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For the first time in almost 40 years one of Merida’s most emblematic buildings is ready for a new owner. Casa Mexilio’s history begins in the late 19th century as the city home of one of the great hacienda families which, after many years being abandoned, was lovingly restored into the city´s first bed and breakfast establishment starting in 1983. The ideal Santiago location could not be better; just a few short blocks to the main square, Santa Lucia restaurants and most of the major downtown attractions.
Upon entering the hotel, there is a large reception hall, two downstairs parlors and a grand staircase to the 2nd floor. In the front is an adjoining area, that while originally a garage, has been transformed into a romantic tavern that opens directly onto the street. Situated just behind this area is the original kitchen which is resplendent in 19th century Mexican style and has an adjoining dinning room and covered terrace for outdoor dinning. This part of the property also has its own private courtyard with lovely well. Doors leading off of the dinning room and front reception room lead out to a tropical patio with an enchanting pool and jacuzzi resembling a grotto. Further back are three guest rooms, all ensuite.
On the second floor is located the elegant main salon with a triple-windowed front balcony and bar. Adjoining this is a more intimate bar area, storage areas, laundry facilities and a professional kitchen. The stair landing leads back to an exotic bridge overlooking the pool area which in turn leads to most of the second floor suites. Also located here is a further staircase leading to an enormous third floor terrace with views over the city including the spires of the cathedral. This level has a small service kitchen and a even higher terrace to take in the views and evening breezes.
The hotel is essentially composed of two blocks with the back block in a type of tower structure with three floors of rooms. The interconnections between buildings and the staggered height differences lead to bridges, hidden staircases, private corners, many terraces, etc. which in turn add much to the property’s general charm and mystery!
Presently, the hotel is still operating and on weekends there are cocktail evenings open to the general public in the second floor salon and roof terraces. This property is being sold with all licenses (see below) up to date and with the vast majority of the mostly antique furnishings so that the new owner could seamlessly continue the operation, if so desired. Other possible uses for this unique property could be as a private club, art gallery, restaurant or just a grand family home.
In a world of cookie-cutter hotels and bland architecture, this singular property offers something exotic, romantic and incredibly unique. There is nothing else on the market of this quality and charm. This is a unique chance to buy a property of this magnitude.
Licences (all valid and up to date):
Health license (State of Yucatan)
Liquor serving license (5pm-3am, 7 days per week)
Restaurant License (uso de suelo, class C, up to 10 tables- can be