Hacienda San Jose Cholul
Hacienda San José Cholul is a superbly restored aristocratic residence enveloped in exuberant Yucatán forest offering luxury accommodation.
This captivating restored hacienda exudes historical atmosphere. The story of the riches accrued by the owners of Yucatán estates during the sisal boom is relatively well known, but to have the privilege of staying at one or more of them really brings the story alive.
Upon the collapse of the sisal trade this and similar properties fell into disrepair, but fortunately were acquired and revived as luxury accommodation, refurbished in a way which truthfully reflects the Spanish colonial spirit and style as well as the original affluence. The huge guest rooms are adapted from the workshops and offices, with lofty, beamed ceilings, cool tiled floors, heavy double wooden doors and rustic décor.
The chapel, in which some of the original 18th century frescoes have been preserved, houses a small library. There’s an al fresco restaurant offering delightful setting in which to enjoy the magic of the surrounding bird-filled forest and the 40m pool lies beside the fruit-bearing trees of an orchard dating back over a century.
San José de Cholul is one of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Luxury Collection.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
Most memorable experience: We stayed in varied and interesting places and learnt a lot about Mayan culture. The day out to Bonampak and Yaxchilan was outstanding. However, we also arranged 2 bird watching activities for ourselves and 2 further excursions to archaeological sites which we enjoyed arranging on the ground. Having the free time to improvise in this way was enjoyableAD, Reading
Highlights: San Cristobal was lovely. Chichen Itza was very impressive. Merida was fun in the evenings.AC, West Byfleet
Highlights:- We liked the variety of our trip - ancient Mayan ruins, real Mexican towns and people, and beautiful beaches. It was wonderful to access Chichen Itza from the grounds of Mayaland Resort and get in there early and before it was too hot without any crowds. We loved swimming in Dzitnup Cenote.PR, Brentwood
Enjoyed the fact that the cenotes we visited were far from the tourist circuit and had not been turned into themed experiences.SR, Borehamwood
Most memorable experience?: It's impossible to pick any individual aspect; but a number of experiences stood out: the visit to the "voodoo" church at St Juan Chamula (extraordinary and unexpected), the visit to the shrine of the Madonna of Guadalupe on the way to Teotihuacan in Mexico City (similar, and helped understand Mexican history), Palenque (the most beautiful and atmospheric of the pre-hispanic sites), and swimming in the three cenotes at Cuzama near Merida, which we arranged ourselves.AR Gospel Oak
Best experience: “Chichen Itza. That was the reason for making the trip and it lived up to its expectations. I also loved the snorkelling in Azumal. It was spectacular.TH Sweeden
Uxmal and Kabah: Much quieter than Chichen Itza but therefore more enjoyable.JF Bishops
"Uxmal - I loved everything about that day trip, the company of Raul, we learned a lot about Mexico with him, the food as he took us to a nice place but most of all he was able to understand that we were a kind of slow paced people and he gave us plenty time."AS, Chiswick
Most memorable experience: “Difficult to single out any particular aspect. The holiday was an excellent blend of history and culture, along with a final day to relax on the coast. We had time to explore on our own (important in the case of Chichen Itza where the timing of the guided tour on our arrival meant we were part of a vast circus of visitors).SR Borehamwood
Highlights: A day trip we took to Xel-ha where we swam with dolphins. Also, the visits to the main piramids, such as UxmalEP Royal Oak
Uxmal and Kabah archaeological sites, Mexico City Very enjoyable, despite the tropical rain storm. Our guide was excellent.DC Nottingham
"A highlight was the street dancing and music in Mérida, what a lively city!"Ms, Cambridge
Most Memorable Moment: Street dancing and music in Merida, what a lively city!MS, Cambridge
Most memorable experience: The live music in Merida, Izmal, Edzna and Campeche.JS Winscombe
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