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“A True Tropical Island Experience, Private Beach and the Most Stunning Pool on the Island”
Review of Maria's Kan-kin

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Maria's Kan-kin
Ranked #21 of 37 Hotels in Isla Mujeres
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 March 2013

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 !!!

Room Tip: Be really nice and try to arrange a good price for the honeymoon suite, it's so worth it ! They...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 October 2011

Well, we were told it was hit and miss, but since it was next to our vacation rental, we ate at Marias. We were a group of 11 and while the service was good the food was less than satisfying. Wine was way overpriced at $50.00 for a terrible bottle of South American sauvignon blanc and even worse, my husband was not served his dinner until at leat 15 minutes after the rest of us had our dinners. The real kicker was that they must have run out of grouper because what they ended up serving seriously looked like chum. Skip this place and to into town for a much better and more reasonably priced meal!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 August 2011

We actually did not stay here but we had dinner here. What a find! You'd never know it from driving by but if you turn down the little driveway and wind your way down to the entrance, you will be ushered into a gorgeous tranquil ocean front paradise that you only see in movies. The view was spectacular, the ground were lush and very nicely maintained and the food was amazing!! We had 2 lobster dinners and the meat from the tails were twice the size of my fist, 2 mango margaritas and started with some of the best guacamole/chips ever! All for $58 American dollars! Please go here! You will LOVE it. The service was outstanding, the food was the best we had on the island and the price was unbeatable!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 July 2011

We booked online using a 3rd party tool on the hotel's website for 5 nights. Before reaching Mexico, I emailed the hotel, wanting to know their policy if we only stayed for one night instead of 5. They said no problem, just pay for 1 night. I called to verify this and spoke to someone who was not the manager, he could not tell me when or how the manager could be reached. This staff confirmed that we would only have to pay for the night we stayed, and were free to leave after that.
In reality, we ended up paying for the 1st night as well as the booking fee of about $25 which was supposed to be adjusted against accommodation charges. We gave up trying to understand why we had to do this after verifying this ahead of time.
The hotel is on the southern tip of the island and the room we stayed in was pretty large and well decorated, and the bathroom was good sized. No one else was staying at the hotel at the time so it felt dead. There is a tiny beach in the front. And hammocks on the hotel grounds.
We left after one night. This was too far away from all the dining options and beaches for us.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 February 2010

We came here from Merida and were looking for a place to completely relax for the last few days of our vacation. To our surprise, the rooms were nothing like the generic hotel rooms that you'll find in traditional hotels. The room has a very simple elegance that also speaks to the minimalist tradition. They offer a nice celing fan and remote controlled air conditioner for cooldown.

The beach and dock that is located down at the bottom was amazing. The water was the warmest we felt (perhaps after the hot day or mix of tropical storm and rain), even warmer than the room's hot water (non existent), but who cares!

We stayed here on a Thursday and Friday. Nobody else occupied the hotel so we felt the seclusion of the beach was very romantic and peaceful. They offer food, and a small bar, but I would suggest going into town for food and drink. Relax here and recharge!

But, please watch out for the mosquitos, and FEFE (the calico cat) will be around to visit :) Also we had two geckos in our room...very cool.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 March 2009

My family loves to visit Maria's Kan Kin for the day when on vacation.
We stay at a nearby condo and either walk or take a short taxi ride. It''s next to Casa O's and the dinners can be nearly as expensive. But the food, the location, and the service make it worth the price.
We usually go in the early afternoon and have them bring us drinks on the beach. You can rent their kayaks and equipment for a modest fee. The bathrooms are clean and artistic-- not always the case on La Isla. You can hose the sand off before a relaxing late lunch/early dinner.
We are going back in a couple of months and will certainly spend a couple of afternoons at Maria's Kan Kin.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 January 2008

We (my husband and twin 14-year-olds) stayed at Maria's Kankin for 5 days in December 2007. We loved it. The hotel is located near the southern tip of the island and has a lovely beach and a fabulous view of the turquoise water, spectacular sunsets and the lights of Cancun. We had two rooms -- room #4 had a king and queen size bed in two large rooms with a garden view. Room #9 had a long hallway leading to the bedroom and large balcony overlooking the sea, beach and palm trees, draped with bougainvilla.

For most of our stay, it seemed that we had the hotel to ourselves. We were the only people eating breakfast on the terrace (the food was delicious) and usually the only people on the beach. It was quiet, clean, peaceful and beautiful. The hotel has a total of 9 guest rooms and a lovely interior garden. The open-air restaurant has about five tables and looks out on the beach. The staff was warm and friendly and helpful in every way. They have snorkeling equipment you can borrow and their beach is a good spot for seeing interesting fish. There is a long pier too.

The hotel is 35 years old. The owners purchased it about 3 years ago, and worked for 2 years to renovate it. The airconditioning worked most of the time (and they fixed it when it didn't) and we had hot water most of the time. If people are really offended by little bits of mold, cooking odors in #9 (it's above the kitchen but we had the airconditioning on most of the time and the kitchen shuts down early)and low water pressure, then they won't be happy at Maria's Kankin. It is more "Mexican rustic" than glitzy Hyatt Regency, but that is what we wanted. The room decor is simple, and you feel like you are in a small, very private compound.

We did not want to stay downtown in a hotel on one of the busy streets, and we are very glad we did not stay on Playa Norte which seemed way too crowded and, apparently, lost much of its beach to a hurricane 2 years ago.

Maria's Kankin is located near Casa O's restaurant and the fancy boutique hotel Casa de los Suenos, which has no beach. We had a wonderful vacation on Isla Mujeres and are so glad that we stayed at Maria's Kankin.

One final note: We went on a day trip to Isla Contoy with Captain Tony -- a highlight of our stay. Other fishermen can take you to Contoy, but Tony was very professional, full of information, and a great cook.

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled with family
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Address: Carretera al Parque El Garrafon Km. 4.5 | Fraccionamiento Mar Turquesa,, Isla Mujeres 77400, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Isla Mujeres
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Isla Mujeres
Price Range: £106 - £167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Maria's Kan-kin 3*
Number of rooms: 9
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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