While working as a tour guides across North America, Tom and Donard carried a notion about starting a business that would create a friendly and personable hotel that cut across the common accommodation genres to offer guests a place that feels as if they were walking into their own living room. On a tour in Mérida, serendipity brought an old colonial building in the city’s historic district to their attention, and their ideas began to take shape. Ten years on, their vision and renovations have transformed an artist’s retreat home into one of the city’s most agreeable hotels.
Stepping off the street through the colonial doorway past the thick mesquite wood doors, you step-out of the heat and bustle of Mérida’s city center into an oasis of light and color. There’s no opulence or grandstanding here, and instead the immediate feel of a friendly, easy-going, and comfortable hotel that’s created for people who like to explore, meet others on the journey, and be close to a city’s heart and soul. And this is precisely what Tom and Donard intended when they set out to create Luz En Yucatán.
Described as an ‘urban retreat,’ the property might have been part of the old convent situated next door; it has now been tastefully restored to bring its colonial-era courtyards, nooks and crannies back to life with light, color and flora—creating spaces for guests to relax or socialize around the pool, terraces, fountains and alcoves.
Each of the 16 rooms and studios are individually designed and appointed—each one as unique as the property itself, and guests may choose the one they would like from the booking system on the hotel’s website. The amenities in-room have been carefully thought out to provide comfort and convenience for guests, and the entire property enjoys access to WiFi for those who need to keep in touch.
With its central location in the historic district of Mérida, Luz En Yucatán is perfectly situated to explore and enjoy this most vibrant of Mexican cities: situated less than two minutes’ walk from the one of Mérida’s most popular dining and cultural plazas, and just a short cab ride away from every major attraction.
After a day exploring the city, guests can return to a refreshing swim in the pool, enjoy a drink from the complimentary selection of beverages on the bar cart, and rest or catch-up with other guests’ stories. The rooms are cool and comfortable, and some also offer cozy private terraces to while away an afternoon or evening.
The owners and staff are very welcoming, paying attention to details and providing local assistance to help you get the most of your visit to the area, including travel tips, maps and personal recommendations for eating and entertainment; Donard even knows a cenote off-the-tourist-radar situated an hour’s drive away—and has a hand-drawn map he shares with guests to help them find it!
When you’re looking for a comfortable and friendly place to stay in Mérida that offers convivial accommodations amidst an authentic colonial feel and atmosphere, Luz En Yucatán offers great value and a genuine oasis in the heart of Mérida.
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