There is a variety of Holbox hotels with budgets for every taste, but Hotel La Palapa by Xperience Hotels is one of the best. Only two short blocks to the plaza, right on the beach with plenty of palms to shade visitors from the heat of the day and a killer Italian restaurant open from early morning through dinner.

The welcome at all Xperience Hotels begins the moment you walk in the door and Hotel La Palapa is no exception. You are offered a nice, cold towel and a cold beverage to refresh after your journey. They both come with a smile.

The rooms are comfortable, the balconies have great chairs and a hammock, and the bathrooms feature local toiletries. Most of the company’s hotels in Playa have huge overhead rainshower shower heads, but La Palapa takes advantage of the wealth of shells on Holbox and uses a large conch-like shell for the shower head. There are no televisions or telephones, but there is free wifi in  the rooms, on the beach and in the restaurant.

They have a variety of chairs, lounges, hammocks and beds on the beach or in the shade and all of them are just steps away from the restaurant, Costa Nostra.

Rooms include breakfast, served European style: great coffee with steamed milk (tea is available), juice, fresh muffins and toast with butter and jam. Protein hounds can order huevos rancheros, huevos motuleños, build-your-own omelettes and more. The lunch menu offers panini’s, salads and pastas.

We had an arrachera steak with a little Italian/Mexican fusion going on and a huge, seared tuna steak rolled in sesame seeds. House wines by the glass are a decent Trebbiano and a Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. If you didn’t get enough protein during the day, order the anitpasti plate. It comes loaded with proscuitto (actually Spanish jamon serrano), a couple of different kinds of salame, mortadella and olives. House-made bread and Italian olive oil complete this carne extravaganza.

They save one of the best parts of the meal for last, with a complimentary shot of limoncello, the heavenly digestivo common around the Amalfi Coast and the Cinque Terre, where Italy’s best lemons are grown. The one they poured (Marcati) was the perfect blend of lemony tartness, with a slightly sweet to balance the tart. I believe our response was, “Por favor, queremos dos mas limoncello.”

The hotel is small, intimate, relaxed (the music always seems to fit the relaxed vibe) and one of the best places I can think of for an island getaway.


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