I visited this hostel while on a 5 week backpacking trip through the Yucatan Peninsula. I'm rating it as a hostel, not a hotel.
As a hostel, it's one of the nicest ones I've ever been in. Located in a quiet corner of Valladolid, yet only a short walk away from the center of town. There is a nice little park right out front, where you can sit and watch families play with their kids, old men chatting in the shade, and young couples kissing on benches.
Hostel Candelaria is kept very clean compared to many hostels I've been in, a woman comes in to clean the bathrooms and sweep up every day. Everyone that works there is very friendly, and the manager speaks English, Dutch, and Spanish.
There are two kitchen areas with plenty of room, one is open air. Breakfast is free, and nicer than many I've had.
There is no AC in the dorm rooms, but there are a couple of industrial size ceiling fans that keep air moving all night. I was here in the hot summer and slept fine.
As for security, nice big lockers for locking your backpack up. There is a gated entry in front to keep non-guests out of the hostel too. But Valladolid is a very safe town, it's probably not even needed.
Hot water is sporadic sometimes. But again, this isn't a hotel. For around $9 US a night, you can't complain.
Two hand wash laundry sinks outside in the sun near the garden will let you save money on washing your clothes, and everything dries quickly in the sunlight.
3 or 4 hammocks in the garden are perfect for taking a nap, reading a book, or chatting with other hostel guests from all over the world. I met a bunch of great people at the hostel too, and not a bunch of reckless party kids either, but intelligent, mature, and experienced travelers to share a beer and stories with.
You can rent bikes for $1 US an hour, and I highly recommend renting them and riding to the coolest cenote I visited on the whole trip, it's called Dzitnup and it's about 20 minutes by bike. The bikes are not very comfortable, that's probably the only complaint I have. But you see more of the town when you're on a bike.
Go to Dzitnup cenote early, like when it opens, so you can beat the crowd and have this incredibly magical place all to yourself!
Hostel Candelaria even has it's own mascots, a pair of twin Chihuahuas that run around looking cute all day. I highly recommend this spot if you're going to be spending the night, (or week) in Valladolid, Mexico.
- 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