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“La Casa Lorenzo is the best!”
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La Casa Lorenzo
Ranked #16 of 84 Merida B&B and Inns
Merida, Mexico
1 review
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“La Casa Lorenzo is the best!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2014

I have now stayed at La Casa Lorenzo twice. Each visit has been absolutely delightful. I can therefore highly recommend a stay in this beautiful and well-appointed B&B.

Larry, or Lorenzo, is an entertaining and attentive host. He is full of information on how to get the most out of your Merida visit

La Casa Lorenzo is in an excellent location only a short walk to the main plaza where many of the main tourist attractions can be found. Merida has an lot of interesting cultural activities every week and most of these take place in and around the main plaza. The exceptionally lovely, must-see, tree-lined Paseo Montejo is only 3 blocks away.

The B&B is a beautifully restored colonial house with several interesting features. Each of the main rooms have original tiled floors with colorful patterns. The 5 bedrooms are all well-appointed and decorated in the traditional, distinctive and very colorful Mexican style.

The garden and pool area is a quiet and a comfortable place to spend time relaxing.
Wi-Fi, a computer station reserved for guests and free phone calls to the US were much appreciated.

Larry treats his guests to a hearty breakfast, varied daily, which I really appreciated.

When I first visited Mexico it took a bit of getting use to that in the restrooms everywhere in Mexico there is a bin next to the toilet. A sign informs you that you must deposit the toilet paper in the bin and not in the toilet. This is because the pipes are very narrow and easily get blocked. Larry, who is a bit of a techno-fiend, has installed US style plumbing, so this indelicate procedure does not apply to CL.

To sum up, CL really does have a lot to offer. A stay there is bound to be a pleasant and memorable experience.

Room Tip: All 5 rooms are excellent, far from the road and therefore very quiet. The choice of room depends on...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Larry N, Owner at La Casa Lorenzo, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
Just one of many guests that have visited more than once. It's great to make friends and see them come back.

Thanks for mentioning the excellent plumbing at La Casa Lorenzo. That nasty business of not being able to flush your used toilet paper in most other places is not something to worry about here.

And yes, La Casa Lorenzo is located on a quiet street to begin with but also sizable that the rooms and garden are just so quiet......... It's a pleasure to live here :-)
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2014

We really enjoyed our stay at Larry's BnB. He was an exemplary host! The place is quite beautiful and spacious. The rooms are also spacious and clean. I appreciated the ceiling fan in the room as it was quite humid/rainy during our stay (but not hot enough to turn on the AC). We were able to get laundry done for 50 pesos. We were allowed free calls to the US from our room. The BnB is not close to the center (plazas) of Merida, but was perfect for us as we generally enjoy longer walks. I loved the simple and fresh breakfasts, including the fresh bowl of fruit, huevos rancheros, and waffles. Wifi was an issue in our room but we could easily access in the courtyard. His cat, Bella, is darling and very sweet with guests so we did not mind her coming into our room. Noise can be an issue as music or talking from the courtyard can be heard in the rooms. I would definitely stay at Larry's BnB again and highly recommend it to others.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Larry N, Owner at La Casa Lorenzo, responded to this review, 15 January 2014
Monica and her partner were very enjoyable guests and I would certainly welcome them back again.

I would like to mention to future visitors that La Casa Lorenzo is ten city blocks from the zocalo (main plaza). But It's not as if the Zocalo is the only place in town worth visiting. Mérida is a good size city and it is simply not possible to be "close to everything". Paseo Montejo, galleries, museums, and many restaurants are only a few blocks from La Casa Lorenzo.

And in that ten block walk to the zocalo, the visitor will pass other plazas and many interesting shops and tourist attractions.

I certainly agree that the distance to the main plaza can be an issue when traveling. Nobody wants to make a reservation in a new city and find themselves stuck way, way out in the burbs somewhere. So ten blocks it is. Other reviewers rate it as a short walk so everything is relative.

And I might point out that La Casa Lorenzo is in a quiet residential neighborhood. Really quiet. If nobody is talking right outside your open window of course :-)
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2014

We have stayed at several B&B's in Merida to be able to compare. Room was small and you need to add $10 if you want AC. Breakfast plentiful but not much choice. Outdoor kitchen area and gardens could be better maintained. Not much privacy, could hear next door plus early risers.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Larry N, Owner at La Casa Lorenzo, responded to this review, 10 January 2014
I think I should be flattered by Gertie saying I have an "OK B&B". According to her profile she has traveled the world extensively for the last couple of years and only rated one lodging establishment higher than mine. So I'll accept the "OK" with thanks.

But we should clarify a couple of inaccuracies. The room size is 20 square meters (215 sq feet) and she is totally wrong about a $10 charge for a/c. Don't know where that came from.

As for breakfast...simply read other reviews :-)

Keep on traveling Gertie, and if you have time please write to me directly and explain the garden maintenance thing. Thanks.
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2014

Our reservation was changed by the owner. He complained about us bringing a child, despite he had previously accepted children, as stated in reviews by former guests. He first allowed us to install, but then he changed his mind, and, once installed, asked us to leave for the next day. He did not refund our money paid in advance. The owner said he would not care about what we would wrote in our review. The place lacks privacy, since you can hear voices from other rooms, and also from the pool bar located near the rooms. The owner says no pets allowed, but his cat walks all around, even on guest's mattresses. Since he lives in this house, with no doors to his room, he is very specific in what he likes or dislikes, written in several places of the house.

Room Tip: Avoid rooms near to the pool's bar, or near the entrance, or near the entry hall.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Larry N, Owner at La Casa Lorenzo, responded to this review, 8 January 2014
This guest made a reservation for "two adults" and then showed up as three adults along with an ill hyperactive two year old child. Because they had arrived so late I (regretfully) did agree to let them stay one night with their agreement to leave the next day. I gave them travel advice to help find another place. At midnight other guests knocked on my door to complain about being disturbed by the sick child loudly crying continuously.

And yes, a friendly cat named Bella does live here (as stated on the website) so guests are not invited to bring their pets.

Also yes, I live on premise. This is a B&B, not a hotel with absentee owner. I do not at all understand the last part of the review about "no doors to his room".

I understand it may be difficult traveling for this type of family as they require a different kind of establishment. But making an untruthful reservation for a busy holiday period caused me loss of income, in addition to inconveniencing me and disturbing other guests.

I wish them luck in finding more suitable lodging in the future.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2013

Just spent one night in Larry,s place and it was comfortable and welcoming.Ample and tasty breakfast, clean rooms and a very comfy bed. Oh and the shower was amazing.Pity the weather was not up to par as the pool did look rather inviting.
Great location for Paseo Montejo, Santa Anna park,and a short walk to el centro
I think he has done a great job and I wish him all the best for the future.Not a place to be missed.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Larry N, Owner at La Casa Lorenzo, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
Valerie certainly knows the B&B business so when she says "Comfortable and Welcoming" you should believe it. Too bad the visit was so short and I look forward to seeing her again.
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Chicxulub, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2013

I have stayed at La Casa Lorenzo on several occasions, and I have always found it clean and comfortable. And just as importantly, Larry, the owner/host, is a wealth of information about places to go, special events, things to see, and how to get there. I live on the coast, but when it's convenient to be in Mérida for a few days, I can't imagine a better place to stay. The pool-side bar (bring your own booze) is a great place to gather, or you can sit in peace and quiet in the colonial living room (sala) where there are books to choose from and a computer for guest's use. A great place.

Room Tip: Choose between 1 queen or 2 doubles. My personal favorite is #3 (queen).
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Larry N, Owner at La Casa Lorenzo, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
And here at La Casa Lorenzo we will strive to be keep on being "Consistently Good".

Drinks and conversation at the pool bar are always fun.

And thanks for mentioning the choice of rooms. La Casa Lorenzo has rooms with one queen size be and also rooms with two double beds.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2013

I was so happy that my husband chose this place as a starting point for our Yucatan travels. We were celebrating our 20th anniversary, so it was important to get it right. La Casa Lorenzo is a sweet, lovely place and Larry was a wonderful host. We got a separate room for my 14 year old son, which we all enjoyed. We stayed at Casa Lorenzo for five days as we explored Merida. The rooms were beautifully decorated, comfortable and spotless. Larry made wonderful, hearty breakfasts, and proudly introduced us to local specialties. Larry gave us tips on getting around and helped us arrange a good, inexpensive car rental, so we were able to take side trips to Progresso beach and the pyramids on our own. I would second everything positive that has been said in the other reviews here. You get a big bang for your buck at La Casa Lorenzo, personal service beyond anything you would expect. Larry will make you into a fan.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are good, some are different sizes and configurations. It may be true that the wi-f...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Larry N, Owner at La Casa Lorenzo, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
It was nice to have your family visit.

Yes, I try to make sure the breakfast gives you the energy to enjoy our great city.

As for the wi-fi, it was improved since your visit. The thick stone walls typical of the colonial construction tend to soak up the wireless signal but additional "access points" have been installed and high speed coverage is available in all rooms and spaces on the property.
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Property: La Casa Lorenzo
Address: Calle 41 # 516A | Between 62 and 64, Merida 97000, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Yucatan > Merida
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 84 B&Bs / Inns in Merida
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
One of the newest B&B's in the colonial city of Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico. All rooms newly done with fan, A/C, tiled bathrooms with large showers, hihg quality mattresses and linens. Located on a very quiet street in St. Ana neighborhood. Close to Paseo de Montejo, galleries, museums, restaurants, etc. Pool with bar/entertainment area for guest use. Breakfasts vary and include local cultural treats. Telephones in rooms with voice mail and USA lines. And...you put the toilet paper in the toilet! ... more   less 

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