This unique hotel's public areas could be the entrance to a Disney "Maya Adventure" ride—stone block walls, replicas of Maya statues and stelae, murals of ancient myths and warriors, reliefs that could have been lifted from a Maya temple, stone archways (even in the sapphire-blue waterfall swimming pool). Guest rooms are more subdued but most have been brightened by a 2014 remodel: whitewashed walls contrast with dark wood furniture and blue or green cotton bed throws, while flat-screen TVs and efficient, whisper-quiet mini-split air conditioning replaced older predecessors. Though hallways are still rather dim, and the location on a busy street known for its nightclubs makes asking for a courtyard room a wise choice, this is one of Cancún's best values. The hotel's spa offers Maya healing treatments, facials and a traditional temazcal (Maya steam bath) at a fraction of Hotel Zone prices (guests get a 10 percent discount to boot). The "cafebreria" (coffee shop/bookstore) hosts live music in the evenings, and a small theater presents music, comedy and Saturday-afternoon kids' shows. Don't miss the floor-to-ceiling city views from the third-floor corridor.
- Christine Delsol