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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 4:
- The Sky House Room is a large thatched roof, hut style bungalow way up on the second floor, over the street; our most popular room (when the noises from the street do not bother you). It has two levels; the main floor and low roof-line loft area. It offers a full-size (double) bed on both levels so it accommodates up to 4 people easily (each person over the 2nd, is charged $12.00 US each per night). This room has its private bath with door and hot shower, no kitchenette but comes with a small fridge to keep all your beverages cold. Ample room, it even has an inside hammock to siesta in. Plus it offers a balcony over the street to enjoy the tropical sunsets over the city roof-lines.
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 $34.00 US dollars per night 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 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.
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.
- 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).
More beautiful than the pictures. Bird chirping, mangoes hanging from the trees, happy wagging tails...such a great getaway in the middle of it all. Thanks for all the help, Alan, finding all the local places to go.
Truly our pleasure!
Amazing hosts, extremely charming property, and very well comfortable suite. Very relaxing common areas and courtyard as well.
We found the location perfect with all of the 'locals' tacquerias, parks, and rec areas in the near vicinity. A very short taxi ride (or bike ride) to the beach/touristy areas.
Would highly recommend to anyone!
Our experience at Casitas Kinsol Guest House was great. The place is charming and the owners are very nice and welcoming people. We stayed at room 4 and spent two wonderful nights there. Everything was perfect, we would definitively recommend Casita Kinsol to anybody who stays at Puerto Morelos.
Christine and Alain were excellent hosts. They provided me with a long document of helpful information by email as soon as my reservation was made, and after I arrived, they were always available for questions, whether about where to get the best money exchange rate or where to spend the day. They went above and beyond to help me out in resolving a couple of issues with the rental car company, making reservations for tours of a nature preserve, and figuring out the most efficient way to get to the Cozumel airport for my departure. As soon as I asked if they had any advice, they would jump on the phone and keep calling until they found the right person (which was nice especially because I don't speak Spanish). For other people, I saw Christine and Alain calling cabs and checking bus schedules for other guests, and even helping out when a couple's luggage had gotten lost at the Paris airport and had to be sent over. They also have recommendations for snorkeling tour (only $15 U.S.) and local restaurants, all of which were great. I stayed in several of the rooms during my stay, and they were all unique, and all beautiful. The common areas are beautiful as well, packed with plants and really nice to relax in. The care that Christine put into building Casitas Kinsol shows in every detail. Christine and Alain clearly care about the traveler's experience, and I hope I get to return to Casitas Kinsol and see them at some point in the future.
Christine was the ultimate host and Kinsol is 100% authentic and beautiful. The town was exactly what I was looking for, a small mexican beach town. Kinsol is safe and clean. There are several places on this block to eat at all times of the day. It's very easy to get water and you really don't need to plan far in advanced since everything you would ever need is within a two block area. The town is very inexpensive and fun. The casita #4 was amazing! I felt like I was in the presidential suite of casitas!
Christine is a very informative and easy going hostess. She recommended El Picudo, a seafood restaurant in the neighborhood that was stunningly delicious (we went back three separate times for the freshest ceviche I've ever had and super yummy shrimp and rice), and a little hole in the wall run by Mari (right across the street from Casitas Kinsol). The prices there are cheap, the food homemade and delicious, and the portions substantial.
Christine has three dogs all are sweet. Taxi's bark is worse than his bite and Nena is darling.
We passed up Casitas Kinsol when we first rode up because the neighboring plots of land could very well be mistaken for abandoned properties, and Casitas is kinda hidden to the untrained eye. The neighborhood is active and teeming with life. It is a community -- not a tourist area, nor a suburb. Locals live here. We felt totally safe
Here are some tips for a positive stay:
1. Bring earplugs. Noise from the street can be loud even at night, and while bird calls and roosters are charming, they aren't great for sleeping in.
2. Trust Christine's advice about taking the ADO instead of the taxi. It costs 90 pesos for a one-way ticket as of Feb 2015.
3. Ask Christine how much a taxi ride should cost before getting into a cab. They'll charge you too much if they think you're ignorant and unwilling to speak up for yourself.
4. Bring your own face towels. They aren't provided.
5. Unless 2 small kids are sharing the double bed in Room 4, it's a bit of a stretch for two small people (apx 5' 1") to share the mattress without someone's arm or leg ending up on the mosquito net thereby sustaining multiple mosquito bites through the mosquito net.
6. Bring bug repellant. We use several drops of peppermint oil/eucalyptus oil (purchase from Whole Foods/health food store) mixed with a carrier oil like shea butter or olive oil which have natural spf. We even applied it before bed.
7. Change your money at the Cambio by Super Chedraui -- not at the airport. The exchange rate is better in town.
8. Get outside! Rent and ride the bikes she provides to the beach.
9. Get produce from the Fruit/Veggie Stand a couple of blocks away -- the mangoes, platanos, papaya! Wow! They look beat up, but they are so sweet, juicy and reasonably priced. Don't be fooled by their appearance.
10. Enjoy your time at Casitas Kinsol!
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A proposito dell'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