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“Old hotel. Many mosquitos. I guess you could find much better places.”

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Casa de las Columnas
Ranked #45 of 89 Merida B&B and Inns
Reviewed 4 December 2013

Though the experience was not terrible, I guess you could do much better than this.

We arrived in a group of 5, having reserved many days in advance. They told us there was a problem in their system and so we did not have a room (it was supposed to be a double and a triple room, but only the double was there).
We slept 2 in the single (the bed was big so it was ok for us since we were friend and all young travellers; for others it could have been worse), and move to another room the day after.

We appreciated that they moved the two of us in a suite the following day. While we appreciated the effort to repair, I have to say it was very old (as the rest of the hotel), and not very clean.

The most annoying thing was that the hotel was full of mosquitos. I know it could be the area. But the swimming pool (not very usable; small and more fancy than usable) and many plants contribute.

Also, the hotel is about 25 minutes walking from the center, so location is not great.

Moral: we only stayed 2 days, we were young, and very adaptable after having travelled extensively. I guess for others, and especially who plan to stay more days this is not the best solution available in the city.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

We booked this hotel online - 2 double rooms for ourselves and our daughter and boyfriend, so basically 2 couples - 50's and 20's. We have travelled widely, we don't need frills and flounces, our bottom line is safe and clean. The hotel advertises free parking, swimming pool and city centre location. It boasts beautiful rooms decorated in period style with antique furniture.
We pulled up outside the hotel and I went to check in. The guy on reception barely lifted his head as I walked in. I gave my name - in my best Spanish, which admittedly is not brilliant but at least I tried! For some reason I felt unhappy with first impressions, and for the only time in over 3 weeeks I asked to see the rooms. The building was beautiful from the outside, but the rooms were truly awful. No windows, no aircon, fans so high they were just not effective. They were dark, dingy, stuffy and unwelcoming. The bathrooms were nice though. The bedding in the first of the 2 room he showed me just looked grubby, infact, really grubby. The 'antique' furniture is junk. The swimming pool is not a swimming pool, it is tiny - not even 2 decent breast strokes across. The only seating area outside of the dark and airless rooms was completely taken up by a huge wardrobe that was being sanded and varnished, so there wasn't even anywhere to sit. There was no car park, even though I showed him on the booking sheet that it said free parking. He said we had to park on the road somewhere. It is at least 15 minutes walk away from the centre, which is no big deal, but it is right on the edge of an area that felt quite uncomforatable - you would not feel safe at night and would need to taxi everywhere.
To cut a long story short, I asked my husband to check the rooms, he took one look and said no, so despite the fact that we lost our money we couldn't stay.
I'm sure some people had a lovely time, maybe they had different rooms or different staff on arrival, but we seriously would not recommend this hotel.
This is our first really bad review on TA, but there really are nicer hotels in better locations that charge similar or less than this - see my next review.

Room Tip: Just don't go there
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

The rooms are nice, and also the hotel is just on the pictures.

But the staff is not to friendly nor helpful. You should pay everything right aftre you have ordered it (you can have the feeling, they do not trust you).

The hotel is a bit far from the city centre on foot (like 30 mins).
The breakfast is a bit poor.

In total it could be a very unique and perfect place if the staff wouéd be more helpful, nice and friendly. The service is just avarage now.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 May 2013

this is an excellent place to stay, complete with pool and terrace, ideal for exploring merida and its surrounding area. the hotel staff were all very friendly and welcoming. i really don't understand the negative comments made by some other guests because we found them extremely helpful and informative. i would definitely go back there!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 March 2013

We stayed at Casa de las Columnas for several nights during our visit to Merida and were very pleased with the hotel overall. It is in a wonderful historic building with lots of character. The courtyard is lovely and a wonderful place to relax and read while waiting for your travelling companion to get ready or for escaping the heat of the afternoon. The small pool is a great addition - it isn't large enough to really swim, but it perfect for cooling off and hanging out.

The people at the hotel are very gracious - everyone we met was wonderful. I should mention that we are Americans and did not feel that we were treated any differently than the Mexican guests or guests of other nationalities.

The location of the hotel is a bit outside the city center - we walked to the city center many times and it took us 10-15 minutes at a moderate-to-liesurely pace. Taxis are plentiful and very reasonable - 20-30 pesos each way between the hotel and the city center with the metered taxis, 50 pesos with the zone taxis.

There are a couple improvements that I would make to the hotel:

1. Upgrade the matresses and the bedding. Our mattress was very old and leaned significantly to one side - it was not a comfortable bed. The bedding was also old and worn - it was all very clean, but it had all definitely seen better days. At the rate the hotel charges, I did not expect a luxurious bed, but I expected it to be reasonably comfortable.

2. Add a bit of variety to the breakfast. The coffee, juice, fruit, and pastries were good, but it exactly the same each day. With the variety of fruit available, it would have been nice to see that variety at breakfast.

Room Tip: Because the hotel is on a busy street, request a room toward the back of the property. Otherwise yo...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 March 2013

As part of a 3 week stay in Playa del Carmen, we rented a car and drove (about 5 hours) on the toll highway to Merida in Yucatan State. Casa de las Columnas is about a 15 to 20 minute walk from the central square. It has a charming courtyard for relaxing and breakfast, traditional rooms with antique furniture, and nicely appointed but old fashioned tiled private bathrooms. The only downside was the new side walk being constructed in front of the hotel as part of a big refurbishment plan for Merida. Taxis and buses were cheap and readily available, we used both, in addition to our feet to get us to the centre of town. We found some very reasonably priced and tasty food at the outdoor eating area in the church square enroute to the centre of town. Parking was free and inside a gated lot just adjacent to the hotel.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 January 2013

This hotel was sipmly the worst place I have ever experienced. We were scheduled to have 3 rooms from Dec 28-Jan 2nd. Seeing that there are only 9 or so rooms and we were occuping 1/3rd of the hotel that they may just treat you with a little respect. Well that was sinply not the case. We were to have 2 rooms with double beds and one single, well they gave us 2 singles and one double. So we have to rearrange our accompidations to fit their lack of planning. The only food we attempted to eat was breakfast and that was a disaster. The morning staff were quite simply racist. As Americans they would walk right past us and serve the Mexican guests first. (we are fluent in spanish so there is no language barrier for us) We sat at breakfast waiting to be served while to Mexican families arrived after we did and were served their breakfast before the woman attaempted to take our order, which she messed up completely. The eggs and toast were over done, portions much smaller that the Mexican families too. The staff were just not trustworthy at all. They have a man in the mornings with slicked back hair that was rude to us and we were so taken back by him that we loaded our valuables in our car during the day because we simply did not trust him. There is a very nice woman that worked the night shift, she did her best to accomidate us. SHe was the only bright spot at the hotel.

Hotel was nice in construciton, room nice too. Road work being done out fornt made it dusty but that was not their fault. Hotel is not within walking distance of downtown Merida. Very long walk 10-15 block to the centro.

We checked out 2 days early and headed to Chichen Itza and stayed at the Mayaland Resort, now that is a nice resort!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Casa de las Columnas

Address: Calle 59 N_ 636 Entre 80 Y 82, Merida 97000, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Yucatan > Merida
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #45 of 89 B&Bs / Inns in Merida
Price Range: $47 - $82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Casa de las Columnas 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Boutique, estilo Mexicano decoradas con hermosos muebles antiguos restaurados, lo que les da un toque de elegancia muy particular. En cada habitación del Hotel Boutique Casa de las Columnas encontrará excelentes amenidades y comodidades que le harán sentir como en casa, incluyendo televisión por cable e internet inalámbrico gratis ... more   less 
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