La Tropical

  • Location: City
    Cathedral square: In walking distance
    Colourful Lucas de Gálvez Market: In walking distance
    The ancient Maya city of Uxmal: 85km (1h 10 mins by car)
    Sisal beach (favourite): 70km (1h by car)
  • Mérida International Airport (MID): 6km (10 mins by taxi)
    Cancún International Airport (CUN): 300km
    Airport transfer available on request
    Car recommended

La Tropical is a design enthusiast's oasis. The 15 meter lap pool and tropical garden are pristine, and the retractable glass windows fully integrate the bedroom and bathroom to the pool and garden. The double height glass doors in the living/dining room are a striking feature. All in all, La Tropical offers a truly incomparable stay in Mérida.

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An introduction to La Tropical

How would you describe La Tropical in a nutshell?

La Tropical is a contemporary lush retreat hidden behind one of the many colonial facades of historic Merida. Proportion, space, privacy, nature and calm make it feel like a villa, yet you are in the middle of one of Mexico‘s fastest-growing and safest cities and in the heart of fascinating Yucatán.

What was your inspiration to buy La Tropical?

We discovered La Tropical as Welcome Beyond guests and kept coming back until the opportunity to purchase it became a reality. We fell in love with the house, the pool, the garden and the city. Mérida is a fascinating city in the middle of a thriving region with so much to offer: a network of historic haciendas, Mayan ruins, cenotes and other natural marvels: a colonial city built of stone and stucco in the middle of the jungle. La Tropical offers an oasis-like experience with a modernist look that feels fresh, unpretentious and at the same time completely unique in the city.

How would you describe the interior design and architecture?

The designers of the house would tell us how they would peep through an old door or window to discover long-abandoned plots with overgrown gardens. That was their inspiration when designing it: indoor and outdoor all merged and all in a long view from the entrance door.

We also appreciate how clean and modern the design is, as opposed to everything else in Mérida. The designers didn't want to do faux-Mexican. The colonial space in the front of the house was respected, but the rest of the house is a modern take on Mexican brutalism with textured concrete, Mexican stones, woods, and of course, the open relationship between indoor and outdoor.

To you personally, what is so special about La Tropical?

The feeling of being both outdoors and sheltered at the same time. It’s a world within a world: you can experience to the fullest a vibrant Mexican city and minutes later take refuge in a modern oasis, bathed in light, water, plants, the chirping of the birds.

Please tell us about the food.

The opportunities to experience the wonderful Mexican cuisine are countless and close by. From popular morning tacos to the best restaurants in Mexico, all are within walking distance.

If you rather eat at home, there are many little convenience stores around as well as the huge and colourful Lucas de Gálvez Market, which is a 12 minutes walk away.

Is La Tropical best suited for couples, families, groups? What’s your policy on kids?

Casa Mérida is designed for couples. Or a very tasteful individual.

Is there anything else that’s important to know?

The bedroom does not have blackout curtains. Instead we favoured natural textiles: thick cotton curtains that allow for a natural wake up light.

To encourage responsible use of air conditioning, guests are responsible for the electricity they consume over 30kw per day which will suffice with normal use. Electricity is measured per kwh and the meter will be read at check-in and check-out to determine usage. The current rate is 2.4 Mexican pesos per kwh.

Mérida is in the middle of the Yucatán rainforest and enjoys a tropical climate. Our house is designed to be as open to nature as possible. But nothing is without compromise. Mosquitos, scorpions, spiders and roaches are a natural occurrence. We fumigate for pest control on a regular basis but insects are a fact of life.

Bedroom wing of the house with pool
Living area wing of the house with pool
Dining area
Living area
Bedroom and bathroom
Bedroom wing and pool
Massage by the pool
Pool area
Pool area
Living area in the evening
Courtyard in the evening
Bedroom in the evening
Living area in the evening
Courtyard in the evening
At night

La Tropical rooms & rates

Behind a severe colonial facade with two doors there is a huge kitchen. Another large twin door gives access to the living room opening to the garden. A long pool is the connection between the colonial volumes and the modernist bungalow at the end of the property where the spacious bedroom is. Adjacent to the bedroom there is an expansive open bathroom where you can shower or bath with a view of the garden. Service areas: lavatories, pantry, supply closets are all cleverly hidden in the door frames so the plan — a total of 520 sqm — is as open as possible.

The long pool (15 meters) is the center of the house — a pool with a house instead of a house with a pool.

  • La Tropical for 2 people / 520 m²
    230 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • Terrace
    • Air conditioning
Included in the rates
Rates are on a self-catering basis and include a welcome breakfast hamper.
Extra charges
To encourage responsible use of air conditioning, guests are responsible for the electricity they consume over 30kw per day which will suffice with normal use.
Children & Extra beds
Because of the depth of the pool only children 13+ years are allowed. There is no space for extra beds.
Minimum stay
2 - 3 nights (check calendar for dates)
Check in time
after 16:00
Check out time
before 11:00
Discounts/Special offers
10% for Summer Period 17 May 2024 - 30 September 2024

Facilities & services

  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • TV
  • Music system
  • Courtyard
  • Iron & Board
  • Not suitable for young children
  • Hair dryer

Privacy is always one of our main concerns. This is why we decided to offer our guests a fridge full of breakfast basics and a basket with a selection of carefully chosen organic local produce.

We found out that having a massage in our garden is pure bliss, so we partnered with a women-owned local company to offer treatments next to the pool.

A lot of our guests are here on their honeymoons. Extra flowers, champagne or wine are regular requests. Also, we offer a private chef on request.

Things to do in Yucatán & Mérida

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Night life
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Sailing / Kayaking

Around Mérida, there is an infinity of amazing experiences. If you are into history, Mérida is a treasure trove: Archeological sites, a colonial center, haciendas... For the adventurers we advise visiting the many cenotes, kayaking in the mangroves or going horseback riding on the beach.

Progreso is the nearest coastal town, 45 minutes away from the center. Our favourite beach is Sisal. The trip takes roughly an hour and you will find long extensions of dunes and mangroves along a very peaceful beach.

Wildlife lovers will love to visit the reserve of Celestún, especially in the flamingo season (November-February).

Our personal highlights in the region around Merida are: 1) Uxmal (an incredible ancient Mayan city) 2) Cenotes (the sunken lakes you can swim in) 3) Haciendas (Sisal estates)

La Tropical reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
We had an amazing experience in Merida. Cecilia took good care of us en was very responsive. The house was great and we’ve enjoyed the pool daily.
Marc v.
stayed at La Tropical in June 2024
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Beautiful property! Well designed. Very quiet, and safe. Easy walk to Centro.
Antonio was very helpful. Absolutely loved it.
Annette T.
stayed at La Tropical in February 2022
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
La Tropical is so stunning and so perfectly designed. Everything has its placed, and it's all done with the utmost quality and style. It has all the comforts of a modern home, with the charm of a tropical refuge. Everything is convenient - from the kitchen setup to the bikes. Perfect for a couple. Antonio's attentions were extremely considerate.

In a charming city like Merida, with beautiful homes throughout, there's plenty of options of where to stay, but I don't think anything equals to this Mies Van der Rohe / Niemeyer structure dressed up in palm fronds. We can't wait to go back.
stayed at La Tropical in April 2021

The location of La Tropical

La Tropical is in a very peaceful and charming part of Merida‘s historical center. The closest cities are Izamal, Valladolid and Campeche. Mérida is surrounded by gorgeous cenotes (sunken lakes in which you can swim), charming haciendas, virgin beaches and last but not at all least, the impressive Mayan sites.

Yucatán has a specific character. It has traditionally been an isolated part of México so it retains a lot of authenticity. And Mérida is a gem of a city: the safest in Mexico, with a provincial atmosphere, yet with cosmopolitan touches. People are very laid back and gentle.

When is the best time to visit Yucatán?

Mérida is warm all year round. November to April have a mild and delicious spring-like weather. And the absolute best day to visit Mérida is around 1st November for the Día de los Muertos festivities. May to July are hot and humid months so you’d enjoy our pool the most.