Ever since I saw photos of a friend’s trip to Mérida, Mexico, I couldn’t get the destination out of my head. Sure, I was drawn in by the historic city’s ample charm, culture, architecture, art, and food scene. But the images that kept lingering in my mind were of Rosas & Xocolate Boutique Hotel and Spa: the pair of colonial mansions with bright pink walls surrounded by lush greenery, with a tequila bar, shaded courtyards, central courtyard pool, and buzzy rooftop and patio spaces left a lasting impression.
Once I learned that each of the boutique hotel’s rooms have private outdoor soaking tubs, I booked a flight.
Mérida is the capital of the Mexican state of Yucatan, and its rich history is both Mayan and colonial. Ancient ruins and stunning cenotes surround the area, and pastel palaces line the city’s plazas. Avenue Paseo de Montejo, the city’s wide, leafy major boulevard, was built in the 19th century in the style of the famous boulevards of Europe.
On a lively corner of this main boulevard sits Rosas & Xocolate design-driven boutique hotel. Due to its prime location along Avenue Paseo de Montejo, its eye-catching hot pink exterior, and popular patio restaurant, it can’t be missed while touring Mérida. The central location ensures that you don’t need to rent a car while visiting the city since so many restaurants, museums, town plazas, markets, and shopping destinations are walkable, and everything else can be reached via a quick and inexpensive taxi ride.
Walking through Rosas & Xocolate’s wooden doors, you’ll feel like you’re entering someone’s home. That’s because the property is actually two adjacent French-style mansions that sat uninhabited on the city’s most iconic boulevard before being combined and lovingly restored by the current owner. Mayan, European, and contemporary influences are married throughout the hotel’s stylish interiors. The lobby greets you with an intricate wrought iron staircase, gleaming dark woodwork, gorgeous tile, and modern art.
The hotel offers several on-site dining options for any mood or time of day. Watch people stroll Paseo Montejo over breakfast at The Montejo Terrace, grab lunch and beat the heat in the shaded Courtyard, or have an upscale dinner at The Dining Lounge. For cocktails, sip spirits at the Tequila Bar Library, or head upstairs for cocktails at the popular Moon Lounge.
The pink and rose schemes are carried through the hotel, with pastel-colored walls surrounding the pool area, interior courtyards, and hallways. Seventeen spacious guest rooms — each one unique — are decorated in neutral colors with taupe walls, four-poster beds made of antique dark wood or contemporary wrought iron, and crisp white linens with pink accents from fresh flowers, runners, pillows, and other textiles.
The updated bathrooms are just as roomy as the bedrooms, with patterned tile, minimalist marble and porcelain sinks, modern glass showers, and oversized soaking tubs that are open to the sky. Suites also offer peaceful terraces overlooking the leafy boulevard.
While Rosas & Xocolate’s central location puts you steps from the city’s best museums, restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and shopping destinations, its plush pink interiors make it hard to leave your room.
Rosas & Xocolate Boutique Hotel and Spa is located at Paseo de Montejo 480, Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro, Mérida, Yucatán 97000. Rooms from $250 per night.