“A peaceful hacienda in the heart of Mérida with contemporary flair, colonial courtyards and inviting pools”
There are 12 rooms at Hacienda Mérida - a mix of standard and executive rooms in the main hotel, with 3 further rooms and a suite in the VIP block next door.
Pick of the bunch in the main hotel is room 3, a first-floor executive room with a jaunty red-tiled balcony overlooking the pool and 2 swinging hammocks; perfect for a siesta. We stayed in executive room 1, which also opens out onto the pool with its own terrace and hammocks. It's at ground level so there's slightly less privacy, but it's ideal for a quick dip! Executive rooms 2 and 4 and the standard rooms are built around a separate shaded courtyard that houses the massage pavilion. They may not have the views of rooms 1 and 3, but they're much quieter.
Décor wise, the executive rooms are generous in size, with kingsize or twin queensize four-poster beds draped in bright silks and clad in Egyptian cotton. Dark-wood floorboards match the heavy set doorways, and the spaces are smartly kitted out with wrought-iron chairs, tables and lamps. The large bathrooms are rendered in polished stone with a double sink, a vanity area and a large mirror. To one side is a sizeable walk-in shower with a sisal scrub sponge. The hotel makes its own range of 100% natural toiletries, which are placed in square white dishes around the bathroom - the creamy oatmeal and honey soap smells divine.
The standard rooms are similar in décor but smaller, and their bathrooms only have 1 sink. One standard room has a queensize rather than a kingsize bed.
The rooms in the VIP block have been added since our last visit, but they share the same contemporary flair and colonial features as the others, with the added benefit of iPod docks. Within this building are 1 standard room (bigger than the standard rooms in the main hotel), 2 larger deluxe rooms and a very spacious suite which comes with its own terrace. Outside is a separate pool area, colonnaded terrace, massage pavilion and bar only open for guests staying in these rooms; the slighty higher prices for this block reflect the additional privacy offered by the fact that fewer people share these facilities.
Excellent abstract paintings created by Phillipe Duneton (Alexandre's father) adorn the walls in all rooms. His style is distinctive and modern, with golds and deep reds daubed on white canvas.
Breakfast (an extra cost) is served in the pretty courtyards from 7-11am. There's a choice of 3 menus (continental, American and Mexican), all very moderately priced. The Mexican breakfast consists of spicy scrambled eggs and refried beans garnished with nachos - perfect for an authentic start to the day. Freshly squeezed orange juice is on the side, and extras include granola, yoghurt, chocolate muffins and croissants.
Guests in the VIP block can order lunch and dinner (again a mix of Mexican, continental and American influences) from its restaurant, but the main hotel doesn't serve any meals after breakfast. Finding good food in Mérida is a cinch, though, and there's a useful booklet in each bedroom detailing local eateries by cuisine. We particularly liked Amaro (Calle 59, no. 507), which has live music and features some unusual Mexican vegetarian options like soya bean enchiladas.
Bakeries are great for lunch, offering huge selections of fresh bread, biscuits and muffins, plus savoury patitis con queso (baked cheese slice). Los Bisquets Bisquets Obregon on the north west corner of the Plaza Mayor sells delightful treats and has a café attached. Also on Plaza Mayor is the irresistible Helados Janitzio, which sells ice creams and popsicles with flavours like grape, cinnamon and tamarind. It offers desserts such as flan and arroz de leche, too - delicious.
The 2 bars at the hotel (one in the main building, another in the VIP block) are open from 3pm onwards, and both are well stocked. The barmen serve up cocktails (try the zingy margaritas), which can be taken by the pool and come served with a side of bruschetta or salted nuts. Drinks can be delivered to your room at any time.
Children of all ages are welcome. The hotel can provide an extra bed in the Executive Rooms and all rooms in the VIP block for no added charge for children aged 0-12, although no baby cots are available. Babysitting is available on request. Please note under 12s should not swim unaccompanied in the pools.
Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Extra Beds Available