Hacienda Chichen welcomes you with its serene Colonial ambiance and extraordinary location, literally at the foot of Chichen Itza's Maya temples in the state of Yucatan, Mexico. Hacienda Chichen was built in the XVI Century to serve the Spanish Crown. The main building was constructed using original stones from nearby Mayan pyramids and temples. These are currently exposed in its west facade wall.
The room suites only consist of a few air conditioned guest cottages nestled amid the hacienda's lush tropical garden. Towering royal palms and flowering trees provide shade for individual porches or patios that are in front of each cottage. The setting is one of peaceful tranquility where broad-leaf tropical plants provide a natural habitat for tropical song birds that frequent the hacienda grounds. Manicured garden walkways from the cottages lead to the nearby main hacienda, restaurant and swimming pool. Distances from the cottages to these areas, or even the Chichen Itza ruins, are very short.
There are 11 guest cottages which house the 18 guest rooms, 4 honeymooner-rooms and 7 master suites. All are uniquely decorated with Colonial tiles, hand carved wooden doors and furnishings, regional woven bedspreads, and the hacienda owner's private collection of historical photographs. Each guest room has a splendid garden view with a romantic porch or patio, and a traditional Mayan hammock. Rooms also have air-conditioning, dehumidifier unit, ceiling fan, mini-bar, large walk-in closet, vanity area, deluxe bathtub and other amenities. Non-smoking rooms, cribs, iron and ironing board are available upon request. individual room details
Cultural heritage Hacienda Chichen merges two of Yucatan's most significant historical periods; its pre-Columbian Maya legacy and its Spanish Colonial period. Originally Hacienda Chichen operated as a cattle ranch and by the XIX Century it was converted to a sisal plantation. By the early XX Century the hacienda became Mr. Edward H. Thompson's home, vice-consul of United States. With the aid of local Maya natives Thompson uncovered many temples and pyramids. Thompson also led the first dredging of the Sacred Well, known in Spanish as Cenote Sagrado, and sucessfully recovered gold ornaments, human bones, copal incense, sacrificial knives and other pre-Columbian artifacts from its depths. Some believe the Cenote served as a sacrificial well of Maya virgins to "Chaac", their rain god.
The Carnegie Institute established its Maya Archaeological Expedition headquarters at Hacienda Chichen in 1923. A few cottages were built within the hacienda's main garden and these housed the Institute's archaeologists and research team for 20 years. Today these cottages have been remodel, with all sensitivity to their original charm and essence, in order to provide added comfort to visiting guests. In addition to Mr. Thompson's plant collection, Mr. Bruce Gordon has planted over 2,000 indigenous hardwood trees, royal palms, flowering trees and fruit trees, in order to re-established the ecological balance at Hacienda Chichen. The hacienda grounds have been designated a Bird Refuge and Maya Jungle Wildlife Reserve in an effort to protect the native flora and fauna of Chichen Itza. more on Hacienda Chichen history
Yaxkin Spa We hope you enjoy the splendor of Chichen Itza, one of Mexico's most powerful post-classic Mayan archaeological sites. Before or after your day at the ruins we invite you to enjoy a Maya Spa experience at Yaxkin Spa, a perfect compliment to a day at the ruins. more on Yaxkin Spa
Below, the morning mist casts a mystical shrouded over the old growth gardens and towering royal palms of Hacienda Chichen. We have included additional pictures to give you an idea what it is like to wake up here, at the foot of Chichen Itza's Mayan ruins, in a historic Spanish Colonial hacienda that has such an impressive history of its own.