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Hostel Candelaria
Ranked #2 of 15 Hotels in Valladolid
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“A great way to start”
Reviewed 14 January 2012

My wife and I had a fantastic time at La Candelaria and wish we could have stayed there a few more days. We had a private room and while not huge was clean and tidy and they plenty of blankets for the cool nights. The best part I would say would be the gardens and the staff. While the garden isn't huge there a lots of spaces to chill out and at the same time find someplace private to play a game or read a book or whatever. Also lots of lighting so you can be out there all night.

The kitchen facilities were more than adequate and they had one of the better hostel breakfasts we had on our trips. Cereal, fruits, yogurt, granola, and good rolls that you could toast and put jam on. If you want something else to eat head to the big market on the east side of town and pick up some papaya, avocados, longaniza or something. Its really a fantastic market and most of the fruit vendors in the big building are open til at least 4pm. Another tip especially if you're on a budget is to just head out on the streets in the morning and find a taco/torta stand (10 to 15 pesos for a torta). In my experience morning was the best time of day to get street food. It seemed like a lot of the food carts and restaurants closed down between 12 and 3pm so just something to be aware of.

The staff was awesome and always had good tips on restaurants and getting around town. The bikes leave something to be desired but they got us around one morning and Valladolid is really a nice city to cycle around.

Another tip on the showers - try and shower when no one else is. You get more hot water and pressure.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 January 2012

We spent two nights here during our three week trip around the Yucatan and Cuba and wished we could have stayed longer. We had a private room but used the shared bathrooms, which were clean, had adequate privacy and spacious, hot showers. The garden is beautiful, with lots of little areas to sit and relax, swing in a hammock or play chess. There was plenty of choice at breakfast and nice coffee.

Valladolid is a gorgeous town, one of our favourite places in the whole of the Yucatan, and has lots to as well as being a great place to head out for the day to other sights. We went to Cenote Zaci and had a great time swimming, and hired some bikes and took the cycle route they recommend up to the Cenotes. I haven't cycled for years but the cycle path made it easy and great fun. The best food we had in Valladolid was in the municipal market at a little loncheria which was unbelievably cheap and the food was amazing. We met some great people at the hostel, its a brilliant hostel to hang around in the garden in the evening with some beers and chat to fellow travellers.

Its really close to the bus station - within easy walking distance, and we felt totally safe the whole time.

Also, if you love Chihuahuas you will fall in love with Bob! (And I hope Kalugin comes home).

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 9 December 2011

La Candalaria was our last stay in the Yucatan Peninsula. We stayed here for 3 nights en route to Cancun airport by bus from Merida.
Arriving in Valladolid we walked to the hostel as it was only a couple of blocks away, the paths are paved which meant I had no trouble trundling my small suitcase along them.
Valladolid is an important historical town of the Yucatan and a real treat to visit for a few days.
Please remember that La Candelaria is a hostel not a hotel. Don't stay here if you want hotel service.
Our room was opposite the outside bathrooms—which could have been noisy but actually wasn’t. The bedroom was cozy and clean and had a ceiling fan. The managers are very helpful. We had a small ant problem initially but one of the managers took care of that very promptly.
The outdoor cooking and eating areas are excellent. Breakfast makings are provided. All aspects of the hostel were more than adequate—the hammock areas, the ambience, even the dogs.
Of course one of the many joys of staying in a hostel is meeting other travelers and finding out their stories and other traveler news. Like the vivacious young woman from Mexico City and the Canadian guy who’d been pack backing around Cuba.
We ate at the local downtown market area a couple of times and at a good little restaurant opposite the main square. All excellent value for money.
We had been looking forward to frequenting a small restaurant on the same square as the Hostel but they were closed for the holiday season—Christmas to New Year.
Just down from the edge of the square towards the downtown area was a taxi stand.
We were able to share a taxi with a couple of workers and another tourist to Ek Balam and then returned the same way—although the drop off point was downtown. This was a cheap and quick way to get to Ek Balam which is a wonderful example of Mayan architecture and not as crowded as Chichen Itza,
Apart from the trip to Ek Balam we walked everywhere around Valladolid. The sights are interesting and varied from the hallways of the Convent of San Bernardino (architecturally noteable, as was the outside), to the local cenote--Zaci Cenote which was a treat but perhaps we shouldn’t have swum there.
I highly recommend Albergue La Candelaria. This is an excellent base for exploring the area.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Perth
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Reviewed 9 December 2011

We stayed here a couple of times, both times in single rooms, one of which had the only private bathroom. We found the place very clean, with a good breakfast provided, staff very friendly and helpful, with a lot of local knowledge. Sadly there is no offstreet parking for those who need it, though we parked in the street near the park without incident.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 6 December 2011

share all other views on this very civilised hostel run by a dutchman.you can even make your supper if you have had enough ckicken tortillas for a while.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 5 December 2011

This place is absolutely terrific for backpackers or anyonr on a budget. We had a large room with comfortable queen bed and well laundered sheets. The shared bathroom was just outside the room - basic but clean with hot water in the shower. Lovely garden with hammocks. Two kitchens with plenty of space to cook that were well supplied with pots and pans and that were kept clean and tidy. Imcluded in the 280ps rate was an OK help yourself breakfast of decent coffee, fruit, bread, cereals. Plenty of space to relax. Laundry area. The owner and his staff were very helpful with local info. A model hostel but NOT a hotel so look elsewhere if that is what you want.

  • Stayed December 2011
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san francisco
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Reviewed 4 December 2011

Great hostel in small town Valladolid. Located about 3 blocks from the bus stand and close to a lot of restaurants. Right next to a park.
Stayed in a private room which had 2 fans! Garden area and hammocks are amazing and cool place to chill out. Shared baths are clean. Lots of travelers in the common area and makes for great conversation.
Great place to stay for a night or couple of nights. While in Valladolid dont miss the cenotes - a taxi from the bus stand or main plaza to the ceynotes will cost you about 120 pesos and they will wait while you swim in the ceynotes.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hostel Candelaria
Address: Calle 35 | #201 F x 42 y 44, Parque de Candelaria, Valladolid 97780, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Yucatan > Valladolid
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Kitchenette
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Ranked #2 of 15 Hotels in Valladolid
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
*Breakfast included *Wifi in common areas *Bikes for rent *Sheets, lockers, padlock and keys provided *Map of the town and complete touristic information *Ventilators in each room *Hot water 24 hours *Bbq area *Hammocks area *T.V room *Parking on the street *Amazing staff ... more   less 
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