Hacienda Chichen

Location: Yucatan & Campeche | Mexico

Price guide: £££££ Less than £100 per person per night

Hacienda Chichen is a unique eco-hotel in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. The hotel aims to present its guests with the full Mayan experience, and it can certainly claim something that most others can’t: the gardens include an entrance gate to the ruins of Chichen Itza, meaning that the access to one of the wonders of the world is pretty unrivalled. Its comfortable cottages have all housed pre-eminent archaeologists during their work at Chichen Itza, and you can enjoy authentic cuisine at the restaurant, whose chefs are of Mayan heritage.
Perfect forExploring Chichen Itza easily and in style.
In the know
  • Eco-resort dedicated to sustainable tourism
  • Ancient Mayan healing rituals at the spa
  • Authentic cuisine courtesy of chefs of Mayan heritage

Recommended for...

  • History & Heritage
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Family-friendly
  • Rustic

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Located within the Chichen Itza site itself, and with direct access to the famous monument, settings don’t come much more convenient that Hacienda Chichen’s. The hotel is set in beautiful gardens, where much of the produce for the restaurant is grown.

Rooms at Hacienda Chichen

Hacienda Chichen’s 28 guestrooms are spread across cottages in the hotel’s gardens, each built in a colonial style and decorated with Mayan arts and crafts. The cottages are very comfortable but have been designed to reflect their long histories. The Victorian-style Morley’s Cottage was built with ancient Mayan stones in the early 1900s by Sylvan Morley, one of the first and pre-eminent archaeologists in the field; each of the other cottages have also housed a renowned scholar during their work at Chichen Itza.

Food & Drink

The chefs at Hacienda Chichen are of Mayan heritage, and cook traditional dishes made from fresh, seasonal ingredients across two venues: Los Faisanes bistro, and the more informal terrace restaurant Chilam Balam. All the produce is grown and reared either locally or in the hotel gardens; sample dishes include pork chops with honey and chipotle sauce, pibil chicken with black bean paste, and red snapper in creole sauce.


Yaxkin Spa, like everything at the resort, is geared towards being sustainable and in tune with the environment, as well as with Mayan traditions. As such, produce used is organic and locally grown, using ingredients such as honey, cacao, aloe vera, and tropical fruits. The techniques and treatments used are rooted in Mayan shamanic traditions, which date back hundreds of years.

Activities at Hacienda Chichen

Needless to say, the standout activity during a stay here is a visit to Chichen Itza, to which the resort has unrivalled access through its own entrance in the gardens. The ruins make up one of the most famous attractions in the world, and are the brilliantly preserved remains of a Mayan city dating back to 600AD. A range of other activities can be arranged by the hotel, including guided bird watching tours, cookery classes, and a visit to their private collection of rubbings of Mayan carvings.

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Hotel location

Hacienda Chichen is around two hours’ drive from Cancun International Airport.

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