Opting to stay at one of the best hotels near Chichen Itza is a great idea when you are visiting the archaeological site. The historical complex is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO-protected world heritage site.
It is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Mexico and in all of Latin America and so opting to spend a night nearby means that you can wake up bright and early and be one of the first people inside the complex when you visit. Several luxury hotels and haciendas have opened up right outside the main gate.
Some of these upscale places have a special entrance gate into Chichen Itza which enables guests to bypass all of the queues at the main entrance and ticket office. Even considering the prime location, hotel prices here are reasonable.
Less than 3 km from the historic site, you will also find the little Yucatan town of Pisté. A plethora of hotels, hostels, guest houses, tour companies, and tourist restaurants have popped up here in recent years to accommodate the abundance of tourists that pass through the region.
There is something here for every budget and travel style and you can easily enjoy a comfortable night stay without breaking the bank. Heading a little further afield, you can base yourself in Valladolid before heading to Chichen Itza for the day.
But do note that the city is 45km and a 45-minute drive away from the ancient site.
Best Hotels Near Chichen Itza in 2023
This article has been written by a British Travel Writer based in Merida, Yucatan. I have personally reviewed all of the below hotels, so let’s have a look at their rooms, amenities, offerings, and prices.
At a glance, I would suggest that the best hotels near Chichen Itza for a luxury stay are either Villas Arqueologicas Chichen Itza or Hacienda Chichen Resort & Yaxkin Spa. If you are on a budget, consider staying at
Hacienda Chichen Resort & Yaxkin Spa
Address: Zona Hotelera de Chichen Itza, KM. 120 Carretera libre 180-Puerto Juarez
Hacienda Chichen Resort & Yaxkin Spa is a gorgeous luxury property situated in Chichen Itza’s hotel zone. Staying here means that you can enjoy exclusive access to the Chichen Itza site through the hotel’s private entrance.
Not to mention, Hacienda Chichen Resort & Yaxkin Spa guests have the indulgent experience of staying in spacious colonial-style rooms in the heart of the rainforest. Upon arrival, you are treated to a complimentary welcome beverage that you can enjoy in the courtyards and gardens.
The premises feature a jungle pool, a spa, a bar, and a restaurant. Advanced reservations are recommended for dining at the restaurant, especially if you are traveling during the peak season.
The restaurant is a farm-to-table concept place. Edible local plants, herbs, fruits, vegetables, and spices are grown in the property’s own botanical garden. Poultry and eggs are used from the on-site farm.
Treatments at the Yaxkin Spa do not come cheap. But spiritual Mayan rituals and regional ingredients and muds are used in the procedures.
Rooms at Hacienda Chichen Resort & Yaxkin Spa start from around $100 per night but vary depending on the season. Check the latest prices and availability here.
Villas Arqueologicas Chichen Itza
Address: Valladolid Km 120 Carretera Merida, Chichen Itza, 97751 Pisté
The Villas Arqueologicas Chichen Itza is a 3-star hotel situated right in Chichen Itza’s hotel zone. You couldn’t possibly get any closer to the complex than this.
The rooms and communal areas boast colonial-style decor, indigenous local artwork, and hand-carved wooden furnishings. There is a restaurant on-site where you can stop for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and indulge in a variety of international and traditional Mexican dishes.
Each standard bedroom has both a double bed and a single bed. Free toiletries are provided and the rooms offer views across the hotel gardens and pool, with its adorable thatched palapa huts.
Rooms at Villas Arqueologicas Chichen Itza are modest but comfortable and air-conditioned. They start from just $80 per night. Click here for the latest room rates and availability.
Mayaland Hotel & Bungalows
Address: Km.120 Chichén Itzá Highway Merida Cancun, 97751 Chichén Itzá
The Mayaland Hotel & Bungalows is the third and final property situated in the Chichen Itza hotel zone with direct, private access to the site. When the hotel first opened its doors in 1923, it was the very first tourist accommodation to be built close to the ruins.
Numerous high-profile celebrities have stayed here over the years – including Jackie Kennedy, Albert Einstein, and Luciano Pavarotti, who has an entire suite named after him! You can choose from a selection of different room types here.
There are independent thatched bungalows for absolute luxury, standard rooms, and premium rooms. The latter feature marble bathrooms and whirlpool tubs as well as coffee makers and complimentary beverages.
All rooms come with balconies that overlook the pool and hotel garden. From the higher levels, you may be able to catch a glimpse of the ancient observatory at Chichen Itza peeping out above the trees.
The hotel concierge can help you organize a private tour of Chichen Itza if you so wish, or they can provide plenty of information for planning your wider Yucatan itinerary. Complimentary bicycle rentals are also available for hotel guests.
Address: km 122 Carr Merida-Puerto Juarez, 97750 Chichén Itzá, Yuc
Hotel Okaan is undoubtedly one of the best hotels near Chichen Itza. The cozy three-star property sits just off the Carr Merida-Puerto Juarez close to Cenote Ik Kil and the Hotel Zone on the approach to the site.
The rustic rooms here all have spacious balconies where you can watch the sunset over the Yucatan jungle and look out across the hotel pool, lake, and garden. Each room boasts plush modern furnishings, air conditioning, cable TV, a mini bar, and an en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries.
Rooms here start from just $60 a night making the property a perfect choice if you want to enjoy luxury without the luxury price tag. Click here for the latest room rates and availability.
Hotel Chichen Itza
Address: Avenida Principal Piste , 97751 Chichen-Itza, Mexico
Hotel Chichen Itza is a comfortable and affordable accommodation choice in the village of Pisté near the archaeological site. Rooms start from $65 per night and include an excellent buffet breakfast.
Although the property looks simple from the outside, the gardens and pool area are gorgeous. Rooms are air-conditioned with en-suite bathrooms with free toiletries and a hairdryer.
Although the hotel’s location means that you will have to drive or take a cab to the ruins, it means that you have a plethora of excellent cafes, restaurants, and stores right on your doorstep.
Pisté is the closest settlement to the site and because of all the tourists that pass through the area, the Yucatan tourism board has been working on creating more attractions and cultural experiences for people to enjoy.
The Pisté community museum is worth a look-in. It tells the chronological history of the region using photographs and artifacts recovered from the area.
There is also a small exhibition inside where local artisans showcase their wood and stone handicrafts.
Pisté Parque Principál marks the center of town and there are multiple restaurants to be found here and in the streets that veer off from it. Indulge in some Yucatan classic delicacies such as papadzules, cochinita pibil or relleno negro.
Hotel Puerta Chichen
Address: No. 30×20, C. 15-A KM 117, 97751 Chichén Itzá, Yuc.
Hotel Puerta Chichen is a gorgeous four-star property on the outskirts of Pisté. The rooms are simple yet modern and comfortable with a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, and an en-suite bathroom.
A la carte, American and vegan breakfasts are available at the on-site restaurant every morning for an additional fee. In the hotel gardens, you will find a huge pool, as well as some Ancient Mayan-inspired sculptures and outdoor seating.
The hotel restaurant is also open for dinner and serves some sumptuous regional cuisine. From here, you can easily walk into the center of Pisté for coffee or dinner, or to browse Mayan masks, handicrafts, and other souvenirs at the various artisanal stores and markets.
Final thoughts on the best hotels near Chichen Itza
All of the best hotels near Chichen Itza on this list are close enough to the archaeological complex that you can get there in less than 20 minutes. If you are staying in Piste or elsewhere that isn’t directly in the Chichen Itza hotel zone, it is easier if you are renting a car.
But if not, it is easy enough to organize a taxi to the site. If you are going to be heading out early, you can ask your hotel concierge to organize a cab for you the night before.
Are you planning your trip to the Yucatan and Chichen Itza? You might also enjoy reading these Chichen Itza facts or this post on the best places to visit in the Yucatan.
Safe travels and enjoy Mexico! Buen Viaje! Xo