Located in the town of Merida in Yucatan, Mexico, this extraordinary boutique hotel has won two awards for being the best urban hotel in the country and another for its stunning restaurant. Baroque Travel finds out more
Rosas & Xocolate is the name and the theme of this pink-hued luxury establishment, an all-natural retreat in the area of Mexico where the Mayan civilization first discovered cocoa and offered it up to the gods. Still food fit for the gods to this day, cocoa is not all that Yucatan is famous for. Bright color and beautiful flowers come a close second.
At this stunning hotel freshly cut roses are placed in all 17 of its guest rooms and suites. Combined with chocolate-based spa treatments and amenities, hand-crafted chocolate delicacies and locally crafted materials, this stunning hotel offers guests a full Yucatan experience, combining the city’s old world charm with its contemporary spirit.
Recently transformed into a modern luxury hotel, the hotel is made up of two historic colonial mansions that offer modern facilities and numerous sensory delights. Rooms and suites are individually designed, with flat-screen TV, iPod dock, Bose stereo, hammock and espresso machines. There are three luxury suites located in a private tower with spacious terraces. All en suite bathrooms offer handmade rose and chocolate soap as well as L’Occitane toiletries.
With a stunning location close to Merida’s famous historical center, the hotel rubs shoulders with elegant palaces on Paseo de Montejo. More a destination than just a place to sleep, Rosas & Xocolate is a romantic establishment, a conceptual work of art that revolves around its unusual name.
In keeping with the theme, this other-worldly boutique hotel is home to a chocolate shop, mini perfumery and a tequila bar. It’s extremely individual and oh so Mexican at the same time.
Of course, it has all the necessary facilities, including a pool in the interior courtyard, excellent restaurant and a bar offering over 250 variations of tequila. And let’s not forget the rooftop Moon Lounge with its beautiful mosaic tables, bright pink chairs, relaxed atmosphere and jazz lounge music (on Fridays it hosts a live jazz band). The hotel also boasts its own wine-tasting room.
The award-winning restaurant, with Mexican chef David Segovia at its helm, offers traditional classics created with locally sourced ingredients. Dishes include the breakfast dish huevos motuleños: fried tortilla topped with eggs, beans, plenty of tomato sauce and sprinklings of cheese. Lunch and dinner menus offer numerous delicious options, including a ‘signature dish’ menu. The delicious fresh octopus bites – chicharron de pulpo – are sublime.