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Yucatan Mayan Retreat, Ecohotel & Camping
Reviewed February 26, 2010

What a great place! I stayed in the Mayan Suite, which was great, but didn't realize that I could rent a tent, already set up, with linens and an inflatable mattress! Definitely would have done that. The outdoor shower and bathroom is excellent, but most of all, the hosts are amazing. Wonderful just to sit around and shoot the breeze. A perfect, relaxing little place in a real Mexican town that you would otherwise drive right through. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 21, 2010

I would highly recommend to stay here if you are in the area. We stayed in the suite and everything was perfect! The location is a little far from Chichen Itza, about 15 minutes by car but we never have a problem with transportation. Jorge the owner can drive you anywhere you want for about the same rate as a taxi. He will also pick you up from the bus station for free.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 13, 2010

My husband and I love to backpack in foreign countries and sometimes you just never know what you are going to get for accomodations. But the Yucatan Mayan Retreat was EXACTLY what we were looking for! Located a few minutes from the touristy Piste & Chichen Itza, the Retreat is located in a small pueblo that truely is authentically Mexico. The retreat's is intimate with a perfect outdoor bath house, common kitchen area, hammocks and lots of shady trees. We stayed in one of the tents and it was excellent. Clean, roomy and the airmatress provided us with the best night sleep of our trip. The owner Jorge and his wife were wonderful and made sure we always had everything we needed. We loved sitting around and chatting with the other guests who like us were world travellers looking to discover the heart of the country versus sitting in a resort in cancun. This is not a 5 star resort. This is a 5 star guesthouse. Not to be confused!
Within a 5 mins walk from the retreat was a beautiful cenote to swim in and a restuarant connected to it. The main street of the village has a small store with all the basics and serves an awesome and big Pollo asada with rice and beans for only 20 pesos.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 12, 2010

Call ahead to let them know you are coming and the owner, Jorge, will pick you up at the nearby bus stop. The grounds are lovingly maintained and much attention is paid to detail. You can stay in the deluxe Suite, a slightly more modest, traditional type room, or in a tent with more comforts than you ever thought possible while camping. The outside bathroom is a work of art. We stayed in the suite which has its own private, gorgeous bath. We really felt pampered while staying on a budget. It felt like we were near a beach, though it is nestled in a Mayan village. Jorge did everything in his power to make sure we had the best stay. He speaks several languages, including English, Spanish, Portuguese, and I think one other. If you are looking for a peaceful getaway near one of the 7 wonders of the world and a Senote within walking distance stay here.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 5, 2009

A few friends and I headed down for a quick getaway in the Mayan Riviera, A fella at the travel agency Recommended this place to us based on some info he'd received from a Canadian couple a few months ago.

We had asked for a quiet, out of the way place, that was out in the open and far away from the city. This place is also located really close to the Mayan city of Chichen Itza and several caves and sinkholes.

We were able to go cave crawling and visit Chichen Itza as well as spent some time in the city of Merida, which is a very interesting and contrasting city, there is a little bit of everything there.

The cave crawling was a one of a kind experience, its like a different planet in there. I think its impossible for anyone not to be in awe of the awsome spectacle which are the caves, let alone not appreciate something as fascinating as the ancient city of Chichen Itza.

The hotel is close enough to both the city and the caves for us to go back several times.

The facilities at the hotel were exactly what we wanted, it was clean but not artificial, it made me feel like I was in a home away from home.

Jorge the owner was a very pleasant and easy going person, he hung out with us quiet a lot and was instrumental in showing us around, both the touristy stuff and the off the beaten path type stuff too, he knows the area very well, I dont think there is a request he cant fulfill or a problem he cant solve!

Overall we had a blast, it was a great recharge to be out in a place like this with my friends and friendly people to point us in the direction of interesting things and show us around in general.

We are telling everyone we know and would definitely return sometime in the future.

Jackson Miles.
San Antonio, TX.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 4, 2009

Beautiful place excellent service, people there is amazing, we had a beautiful time close to chichen archeological place, sorrounded for many amazing sink holes and many beautiful small towns.like valladolid.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 15, 2009

Yes, we wanted to get away from the big hotels and tour groups, a friend recommended this place and it was lovely! The owner, Jorge is a great guy, knows everything around, took us to all the places - even the ones that only the locals know about. We stayed at the suite, beautiful, clean, but there were also some campers there
from England, had an absolutely wonderful time !!!!! The camp site is very clean & neat, far cry from some other places we have stayed at. Enjoyed visiting the Mayan village and seeing their way of life, what can we say, we have to go back since we did not see everything in the 7-days .......
P.S. the owner is married to a Canadian girl (Erica), they speak Spanish, French, Spanish, Portuguese .... and even a bit of Japanese ....

Thanks for everything,
Renata & Gaetano
Montreal, Canada

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Yucatan Mayan Retreat, Ecohotel & Camping

Address: Domicilio Conocido, Yokdzonot, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Yucatan > Yokdzonot
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Yokdzonot
Price Range: $22 - $63 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Yucatan Mayan Retreat, Ecohotel & Camping 2*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Yucatan Mayan Retreat! Bienvenido al Yucatan Mayan Retreat! Located in the heart of Mexico’s Mayan Region, the Yucatan Mayan Retreat offers guests a personalized service of exploration and discovery of the Mayan culture and sites. ... more   less 
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