We stayed in the Casa del Balam Hotel for two nights at New year's. The location is good since it's in central Merida; the breakfast was good; the lobby with its courtyard and small fountain is very nice; the antique elevators are interesting; and the small pool OK but only had sun in the morning.
The critical downside for us was our assigned room (Room 502). It had an annoying intense musty smell suggestive of mold in the room's air conditioner system. Unfortunately the room's window had been sealed shut so there was no way to combat the smell. We asked for another room but were told that the hotel was full.
In conclusion, I'd be very weary of staying at the Casa del Balam Hotel again unless I was guaranteed a room with a window that opened.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Casa Del Balam Merida
- Casa Balam