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... like. Our guide gave us a fascinating tour including telling us about their version of football in which the captain of the winning team would be offered as a sacrifice. Some incentive to play! All of the Mayan buildings were intricately thought out- the amount of steps and platforms all referred to important numbers in the calendar and the design was such that come the equinox the sun would create a shadow of a serpent on the temple (a very important god- Kukulkan). I'd ...
... plaza, and lots of outer ruins too. The Building of Columns is the most impressive, and would probably have had a roof, and we wandered around almost on our own in the sunshine taking pictures.
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... at Spanish would be understood. I think our culinary teacher was a student of culture and food - she appeared to be some sort of bread expert. Unfortunately it started to rain (the centre of the school is a sort of courtyard exposed to the elements) and this was the prompt for everyone to leave. I bid everyone goodbye until Monday and stayed a little longer to chat a bit more with the cookery teacher and help with the washing up!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Casa Mexilio Guest House Merida
Enchantment - revisited
Just spent Christmas at Casa Mexilio - my second stay, having been there in March this year. The casa looked even more beautiful with the holiday decorations. The house is truly magical, the breakfasts a continual surprise. With it's beautiful gardens and hidden terraces, it's hard to believe that one is in a bustling city. Thanks to the owners it has been kept a place of tranquility. I'll be back!!!
Nice place, shame about the owners
If you want to feel as though you're doing the 'hosts' a favour by staying here, you'll love it. The place itself is quite magical with the hidden terraces/gardens and quirky rooms, but I don't think I've stayed anywhere that made me feel so unwelcome - and this by the people that actually own the place. A few other points - the notes or "rules" are presented in such a way as to be downright condescending (verging on rude) and there is a lack of privacy sound-wise. If you don't mind hearing (or being heard by) other guests - even whist in your room - you'll be fine. The pool was closed, (it would have been nice to know this in advance), and the roof-top bar was unattended. The bar that was open only offered beer and (hideous, warm) wine despite there being a host of other bottles behind the bar. But the worst thing was the atmosphere created by the owners - I actually looked forward to leaving.
An oasis in Merida !
Merida as a holiday desination was average at best, but it was made much better by Casa Mexilio - truly a piece of paradise in the chaos of Merida. We were there at the beginning of December 2003 -- the only disappointment was that the pool was being repainted, and thus was out of use. The breakfast (included) was delicious, and the layout and facilities of the guest house were magical. We stayed in the Menchu room - it was superbly decorated and great value. Couldn't recommend it more !
Overall great - but let down on a couple of counts
This place is really nice. Very romantic, clean, comfortable and in a nice location in town. There were however a couple of things which did let it down. The bathroom was grotty (but clean) in comparison to the very high quality of the rest of our room. But mostly the rude notes and rules I found extremely offensive. Being told to only order food at breakfast if you are going to eat every scrap (if you're not sure what you like, apparently you have to ask for a child's portion) was not only rude, the way it was written was down right patronising. Other 'house rules' included not smoking and turning off lights, fans, air con, etc. or you will be fined. Although understandable points, the way the notes and rules were written was just so rude - as if people who can book a flight, organise a holiday and stay in such a nice place are incapable of behaving in a responsible manner. It ruined the relaxed feel which you want on holiday and expected from such a beautiful building.
OUACH!!! PURO GRINGOS!
This place is a joke!!! Imagine, one of the 2 owner there, the GRINGO ROGER, wants you to pay in US Dollars and he does not want to talk in Spanish, just in english please! Full of noisy cats, you have to pay estra money if you *forget to close the lights*etc... This Roger the Owner, should learn that even if he is American, his Hotel in is Mexico and he could at least accept to be paid in PESOS, which is still the Mexican money. I hated this guy so much!!!
The rest of the staff was very pleasant and they even felt sorry about these gringos things and attitude.
My girlfriend and I [both grandmothers] stayed last winter for 10 days at Casa Mexilio - a great place for inexperienced travelers or women traveling alone. For several days during our visit, we were even provided a handsome young bilingual escort for trips to the ruins.
Located right downtown in a beautiful 19th century townhouse, it's certainly not a triditional hotel full of little boxes, rather a gracious and elegant residence from a bygone age.--B. Flythe
Casa Mexilio is unlike any other guesthouse I have stayed in! The entire place is like stepping into another century (with the addition of a swimming pool and jacuzzi). There are lots of nooks and crannies to explore, and a wonderful roofdeck bar with views of Merida.
Almost everything I had hoped
Charming guesthouse - romantic, great location, clean and quiet, easy parking, fantastic views of the city. I would definitely go back. Was definitely the best days of our vacation. Only complaints were the missing bartender and the redundancy of breakfast. As a non-egg eater, there was almost nothing to choose from. Other than those two quibbles, the place was perfect. Don't want to say too much cause I don't want the word to get out!
The place I always searched for, but rarely found
Besides being efficiently run, immaculate and well-appointed in every respect, it's down right ROMANTIC, a page out of Yucatan's history at great prices. There's hardly an anachronistic object in view to detract from the feeling of having landed in another century. We welcomed the absence of TV and telephones in our room and the bar and food service was superb. We even had our own cat who visited regularly. Great comfort and intelligent, respectful hosts.
Ahh..serenity in the heart of bustling Merida. Come home to colorful shuttered doors and windows, rooms and central areas in colonial decor, Mexican still life arrangements everywhere, , a hint of incense, jasmine on the breakfast table, superb Yucatecan cuisine, the silhoutte of Santiago church from the top terrace -- coupled with a genteel staff and reasonable prices. A great place for romance, or for a personal retreat into solitude. All of the above and much more.
Gracias -- I'll be back!