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Casa Lecanda Boutique Hotel
Ranked #8 of 103 Hotels in Merida
Certificate of Excellence
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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111 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Beautiful, relaxing hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2013

I had been planning my trip to Casa Lecanda for nearly a year, it was so sweet to finally arrive and see it in person.

We arrived late and were shown to our room quickly. After a long hot day of travel, the room was a welcome refuge! Beautiful flowers, iced champagne and a freshly drawn bath strewn with rose petals. (The bathtub is HUGE.) Our room was a garden view, Elia. The AC quickly cooled the room down and ceiling fans were great to keep the air moving. Our room had a sitting area with two chairs and a small table. The armoire holds 2 small areas for hanging clothes as well as a tv, mini fridge and small safe. The bathroom was behind the armoire and was beautiful. Rain shower head was really good and never had a shortage of hot water. The tub was almost too big to fill and would have held several people.

The included continental breakfast was ample for us most days, consisting of a lovely basket of toast and sweet breads, orange juice, coffee and a fruit with yogurt parfait. The other breakfast selections were reasonably priced and the 2 others I tried were very nice. Service was always prompt and friendly.

The room attendants were so sweet and did an amazing job; our room was spotless!

Enjoyed a drink at the bar most nights and always had wonderful service and good conversation. Tried some mescal and tequila's that aren't readily available here at home.

The pool is small, cool and well maintained. The series of courtyards were lovely, there were beautiful views no matter which way you looked. The tiled floors were fab and the furniture was comfy. Beautiful plantings. It evoked a feeling of luxury. I did have to watch my step going from each area of the courtyard to the next as there was a step or two involved.

There was always someone available at the front office to call a taxi or answer any questions, and they spoke English! I don't believe we asked anything of them that they said no to.

Before the stay I had extensive communications with the hotel to make arrangements for my stay. We booked a package with them, the Chocolate Experience. It was in connection with Los Dos cooking school. The package was well done and well coordinated from the airport pickup, to our various outings, and through the rest of the week. They happily let us add on some extra nights to the package.

Many other guests seemed to stay only overnight, that would have been SO sad! We stayed a week and could have easily stayed there longer. One day we never left the property until going out for dinner that evening! Try to stay more than 1 night, so worth it, in my opinion.

This was my first trip to Merida and my only hotel experience, but it Is hard to imagine another hotel topping Casa Lecanda. Loved it, loved it, loved it!!

Room Tip: The Garden view room is worth the extra money.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2013

Visited here with my wife on honeymoon for three nights. This hotel was redeveloped several years ago from a state of dilapidation (I saw the photos) and I must say they have done a fantastic job. We stayed in the balcony room at the end on the right (is it Gloria? Can't remember). The room had high ceilings and was very clean and comfortable. The staff are extremely helpful, the margaritas are very tasty and the hotel really is an oasis of calm inside this bustling and dusty city. You could happily remain here every day without leaving. We loved it.

Couple fo things to note: hotel does serve breakfast (very good) but not dinner. Although a cooking class is available. And make sure you take a map as the taxis won't know where it is, and the front is very unprepossessing.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MacauJon
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2013

We spent 4 nights at Casa Lecanda earlier this month and enjoyed every minute of our time there. The location is excellent, giving access to the historic center of the colonial city and also a straight route to the modern city. The hotel is beautiful. A swimming pool offers a cool refresher after a day of hiking, site seeing, or cooking school at Los Dos. The continental breakfast and the wine bar begin and end the day within the charming setting of the hotel. Hotel staff were ever-present and always helpful. It's a well-run hotel, conveniently located and offering a soothing, restful place to stay in Merida.

Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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London
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72 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2013

When we arrived to Casa Lecanda, we were a bit surprised about the exterior. The hotel is just by the centre of town (literally 5-10 min walk to the main square), yet the street is quite quiet and a bit spooky.
But open those doors and welcome to PARADISE! The house is simply something out of a film... Such good taste, so well arranged, and such careful and amazing service. You will be immediately transported to a Riad in Marrakech: very similar feel.
I have nothing but praise about the way that the staff made us feel. We were in heaven. Had we been able too, I would have gladly stayed another night.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Spanishwanderer
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Irvine, California
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61 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

Disclosure - I love small boutique hotels and this fits the bill. The ambience is a 10 and this is truly an exceptional hotel. All the rooms are fantastic especially the balcony rooms. Don't miss the rooftop terrace or the lovely afternoon cocktail. The location is wonderful and we enjoyed visiting Merida with all it's beauty, La Casa Museo Montes Molina and the Thursday night serenade in parque de santa lucia.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Manila, Philippines
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21 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2013

My boyfriend & I just returned from a wonderful time at Casa Lecanda. The property is even more beautiful than the photos & the owners/staff provided the utmost hospitality. Thanks to my work in tourism, I've stayed at some exceptional places and Casa Lecanda is now at the top of my list. Although many boutique hotels can look pretty & feel luxurious, Casa Lecanda takes it a step further with historical accents (it's a family-owned 19th century home retaining some original décor) and a depth of character displayed in the stylish furnishings, landscaped gardens, intricate tile-work, and delicious food. The owners & staff always greeted us with smiles and were eager to make us feel comfortable. Upon arrival, we were given exquisite tamarind margaritas which we sipped in awe of the gorgeous, but comfortable sitting areas. The hotel is located within easy walking distance to the historic downtown. We walked every night and felt extremely safe even when returning late. Merida is lovely. Dinners are only served upon request, but this gave us the perfect excuse to eat out every night. Merida has wonderful restaurants like Chaya Maya & Pancho's garden. Make sure to ask for restaurant recommendations. We also booked our excursions (Uxmal Mayan temples & cenotes were fantastic!) through Casa Lecanda. They were organized, timely, & excellent value-for-money. Casa Lecanda offers a delicious breakfast served in their signature style (low-key luxury) - either in the garden or in the formal dining room. Also, after our excursions & before hitting the town, we loved drinking Mezcal in the tequila bar. I hope others can enjoy the beauty of Casa Lecanda & Merida. We look forward to returning.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank lorified
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

Because Trip Advisor doesn't go to 10 stars. We came here for our 14th aniv. and spent 6 nights. We are from a large US cosmopolitan city and live in a trendy part of Philadelphia. If you like big hotels, Raddison types, etc. this may not be for you. You will be missing out,

You are not going to find a nicer place to relax. If you are into small, quiet, relaxing, immaculate, affordable, well located, crazy beautiful design and excellent service this may be the place for you. We did our research and just for fun, once we arrived, we looked at the choices we passed up. We were dead on with our choice. The walk to the big plaza is 10 minutes and relaxing. It forces you to see the neighborhood. Merida is very very safe. We even went to the dodgey part of town to go to a small specialty hammock store (aguacate) and felt safe. And that was in the middle of the red light district. (Tolerance Zone)

The breakfast was always fantastic. I loved to sit for 1 hr and sip on coffee after breakfast. The service is almost over the top. If you never left the hotel you would be fine. It is that nice. The beds, showers, etc. were great. Turn down service with chocolate. The bar is quiet, almost empty, and just terrific. The bar tender, Rafael, makes a mean margarita. Sitting there is transformative. When we arrived at 830 PM on a Friday evening we were met with damp towels to clean our hands and fresh margaritas as we signed in. We stayed in the Room Alejandro. Big and ten feet from the pool. Pool is not heated but no biggie you are in the tropics. Really. There are a number of private sitting areas for great relaxation. Yes, the WiFi works and let me browse and do some work. I speak Spanish but they clearly had a number of employees who spoke English. They were all business with a great sense of humor. For work I travel 60 days out of the year and my employer puts me in nice hotels. For a boutique hotel you just can't go better. The place was a work of art. It was so peaceful and striking that it inspires you to speak in whispers. The building was recently renovated and they did it with such style. I wanted to live there. I only wish they hadn't put a tv in the room.

In the years to come booking will be hard. They are only 2 years old and I'm guessing a hotel like this will be booked for months into the future. We visited Hotel Hacienda Merida VIP and that looked almost as good. But it wasn't as nice. It looked great but not as fantastic.

The only downside was only breakfast is served. The hotel is so nice you just don't really always feel like leaving at night. For very basic food when you don't want to deal with high dining there was a cool place down the road named Cafe Impala. They start serving late and at 10 they were crowded with locals. It was all outdoor and on the sidewalk which gave it a cool euro feel. Their frappes were addictive. After my first Papaya Frappe I was obsessed. Not high dining but.....walk to Chaya Maya for great dinners. Venture way off the path for breakfast at Wayan'e. Down and dirty but fantastic eating with the true locals.

Room Tip: Most of the rooms are pictured on the website, there are only seven, so....preview it.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Casa Lecanda Boutique Hotel
Address: Calle 47 #471 X 54 Y 56, Merida, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Yucatan > Merida
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 103 Hotels in Merida
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Casa Lecanda Boutique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Lecanda is a small luxury boutique hotel located within the historical center of Merida, Yucatán. Built in a completely restored traditional Yucatecan home, the hotel has been designed to retain the original Meridian style with points of European luxury so prevalent in the golden age of Merida’s Sisal barons. Painstaking attention to detail, architecture, and landscaping provides guests with a uniquely local experience and a sanctuary within the city; a refuge of serenity, privacy and relaxation. A place our guests can call home as they reach out and discover all the beauty and magnificence that the Yucatan Peninsula has to offer. ... more   less 
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