We recently stayed 6 nights at this hotel in the heart of Merida. It is a breath of fresh air to enter the beautiful courtyard away from the noisy street outside. We chose the best room in the house, #112, which is a large suite with a gorgeously appointed terrace overlooking the garden and pool. We have small complaints but just inconveniences that are outweighed by the pure beauty of the city of Merida; the people, the food, the culture and daily goings on. The room was a bit noisy so I can only imagine the ones facing the street. There is music nightly and parades and traffic. Even though it is a small, two lane road, it is a main artery through the city. The bed was not so comfortable and the shower was European style (tub and flexible shower hose) and there were not enough hangers... but these are minor things. The staff was wonderful with lots of information and opinions of things to do and food to eat. The daily breakfast was a good way to start the day. We had free parking in the lot next door and daily bottles of water in our room. We had a small fridge, lots of towels and candles and lovely bath products. Loved it!
- 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