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... the tour you are completely under direct sunlight and it was so humid, I found it a lot worse than the dry heat in Vegas. It was cool to find out all the things about the Mayan people and that it was always the strongest best men that were sacrificed to the Gods. A few differences we learnt from the Apocalypto movie we had watched a few months before ...
... Quick fact, each side of El Castillo has 91 steps. When you add up the steps on all four sides and then add in the top platform as a step, you get 365 steps, one for each day of the year. Clever people. The complex took us a good two hours to explore, by which time the hordes of visitors more than quadrupled and the many vendors began reaping the financial rewards. So to gain a good idea about this impressive world heritage site, our pictures can do more than our words. Phil & Mups ...
... are incrediblly interesting. The high priest would demand attention from the peope below and when he clapped there were echoes that made an abrupt sound; the faster the clap the more important the call for attention was. I began taking photo after photo of the incredible architecture, and some of the Mayan descendants who were hawking their wares all over the place. It was humid, but not as hot as Tulum; thank goodness for that. ...
... entrance fee of 200ish pesos and wander in to look at one of the seven wonders. El Castillo (the Castle) is the first thing that you will see in Chichen Itza. This pyramid is the structure that is one of the seven wonders. It is majestic in size and commands your attention. As you walk around the pyramid, you will see that each side reflects a different level of wear and tear. The front section (the side that you will see first) is well maintained and the ...
... was a great idea to head on the night bus to Belize. It leaves Tulum at 12.45am. Now, I'm feeling that wasn't such a clever idea. I am very tired. Hours and hours of waiting. When I got round to getting a taxi to the ADO bus station (less than 5mins away by car), I had a challenge getting the hotel, and then the taxi driver to understand where I wanted to go to. I was saying ADO bus (how an English person would say ADO ie ah-doe). Until we eventually worked out where I wanted ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHacienda Chichen & Yaxkin Spa Chichén Itzá
The property itself is so adorable and idyllic setting and you couldn't be more convenient to the ruins - its a quick walk. the staff is super friendly but the rooms are a bit lackluster.. but dinner was fantastic
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hacienda Chichen & Yaxkin Spa Chichén Itzá
Stayed here as recommended in the 'lonely planet' guide. its a great way to see the ruins before the crowds arive and also the son et lumiere after the coaches have left. Also recommend visiting the Balamkanche caves which are just up the raod in a taxi. The hotel has great style, having been converted from a Spanish Hacienda. There is a quiet pool and nice terrace retaurant serving local dishes. One night is probably enough unless you are really in to archaeology!
Amazing Hacienda Chichen!!!
I read the other traveller reviews of Hacienda Chichen, and decided to stay there while in Chichen Itza. What a fabulous decision!! The resort is beautiful, with a great pool, fabulous food and service in the restaurant, the grounds are stupendous, and the wonderful room...There is no TV or phone in the room (which I loved!), but there is a small refridgerator (stocked with stuff for purchase). I awoke to the sounds of birds and such outside...fantastic. The A/C works well, and the shower is tiled with great water pressure. Seriously...stay here! You can walk to the ruins in five minutes along a lighted path!
It was a lovely place
My husband and I stayed at the Hacienda Chichen for two nights in December 2003, and we were very pleasantly surprised. It was a lovely hotel with a good restaurant. The bungalows were quiet and private, with spacious luxurious rooms, a nice porch to sit on rocking chairs, and a private little outdoor courtyard. The pool area was very pretty--lush and tropical. The ruins are a very short walk away.
Service was good. We normally stay at exceptionally nice resorts and we were not the least bit disappointed with the Hacienda Chichen.
My only complaint would be FINDING the hotel...it's not marked very well (actually it wasn't marked at all) on the main road, and we drove past it a couple times.
Also, while there, check out the new cenote park just a few miles away...it's definitely worth a visit. I've never seen anything like it.
No other choice at Chichen Itza
If you are going to Chichen Itza, definitely stay overnight locally, so you can watch the sunset over the ruins and go to the sound and light show in the evening. And if you are going to stay locally, this is the hotel of choice. It was paradise, and great value for money.
Enjoyed our stay
My husband and I stayed here for a couple days as part of our honeymoon. The grounds are beautiful and lush. We had a couple good meals at the restaurant. The best part was how close it is to the Chichen Itza ruins. About a 5 minute walk. We also had a wonderful horse back ride through Old Chichen which we set up through the hotel and then walked over to meet our horses close by. The pool was very relaxing and nice. The only disappointment for me was the actual room which was small and basic with a small bathroom. I loved the porch however. The staff was friendly and accomodating. It is much more private than Mayaland which is inundated with bus tour groups. Most interesting is how this property is part of the history of the ruins.
We loved the Hacienda Chichen and highly recommend it. The restaurant was wonderful, service great. The grounds very beautiful around the hotel.We stayed at the Thompson suite, large enough for the family which included two teenagers.We highly recommend the hotel. You can walk to the ruins easily.
We Love Hacienda Chichen
I felt I had to write after reading one of the prior reviews in which the reviewer hated it. My family has stayed at the Hacienda Chichen on three separate occasions and have loved every one of them. The first time was with my husband on our honeymoon, the second was 10 years later with our two sons, and the third was last year with another family (8 of us, including 4 teenagers) and if we are ever in the area again, we would definitely come back. It is the most relaxing and wonderful place in the Yucatan. The staff is friendly, the veranda relaxing, and the pool enticing. The cottage is cool with tiled floors and a wonderful bathtub. You can take a stroll on the grounds which are both lovely and wild, and then eat dinner on the patio under the stars. Hey, you are in the middle of the jungle, so just enjoy the warm night air with the birds and crickets singing, and forget the phones and internet connections.
Returned last evening from an incredible trip to the Yucatan and Playa del Carmen. We had the most incredible experience at the Hacienda Chicen Resort...one that we will remember for years to come. We had watched with great anticipity for all reviews on the resort as they have been varied. Decided to go with an open mind and a just take it as it comes attitude. When we arrived the resort was a very welcomed sight. A beautifully calm and peaceful setting with great gardens and private pool area. The cottages were tastefully prepared. All of them have welcoming porch settings where you could relax, sip wine or easily fall asleep in the rocking chairs. We were treated with an incredible thunder and lightening storm which added an element of the spiritual power of the Chichen Itzen region. The staff and hotel personnel were very pleasant. WE WILL RETURN THERE to enjoy simplicity with style!!!
Nice place to relax after a day at Chichen-Itza
I read the one other comment posted on the Hacienda Chichen Itza and was amused at how different my reaction is despite agreeing with what the person wrote. So, here's my take (while also noting the things the other commentator pointed out): Hotel PROS: Relaxing place, VERY tranquil, rooms are actually former cottages converted into 'bungalows' (they were used by excavators of Chichen Itza earlier in the 20th century), small but charming. Beautiful garden. One free bottled water provided to rinse mouth/drink (don't use tap water). Hairdryer, mini-bar available (as well as flashlight). AC in room. Pool available. Parking available. Very easy to walk to Chichen Itza site; yes, it's a "back entrance" to the site but it's a 5-10 minute walk, and convenient to use when going to see the night 'Light & Sound' show.CONS: No phone or clock in room. Need to walk to hotel reception/lobby if you have any requests. Only one restaurant and food is normal, not great. Must take taxi to/from front entrance of Chichen Itza or Piste to hotel and it is overpriced (60 pesos). Path to Chichen Itza at night is dark; take flashlight provided in room. Definitely more than what you would pay for a hotel room in Piste but if you want to get away from the crowd, this is worth it (nearby Hotel Mayaland is touristy and noisy in comparison). OVERALL: After a hot, busy, tiring day touring Chichen Itza, this is a wonderfully peaceful place to rest. Other than the site though, there's really nothing else to do so not recommended for more than a one night stay.
This hotel was the one bad experience in my entire otherwise enchanting Yucatan Peninsula vacation. They advertise being minutes from the ruins at Chichen Itza -- true, but what they don't tell you is they're on the *backside.* Access to the hotel through the ruins is limited to the minimal hours that the park is selling tickets. Except by trekking through miles of the park -- and then only when they're selling tickets -- you are a virtual prisoner of the hotel. The only way out is via an extremely overpriced taxi. I arrived at the ruins by bus before closing time, just before dark (around 6:00 p.m. in November) -- the buses won't drop you off at the "resorts", apparently through some agreement with the taxi cartel -- and they refused to let me walk through to my hotel. I didn't go to the light show that night as planned, as I would have had to turn right around and taken the taxi back to the *entrance* of the park. The hotel itself is a nightmare. There are no lights, so after dark it's scary to walk around, and the room is not as nice as a run-down Holiday Inn. There are no amenities, not even a telephone; you are at the complete mercy of the hotel. The water is unsafe to drink; to brush your teeth, you must *buy* water from the hotel. The same for food -- you are a virtual prisoner. The only sense in which this is a resort is the price; they overcharge for everything. It's rather like being forced to rent a hovel from the mafia. My advice: stay in Piste. It feels much safer, can't be any more run down than this "resort," and it's a lot cheaper.