• Luz En Yucatan Review, Merida,

Luz En Yucatan Review – Affordable Urban Retreat in Central Merida

Before coming to the Yucatan, we didn’t book anything ahead except our first few nights in Merida since we knew we wanted something central to get our bearing. In this Luz En Yucatan review, I’ll share why I chose this hotel and what you can expect here!

That’s a tray of complimentary booze in the main hall! Yes, really!

Luz En Yucatan Review, Merida, Yucatan

I love to look for boutique, unique properties when I travel and I found Luz En Yucatan just doing a Google search. The reviews were amazing and rooms started at just $57 which changes as the tourist season rises and falls.

You can to see current rates, read reviews, and book.

We stayed three nights and then checked out but a few days later we wanted to come back! It was sadly already booked up. It’s pretty popular so I recommend booking it well before your trip. The place is run by Tom and Donard who use to be Trek America guides. I loved hearing their stories and hearing about how they redid this hotel years ago. There were so many colonial style historical homes that were in shambles, and this was one of them! They put their heart into fixing it up, even sleeping on a mattress on the floor for 7 years while they did all the work.

Luz En Yucatan Review, Merida,

The property is set up like many hotels here which is that it’s a home so kind of seems like a B&B. There is a key to the front door which you’ll be given, and then a key to your room. The pool is a shared space. All the amazing tiles you see are original from many years ago!

Luz En Yucatan Review, Merida,

Luz En Yucatan Review, Merida,

Our room was on the ground floor and had a little porch/balcony area. Above us was an apartment-style room that a family of 5 was staying in and even cooking dinner at to save some cash. They were actually so interesting, the Taylor family, and I told them they need to start a travel blog! They took their kids by rental car all over Mexico and were headed next to the USA. I loved hearing their stories. Actually, it’s another reason I love to stay in small boutique style hotels like this; so you can meet other travelers.

Luz En Yucatan Review, Merida,

The room has everything you need – and keep in mind the low price. Our room had two beds which is pretty common in North America, TV, WiFi was great (I even streamed Hulu on a VPN and got my This Is Us fix), fridge for the many snacks I bought, and a big water dispenser. It also had A/C which you’ll find is not always the norm at boutique style hotels or Airbnb’s here. Electricity is expensive and many places are fan-only. Ben and I basically cannot live without A/C so definitely had to find a place that had it!

The bathroom was really nice – hot shower, full water pressure (again, something we didn’t find at all the places we stayed in Merida!), and they had some soap and shampoo dispensers in there.

They had someone clean the room every day and replace towels, the staff was really nice, and they even gave us a 4-page document with all their personal tips and recommendations for Merida. That made my job as a blogger WAY easier, lol.

The best thing about this place is the location. It’s just a minute walk from Saint Lucia park (Parque de Santa Lucia) which has some of the best restaurants in town in it and is near some awesome coffee shops and famous Yucatan lunch places. I hit them all up and will follow-up with a blog post soon about the best food I ate and the shops I checked out. You can take Uber in Merida without issue but while staying here we didn’t have to; we could walk everywhere.

It’s a great place because of a few reasons: It’s got the colonial charm Merida is famous for, it’s a great location, it’s got a family cozy feel, FREE booze, and the location couldn’t be better. I’d highly suggest staying here while you’re in Merida!

 on HotelsCombined who compare all the top booking sites prices. Enjoy your stay!


About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. […] we could get sometimes. When we first showed up we stayed at a relaxing one called Luz En Yucatan (review here), later we stayed at an amazing one called Hotel Hacienda Merida. We also stayed at a really […]

  2. Sandy Martin May 25, 2018 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    HI Rachel,

    I was going to write and tell you to stay here, but, yes, you’ve discovered it! I’ve stayed at the Luz En Yucatan on two separate visits and can’t wait to go back in March next year…this past year I visited Valladolid, (two hours south of Merida by bus) which seems to be a much smaller replica of Merida! Check out Casa Hamaca Guesthouse if you go there, it was nice and make sure to visit Casa de Cervantes …..I can’t wait to see your future posts re. Merida…! Enjoy!

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