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Hostel Candelaria
Ranked #2 of 15 Hotels in Valladolid
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

wow. what a surprise- in an extremely good way.

this hostel is awsome. were not talking modern white rooms with new bunks. this place has so much character.

the dorms are standard, but cleaned well, bathrooms in dorms but also more outside for if yours is occupied.

the hostel has a AMAZING garden, with lots of areas to sit chat, eat, swing in a hammock. the hammocks even have individual lamps if you want to read after dark- its simply gorgeous!

2 well equipped kitchens, one outside, thoroughly cleaned with plenty of hobs and equipment for everyone. tv room. bikes for rent.

best of all the staff are so friendly and helpful. you get a tour of to hostel, and a map of the town and they show you on it where everything is, and suggest some places to visit.

and i nearly forgot the free breakfast- yogurt fruit and granola, fresh bread rolls, butter & jam. my favourite hostel breakfast in 4 months of travelling

I thoroughly recommend this hostel.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

We stayed 2 nights in this Ho(s)tel and really surprised what we got. Good room, bed and breakfast. Restaurants at walking distance and swimming pool yet to come. Friendly and helpfull staff. From here it is just a 1 hour bus drive to the world famous Maya site Chizen Itza. The owner of this hostel is my friend now!! The garden is fantastic and relaxing. We should have stayed longer....

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

Christmas day, no booking - we were lucky to get 2 dorm beds!

The location was good, only some minutes walk from the bus station and the main square with restaurants etc. The surroundings were nice and I felt safe there.

The check-in process was in good English and the guy told us basically everything worth knowing in the area. He gave us a map (their own printed) with the sights and restaurants worth visiting.

The dorm room was quite basic, but clean with big ceiling fans. Our toilet/shower was at the time a bit under construction, but it only affected the looks, not the use.

The hostel had a computer, bikes, tv with several movies on usb-sticks, bookshelf, well-equipped kitchen and whatnot. When walking more towards the insides of the building I was so surprised how big it was. The garden in the center just seemed to continue and continue, with a kitchen (also on inside) place for bikes, area for hammocks etc.

The best surprise was the breakfast, with fresh bread, coffee, fruit, yoghurt and granola/cereal. Totally a hostel worth visiting!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Albergue La Candelaria was my wife and I's first hostel experience on our round-the-world trip after a few hotel days in Cancun and we can only hope they stay as good as this. We initially booked just one night (A safety net if we didn't like it) but extended it to two and would have extended it further to five had they had a double room available. It is everything you'd expect from a quirky Mexican hostel with colourful buildings, quiet and friendly atmosphere but also with impeccable cleanliness.

Its location in Valladolid itself is also very good at just a couple of blocks from the bus station and by a romantic square used by the local community. You could easily spend a week here as base for visiting Mayan ruins as everything (Inc places like Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, Cancun and Merida) is only a bus ride away.

Positives:
+ Impeccably clean communal shower room and toilet (We used the ones upstairs).
+ Free access to a computer and free wi-fi that we could access in our room.
+ Breakfast included.
+Good location in a quiet part of Valladolid.
+Helpful staff with local knowledge.

Negatives:
- Shutters with mesh to keep out insects on the windows work well but let sound travel in and out easily but this is scraping the barrel to put something here!

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

We stayed here for a few nights after having been to Chizen Itza. Valladolid is a very scenic colonial city wich is well worth visiting in itself. It is so much better to stay in Valladolid and experience the city and Chizen Itza by yourself then going on one of those organized sheep-tours from Cancun.
The hostel is perfect for a relaxing hangout. IT is one of those places that has superb communal areas where you can easily meet other travelers and socialize with them. There is a long outoor area with kitchen, hammock space and tables for eating and playing cards.There is also a nice Tv room with lots of movies, and a big screen TV. The dorm is nice and clean and with good beds. The proprietors are friendly and give a very thorough explanation of everything worth seeing in the area. We also rented bikes from them, which was a day well spent. We visited the cenotes in the region.
We also stayed in a double room which was superb. Nice and clean, comfortable bed, no noise. We could have stayed here for a week, but had to limit it to 2 days due to time constraints.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

I didn´t really expected much from Valladolid other than staying for two nights and go to Chichen Itza but this hostel upgrades the whole stay. The staff was helpfull, spoke english, friendly and shown you the best places, you can rent bycicles or just hang out in the beautiful garden. But what at the end fully won my hard was the fact that the whole place is just thought trough from the perspective of a traveller (dutch owner travelled himself a long time) and his needs.

If you want to go to Chichen Itza, make sure to go on the earliest collectivo possible, the earlier the better because later the busses come and it really gets awfully full.

(Only thing that brings it down are the sometimes cold showers but the guys know about the problem and work on it)

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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 25, 2012

The common areas were so colorful!
They make an effort with their security with the buzzer and the locked front doors.
Big lockers for your backpack, I like the side tables that you can lock near your bunk beds as well. Theres hooks for your clothes which i find after traveling and going through tons of hostel is a must in organizing and keeping track of your stuff.
The dorms might look a bit crowded but they have ample lighting and a lot of fans so it doesnt feel stuffy.
The kitchen area was nice and breakfast was a simple fair yet fills you up.
Some mosquitoes but then again the kitchen is outdoors so they really have no control over that.
And way in the back there are hammocks.
Staff is helpful and gives you tips where to find places ASAP.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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: $18 - $32 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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