My partner and I just returned from a two week stay in the Yucatan, and we used Luz en Yucatan as our base of operations between excursions outside of Merida. We stayed a total of 10 nights at Luz in three different rooms. We found the place to be a joy, and are hoping to go back.
First of all, I should say that if you are a finnicky person, you should probably stay elsewhere. In fact you should probably just go to somewhere thoroughly Americanized like Cancun. There are plenty of things that such a person could nit-pick about... no hot water in the bathroom sink, occasionally threadbare towels, no telephones in the rooms... but if you are a laid-back person who is looking for a unique Mexican experience at a reasonable rate such details are irrelevant.
Being at the Luz is like staying at the quirky, eccentric home of a charming relative. The owner, Madeline, is a delightful person, with a wicked sense of humor, who is always helpful. (On our last day, we went to a bakery and bought her a cake. How often are you inspired to something like that for a hotel owner?) She is very informal, yet runs her establishment very efficiently. (Every e-mail I sent to her setting up our reservations was answered within 24 hours.)
We arrived late at night, rang the doorbell, and were met by one of the employees, Gilberto, who took our luggage up to our room for the first five nights, the penthouse apartment. It was a very spacious room with a double bed and a single bed (all the beds are very comfortable and firm), cable TV, bathroom with shower, and a kitchen with table and chairs. A loaf of chocolate bread was waiting for us on the table as a welcome gift. There is a private rooftop terrace with patio furniture and potted plants. The room was clean, bright and airy with lots of windows. Although there is air-conditioning, we never had to use it. The cross ventilation and ceiling fan were sufficient. The furnishings and decor are a combination of antiques, thrift-store, and Mexican handicrafts. You do not feel as if you are at a hotel but that you have found a home away from home in Merida.
The next morning we explored the public areas... courtyards lush with tropical plants, a community kitchen and dining room for those whose room does not have a kitchen, and comfy sitting areas.
From Merida we took a couple 2 night excursions, and Madeline let us keep our large suitcases in the office.
On our subsequent nights, we stayed in the apartment called "Rayna" (it was even larger, with dining room, sitting room, kitchen, walk-in closet, bedroom and bathroom!)and the 2 story apartment called "Cielos" (kitchen and sitting room downstairs, bedroom and bathroom upstairs).
Because you have your own key to enter the hotel entrance, and because they have a small staff who seem like part of the family, I felt very secure, and did not worry about any valuables left in the room. The cleaning lady did two loads of clothes for us, and did a wonderful job with the laundry.
All in all, Luz en Yucatan, was probably one of the most unique, homey and pleasant places I have ever encountered on my travels! We can't wait to go back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You've arrived! Once an historic convent, now Merida's Original Urban Retreat. We have been inspiring guests since the beginning and we invite you to come and see why. Choose Luz! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Luz En Yucatan Merida
- Luz En Yucatan Hotel Merida