Quinta Chanabnal

Location: Southern Mexico | Mexico

Hidden amongst jungle and the croaking call of toucans, Quinta Chanabnal echoes the design of a magnificent Mayan palace, and provides a rustic base for exploring the famous archaeological site of Palenque.
Perfect forWould-be archaeologists, jungle explorers, and birders who want a laid-back and rustic place to stay.
In the knowAsk the hotel to make you an early breakfast, and visit Palenque at the crack of dawn to beat the heat and the crowds.

Recommended for...

  • Boutique Hotel
  • Cultural Immersion
  • History & Heritage
  • Off the Beaten Track

Hotel Overview


Three kilometers from the archaeological site of Palenque, Mexico.

Rooms at Quinta Chanabnal

Quinta Chanabnal has just 7 rooms, and is inspired by Mayan traditions with thatched roofs and stone pyramids dotted about the complex. Painted in earthy oranges and reds, the rooms are rustic but spacious with separate sitting areas, tribal artefacts, and air conditioning. Some have balconies offering mountain or garden views which are perfect for an afternoon siesta.

Food and Facilities

The atmospheric restaurant at Quinta Chanabnal is lit by candles in the evenings and serves Mayan and Mexican specialities such as sopa azteca and lamb in saffron sauce. There’s also a beautifully designed outdoor pool that cascades over three levels of rocks, all at different temperatures.

Activities at Quinta Chanabnal

Nearby is the sprawling Mayan site of Palenque – one of the best preserved in Mexico, and a constant source of new discoveries for archaelogists. Birders will likewise be in heaven as they explore the sprawling ruins, with the colourful keel-billed toucan and a cacophony of exotic birdlife in the surrounding jungle. Back at Quinta Chanabnal you can relax in the herb infused Mayan steam room, and just outside of Palenque you can take a dip beneath a turquoise waterfall.

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