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OLD-WORLD SOPHISTICATION

Beautiful suites with old-world feel await guests who want to be transported back to the glamour of yesteryears. You deserve nothing less than spacious dwellings adorned with big beds with plush sheets, carefully-selected antique pieces, and modern amenities. Enjoy the conveniences of free Wi-Fi internet, flat-screen TV with cable, room service, and daily housekeeping. Each suite has a private bathroom equipped with bathrobe, slippers, and hand-crafted soap and shampoo.
FIVE-STAR PAMPERING

We provide five-star service that will satisfy even the most discriminating of guests. Whether you’re staying for business or leisure, you will find our facilities and services more than satisfactory. Our front desk is ready to help you 24/7 and we have a concierge to tend to your special concerns. We have an outdoor pool, restaurant, bar/lounge, spa services, and meeting rooms that you can use during your stay. We also have shuttle services that can you to and from the airport.
IN THE HEART OF VIBRANT MERIDA

Convenience is a must of an enjoyable stay and our splendid location guarantees that. Just 10 minutes or less away from the places that matter in Merida, discovering the best of this vibrant city is an easy affair. Visit the Montejo House, Plaza Grande, and the museum by foot. For farther destinations, we can arrange transportation for your use.

Hotel Boutique Mansión lavanda

Set in the heart of the vibrant city of Merida, Hotel Boutique Mansion Lavanda provides a beautiful dwelling and stellar service for guests who are looking for more than just a bed to sleep in during their stay in Yucatan.  The city’s exotic mix of Mayan, Spanish, British, and French influences are very much evident in the hotel’s gorgeous architecture and interior design.
Home in a luxurious setting is what guests can expect during their stay here at Hotel Boutique Mansion Lavanda. We have 28 fully air-conditioned rooms, each furnished with large beds and antique pieces. Old-world styling blends effortlessly with modern conveniences such as Wi-Fi internet access and flat-screen TVs with cable programming, providing an environment of aesthetic and functional splendor.
The beauty of our dwellings is matched by the type of service you can expect from a five-star establishment. We have a fine restaurant for your healthy appetites, as well as a bar and lounge for you to unwind and enjoy drinks. We have excellent spa services where you can get relaxing facials and massages. There’s an outdoor pool where you and your family can get some sun and go for a refreshing dip.
Just as splendid is our property’s location; Hotel Boutique Mansion Lavanda is situated in the heart of Merida. You can easily take a short walk to must-see places such as Plaza Grande, Montejo House, and Macay Museum.
Stay with us to get a feel of an extraordinary Merida vacation. Hotel Boutique Mansion Lavanda is ready to give you the kind of pampering that you truly deserve.

San Sebastian neighborhood and La ermita

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San Sebastian was known as the Barrio Bravo, a dangerous area where young men fought amongst themselves and with groups from other barrios, especially neighboring Ermita. Between 1900 and 1920, when the rest of the city was swimming in money and building homes whose grandeur is legendary to this day, this area was experiencing a guerra de barrios (war of the neighborhoods) and guerra de esquinas (war of the corners). Men and boys would form gangs that took the names of the corners where they would gather to recount their deeds and plan their next fights. The men of the Barrio Bravo were known for their pugilistic skills, to the point where confrontations became almost institutionalized, with rules for who could fight whom, based on the weight and skill of the participants. The fights eventually were fought cleanly and became a locally-attended sport.

In colonial times, San Sebastian was part of an area given by the senior Francisco de Montejo to his son, who organized the indigenous Mayas from the areas where he wanted to build his estates, and moved them all into the area now known as San Sebastian. For hundreds of years, this was the area where the disenfranchised local Mayans and lower class immigrants lived. When Yucatan Governor Lucas de Galvez (after whom the central mercado in Merida is named) was killed in 1792, it was generally believed that the killer came from San Sebastian. For the longest time, only the poor lived here, "passing their days outside the city walls, living in homes of stone and straw, or in the dark and dusty streets and plazas", as it was effectively abandoned by the city in regard to improvements. Before the building of Calle 59, the de facto entrance to Merida on the south and west was up Calle 81 and Calle 66, through San Sebastian and Ermita. That was the route taken by Salvador Alvarado when he marched from Mexico City to bring the Mexican Revolution to Merida. (Just a little historical note: the name Yucatecans have for people who move here from Mexico City is huaches, which is said to be the sound made by the boots of the men in Salvador Alvarado's Army who marched from Mexico City into Merida to bring the Revolution to the Yucatan).

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On the western border of San Sebastian is the ex-Rastro, Merida's original meat-packing district, where the butchers, also known for their brawn and testosterone, lived and worked. The ex-Rastro now has a large sports park for baseball, soccer and walking, located just behind the Chedraui supermarket that faces Avenida Itzaes.
Despite the fact that their gangs were at odds, Ermita has always been considered a part of San Sebastian. The Ermita Church was originally built in the 1700's and was a wayfarer's shrine, dedicated to Nuestra Señora del Buen Viaje (Our Lady of the Good Journey... Merida's local equivalent of Saint Christopher). Ermita was the last place to say your prayers before you set out on the dangerous trip to Campeche in the west. The lovely little church is still surrounded on two sides by a botanical garden with very old fig trees, dripping with roots and vines. The garden is inhabited by ghosts (we like to believe...) and dotted with signs describing Maya and colonial sculptures no longer in attendance. With its multi-level pathways and artificial waterfall (often empty), it is a favorite place for residents to walk and wander... and here's something unusual for a park in Merida: they don't seem to mind if you bring your dogs.

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For the last few years, San Sebastian and Ermita are seeing a revival among expatriates, as these areas have been the target of much beautification by the city of Merida. The stunning church in San Sebastian still stands, flanked on two sides by a shady park and a sports area with a large fenced field for baseball and soccer, as well as a much-used basketball court and a brand new 'exercise' court. On the Calle 75 side of the church are government offices that used to be a police station. It is said that the metal fence surrounding the courtyard was built with the muzzles of rifles repurposed after the Mexican Revolution (check it out for yourself next time you're there...). Extranjeros are moving into the area, attracted by the large plots of land available for lower prices than similar ones uptown in Santa Ana or Santiago, as well as for the authentic neighborhood feel. The park in front of Ermita's church was also renovated a few years ago with a new playground, Wi-Fi connections and computer docking stations. The streets around Ermita have been reset and repaved with the original bricks.

San Sebastian boasts a food market, with fruit and vegetable stalls, butchers and cocinas economicas on both sides of Calle 70, where dining on Yucatecan food under the stars is a local pasttime. These particular restaurants are very popular with local Meridanos from other parts of the city and are quite busy on weekend nights. There are public and private schools around the park, an Extra convenience store and one of Merida's favorite antique stores at the corner of Calle 72 and Calle 75. San Sebastian is known for its fairs, and throughout much of the year, booths with penny arcades are set up around the park, sometimes joined by ferris wheels and merry-go-rounds. The first two weeks of August are especially busy here, when it seems like half of Merida comes down to enjoy San Sebastian's famous fería, complete with voladores (homemade bottle rockets), papier maché bulls and music.



The kingdom of Flamingos in Yucatan: Celestún

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Celestun, meaning “painted stone” in Yucatec Maya, is a tranquil fishing village located west of Merida along the coast of Yucatan state. Celestun is home to secluded stretches of beautiful beachfront and palapas (thatched-roof restaurants) serving up some of the best seafood in the state. It’s the perfect destination for those looking to escape the city crowds and get back to nature.

The main attraction in Celestun is the Reserva de la Biosfera Ria Celestun (Celestun Biosphere Reserve), a large coastal wetland reserve and wildlife refuge.
Situated near the border with Campeche and spanning an impressive 146,000 acres, the Celestun Biosphere Reserve is one of the most beautiful natural areas in Yucatán state and comprises one of the largest areas of mangroves in the Gulf of Mexico. The reserve is shallow, overgrown with vegetation and dotted with lagoons, salt flats and cenotes (underwater sinkholes).

The Celestun Biosphere Reserve is part of a fragile eco-system. Freshwater from the ria (estuary) mixes with saltwater from the Gulf of Mexico creating a habitat that’s perfectly suited to flamingos and waterfowl, and the reserve is home to more than 300 species of birds including egrets, pelicans, herons and a large flamingo colony numbering into the thousands.

Once in Celestun, you can hire a boat to tour the reserve. The Celestun Biosphere Reserve can be visited in a day and the experience is truly exhilarating. Boat excursions typically last a few hours and travel along the Ria Celestun where you can spot a variety of wildlife, including the pink flamingos for which this region is famous, as well as swim in freshwater springs and visit a petrified forest.

Feeling adventurous? Rent a kayak to navigate the narrow waterways that lead through the mangroves and explore some of the most remote areas of the reserve.

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