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For those in pursuit of magnificent Maya landmarks across the flatlands of the Yucatán peninsula, chances are you’ll pass through Mérida one way or another. As the provincial capital city, it’s the main hub for both air and road transportation, but at the same time, it’s often overlooked as a destination where to kick back and explore the Spanish colonial sights. Well, that perception might have changed with the opening of Casa Vagantes, the newly opened boutique lodgings of founder Gina Góngora. Situated just off Paseo Montejo, a busy thoroughfare leading to the heart of the city, it’s an affiliated business of Vagantes, an exclusive women’s boutique which opened its doors last December. The hotel actually comprises of a traditional abode with a surface of 70 sqm. (754 sq.ft.) and has been fully revamped to meet the requirements of modern travellers. Góngora collaborated with local architect Arista Cero to create a fitting interior design which would reflect the building’s history through intentionally created patina. Needless to say, most architectural elements have been retained and carefully restored. The façade maintains the original ochre hue, and lights and door shutters were restored, allowing cross ventilation and better illumination inside. In order to reduce both costs and construction time, the original layout remains largely intact with only a significant modification having been executed in the back yard. Casa Vagantes‘ only space with a window towards the street is designed as a study and resting area with a closet, and this space is adjacent to the social area and the only bedroom of the house that overlooks the terrace. In the kitchen, the ceramic tiles have been replaced with white polished cement and the walls have been scraped to reveal the original colours. All furnishings have been carefully sourced to match the interior design codes and include many locally made items. The back yard now is a private haven of relaxation, featuring a cozy patio with two chairs and dipping pool to cool off during the hot summer months.

Casa Vagantes
Calle 37 #483A (La Huerta)
97000 Mérida

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