Photo by Edgardo Contreras, courtesy of Casa Lecanda Boutique Hotel
Casa Lecanda Boutique Hotel
A charming home steps away from Mérida’s prestigious mansion- and monument-lined Paseo de Montejo, this boutique hotel is a stylish and romantic base in the Yucatán’s quaint capital. Touches of yesteryear, like wooden antiques, hefty wrought-iron chandeliers, and exposed wood ceiling beams, pepper the chic interiors, while the seven guest rooms combine a colonial-era feel with modern comforts—plus they have pretty bathrooms with organic toiletries and rain showers illuminated by skylights. There’s plenty of Instagrammable tile flooring and colorful art on the walls, but the most scenic spots of all are the lush outdoor spaces and the breezy colonnaded patios that overlook them. Best seat in the house is certainly one of the hammocks that swing beside the tranquil pool area, an ideal spot to while away the time with a good read or an expertly crafted cocktail. The breakfast patio overlooking the pool and the palm-tree-dotted garden is a close second, a delightful setting for a morning spread of fresh homemade fare. A seat at the granite-topped Wine & Tequila Bar isn’t too shabby either, with personable bartenders serving up a wide variety of top-quality tequilas.