My husband and I stayed at Casa Lola for our honeymoon, visiting all the way from London, UK.
After lots of research, we settled on Casa Lola for its central location in the old town and how beautiful it looked in the pictures: we were not disappointed! The whole place is beautifully decorated, with something interesting to catch your eye in every corner. The owners have great taste and a real eye for interiors.
Yesenia and her partner were very kind, meeting us early to let us in and at the end of the phone if we ever needed anything. Even lateish at night when there was a short power cut! (it was only ten minutes by the way, no big deal at all, and only happened once in two weeks). They gave us some nice recommendations, maps, and there was even a mobile phone to use.
We went during a cooler season, so didn't really use the aircon, the fans were plenty to keep us comfortable. We relaxed by the pool in the afternoon, and enjoyed coffee and breakfast each morning in the lovely back terrace, which is completely private. There is a school next door, so you can hear children playing out, but that was actually quite atmospheric. If you wanted to drown it out, you could turn on the fountains in the pool. There are usually jets and lights apparently too, but they were due to be fixed right after we left I think.
The kitchen was really well equipped, you could easily have made a pretty elaborate meal in it. Good knives, pots, pans etc, plus little things like a big pestle and mortar, colanders, peelers etc. You can tell it actually gets used by all the kit they have.
The beds were so so incredibly comfy, we slept amazingly well. We were in the back bedroom near the pool, which was very quiet, but you get more noise in the other bedroom. You are in the centre of town, so a bit of street noise is to be expected.
We really enjoyed the hammock, on the terrace and the traditional twin wooden rocking/deck chairs for snoozing and reading. There are lots of mosquitoes though, so make sure you pack a good repellent. They had incense you could burn, which was quite effective, but difficult to keep going. Maybe some citronella candles would be nice as well?
The bathrooms were really luxurious, with huge walk in showers and an ample supply of big soft towels. I had to figure out the pump system, and the boiler had to be on a little while with the water running for a few minutes, but once you did that, you could have a top notch hot shower.
We did laundry there a couple of times and hung it out on the retractable line. The washing machine was really handy, even if it was a little nerve wracking not quite understanding the settings in Spanish. Nothing shrank though, and a cold wash was fine to freshen everything up.
The only real frustration we had was the wifi, which was quite patchy. They have a big TV with Netflix all set up, so it was disappointing to not be able to get reliable streaming, and the cable tv didn't seem to work for us. On the odd evenings we wanted to snuggle up and watch a film this was a bit of a shame.The wifi worked fine about 60% of the time though, and I guess if you are coming to Casa Lola to browse facebook you might be missing the point!
Location was amazing, everything we wanted to do in Merida itself was within walking distance, and beyond that we were always able to get an uber. We took several day trips with Lawson's tours, who we'd also highly recommend. In Merida we particularly loved the restaurants on Santa Lucia square, which was a few minutes walk away. You're also not far from the grand Paseo Montejo with all its colonial houses and lovely little bars and cafes. Lots of little places for breakfast and lunch nearby too, as well as markets and craft shops.
Loved the cantinas nearby as well, particularly El Cardenal, for drinks and snacks. We also loved Estado Seco and Pancho's, which we avoided at first as we thought it would be a bit touristy, but had such a great terrace and lovely service.
We stocked up with a big food shop at Walmart on the first day (very exotic for us Brits!), but we topped up for things like milk, coffee and bread with the local smaller grocery stores easily throughout our stay.
But back to Casa Lola: It was always so wonderful to come back to after whatever adventures we had had during the day, and was a real oasis of calm and luxury. I am so grateful to have been able to call it home for a couple of weeks, it was absolutely enchanting. I would recommend it to anyone, and it's perfect for either a solo couple or two couples travelling together. Thanks so much for having us in your home!
Claire & Sean
I stayed with family for 10 days. This is my second visit here and it was even more lovely than i remembered. Close to the center of town and many restaurants. The owners have provided menus and maps to many that they have enjoyed.
House was clean and well-kept with a beautiful yard. Management was great. We went during a very hot period and AC was marginal at best. House has no airflow through it. It was easily 90 degrees F with the air conditioning on.
A very well appointed, beautiful and particularly well located restored colonial home. The 2 bedrooms are completely separate with very lovely master bath off each - perfect for couples traveling together. The pool in the beautiful garden was perfect on those stifling hot afternoons with the waterfall adding an extra special ambiance. The kitchen has everything you will need to eat in, although the restaurants within easy walking distance are wonderful. The street is busy but the house is amazingly quiet with 2 foot thick Spanish colonial walls easily buffering the hub bub. The foot traffic is busy during the day but always friendly and cheery. Safety was never a concern. Cultural events or Fiestas in the main plazas every night are wonderful and fun for the whole family. Merida is a fabulous Mexican immersion experience with Casa Lola providing the sugar on the churro. Light sleepers take the inside bedroom if the lovely sound of children congregating in the early morning bothers you but we enjoyed it. The Wifi was a bit challenging on the pool side of the back patio and poolside bedroom but perfect in the house. Aaron and Yesenia were so kind and helpful and how nice to have makings for breakfast in the fridge after a late arrival . A real gem!
We had a wonderful stay at Casa Lola. It's a 2 bedroom home (bedrooms are separated, one accessible from the outdoor oasis). It was a lovely stay and they left us a bottle of wine and basics in the fridge for our stay (milk, sugar, etc.). The house is spacious and the pool was perfect after a long hot day in the sun. Walking distance to everything.