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“Fabulous Place to stay i you don't want the Weston” 5 of 5 stars
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Luz En Yucatan
Calle 55 #499 x 60 y 58 | Centro, Merida 97000, Mexico   |  
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Oakland, California
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12 hotel reviews
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“Fabulous Place to stay i you don't want the Weston”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2008

What a jewel. After a rather stupid all night flight from Oakland, CA to Merida we were taken to Luz for our 5 day stay in Merida. It was hot, we were tired, and everyone was oh so nice. The place is owned by 2 Americans, one of whom is there a lot (Tom Williams) and staffed during the day by a lovely local woman, Lupita. The inn is very clean and relaxed. If you are looking for a Holiday Inn or a Weston this is not your place to stay. While it is not fancy there is a certain calm charm about the place. We had the "penthouse" which was probably one of the more funky places. Large room, nice bath, queen bed and one single, kitchen with table, roof top patio off the backdoor. Refrigerator was stocked with 2 very nice cold beers, there was good coffee for the coffee maker and one of those large bottled water dispensers. There was a TV but we never turned it on, no phone.
I will ask for another room for our next trip that is closer to the back of the building. EVerything was clean and comfortable with lots of common space outside of your room to enjoy.

This would be a great place to take your posse if you have a group who likes to travel together.

When we arrived we were also greeted by a great group, Brazos Abiertos. This was a group of college students, 3 adults, the MD director and local administrator. They were in Merida for 2 weeks teaching high school kids in the surrounding villages about AIDS/HIV and safe sex. They were using about 2/3rds of the rooms but it was never any negative energy. There is a large communal dinning room were you could find them working on their next days project, checking email etc. I am adding this because 1. it was great to see this happening in our world and 2. it gives you the feel for the place.

More tourist info. The location is perfect for getting to where you want to go in Merida. It is right next to Parque de Santa Lucia where there is always something happening. Also a very easy walk to the Plaza Grande. Close to nice resturants. There is also a tour company just down the block where Lupida assisted us in arranging for a day at the cenotes. Do it.

Of note, there is no hairdryer in the room but they have one you can use. No elevators but there are some ground level rooms. There is free wireless that seemed to work well (we did not take a PC)

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  • Liked — friendly and close to everything
  • Disliked — penthouse is up 2 flights of stairs
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2008

We spent 10 days in the Yucatan, poking around ruins, and our 2.5 days in Merida were the best. Not only because Merida is not chock full of tourists (it felt like a genuine Mexican city full of regular folk), but also because this hotel was so excellent. The rooms were spacious and well appointed, the poolside area was immensely enjoyable and peaceful, and the staff and owner were helpful and friendly, yet not over the top. There are two owners, and we spent some time chatting with one of them, who originally hails from Ireland, who was easy to talk to. He also was full of good tips, and we loved the very simple cafe across the street for bkfst and lunch.

  • Liked — tasteful decor and helpful, friendly folks
  • Disliked — n/a
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2008

Luz en Yucatan is truly a delight.

We did a mini tour of the Yucatan Peninsula and had our best night's sleep at Luz. The beds were scrumptious, our huge room was modern with gorgeous bath fixtures, an awesome shower, all in a colonial setting and very quiet. Two cold beers in the fridge after a drive into town from Cancun and a half a shot of Tequila off the complimentary "shot cart" to cap off the first evening, what's not to like?

Oh wait, I forgot the afternoon dip in the pool surrounded by native greenery and flowers and of course, Tom, who was very personable. This hotel has a great location within walking distance of the main square and great restaurants. The city is filled with helpful people and beautiful architecture

This was are second visit to Merida, both times on business, but the city and surrounding area have so much to offer that we'll definitely be back. We've only scratched the surface for sights to see, the museums, the haciendas, the gulf coast ....

  • Stayed April 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2008

I had high expectations of Luz, and I was blown away still. Everything about this centuries-old building is special, including the wonderful people who run it. The rooms are gorgeous with beautiful tiling, cool polished cement, AC and fans, awesome ironwork, beautiful woodwork and shutters, balconies, the best hammocks I have seen, the room we stayed in had a kitchenette, there's a pool, indoor and outdoor sitting areas...i could go on. The vibe is also awesome- a table stays out with complementary tequila shots so visitors can taste some of the local tequilas. 2 Beers in the mini-fridge as a welcome drink. Run by some very cool english- and spanish-speaking ex-pats who also maintain excellent knowledge of the area and provide awesome advice on restaurants/activities/day trips/etc. I truly can not say enough good things about this gem of a hotel...we stayed for a week :) As for service/cleanliness it's first rate all the way- feels like a super posh B&B in the States. And its really inexpensive too! Happy trails!

  • Liked — Everything :)
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2008

This small hotel, sited in a former convent, is just the casual, quiet oasis that many travelers seek. The staff work with guests to make the stay very pleasant. The hotel rooms are focused towards the center atrium. We especially liked the penthouse with a roof deck and views of the city. The first floor rooms (where we spent the first night) were a little stuffy although they are very inexpensive and have air conditioning.

Merida was a very interesting town to visit. The hotel was very close (4 blocks) from the main town square. Make sure you book your stay with a weekend so you can see the market and the festivities on the weekend. There is also many tourist attractions nearby and the hotel staff can direct you to interesting places.

When booking this hotel be prepared that they work on a cash payment basis only. There is a guarded parking lot available for a small daily fee.

Overall, we had a wonderful stay!

  • Liked — The penthouse room was so excellent
  • Disliked — See review
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2008

Great value for this quiet and laid-back hotel.
Ideal location in Merida, within easy walking distance of the town center.
The friendly hotel owner is readily available and recommended a couple of day trips to Uxmal and Celestun that were great. Definitely ask his advice for the best cenotes to check out.
Our room was open and airy, and included a hammock to sleep in for the daily siesta. The back patio area has a small pool and some deck chairs to hang out in.
Parking was not a problem, as the hotel has an arrangement with the restaurant across the street to park in their lot which has a man watching it.
There is even a complimentary selection of local and standard liquors to sample in the main drawing room.

  • Liked — Uniqueness of hotel and location
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2008

My wife and I undertook a tour of the Yucatan during late March Early April this year, we flew into cancun and stayed the first 2 nights locally - 'Cancun Terracaribe', before moving onto Merida. Prior to the trip we made contact with Luz en Yucatan by email and booked a room for two nights. Immediate reply confirming our room. On arrival, loved the location within the Historic City area, Impressed with cool airy interior and the room we were allocated was large and cool, without need for the airconditioning that was available. I can only concur with previous reviews, Tom & Donard were thoughroughly likeable and the font of all knowlege. We had no fixed plans but decided to take the bus and stay over at Chichen Itza they asisted with the booking and had bus tickets delivered to the hotel as well as helping us make a booking at another hotel of our choice for the further leg of our trip. it was the little things like this and the complimentary tequila bar, that would make us definitely return to this hotel. Highly recommended

Stayed March 2008
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Address: Calle 55 #499 x 60 y 58 | Centro, Merida 97000, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Yucatan > Merida
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Merida
#1 Business Hotel in Merida
#2 Romantic Hotel in Merida
#2 Best Value Hotel in Merida
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
You've arrived! Originally an historic convent now Merida's Original Urban Retreat, we have been inspiring guests since the beginning. We invite you to come and see why. Saludos! ... more   less 
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