Where to Stay by Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza is one of the “New Wonders of the World,” & its easy-to-reach location in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula makes it one of the most accessible.  My friends & I visited the ruins on a trip that included jaunts to the Pink Sea, the beautiful boho retreat of Tulum, & a quick hop over to salsa-loving Cuba.  Because Chichen is a solid two-hour drive from Cancun, I highly recommend spending the night by the ruins: this way, you won’t be in a rush, & you can fully explore the surrounding cenotes & other Mayan treasures.  Get a full run-down of “Where to Stay by Chichen Itza” in this post!

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Only ONE hotel is actually located on the grounds of Chichen Itza: the Mayaland Resort & Bungalows.

We rented a car at the Cancun International Airport & used it to explore ALL over the Yucatan: from Chichen Itza up to the Pink Sea (by Rio Lagartos), then over to Playa del Carmen & Tulum. I highly recommend renting a car in Cancun, as it gives you the freedom to explore at your leisure.

 

Driving here is easy, particularly on major highways ~ which are mainly toll roads, & virtually free from traffic. The only thing you’ll need to worry about are random SPEED BUMPS: they’re crazy-big here!!

 Map of Hotels by the Ruins

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Chichen Itza

Mayaland Hotel & Bungalows

The Lodge at Chichen Itza

Hacienda Chichen Resort

Hotel Okaan

Hotels Villas Arqueologicas

Overview of Hotels by Chichen Itza 

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These five hotels get you as close as possible to Chichen Itza!

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My friends & I arrived at Chichen Itza with NO reservations, & happened to wander onto the lush, tropical grounds of the Mayaland Resort & Bungalows ($120+/night).  This is the only resort actually set on the grounds, with its own separate entrance to the ruins, that allows you to get in just before the crowds.  I loved our stay here….even our bathtub had a view of the ruins.  Their food was amazing, & the beautiful grounds & breakfast pavilion simply beckon you to relax & enjoy your time in the jungle.

Would I stay here again?  YES!!

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This gorgeous Spanish-style patio is where we dined at Mayaland ~ & had the BEST caesar salad, while being serenaded by Mariachi singers…

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Sunrise woke us at Mayaland….& we headed out to the patio for misty views of Chichen Itza.

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The Mayaland lobby is gorgeous in it of itself, & its stunning archway is the perfect place for a photo shoot ~ with views of the ancient ruins.

The Lodge at Chichen Itza ($220+) is right next door to Mayaland, & offers the same special perk: a separate, private entrance to the ruins.  Photos below show you how close you are to Chichen Itza…& what sets The Lodge apart is that it’s just a tad more elegant than Mayaland.  Relax in your own private bungalow with hand-carved furnishings & whirlpool tubs; enjoy room service, or dine in one of two restaurants, or their poolside snack bar.  Three outdoor pools are set amidst beautifully landscaped grounds…

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Enjoy a secluded spot by the pool at The Lodge at Chichen Itza ~ the closest you can get to the ruins besides the Mayaland Resort.

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You can see from this aerial shot how close The Lodge actually is to the ruins ~ just a stone’s throw.

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Rooms at The Lodge are open & airy, with beautiful, authentic Mexican architecture.

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If I wasn’t staying at Mayaland or The Lodge: my next choice would be the lovely Hacienda Chichen Itza ($160+), with its graceful yellow-arched portico ~ a great place to sip a cocktail or read a book.  Just a few minutes’ walk to the entrance of Chichen, they also have their own Yaxkin Spa, where you can schedule a relaxing algae facial, or enjoy a traditional Mayan ceremony.  The Hacienda is also pet-friendly, so if you happen to be traveling with your pet: this is your spot.

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I love a good portico! And Hacienda Chichen Itza has a great one, underneath its pretty yellow arches…

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A spacious, lovely room at Hacienda Chichen Itza.

The Hotel Villas Arqueologicas Chichen Itza ($71+) is about a 10-minute walk to the El Castillo Temple ~ & though its grounds are pretty, rooms here are small & lack the charm of the first three hotels.  If you can afford it, I’d stay elsewhere.

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Pretty dining area at Hotel Villas Arqueologica Chichen Itza ~ but rooms here are small & very basic. 

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If you’re on a budget but still want attractive accommodations by the ruins: check out the slightly more remote Hotel Okaan ($49+).  Rooms are darling with pretty white draping around the beds, & the jungle-setting of its grounds will give you plenty of Instagram photo-ops.  The only issue here: the hotel is about 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the ruins, & across the highway ~ so you’ll either need to have your own car, or taxi/Uber to Chichen Itza.  Parking & breakfast are free, & they have a lovely restaurant with outdoor seating, bar, pool & spa here….plus they’re pet-friendly too!  

Luxury amenities on a budget….

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Hotel Okaan still fits those on a budget: but rooms are still charming & give you a “jungle-chic” feel.

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For less than $50/night: Hotel Okaan still gives you a lovely pool area & hammocks to relax in.

So Long….Chichen Itza

I’ve written quite a bit about the Yucatan Peninsula ~ it’s one of my favorite spots in Mexico.  Check out my guide to the Uxmal Ruins, or discover some of the most photogenic cenotes in the region.  The amount of adventures you can have in this region are endless….

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