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“Paradise beyond the wall....” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Macanche Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 7 Izamal B&B and Inns
Tampa, Florida
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1 review
“Paradise beyond the wall....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2010

My girlfriend and I flew into Cancun, Mexico and took a bus to Playa del Carmen we spend 3 days there in the tourist side of Mexico it was fun, but we also wanted to experience a real side of Mexico, it's people, and see Mayan ruins, so we booked 3 nights at Macan che Bed & Breakfast in a town called Itzamal.
When we were informed that the bus did not run to Itzamal on the day we needed to arrive and a taxi would be quite expensive, we decided to rent a car. Though we had nothing but small tour site maps we found it quite easy. The roads were all well marked and in good shape, even small back roads. Later we were told that excellent maps are availible @ amazon.
When we first reached a small poor village and saw Itzamal painted on the walls, our hearts sank." We can't stay here." Then we remembered we wanted to see the real Mexico, but much to our delight this was just a town outside the larger town of Itzamal, even so as we tried to find our hotel circling through the calles and seeing the poverty of some in the area we once again questioned our decision, when we finally noticed the sign and wall entrance to Macan che. Our hearts beat quickly as we grabbed are bags and entered the gate.
What a welcome relief. Macan che is a perfect blend of the Garden of Eden and 4 Star Service. There are a dozen or so small casas, each with it's own style. Everything was immaculate. Soft beds and hot water. The food was very good.
The next morning we were pleased to discover that we had arrived during a festival. December 1-12 is the Festival of The Virgin. We were also assured that everything in town was within walking distance and safe, even for two women alone at night! This proved to be true. The local people spoke Mayan and Spanish, and though I spoke neither and my companion a bit of the latter. We had no real problem as the people were so gracious and many spoke some English.
Itzamal is filled with historic architecture, a Franciscan Chapel, and their pride is the Convento, breat taking inside and out. It is also just a short drive to Chichen Itza and many cenotes. We advise save the excursion fees and go on your own. We highly recommend Itzamal and Macanche for a truly refreshing look at Mexico.
I have many beautiful photographs. D. Keough

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Danville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2010

I came for the feast day of the Virgin of Izamal, which was a major community festival worth seeing, and MacanChe was the perfect place to stay. The grounds are perfectly manicured and tranquil, the rock bottom pool a delight, the staff warm and helpful, the location just blocks from the town center. Rooms in separate little bungalows are simple and decorated nicely according to different local themes. My bed was really comfortable. One of the very best things about this place, and my main reason for writing, is the food. Every meal I had was wonderful, and the dinners were some of the best local cooking I've had in three months in the Yucatan. Expertly prepared, flavorful, plentiful, delicious food served with a smile in a lovely outdoor tiled patio setting with a palm-covered palapa roof, is one of the best reasons to come here. Izamal is a fascinating town with a rich history, worth exploring.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled solo
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2010

We spent 10 wonderful days at Macan Che. Making Izamal as our headquarters for exploring the culture and people of the Yucatan, worked out perfectly. Our room was bright and comfortable. The bed was the best we have had on our many trips to Mexico. Our room, "Chan Naj", had a little kitchen and a much appreciated 5 gallon jug of purified water. The grounds feature walking pathes amidst a well cared for bounty of tropical fauna. We quite enjoyed the refreshing pool that has a unique limestone bottom much like the cenotes of the region. Our room came with a delicious breakfast each morning. We often ate dinner in the hotel's palapa restaurant featuring a variety of delicious dishes. The menu had a wide variety of options with flavors of the Yucatan and European style fare. The entire staff was friendly, efficient, and caring. Alfred, the owner, was very friendly, knowledgable, a big help in recommending all types of sites to see in the area, and very helpful in providing driving instructions. He gave all his guests this personal attention. We would not hesitate to return to Macan Che. Even in 10 days we did not see all the ruins, cenotes, charming towns and skillful artisans that one can find in this part of the Yucatan.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2010

I spent an incredibly relaxing week at Macan Che in Izamal. I was traveling by myself, and very grateful for sightseeing and local travel tips from friendly staff. My meals at the restaurant were the best I had in a month of traveling around the Yucatan, and I passed many hours reading by a gorgeous pool. Emily and Alfred have clearly poured a lot of love into this place, and I feel blessed to have found it! Highly recommended.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled solo
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Brooklyn, New York, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2010

My husband and I rented a car from Cancun and headed to the yellow city, stopping at the beautiful Ek Balam ruins along the way. We drove through some serious rain, and were exhausted from (what seemed to be) a long haul on the road- but the minute we stepped foot into the gorgeous Macan Che B&B we knew it was worth the trip, and wished we booked an extra night immediately.

We were immediate greeted by the friendly owners and staff, and told right on the spot that if you'd like some (delicious) food from their kitchen to order now and then they'd prepare it all so it'd be ready for us after we got settled in the room and cleaned up from the rainstorm. We stayed in the Casa Maya room, and were instantly in love. They put so much attention to the details to give you such an authentic experience, and feel so warm and cozy. Especially how they fold the towels- a special touch!

The dining area was beautiful as well, with lots of authentic multicolored decorations, all of which came from the local markets. The cenote themed pool was perfect, with hammocks and chairs for you to sit and absorb the beautiful landscape of the hotel. We ordered the fish taco and margaritas and were in heaven.

The best part about this hotel though was really the service. The owners take a lot of pride in their work, and go above and beyond to make you feel like they've welcomed you in their home. We were so grateful for their wonderful travel advice on Izamal, Merida, and cenotes along the way. All of their recommendations turned out to be the best, and we were so satisfied, ultimately wishing we could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Hotel Macanche Bed & Breakfast

Property: Hotel Macanche Bed & Breakfast
Address: Calle 22 x 33 y 35, Izamal 97540, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Yucatan > Izamal
Amenities:
Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Izamal
Price range (per night): ₹ 3,142 - ₹ 4,516
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Macanche Bed & Breakfast 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Macanche is your tropical oasis in the land of the Maya. We have 12 uniquely decorated bungalows scattered throughout our tropical gardens and 2 houses for big groups or long-term rentals. We serve a full breakfast every morning and also offer yoga, massage and other services. Surprise yourself in charming Izamal where the pyramids are at your doorstep. ... more   less 
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