We have just returned from a two week holiday in Mexico, the first 6 days spent at the Hotel Esencia near the Playa del Carmen, then on to Hacienda Chichen Itza with the last 6 days spent at the Hacienda Santa Rosa. We weren't sure quite what to expect, but we were very pleasantly surprised by Hacienda Santa Rosa. It's a bit out of the way, and the village of Santa Rosa is small, and clearly poor, but as we discovered, quite typical of the area, and better than many other villages we passed through.
The Hacienda itself has been tastefully restored / refurbished, and even when it was baking hot there was always a cool, shady spot somewhere. Our room / villa was spotlessly clean, and had plenty of room. But what really made our stay special was the air of calm about the place, and the truly exceptionally good service we enjoyed. We had forgotten our driving licenses, and yet with the help of the Hacienda's manager, Cesar we rented a car from Merida, and the Hacienda provided Felipe as our driver for 5 days. Felipe not only drove us everywhere, he acted as our tour guide as well. From our experience he was probably the best, certainly safest driver on the roads ! The service at Santa Rosa was excellent and so much better than that at Hacienda Chichen Itza and overall, better that at the Hotel Esencia. The food was also very good, and Santa Rosa was so flexible in that you could have your meals whenever and wherever you wanted. Nothing was too much trouble for Edgar and the team who were very attentive but in a nice, discreet manner. We had booked on a room only basis, but the meals were very good, freshly cooked / prepared and really very good value compared especially with Esencia who were expensive, and priced everything in US$ compared with Santa Rosa who priced in Pesos. We would hesitate to stay again at the Esencia but would not hesitate to stay again at the Santa Rosa. Whilst driving around, we went to Campeche and looked around the sister hacienda there, the Hacienda Puerto Campeche, which we also liked the look of. It had a good feel, and has the advantage of being on the edge of the town, within a few minutes of the centre. So, on a future visit we might travel around more, staying at Campeche and other sister haciendas, perhaps, the Hacienda San Jose. We would absolutely stay again at Santa Rosa. It is more suited to couples than to young families, and whilst it may be more isolated than some other luxury haciendas the quality of accommodation, calm and excellent service made it for us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Right in the heart of the Mayan archeological zone, Hacienda Santa Rosa showcases its splendid building from the mid-19th century. This building, formerly an important property of the nobility, has become a luxurious residence through the generations. Just a 50 minute drive from Merida’s International Airport, the place is surrounded by natural beauties such as the Calcehtok and Oxkintok Caves, and cultural sites such as the Ruins of Uxmal and the town of Becal. An enormous door, meters and meters high, gives access to this wonderful hacienda which has 11 comfortable guest rooms and suites. Hammocks and wicker chairs, a private terrace and a garden make this place a perfect spot to live an unforgettable experience. Its aloe field is home to a Mayan style little house where one can enjoy enchanting moments outdoors. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hacienda Santa Rosa Merida
- Hacienda Santa Rosa Hotel Merida
- Hacienda Santa Rosa, A Luxury Collection Hotel Mexico/Maxcanu