MERIDA’S BOUTIQUE HOTEL SCENE
Merida’s colonial architecture and beautiful 18th-century features have made their buildings ripe for renovation and a whole plethora of boutique hotels have appeared in the city in the last few years. Some of the hotels are modern with cutting-edge design, while others have been restored to the style of the period, creating regal and elegant accommodations.
A mix of old and new, Casa Lecanda is a renovated mansion set around a striking blue pool. Palms line the garden and offset the white arches that undulate around the central courtyard. Traditional tiles are used not only on the floors but also in the bathrooms to make design feature walls, giving a modern touch to a traditional concept. This is a great spot for those who want traditional style with a modern touch.
Step back in time as you walk into Casa Azul (The Blue House). Regal elegance is the name of the game at this hotel with eight large rooms. High ceilings, Italian-tile floors, colonial furniture and intricately detailed accessories give this hotel the opulence of a rich European 18th-century home. Whether you are reclining on a chaise lounge or relaxing in a warm bath you will be hard pressed not to think you have returned to another time in history.
A modern take on a traditional building, Rosas y Xocalate combines hot pink walls, contemporary furniture and modern art with traditional tiled floors in what was once two colonial mansions. The renovation and design won the hotel an Archeological Digest design award in 2011, so whether you are staying at the hotel or enjoying a drink at the rooftop lounge bar you can enjoy the chic design features that appear in every corner of the hotel.
With only one extraordinarily luxurious room with its own private dipping pool and two freestanding bathtubs sitting next to each other in the bedroom, a stay at Coqui Coqui is certainly a unique and elegant experience. The hotel speaks to Merida’s opulent past, with velvet drapes, touches of gold, crystal chandeliers and the signature apothecary style perfumery downstairs.