We stayed in the Casa del Balam a few years ago on our first Merida visit. We both liked the hotel, although my wife thought that our room was a bit small. Since the hotel is in such a great location I wanted to stay there again on this visit and the simple solution to the small room was to upgrade to the "honeymooner" room.
The room we got was very nice, it was spacious with a king sized bed and it had a nice bathroom. It was a corner room on the 4th floor, so the road noise wasn't an issue and the street view was nice.
The hotel offers a "free" continental breakfast for those staying with them. I wasn't expecting much, but the breakfast was a pleasant surprise. We got very nice plates of fruit along with toast and breakfast cake. It made for a filling and healthy breakfast for us and I considered it a good value.
The service during our stay at the hotel was excellent across the board, from the front desk folks, the housekeeper to the restaurant staff.
As mentioned, the hotel's location is perfect, two blocks from the main square and there are lots of shops and restaurants within easy walking distance. I would definitely stay in this hotel again on our next visit to Merida.
- 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