We spent 2 nights at Hotel Manglares in a cabana ($1600 pesos/night) and was very happy with the accomodations. The cabanas include a large bedroom, a living room, a kitchen, bathroom and an outside patio facing the beach. The sliding glass doors in the bedroom and the living room look out over the water. The views are beautiful.
The cabana was clean, well-kept and comfortable. There was also a TV that carried two English-language stations. Definitely the nicest accomodations we had on our trip around the Yucatan.
The location of the hotel is definitely a big selling point. You are literally only a few feet from the sandy beach and you can watch the setting sun over the water at the beach. Breathtaking.
The hotel arranged for us to take the boat tour of the wildlife sanctuary where the flamingos nest. The boat picked us up on the beach at the hotel. Cost was $160 pesos per person with a minimum of 6 people. The boat can take a max of 8. The tour lasted 2 hours and was quite impressive. Not to be missed if you go to Celestun. Go in the morning rather than the afternoon because the water gets a little choppy later in the day.
The only issue we had at the hotel was that we arrived on a Sunday, when the only person who speaks fluent English was not there. My Spanish was totally inadequate. We ate lunch both days we were there at the Restaurant Palapas on the beach and the waiters there seemed to know English pretty well. Don't expect anyone else in Celestun to speak English. It's a pretty small fishing village with only a few restaurants and hotels on the beach. Definitely, low-key and unspoiled.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An ecological hotel in the Ria Celestun Biosphere. A few steps from the center of Celestun, newly built in 2005 on the beach. We offer flamenco trips, canoe trips, walking tours and beatiful Yucatecan-style accomodations. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Manglares Hotel Celestun