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Hotel Posada San Juan
Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Valladolid
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
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25 reviews
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“Our favourite place we stayed in the Yucatan”
Reviewed 3 April 2014

We recently spent 8 days across four locations on the peninsula. This was our FAVE hotel - bested the Hyatt Regency at Cancun by far! Lovely large room, much needed AC (we'd had five nights at two more expensive places without AC and it was tough to sleep due to the humidity), lovely hosts, yummy breakfast (included eggs cooked to order), beautiful gardens with pool and outdoor settings. Very kind hosts too (not much English spoken - but better than my non-existant spanish - and you can get a long way with smiles and sign language!) Also an easy walk to town square and other spots for food. Can't recommend highly enough, hope you stay and love it too.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Marietta, Georgia
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Reviewed 31 March 2014 via mobile

The serenity and quaint atmosphere was second to none.
Great location in town and access to ruins, cenotes and other places of interest. Available transportation and tour guide services available made our experience relaxing but adventurous.
We will! be back, can't wait.
Robert
Atlanta, Georgia

Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Portland, Maine
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

We are just wrapping up 2 nights here at PSJ. We came with our 10 year old sons and have had a wonderful time and only wish we had more time to explore this area. Valladolid is an incredible window into the Colonial Past and Maya Present of the Yucatan Peninsula. PSJ is located in the heart of Valladolid and is geographically close to a number of very interesting natural and cultural sites. The hotel itself is very well appointed, the rooms are large and comfortable and the garden terrace is a nice place to sit in the evening and recap the adventures of the day. We cannot wait to come back, only next time for longer!

Room Tip: We saw all the rooms and they are all very nice.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Vancouver, BC
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

Let me start by saying we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and would definitely consider returning, I was just expecting the hotel to be a little more polished. At $115 US per night Posada San Juan is at the higher end for Valladolid and while the website photos look fantastic, the hotel is not quite as nice once you see it in person.
To be honest when we first walked in we thought we had made a big mistake booking there.....the two huge colonial rooms that make up the entrance to the hotel were basically empty except for a tacky "office depot" workstation and a seating area consisting of sofas that had once been cream but were so dirty they now look brown...really a horrible first impression. But as we passed through the dining area, out onto the terrace and into our rooms we realized the photos of these areas were quite accurate, clearly the owners have put all of their investment into the back part of the house. Hopefully the front rooms will be improved soon.
Our room, #4, was lovely except for another formerly cream and now filthy brown ottoman. Very comfortable beds, although we could not get the only room with a king...so for a couple it's was a tight squeeze in one of the two doubles! The ensuite bath was beautifully designed and the shower had fantastic water pressure and tons of hot water (although no soap in the shower...I'm sure they would have brought us some if we asked but we did not notice until we were in the shower!). One big issue with the room though was that you could not get any fresh air, we stayed there on a lovely cool evening but none of the windows were openable so we could not enjoy it. And the room was rather musty smelling and could have used a good airing. We also could not get our ceiling fan to go any speed over snail's pace, so that didn't help.
Breakfast was wonderful as most reviewers have mentioned and we were served more than we could possibly have eaten.
I think what truly makes this place special is the staff. The owner Sara who greeted us upon our arrival was very charming and offered us a ton of info on Valladolid. And the two regular staff were fantastic, very attentive and truly exemplified Mayan hospitality. I believe most of the 5 star reviews are based more on the personal interaction with the staff than on the hotel itself. As much as I would like to give Posada San Juan a 4 or 5....because the experience of our stay was wonderful... I don't think the hotel itself has really fulfilled it's potential for excellence......yet!

Room Tip: Room 1 has a street on either side, so will be noisy. Room 4 has no openable windows.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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AlfredoMedina, Propietario at Hotel Posada San Juan, responded to this review, 13 March 2014
We thank you very much and appreciate your comments. We will do our best effort to improve soon on all your observations. We would be glad to host you again in the future. Thanks again!
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

My wife and I stayed at Posada San Juan during our trip to Valladolid. Our stay there was excellent. The owner, Sara, was very accommodating, personable and knowledgeable. She gave us maps and lots of advice about not only Valladolid, but the Yucatan Peninsula as well. We were in a room with one king-sized bed and it was perfect. The bed was comfortable, the room spacious and the furnishings were modern and well suited to the area.

A huge breakfast is included in the price of the room and it was one of the best we've had! Fresh banana bread, scrambled eggs with the local sausage & cactus, black beans, tortillas, fruit, coffee and tea.

I highly recommend this 4 bedroom B&B to everyone.

For more info, check out our article about Posada San Juan:
http://goatsontheroad.com/tequilafloor/

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

This fantastically restored colonial hacienda was much more spacious than I had imagined. Michele was an amazing host since day one when I received her email confirming the reservation I did through booking.com. She encouraged me to rent a car, as a single mom traveling with a teenage daughter, I was apprehensive, and it turned out to be a smartest thing we did. Driving from Cancun airport was a breeze, as 180D toll road takes you directly to the Valladolid exit, and the charming colonial town has one road in (Calle 42), and one road out (Calle 40), Posada San Juan is situated on the corner of Calle 40 and 49. Along Calle 40, you’ll find two of the best attractions in town, the Casa de los Venados (the house of deer), which is a private home with over 3,000 exquisite Mexican art that the owner generously offered for public viewing by offering a house tour every day at 10 A.M., the other is a fusion Mexican restaurant Conato 1910, which used to be the hang-out place for the revolutionaries, it was there that the activists plotted the revolution, some of the chairs and tables from that time are still being used.

Unfortunately we didn’t get to meet Michele as her very capable and diligent house keepers explained through body language (I don’t speak any Spanish), that she was not well. But the staff/guests ratio was so high, we felt so pampered to have at least 5 staff members in the house answering our every need. The guest room has high ceiling, and beautiful Mexican tile floor, and many artful details like the water bottles with a crocheted cloth covering and sewn into the corner are two miniature pottery tea cups as the weights. Every windows and doors were meticulously restored from the original, so the whole place seems genuinely historical yet polished. Simply delightful.

In the leafy courtyard where sun light and shades interwoven, are plenty of hard-wood and wicker rattan lounge chairs and lots of interesting books, many are gallery grade, for the guests to use. There is a nice pool although we didn’t get to use it because we found so many things to do in and around Valladolid. In our short 48 hours, we tour the EK Balam (with William Lawson travel, a dream guide, please read my other post under Valladolid), Temozon, the House of the Deer Museum; we went to Chichen Itza leisurely one morning and had a great visit with a local guide that we hired onsite, the Chichen guides are well trained and spoke very good English (best I’ve heard through out our entire journey); we got there at 9 and when we finished around 11, the tour buses were just arriving. There is bazaar specializes in the embroidered mayan dresses on Calle 39 opposite the park, where we found to be the fairest priced and the best quality. And we were very fortunate to have visited on a weekend, so we got to see the incredible play Momentos Sagrados Mayas in the nearby X’ocen.

We adored the two house managers, Sofia in the morning, and a very nice young man (didn’t get his name) at night. They were there every time I approached the door to either go out and returning, always greeted us with a genuine smile. Sofia has an adorable 4 years old daughter whom even performed a little Mayan dance for us. It was sad for us to leave.

It is true that you may get more English services at other larger guest houses or hotels, but the genuine and attentive Mayan hospitality we experienced here, I would not trade it for the world, after all, this is the reason why we visit Valladolid. I should mentioned that we came here after staying at a Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, and we slept far better at Posada San Juan. There is something to be said about living simply, laughing joyfully, and eating heartily, such is the Mayan ways that I’ve learned in Valladolid.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Esher, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 February 2014

What a wonderful place to spend our first three nights in Mexico. It’s a peaceful spot yet centrally located. The large room was decorated to a high standard and was spotlessly clean. The breakfasts were both filling and tasty with the option of sitting indoors or under the portico. Michelle, the owner was very friendly and helpful, drawing our attention to a wonderful evening of Mayan dance in a local village, well worth a visit.

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Property: Hotel Posada San Juan
Address: Calle 40 x 49 | Parque de San Juan, Valladolid 97780, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Yucatan > Valladolid
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 15 Hotels in Valladolid
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Posada San Juan 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Posada San Juan is a small and charming hotel located in the historic downtown of Valladolid, Yucatan.Boasting eight comfortable and spacious en suite rooms, a terrace with beautiful tree-filled garden and a pool, all in a 19th century house, Posada San Juan's warm, personal atmosphere will ensure you a peaceful stay in a convenient location for your visit to the south-east of Mexico. ... more   less 
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