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“An excellent central place with some colonial charm”

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Hotel Casa del Balam
Ranked #15 of 103 Hotels in Merida
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
15 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“An excellent central place with some colonial charm”
Reviewed 8 November 2012

Casa del Balam is an old world charm, tastefully decorated in the rustic colonial style. Staff are quite helpful and accommodating. It is centrally located and all main venues are within walking distance. Would not hesitate to go back and recommend this place strongly. Has a nice relaxing lobby area and I liked the central small but pretty courtyard concept

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
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Seattle
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2012

This hotel was in a super convenient location to the main square and Av. Paseo Montejo. The pool, bar and courtyard areas are beautiful and tranquil. The rooms are very nice too. My only complaint is that the mattresses were too hard. We asked about a softer bed in another room and they didn't have any.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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134 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2012

Stayed here one night after having visited Chichen Itza. The hotel is centrally located and has (public) parking facilities (a couple of houses down the road where the entrance is). The lay-out and the feel of the place is quite authentic. The swimming pool is not large but nice to cool of in the hot afternoon and the staff is around to serve drinks.
The room was very spacious, clean and comfortable. It was reaches by using a very old elevator.
The hotel is nice to stay but lacks something which makes it stand out.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Gainesville, Florida
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90 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2012

Several features make this hotel ideal for a three-night stay. First, the buildling was once someone's hacienda, so it has lovingly collected wrought iron articles everywhere you look. Columns and capitols, arcades, indoor garden with swimming pool, good restaurant breakfast, lunch, and supper. The best feature is that it is on the corner across from a small park and another block from the city park and its surrounding colonial buildings and arcades, not to mention the cathedral. Travel agents and car rentals are just next door. Walk the other direction and watch the mariache band and people dancing in the plaza across the street on Saturday morning. The street festival on weekends is another attraction. The location of the Casa del Balam (House of the Jaguar) is very good for older people who have trouble walking for several blocks to reach the old town center and its park benches, where you can watch families strolling through the park and strike up conversations with very nice people.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 4 July 2012

The person who recomanded the hotel was our guide Fernando Hernandese , he is the one who made our 4 days in that area so beautiful and interesting, and also the crew of the hotel , they were very nice and helpful ...this is not a big hotel so it feels so good....rooms are big and comfortable ..breakfast is very good but expensive

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Cancun, Mexico
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Reviewed 2 July 2012

I took a master suite. Before booking I called the hotel and asked if it is noisy. I was told that the hotel is quiet. The reality: the noise from the street gets in freely and upsetting. the hotel itself has some old style charm but is in a state of maintainance more fit for a motel 6 than for a hotel. Breakfast is the same every day and low amounts and quality. The AC unit is very strong and noisy. Even at low setting the temperature is bellow , but way bellow confort levl (did I forget to say it only has 3 settings?) The room itself is an updateld kind of colonial room, charming to see in a museum but not so pleasant o leave in. the staff is at the limit of rude and only hunts for tips, no real good service. The location is prettygood, a block away from the main square and from Chaya Maya.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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Abuja, Nigeria
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Reviewed 27 May 2012

My partner and myself spent 3 nights at Casa del Balam. For me it was a first time at this beautiful turn of the century hotel. The staff were very nice. Breakfast was awesome. I enjoyed the salsa piccante that the chef conjures up. Very close to Catedral de San Lldefenso, Museum of Modern art, some brilliant eateries and cafes. The hotel is at the heart of the cultural side of Merida. The rooms were large and the decor was early 20th century.....our room overlooked part of the unversity....I will be back...

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Casa del Balam
Address: Calle 60 # 488 x 57 | Colonia Centro, Merida 97000, Mexico
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Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Yucatan > Merida
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#18 Family Hotel in Merida
#20 Romantic Hotel in Merida
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Casa del Balam 3*
Number of rooms: 51
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa del Balam is one of the oldest and most distinguished hotels in Merida and the Yucatan Peninsula, it's also one of the few original Mexican Art Deco houses left in the city. The hotel was built in 1970 incorporating facets of the original home of Fernando Barbachano Peon, pioneer of Tourism in Mexico. His daughter, Ms. Carmen Barbachano Gomez Rul (who was also involved on the family business), left the original facade and selected the name of "Casa del Balam" (Mayan words for "house of the jaguar") to honor his father nickname "balam" due to his visionary sharp business mind. Ms. Barbachano was very devoted of the colonial period and decorated the house accordingly. Big wooden furniture, rocking chairs and wrought iron accessories were part of her fine selection. She had envisioned a place where every touch could softly spoke of the serene ambiance of the city, and where friends could be made instead of just mere clients. When looking at the amazing interior of this Casona and experiencing the warm specialized service of its personnel, one can easily understand that Ms. Barbachano did accomplish her desire of uniqueness, and in a very exquisite way! ... more   less 
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