Hotel & Bungalows Mayaland
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We pulled ourselves out of bed early, determined to be at the ruins before hoards of tourists began arriving from Cancun. First a lovely buffet breakfast. The mornings have been delightfully cool, just right for breakfast outdoors. The platters of fresh fruit seduce me every time, cannot get enough - papaya, cantaloupe, watermelon, pineapple …
...Het bleef nog even spannend of we een aantal dagen geleden de juiste keuze hadden gemaakt met ons reisschema wat door elkaar te schudden en eerst aan de Caraďbische kust te vertoeven in de hoop dat deze week de archeologische sites weer zouden open gaan. En jawel, vanaf gisteren was alles weer open en van zijn we er dadelijk stevig ingevlogen. …
... each side (was J.K. Rowling here?) can't imagine many goals here! The rules and significance of the game are uncertain, but carved scenes show seven players in each team, hitting a ball with paddles, ending up with someone being decapitated at the end, bringing a whole new meaning to a player losing his head in a game!
The best carvings we saw were the skulls round the ...
... doing some gymnastics and a primary school "acting" the story of Rudolf. It was a really nice atmosphere around the plaza with some enthusiastic singing from the church service, children riding on large remote-controlled cars, market stalls and marquesita stands (almost like crepes but they turn out crispy and sweet like the curled up wafers you sometimes get with your coffee). I varied from the norm and had quesadillas, but with mushrooms and nopales (the cactus Manuel's Mum ...
Lol so this morning we scrambled to get up as Ken thought I had set a back up alarm and when it went off at 6am he went back to sleep. Me on the other hand I didn't even hear it hahaha! Anyway we made it onto the bus and our first stop was the Ikil Cenote where we got to swim in an amazing "sinkhole" (as our tour guide called it). It was freshwater so A bit harder to float in. I also got necklace pendants made for mum and I with our name translated ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel & Bungalows Mayaland Chichén Itzá
Oh, how I wish we had more than one night to spend at the Mayaland Hotel. The bungalows are beautiful and very well maintained. The porches with the great hamocks are wonderful to relax on. We loved being able to walk down a path and be at the ruins. We were right on the edge of the jungle and enjoyed the many birds that woke us up in the morning.We did not eat at the restaurant, so I can't comment on the service or food. We did hire a Mayan guide from the hotel to do the tour and it was well worth it. You will miss so much of the history and Mayan culture if you just walk around the ruins.We very much want to return and spend more time at the Hotel and the many sites that are around it!
My husband and I spent one night at Hotel Mayaland in late March. There were many wonderful aspects to it, including the grounds, the location (immediately adjacent to Chichen Itza), and the restaurant which served excellent Yucatan food.The hotel was also excellent in finding a very well trained guide for us who was pleasant and very knowledgeable. For these reasons alone, I would recommend Mayaland as a good place to stay while in this area. We were, however, disappointed in the rooms, which I thought were far below there rating given them by the guides. We tried a bungalow first, which was not entirely spotless and ready, and quite dark. We were then relocated to the main building to a room which I would describe as lacking any character and looked as if it had not been updated in 30 years. The service could also have been better at the hotel, althought the service at the restaurant was lovely.
This is one gorgeous hotel! We absolutely loved everything about it!
Fond memories of our stay at the Mayaland.
In late Feb. we were on a tour that included a 3-night stay at the Mayaland. We stayed in one of the bungalows which was very spacious with a wonderful verrandah with chairs and hammock. (welcome shade on a hot afternoon). It had a view of the fabulous park-like grounds. There was a pool at the end of a path from our unit, which was fairly private - I had it all to myself one late afternoon. The food was very good, and the service quite friendly and helpful, although there was a bit of confusion as to which restaurant we could use, or which would be open when. This all worked itself out though. The buildings and grounds all have wonderful atmosphere. Of course being right beside the archeological site is a major plus also. I'd love to go back sometime.
Spent the night on Feb 12, 2004 in Coba bungalow. Very comfortable. Nice grounds and birds! At least get a full afternoon in at the hotel to really enjoy some of the majestic trees and manicured landscape! Light show at Chichen Itza is walking distance. It's okay, but in Spanish, and everything you heard during the guided tour.
Spent a night at Hotel Mayaland, after a hot day exploring the Chichen Itza site. Beautiful grounds. Airy hotel with strong sense of old-fashioned propriety. Framed view from lobby of Chichen Itza's "observatory." Our room was large and nicely appointed, with dark wood furniture. We were in the main hotel, where the rooms must be reached by climbing stairs (a lot of them, if you're on the top floor like we were). Not a problem for us but be advised. The bungalows scattered around the grounds looked like the place to stay, if the rates make sense. Food was a bit pedestrian; suggest going to Hacienda Chichen (walking distance nearby) for a main meal, especially if you're not staying at a hacienda during your trip. If you're taking in the evening light show, you can walk there easily from the hotel.
We did not actually STAY at this sight but we did stop here at the end of our tour of Chichen itza and were so very impressed with the hospitality , incredibly good food, and intertainment that we are looking to go back and spend some time at this quaint little place in the jungle.
My friend and I just returned from a 2-week trip to Cancun. During our trip we rented a car and spent a night at the Hotel Mayaland. We did this to ensure we had enough time to spend at Chichen Itza. The hotel was fabulous. It was next to the east gate into Chicken Itza which was very handy. We were at the gate when it opened at 8 a.m. and were able to spend a few hours there while it was still cool out and before the tour buses started arriving. Chichen Itza does not have much in the way of signs or information so we decided to get a guide and it was money well spent. We loved the Mayaland. Our bungalow was beautiful and spacious and near the pool. The only reason I didn't give the Mayaland 5 stars is we weren't there long enough to try the restaurants or see much of the hotel grounds (although what we saw was beautiful). I would definitely recommend the Mayaland to anyone going to Chichen Itza. It was worth paying a few extra dollars to be able to walk 200 feet from the hotel to the gate at Chichen Itza. One comment - try to bring a flashlight. The hotel grounds are not heavily lit (which is okay because then the lights don't interfere with the ambience) and if you attend the sound and light show at Chichen Itza a flashlight comes in very handy.
Once in a lifetime experience
My husband and I spent a magical night here in October 2002. After the bus tours had left around 3pm, we had the hotel and the ruins pretty much to ourselves. The grounds were gorgeous, and you could feel the history of the hotel in every nook and cranny. I felt like we had stepped back in time. At night we saw the light and sound show, which was a little corny, but worth seeing if only for the sense of awe you get at being in Chichen Itza after dark. The walk over was populated with fireflies and sweet smelling bushes, and a light rain kept it from being too hot. The next day we had the lovely pool all to ourselves for several hours. I would go back in a heart beat!
Beautiful site; poor service
We spent five days at Mayaland hotels, including three nights at the Lodge at Uxmal and two nights at Hotel Mayaland in Chichen Itza.
In both hotels, the facilities were nice and near to the Uxmal and Chichen Itza ruins. However, the food was quite bad and the "laid back" service (as they advertise) bordered on non-existent. I would not recommend staying in this hotel, but rather staying in a hotel in Merida and driving to Uxmal and Chichen Itza to see the ruins.