About This Listing
Casitas Kinsol is a Guest House with 8 rustic rooms for rent in Puerto Morelos, on the Mayan Riviera, 25 minutes South of the airport international of Cancun, conveniently located between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, and 4 blocks from the main bus stop in town. It resides in the heart of "La Colonia" (the part of the town where the locals live) of Puerto Morelos and only 2 miles to the beach: this is the perfect location for a full immersion in a Mexican neighborhood.
Surrounded by many eateries, grocery stands and stores, the guest house offers 8 romantic and rustic rooms and bungalows: 4 with kitchenettes and 4 without. All the rooms have basic amenities at low prices for double occupancy. The rooms come with private baths, hot showers, air fans and each with unique décor designed by the owners. Most of the rooms come with WiFi. 3 dogs are full-time hosts on the property.
- All our rooms are now listed on AirBnB so that you can choose the one that you really like. We may have some rooms available even when the AirBnB calendars show no availability - Please contact us to inquiry about availability -
THE ROOM 3:
- The Maya Room is ground floor and in the southeast corner of the property. It is situated below the room #5 and it is uniquely designed with Mayan art. This is the quietest of all the rooms. It is a tile and stucco designed room; this room, larger than #2 offers a full-size (double) bed and a twin-size (single) bed so it accommodates 3 people easily (the 3rd person is charged $12 US per night). This private bathroom offers a hot shower. All windows are screened. No kitchenette.
A DIFFERENT CONCEPT IN LODGING:
- No luxury. Rustic bungalows / huts (palapas) and rooms with a touch of sophistication that comes from the unique and personal decoration of each room. Only 8 cabins/palapas (bungalows) give a cozy ambiance and friendly atmosphere. Some rooms come a thatched roof - The breakfast is not provided -
A VERY CONVENIENT LOCATION:
- You are downtown Puerto Morelos, the town, two blocks from the main square on the West side of Highway MX307; however you will wake up to the multiple songs of the birds and the roosters.
- Less than five minute drive to the beach (2 miles). We rent bicycles (at extra cost) so that the beach appears even closer.
- Easy access to cheap public transportation (minibus or taxis). The first class long range bus stop (ADO) is 3 blocks away, within walking distance.
- Less than 8 minutes drive (5.5 miles) to the newly open convention center of CancunMesse.
- Half way between Cancun and Playa del Carmen; this is the perfect location to explore the Riviera Maya (25 minutes to the airport of Cancun, 35 minutes to Cancun, 30 minutes to Playa del Carmen, 1h45 minutes to Tulum, 4 hours to Chichen-itza).
- In the heart of the local population: this means that you can find plenty of affordable and tasty small restaurants and eateries within 2 or 3 blocks around the property. Convenient stores, mini-market stores, grocery store and also fruits and vegetables stands are nearby: get a quart of freshly squeezed juice for less than MX$15.00 Pesos -
- GPS coordinates:
- Latitude: 20°51'27.66"N
- Longitude: 86°53'58.38"W
- Rates starting at $31.00 US dollars per night per room for a couple ($12.00 US Dollars per extra person per night). This price includes:
- a clean bedroom with its private bath (with hot water in the shower).
- daily maid service in the room.
- each room comes with one full size (double size) bed. Some rooms have also an extra individual bed.
- a fan in each room - No A/C: the natural breeze, the shade provided by the vegetation and the traditional materials used in the construction of the bungalows and the rooms help provide most of the rooms with a nearly constant temperature.
- WIFI wireless internet access reach all rooms (except the room 8): so, bring your own laptop or web enabled phone. -
PERSONALIZED SERVICES AND FRIENDLY ATTENTION:
- We (the owners) spend endless hours on the property and we love to do our best to make sure that your stay will meet all your expectations. We know most of the "out-of-the-beaten-paths" tours, excursions and hidden paradises of the area; feel free to ask for advises and recommendations -
PETS ARE WELCOME:
- We have pets on site: three dogs (a mini pinscher and two "malich"): they work hard as hosts and they love to be petted at any time of the day or the night. Your pets are welcome (at extra cost) if they are well behaved and friendly to other pets and humans. They are NOT allowed to jump on furniture, to be on the bed / to be in the bed -
VISITORS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD:
At Casitas Kinsol, we have had visitors from 69 countries:
Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Basque Country, Belgium, Brazil, Bosnia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, England, Estonia, Euskadi, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, La Reunion, Lithuania, Mexico, Mongolia, Monte Negro, Netherlands, New-Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scandinavia, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tahiti, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, ... -
Feel free to look at our web site for more information and photos: you can find it by doing a search with the keyword "Casitas-Kinsol".
Common areas accessible to the guests:
- the yard / garden
- the relaxation area with hammocks.
- the sitting/dining area: if the guests order some food (pizzas, tacos, ... for example) from the surrounding restaurants, the guests are welcome to use the sitting/dining areas. Most of the eateries and restaurants in the neighborhood will have food ‘to-go’/ ‘to-take’.
- the hammocks in the yard.
- the sitting areas in the yard.
- the range, the utensils and the ingredients and food in the common kitchen area. The guests can use the range in the common area only to prepare coffees and teas. NO COOKING or MEAL PREPARATION is allowed in the common kitchen area.
Interaction with Guests
We interact as much as we possibly can with all our guests. When the opportunity arises, we love to go with our guests, on a tour to some local attraction, or, for a drink at a local neighborhood bar or even a snack at a local restaurant. All the proposals to go out are always welcome.
The town of Puerto Morelos is splitted in two parts: the beach area that is the touristic area and the township also known as "La Colonia". The swamp area is 2 miles wide and it divides the town between the port area (touristic area) and the township (the local area). Casitas Kinsol is located in the heart of the neighborhood called "La Colonia", 2 blocks from the main square / park of the township.
Casitas Kinsol is surrounded by many eateries, small restaurants, convenience stores, mini-markets, grocery stands and stores, bakeries, butcher, …, Casitas Kinsol is the perfect location for a full immersion in a Mexican neighborhood. Everything is at walking distance. The food is very inexpensive and very tasty (packed with local flavors). It is safe to walk at any time of the day or the night; and the locals are very friendly. The main park is family oriented: the Fridays and Saturdays nights see many kids and families enjoying a simple life (ice-creams, “churros”, creps, music, …)
Casitas Kinsol is located:
- 2 blocks from the main square / park where the nightlife on the weekends is intense and very local.
- 4 blocks from the long-range bus stop: these buses can either take you North, towards Cancun or South, towards Playa del Carmen, Tulum and the border with Belize. There are plenty of buses (first class buses from the ADO company) or small vans (called "colectivos"); they run from 5:00 am until midnight every day of the year.
- 2 blocks from the local urban buses pick-up.
- 1 block from the local urban buses drop-off.
- 25 minutes from the airport of Cancun.
- 35 minutes from Playa del Carmen and Cancun.
- 1h45 from Tulum.
- 4 hours from Chichen-Itza
- Latitude: 20°51'27.66"N
- Longitude: 86°53'58.38"W
- The beach area is at 2 miles.
- There are many taxis in town. We can call a taxi for you and it will be a the gate of Casitas Kinsol in less than 1 minute. The nearest taxi station is 4 blocks away and the taxis are available 24/7. A taxi to the beach is 25.00 Pesos (around $2.00 US Dollars) per ride.
- Local small buses loops between the beach area and the township until 8:00 pm. Almost every 10 to 15 minutes. 6.00 Pesos (around 50 cents of a Dollar) per person.
- We rent bicycles. 50.00 Pesos (around $4.00 US Dollars) per bicycle for 24 hours.
- We are at 4 blocks from the bus stop: the buses can either take you North towards Cancun or South towards Playa del Carmen and Tulum. There are plenty of buses (first class buses from the ADO company) or small vans (called "colectivos") that run from 5:00 am until midnight every day of the year. They cost less than $3.00 US Dollars per person (one way) to reach either Playa del Carmen or Cancun.
- The airport of Cancun is at 25 minutes (around $7.50 US Dollars per person). And Playa del Carmen and Cancun are at 35 minutes. You can reach Tulum in 1h45.
Other Things to Note
- We have pets on site: three dogs (a mini pinscher and two "malich"): they work hard as hosts and they love to be petted at any time of the day or the night.
-- Check out before 12:00 pm. Check in after 3:00 pm. Late check-out and early check-in can be accommodated; ask us for details.
- No curfew: if you come back late at night, please maintain a quiet atmosphere so that the other guests can have a restoring sleep. Some rooms have only mosquito screens (no window): please, keep the volume low and maintain a quiet atmosphere.
- Candles are provided as emergency lights when the electricity goes off. You may use them for romantic purposes, however, never leave a candle unattended.
- For the safety of all residents and guests, please register any overnight visit or guest that you may have.
- For the safety of our 4 legged guests and hosts, make sure that all gates are closed and locked at all times.
- The towels are not to be used as rugs or beach towels. Beach towels are not provided.
- Some rooms do not have windows - only mosquito screens -: please maintain a quiet atmosphere.
- Toilet bowls: Only human waste! Absolutely no toilet paper, hygienic towels, Q-tips, ... !!! The basket next to the toilet bowl is for these items.
- If you drove to Casitas Kinsol, make sure that your car is parked along the sidewalk in front of Casitas Kinsol. In Puerto Morelos, the property owners think that they own the sidewalk in front of their property; as a result any vehicle that is not theirs is not welcome!!!
THE KITCHEN IN THE COMMON AREA
It is for the only use of the owner. The kitchen in the common area is only to prepare coffees and teas. NO COOKING or MEAL PREPARATION is allowed.
However, you are welcome to use the sitting/dining area if you ever order some food (pizzas, for example) from the surrounding restaurants. Most of the eateries and restaurants in the area will offer the food ‘to-go’/ ‘to-take’.
ROOMS WITH A KITCHENETTE:
- Please wash the kitchen utensils as soon as you used them; failure to do so, will attract all kind of bugs and vermin in the room.
- When you leave Casitas Kinsol, you are expected to leave the kitchenette and all the utensils washed and cleaned. Failure to do so, a cleaning fee will be charged.
ROOMS WITHOUT A KITCHENETTE:
- the kitchen in the common area is only to prepare coffees and teas. NO COOKING or MEAL PREPARATION is allowed.
- If you use the kitchen utensils, you wash them and store them back in their location.
- Wash the kitchen utensils as soon as you used them; failure to do so, will attract all kind of bugs and vermin.
FOOD IN THE ROOM:
Remember that Casitas Kinsol is located in a tropical area: leftovers of food will turn bad in few hours (the fruits ferments, the cookies lose their crunchy feel, the meats oxidize, …). Do not leave food in the room (even overnight) unless you want to have the visit of hungry friends (ants, cockroaches, flies, …). Use Ziploc bags and put everything in the fridge.
No laundry service is provided on site. However, there are many inexpensive laundries within walking distance of Casitas Kinsol (where you drop off your cloths and get them back, washed, dried and folded); you get back your cloth on the same day (if you drop it early morning) or the next day. The cost is between MXN 10.00 Pesos and MXN 13.00 Pesos per kilogram (around 2 pounds). Some laundries apply a minimum charge of 3 kilograms.
- Absolutely no smoking in any rooms.
- Should you decide to smoke in the yard / garden: make sure that you do not "smoke" the guests around you.
If your room is not fitted with a hammock, you can always use one of the hammocks in the common areas, on the floor above the kitchen area or in the garden area. Be cautious when using the hammocks.
ENERGIES and RESOURCES:
- Help us keep our low rates: save water and electricity. Shut off fan and lights when you leave the room.
- Report any water leak (toilet flushing all day day long, ...).
Help us be environmentally responsible:
- by reducing the amount of detergent used: If you plan in re-using the towel, do not through it on the floor.
- by recycling and reusing organic materials in a compost process.
- by reducing our impact on the underground phreatic and aquifer waters: do not flush medications or any chemicals in the toilet bowl.
Casitas Kinsol tries to limit our impact on the environment. Help us by reusing the plastic bottles of water: refill them with the purified 5 gallons water bottle available in the kitchen area. A cooperation of MXN 5.00 Pesos per liter or quart is greatly appreciated (please leave the money in the “green” box on the table by the water jar).
Organic waste goes to a compost system in the backyard of Casitas Kinsol; please drop the organic waste (no paper, no cardboard, no cigarette, no plastic, ...) in the appropriate bin (“green Organic”) in the kitchen of the common area.
Some of the bottle of beer are recycled: you get your deposit back when you bring the bottle back to the convenient store or to the grocery store: make sure that you go back to the same store and you bring the original receipt.
Put the aluminium cans on a side: the employees that collect the trash, are always happy to make some extra money by reselling the aluminium by the weight. One of our neighbors is an elder woman with limited income and she always look forward to collecting the aluminium cans that we have.
- Pets' owners: pick up IMMEDIATELY after your pet. Make sure your pet does not jump on furniture and on guests' laps.
- Non pet owners: make sure that all gates are closed and locked at all times for the safety of our 4 legged guests.
- Casitas Kinsol’s dogs are NOT allowed OUT of the property without supervision or a leash: do not let the dogs out even if they beg you.
For those of you using free music or free video and movies downloads: you are most likely using a PPP (point-to-point protocol) applications where you allow this application to use the hard disk of your computer or of your electronic device for storage for other users. By allowing these applications, you surely get free music and movies, but you are also allowing the application to use the whole bandwidth of the internet connection, therefore leaving almost no internet connection for the other guests. Please disable (temporarily) these applications, while you are at Casitas Kinsol.
Your room comes with two (or more) keys: one for the door of the room and one for the padlock on the main gate. We do not operate a front desk: please take the keys with you when you leave the room or the property.
For the safety of all residents and guests, please register any visitor or guest that you may have. Maintain the doors and the gates locked at all times. If your guests stay overnight, a third, a fourth or fifth occupant in the room will be charged $12.00 US Dollars per night (per person); make sure to notify us so that we can provide the extra persons with the towels and amenities needed.
SERVICE / TIP / GRATUITY:
- The gratuity, also called tip or "service" is NOT included.
- It is NOT mandatory, however, your maid will surely appreciate it (should he/she deserves it).
- It is left to your appreciation and it is completely discretionary.
- 10 to 15 % would be an excellent tip.
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
If no one of the Casitas Kinsol’s staff is on the property, you can reach either Christine or Alain on their mobile phones. You can call them free of charge from the desk phone that is located in the common area, below the information panel. An information sheet is by the desk phone so that you can quickly dial the numbers. This phone is for emergency use ONLY. This phone is NOT to make or to receive any personal or business related phone calls. This phone is NOT to make any 800 numbers in the USA or Canada, or in any other country (it will route your call to an 800 number in Mexico).
I very highly recommend Casitas Kinsol! It is the perfect place if you are looking for a more authentic experience and something different from the average touristic trap. It is centrally located in Puerto Morelos with easy access to beaches and points of interest (all an easy taxi, colectivo, or bus ride away).
It is located in a colorful, beautifully decorated and maintained mango grove. The rooms are clean, cozy, and excellently decorated!
Christine and Alain are both super sweet and extremely helpful. They are very friendly and approachable. They go above and beyond to make you feel comfortable and help with any questions you may have or advice you may seek. They made me feel at home the entire time I was there!
If I am ever in Quintana Roo again, I would love to return to Casitas Kinsol!
Les recomiendo mucho hospedarse en Casitas Kinsol! Es un bello sitio, bien ubicado en Puerto Morelos con facil acceso a todos los puntos de interes en la zona (cerca de la carretera, de tiendas y restaurantes y a playas a traves de taxis o colectivos). Los cuartos son limpios y acogedores con decoraciones lindas. Christine y Alain son muy buena gente, muy simpaticos y siempre estan listos para ayudar o dar consejos. Me hicieron sentirme como si estuviera en mi propia casa! Que experienca tan bella! Si paso en el futuro por QR, me encantaria quedarme otra vez en Casitas Kinsol.
Beauty, serenity, love, nature, … I am in awe for what you created here Christine + Alain! All the building structures here seem to seamlessly intervene with the paradise at the center. I loved the playfulness and the love expressed there as I saw the hosts interact with their amazing animals.
So happy to have brought my friends there. We had an amazing stay full of comfort, discovery and good laughs. Looking forward to visiting this paradise again in the future!
I will cherish the great conversations and to all the good souls heading to the Puerto Morelos area: I am extending my highest recommendations.
+friendly, helpful, and generous hosts
+stylish, clean, and cozy rooms
+a whimsical, welcoming garden and other outdoor lounge spaces filled with greenery and various elements of natural beauty
It's a tiny jungle oasis near the beach and an ideal place to spend a few days before or after a flight to/out of Cancun. Highly recommend!
Alain et Christine sont les hôtes parfaits, très accueillants, devançant les questions et contribuant à bien découvrir la région et le pays par des échanges très riches. la chambre est magnifique, calme et très bien décorée, une vrai belle pause dans une petite ville charmante. le quartier est sympa, rythme tranquille..à 5 minutes en bus collectivo du centre/plage. ville très agréable, à cette saison beaucoup de vent donc pas possible de s'y baigner, plonger...mais de belles balades à faire, une cuisine excellente et très abordable à découvrir.
Casita kinsol was a great experience. It was clean and a nice stay. The fans kept everything plenty cool, wifi worked well for puerto.
Alan was awesome, and has tons of travel experience. Told me all about Colombia since I was heading off to Cartagena. He's also super helpful about anything you need or need to know. I'd definitely stay there again returning to la colonia.
This is a little haven,a retreat. An oasis. We stayed for 3 days and then we went to Playa del Carmen where we were booked for 4 days but after 3 days we went back to Kinsol and it fell like we were coming back home.
Alain and Christine are great hosts.
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About the Host, Christine
Born in 1962 in Germany, my mom was from Colombia, my dad was from Germany. Since the age of 5, I moved from country to country and was exposed to many different cultures: Spain, Columbia, Mexico, Panama, Dominican Republic, Belize, Guatemala, Switzerland, France, USA … My parents would never speak to my brother and myself in German, therefore, I never learnt German.
My mom, Luz Acevedo was an artist who exposed her oil paintings in major permanent expositions such as “El Jardin del Arte” in Mexico City, and Tepozotlan (Mexico State).
I studied to be a biochemist engineer and I discovered at a young age that I love paintings. I self taught myself different techniques such as oil color, water colors, acrylics and collage. My love for arts and my passion as a bio-engineer bring me to my current project: acrylic painting on natural leaves from plants found in the Yucatan peninsula (by Cancun on the Mexican Riviera) in Mexico.
I have worked in the eco-archaeological park, Xcaret, as a project leader in 3 major departments: the botanical garden, the aquarium and the cultural events.
I am an active member of an Aztec dancing group, the “Concheros”: these dancers aim at preserving the traditions of the natives and they strive in providing the coming generations with the values and philosophy of life of the native ethnic groups that show deep respect to the nature.
My current project combines the essence of nature with the techniques of acrylic painting, depicting the expression of native cultures in their traditional costumes and attires. The main challenge of the project resides in the diversity of supports on which I paint. The uniqueness of each leave leads to an ad-equation of the painting technique and therefore each piece is unique cannot be reproduce.
- from March 1989 to November 1991, “Galeria Azteca“, Costa Careyes Hotel in Jalisco, Mexico
- from May 1992 to November 1993, “Galeria del Sol” San Carlos , Guaymas in Sonora, Mexico
- from January 1994 to October 1998, “Xcaret” Museum of Cultures Eco-Archaeological park Mayan Riviera, Mexico
- from January 1997 to October 1998, “Quinto Sol” Fine Mexican Art, Cozumel, Mexico
- from April 1999 to December 2004, “Maroma” Hotel on the Mayan Riviera, Mexico
- from April 2000 to Today, “Casitas Kinsol”, Puerto Morelos on the Mayan Riviera, Mexico
- from February 2004 to September 2006, “Ceiba del Mar” Hotel & Spa Resort in Puerto Morelos, Mexico
- from May 2007 to November 2008, “Acorn Benevolent” gallery, Grand Avenue, Saint-Paul, MN