Following an exhausting trip from New York, I arrived here at about 8 pm for a seven night stay and was warmly welcomed. My first impression was that the hotel was rather dark, but this quickly turned to a deep appreciation for an amazing (and romantic) ambiance throughout the facility.
The generous size of my room was enhanced by the very high ceilings, with efficient air conditioning that I could control and an extremely comfortable bed. Although I did not patronize the downstairs or rooftop bars, they were both appealing and offered lovely environments.
The restaurant was truly exceptional; it is attractive and I tried much of the menu during my stay, finding nearly all offerings to be both especially delicious and well thought out. The service was almost always remarkably solicitous and warm. Although It is true that the food took a while to come out, I find it indicative of the quality of the preparation and appreciate dining as a special occasion, rather than just eating something quickly. In the mornings I sometimes breakfasted in the atrium area, which would get too warm for me later in the day but is a pretty setting with its trees.
I did not have an opportunity to use the spa, but did enjoy a couple of swims in the pool, which, again, is in a remarkably enjoyable environment. The last night of my stay, I used the "soaking tub" in my room with its open view of the sky...
The hotel is conveniently located close to the center of Merida, and I enjoyed several walks in the area. Merida is not only beautiful but notably safe, and the owner has done a great service to the city by renovating two abandoned houses and creating this amazing hotel. It is a testimony to his creation that the longer I stayed, the more I enjoyed and appreciated this beautiful place - and I would be delighted to stay there again! The only drawback I found is that direct dial telephone service into and out of the hotel appears not to be an option, although the wifi signal was excellent.
In the interest of full disclosure: my room and most of my meals were comped by the owner, in support of the local symphony orchestra which engaged me as its soloist. However, over the course of many years I have never stayed in a hotel - especially for this number of nights - where I felt so at ease and happy in the environment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the center of colonial Merida, on the shaded avenue of Paseo de Montejo, the elegant facade of Rosas & Xocolate Boutique Hotel glows pink: a beacon to luxury. ... more less
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- Rosas And Xocolate Hotel Merida