Merida is a confusing difficult city to navigate despite the roads being similar to NYC on a grid - make sure you prep yourself and try not to arrive by night which we stupidly did!!
The hacienda is a non-imposing building (hence finding it hard to locate!) and quite central to everything you'll want to see.
Upon arrival you realise the car park is around the corner in an area you will never just find alone. Get directions after you've dropped bags off!
The staff were lovely although rather light on the ground. You then realise there is little need for staff because there is no restaurant and the hacienda is quite small.
The grounds are stunning and impressively calming. Dating back to the 1840's you feel like you've stepped back in time a little (except for the pool!)
Our room was lovely - clean, well decorated, great bathroom and shower with gorgeous bed linen, fridge, tv etc.
We went to the bar for a drink but felt very lonely as the place was deserted. Clearly this is not a place to lounge around by night and everyone had gone out. We persevered and ordered drinks which sadly had to involve tequila or tequila and took about 30mins to come. The big flaw with every area here is four people could not sit together. The expansive bar had huge chairs in twos and they were so incredibly heavy you can't move four together. Some with outside by the pool.
Breakfast the next morning was lovely and food good quality - a great shame they clearly can provide food but you can't eat there at nights or for lunch. Also annoying the table only allow two people to sit together.
The pool was gorgeous and the pool area lovely but small.
This hotel is really gorgeous but I think the recent claim its one of the best hotels to stay in the world (CondeNast traveller) a little off when I compare it to many others I've stayed in. I have a feeling it is more to do with the VIP section of the hotel nearby. This in itself is rather irritating because apparently they DO have a restaurant and bar but despite me ringing ahead and asking if we could eat there as it was a special occasion and we would be arriving late, they refused and said you had to be a guest.
Nevermind. A nice hotel nonetheless and one I'd return to because Merida as a city really is marvellous.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the charming center of the city, Hotel Hacienda Merida is the ultimate high class boutique hotel and self-contained destination. It is an amazing haven of relaxation in the middle of one of Mexico's most vibrant cities. Discover exceptional history, great entertainment, rich culture, while enjoying the peacefulness of this colonial historical monument dating back to 1840. ... more less
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