Valladolid Travel Guide
Some 120,000 tourists poured into the Cancun region of Mexico last week and hotel occupancy rates hovered around 95 percent. This was the result of an unholy trinity of public school spring breaks, college spring breaks, and the Semana Santa week before Easter all hitting at the same time.
We hightailed it out of there upon landing at the airport and spent the first night in Valladolid, an attractive Spanish Colonial town near the ruins of Ek Balam and Chichen Itza. The change in demand--and prices--couldn't be more dramatic. For $65 (including taxes) we got a room at the best hotel in town: Mesón del Marqués. Situated right on the main plaza, the 300-year-old main building houses the restaurant and one batch of rooms. A newer annex next to the large swimming pool has simple but comfortable rooms with air conditioning, satellite TV, and cranking hot showers.
Picture columns and arches built around a central courtyard, waiters in bow-ties serving up margaritas and tasty meals, and most of the city's attractions within a few blocks walking distance. Parking was free for the rental car though, complete with an attendant to stop traffic when we pulled out.
And oh yeah, a killer view. The occupants of room 403 get the one pictured here every time they step out their door, but this is a public terrace open to all guests for lounging around with a book and a Negra Modela. Including 17% taxes, standards at Mesón del Marqués are $65 and the most expensive multi-room Master Suite tops out at $200.