We booked our stay at Villa Kiin (formally called Casa Maya) using Kathryn's travel (--). Kathryn was easy to work with, and it was convenient to work through her to find what hotels were available with one week's notice before our trip. She charged the regular fee of the hotel; if we had paid in cash there, we could have paid 10% less, but having the reservation before we left town was nice.
Villa Kiin has a new owner now - Maria, whose family has other properties in Isla Mujeres as well. The location of Villa Kiin is fabulous- right on a protected beach that has beautiful clear water with no waves/current and very good snorkeling by the rocks. The location of the hotel is the reason to stay there.
The room we were in (number 3) was probably the worst room of the hotel. It was one of four rooms in the building that houses a tv lounge room and one of the kitchens. The door was not a solid door (it was made of slats of wood that left the door open for sound from the tv room). So, the room was not private in terms of sound. The decorations/furnishings in the room were consistent with what you would expect of a room that costs about $40 a night, but we paid $100. Probably because of the new owner, the rooms are being worked on right now, and we had two days of drilling and hammering in the rooms next to our ours, and painting in the lounge area on several days.
The staff were okay. The room was clean. The front desk staff did not speak English. It would be helpful if they could hand written information to guests who only speak English. Breakfast in included at Buhos, a beachfront restaurant nearby (coffee, juice, toast). It would have been nice if the staff had tried to do something to offset the fact that we had to deal with so much noise in our room (they were not responsive the multiple times I talked to them).
Bottom line on Villa Kiin - stay here for the location, but do not stay in one of the budget rooms because of noise concerns, and keep in mind that the rooms/amenities are like a $40 hotel even though the charge may be higher.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The casa Maya hotel in Isla Mujeres was developed by owner señor Jose Lima as a Mayan town with its palm thatched bungalows around a coconut palm garden and 100 yards of beachfront. It has 22 rooms and offers a very Mexican, very Mayan atmosphere. It has a wide collection of reproductions of the best Mexican painters like Diego Rivera and his wife Frida Kahlo, a large collection of books about Mexican art, architecture, Mayan culture and history and señor Lima has now converted his hotel into a bed and breakfast hotel on the beach ... more less
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