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Hacienda Santa Cruz
Ranked #43 of 103 Hotels in Merida
Lugano, Switzerland
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44 reviews
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“Good food, friendly people, beautiful place”
Reviewed April 12, 2013

We went to the Hacienda to have lunch on Easter Sunday, during our holidays in Yucatan.
The place is beautiful : a colonial hacienda, greatly restored with a limited number of rooms that are more like mini apartments (tthe owner showed us around), in a very nice environment.
The food at the restaurant is excellent : mexican with an extra touch of contemporary cuisine.
Wine list is also up to the standard and the staff is very friendly.
We ended up spending the whole afternoon at the Hacienda : our daughter loved the wimming pool while we loved our margaritas.....
Robert, the owner, and the charming french director made us feel like at home : a big thank you.
Pity we were already at the end of our holidays otherwise I would have loved to spend a few days there. But it's a good excuse to go back to Yucatan sometime again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Fertibob, Propriétaire at Hacienda Santa Cruz, responded to this review, November 11, 2013
Google Translation
merci a vous , c'est vrai que nous avons passé un bon moment ensemble ...a bientot
Robert
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

Interested in the Mexican lifestyle with a historical flavour of the rich 19th century? Interested in Maya culture? Interested in good local food, but also a fusion with French cuisine? Interested to give yourself a good treat? Interested to give your grandmother the best time of her life?

"Visit the Maya culture in Mexico", answered my grandmother (94 years old!) on my question: "Where would you like to go if you could make another big trip from the Netherlands?". Merida was recommended to stay over to facilitate easy and beautiful daytrips. Hacienda Santa Cruz was recommended to fullfill all the rest of our wishes. For both my grandmother and myself (despite the 60 years difference in age) all of the above questions could be responded positively. Main asset of the hacienda is the adorable Franck family who welcome you warmly every day and have a great knowledge of the surroundings, not limited to the main touristic spots but also the less common attractions, such as a visit to an operational plantation of henequen.

We had the time of our life thanks to this wonderful place. Could provide with all the details, but you just have to experience this yourself...at least once in your lifetime!

Room Tip: On honeymoon? Go for the suite!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Fertibob, Propriétaire at Hacienda Santa Cruz, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
thank you very much ....and muchas gracias to your grandma ...90 years... but very young, we would like to be the same at 90
Robert
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Mullica Hill, New Jersey
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

We stayed three nights at the Hacienda this past February and found the property to be very lovely: the hacienda has been thoughtfully restored and there is interesting artwork everywhere. Our room was spacious and comfortable. We especially loved the restaurant and found chef Paul Ramirez's menu offerings to be both inventive and well prepared. The neighborhood is not paricularly of interest, but the location is close to the airport, Merida centro, and day trips to the ruins at Uxmal if you have a car.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Fertibob, Propriétaire at Hacienda Santa Cruz, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
thank you for the commentaries ....we are very proud you enjoyed the restaurant and the hacienda
See you
Robert
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed February 25, 2013

We stayed one night at the Hacienda on the last day of a week-long trip to Mexico. The property and decor are quite stunning. We had a great time wandering around the grounds and old buildings and soaking in their beautiful pool by the spa (one of two). We were also quite happy with our room, which was large, with vaulted ceilings and a good, firm bed. Likewise, the restaurant serves great, innovative food -- some of the best we had on our trip.

Our stay was fairly expensive compared to the other places we stayed (outside of the Coast). Also, getting into Merida Centro from here would be a pain without a car (a cab just to the airport was about 200 pesos). Finally, we did have a bit of drama when we left. We had an extremely early flight (one of the only direct flights to the U.S. from Merida) and accidentally locked a few items in our room as we were leaving. No staff person was up to help us (despite saying they would be), nor had they given us a number to call. We were eventually able to rouse someone - but it was not fun. We also had to carry all our bags halfway across their grounds ourselves (not a big issue for us, but might be for others). The whole experience somewhat detracted from the tranquil vibe with which we otherwise would have left.

Bottom line is that the Hacienda would be great if you want an extended retreat or perhaps for a small destination wedding (especially if you are French or a Francophile), but it is far from the city center, a bit pricey and has a few organizational kinks that could be frustrating to some people.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Fertibob, Propriétaire at Hacienda Santa Cruz, responded to this review, March 13, 2013
we are very happy you enjoyed the Hacienda and the restaurant , haciendas in Yucatan cannot situated downtown or in the middle of the city we have 7 hectares of grounds and gardens..... . I remenber you that you leave the hacienda at 5.00 AM and somebody was waiting for you to help you and open the mean door of the hacienda ....did you forget it ??? why are you speaking about " french or francophile" everybody is welcome at the hacienda , we are french but we speak English and spanish .....I don't understand ....but anyway ... we hope you enjoyed your journey here ...thank you Robert
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

We spent 10 days over the New Year. This is a wonderful and relaxing environment. Staff is like family. The chef Raul Ramirez is fantastic and the food the best we had in the Merida area. The hacienda has been beautifully restored and the rooms and common areas are comfortable and very pleasant to hang around in. We highly recommend a stay at this lovely place. Los propietarios Caroline y Robert son una pareja muy especial y se deshacen en hacer que la estancia sea memorable. Volveremos !!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Fertibob, Propriétaire at Hacienda Santa Cruz, responded to this review, January 16, 2013
thanks a lot , merci beaucoup , muchas gracias . We are very happy you enjoy your week with us at the hacienda ....yes of course I hope you will come back soon .....au revoir, abrazos, good bye
Robert
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

It is 15 min drive form airport and 35-40 min from downtown.

We found the hacienda very nice but when we wanted to arrange some changes and stay a few more hours the director wouldn't give in at any price and wanted a full night for couple more hours eventhough they didn't have the room booked after us. After discussing it with three persons we arranged an expensive price for the extra hours we had already stayed.

We loved the place but the price/quality for the room and the food do not match, compared to other haciendas in Merida...

There is a problem at night with the water pipes in the sink that make a lot of noise and makes it hard not to listen to them while sleeping. There's also a problem for the hot tub because the hot water is not enough to fill it even three quarters.

Apart from that, the waiter/porter treated us great and was even more helpful than the people in charge. On remercie bien le service eu par lui c'est la seul chose remarquable

Room Tip: Overpriced for what you'd get in a hacienda in Merida... 35-40 min from downtown.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Fertibob, Propriétaire at Hacienda Santa Cruz, responded to this review, January 16, 2013
I am very surprised about your comentaries
1st : you knew the day before the conditions for your" late chek out" and you agree with the price.
I remenber you that you stay untill 4h.00 PM at the hotel .....and the chek out is 11.30 AM
2nd : you NEVER EAT at the restaurant it is why I am very surprised when you said that the food is not good ???????
you speak about problems of hot water ....you are the first to make a comentary about that ...nobody before you told us problems about that ?????
your comentaries are not objective .....you are not happy because we charge you for your " late chek out " ,but in each hotel in the world you need to pay at least for hours and maybe for all day !!!!!! we are used to make good arrangment with our guests when they ask for hours more in the room without charge them when it is 1 or 2 hours more ...no problems .
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colorado
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

The Hacienda Santa Cruz is a wonderful place to stay in Merida, Mexico. I have traveled to many places in Mexico and beyond, but this place tops them all. The grounds are picture perfect with lovely plants and trees and hacienda charm. This wonderful French couple found this old Hacienda, close to Merida, and have remodeled it into a wonderful, if not magical place. Special place, Merida... Great food, People, Culture. Or for a local Fiesta... Merida has many free events every night of the week.The owners are very gracious hosts, whom were very accommodating and showed us the lovely buildings on the grounds, rooms, pools, and the dining was delicious as well. The rooms are very large and comfortable. Some are so incredible with 8 foot thick walls, and decorated so nice. The art is beautiful all around. This hacienda can handle large parties and this would be the perfect place for a wedding, or any other special occasion, with their 18th century chapel on site. There are also 2 nice pools and again, this is just an amazing place to stay. Both my husband and I highly recommend you pick this as your destination stay in Merida.

Room Tip: You can pay a little extra and have some gorgeous rooms..
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Fertibob, Propriétaire at Hacienda Santa Cruz, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
thank you very much it was a pleasure to meet you at the Hacienda Santa Cruz ....hope you will come back soon
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Property: Hacienda Santa Cruz
Address: Calle 86 s/n, Merida 97315, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Yucatan > Merida
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Spa Hotel in Merida
#12 Romantic Hotel in Merida
#19 Luxury Hotel in Merida
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hacienda Santa Cruz 4*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Founded in 1640, Hacienda Santa Cruz was formerly a Franciscan monastery, monks inhabited and ancient part of the hacienda "la casa principal". Nowadays Hacienda Santa Cruz is changed into a marvelous boutique hotel with its unique personality and well defined character. Well located , Hacienda Santa Cruz is within only 10km from the international airport , 12km from downtown and very close from the most important archeological and natural sites of the region "UXMAL; MAYAPAN and CHICHEN-ITZA" ... more   less 
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