First impressions are good. The outside looks great and they boast newly refurbished rooms! Inside? We didn't get a refurbished room. It had everything, but didn't feel new. Blue, dark and light woods (did see other rooms, all dark wood and looked nicer, but nothing more than aesthetics)
ROOM - two double beds, ensuite, toiletries (shampoo, soap, moisturiser, sewing kit, shower caps, shoe cloth?) strong AC. Mosquito nets covered the bathroom window but not all the bedroom windows? Yellow green walls. Cupboards or hanging rails, we had plenty of space. Old box TV but decent picture.
NO INTERNET IN ROOMS! It was great at reception, on the sofas, but even the bar over from reception had little connection and the pool was variable, 1 to 0 bars out of 5. Rooms, nothing. (But sitting on the sofas was fine!)
POOL - perfect for after your day at the ruins. Open 7-7.
LOCATION - for an early start to Chichen Itza its great. Get up, have breakfast, get ready, the hotel will call a cab, two minutes to arrive and you are gone. 35 peso and at the ruins, buy your ticket and in. Great. (And seeing the 1000+ people queing to get in at 2pm, early is good!)
For food you have a few choices within 100m or so:
FOOD - there is a restaurant in the hotel. Just seemed to require some luck? Checking in we were told its buffet or a la carte. Fine. But the first night was just buffet. The morning was just buffet. And our second morning was just closed! Seems if there isn't a tour group, they can't be bothered?!
There is a Yucatan restaurant over the road offering authentic local food, and breakfast (for when the hotel decides to close its restaurant?!?!) Scrambled eggs were good.
Chicken! BBQ chicken is the rage and tastes great! There are also a number of chicken places on the road into the town. 40 pesos gets you a chicken meal of soup, tortilla, chicken, rice, cabbage, salad of tomato and avocado (at least the first one on the left hand side). For 100 peso you can share a full chicken (great for two, or with kids) A lot more chicken!
Also a couple of pizza places. A bit past the chicken. We never made it to the centre/crossroads.
SHOPPING - there are various tourist shops in and around the place, but the markets in Chichen Itza should have you getting good cheap deals (statues started at 500 came down to 100!)
Overall it wasn't perfect, but we liked it. We would stay again. It helped with a perfect taxi to and from the ruins (fixed price), getting there an away was a little issue. We took a second class bus from Merida, and left in a taxi to Valladolid (300 peso) so if you have the time and want to enjoy the ruins early, its great. Otherwise there isn't much in Piste anymore sadly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Great local ambiance with the comfort of being in the center of the town of Piste, less than one mile from the archaeological site of Chichen Itza. Recently renovated, the hotel features gracious rooms overlooking a tropical garden with pool, restaurant, bar, parking lot, sat tv, free internet for our guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chichen Itza Hotel
- Hotel Chichen Itza Piste, Mexico - Yucatan