Hotel Macan ché – A Tropical Retreat in a City

by Alex Bradley  (April 2012)
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My friend Lois Smith and I continued on our road trip from Santa Elena and Uxmal to Izamal. The fine hosts at our previous lodging had recommended the Hotel Macan ché B&B to us, as soon as they learned we were headed to the "Yellow City." So we called ahead and made our reservation with Emily, one of the owners.

Having visited Uxmal in the morning and stopped at Hacienda Ochil for lunch, we were ready to rest and relax a bit. After parking in the off-street lot, we checked in and were escorted to our room overlooking a garden area. It was also perfectly positioned to witness a gorgeous sunset.

After exploring the well-appointed room and enjoying the fading sky-colors from our chairs on the veranda, we decided to explore town a bit. We walked to the fabulous Cultural & Artisans Museum and were able to admire the exhibits before it closed.

Then after purchasing a bottle of my favorite Xtabentun, made nearby, we took in the light show at the Convent. Though the soundtrack was in Spanish, the visuals, the location, and the stars overhead all made it enjoyable for non-Spanish speakers as well.

We took our time meandering back to our hotel, appreciating the colonial city street scenes. Once back "home" we spent a little while in the common area, having a beer and using the Wi-Fi. Soon we were ready to sleep.

Being on an upper floor, we did hear some city noise and dog arguments. We could have turned on the a/c but we didn't really want to close the windows, and it wasn't that bad. We figured it was a reasonable trade-off for being right in the city, where we could walk to where we wanted to go.

The next morning we arose and each practiced using the hot-water-on-demand in the spacious shower; I was more successful than Lois. Then we spent some time with a hotel kitty, before going down for breakfast, which was tasty and filling.

We did get some time to talk with Emily, though she was busy taking care of business. It's obvious that there is a lot of attention to details. Emily and her partner, Albert, have been upgrading the hotel and its grounds since they bought it in 2005.

They have brought in topsoil from outlying ranches to grow organic vegetables to use in the hotel restaurant. They compost and recycle as much as they can. Many services are offered, as outlined on their website, such as yoga retreats, massages, cooking and language lessons, etc.

Given our short time frame, we didn't take advantage of the natural rock bottom pool, darn it. Next time!

Macan ché means "shaded by wood" in Mayan, so the hotel is well named. I hope you take the opportunity to stay in this pleasant place.