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Arnold.smolders stayed here on Jul 19, 2012 during their trip titled: Mexico, Guatemala and Belize.
... museum was shut for maintenance, though I was able to watch a fascinating documentary called Los Mayas. The doc focused on recent discoveries of Mayan cities, including Kiuic:
What was startling about this place was that it functioned as a trading hub, though the Middle class Mayans, who were ´following the Mayan dream´, were completely at the mercy of the elements. They relied on rainwater as there were no water sources, and they had ...
... far been my favorite hotel in all my travels. Since by the time we had arrived, the sun had already set...we decided to stay in and enjoy the room rather than venture out for the evening.
When morning arrived it was finally time to see one of the seven wonders of the world, Chichen Itza. We got there early so that we could be one of the first ones to enter into the park. We had pre bought tickets on our drive thru the jungle yesterday which entitled us to a ...
... when swimming in the fresh water Green Canyon this time took up the offer of a life buoyancy vest so that I could just float and admire the view above from below.
We got back late - close to 5 pm so my “hop on hop off” 90 min tour of town was not really possible as ...
... few emails in the hostel lobby whilst a male guitarist sang beautifully and sadly, about what I don't know. I had earlier spotted a poster advertising that a festival of Mayan culture was currently going on in Mérida and a little online research revealed that there was a free concert that evening, with a guitar quartet playing the songs of a certain Manuel Lopez Ramos; apparently a Mexican guitar master. I headed out back up the Paseo Montejo to the 'Museo Palacio ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Casa del Balam Hotel Merida
I stayed at Casa del Balam with my ll year old son for just one night during the last week of April 2005. We had been staying in a budget hotel on Isla Mujeres for 4 days, so we nearly jumped for joy at the luxury this hotel offered (at an affordable price). I cannot stress enough what a, well, class act, this hotel is. Excellent service and attendants, so friendly, willing and available to help in any way.
Casa del Balam - what a treat!
We absolutely loved staying at this hotel. The building itself was superb and the staff members were friendly and helpful.
The location was also good and we would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel. It was a great chance to stay in a Mexican hotel rather than an American-style hotel.
Perfect weekend place
This hotel was once part of a colonial home so the entry and patio garden are exquisite with a perfect location for historic center activities (the Gran Plaza, the Cathedral, etc). The actual hotel rooms however are in an tower addition that was clearly added much later and have much more of a Motel 6 flavor. That being said it is still the ideal location for savoring the flavor of Merida especially on the weekends when they close off the streets to traffic and you can easily walk everywhere, returning to you quiet, sound insulated room for a good nights sleep.
I first stayed at Casa del Balam in 1993 when I enjoyed its atmosphere, comfort and pretty swimming pool. This time I returned with my husband and 2 children for a 3 day stay as part of a longer holiday in the Yucatan.
We've been to Balam twice in one visit; first and last
My fiance and I had booked Casa del Balam for a week in mid-January of 2005. We left after the first night. Why? We could not sleep. On two sides of the hotel, two of the busiest streets in El Centro of Merida produce incredible levels of unending all-night noise. Repeat; all night.
In addition, the "queen-sized" bed was much too small for a decent sleep (no kings were available), plus, as others have mentioned, the hotel has seen better days.
After checking other Merida hotels we found that the Hyatt offered stone-quiet, larger rooms, with king beds AT 2/3RDS OF THE COST OF ROOMS AT CASA DEL BALAM. Adios.
Delusions of Grandeur...
Casa de Balam, according to the Lonely Planet guidebook, is "wearing at the edges a bit," but when I and a friend visited in June 2004, some of the rooms had been newly renovated, and ours was clean, quiet, and rather nice. However, while the facilities have gotten better, the service has declined; what spoiled it for us were that some members of the staff definitely have delusions that Casa is a grand hotel and restaurant for elite clientele, and they expect frequent and large tips. If you don't grease their palms immediately, grandly, and often, word gets around, and you can expect to be snubbed, to get bad service, and to be treated poorly overall. Given how uncomfortable we were made to feel here, I'd definitely opt for a slightly shabbier hotel any day...!
We spent just on night in Merida at Hotel Casa Del Balam and we enjoyed it a lot!
The hotel is in the very centre of town, it's not new but it's old fashioned charming!
Bathrooms are very nice and the aircon was working perfectly.
Buffet breakfast could have been better!
This was a great hotel, right near the hubub of the merida center...best room in the house 112, big balcony overlooking the pool and quiet (comparatively), I would imagine, to the streetside rooms. I sort of miss waking up and hearing echoes of distant music that is so plentiful in merida. Hotel staff were great and attentive, room always cleaned and well stocked...free water/drinks in fridge too. Air conditioned, although didnt really need it when we visited.
very much recommend this place...
I have recently stayed at the Casa del Balam, however I have been a guest there several times previously. I started my stay in the Dolores Alba but after my laptop was stolen from my locked room I moved to the reliable Casa del Balam.
Non tourist spot
Nice place to go.