My husband and I stayed here for four nights. The hotel is attractive, clean and comfortable, in a good location and with great breakfasts, and all really well priced – all that gives it a 4, with an extra star for the awesome owners and the enormous amount of help they gave us to make our time in Merida great.
We stayed in two different rooms, Kabah and Ixil, both a great size, with lots of storage, good a/c (less good in Kabah), fridges (stocked daily with beers and soft drinks), clean bathrooms with fine showers, and lovely hand-painted murals. I preferred Ixil for its lovely firm beds, convenient seating area (two armchairs and a small table) and strong a/c; my husband preferred Kabah for its beautiful mural and bright outlook. Breakfast was excellent – very good fruit salad, scrambled eggs cooked to order with chaya and optional chilli, fresh bread or croissant, butter and jam, juice and great coffee. The hotel’s location is very good, too – just far out enough that the traffic lessens at night so you can sleep (and it’s off the route of the processions when there are festivals, which are very noisy), but close enough to be within walking distance of both the southern entrance to the Paseo Montejo (5mins) and the town centre (10-15mins).
But where Julamis really shines is in the owners. They know the best way to see every sight you might want to – by tour, taxi, bus, hire car or collectivo – and will find out timetables and prices and make bookings for you. We chose to go to both Mayapan and Dzibilchaltun by taxi, arranged by owner Mel – this was great in terms of both cost and flexibility, plus we had both sites to ourselves. Mel also knows lots of other invaluable bits and pieces, like the best spot for a cocktail, how to book the Puuc route bus (and the fact that it’s still running!), and that the tiny museum at Dzibilchaltun is better for Mayan artefacts than the massive new Mundo Maya museum, and much cheaper. My advice would be to book your room and arrange tours, transport and everything else through Mel by email or in person after you arrive – we had a good holiday, but we would have had a much better one if we’d done that!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Julamis is an urban affordable retreat located within Merida’s Historic District where its personalized service will meet up your expectations and guide your daring explorations throughout Yucatan’s Mayan world, ecological reserves and tranquil beaches. The hotel is composed of two floors accommodating one master suite and 6 standard guest rooms, each with private bathrooms, A/C and mini bars. There is a central courtyard with a lush garden where a complementary… ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Julamis Hotel Merida