Situated four blocks north of Mérida's Main Square, Hotel MedioMundo offers spacious rooms in a beautifully renovated colonial home, on two floors of a wide arcade that surrounds a jungle-like courtyard. It is instantly apparent why the hotel and its simple, elegant design have been featured in architectural magazines: the friendly and gracious owners Nicole and Nelson Laprebendere, an Uruguayan-Lebanese couple, paid great attention to individual details, like handcrafted metal lighting fixtures, which cast lacy patterns on the arcade's hand-stenciled walls and high ceiling. Twelve guest rooms are individually styled, accented with the same Guatemalan fabrics available for purchase in the hotel's small but impressive boutique. Complimentary breakfast, featuring meats, cheeses, and freshly baked rolls, is served poolside – a welcome oasis during Mérida's hot summers. A stay at Hotel MedioMundo is tranquil and peaceful, reflecting the hotel's unofficial motto: "To be in a hurry is not elegant."
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