Enchanting 16th century hacienda with original Mayan stone carvings, perfect for history lovers. Just a ten-minute walk away from Chichén Itzá.
Hacienda Chichen is an enchanting 16th century conversion is within easy walking distance of the world-famous Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá and yet epitomises the peaceful, historic ambience of Mexico’s hacienda hotels. Mingling colonial details with traces of a far older period in the country’s past, the hotel even features original Mayan stone carvings hidden amidst its buildings and gardens.
There are 28 guestrooms, divided between rustic cottages dotted about the grounds and the main building. Rooms are very stylishly decorated, with iron bedsteads, a large private bathroom and a tiled terrace complete with rocking chair and hammock. There is also a pretty patio restaurant beside the pool, and another dining option and sitting room in the main building.
There's a traditional Mayan spa and an organic garden, abundant with tropical fauna – much of which can be traced back to the plant collection of former owner and site archaeologist Edward Thompson.
What our clients say
Beautifully situated hotel with a lovely room. We could not eat until very late as their dining facilities are limited when they are full. When we checked in at 2pm they should have told us that we should book a slot for dinner as everyone else had done.MF, London
“Wonderful place to stay - loved the history (and black and white photos); ecology (growing veg. on-site; birds; plants; etc.) atmosphere - relaxed, tranquil, food (healthy and creative), staff - everything.”LB, Kent
"Gardens and pool at Hacienda Chichén were lovely. Best hotel we went to - gorgeous gardens. On the whole we thought your choice of hotels was good.”CW, Putney
“Hacienda Chichen Resort - a notable advantage of staying here is the option of walking into Chichén Itzá early in the morning and avoiding the crowds. The website of Hacienda Chichén resort is OTT in describing their nature reserve - the reception staff didn't know where it was!”AL, Wilmslow
"This hotel enables one to be at the ticket kiosk by 8.00 allowing sufficient time before the fleet of coaches arrive from Cancun."LF, Bristol
A thoroughly gorgeous place to stay. Quiet, colonial setting and great food.CL, Stafford
Our expert's view
Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert
Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
Apart from the beautiful buildings of this 16th century hacienda, one of the main draws is the lush gardens on the property, along with a sizeable pool. There is a trail from the hotel to the ruins of Chichen Itza if you want to get there early before the crowds and you can buy the tickets directly from the hotel.
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