Stayed at La Palapa from March 26-31, room #9, which is has 2 double beds and a balcony facing the waters (though the view is covered up by the palm trees).
The hotel itself is very lovely: on the west side of the island. I have to say that I really enjoyed our stay at this charming little hotel. It was quiet, the rooms were comfortable, the people were super nice, the other guests were there to relax and enjoy their vacation and not there to be obnoxious and drunk.
1) the staff, particularly Chrystel who manned the front desk, Eber who was incredibly kind and patient when trading emails with me about our reservations, the older gentleman who was our waiter at the restaurant during the beginning of our stay (he was so cute: I wish I had remembered to write his name down) and the lovely woman who was the restaurant staffer who took care of us during our last couple of days (I cannot remember her name for the life of me.)
2) The location: I don't know why I felt like the walk to the square was quicker than when we were at Tortugas. The hotel is in a quiet location, right on the beach, next to another beach club and right next to my favorite place to eat in Holbox - Las Panchas. Walk down another block down the street and you'll hit an ice cream shop. Walk to the end of the street of the hotel and make a left, and there's the cutest little coffee shop with truly amazing (if a bit expensive) coffee.
3) The vibe: so.freaking.chill. My friend and I went to really unwind and relax and not feel like we need to socialize if we didn't want to, and the hotel delivered.
4) The hotel itself is super nice. It's very lovely, the rooms are simple, but with such high ceilings. I love the white paint against the darkly varnished woods.
5) The restaurant (Casa Nostra): You need to eat there at least once: their pastas are delicious, but our favorite would have to be the octopus salad, which is this hearty, warm salad of grilled octopus, with beans and potatoes and other delicious things. I could eat a bowl of this and be full for hours.
The merely ok
1) The beds were very firm. Very, very firm. It took me a couple of nights to get used to sleeping on such a firm bed. Should have asked for more pillows. Also, no mosquito nets: really should have asked for this but kept forgetting. The doors are left open when the cleaning staff comes in and that means there will be that one, mean, persistent and VERY agile mosquito who will bite you on the forehead at night.
2) The beach -- granted, this is NOT La Palapa's fault. There was still quite a bit of seaweed on the ocean floor; stepping into squishy, slippery, slimy ground was disconcerting to say the least. You'd have to walk out quite a ways to get beyond the belt of slippery ocean floor. But the beachfront was much, MUCH cleaner than some of the other areas we've seen IN Holbox.
3) MOSQUITOS! Again, not La Palapa's fault, but please remember to pack either DEET, or Picaridin that's at least 20% (highly recommend)
4) The $5 continental breakfast: consists of a sweet muffin, 2 pieces of toast, juice and coffee. It's ok, I wish there had been fruit included. But...to be fair, the coffee is so good (and you can get refills, I think), that I'm happy to pay the $5 just for that alone.
Things I wished for:
1) A safe in the room. There is a safe at the front desk, but I am the type who would have forgotten to get my passport at checkout. La Palapa, please put safes in the hotel rooms!
2) A fridge in room #9
3) Mosquito netting over the beds.
4) Drain plugs for the sink so we can close it up at night: when it rained, the smell of seaweed/sewage would waft up the drains at night. The shower drain had a plastic cover, wish the sink had one too.
5) Clearer tipping policies: we never carried cash around when eating at the restaurant, everything got charged to the room. I felt awkward about not leaving a tip at the end of breakfast/meals. Instead we decided to leave a large-ish gratuity when checking out to share with the all staffers. We also left cash every two days for our cleaning staff, Maria. But I think in this case, it would be awesome if they had envelopes at the front desk where you can leave a gesture of thanks at the end of the stay if you wished.
All in all, I loved staying at La Palapa and plan on staying there again next year. My friend and I agreed that we've found our place to stay for our Holbox vacations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Beachfront Hotel La Palapa is a romantic hotel for adults only that is located on Holbox Island in the Yucatan Peninsula, Gulf of Mexico. We offer an incomparable setting with 25 comfortable rooms at literally feet away from the white sandy beach and tourquoise water. The Beach Bar & Restaurant, lounge chairs and hammocks allow to relax on the quiet beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Palapa Ethno Boutique Hotel By Xperience Holbox Island