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, beautiful boho 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!
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
Mayaland Hotel & Bungalows
The Lodge at Chichen Itza
Hacienda Chichen Resort
Hotels Villas Arqueologicas
Overview of Hotels by Chichen Itza
- Closest Hotels to Chichen Itza (On the Grounds): Mayaland Hotel & Bungalows ($120+), & the upscale Lodge at Chichen Itza ($220+).
- Just a Few Minutes-Walk to Chichen Itza: Hacienda Chichen ($160+) & the Hotel Villas Arqueologicas Chichen Itza ($71+).
- Best Budget Hotels by Chichen Itza (A Few Miles from Ruins): Hotel Okaan ($49+).
Closest Hotels to Chichen Itza
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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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…
Hotels in Walking Distance to Ruins
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.
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.
Best Budget Hotel by Chichen Itza
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….
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 region’s most photogenic cenotes.
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