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"Located next to Santa Lucia Church, it has a dizzying variety of rooms, suites, studios, and apartments in the main building and tucked into the garden around the pool. Its unique sliding scale system sets your rate by asking, 'How successfull are you?'. A liquor cart (gratis) greets you in the hallway. Guests who remember Luz when it was a cult favorite - run by an eccentric and somewhat ambivalent artist who really wanted to start a wellness center - will be surprised by the new owners' renovations and gratified that they haven't tampered with its freewheeling charm. A big kitchen is available for guests' use (though some units have their own), and a large dining area offers a beautiful table that seats 12." "One of the most enjoyable places to stay in town, a true urban oasis in a city not short of them. In the 1990's, part of the 17th-century convent behind the church of Santa Lucia was transformed into an art gallery, but was then acquired by American Madeline Parmet, who made into a guesthouse 'urban retreat' with a unique approach. She took off in 2006, but new owners Tom and Donard aim to maintain the easy-going style that has won it fans far and wide. The beautifully shady old house is huge, and within it there are fully equipped apartments with kitchens; in the garden at the back there's also a pool. Changes since the handover have included complete renovation of all fittings, and the addition of several new rooms above the garden. A real home from home, Luz is ideal for settling in for a completely hassle-free stay: guests have the run of a very large kitchen, and free beers in the fridge on arrival is another nice touch."
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"Mérida is a city of urban oases, and Luz is one of its finest. Founder Madeline Parmet took off in 2006, but new owners Tom and Donard have pledged to keep up its easygoing feel, while adding new rooms and renovating. The rambling old house, incorporating part of the convent of Santa Lucia, is huge. At the back there's a pool, and guests have the run of a huge kitchen, as well as free beers in the fridge on arrival."
While many much blander hotels are loudly claiming to be "boutique," this one is quietly ticking all the boxes – individually decorated rooms, fabulous common areas, a huge staff-to-guest ratio and a wonderful pool/patio area out back. The house they have for rent across the road (US$200/1200 per night/week) is just as good, if not better.
"Charming and irreverent, it's like no other hotel in Mérida - or the whole region, for that matter. For starters, its prices are sliding scale - the website asks you to describe yourself as "exceedingly", "moderately", or "not at all" successful, and gives you rates accordingly, and they don't require deposits since "real life is sufficiently punitive." Some of the smaller rooms are a bit dark, but the others - especially the studios, one-bedrooms, and suite - are a great value, with full kitchens, patios, and plenty of space and natural light. All have bright whimsical decor, plus modern TVs, air conditioners, and other amenities. A small pool and garden seal the deal - it's a great choice."
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"Delightful studio rooms and apartments (half have kitchenettes, many have private terraces or patios) in a rambling house, all done in rich colours, plus a pool and plenty of comfortable public space." "Cette maison coloniale possède de nombreuses chambres, des studios (kitchenette) et des appartements très bien èquipès. D'ailleurs certains clients n'hésitent pas à y rester plusieurs semaines at à négocier un tafir en conséquence. L'établissement s'y prête tout à fait, avec ses installations modernes dans un bâtiment du passé. Toutes les chambres ont accès aux espaces commun dont une grande cuisine, un salon et une piscine. Un très beau projet, aux lignes soignés."
"Behind a deceptively plain wall next to Santa Lucia Church, this inn offers a dizzying variety of rooms, suites, studios, and apartments in the main building (rumored to have been Santa Lucia's convent) and tucked into the garden around the pool. Every unit is different, thoughtfully decorated with Mexican arts and crafts, and the place is full of nooks and crannies for visiting or lounging. A large kitchen and dining room that seats 12 at a beautiful wooden table is available for guests in rooms without kitchens. The beds are among the best in Yucatán. The amiable and knowledgeable manager, who lives on-site, delights in taking guests under his wing. Oh, and did we mention the free bar cart?"
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"#9: The rambling house was once part of a convent but is now an urban retreat with modern apartments and small pool, at generous prices. Activities and health therapies can be arranged."
"Single-story townhouse in the heart of Mérida with tastefully furnished rooms and apartments, and enticing pool. Yoga and other health and fitness activities available; cable TV."
"Gemütliche Apartments und Zimmer mit Küchenzeile im ehemaligen Konvent der benachbarten Kirche Santa Lucia; mit Pool, Garten und vielen Aufenthaltsräumen."
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