Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Hacienda Paradise Boutique Hotel

Our night at Hacienda Paradise in Playa del Carmen was an interesting one. The boutique hotel is on a fairly busy side-street in north Playa--and with all the one-way streets, it took us a bit to find it.
Pros: Clean; cool room furniture; free breakfast; pool (too cold to use on this trip); great bathroom & shower; found a street parking spot right infront of the hotel; hard beds/mattresses--but it didn't bother me at all;

Cons: Located on a busy side-street and half of the room doors are on this street, out in the open; a glass pane next to our "window" A/C was broken, so that let the noise in even further; no hot water for my 5:00 AM shower--I went back to bed and called at 7:00 and they fixed it; had to pay $2.50 for yogurt at breakfast--but it was worth it;

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Mayan Beauty

A recent article entitled "Extreme Makeover" by Mary Miller in Archeology, discusses interesting facts about what the Mayan people believed to be physically beautiful.
The article mentions binding the head to produce a flattened forehead and elongated skull to drilling holes in their teeth and filling them with jade.
Very interesting article - here's the link: http://www.archaeology.org/0901/abstracts/maya.html

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

La Cueva del Chango

La Cueva del Chango means "Monkey's Cave" in English. I have heard a lot about this restaurant/bar in Playa del Carmen, and this trip I am going to check it out!
It is an open-sided palapa made of woods and natural materials such as stone. Water and greenery contribute to the ambiance of a "jungle" feel.
As far as the food goes--lots of fresh fruit (salads, juices, etc.), homemade rye bread, and freshly made salsas! (Yum!) Traditional Mexican food with a twang (ie: shrimp breaded with Xcatic chili and cinnamon) is said to make for a new experience.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Hotel Hacienda Paradise

On our upcoming trip, we will be staying one night at the boutique hotel "Hacienda Paradise" in Playa del Carmen. This is somewhere I have never stayed before--I'm looking forward to previewing it.
Besides the regular selling points of cleanliness, decor, location, etc., my considerations in choosing Hacienda Paradise were:

1. Free Beach Club Passes

2. Free Gym Passes

3. Free Wi-Fi

4. Free Continental Breakfast

5. Free Parking

In just over a week from now, I'll let you know my personal opinions of the hotel.