Casa del Balam Hotel
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Arnold.smolders stayed here on Jul 19, 2012 during their trip titled: Mexico, Guatemala and Belize.
... in the states! You have sales all of the time." With these "cheaper goods," she wants to bring them back across the border to sell them in Merida for the "Merida price." She has friends that do this with Victoria's Secret clothing that they order online and sell for nearly double the original US price. I find these immigration stories to be so incredibly fascinating... In other news, she wants to bring her kids to Parque A'ak one weekend to see the place and where I ...
... kinds of peppers they make it out of. The peppers come have many different colours and hence the red ones may be a bit more spicy than the green one... that makes it very confusing then for trying to figure out which salsa is spicy and which one isn't. They had Jamaica juice but since I had it yesterday, I decided to have the fresh lemonade. It was so good!!
Then we went to the photography house where they had all our pictures ...
... the curve is the Hacienda Temazon, an old sisel factory converted to quite a quaint hotel and our home for the next two nights as we explore the ruins of the Yucatan peninsula. A quick bag drop off, a text to the boys (modern technology... pffft) and margaritas arrive - the first of many drinks Sue and I have with Paul and Laurent. We come across black butterflies the size of bats and our first of many mosquito attacks. Hilarity ...
... and then heading the nearest bar we could find (it was all a bit last minute). In truth, it was all a bit cringreworthy.
The majority of the crowd at the place were in their early thirties periodically "wooo"-ing, wearing platic hats, spilling cups of icy margarita and letting off firecrackers. The locals on the other side of the street sent their kids over the divide so they could take a photo, as if at a penguin sanctuary.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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.