My husband and I stayed at Hotel Castelmar a few weeks ago during a trip to Campeche. Castelmar lies in an almost ideal spot from which to explore Campeche, literally right around the corner from the town's main square. The hotel is very charming in appearance and its main attractions actually lie in its common areas; the hotel features a lovely main courtyard with tile floors evocative of the old hacienda style. Our suite featured a charming balcony that opened up on the street. One exception to this however is the pool; when we visited, there was an extremely unpleasant smell throughout the entire pool area and we never saw anyone attempt to swim in it during our stay.
Despite the outward charm, be prepared to deal with a few inconveniences, all fairly minor. First off, our room was very poorly lighted and the curtain and curtain rod were so flimsily hung that when my husband attempted to open them to let some light in, the entire curtain rod fell off. The sink was inconveniently located outside of the bathroom (this seems to be a common architectural feature among hotels in the area). Despite the spaciousness of our room, the bathroom was miniscule and very difficult to navigate. I would have happily forgone some room space for a larger bathroom. No hairdryer or iron, but the hotel does provide the standard toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, etc.) which is nice.
At the end of the day, for a hotel as affordable as Castelmar (rates were running about $60 to $70 USD a night when we booked), Castelmar is a great option for a traveler looking for an affordable, clean hotel with charm. I have stayed at far worse hotels at similar or higher price ranges and ultimately, Castelmar is good value for the rate.
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- Also Known As:
- Castelmar Hotel Campeche