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Hostel Candelaria
Ranked #2 of 15 Hotels in Valladolid
Certificate of Excellence
London, Canada
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23 reviews
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“Good value”
Reviewed February 25, 2012

Great value for your money, the staff is very helpful. The location is great. Good breakfast.

Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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North Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed February 21, 2012

This hostel was one of the best that I have ever stayed at (and I have stayed at many). The staff were very helpful and friendly, the rooms were comfortable, and the grounds are beautiful. The location is also very convenient, being only a few blocks away from the bus station and at the edge of a lovely square with gardens, a fountain and lots of benches. We were given a map of the city when we checked in that indicated where we could find a laundromat, supermarket, restaurants, and attractions in town. The staff also gave excellent restaurant recommendations (go to Conata if you get a chance!). We stayed one night in a dorm and one night in a private room; both were comfortable and clean, although the private room had a little more in the way of decor and included towels. Inside the hostel, there is a TV room with a giant TV, free internet and wi-fi in the reception area, and a kitchen with free purified water. There is also a women's section with women-only dorms, bathrooms and sitting room. Outside, there are beautiful gardens with an outdoor kitchen and dining area, many sitting areas and a hammock area at the very back - the hammocks even have individual reading lights. It's details like this that make this such an amazing find. Most hostels I have stayed at are very bare-bones and don't have such attention to detail. Breakfast is included and was slightly better than the standard hostel breakfast; while I was there it included buns with butter and jam, little cups of fruit salad with yogurt and granola, watermelon, cereal, tea and coffee. Bike rentals are available for 15 pesos an hour (a little over a dollar an hour), and you can use them to ride 30 minutes to cenotes. There are only a couple of negatives, although they certainly wouldn't stop me from staying there again or recommending the hostel: the showers either have very poor water pressure or no shower head, just a direct stream of water coming from a pipe above you. Also, in the gardens there are tons of mosquitoes, so don't forget your bug spray! Despite those minor things, this is still a great place to stay.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 15, 2012

This place is really great. As soon as I got there the guy at the counter pulled out a map of Valladolid with ATM's, restaurants, attractions, distances to nearby cenotes, etc. and spent twenty minutes going over it with me and answering my questions. I stayed in a dorm room and though a little cramped was perfectly fine and having the lockers right in the room was convenient. The bathroom was nice and clean as they clean it daily. The free breakfast was great as they provide toast & jam, cereal, and fruit cups. There was several filtered water dispensers with no extra charge for water. There are two refrigerators and semi kitchen and a full outdoor kitchen. The wifi is a bit spotty but it was that practically everywhere I stayed in Mexico. The garden/tables/hammocks area outside is really nice. Very well laid out with lots of plants and style. The hostel overlooks La Candelaria plaza and church so there is generally something going on there in the evening most days. If there is one negative thing it's that on Sundays they have catholic mass and it is prretty loud if you're in the hostel and trying to rest. I will always remember the catholic priest singing this song "Canta, Canta, Canta, Canta...etc over the speaker for an hour and half strait The one Sunday night I was there.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed January 26, 2012

This is a great hostel, really friendly and helpful staff, good value, good breakfast, wifi, cool style.
The only thing was that it did get a bit stuffy as our dorm room was small but the fans helped a bit.
I would stay here again!

  • Stayed January 2012
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed January 14, 2012

My wife and I had a fantastic time at La Candelaria and wish we could have stayed there a few more days. We had a private room and while not huge was clean and tidy and they plenty of blankets for the cool nights. The best part I would say would be the gardens and the staff. While the garden isn't huge there a lots of spaces to chill out and at the same time find someplace private to play a game or read a book or whatever. Also lots of lighting so you can be out there all night.

The kitchen facilities were more than adequate and they had one of the better hostel breakfasts we had on our trips. Cereal, fruits, yogurt, granola, and good rolls that you could toast and put jam on. If you want something else to eat head to the big market on the east side of town and pick up some papaya, avocados, longaniza or something. Its really a fantastic market and most of the fruit vendors in the big building are open til at least 4pm. Another tip especially if you're on a budget is to just head out on the streets in the morning and find a taco/torta stand (10 to 15 pesos for a torta). In my experience morning was the best time of day to get street food. It seemed like a lot of the food carts and restaurants closed down between 12 and 3pm so just something to be aware of.

The staff was awesome and always had good tips on restaurants and getting around town. The bikes leave something to be desired but they got us around one morning and Valladolid is really a nice city to cycle around.

Another tip on the showers - try and shower when no one else is. You get more hot water and pressure.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Leeds
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Reviewed January 11, 2012

We spent two nights here during our three week trip around the Yucatan and Cuba and wished we could have stayed longer. We had a private room but used the shared bathrooms, which were clean, had adequate privacy and spacious, hot showers. The garden is beautiful, with lots of little areas to sit and relax, swing in a hammock or play chess. There was plenty of choice at breakfast and nice coffee.

Valladolid is a gorgeous town, one of our favourite places in the whole of the Yucatan, and has lots to as well as being a great place to head out for the day to other sights. We went to Cenote Zaci and had a great time swimming, and hired some bikes and took the cycle route they recommend up to the Cenotes. I haven't cycled for years but the cycle path made it easy and great fun. The best food we had in Valladolid was in the municipal market at a little loncheria which was unbelievably cheap and the food was amazing. We met some great people at the hostel, its a brilliant hostel to hang around in the garden in the evening with some beers and chat to fellow travellers.

Its really close to the bus station - within easy walking distance, and we felt totally safe the whole time.

Also, if you love Chihuahuas you will fall in love with Bob! (And I hope Kalugin comes home).

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed December 9, 2011

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.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hostel Candelaria
Address: Calle 35 | #201 F x 42 y 44, Parque de Candelaria, Valladolid 97780, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Yucatan > Valladolid
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 15 Hotels in Valladolid
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 40
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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Albergue La Candelaria Hotel Valladolid

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