My wife and I arrived in picturesque Izamal at sunset and began to check out the top rated hotels. The main hotel just off the city square (Archangel Michael) was recently renovated but the main square is very busy and noisy throughout much of the evening. Next stop was Macan Che, nice individual bungalos, which had not seen room improvements in probably 20 years. Our target was Romantic Hotel Santo Domingo - based on other reports and as winner of the TripAdisor Gold Award for 2012. We were sure glad we went just a couple blocks outside the main town - as Santo Domingo is by far the best hotel and deal in Izamal. This is a deluxe hotel situated on a working ranch. Very unique quiet and calming setting. All rooms are just two years old and incorporate both modern convenience and local charm. Costs are comparable with other local rates - but the value is far superior. We bumped up to the Junior Sweet - for just $100 USD per night. This would compare to $250 room anywhere else! Large master suit set up a level above an ample living room area with a.c. and large conversation pit sectional set up to enjoy cable t.v. Separate toilet room, step up vanity area, another separate main show that is just off an indoor garden shower where you can look out at the garden or up at the stars. All rooms including the Junior Suit are very secluded and quiet and do not view other rooms.
The grounds are perfect for relaxing with many mature flowering trees and plants. The full complimentary breakfast is served at the outdoor dining area. Terrific offering and ambiance. There is a huge pool that is great for cooling off and enjoying the scenery - which is handily right next to the outdoor Bamboo Bar - a great place to have a drink or learn more about this fascinating area from the most knowledgeable owners Harald and Sonia. Harald has lived in the Yucatan for 30 years (originally from Austria) and has had properties in many locales. Great resource for learning more about buying property and living in this part of the world. Sonia is from Acapulco and brings an urban sensibility to the experience. They are both excellent cooks - and their restaurant is deservedly ranked as the best in Izamal. They saved us one evening when we had not planned ahead for dinner, and they graciously offered for us to share dinner with them. Normally they ask for guests to advise in advance when wishing to dine at the hotel.
Bottom line - this romantic destination hits a home run on every level. Far and away the best setting, accommodations, hosts and deal in Izamal!
Greg and Cindy
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The best place to spend a couple of days to explore all of Yucatan`s sights. Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere, take a ride in a horse buggy, rent a bike or climb the biggest pyramid in Yucatan. Explore the secrets of the Mayas and enjoy the natural surroundings of Izamal. There is plenty to do in our town. Visit Izamal to explore & discover from here the Yucatan and relax for some days . ... more less
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