We booked 4 nites at this hotel through groupon. We ended up being a group of 11 as we had friends and family who decided last minute to come with us.
When we arrived, the hotel rate offered to our friends was cheaper than our groupon. That was somewhat disappointing. However, the manager was very nice, very gracious and did his best to accomodate us. However, the unit we stayed in had a kitchenette,(reasonably well stocked with dishes, pots etc) The kitchen was immaculate as well as the bathroom and the room.
The downside is we had no view other than out a side window. There was a nice sitting area on the second floor where we could all gather and have a few snacks and drinks in the early evening. The grounds were well maintained and clean.
The manager was gracious and as accomodating as possible. Our groupon included a breakfast.
The breakfast(that was included) was adequate. It included bread, dry toast with butter, coffee, (no fruit, yogurt or eggs). you could order additionally for a moderate cost.
the beach was very nice ...until the rain started.
The rain did not stop. With the additional rain, the town's sewage system appeared to spill over into the ocean. The smell 24 hours a day was pretty bad to say the least. The ocean in front was dark due to run off. Not swimmable in our opinion.
Due to the smell, we decided to leave after only two nites. we requested a taxi to take us from the hotel to the dock( about 1/2 mile) . We had a young child (3 yrs old) and an older person who had a knee problem.
The taxis would not come to pick any of the guests up as it was raining. So the manager kindly gave us garbage bags to wear as rainwear and we walked through knee deep water along the road to the dock.
There are lots of reasonably priced restaurants in Holbox.
We enjoyed several restaurants in our short time there. One was a pizza place which was great. Food was tasty and we had a great waiter.
On our first nite we had supper in a rest. on the ocean. Service was very slow but food decent.
For our last supper we decided to go to Viva Zapata as we had read some good reviews.
F ood was decent but the waiters got greedy and did some double billing. We paid our bill, left a sustantial tip and most of our party returned to our hotel. Two of our group stayed for one more drink. The waiter then approached them and said we owed an additional large amount of money. although the drinks were "half price" according to the bartender and our original bill, the waiter requested and took cash from our two members of the group to pay 8.00 additional USD on every drink that our group had.
Because of this incident, I strongly recommend you go to one of the many other restaurants on the ocean, in the town that are prepared to give you good food, good service and not scam you.
Holbox is a beautiful town, and there were many very nice people we interacted with in our short stay.
Beware of the scammers in the restaurant Viva Zapata and you will likely have an enjoyable stay.
- 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