La Candalaria was our last stay in the Yucatan Peninsula. We stayed here for 3 nights en route to Cancun airport by bus from Merida.
Arriving in Valladolid we walked to the hostel as it was only a couple of blocks away, the paths are paved which meant I had no trouble trundling my small suitcase along them.
Valladolid is an important historical town of the Yucatan and a real treat to visit for a few days.
Please remember that La Candelaria is a hostel not a hotel. Don't stay here if you want hotel service.
Our room was opposite the outside bathrooms—which could have been noisy but actually wasn’t. The bedroom was cozy and clean and had a ceiling fan. The managers are very helpful. We had a small ant problem initially but one of the managers took care of that very promptly.
The outdoor cooking and eating areas are excellent. Breakfast makings are provided. All aspects of the hostel were more than adequate—the hammock areas, the ambience, even the dogs.
Of course one of the many joys of staying in a hostel is meeting other travelers and finding out their stories and other traveler news. Like the vivacious young woman from Mexico City and the Canadian guy who’d been pack backing around Cuba.
We ate at the local downtown market area a couple of times and at a good little restaurant opposite the main square. All excellent value for money.
We had been looking forward to frequenting a small restaurant on the same square as the Hostel but they were closed for the holiday season—Christmas to New Year.
Just down from the edge of the square towards the downtown area was a taxi stand.
We were able to share a taxi with a couple of workers and another tourist to Ek Balam and then returned the same way—although the drop off point was downtown. This was a cheap and quick way to get to Ek Balam which is a wonderful example of Mayan architecture and not as crowded as Chichen Itza,
Apart from the trip to Ek Balam we walked everywhere around Valladolid. The sights are interesting and varied from the hallways of the Convent of San Bernardino (architecturally noteable, as was the outside), to the local cenote--Zaci Cenote which was a treat but perhaps we shouldn’t have swum there.
I highly recommend Albergue La Candelaria. This is an excellent base for exploring the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- *Breakfast included *Wifi in common areas *Bikes for rent *Sheets, lockers, padlock and keys provided *Map of the town and complete touristic information *Ventilators in each room *Hot water 24 hours *Bbq area *Hammocks area *T.V room *Parking on the street *Amazing staff ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Albergue La Candelaria Hotel Valladolid