We arrived in Merida on New Year’s Eve day, just in time for our fantastic host, David Reed, to take us up to the rooftop terrace to watch the midnight fireworks. We had made very late reservations and though both casitas were booked, David offered to allow us to stay in his non-advertised second floor space overlooking the pool and lush garden. The space is a gorgeous bedroom, separate sitting room and an enormous bathroom, the latter the size of a New York City studio. We were very lucky that David allowed us to stay in the suite for all two weeks we were there. The level of luxury certainly outweighs anything to be found anywhere in the city. From the bathroom you have access to the private terrace and the rooftop terrace: the terrace perfect for sunbathing, the rooftop perfect for sunsets and drinks. With the palm trees outside the windows, the collection of books, the quiet of the city, you will never want to leave this space David has created.
Breakfasts were another thing. The food was absolutely delicious, filing and very local, and over a period of two weeks we never had the same thing twice. We enjoyed Davd’s company at breakfast hearing of his fascinating past and how he amassed his amazing collection of antique reliquaries, religious iconography, furniture and folk art. Not to mention his second floor studio collection of his own paintings.
Los Arcos is walking distance to everything, including David’s excellent restaurant recommendations of which we returned to several repeatedly (Chaya Maya, anybody?). You are right in the historical center of the city with its colonial architecture, regional cuisine, artisan shops and local museums, but you feel like you are on an island far from it all.
Ask for the second floor suite, not advertised.
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