We loved our stay so much that we forfeited one night in Merida to stay another here. And we could have stayed longer.
Each little thatched hut has 2 or 3 rooms, and some groupings of huts have their own pool. Green green grass, beautiful ancient flowering trees and foliage, and little pathways everywhere to connect the huts to the main hotel.
The main hotel was originally built in conjunction with the commencement of excavation of the ruins, in the 1920's, and all the old world charm is still evident, including the iconic view of the old observatory in the ruins from the front door. Restaurants are indoor/outdoor, food is adequately good, service is friendly and personal.
The rooms themselves are beautiful, all with the same type of giant vertical wood shutter blinds, possibly mahogany, as in the original hotel, so there's an indoor/outdoor feel to the air in the rooms. Mosquito net over the bed, and ceiling fans, so the air flowed adequately in our room. Beautiful carved doors, tiled floors. See my photos.
The nice thing about being next door to the ruins, is that hotel guests can go in an hour before the main gate is open to the public. I went back in later in the day on the same ticket to have another look, when the heat and crowds had died down a little.
The main hotel is also used as the check-in point for the Mayaland Hotel, which is physically an extension to the old hotel, but the Mayaland guests have their own restaurants and grounds. So some reviews might talk about the bus crowds here - well, it doesn't happen on the grounds of the Lodge at Chichenitza, only in the foyer sometimes. The restaurants and bars are of course, sometimes patronized by visiting public, as with most hotels.
My husband and I have traveled extensively, and this was one of our favorite stays anywhere, for it's uniqueness and enchanting serenity.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A World Class jungle resort in the heart of Chichen Itza. Bungalows built in traditional Mayan style with handcarved mohagony woods, stone, native marble, hand made stained glass and thatch. Oriented for maximum privacy and the best of views, bungalows are clustered around secluded swimming pools, created for guests wishing to commune with nature. All colaborators are native Maya.The resort has been named 3 times by National Geographic Traveler as "One of the 100 hotels we Love" and in their December 2011 "One of our loved 133 hotels in North America". Home to Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Sarah Brightman during their performances in Chichen Itza. The hotel has its own entrance to the archaeological site. Member of the Rain Forest Alliance. ... more less
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- The Lodge At Chichen Itza Hotel Chichen Itza
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