Th only place we have stayed at Uxmal is The Lodge at Uxmal. It's a little more expensive than the other places nearby but entirely worth it in my opinion. When you pay so much to get there it's nice to be able to walk out of your room and walk about 200 feet to the main gate at Uxmal. And the grounds, pool, bar and restaurant are immaculate.
On the other hand, Hotel Uxmal is only a mile and a quarter away and you will have a car for that short trip. The Puuc route is great and don't miss Loltun caves at the Eastern end of the Puuc route. Also if you have time, maybe on the way down, I highly recommend a stop at Sotuta de Peon. It's not a Mayan Ruin but is a still working Hacienda that processes sisal. If you are there on a weekday you get to watch the entire process from harvesting the sisal agave to baling it up and making rope out of it. We enjoyed the tour so much we took our friends back a year later.
One of my great memories from the Puuc route was that when we were trying to go from Labna to Grutas Loltun we got lost in the middle of nowhere on a dirt road. I decided to ask for help even with my extremely limited Spanish. The first person we saw was an older Mexican gentleman walking down the road leading a donkey. He looked like a picture from National Geographic, all white peasant clothes, big, but torn, sombrero and sandals. I figured that maybe we could communicate with hand signals if my Spanish was not sufficient, so I said "Donde Esta las Grutas Loltun". I was beyond amazed when he replied in perfect, unaccented English, "Go down this road to the stop sign, take a left and then go about three miles to the curve, go right till you come to the main road then go left and you will see them". I thanked him profusely and drove on, still in too much amazement to ask him where he learned such good English. You never know!!!
post edited by Whale - 2017/07/20 01:44:33