Hacienda Viva Sotuta de Peón
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily continental breakfast
- Authentic arrival: A porter brings you to your room in a cart pulled by a mule
- Most rooms have outdoor terraces and private plunge pools
What To Know
- Checkout time is 12 p.m.
- The vibe is laid-back and rustic
- In-room massages can be arranged
- A $2 service fee per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Located on a working sisal plantation, the Hacienda Viva Sotuta de Peon Resort offers an authentic Mexican experience just 45 minutes from downtown Merida, and it begins with arriving at your room via a mule-drawn cart. The thatch-roofed guestrooms are 489 square feet and have brightly painted talavera tiles on the floor and some of the walls, while dark wood furnishings and pops of sunflower-yellow and robin’s-egg-blue create a warm appeal. Some have plunge pools with hammocks strung on the private terrace. Nuestra Casa, the restaurant, offers native Yucatecan cuisine — basic yet deeply flavorful steak, rice, seafood and taco dishes. If you’re hanging out poolside, the adjacent bar serves drinks and lighter fare.
In the Area
Right next to the hotel there’s a chance to delve into the history of the property, at Hacienda Sotuta de Peon, the restored home of the plantation’s early-20th-century owners. An engaging guide offers a tour of the place, which has been transformed into a museum depicting the history of the region’s sisal haciendas. If you’re geared up for the 45-minute trip into downtown Merida, the Catedra de San Ildefonso, a 16th-century church in a former Mayan temple, and the Museo Regional de Antropologia are among the most important attractions in the city, offering not-to-be missed exhibits on Merida’s fascinating heritage.
How to Get There
This tour of a an actual 160 year old working sisal hacienda was a wonderful
Experience , a must see , the centre to swim in at the end of the tour is most refreshing . Ivan was our guide and he did a wonderful job of explaining and answering questions in both Spanish and English . We found it difficult to drive to
And find tho , better driving directions and GPS coordinates on the advertisements and website would be a great addition
Wonderful tour by knowledgeable interpreter. It was nice to see old hacienda and how sisal is made from agave plant on machinery that’s over 100 yrs old. The restaurant had wonderful food. We all enjoyed our time here.
This was our one high end selection on a 2+ week vacation to Campeche/Yucatan. We had our own luxurious cabin with great bed, our own pool, coffee of course, and all the other usual amenities. But there were two issues: the noise outside beginning about 7 am and from one of the two restaurants until very very late (I suppose about midnight); and no TV. I understand the concept, but for that money I want my TV. And besides, there is nothing to do nearby if we were to go for a drive. But it was a nice spa-like experience.
My wife had a half hour massage, which she liked. The tour of the old henequen / sisal facility was the main reason for the visit and it did not disappoint. I wanted to learn about the history of the industry and I got a lot out of it. The lunch at the end of the tour was great, reasonable priced believe it or not, and if I was a local would dine there periodically.
The tour was three hours, and ended with an hour at a wonderful cenote where we had the option of swimming and/or hanging out at a bar outside and/or the massage.
It don't think I would come back if in the area again .... unless of course they supply me with a TV and do something about the noise.
The first thing you'll find in this hotel is a frond desk staff trying to race the hotel fair. The second thing you will find in this hotel's rooms is a noise a/c that will make you feel like you are sleeping cheap motel. Also you will find bored people at the hotel bar because there are not many guest or things to do around. It is hard to arrive here from Merida going through many little ugly towns and narrow roads. The scenery is pretty enough but if feels to arranged for tourist (not the hacienda experience I was expecting). In other words, you can find more interesting things than this and the relation price/quality will disappoint you.
This place is amazing, it just is. Everything is beautiful and maintained to a brand-spankin new, super sparkly clean shine in every way. The reception, grounds, restaurants, hacienda, and cenote, were all beautiful and spotless. We stayed in a superior room which is actually a darling private cabana with palapa roof. The "rooms" are huge and beautifully decorated. I LOVED our room. The shower is a small room in itself as is the water closet. There is ample closet/storage space, a desk and refrigerator. Our room was VERY comfortable despite the sweltering heat outside. I did not even notice if there was a television! My only disappointment with the room was that the bathroom lighting was inadequate for putting on make-up. We had a small private pool and patio that was very private.
The grounds are expansive with walkways throughout. The Hacienda also hosts a tour of historic sisal factory where a type of agave is turned into twine and ropes. The tour is quite interesting and includes a stop to view the original hacienda. It ends at the cenote where you have an opportunity to go for a swim in the crystal clear blue water. There are small gauge rail tracks running throughout the property on which mule-drawn carts take you on the tour.
We had breakfast at one of the restaurants daily and it was pretty good, however, we had a great lunch of cochinita pibil.
Horseback riding is available for a nominal fee and, as an equestrian, and I am happy to report that the horses available were not only beautiful, but also very quiet and very healthy, quarter horses.