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“Magical place in the middle of the rain forest...” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Prashanti Tebanca
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   AV 5 DE MAYO #60 | Catemaco, Veracruz 95871, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #58 of 80 Hotels in Veracruz
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“Magical place in the middle of the rain forest...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2011

I wanted to come to this place for a while so my expectations were high. We were picked up by our driver in Mexico City and drove about 6 hrs into Veracruz. We chose this route because we were looking for an adventure. The drive although long was great because we got to enjoy espectacular views as we drove through the mountains. At one point it felt like we were so high up that we could touch the clouds. When we finally made it into the hotel, the staff showed us the room where we were going to stay for the weekend. The place was cozy, clean, rustic, and spacious. The view was spectacular but the magic started when it got dark because the green lawn that view the lake was covered with fire flies creating a net of light. The whole weekend was packed with activities: jogging in the morning, then kayaking (here is were I finally got a nice tan!) then dinner at the beach. Water was warm and soothing and food was delicious and healthy (fresh seafood since we were in the Golf). Next morning after yoga at the pier and a healthy breakfast (papaya, organic eggs, toast, tea) we drove to the water falls through the rain forest then hiked to get into Velo de Novia (bride's veil) and then into Poza Reina (queen's pool?) close by. We took plenty of pictures of such beautiful and refreshing place. On the way back we made a deviation into Catemaco for an icrecream and enjoyed a typical dance by the local in the plaza. At night we prepared for the Temazcal which I was so looking forward to enjoy. The Temazcal area was perfumed with incense, candle light, relaxing music, etc. We bathed in clay then proceeded to go to the sauna, meditated, then finished it with a Nacimiento de Agua (clearwater coming from the mountain) bath...soo cold that made me scream...ok, I was the only one screaming everybody else seemed to enjoy the cool water. The next day we were prepared to head back to Mexico City...but we had to make a stop in Puebla to enjoy some Mole Poblano right from the source. mmmh! Overall this place is a gift from nature. Come prepared with mosquito repellent as it is the only thing I didn't enjoy. If in NYC I'll stay at the Ritz, but here my expectations were absolutely met! Thank you, I am definitely coming back!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2010

It is well hidden in the other side of the Lake of Catemaco. It has the most wonderful view and if you like nature you'll love this place. The people are very kind and this place is kind of hollistic but not leaving out the fun for wild sports like bike, atv's in the jungle, waterski, fishing and hiking. There beautiful cascades nearby and the beach is twenty minutes from here. There are also hikes to see wild birds for bird lovers because all migrating birds stop here during the winter. All Bedrooms are comfartable but you won't want to be there, because the town is very nce and full of magicians or wizards and the folklore is interesting.
Thanks I had a graet time.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2008

We paid $160 for 2 nights in advance. The website showed a beautiful place - spacious and pretty. But when we arrived it was a small property and well below what they showed on the website. Was portrayed as a 4 start type property but was more like a 2 star. The 8 mile road to the property was rutted and full of potholes. Asked for a lake room while we reserved and were instead offered another room. Place looked run down. We fortunately were able to convince the girl at the front desk to return our money and got the hell out of there.

  • Liked — The lake
  • Disliked — Everything else
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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traveladrenaline, owner at Hotel Prashanti Tebanca, responded to this review, August 7, 2008
i think you can't give a clear opinion because you never stay in my hotel,of course is very nice place and magnificent natura,the web page have to much photos no more than three mounts like guest have a clear opinion of the hotel,and never in any advertisement show are 4 star,we are ecoturism the hotel is very confortable,and the roads of course have a hole because we are in the midle of the rain forest,this hotel is for persons like love the natura,i'm sorry but you had an other idea; the 99.99 % of my gues are happy astonish by the lovely nature,please be carefule to exprese a public opinion.
any way i will take your opinion and thanks pablo leon
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Address: AV 5 DE MAYO #60 | Catemaco, Veracruz 95871, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Central Mexico and Gulf Coast > Veracruz > Veracruz
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #58 of 80 Hotels in Veracruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Prashanti Tebanca 2.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A little hotel in the middle of the rain forest of mexico where we practice meditation and soul cleaning. ... more   less 
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