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Hotel Oka'an
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Chichen Itza
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Things you'll need: reading material and mosquito repellent”
Reviewed 24 February 2012

Hotel Oka'an is a very beautiful and remote resort located accross from Cenote Zaci and a few minutes away from the ruins in Chichen Itza. If you go on vacation for a little peace and quiet, relaxation, and a good book, then this is the place! You have to travel 1.5 km down a very rocky and pothole-filled road to get to the resort, but the inconvenience is worth it.

The beds were very comfortable, in my opinion, and the room was updated and beautiful. I was a fan of the semi-private shower but my travel buddy was not. No one outside of your room can see you in the shower, but everyone in your room can when they walk by. So I waited on the opposite side of the room so my buddy was more comfortable.

The entire property, minus the lagoon, is kept impeccably neat, trimmed, and clean. There is always someone cleaning, sweeping, or landscaping. The staff is very friendly and their ability to speak English is a little better than my ability to speak Spanish so its all manageable. The pool tiles need replacing as some of them have faded to a unwelcoming color and it takes away from its beauty, but the pool is actually a nice place to lay in the sun.

There were a few negative things about our stay that explains my 3/5 point rating. My travel buddy and myself like to explore and are not keen on sitting around in the sun or the shade all day. We used the resort as a homebase as we traveled to several cenotes, the ruins, and several nearby towns but the road to and from the resort was a huge time-consumer to navigate. Some of the staffs landscaping duties should extend to smoothing out the 1.5 km rocky path to the resort. Just a general raking of the path to keep the potholes filled would be a tremendous improvement. This path is a huge negative memory.

Having a peaceful and tranquil jungle setting is nice. But, for the resort to be so secluded they should offer more things for their guests to enjoy. The spa was always closed, so we couldn't even pass the time with a few treatments. The lagoon was drained and the water sat in it stagnating and creating a perfect breeding ground for the ungodly amount of mosquitoes at this resort.

Guests can only use WIFI in the lobby which is quite a hike from the rooms. We were afraid to walk anywhere in the dark after encountering a scorpion at our room door the first night (don't freak out, scorpions are common in this region - and this was not the hotel's fault at all). But, there was also stagnant water circling the lobby like a mosquito-riddled moat, so good luck enjoying the internet.

Parking is also very hit or miss. I would say there was three actual parking spaces and the rest was a park-where-you-can-find-space situation on the side of the roads or in a nook out of the way.

Other than these issues, it was a pleasant stay and I would return happily if I couldn't get a decent room at Mayaland or somewhere else.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Preston, Lancashire
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Reviewed 16 February 2012

The hotel is set in a peaceful jungle location in several acres just a few minutes’ drive from Chichen Itza. The remote location is its great benefit with access via a 1.5km gravel track before reaching the central reception area. The suite accommodation is spread around the site although on our first visit we elected to stay in a double room in a larger three floor block close to the restaurant and lovely swimming pool (complete with gentle waterfall cascade). This does not detract from the feeling of isolation with each room having a balcony overlooking the jungle canopy with the only sounds being jungle noises in the evening and birdsong in the morning. The rooftop has great views of the surrounding tree canopy with no other buildings in sight as far as the eye can see apart from a tantalising glimpse of El Casatillo at Chicken Itza in the near distance.
The rooms themselves are very spacious. We had a two double bedded room on the first floor of the block. The rooms are equipped with fridge, air conditioning and ceiling flan and to complement the isolation – no TV!
Bathrooms are lovely. High quality fittings and rain shower plus nice toiletries and spottlessly clean.
We also had a meal in the restaurant which has a good selection. Although the meals we had were not particularly large, the food was well prepared and nicely presented; prices were not unreasonable given its location. Price of the hotel also included a light breakfast the following morning which consisted of plated fresh fruit salad plus toast and jam, juice or coffee. Other menu items were available at extra cost. We paid around £60 for the room and breakfast which we considered to be outstanding value in view of the quality of the room and its surroundings.
The experience was so good, we diverted back to Okaan for the last night on our holiday which coincided with Valentines day. This time we booked a ‘king bungalow’ located to the rear of the site. These are rondel shaped buildings topped by a thatched roof with each building housing a ground and first floor unit. We opted for the first floor room and again this was excellent. The king bed had a romantic canopy and the bathroom was extremely spacious with twin basins and a huge walk in rain shower. There was an outdoor private seating area perfect for a glass of wine. It represented good value at around £100.
A lot of work and expense has undoubtedly been undertaken on the site and it was a shame that on both occasions we visited there was a lot of unused capacity in the hotel.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 February 2012

We are a very well travelled couple in our early 60s
A rather strange experience as the hotel in the middle of the forest/jungle was practically empty and we had an incident when one member of staff left his golf cart on a slope with no brake and it started to roll back into our rental car. Luckily my husband had the presence of mind to leap out of our car and into the golf cart to stop it. Otherwise, serious damage on a rental car!!
The restaurant menu was fairly pedestrian, but the cook and manager gave us breakfast at 7.30 (should have been 0800) to enable us to visit Chicen Itza early.
Very comfortable beds and rooms and as the other reviews have stated, interesting architectural details

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Wien, Österreich
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Reviewed 4 February 2012

we stayed there only one night, and regretted we could stay longer. the hotel is beautiful, and we didnt have time to check out the pool. it looked so fabulous!
Also dinner at the restaurant was very nice, we enjoyed every bite.
the rooms are beautiful, very clean. Great service. We were helped with our bags by a staff member driving us (and the bags) with a golf cart to the suite. Enjoyed it, recommend it !

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Valladolid, Mexico
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Reviewed 18 January 2012

You can go to the Okaan Resort restaurant even if you are not a guest!

Very romantic setting. Small limited menu at lunch with about 20 items. Food was tasty, well prepared and presented at a reasonable price. Full bar and wine and beer too. Drawback is the not great gravel 1.5 KM road back into the resort from the main highway...but it is worth it!

The guest rooms look great - and most of them have wonderful panoramic views, but we did not stay at the resort - but we did check out several rooms jsut in case for the future. We liked what we saw - and the price point is a bargain considering the prices some other older resorts nearby get for their rooms - as this resort is more or less brand new at about 2 yars old.

Check them out on tripadvisor.com for a room rate...I bet you too will be pleased. GO - we do not think you will be disappointed. And if you don't stay there, but are in the area - at least go and try their restaurant - we very much enjoyed our luncheon experience at the Okaan Resort.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Oka'an
Address: Km. 122 Carretera Merida - Pto Juarez., Chichen Itza 97757, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Yucatan > Chichen Itza
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Chichen Itza
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Oka'an 3.5*
Number of rooms: 22
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