We spent only 2 nights of our 25th wedding anniversary trip at the Romantico Hotel and wished we had spent an entire week there. Words can't begin to describe the wonderful atmosphere the hotel has; relaxed, romantic, friendly owners always up for a chat but never intrusive on your couple time either.
The landscape, rooms, pool, pool bar and outdoor dining areas were clean and perfectly situated to create a beautiful Yucatan country experience. We enjoyed keeping cool in the pool, talking with owners and other guests from other countries while dining or sharing a drink. Parking for rental car was available in safe, secure/gated property.
Sonia and Harold, the owners, were SO friendly, helpful and considerate in every way possible. The first night we arrived we had pre-ordered supper and the free authentic Mexican cooking class with Sonia. It was way beyond our expectations and we are so excited about taking the recipes of the meals we made with Sonia and attempting to cook it for our family now that we are home. Breakfast, included in the room rate, was superb. The food was so good...we never bothered to eat anywhere else. My husband says the food gave him a "mouth-gasm" <grin>
PROS: LOCATION PERFECT! Central location to most of ruins, Puuc Route, wagon tour, Merida and the west coast, cenotes and many other interesting places to visit. Just visiting Izamal--a beautiful yellow colonial style town--was a pleasure. Hotel is clean, efficient, reasonably priced, superb food, excellent service and friendly staff, honest and knowledegable owners about local attractions--good tips on those--thanks. The central location makes for perfect day trips for a full week or more.
We loved the Yucatan Peninsula. We never felt unsafe at any point in time while driving a rental car from Cancun as far west as Izamal on the toll road and then we drove the "free" roads back to Valladolid, onto Coba and Tulum. Those roads were great too--bit more local traffic which was interesting and the towns were fabulous. We stopped at one for the best roadside BBQ chicken we've ever had. It was NOT touristy and the people were so grateful, respectful and interested in helping you any way they could. Items purchased in the little villages ARE really handmade locally and unique compared to the tourist traps elsewhere in Mexico.
We went to Mexico with some reservation and concerns about safety and left the Yucatan Peninsula with a completely different attitude. It is safe with very friendly and helpful Mexican people everywhere we went.
When we visit the Yucatan again we would stay the entire week at Romantico Hotel in Izamal and use it as our base for the other great places to visit in the Yucatan.
We spent a 2nd week in Cozumel at a very expensive all-inclusive resort, but found the Romantico Hotel, Izamal and the Yucatan Peninsula really outshone the fancy touristy resort island of Cozumel. It will hold our hearts forever.
Don't Miss: Horse carriage tour in Izamal.....wonderful.
P.S. - Harold...How is your brother's finger? Did the vet cure him?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The best place to spend a couple of days to explore all of Yucatan`s sights. Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere, take a ride in a horse buggy, rent a bike or climb the biggest pyramid in Yucatan. Explore the secrets of the Mayas and enjoy the natural surroundings of Izamal. There is plenty to do in our town. Visit Izamal to explore & discover from here the Yucatan and relax for some days . ... more less
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