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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- 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
- Also Known As:
- Luz En Yucatan Merida
- Luz En Yucatan Hotel Merida