splendid older hotel right in the middle of Downtown. Efficient helpful and friendly staff, very clean and well organised. Lively bar in the evenings. On the main street, so easy for public transport (taxis, buses, minibuses), and also near the main clubs - particularly the gay and metrosexual ones Sexy, 11-11, and Karamba, all about two minutes walk away. There is also an amazing self-service restaurant round the back on Alcatrazes selling local food cooked for the love of it really, and very inexpensive, so a good place for a late breakfast or lunch (closed for dinner and on Mondays).
Cool quiet rooms, unless you're on the Avenida itself, which can be noisy. We were upgraded to a suite for a very good deal, so ask.
Down points were the simple complementary breakfast, which needed healthying up a bit with some muesli or granola and some fresh fruit; also the Wifi was a bit intermittent in the rooms themselves, thanks to the thick walls, but the management seemed to be trying to remedy the problem while we were there.
From the airport, we got persuaded out of the shuttle ($22 per person inc tax) and into a private taxi ($65) though this was a rip off, as it was sold to us as direct (it wasn't as he took on a third fare) and quick (took over an hour rather than the stated 25 minutes). So we recommend you turn right out of the terminal, fight off the taxis and shuttle men, and keep walking right to the end of the parking lot - it's not well signposted - where you will find the ticket desk for ADO buses - every half and hour taking 30 minutes to the central bus station just ten minutes walk down the Avenida de Tulum to the hotel, all for $2 or so each.
Matilda and the team in the in-house travel agency (both in reception, and on the corner of the hotel itself) were great for advising and organising trips to the various sights. Xel-ha and of course Chichen Itza were particularly worth the usual struggle with tour guides and the like.
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