Several features make this hotel ideal for a three-night stay. First, the buildling was once someone's hacienda, so it has lovingly collected wrought iron articles everywhere you look. Columns and capitols, arcades, indoor garden with swimming pool, good restaurant breakfast, lunch, and supper. The best feature is that it is on the corner across from a small park and another block from the city park and its surrounding colonial buildings and arcades, not to mention the cathedral. Travel agents and car rentals are just next door. Walk the other direction and watch the mariache band and people dancing in the plaza across the street on Saturday morning. The street festival on weekends is another attraction. The location of the Casa del Balam (House of the Jaguar) is very good for older people who have trouble walking for several blocks to reach the old town center and its park benches, where you can watch families strolling through the park and strike up conversations with very nice people.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa del Balam is one of the oldest and most distinguished hotels in Merida and the Yucatan Peninsula, it's also one of the few original Mexican Art Deco houses left in the city. The hotel was built in 1970 incorporating facets of the original home of Fernando Barbachano Peon, pioneer of Tourism in Mexico. His daughter, Ms. Carmen Barbachano Gomez Rul (who was also involved on the family business), left the original facade and selected the name of "Casa del Balam" (Mayan words for "house of the jaguar") to honor his father nickname "balam" due to his visionary sharp business mind. Ms. Barbachano was very devoted of the colonial period and decorated the house accordingly. Big wooden furniture, rocking chairs and wrought iron accessories were part of her fine selection. She had envisioned a place where every touch could softly spoke of the serene ambiance of the city, and where friends could be made instead of just mere clients. When looking at the amazing interior of this Casona and experiencing the warm specialized service of its personnel, one can easily understand that Ms. Barbachano did accomplish her desire of uniqueness, and in a very exquisite way! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Del Balam Merida
- Casa Balam