Best Bed & Breakfast in Merida
This week, Working Gringa's father and stepmother are coming to town. They are staying the month in Akumal (escaping the impending Colorado winter for awhile) and coming to Merida for a brief sojourn, to meet the dogs and tour around the not-quite-finished house. Since our rental home doesn't have a comfortable place for them to stay, we were faced with the decision of where to put them up for the night.
We imagine this is not unusual for other people who live here, who often have guests that need to stay somewhere other than their home. So in service to those of us who want to give our visitors the best experience when they are visiting, here are our initial nominations for Best B&B in Merida.
They are probably (but not necessarily!) priced lower than the small hotels of our previous poll. They also probably afford the visitor a more intimate experience of Merida, since most B&B's are indeed an extension of people's homes. We realize the category has been stretched like a piece of semantic taffy in the last few years, so we are going to create our own set of rules for the purpose of this poll. Each of the B&B's nominated by us or anyone else should have five rooms or less, should have the owner or owners living onsite and should serve breakfast as part of the cost of the room.
Here are our initial five nominations. Anyone can add a nominee over the next two weeks (before November 31) by suggesting another B&B in the comment section. The voting will continue until December 31, 2007 at which point we will turn off the poll (and all the others) and in January, we will award the winners.
Oh, and just so we can avoid having to explain this multiple times, our next poll is going to be Best Budget Hotel in Merida and will be the best category for places where the owner DOESNT live or which DONT serve breakfast.
Yucatan Living's Readers Choice Polls Best B&B in Merida nominees are:
Angeles de Merida - Created by John Truax and his partner, Angeles de Merida has new expat owners who have moved in and are carrying on the Angeles de Merida tradition. The rooms are set in a multi-storied old home, beautifully renovated with the rooms all loosely centered around a courtyard with a swimming pool. The location, just down the street from Parque Santiago, is ideal for a combination of quiet getaway and tourist convenience.
Casa Santana - One of the most uniquely and personally decorated and renovated homes in Merida that we have ever seen, Casa Santana is the brainchild of Debbie LaChapelle, who lives half the year in Merida and half the year in Maine. The house is filled with folk art and antiques from Mexico and other lands of apparent enchantment. The garden is surrounded by old stone walls and features a swimming pool set among the trees. It feels miles away from downtown Merida, which it isn't.
Cascadas de Merida - Run by Ellyne (from New York) and Chucho (from Merida), this unique B&B has four modern rooms that all open to a sparkling swimming pool in the center of the property. Thanks to Chucho's ingenious construction abilities, each room boasts a glass-enclosed shower that looks out onto a waterfall. Water features are everywhere! Thanks to Ellyne, guests enjoy a delicious breakfast and lots of sound advice on what to do and what to see in Merida.
Las Arecas - Another colonial turned into a B&B, but run by a Merida local. Mauro Ruiz spruced up his family home and runs it as a modest bed and breakfast. Five rooms in the back of the house share a living and dining room and a central outdoor patio. Each room is charming and simple, with a few whimsical touches like stone sculptures or sixties-era lamps. Some rooms have kitchenettes, one has a private garden, another has a rooftop view. The location couldn't be better, close to everything.
Los Arcos de Merida - Only two guest rooms in this popular B&B. The main house and the garden are chock full of books, art, plants, furniture... enough to keep any guest busy who isn't already swimming in the large pool, enjoying a delicious breakfast by that pool or going just down the street to the center of Merida for entertainment. Rooms are tucked away in the back of the garden, away from the main house, in their own little world.
Casa Esperanza - Casa Esperanza is located in a colonial home originally built in the 1890's. Claudette and Sergio have turned this lovely building into an even lovelier and very comfortable home away from home. The rooms are painted in a bouquet of pastel colors, all within easy access of a lovely pool. Casa Esperanza is just a few blocks from the Plaza Grande, Parque Mejorada and the city's main market. Gourmet breakfast served daily.
Casa Santiago - A reader-nominated bed & breakfast, Casa Santiago is a 3-room establishment that has recently come under new management. The owners, Vince and Frank, share their home with guests and a "quiet and friendly" Boston Terrier named Felix. There is a pool in the back, breakfast served each morning and wine and cheese in the afternoons. Casa Santiago is close to the park of the same name, and just a few blocks west of the Plaza Grande.
Ricky D Reyes Architect 10 years ago
I went on a trip from Mexico City at the zocolo to Merida to Oaxaca Zocolo and by far this was the best place I stayed on the trip. 5 stars.
Fortunato Velasquez 13 years ago
I will be traveling to my favorite B&B in Merida, Casa Esperanza, in June 2010, via Las Ruinas de Copan in Honduras, then Guatemala City to Cancun, Mexico to finally take the bus to Merida, Yucatan, Mexico and meet up with my daughter Andrea and her family at Claudette's fabulous Casa de Huespedes. I know a cold beer will be waiting, and in the morning an outstanding breakfast. Good friends, good food, good beer, you can't go wrong at Casa Esperanza!
Fortunato Velasquez 13 years ago
I will be traveling to my favorite B&B in Merida, Casa Esperanza, in June 2010, via Las Ruinas de Copan in Honduras, then Guatemala City to Cancun, Mexico to finally take the bus to Merida, Yucatan, Mexico and meet my daughter Andrea and her family at Claudette's fabulous Casa de Huespedes. I know a cold beer will be waiting, and in the morning an outstanding breakfast. Good friends, good food, good beer, you can't go wrong at Casa Esperanza!
Carrie Hinze 14 years ago
My husband and I had the pleasure to stay in Las Arecas for 2 weeks in Jan '08. Mauro keeps a spic-'n-span house, and Raul serves coffee and delicious fresh fruit every morning with courtesy and charm. Oh! He squeezes fresh oranges for delicious juice every morning. We were so pleased with Las Arecas, we are taking 7 family members to stay there for 10 days this winter. Can't wait to stay in Las Arecas, a peaceful haven.
Carol Judd 15 years ago
We spent 7 days at Casa Santiago and loved every minute. We were in the patio room which I loved because it was like having a private entrance to the pool area and we had a private place to sit. Vince and Frank have become personal friends of ours...We would like to try other places but Casa Santiago seems more like home to us now. The beds are very comfortable and the house, wonderful.
Scott 15 years ago
Another vote for Casa Santiago. We stayed in the honeymoon suite. Great bed and excellent bathroom. It's like having your own house (Vince lives in house behind the casa). An incredible value.
Henry Bare 15 years ago
I have stayed at many of the guesthouses in Merida...without a doubt, Los Arcos is the best. They go out of the way to make you feel at home. The home is lovely and the food great.
thanks for a wonderful stay
Michael and Floydilou 15 years ago
It's been 3 years since we stayed at Las Arecas. We stumbled across this affordable jewel after leaving previous accommodations which had disappointed.
Mauro Ruiz, owner of Las Arecas, keeps a very clean home. He is readily available to answer questions. If you are looking for comfort, clean and budget friendly, we highly recommend Las Arecas.
Mr. and Mrs. M Carlyle
Yarabel Lopez 15 years ago
Cascadas de Merida is a great place to stay. Relaxing and comfortable enviroment and the best hostess you can find:Ellyn...Located in a very convenient spot. I can assure you will have a great experience !!
Chuck Stevens 15 years ago
I would like to say that I had the best time in my life at Casa Esperanza, I have been all around the world and the best B&B and where I felt like home or even better was with Sergio and Claudette, my vote goes to Casa Esperanza.
LOURDES AYAQUICA GONZALEZ 15 years ago
Cascadas de Merida es un excelente lugar para su estancia en la cuidad de Merida, la recomiendo ampliamente. (Translation: Cascadas de Merida is an excellent place for your stay in Merida. I recommend them highly)
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