Hotel Luz en Yucatan in the historic center of Merida is a great little oasis. After a long 14 hour bus ride I arrived in Merida at 8:30 in the morning and took a taxi from the bus station straight to the hotel. I have been to fairly nice hotels where they will not let you check in early, no matter what. Luz en Yucatan is not one of those places. When I arrived before 9 am they had a clean room and were more than happy to let me check in and get settled.
Luz is run by an Irish guy named Don, at least that’s who I dealt with mostly. He welcomed me with a little tour of the place and gave me some great printouts they had done for visitors on recommended places to eat, have fun and be a happy tourist. He also gave me a copy of Yucatan Today, a very top notch local travel and dining guide. The office generally had someone there to help with advice and directions.
Most of the rooms in the hotel are around a nice little swimming pool, those were all taken so I stayed in a room without much of a view, but very well appointed. The cost after a small discount was $54 USD, which is actually quite a bit out of my budget range and was totally worth it.
The room had a quiet new air conditioner, a ceiling fan, small refri that was pre-stocked with 2 cold beers, a coffee machine and fresh ground coffee (not those horrible little pre measured bags), a television with remote, a 5 gallon jug of fresh water with a little electric pump on it and thick plush towels for the bathroom. It was obvious that the management of the place had put a lot of thought into the little things that make a stay nice and comfortable. They even had an alarm clock for me to borrow for my last night so that I wouldn’t miss my bus in the morning.
I had planned on staying in a hostel near the central park, but they did not mention air conditioning. After I saw that the temperature was going to be over 100 degrees Fahrenheit every day of my stay, I opted for cool comfort over sweaty and economical. Merida is full of a wide variety of choices in hotels near the center, I was quite happy with mine.
One more thing I should mention about the attention to customer comfort and pleasure that Luz En Yucatan offered is a free liquor cart. It was next to the office and open for anyone to have a shot or add some top shelf liquor to a drink of their own. The only thing the hotel did not have is a restaurant, this was not a problem, there were a ton of choices for eating within 2 or 3 blocks. They did have a well equipped kitchen available for guests use, hostel style.
Merida is a city of 1 million people with very few tall buildings, unless you want to spend all your time in a taxi, staying near the central plaza is a must. The hotel was a short three block walk to the plaza and very close to several cathedrals and other city parks.
My next post will be about walking around Merida and doing a bunch of touristy fun things. Thanks Don and crew for a very enjoyable stay.