Celestun was a great side trip from the city of Merida. We reserved a bungalow at Hotel Manglares for a couple of nights and were pleasantly surprised by the nicely appointed accommodation – very comfortable with the beach right outside our door. If I had to nitpick, my one comment would be that some of the fixtures did not operate properly, but we really weren’t there to flick on switches either. Rodrigo was very welcoming and friendly, as was the rest of the office staff, and was a source of information for our travel plans beyond Celestun. We ate a couple of times at Las Palapas which was fine, and once at another local restaurant which I’m not sure had a name, but was recommended by fellow travelers. We also had breakfast at the Poseidon restaurant on site at the hotel (minor note: the waiters here are not very personable but they are not professional wait staff either) – please keep in mind that Celestun is a small fishing village, not a culinary mecca. Shared a morning boat ride with other touristas to see the flamingos and that was just the best way to start the day! Other than that, the order of the day here is peaceful, quiet, R&R. We definitely would have stayed longer had our travel plans allowed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An ecological hotel in the Ria Celestun Biosphere. A few steps from the center of Celestun, newly built in 2005 on the beach. We offer flamenco trips, canoe trips, walking tours and beatiful Yucatecan-style accomodations. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Manglares Hotel Celestun