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Rosas y Xocolate
With a name like that, it’s no wonder this delightful boutique hotel is a prime spot for romantic getaways in the Yucatan’s capital city. The two pink-colored colonial mansions that Rosas y Xocolate occupies are as charming as they are camera-friendly, bedecked in stylish garb and lashings of colorful modern art, while picturesque patios and outdoor corners mix Pepto Bismal-hued walls with lush greenery and sleek furnishings. Life here feels like its perpetually viewed through rose-colored glasses, and it’s not just the walls: the spa offers an enticing menu of xocolatherapies; the elegant tequila bar has over 250 varieties to sample; the oasis-like outdoor pool is a nice spot for a dip or a sunbathe; and there’s even a chocolate shop on-site. Guests can dine on gourmet fusion fare from the restaurant, or head up to the rooftop lounge for cocktails with a side of live jazz. As for the guest rooms, they’re no less enchanting with their rose and cocoa hues against a backdrop of patterned tile floors, while modern, minimalist bathrooms have sumptuous open-air stone tubs, large walk-in rainfall showers, and handmade chocolate soaps.
By Aleksandra Hogendorf, AFAR Contributor
Rosas y Xocolate
It's impossible to miss the rose petal–pink exterior of Rosas y Xocolate, a boutique hotel that sits on the most important—and scenic—historic street in the city of Mérida. That facade hints at the nature of the entire experience of staying at Rosas y Xocolate, where the owners strive to continually stimulate guests' senses. Many of the design elements of the hotel speak to aspects of Yucatecan history. The walls of rooms, for example, were colored with a dye produced by using a Maya technique of boiling tree bark. Throughout the hotel, guests see knotted strands of neutral-colored fibers; these are bundles of sisal and henequen, fibers that were once harvested in the area and which made many plantation owners wealthy. Gorgeous colonial-era tiles line the floors. Colorful hand-embroidered throw pillows, made by Mexican artisans, adorn couches and beds. And in the bathrooms, visitors will find handmade chocolate soap.
By Julie Schwietert Collazo, AFAR Local Expert
Paseo de Montejo 480, Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
+52 999 924 2992
Sun - Tue 7:30am - 11:30pm
Wed, Thur 7:30am - 12am
Fri, Sat 7:30am - 1am