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“Great place to stay in Valladolid” 5 of 5 stars
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Casa Hamaca Guesthouse
Col. San Juan | Calle 49 # 202 - A x 40, Valladolid 97780, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #1 of 13 Valladolid B&B and Inns
Fort Collins, Colorado
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“Great place to stay in Valladolid”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

My wife and I stayed at Casa Hamaca one night on our way to Chitzen Itza. The hotel is jungle oasis in the middle of a busy city. Rooms were clean and very comfortable. Nice showers and bathroom... bedroom was large and had hammocks. Nice breakfast. Interesting art and artifacts are found throught the hotel. It was a great place to stop on our way as well as exploring a neat town of valladolid.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Casa Hamaca is a perfect way to enter the Yucatan experience. The conveniently located, restored home is lovely, with folk art everywhere, comfortable beds and furnishings, delicious breakfasts, and a general peacefulness that is so needed after a day of walking and climbing. The bridge walkway lit up at night is a lasting memory. But the best part of our three-day stay was the kind and helpful conversation of the host, Denis Larsen. We will be back.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Massillon, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

We only stayed for two nights but I wish we could have planned for more, and definitely plan to return! The owner, American ex-pat Denis, was a knowledgeable, friendly, & welcoming host, as were his staff, and the other guests. The historic building had a great atmosphere and large, beautiful rooms. Location in the historic town made you feel a part of the real city. Easy to walk to and from downtown, shops, restaurants, and excellent recommendations from Denis. If you want to stay somewhere quiet and relaxing, yet still central and a part of a real city, stay here. It was a perfect jumping off point for exploring other ruins and cenotes in the Yucatan. Easy access to main roads and the freeway (once we got the hang of navigating the city's "small" streets.) The breakfast was very healthy and filling, and the set up encouraged you to meet and chat with other guests. I am a young woman, and so is my friend who I was traveling with. We drove from Playa del Carmen and really welcomed the change in atmoshpere (less "party" more real town life) and enjoyed our relaxing stay and exploring the city/area. Parking was easy, convenient, and secure for our rental car. The city was very safe, and we enjoyed exploring it's streets on foot, seeing more of Mayan and Mexican every day life. We walked to the square, the cathedral, the monestary, the city's museum, and many shops and restaurants. Denis even called the owner of Casa de los Venados, a home/private art collection of Mexican Folk Art, so we received a warm welcome from its owner during our tour. I highly recommend this great place!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

There is a developing cosmopolitan feel to the town as a number of expatriates restore dilapidated haciendas as homes, art galleries, shops and boutique hotels or guesthouses. Denis Larsen, John and Dorianne Venator and Ariane Dutzi are among those who made this town their home (see What to Do section below), and today are welcoming visitors from all corners of the globe.

One of these expats, American Denis Larsen, trained in industrial design, but moved to Valladolid in 2006 after some years of regular volunteering with a group that installed hurricane-proof roofs on Mayan houses in the region. After complete renovation and extension of the house he purchased, he decided to open his home as a guesthouse in 2008.

Casa Hamaca has 8 rooms varying from US $80 to 130 depending on the season, a swimming pool and a large veranda with hammocks, plants and Mayan artefacts. It's a wonderful place to idle away the hours surrounded by Denis' lush garden, relaxing, reading and taking stock.

Our room was very spacious and comfortable, with en-suite bathroom, fans and air conditioning. The room rate includes breakfast of coffee, granola and yoghurt, bread, sweet pastries and orange juice, accompanying a freshly cooked egg dish which varies each day. Breakfast at Casa Hamaca is an exciting part of the day as guests share a long table in a convivial and friendly atmosphere, with Denis on hand to advise on the best things to do. On my second morning there, we spent nearly two hours talking with Denis and a couple from Texas about Mexico and life in general.

Denis told me that he makes a point of encouraging these morning discussions, and also of taking time to talk with each guest about their likes and interests, so he can better advise them about what to do during their stay. Certainly in my case he was able to send me to the best restaurants in town as well as several eclectic attractions in the region, but seemed equally happy to advise bird watchers, fans of fashion, archaeology or Spanish language. Without him, I am sure my visit to Valladolid would have been much the poorer.

Denis is soon to open a Yucatecan cuisine restaurant at the guesthouse, and currently provides Mayan cookery classes with his cook at Casa Hamaca on request, including visits to the municipal market and hands-on cooking in the guesthouse's gorgeous kitchen.

I enjoyed my stay at Casa Hamaca, and would highly recommend it to people travelling in the region looking for something beyond the business or all-inclusive hotel experiences of Cancun. There are only two significant hotels in the town, and neither is of great quality, so I think Denis' Casa Hamaca Guesthouse fills a significant need.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

As it's always the case with hotels run by their owners, Casa Hamaca felt like home away from home.
Denis, the always available proprietor, shared with us lots of local information and recommended best ways to get around Yucatan. Our room was clean, clean, clean. Breakfast was lovely, perfect setting to meet other guests and share travel stories.
I will definitely stay here again if coming back to Valladolid.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Casa Hamaca was beautiful and easy to find a few blocks from the main city square. Dennis was as charming and friendly as other posters have described so many times. The gardens, hammocks, pool, and porch made for a pleasant stay. The kind staff and Dennis's local recommendations made for two great days full of adventure. For us, the walk to the main square was enjoyable. We also sat on the square across from Casa Hamaca to people watch and enjoy the evening breeze. It was the perfect base of operations for Chichen, cenotes, Ek Balam, and all that the area has to offer.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

We spent one night at Casa Hamaca during a three day road trip through part of the Yucatan. Casa Hamaca was the perfect place for the 3 of us; pristine rooms and bathroom, friendly and helpful staff, congenial host, beautiful garden and porches. We also enjoyed the artwork displayed in the public and private rooms. Denis invited us to the municipal market on Sunday morning when he drove there to buy food for breakfast, told us to visit the Casa de los Venados and eat at the Taberna de los Frailes. A wonderful experience!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Address: Col. San Juan | Calle 49 # 202 - A x 40, Valladolid 97780, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Yucatan > Valladolid
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Valladolid
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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