We stayed 5 days at Hotel Julamis, choosing to visit Merida and surrounds after family time on the Caribbean side of the peninsula. We chose the hotel based on reviews and the lovely photos posted by both the owners and visitors. We wanted an intimate hotel that would show us a bit of Merida's hidden side, what goes on behind closed doors; thus Hotel Julamis, with it's high ceilings, lovely plantings and Mexican vibe. The rooms are varied and distinct, and each unique. We stayed in Ixil. The room was spacious, with lovely hand painted murals and original tile floors, high ceilings, fridge and huge closet. Of course, I had to make sure we had the best room, so any room with a key was fair game, and others could be viewed with a bit of guile. All are lovely, tastefully decorated and impeccable.
I was initially concerned that the hotel would be noisy, given the prime location, but once evening settled in it was quiet; a pleasant surprise. Julamis is close to the center in a very walkable city. We had a car and were nervous about driving in Merida, but directions from Alex to the hotel were precise and we drove into the center and found the hotel easily. Street parking was accessible and trips in and out were not difficult in a city with a very workable grid system.
We enjoyed many things about our stay here, but mostly I think it was the company of our host, and fellow guests. Julamis encourages long term stays from adventurous travelers, and we found ourselves drawn to our fellow guests, many of whom were using the hotel as a base for exploring the riches of the area.
Breakfasts were lovely, complete with a bit of prosecco on Sunday mornings, and Alex, our congenial host, is happy to supply his view on most anything. Importantly, those opinions lead to interesting excursions in and around Merida. He is well connected and willing to share his relationships in addition to his recommendations.
Each evening finds our host on the roof terrace sharing a bit of tequila with his guests, a custom that encourages interaction and seriously enhances the experience. We were generally the first ones there, not sure what that says about us, but we were not alone for long. Most guests choose to come and toast the sunset over Merida, while enjoying their fellow travelers.
All of this is what you would expect from a class hotel. We were very happy here, great friends, host, rest, food, you name it. But occasionally something happens that gives you a true sense of quality, something extraordinary. At the conclusion of our stay, we said our goodbyes and headed for Valladolid, a one night stop on our way to the airport in Cancun. As we approached the entrance to the toll road to Cancun, we were rear ended by a flat bed truck carrying cement blocks. We were quickly embroiled in what occurs when you have an automobile accident in Mexico; with no real language skills. The police came, but we couldn't communicate. Our cell phones were not much help, but we did get through to Alex. With no hesitation, he said he would be there within 10 minutes and he was. He stayed until the entire matter was resolved, which took about 4 hours, chatting up the police, and interpreting for them and us, then drove us to the car rental agency to get a new car, as the one we had was impounded, and then further escorted us to the access road to Cancun, sending us on our way with a casual "it is nothing". I suspect it is nothing to him, but it meant the world to us. We really needed his help and he was there for us, without question, clearly a class guy, in a class hotel.
You meet a lot of interesting people when you travel, if you are willing to put yourself out there. This is how we feel about Hotel Julamis and Alex; larger that life, Shakespearean. You will know what we mean when you meet him. Don't miss it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Julamis is an urban affordable retreat located within Merida’s Historic District where its personalized service will meet up your expectations and guide your daring explorations throughout Yucatan’s Mayan world, ecological reserves and tranquil beaches. The hotel is composed of two floors accommodating one master suite and 6 standard guest rooms, each with private bathrooms, A/C and mini bars. There is a central courtyard with a lush garden where a complementary… ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Julamis Hotel Merida