Gorgeous hotel in a very old building in downtown (Centro) Merida. Location is grand, as sidewalk cafes and the central plaza are just a short walk away. Merida is a stunning city, with activities into the wee hours, and superb architecture and a lush colonial feel. There was music in the streets, at the cultural center next door to the hotel, and a band playing on a nearby roof.
The hotel was exceptional. Lovely decor, stunning central courtyard, very nice pool area. Free breakfast, attentive staff, overall a fabulous, wonderful, can't-wait-to-repeat experience.
Stay away if you don't like a rich, varied city life. If you're happy at a Holiday Inn, don't bother. If you love unique, historically rich, beautiful small hotels, this is your ticket.
- 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