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Hacienda Chichen

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The proximity to one of the country's most impressive pre-Columbian monuments together with the colonial heritage of the Hacienda itself, combine to create a unique experience here for travelers. After a day at the ancient city of Chichen Itza, guests can stroll back to their air-conditioned room or take a refreshing dip in the Hacienda's large swimming pool. In the evening, enjoy a lingering meal in the original 16th Century Casco or main house before taking in the Sound and Light show at the ruins. Be sure to allow plenty of time to appreciate the architectural delights of the Hacienda itself; the noria (well) and the noble stone arch are just a few steps from the entrance to the hotel, while the pretty chapel is well worth the short walk. In the main building, some of the ancient stones bear the carvings of the Mayan temples from which they were lifted around four hundred years ago.

Hacienda Chichen is undoubtedly the most romantic of the hotels located on the fringes of the archaeological site. We love the charming guest rooms, where cream and white decor contrasts with ornate iron bedsteads. Servi-bars for cold drinks and efficient, quiet air-conditioning make a stay here very comfortable indeed. The hotel's restaurant, overlooking the gardens, serves excellent Yucatecan specialties with the same high standards as its sister hotel, the Casa del Balam in Merida.

Our tip for romantics is to reserve one of Hacienda Chichen's Master Suites. They are particularly attractive and are well worth the supplement for a memorable occasion. These have a comfortable sofa in the sitting area and a large, tiled bathroom with a modern tub, double vanity and piles of soft fluffy towels. It's a long way from the rustic conditions experienced by Edward Thompson's archaeologists on this historic spot nearly eighty years ago.

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