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“Jungle reverie”
Review of Yaxkin Hostel

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Yaxkin Hostel
Reviewed July 14, 2012

After freezing to death at our hostel in San Cristobal de las Casas, it was a welcome relief to check into the Yaxkin. Not far from the bus station and situated in a tropical jungle setting on a quiet street, the Yaxkin offers a welcome retreat from the busy town of Palenque.
The town is the typical hysterical bustling Mexican hub of activity. We arrived on Valentine's Day and the town was going wild, so, even if the "la vida loca" of a Mexican town if fun, it was good to be able to retreat to the lovely open-air bar at the Yaxkin for a Margarita. Only drawback was the dampness of the room, but hey this is the jungle. By the way, of all the Mayan ruins we saw, Palenque was our favourite. Beautiful grounds, waterfalls, good guides and top-notch museum.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank wanderingwoods
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Reviewed June 3, 2012

This hostel offers simple, but nice accommodation in dorms as well as double rooms in the leafy "La Cañada" area, 10 minutes walking distance from the (unattractive) town.
Bungalows are placed in the nice garden, together with outside seating and a tee-pee. Atmosphere is relaxed and spiritual.
In a dorm you'll find comfortable beds, lockers, bathroom and many fans (there was no air-conditioning in our room). Wi-fi is free of charge, computers with Internet access are available at the reception. Next to the reception you can also find a small kitchen, nice lobby and entrance to the restaurant and bar. Receptionist are kind and helpful.
I would recommend this hostel to anybody who doesn't bother sleeping during hot nights without A/C. If stay in Palenque, definitely in "La Cañada", the centre is dusty and ugly!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 16, 2012

The first night we stayed in a double private room, which was tiny, just fitted the bed really (and no fan) but that was ok until in the middle of the night some type of creature (mouse maybe?) that was living in the roof started to run about for hours, in the end we had to get our things and tap on our friends door and sleep there instead. When my boyfriend explained this the following morning there was no apology, just a "so what do you want to do?" from the staff - so we moved into a dorm. The dorm was spacious, with its own bathroom and several fans. The rooms were clean, as were the bathrooms (showers were decent too) and there is WiFi, a kitchen and laundry service available.
The restaurant attached serves really good food which is pretty reasonable however for some reason they play really loud 90s drum and bass in the evening?

The hostel is well situated and not the worst, i'd stay in a dorm again.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Rosats148
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Reviewed February 29, 2012

Is this the same hostel we stayed in??? The rooms were not what we had reserved and the price was variable according to the time we spent discussing it. They proposed one room in a new building, still under construction, totally open, workers still in it with no lock and noise. In stead we got a double room with no A/C or bathroom - just a bed, not even a cupboard! The receptionist spoke neither French nor English and the kitchen had a mini fridge (for 4 people) and disgustingly dirty rags to get hold of a cooking pot. No breakfast but an expensive café and restaurant. Call that a hostel?

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Kathryn V
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Reviewed February 25, 2012

We had a great experience here. There was no early check in, so my husband and I spent some time getting to know Palenque. Once we did get in our room, we were very pleased with what we got. Everything was newly cleaned (mop streaks still wet on the floor) and suited our needs. Bed was comfortable, air conditioner was great and the tv was fine. The bathroom was clean and roomy. There is no free breakfast, but there is a kitchen available for guest use.

Palenque is a magical city, and Yaxkin Hostel has that hippie new age feel to it. Dreamcatchers are located about the property, and there is some sort of altar near the outside campfire area. Some message board notices invited guests to participate in various rituals and moon watching activities located in town and on the property.

Located in the tourist section of town, the Yaxkin is in a nice part of town with many other hotels dedicated to the tourist trade. Coffee shops, hotel restaurants and nightclubs are all available within walking distance, as is the town proper.

The Best Western hotel is twice the price and feels like a hotel. The Yaxkin feels like an experience.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 25, 2012

The shared areas of this hostel are the best part of this hostel - think lush gardens hammocks and a massive tv. We booked a private room with private bathroom and stayed for three nights for a very good price. However the room was very damp and gritty with what appeared to be debris from the ceiling and the bed did not have a top sheet to protect from said debris. The bathroom was fine and clean but had what has to be the most dangerous electric hot water set-up I have ever seen. There is free internet but only one computer so waiting is necessary. Overall not the best place to stay but a good choice for those wanting a private room at a decent price in a city with many tourists and inflated prices.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank ejs88
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Reviewed January 13, 2012

The whole area is composed with lots of love to details and the hosts do everything that you feel like at home. Rooms are simple but very cosy, the shared bathrooms are now being renovated and very clean. Free internet access, excellent food at a very fair price in the cool lounge, fine cooking opportunity. Tourguides offer great trips to the ruins and many other highlights in the area - also at very good price. On the campground there is a beautiful TEMASCAL site (mayan sweatlodge) where you are welcome to share in highly inspiring rituals held by local shamans. Great experience! Thank you, Yaxkin team!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Michael S
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Additional Information about Yaxkin Hostel

Address: Prolongacion Av. Hidalgo esquina 5ta poniente norte Num 1 | Zona ecoturistica la Canada, Palenque 29960, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Southern Mexico > Chiapas > Palenque
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 38 Specialty Lodging in Palenque
Price Range: $16 - $47 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 17
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