We stayed at the Hotel Villa Merida for two nights and had a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The great experience started with the making of our reservation and the the prompt and friendly service we received--the response and follow up were immediate. Luis, who is the manager, really does a nice job.
The hotel is walk of 10 minutes or so to the main square, which we viewed as an advantage because the walk took us through a delightful "local" neighborhood which gave us a true sense for the city.
This boutique inn --actually a bona fide city hacienda-- is in excellent condition for its age and really has an air of romance about it. The common areas are well kept. The first morning of our stay, the pool area seemed a little rough around the edges but then a crew appeared that day to do the gardening and other clean-up that made the area very appealing--we had not taken into account that maintaining grounds in a lush tropical environment is a continuous work in progress. Our room had beautiful high beamed ceilings and the walls were so thick that it was naturally cool without the need for air conditioning. The bed was firm but comfortable and the bathroom nicely kept. There were a couple little housekeeping odds and ends that needed tended to such as a lamp wire covered in electrical tape but all in all, we really enjoyed the room. VERY IMPORTANTLY, the room comes with a large handpainted water cooler that contains plenty of purified water--this is so nice to have in contrast to hotels that try to make the sale of bottled water a profit center. Breakfast by the pool was very nice and Alan provided us wonderful service--the scrambled eggs Mexican style are not to be missed and the bakery and freash fruit were great. I noticed Alan keeping a watchful eye on us to make sure we had everthing we needed.
The inn has a small bar room that was not open--possibly since my wife and I were the only two residents the first night but it looked like a neat little room. There was also an area in the backyard that appeared to still need renovation beyond the view of residents unless you walk to the back of the yard. The only reason I am not giving the Villa Merida 5 stars is the combinaton of the need for further renovation of the back area ( again, really out of view), the fact that the bar room was closed ( we were offered drinks though!) , and the fact that I saw the electrical tape on one of the electrical cords. I would still recommend the Villa without hestitation and give it strong very good rating. Real travelers will enjoy this inn since they will get a sense for what it was like to live in Merida in earlier times.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This restored and exquisitely appointed eight-room, 19th-century nobleman's mansion, is located five blocks from Barrio de Santiago, one of the most historic sites in the colonial sector of Merida. The principal objective of the owners and personnel of The Villa Merida Hotel is an amiable and personalized service, which affords a feeling of being in your own home in a relaxed atmosphere. Nestled in the heart of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, the urban oasis that is The Villa Merida Hotel offers the discerning traveler a luxury, unique and memorable experience in the heart of Merida. ... more less
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