Luz En Yucatan
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Merida is a regional hub and a good place to base yourself to visit surrounding attractions. There is a pleasant historic centre and many nice places to while away some time. I had planned three days here, mainly because the new year celebrations fell in the middle of it and I didn't want us to be travelling either on New Years Eve or New Years Day …
After completing Young Guns and resisting the urge to stay and watch another 80s movie, I decided to brave the streets and the heat to go to the supermercado. It was out, to the right and down 4 blocks, how hard could that be? I was taken aback by the loudness of the music inside the grocery. I can just see the number of written complaints in a US …
I arrive at Luz en Yucatan around 1pm. I feel like I have gone through a barren labyrinth and made it out and have no idea where I am which is okay because I see the name of the hotel on the wall and that provides some level of comfort. After feeling the walls up for the secret passageway as there is not an obvious way to get in, I finally locate …
I underestimated the taxi service. Asking someone to come at 10am to take me to the airport for a 1pm flight sounded logical at the time, because I did not expect them to show up until around 1030. He was early and I just happened to see him wandering around the door, missing it of course, so I snickered to myself and helped him out. The taxi guy, …
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December 21, 2012
Well... it was the day the Mayans predicted the world would end, or so we thought!!
It was this same day we left SFO to travel to the Yucatan peninsula, our holiday this year was an expedition to see the less visited but very impressive Mayan ruins including Chichen Itza …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Luz En Yucatan Merida
Luz is terrific!
Just returned from 2 wonderful weeks at Luz en Yucatan in central (downtown) district of Merida. We stayed in the "Penthouse" apartment in this gorgeous colonial (ex-convent) house. This spacious apartment had lots of sun and air, a private roof patio, and lovely stained glass windows. Luz is a short walk to plaza, theaters, restaurants, parks, and buses. Although Merida is a noisy, bustling city, the house serves as a serene place to recoup. There is a lovely small pool in the back courtyard, surrounded by jungle-like foliage. The common rooms (living room, kitchen, dining room, entrance foyer and more) are elegant, yet comfortable. Each room is different--most have cooking facilities and fridges, so you can shop for food in the markets just like a native if you choose to eat in. (Saves $$ on restaurants to have at least one meal at "home.") The proprietress, Madeline, and her staff are most helpful. Our 3rd time at Luz. Wouldn't stay anywhere else in Merida!
A Gem in Merida
Stay Here!!! What a wonderful experience, a unique oasis. We only stayed for 2 nights and wished we had more time. Each room is different. We stayed in Shaman. It is upstairs, a long apartment. You enter into the living room, then the kitchen and dining room, pass the bathroom with shower and finally the bedroom with a king size bed. Very quiet. The common areas and pool are beautiful. Madeline is very nice and helpful. This place is a gem. We were in Merida for 12 nights due to Hurricane Wilma and looked at many hotels. This is the best - a different experience - not your average hotel where all the rooms are the same. If you are in Merida this is the place to stay.
Su casa es mi casa
My family and I stayed at Luz en Yucatan for 2 days in July. I have read good reviews about Luz and Madeline before leaving the States and everyone is right. It is located very close (a few blocks away) to Plaza Mayor and Calle 60 where all the fun activities such as dances and music are going on at night. There are also many restaurants and shops. It is, however, a very quiet and peaceful place. It is like a private home with a beautiful patio and a little pool.
We stayed at an apartment style room with a living room, dining area with a little kitchen. They were decorated very nicely. We could taste to live in a Mexican home and enjoyed a lot.
Though a bathroom doesn't have good ventilation and it smells a little we didn't mind since our room had so much space to move around.
Hurricane Emily totally messed up our plan and we couldn't do much on our last day at Merida. Almost all stores and restaurants were closed and no activities were going on in town. In our original plan we were going to check out early in the morning and visit some ruins but we couldn't due to the hurricane. We had no place to go till 9pm to catch a bus to Palenque. Madeline was very nice to offer us to stay in our room free till we leave for the bus terminal since there was no reservation on that room that night!! She could have charged us but she didn't. We felt her warm hospitality. We left a little money for electricity and water before we left. After we came back to the States she sent us a thank you card through e-mail. We couldn't believe that! We are the one to say "thank you" to her.
If you like a luxury hotel with a very good air condition this is not a hotel for you. But if you like to have an experience to stay at a peaceful and relaxing Mexican home this is the place. We definitely recommend the Luz.
I will place some photos of the Luz. They are not the best since they are from our camcorder but we hope they will help you get some ideas of this place.
Comfy and Quiet
Really enjoyed this place, it's a good place to escape the heat and people. Very tranquil, has a nice pool and green courtyard, has a kitchen, and is in walking distance to the Plaza, shopping, restaurants and museums. The hostess is very accomodating. Great prices on rooms, too. I'd go back in a heartbeat!
Wonderful stay at Luz en Yucatan
WE just returned from a 9 night stay at Luz en Yucatan in Merida, Mexico.We had a wonderful time at this very comfortable, beautiful old house that has been lovingly converted into a small, beautiful and charming hotel. It has a wonderful location right in the center of this small city. A brief walk will take you to the many sites and cultural events going on almost daily:free concerts in the park, street performers, dance recitals, symphony concerts, fokloric dancing and craft markets and more. From the street one enters a courtyard with a lush garden. The common rooms are gorgeous and the apartments are all lovely with large rooms, huge bathrooms and kitchens which come supplied with your favorite things. Madeline Parmet, the owner and creator of this charming oasis knows where to find what and who you need and all of her suggestions for restaurants, shopping, tours and cultural events were right on. The room we had was quiet, hard to know you were in the center of a city. There is a lovely pool surrounded by a garden. The most amazing thing is the very reasonable price for these lovely accomodations. We will return. Merida is an amazingly safe city and the residents are friendly and often helpful, even if one's Spanish is almost non-existant!
This is a wonderful home away from home with a wonderful staff. I stayed in Merida 16 days, 13 of which were at Luz. Three days were spent next door at the San Juan Hotel, (which Madeline found for me) because Luz had no vacancies during that period. All Madeline had available when I returned for "Luz en Yucatan Part II" was a higher-priced room (larger and had A/C), which she gave me at the same price as the room with fewer amenities. Upon checking out the first time, I had to insist on paying charges so far incurred. Madeline was quite content to let me settle my bill upon check-out at the end of my stay in Merida. Can you imagine that happening anywhere else? Madeline is great...warm, friendly, informative, but completely unintrusive. In fact the only intrusive elements were her several cats who live in the courtyard and defend the property with ferocity against interloping felines. Finally, the rates are fantastic, atmosphere and decor is peaceful with lush tropical foliage throughout, and the property is in a great location -- easy walk to the main square, Santa Lucia park and Santa Ana park. I am returning to Merida in the Fall and will definitely stay at Luz again.
What a Gem!
The rooms have so much character! It reminded me of New Orleans with the nondescript front and beautiful foliage and nooks inside. Our room had a small kitchen, hammock, chipped paint, local art, and we loved it all. Madeline was great and offered good suggestions for the area and was so nice.
My Stay with Madeline
Some hotels are too big. If i get lost on the way to my room it's too big. Travelers spend enough time lost without adding their dear rooms. Hotel Luz En Yucatan is more homey. You meet people, like a little village within a big city. Travelers stay for a week or if they're lucky enough to have the time, several months. But no one can stay less than a week and say they know this ancient city of one million. So stay.
No two rooms are alike, but being the Yucatan each guest room comes with choices. beds and hammocks, air conditioning and fans, television and a one minute walk to a free concert hall. You may start by watching tv in bed but if you find yourself playing a guitar in a hammock... you probably stayed a little longer.
Rates are muy agradable. It's cultural. Things aren't so much priced in Merida as agreed. And there is always a fair price to those who seek refuge. For me, Luz won out over other choices because it was perfectly located, well priced, and air conditioned (it was September). But it's the fit that made it such a comfort. Luz is not a typical hotel, even by Mexican standards. It is as unique as it's owner.
Madeline Parmet is La Duena, owner, and lover of Merida. Madeline knows her town. She offers invaluable suggestions, in her concierge capacity, of places to eat, buses to catch, tours to skip. She even knows Merida's yoga classes (if you must.) Sure there are travel books, but Madeline's the real thing (w/very regular updates). La Duena and her sweet staff are exactly what a traveler needs them to be, welcoming and useful. In fact, i still don't think of my month as a stay in Merida. I was staying with Madeline.
Peaceful & spacious
spent 4 days at Luz and enjoyed every minute. The location is ideal yet far enough that there is very little noise from the neighborhood. Booked a double -- we found the room warm & spacious. Highly recommended and a bargain! Great place to use as a centerpoint for visiting Uxmal, Chichen or other areas in Yucatan.
Home away from Home
The Luz en Yucatan Hotel was Fabulous!!! I emailed Madeline, the owner acouple of months before hand and got a feel for the place . She was great. She even said that ifonce we arrived , if we didn't like it she would help us find another place to stay. No deposit was required. You just paid when you got there and I had to chase her down to pay her. So accustomed to the big hotels that don't let you see your room until they have pages of info on you.The rooms are clean and filled with local art. It is literally next door to the Santa Lucia Church where you can hear mass from your Bed. The square is also across the street.They have fiestas there and music and poetry readings it's wonderful. They area reminds be of Paris.very colonial. High ceilings, big windows, everybody is so incredibly friendly. There is a grocery store about 2 blocks away a farmacy across the street, change house a block a way, burger king and Mcdonald's a block-2 away. For those not wanting to try the local fare, which I have to admit was incredible !!! Better than the food I had in France.If you want to experience Merida, outside of the sterile and generic atmosphere of the Hyatts and Sheratons then Luz en Yucatan is for you I went in Dec/03 perfect weather.