Combining rustic elegance of historic mansions with contemporary design flair and modern facilities, Rosas & Xocolate Boutique Hotel spellbinds with a concept inspired by the design traditions of Mérida and the Mayan civilization’s cocoa addiction.
Our memories of visiting the Mexican state of Yucatán are pastel-colored. We were inspired by the sun-baked houses of Izamal, pale façades of Valladolid, or even the earthy tones of Riviera Maya and Tulum (see more on our Instagram page).
Merida, the capital of the region, has all these colors and more — and Rosas & Xocolate Boutique Hotel fits well into the city’s vivid landscape.
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Roses and chocolates
Given the beauty of Merida, any designer who wants to outcompete the best-looking historical buildings here is in for a tough assignment. But often, the trick lies in a smart idea, and once that is found, all other pieces of the puzzle fall into place.
In the Rosas & Xocolate case, the secret lies in its name. One part of the concept comes from the ubiquitous in the region red roses — the other draws from the ancient Mayan civilization that first experimented with the use of cocoa plants. Pink and chocolate tones define the hotel’s selective color palette and set the atmosphere.
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To create Rosas & Xocolate, the architect Salvador Reyes Rios and designer Josefina Larrain transformed two 120-year-old colonial mansions into exciting, intimate spaces, inspired by Yucatán’s old-world charm, yet infused with contemporary aesthetics.
This approach is evident in the use of local materials, such as hand-fabricated cement tiles and chucum stucco, and the choice of facilities. Catering to the modern sensibilities is a sleek swimming pool, a rooftop bar, a tequila lounge, and — perhaps inevitably — a chocolate store. A sensual spa at the hotel is also chocolate-themed.
The rooms are islands of privacy, and each comes with its own atmosphere and style, always riffing off the main themes of the hotel. Refined furniture in cedarwood, cotton linens, outdoor bathtubs, hand-made chocolate soaps, and high-quality audio systems ensure comfort and radiate a pleasure-palace vibe.
The interiors are designed as luxe lovers’ pads, and the strewing of fresh-cut roses makes them feel luxurious. Our bedroom had a four-poster bed and a moody light, creating a sense of romance (like in this photo).
The hotel’s eye-popping color concept ensured its pink-painted buildings have frequently featured in travel and fashion magazines. It received numerous awards, such as Architectural Digest’s “Iconos del Diseño 2011” for the best architectural restoration in Mexico, and the accolade of “The Best Urban Hotel” in all of Mexico by Food & Travel Magazine for two years in a row (2015, 2016).
The hotel’s restaurant has also been widely recognized as among the best in the city, and in 2016 it was named “The Best Hotel Restaurant in Mexico” by the prestigious culinary organization Canirac.