$74 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Aug 8, 2014 Check-out: Aug 11, 2014

Hotel Casa Del Balam - Historical Downtown

3 stars
Calle 60 # 488 X 57 Centro, Merida, 97000
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.4
out of 5
34 reviews
great hotel

The hotel has great location in Merida's historical downtown, 3 minutes walking from historical &... See full review

  • Nena and Saf
  • Jan 29, 2014
Lovely spot close to the Centro

La Casa del Balam was great, the rooms were charming and the staff were helpful. The hotel is just... See full review

  • Katewr
  • Feb 11, 2014
Hotel Casa del Balam is Merida Downtown's finest hotel. Also known as the "grandma"of all hotels and once the Home of Fernando Barbachano pioneer of tourism in Yucatan, the hotel still boasts the unequalled elegance and exquisiteness of bygone days. Recently recognized as Number 4 OF 5 Best Hotels in Mexico according to "Conde Nast Reader's Choice Awards 2010"

If looking for an unforgettable experience then come and stay here, will commit to make the best to help, have a wonderful trip. The rooms are beautifully decorated with wrought iron accessories, woven handmade bedspreads and marble floors. They're spacious and lighted and have all modern facilities to make, feel as comfortable as wished.

Hotel Map

20.9703 -89.6225
Area served
Merida.
Nearby airports
Manuel Cresencio Rejon International Airport.
Area description
Located only two blocks away from the main square and within walking distance from key places such as museums, parks and churches.

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Hotel Casa Del Balam - Historical Downtown Rooms

Master Suites
Spacious room with one king bed includes A/C, satellite TV, phone, in-room safe, coffee maker, deluxe bathrooms, bath ropes and salts, balcony or terrace.
Standard
Room with two double beds includes air conditioning, satellite TV, phone, hair dryer, small tub or shower, mini bar and double paned windows.
Honeymoon Room
Room with one King bed includes bath ropes and salts, coffee maker, with gorgeous views of Yucatan's University Facade and Peon Contreras Teather.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Elevators
Activities
Outdoor pool
Spa
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Laundry service
Childcare Service
In-Room Safe
Tour desk
Doctor on call
Gift shop
Currency exchange
Internet
WiFi
Parking
Free parking

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
Air conditioned area with wireless internet connection available. Maximum capacity 80 pax.

Dining

Restaurant
Las Palomas Bistro Restaurant offers a formal dining experience, with capacity for up to 60 persons and view to the pool and backyard area, you'll be able to find a wide selection of Yucatan's exquisite dishes as well as international food. If, fond of nature then eat at central courtyard cafe "Bougainvilleas" and experience a very relaxing moment with the old fountain's running sound and lush vegetation as setting.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1300
Check-out:
1100

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use. All information has been provided by this hotel and not by Orbitz

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Guest Reviews (34)

Ratings and reviews for Hotel Casa Del Balam - Historical Downtown

Overall score

4.4 / 5
5.01.0
34 out of 34
Amenities:
3.9
Room cleanliness:
4.7
Hotel staff:
4.6
Room comfort:
4.3
Location:
4.9
Value:
4.6

100% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Hotel Casa Del Balam - Historical Downtown

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Katewr
San Francisco, CA
Feb 11, 2014

Lovely spot close to the Centro

La Casa del Balam was great, the rooms were charming and the staff were helpful. The hotel is just a couple blocks from the Centro where everything happens. There is a beautiful courtyard to eat breakfast and the pool is lovely (although it has some mosquitoes at night). One thing to know is that when you book here (online) you don't get breakfast included (continental - juice, coffee, fruit plate, toast and jam), whereas when you book there for essentially the same price, you do. I'm not sure why that is, but good to keep in mind.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Go inside all the buildings at the Centro square, several of them are filled with impressive and huge murals, and all are free!

Review of Hotel Casa Del Balam - Historical Downtown

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Nena and Saf
Los angeles
Jan 29, 2014

great hotel

The hotel has great location in Merida's historical downtown, 3 minutes walking from historical & cultural sites in the city. a lots of good local restaurants in the area. In addition,the hotel staff was very helpful an kind- front desk & shift manager. The rooms real looks as they appear on the web site, welcoming and comfortable. The only remark i can say is about

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

"La Chaya Maya" - typical Yucatán food, fair price & delicious.

Review of Hotel Casa Del Balam - Historical Downtown

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Ale bonita
Chihuahua, Chihuahua
Jun 7, 2013

Perfect location colonial hotel

Colourfull and full of little details, near everywhere.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

"Los panchos" good food, and excelente atmosfere for a drink

Review of Hotel Casa Del Balam - Historical Downtown

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
sabionda2
Cambridge, MA
Feb 21, 2013

Quaint and clean

The hotel is old, but it's charming and very clean. It's also really well located. The staff was super nice. I would stay there again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Hotel Casa Del Balam - Historical Downtown

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Dorinita
Phoenix, AZ, USA
Jan 22, 2013

Local style, great services

Very attentive & helpful staff. Beautiful ambiance. Close to city center and one block away from one of the best restaurants: Chaya Maya. If you go in Dec or Jan, you may need to ask for an extra blanket. Tip generously, it's worth it: Every day we got different and exquisite animalitos made from towels--quite a art treat!!!!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Hotel Casa Del Balam - Historical Downtown

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Hope S
Pennington, NJ
Nov 15, 2012

A Beautiful Hotel

Casa del Balam is a beautiful hotel that provided a relaxing and lush oasis for my group and me at the end of the day. The rooms are spotlessly clean and pleasingly decorated. The bathrooms are great, too, especially for Americans who are used to a certain standard of comfort and amenities (hair dryer, lots of toilet paper, big towels, etc.) in the bathroom! My friends and I swam in the swimming pool, which located in a private courtyard surrounded by lush tropical plantings. My only suggestion would be to bring a towel from your hotel room because there were none provided in the pool area. The staff was courteous and efficient. Breakfast was served in the hotel's main courtyard, which is centered by a lovely fountain. It was a great experience and a perfect way to begin and end our trip around the Yucatan.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Be sure to enjoy the main square in Merida! It is almost magical at night with its lighting, palm trees and bustling atmosphere.

Review of Hotel Casa Del Balam - Historical Downtown

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
AngeloD
Miami
Jun 9, 2012

One of the better choices in central Merida

Located near the Grand Plaza, if you can get a room for a reasonable rate it's worth a stay for the central location. While it may not be a 4 star hotel by American standards, they do a much better job than most other hotels in the price range of $90 a night for that area.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

El Chaya Maya is a pretty good typical Yucatecan restaurant despite its tourist leanings. Get a Marquesita and Esquites from nearby street vendors. El Colon has good sorbets in grand plaza. Punto del Cielo coffee in grand plaza is the best in the area for barista style cafes.

Review of Hotel Casa Del Balam - Historical Downtown

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Old Jim
NE Ohio
Mar 2, 2012

A Charming Colonial Hotel In The City Center

This no Hilton or Marriot, and I don't like Hiltons or Marriots. You may disagree. The Casa Del Balam has unique charm, old stateliness, and a helpful and friendly staff. Frommer's is a better guide than their desk man, however. This hotel's very long suit is location. It is in the midst of many of Merida's best small restaurants. You can stay out on the Paseo Montejo, and eat imitation Yucatecan food and see mostly other Americans, or you can immerse yourself in the downtown of the colonial wonder that is Merida. Life offers choices...

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

Shop the central mercado, a few blocks South and East of the Zocolo, and the Casa de las Artensenias, near the center city.

Review of Hotel Casa Del Balam - Historical Downtown

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Vega
Jersey City, NJ, USA
Sep 5, 2011

Hotel in Centro

Casa del Balam is a very nice Hotel located in the heart of Centro. It is bit Old but very well maintained and has the flavor of Merida that I was looking for. This was my 1st trip to Merida and I wanted to stay in Centro. You are within walking distance of just about everything ...very close to Paseo de Montejo and many restaurants. If you are looking for American TV at night, that will not happen. The continental breakfast which is included was fine. The restaurant in the Hotel was lacking. The lighting is not very good...you feel like your eating in something other that a restaurant but the service was very good. I would recommend this Hotel to someone looking to stay in Centro. The value is very good

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
4
Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

Go to Hennessey's Irish Pub on Paseo de Montejo...Great owners (IRISH) and a great staff. Cold beer, immaculate and english is spoken there

Review of Hotel Casa Del Balam - Historical Downtown

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Vega
Jersey City, NJ, USA
Sep 5, 2011

Hotel in Centro

Casa del Balam is a very nice Hotel located in the heart of Centro. It is bit Old but very well maintained and has the flavor of Merida that I was looking for. This was my 1st trip to Merida and I wanted to stay in Centro. You are within walking distance of just about everything ...very close to Paseo de Montejo and many restaurants. If you are looking for American TV at night, that will not happen. The continental breakfast which is included was fine. The restaurant in the Hotel was lacking. The lighting is not very good...you feel like your eating in something other that a restaurant but the service was very good. I would recommend this Hotel to someone looking to stay in Centro. The value is very good

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
4
Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

Go to Hennessey's Irish Pub on Paseo de Montejo...Great owners (IRISH) and a great staff. Cold beer, immaculate and english is spoken there

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