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“Casa Hamaca: comfortable & homey”

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Casa Hamaca Guesthouse
Ranked #1 of 24 Valladolid B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 1 April 2012

We had a wonderful stay at Casa Hamaca, a small B&B in Valladolid. We were in the Gold suite, 2nd floor of this two story 8 room guesthouse and since it was on the corner, we got a wonderful cross breeze between the two windows so we only used the A/C one night. Denis & his staff always had coffee, fresh fruit, and pastry out when we awoke. Breakfast, traditional Mexican or Yucatan style with fresh orange juice, was prepared for you when you were ready. They were very accommodating even when we had a 6:45 am tour departure, and they still had breakfast ready for us. On Sunday, Denis took us to the local market to partake in his traditional “Sunday breakfast out” including some of the local cuisine. It also allowed us to take in some of the local “color”. We enjoyed one of the lectures in a series that Denis organizes about local issues. Our stay at Casa Hamaca was comfortable & homey and Denis always had activities to recommend and directions to the best places to eat.

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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

How could I use the world quintessential? After you stay here you will understand.
The lighted bridge through the garden connects you from the parking lot to the beautiful house of this property. The proprietor, Denis Larsen, has combined features of the old and new to create a Yucatan style retreat with modern comforts. Old features include the large house with a wind around porch, a large collection of Yucatan art Denis freely shares with guests and the traditional hammocks ("hamaca") on the property. New aspects include the amenities you will appreciate as a guest seeking comfort: ceiling fans, air conditioners, excellent beds with quality linens, beautiful bathrooms and all things in perfect working order.
The grounds are just lovely, full of birds so that each morning I went down to hear and see them.
Denis takes very good care of his guests. He provides an early breakfast that includes coffee, juice, pastries, fresh fruit, granola and yogurt. And then later, a full cooked breakfast prepared by his excellent Mayan staff is served. Denis is also the quintessential host: saw that we ate at restaurants we'd enjoy; visited the best venues in the city; gave a personal tour of his art collection and extensive garden. One morning he took us shopping to the local market, and on another to eat breakfast at the market just as a local would.
While we were there we shared meals with other guests, and went sightseeing and shopping with them. The atmosphere was very congenial and inclusive. The friendly Mayan staff provided delicious breakfasts, snacks, drinks, beautifully clean rooms and even laundered our clothes. We knew them all by their Mayan names.
Casa Hamaca wasn't just a beautiful property; it was a wonderful experience and gave me a deeper feeling and understanding of the community of Valladolid and the Yucatan culture.
The host, Denis Larsen is a most unique humanitarian, someone you will remember fondly in the days after your departure.

Room Tip: All the rooms are decorated around a theme and can be seen on Casa Hamaca website. Denis gave me a...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 March 2012

The facilities are lovely, nestled away in a beautiful garden of typical Mexican greenery. The rooms on the "segundo piso" are all new and very modern. The bed was especially comfortable, and the A/C, which was also new, worked flawlessly. The breakfast was more than adequate: fresh and delicious Mexican coffee, pastries, fruit, capped off with a yummie Mexican vegetarian omelette along with sides of "frijoles refritos" and just-made guacamole presented in fresh cabbage leaves. Very tasy and healthy breakfast! Host Dennis Larsen is most gracious and helpful with advice on where to go in downtown Valladolid to eat dinner, see some important sights, and purchase excellent local handicrafts. I was able to buy a nice handmade belt for less than $20, and my wife got two blouses, plus a dress, all handmade and embroidered by the local women, for under $80. We later saw similar items in Cancun for around three times these prices. Valladolid is a good place to spend the night after touring the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza. The only downer we experienced during our stay happened on the way out of town when we stopped at the PEMEX gas station to fill up before heading back to Cancun. I had read about this scheme on Tripadvisor beforehand but still fell into the trap. After the attendants fill your tank and you hand one of them your money, another one will distract you and then the first one will tell you that you didn't pay enough. The solution is to keep your eyes on the first guy so he can't switch peso bills on you. I gave the guy one 200 and one 50 peso notes, got distracted, and then was shown two 50 peso notes in his hand. These guys are very good at scamming tourists, so be forewarned. Most Mexican we met were quite honest, but these guys were a bunch of bad actors.

Room Tip: Rooms on the second story are all new. They are all nice.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 March 2012

this is the most beautiful and charming place we've stayd so far in yucatan. even better than the 5star hotel we had in cancun apart from there's no sea of course. denis, the owner and his staff are very friendly and helpful but not officious at all. denis answered all our questions and gave us real good tips. he took us to a mayan production in an amphitheatre somewhere in a little village next to valladolid. a place we would never have found without him. nice & authentic show about the mayan life. we've been here on a sunday. every sunday there's a live band playing in the center of valladolid. the center is pretty close. 10 minutes by feet or 2 minutes by taxi (20pesos). the city seems save. it was easy to walk back to casa hamaca at night as well. in the morning we got a delicious breakfast and hung out in the hammocks around the house before we left to chichen itza...

Room Tip: every room has a diffrent theme but they are all very nice!
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 February 2012

In late December, while visiting the coast, we made a last minute trip to Vallalodid and the surrounding Mayan ruins. Our stay at Casa Hamaca was excellent from the time we began our booking until we departed. After booking on-line, we contacted Dennis via phone. He gave us easy to follow directions which helped quite a bit as we arrived at dusk.
We were greeted in the parking lot by a staff member who led us through the delightful garden. We felt our worries melt away as we walked through the banana trees and lush vegetation. Dennis immediately joined us, showing us the equally charming house and escorting us to our room. Our room was spacious with beautiful tile work in the en-suite bathroom. Equipped with both ceiling fans and A/C, the room was comfortable during the day and the evening. The room, linens, and bathroom were scrupulously clean.
Dennis made sure we felt welcome and enjoyed our stay. He recommended a family restaurant for dinner and told us about a local concert that evening, both of which we enjoyed. If you have more time to stay than we did, check out the main living room which Dennis has stocked with books about the area and its history.
Breakfast was delicious and served early enough for me (I am awake by 6 am on a slow day) but late enough for my spouse (who rarely sees 6am!).
If you plan to visit Coba, Ek Balam, and Chitzen Itza, Casa Hamaca will make an excellent base for your travels.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

Just walking through the small lush garden to the house you know you are in a special place. Host Denis makes sure your needs are met by his staff and he is most helpful with recommendations and tips for day trips. Lovely breakfast. Make sure you find out about visiting the local house with all the folk art if that is of interest to you. Outstanding collection in an amazing house right in town! We'd like to visit here again.

Room Tip: West rooms would be quieter.
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 February 2012

Casa Hamaca is run by the delightful Denis Larson. He responded to my online booking request extremely promptly, and the entire process took minutes and was flawless. When we arrived in Valladolid, well after dark, we had a bit of trouble finding the place, because it is set well back off the street on which it is addressed. There is a public plaza there, and when you see it on your right (it's a one-way street), look in the back right-hand corner of the plaza, and you will see a sign for Casa Hamaca on a rather shabby-looking structure. that's not the place, only the building upon which the sign has been placed. The Casa is behind that. It is delightfully decorated, spotlessly clean, the staff is very helpful, and Denis is a delight. He is friendly and sociable without being intrusive. He knows plenty about the region and will be an invaluable source of information about what to see and do, pitfalls to avoid and so on. We spent a delightful hour conversing with him over a delicious breakfast of Mayan fare. We would not hesitate to return. I can't think of a single criticism of the place. Thanks, Denis.

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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Casa Hamaca Guesthouse

Address: Col. San Juan | Calle 49 # 202 - A x 40, Valladolid 97780, Mexico
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Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Yucatan > Valladolid
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Valladolid
Price Range: £69 - £128 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Casa Hamaca Guesthouse 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Hamaca Guesthouse: Bed, Breakfast & Healing Center...a unique Mayan experience. You are welcomed as an honored guest rather than just another number. From the food to the decor to the gardens to the healing sessions, your experience will have authenticity, harmony and balance. Explore the jungle-like gardens, lounge in a hammock, discover original murals, wait for an elusive alux to make an appearance. Discover the magic of Casa Hamaca. ... more   less 
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