Ratings based on 3 Verified Reviews

3.3 out of 5
Expedia Verified Reviews
2 out of 5
by A verified traveler

Not the greatest

Posted Jan 17, 2017 on HomeAway
This is definitely a no frills type of place. We did not have a great experience here. Until we brought it up to the property manager, we had almost no water pressure and no hot water (it was never turned on). Once we discovered that this was not usual, they got both fixed. One day we got home to a flooded kitchen and part of the living room. Apparently, this was from a strong rain during the day. We think the wifi for the house was the neighbors and not password protected. The wifi that was listed for the house never did have a password that worked. The neighborhood dogs were certainly an issue, as other reviewers have said. On the plus side, the property managers, Patricio and Elena, were great. Also the beach that was in walking distance was beautiful, one of the best along the coast.
4 out of 5
by A verified traveler

Great value, convenient location, away from the fray

Posted Jan 12, 2017 on HomeAway
Our family (two adults, two children) stayed in Chan Chemuyil for a week over New Years. Overall, this little house suited our needs very well. It's nothing fancy, but it was functional, comfortable and clean. It was generally well-stocked with kitchen appliances, beach supplies, linens and other things you might need. When we were there, it was lacking some small necessities (coffee filters, matches for the stove, etc) - but it was all stuff we were able to restock ourselves. We had a small issue with the windows, which do not close very well, but I guess that's the way they work. Chan Chemuyil is close to the highway and super convenient to plenty of nearby attractions. Tulum, Dos Ojos and Laguna Yal-Ku are all within a 15-minute drive. We also made the longer trip to the ruins at Cabo. After these great adventures, we spent almost every afternoon at "our" beach at Xcacel (10-minute walk) which is absolutely gorgeous and much less crowded than Akumal or Tulum. We loved this beach - only disappointed that it closes at 5pm. The immediate surroundings of Chan Chemuyil do NOT have a lot to offer for your down-time - no yard to speak of, no hiking trails, no hammock - but we did enjoy walking into the village for dinner at La Palapa. We also spotted some good birds in the surrounding forests - chachalacas, turquoise-browed motmot, lots of colorful orioles. The neighbors are friendly. The dogs are loud, as are some neighborhood cats, which seem to set the dogs off. But it didn't bother us too much - just an occasional disturbance. Mostly, considering the super busy peak-travel time we were there, we appreciated being able to "escape" from the hordes and retreat to our little bungalow away from the touts and tourists. Laine was responsive to all of our requests. He even helped us find a local babysitter, which I thought might be tricky but it wasn't, thanks to his recommendation. Overall, we had a good experience. This little house offers excellent value - significantly cheaper than any of the other hotels or rentals that were available when I was looking. While it might not be particularly large or luxurious, we found it had pretty much everything we needed, with the advantage of being off the beaten track. Definitely recommended for independent travelers.
4 out of 5
by A verified traveler

Too bad about the noise

Posted Jan 6, 2016 on HomeAway
The images and description give a very truthful impression of the property - you get what you see. We also liked the local beach very much although it does get quite busy even here during peak season, but it is certainly a lot less packed than the more well known beaches. The only thing I would say about the property is the size. It is listed as sleeping six adults, but I would not recommend it for more than four. For starters, there are not enough plates and chairs for six people! Also, it would be very crammed since the place is not big. We were there for part of the time with four adults, and I would say that that was about as much as the place could handle. While we had a good time in Chan Chemuyil, we would probably not rent this property or even in the community again because of the noise: First, we were woken each night at least once if not several times by the loud barking of the neighbour's dog, which literally climbed onto this property's roof, making the barking even louder. There are also many other dogs in the neighbourhood leading to a barking chorus in the middle of the night. Second, especially in the early morning hours (5-6AM), we were usually woken by trucks on the Playa del Carmen-Tulum highway even though this house is on the street that is the furthest away from the highway. During the day the traffic can also be heard although not as loud. It seems the early morning is rush-hour for deliveries.