My three favorite things about my recent trip to Yucatan: Ek Balam, Uxmal, and Casa Tia Micha.
After spending three nights in Merida, we stayed for two nights here in Valladolid, in the San Juan room. Their five rooms are named after the five historic churches in Valladolid. First off, the grounds are beautiful, and the rooms are spacious and well appointed. The bed was comfortable, and the place was quiet at night. When we made the reservation, they asked for any dietary restrictions, and they accommodated my vegetarianness warmly. The breakfasts are EXCELLENT. Maria Theresa cooks breakfast at home every morning and brings it in. The picante salsa served everywhere in Yucatan was best here. I actually emailed and asked for the recipe after returning to the US because I had to have it again.
So in terms of the quantatative aspects of the Casa, they are excellent. As a hotel, it is fantastic and I recommend it to anyone in the area. It is slightly more expensive than other hotels, but well worth the extra.
But the reason that my two nights here will always have a place in my heart is because of the family that runs it. First, they are incredibly kind, warm, charming, and welcoming. They literally treat you like family from the moment you arrive. This extends well beyond your time in the house. My friend had been battling illness since we arrived in Yucatan, and she felt so ill our first morning in Valladolid that we decided to cut our trip short and return to the US after only one night at the Casa. When we told this to the folks at the Casa, Arturo, the uncle and a radiologist, insisted on driving us to a medical clinic and helping my friend get checked out. He did this not to ensure that we stayed another night and that they got paid for the room, but because he knew that we had traveled a long way and had a lot left that we wanted to do. He took two hours out of his day to drive us to the medical clinic, ensure that we got in to see a doctor quickly, and that we felt comfortable with the experience with the doctor. The recommended treatment had my friend feeling much better within 24 hours. This is the biggest example, but there were others where Arturo offered to drive us 20 miles to the Ek Balam ruins (which I HIGHLY recommend (the ruins)), but we declined (the offer to drive us, just too kind). We were offered the recipes of the food that we liked; they took the time to genuinely converse with us and get to know us, despite somewhat of a language barrier. They did this not in a pushy or bothersome way. They didn't force us to talk to them, but they were available if we wanted to talk about anything, from the food or the hotel to the city, or the ruins, or the rest of our travel plans. Everyone there was quick with a smile and this family is one of my favorite memories from this trip, which is remarkable, considering how many amazing things that I did and saw.
So, if you're looking into potentially staying in Valladolid, I implore you to stay with this family. You won't regret it. I also want to personally recognize Julio, Celso, Vily, Emmy Rosa, María Teresa, Rosanelly, and Arturo for their kindness, helpfulness, and for making a great trip unforgettable. I hope to see them again some day, either in Valladolid, or in California if I ever have the opportunity to offer them the same hospitality that they showed me.
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- Beautiful old house with colonial architecture. Feel the truly city cultur with us. ... more less
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