The room rate was great value and included a lovely breakfast which was served on the terrace plus use of both the small pool at Casa Del Mago and the main 'Hacienda Uxmal' pool which was adjacent. The staff member who checked us in and looked after us was excellent, really helpful and knowledgeable, even offered to get us drinks from the main hotel bar when we returned from a hot day at the Uxmal ruins. The house was quite unusual and had great old shutters with screens instead of glass windows which we loved, it was built for the archaeologists who worked at Uxmal and so that little bit of history made Casa Del Mago even more special for us. The location is perfect for an early morning visit to the ruins or for attending the evening light and sound show as it is less than 5 mins walk over to the entrance. The bus stop for the local bus (Oriente or Sur) back to Merida is right outside and there are shaded benches where you can wait so easy for travelling.
However there were a few bad points....the bed in our room was past its best and could have been more comfortable and there was occasional noise from the highway outside as our room faced the front but the location so close to the ruins made up for that for us. We went to the restaurant in the Lodge at Uxmal for some food after the evening show and we were really disappointed, it was expensive and not very tasty, flavours clearly catering to the less adventurous traveller. The prawn supreme had only four prawns and a bland marie-rose sauce while the Sopa de Lima tasted more like tomato soup than the tasty broth we'd eaten everywhere else in the Yucatan. We'd recommend eating elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Casa del Mago is an affordable hotel with a prime location, just 200 meters from the entrance to the archaeological site of Uxmal. Accommodations at La Casa del Mago come in the form of four comfortable guests rooms with single (King size bed), double and triple bed occupancy. Guests are welcome to enjoy continental breakfast that is served every morning from 7 to 9 am, beautiful gardens and outdoor activities. Bike rental, bird watching and horseback tours available on site. A bus stop is located next to the property that take guests to Merida or Campeche, a convenient and easy way for guests to travel around the Yucatan Peninsula. The B&B hotel was the home that hosted the archaeologists that reconstructed the archaeological site of Uxmal. It is located on the grounds of the Hotel Hacienda Uxmal and was completely remodeled in 2010. ... more less
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