of light show and site visit.
Gotta see the light show . The early show, just at dark is in Spanish and there's a later one in English. We went to the Spanish one for the ambiance; we used a guidebook for the details.
The restaurant's food is excellent, although a bit expensive. If you're there for a few days, try the Villas Archaologicas, a little walk down the street but worth it for the taste and price. The patio bar was fabulous, good people, good food, cold drinks.
Ask for a room in the older part of the hotel for the ambiance, or splurge on a bungalow. There are new buildings and lots of the grounds we didn't see. We also didn't use the spa services.
And the pools! Wow, One is next to the restaurant, but another is tucked back up amid the bungalows while a third has its own little cave and a stairway leading up to a star viewing platform! Explore the grounds, watch for iguanas and peacocks as well as ruins poking through the gardens.
The gardens are as lovely as the hotel. There is one poinciana tree that must be hundred of years old in the courtyard. And the purple-black grackles still wake you in the morning with song as they breakfast on palm dates.
Get there any way possible, and try to stay a few days.We booked Jeromi Transfer vis internet; they picked us up at the airport in a great van, drove us to the Mayaland, picked us up 4 days later and took us to the Iberostar Paraiso Maya for the second part of the trip, then took us back to the airport for the best price. Their driver Jorge was so nice! He found us clean bathrooms, stopped for drinks and snacks, and took great care of us.
We like the old part of the hotel; get a balcony overlooking the courtyard or splurge on a bungalow.
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19 February 2012
Thank you for your wonderful review. I find it very interesting that your information about our relationship to Chichen Itza is accurate in dates an events. Yes, in 1988 a new generation took over ownership & management of our hotels, the first of which, the Hacienda Uxmal, dates back to 1673, and has been in the family ever since. Next time you visit with us, kindly let us know you are comming by writing us to: email@example.com I would like to personally great you.
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Saludos and safe travels!
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