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“Home in the Yucatan” 5 of 5 stars
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Calle 55 #499 x 60 y 58 | Centro, Merida 97000, Mexico   |  
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Chicago
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“Home in the Yucatan”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

WOW!

Tom, Donard, and the team at Luz could not be more amazing. Luz is the best hotel!

Combine the amazing hospitality with the unique rooms and quaint location a few blocks from the main square of the Centro, not to mention the helpful suggestions of where to go and where to eat. This is truly more than a hotel, it is a place to go to make friends for life.

I look forward to returning and staying at Luz time and again.

My only recommendation is to book your room soon, before word gets out that Merida is THE place to be in Mexico and that Luz en Yucatan is THE place to stay.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Stayed here at the end of May this year - 3 nights in the Casita by the pool and 3 nights in a poolside room, both of which were very clean and comfortable.
Tom, the owner, was very helpful recommending places to eat and suggesting things to see, and all of the staff were extremely pleasant.
Thought the hotel was very charming, great value for money and we wouldn't hesitate to stay here again the next time we are in Merida.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Tempe, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

This place is owned by an American, so it was easy to ask him and staff for advice on attractions. They were very knowledgable about the city and events and they gave us a list of places they recommended to eat. Outside, the area looks run down, but inside, the hotel is beautiful. They even give you two free beers in your fridge and a water dispenser! That's not typical and a very nice surprise :) But the best part was that we paid $55 for our room and that is UNBELIEVABLE for a beautiful and high quality hotel room.
The city itself was sort of dirty and people tried to rip us off at the souveneir shops, but the hotel was a very refreshing change from all of that. Merida can be a great city to visit, but do your research first! And as for hotels, I highly recommend this one!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

We had our eye on this hotel from the moment we first began discussing a trip to Mérida and couldn’t have been happier with our choice. As the former convent to the next door Sta. Lucia church, it’s a charming, colonial-style building with a courtyard in the middle. The hotel proved to be a bit larger than we expected but is laid out in way that disguises its size and occupancy and we had all the privacy we wanted, even with a poolside room. The location midway between the zócalo and the Paseo Montejo was perfect for exploring the city on foot.

Each staff member we dealt with was friendly and helpful, especially the owner/manager Tom, who as a former tour director has a good idea of what travelers need, and was always there to offer suggestions or advice without being overbearing. The moment we set foot in our room, my wife declared it to be “the coolest room we have ever stayed in.” In keeping with the colonial style, there was even a hammock one could spread out and hang should one feel the desire for an even more authentic experience. Of course, we had to see what it looked like and tried it out.

As an example of the level of service we received, one day we mentioned to Tom that our shower seemed to be draining slowly and that as a result we were flooding our bathroom. This wasn’t a complaint on our part, just something we thought he should know. We returned later that same day to see that the drain had been worked on and a new shower head had been installed.

Luz en Yucatan is charming, beautiful and so comfortable that we immediately felt at home. Little touches like loaner umbrellas (which proved valuable) and a complimentary shot bar (where we fell in love with Xtabentún) completed the experience. In discussing the hotel with fellow guests, we all agreed they could easily double the $69/night price and nobody would blink an eye. We have found our Mérida hotel and would not even consider other accommodations on future visits.

Room Tip: We really enjoyed the poolside room.
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Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We've stayed at Luz twice in two years, first coming all the way from London and the second time from Mexico City. Both times I've been convinced this is the best place to stay in Merida (at least for that price - there's no other hotel that comes close).

At Luz you truly feel at home, every single one of the staff is friendly, from Tom the owner right through the women who clean the rooms. Whether you need recommendations on places to eat, haciendas to visit or things to see, they will sort you right out.

The rooms are exactly what you need - comfortable & clean, but not luxurious (you won't want to spend much time in your room anyway). Most rooms have a lovely balcony or terrace with hammocks to hang out & the pool is exactly what you need in such a hot place.

The location couldn't be better. While you're a 5 min walk from the Centre & Zocalo in Merida, you're far away enough from the hustle & bustle. Across the road is the famous Sta Lucia square, where twice a week you can enjoy traditional Yucatecan dance and which now also hosts some of the nicest restaurants (seafood & Italian).

For this price, you can't ask for more!

Room Tip: Any room facing the pool.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

We stayed two nights here in Merida - it's a great spot with parking right in the centre of town and was really good value in comparison with similar places. The owner was lovely and had a long list of recommendations of activities and restaurants etc. for different tastes, which were really useful. Our room was very nice - one bedroom and one living area with hammock.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Stayed here for 3 nights and and was definitely not enough!

Hotel's location is great. Can walk everywhere. Facilities are wonderful; clean, comfortable and the hospitality first class.

Strongly recommend this place if you are visiting Merida.

Owners and staff are Fantastically helpful and great hosts! Thank you for the hospitality and we will see you very soon! (Thanks for the tip on the cenote! It was awesome!)

Room Tip: My guess is that any room will be great!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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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
#2 Best Value Hotel in Merida
#2 Romantic Hotel in Merida
#3 Business Hotel in Merida
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14
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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