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Luz En Yucatan
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Reviewed 8 April 2006

We recently spent an excellent 5 nights at Luz. You really feel like this is a unique haven away from the searing heat and hustle and bustle of Merida. A lovely garden and pool an added part of the package.

The hostess Madeline really is the hostess with the mostest, advising on best places to shop, arranging massages and being just a basically interesting person to chat too. It is clear that she treats guests like friends rather than just clients.

We also had a wonderful experience where one of Madelines excellent staff helped us with a cooking lesson for a couple of hours.

The only couple of things that in the front rooms there is a bit of noise from the city, Merida is always on the go so often there is the sound of late night music. Also we had a great terrace in the penthouse but it desperately needed some shade, there was plenty of room near the pool etc to sit when the sun was too hot up there.

This is a wonderful place to stay, as previously quoted it is not a hotel, more like an authentic cosy home you have been invited into.

  • Stayed: April 2006
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49  Thank PhilippaL
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Reviewed 14 March 2006

Luz En Yucatan was just not what we expected, and I had read every TripAdvisor and other ratings out there. It really exceeded expectations. For what the three of us could have paid at an out of the way hostel, we got a room full of character at the Luz. I met quite a few of the other travelers in the pool area, and they were all delightful.

I could repeat everything that everyone else said about the rooms and all the homey touches from the mini-bar in the living room to the bottled water in bedrooms, but I thought that the staff is exactly what sets this place apart. We were given great advice on where to go in the city from one woman in the office (I am so sorry I didn't catch her name). On our last night, we had a slight mix-up with our bill. It was quickly resolved, and Madeline even asked us if we needed help with cab fare or anything else. We felt welcome at all times.

On top of all that, the security is great. There is no open lobby for people to walk in off the street--we are given a key to the front door and to our bedroom. All others must buzz in to the office and be escorted in the hotel. I will most definitely stay here on my next visit to Merida!

  • Stayed: March 2006
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41  Thank ashleyinathens
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Reviewed 12 March 2006

My wife and I spent four nights at the Luz en Yucatan from Feb 21-24, 2006 and found it to be very enjoyable. Located in the heart of the Centro, once you enter the doors of the hotel you feel far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city. The lush inner gardens offer a tranquil setting.

This is a moderately to budget priced hotel, but the large apartment we stayed in was quite clean and tidy. We paid $650 pesos per night, which was a great value for everything that came with the room. An added bonus that came with the room was a dispenser of free bottled water. The lobby has cart of different Mexican tequilas and other drinks that are free for hotel lodgers to sample during their stay.

The hotel is small and we rarely encountered other lodgers during our stay. We had a very enjoyable time there. This is the type of place where you can just hang out and relax. Take in the sights of the sourrounding city and then retreat to the inner peace of the hotel or your room.

One drawback that I can point out is that the hotel's nighttime lighting is not the best. The stairs to the upper units are narrow and steep, but the lighting is poor. My wife twisted her ankle coming down the stairs from our unit in the dim light. A flash light is provided with the room, and it is advisable to use it.

47  Thank Oregon007man
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Reviewed 25 February 2006

My partner and I just returned from a two week stay in the Yucatan, and we used Luz en Yucatan as our base of operations between excursions outside of Merida. We stayed a total of 10 nights at Luz in three different rooms. We found the place to be a joy, and are hoping to go back.

First of all, I should say that if you are a finnicky person, you should probably stay elsewhere. In fact you should probably just go to somewhere thoroughly Americanized like Cancun. There are plenty of things that such a person could nit-pick about... no hot water in the bathroom sink, occasionally threadbare towels, no telephones in the rooms... but if you are a laid-back person who is looking for a unique Mexican experience at a reasonable rate such details are irrelevant.

Being at the Luz is like staying at the quirky, eccentric home of a charming relative. The owner, Madeline, is a delightful person, with a wicked sense of humor, who is always helpful. (On our last day, we went to a bakery and bought her a cake. How often are you inspired to something like that for a hotel owner?) She is very informal, yet runs her establishment very efficiently. (Every e-mail I sent to her setting up our reservations was answered within 24 hours.)

We arrived late at night, rang the doorbell, and were met by one of the employees, Gilberto, who took our luggage up to our room for the first five nights, the penthouse apartment. It was a very spacious room with a double bed and a single bed (all the beds are very comfortable and firm), cable TV, bathroom with shower, and a kitchen with table and chairs. A loaf of chocolate bread was waiting for us on the table as a welcome gift. There is a private rooftop terrace with patio furniture and potted plants. The room was clean, bright and airy with lots of windows. Although there is air-conditioning, we never had to use it. The cross ventilation and ceiling fan were sufficient. The furnishings and decor are a combination of antiques, thrift-store, and Mexican handicrafts. You do not feel as if you are at a hotel but that you have found a home away from home in Merida.

The next morning we explored the public areas... courtyards lush with tropical plants, a community kitchen and dining room for those whose room does not have a kitchen, and comfy sitting areas.

From Merida we took a couple 2 night excursions, and Madeline let us keep our large suitcases in the office.

On our subsequent nights, we stayed in the apartment called "Rayna" (it was even larger, with dining room, sitting room, kitchen, walk-in closet, bedroom and bathroom!)and the 2 story apartment called "Cielos" (kitchen and sitting room downstairs, bedroom and bathroom upstairs).

Because you have your own key to enter the hotel entrance, and because they have a small staff who seem like part of the family, I felt very secure, and did not worry about any valuables left in the room. The cleaning lady did two loads of clothes for us, and did a wonderful job with the laundry.

All in all, Luz en Yucatan, was probably one of the most unique, homey and pleasant places I have ever encountered on my travels! We can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed: February 2006
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42  Thank wmsf
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Reviewed 1 February 2006

Loved this place! A very peaceful laidback vibe here ... A lot of character.

  • Stayed: January 2006
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31  Thank scundy
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