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Merida’s Rich History Is Worth The Trip

Merida is an ancient colonial city and the capital of the Yucatan state located to the west of Quintana Roo, rich with historical churches, architecturally unique buildings, delectable flavors, music, night life, shopping and more.  Every night, the Historic Center hosts customary folk dancers, right in front of City Hall, dancing to live music, in traditional attire.  On Sunday nights, salsa and cumbia dance liven up the streets.  Restaurants and street vendors are abundant, as is the shopping.  Staying near the Main Square is recommended.

My wife and I had the delight of staying at Casa Mexilio, in Merida, over the first weekend in August, 2009 and it was one of the most unique places we have ever stayed.  Located close to the town center, about 4 blocks from the main square, you will discover Casa Mexilio squeezed in amid residences and merchants along one of the typically urban sections of Merida.

All of the buildings in this segment of town have no spaces between them and the only manner to quickly differentiate where one ends and the next one begins is the distinction in color.  Each block is consequently full in unique colors and personal distinguishable window boxes, signs, benches, and the like.

The main entrance to Casa Mexilio, a Merida hotel, is relatively non-descript, with a few metal gates fronting wooden doors right on the street.  Don’t be fooled by the lack of ordainment outside this exceptional small lodge.  When inside, the hotel is more museum than hotel with vintage furnishings, artifacts, books and photos throughout.  It genuinely is like stepping back in time.  The inn is a transformed home dating back to the late 19th century and is bursting of its particular colorful history as are the buildings and city of Merida that surround it.

The main patio of the hotel is located directly behind the front desk and service locale where you will find a lush garden and “grotto” like pool with a Jacuzzi.  It always stays nice and cool due to the shade of the gardens and protected location, a wonderful place to cool off anytime and very romantic.  We went for a swim to cool off before bed one night and the burning scent of copal was a pleasant affect(this is a local herb and incense well-known for its cleansing properties).  This section with the trees and plants almost reminds you of being in a jungle cenote apart from there are stairs and balconies almost everywhere you glance.  There is even an elevated catwalk that connects one of the top sections of the lodge.  In attendance are patios, landings and secret garden nooks everywhere; the place begs to be explored.

Our room was wonderful with very high ceilings and reasonably clean with a comfortable king sized bed, added pillows, ceiling fan and AC, though we only used the AC for a few hours at night, the ceiling fan was wonderful for air circulation.  The furniture, like everything else we saw while we were there were traditional, antique couches, chairs, dressers, bed and wardrobes, really nice touches. Our room also had diverse tiled flooring.  I honestly don’t know the actual name of our room, but each one has its own unique appeal with similar furnishings from what we could see.

Our only disappointment was missing a great breakfast!  We got out of bed awfully early…too early for breakfast seemingly as we looked around and did not see anybody(this was around 7am) so we walked a few blocks to one of the local cafes.  Upon our return to the lodge one of the waiters stopped by our room wanting to know if we wanted breakfast.  We’ll definitely catch that on our next visit!  We will be back to Merida in quest of more interesting sites, sounds and flavors and recommend this hotel to anyone, as it is truly a magical place.

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