We came to Isla Mujeres not knowing what to expect and left with a smile that couldn't get back through the plane doors.
Before we came we looked high and dry for places in our budget around ($100 per night) and what we could find for that was terrible. While there was quite a bit on offer we weren't impressed by what we saw. For this price literally every room we saw was disgusting, small and mostly offering nothing else but the room. Even when we booked at Maria's Kan-kin we weren't expecting much at all, but we were so wrong.
Maria's Kan-kin is located at the Southern End of the island where it's quieter, more peaceful, and if you're there for romance, more romantic. While it's not in the main center of town (5 min in cab $7) once you're here you'll be glad you are.
First up there is no other place on Isla Mujeres that offers you your own private beach. This is accessible by no one else, and if for some reason you don't feel like getting salty, then jump in the stunning pool which outlooks over the Caribean ocean. When we first arrived and walked out through their little tropical garden and saw this setup, we were gob smacked, it's really a beautiful set up they have here. Their's a variety of different rooms from bungalows to the upper class suite in which were all quite large for any standard, even down to the cheapest room. We were kindly upgraded from the standard room ($80 per night) to the honeymoon suite ($120), both with unbelievably comfortable beds. The suite had some of the most beautiful views I've yet to have seen and a huge balcony to soak it all up. Everyday, wether it was from our room, on the beach or down by the pool, we'd watch the sun go down over the ocean. There's a jetty which runs off the beach that I'd fish off and a couple of times got lucky (view pic). Also, this side of the island has the best snorkeling by far. You will see every fish the reef system has to offer here, along with magnificent soft and hard corals. They also have kayaks there, for free ! Honestly you could spend your whole holiday here and not get bored, unless you were starting to feel lonely at the lack of people.
Just like any other place, nowhere's perfect, though I would hardly call these negatives. At this time they weren't running their kitchen, but there's a few in walking distance which offer great food. Though if you catch a fish like I did, they'll cook it up for you. Maria's was apparently the no.1 place on the island back in 70's and I can certainly see why, though it doesn't look as though it's changed a bit since then and the elements are starting to take its toll. While this may be a negative to some, I like this. It's a more traditional feel and if you go around to the other hotels on the island, you'll see they're mostly all stale, lifeless buildings where only size matters. Maria's is a more intimate experience. Some mornings the water would be turned off but when we'd tell them at reception it'd be turned straight back on. When we checked out, the lady at reception wasn't sure of the final total of our stay and had an extra night added. When we pointed it out she saw her mistake and everything was fine but maybe just double check your bill. This one isn't really a negative but the hot and cold taps were back to front. H was cold and C was hot, maybe that's just Spanish though?? Oh and don't do breakfast here, they'll offer it but don't do it, there's much nicer options near by for cheaper. Unless you order fruit, coffee and orange juice, this was nice but that's it.
Get this ! We were the only two people staying here at this time, yeh we had it all to ourselves for 9 days but to be honest I don't think many people stay here at all. They don't seem to advertise the place and I think they like it that way for some reason. So if you're lucky enough to stay here, more then likely you'll have the same private getaway experience as us. One that you'll remember for a life time. Oh and a big thanks to Ceasar ! He's the night manager and will help you with anything and loves a good chat. I'd come back just to see him :)
So all in all I can highly recommend Maria's Kin Kan though don't forget it's not like your typical hotel which you see everyday. This place has history written on the walls and that Mexican style that was long forgotten in your contemporary hotels. 5 stars all the way !!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Marias Kankin is located on Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The hotel is about 50 minutes from the Cancun airport. Ferry boats also shuttle back and forth from the mainland. As the sunset looms,enjoy it inits private beach & pier take it easy and rest in any of Marias Kankin's nine (9) suites. Decked in minimalist, Caribbean-inspired decor, each air-conditioned suite is furnished with a mini-bar,coffee maker and coffee , Internet access in restaurant area ,kajaks also. Marias Kankin is located on Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maria`s Kan-Kin Hotel Isla Mujeres
- Marias Kan Kin