Hotel Dolores Alba Chichen
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Believe it or not, but I lost a tooth, actually a cap! We had lollypops on the bus yesterday and they had very chewy centres and of course I had to chew mine and with it came my cap. I then put the cap in my purse hoping that I would get some superglue along the way to glue it back but subsequently lost it.
We had a fabulous day today! We …
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Arrived on a second class bus, took 1 hour, just like our coaches at home.
Hotel is 7 km from Piste, 4 km from the ruins, but does a free bus to the ruins, reason I chose it.
Got there early, just as it opened, it was me and 5000 staore holders setting up for the day.
The ruins at Chichen Itza are very impressive, abit …
... came across the Group Of The Thousand Columns. This is said to be Mexico’s version of the Terracotta Army which, I’m sure in it’s day, might have been pretty impressive, but now all of the adornment has worn away and they are now just lots and lots of pillars! Still pretty cool though.
It was so hot here today and I’m not sure we have actually sweat so much before, it was just so hot and humid! It was a huge place ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Dolores Alba Chichen Chichén Itzá
Small - relaxing - pefect location for day trips
Stayed for a week. This is a small hotel right on the edge of the jungle. We have 2 kids ages 6 and 8, and this was a wonderful place to stay. Great location for day trips to ruins, cenotes and caves, and then come back to cool off in the coolest pool I have even seen.
We took naps in hammocks under a palapas roof, and relaxed with no TV's.
Thw stay at this hotel was one of the best "finds" of our 2 1/2 week trip to the Yucatan!
The rooms are modest and clean and the staff was WONDERFUL!
Wanted to love this place...
I had read all the nice reviews prior to going and really wanted to love this place. Unfortunately, it didn't meet my expectations all the way around. We drove to Chichen right after landing in Cancun in order to go to the ruins the following morning. The kids loved the pool and trampoline. The hotel staff was extremely friendly and laid-back. It was in a great location right off 180 libre. I loved watching the jungle birds and the cenote across the street is gorgeous.
However, the room was a problem. We left our room to eat dinner and when we came back it was infested with ants...not just ten or twelve but thousands. I know that's not the fault of the hotel. We asked for another room and were given one which was nicer than the first (which made me wonder why we hadn't been given that one in the first place). The beds had mismatched sheets and very thin matresses. I'm not sure that I slept at all. The price was $470 pesos, which at the time translated to over $40 USD so maybe I was just asking too much of the place.
Well Worth An Overnight
We planned an overnight here to avoid seeing Chichen Itza with a one-day bus tour. It was a great choice on all accounts. The hotel was comfortable, welcoming and well-located. We were made to feel right at home, invited to put all expenses--room, meals, drinks and even discount tickets to the cenote across the street--on one tab to be paid at checkout. (Room, breakfast, lunch, dinner, some extra beer and water plus 2 cenote tickets came to under US$100.) Birding the grounds was great; we saw a turquoise-browed motmot, hooded oriole and 2 painted buntings within 15 minutes of arriving, and that was just in one binocular field of vision.) Transportation to Chichen Itza is 20 pesos a person to go to the evening sound and light show, complimenary in the morning. The owner can brief you on services available. He let us know that we could go with our luggage to Chichen Itza, check it there, then leave directly by bus to our next destination. After a good 6+ hour visit of the ruins, we left very glad we had not come just for a mid-day whirlwind tour on a bus and glad we had chosen Dolores Alba for our accommodations.
Clean, cute and Tropical at Hotel Dolores Alba
Just returned from a 6 day trip in Mexico which included an overnight stay in the Chichen Itza area. Planned ahead and reserved a room at Dolores Alba and was pleasantly surprised at what $37 can get you. The hotel was tropical looking, had 2 clean pools, a nice outdoor patio covered with a palapa for dining and your basic clean room. Food there was ok, nothing to write home about, but after a day of driving and then climbing stairs at Chichen Itza, the food and cocktails seemed great!
Cute, Comfortable and Clean
Hotel was a welcome sight when we arrived at night. It was picturesque in a jungle setting. Lush and green all around. The rooms were clean and comfortable and the price was right. The pool was nice and the food at the restaurant was good. What more could you want. Especially after a long drive through all the Mayan villages from Cancun and the light and sound show in Chichen Itza.
Was convenient and fine. They have a great pool, the bus stops closeby, they will transport you to Chichen Itza. They have a restaurant, which is quite important because nothing else is close and Chichen Itza is pretty remote.
Simple, clean hotel. Great deal. Helpful staff
We arrived by bus from Cancun, caught a taxi for $50 pesos from Chitzen Itza to the hotel. The staff are informative, friendly and very hospitable. The hotel is set amongst a lovely garden setting with 2 pools, many hammocks and a restaurant. The room was clean, quiet and very comfortable. I'd highly recommend this place. The price is just a bonus at $320 pesos. The next day we caught a 2nd class bus out the front of the hotel to Merida.
Good hotel, perfect if you've rented a car
We were so happy with the Dolores Alba Chichen Itza, we decided to stay in the Dolores Alba Merida as well.
The hotel is great value: rustic but clean, nice pool, hammocks, decent restaurant, a/c, and great for getting to the ruins before the tour busses arrive around 9.30am.
I would recommend eating at the restaurant vs finding a place in town.
It's easier, and nice to have dinner by the pool anyway.
There are other, better placed hotels if you don't have a car: Hacienda Chichen Resort and Hotel Mayaland are within walking distance to the ruins, but these don't compare in price, if you are on a budget.
At US$33 how can you go wrong?
A great bargin
The rooms are furnished in a rustic style that fits the setting. They are airconditioned, which at $33 (US) a night is a real bargin. The restaurant has good food, decent service, and reasonably priced. It's about a mile from the ruins, and a few miles from cave Balankanche.
There's a cenotes across the road from the hotel that you can swim in, though it was closed during our stay. Best was waking up at a reasonable hour, having a leasurely breakfast, and still getting to the ruins before 9 AM.