Discover 19th Century Cigno Boutique Hotel in Yucatan For Nomads – Fusion Of Past And Present

Tucked away amongst the serene cobblestone streets of Merida’s beloved La Ermita neighborhood, lies the enchanting Cigno boutique hotel in Yucatan—a sanctuary where the city’s rich history intertwines with contemporary allure, captivating the hearts of modern wanderers. A perfect place for your unforgettable holidays in MexicoCigno breathes new life into a majestic 19th-century Yucatecan mansion, showcasing a meticulous restoration that prioritises ultimate comfort. Renowned architect Roger González has masterfully preserved the original architectural marvels, notably the grand neoclassical-eclectic facade that bestows an undeniable charm upon the property. Inside, the soaring ceilings create a refreshingly cool ambiance, while the mosaic tiled floors evoke a sense of timeless beauty.

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One cannot help but be mesmerised by the refurbishment process, as it embraces the ancient chukum technique—a traditional Mayan stucco craftsmanship reminiscent of the majestic pyramids. This infusion of rustic authentic craftsmanship harmoniously blends with the original friezes and mouldings, transporting guests on a journey through time. Adorning one of the walls is a captivating mural from La Ermita de Santa Isabel, also known as the Church of Our Lady of Safe Travels. Inspired by the sketches found in the 1840 book “Incidents of Travel in Central America” by John Stephens and Frederick Catherwood, it narrates their awe-inspiring exploration of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Time seems to stand still within the walls of Cigno, inviting visitors to indulge in a moment of tranquility. Unwind in the library, lose yourself in the pages of a captivating novel, or bask in the serene ambiance of the main courtyard, where a pool glistens amidst lush greenery. For a breathtaking vista, ascend to the upper terrace and revel in the infinite horizon, sheltered by towering trees and accompanied by a second pool—a true oasis within the heart of the city.


Within its ten meticulously designed rooms and suites, Cigno envelopes guests in an atmosphere of luminosity, spaciousness and rejuvenation. The interiors boast pristine white walls, an earthy colour palette featuring terracotta tones, wooden beams, and intricately patterned blue-tinted tile floors reminiscent of the traditional “cannage” motif. These elements pay homage to the vernacular aesthetics of jungle haciendas and the vibrant hues of the cenotes (a natural pit, or sinkhole, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath).

Every piece of furniture and decor within Cigno Hotel is a true testament to the seamless fusion of organic materials, accentuating the beauty of tropical woods and embracing the charm of natural textures. These unprecedented creations, meticulously handcrafted by talented local master artisans, proudly carry forward time-honoured techniques passed down through generations. Exclusively tailored for Cigno, these bespoke works of art breathe life into every space, infusing it with an undeniable sense of authenticity and an exquisite celebration of craftsmanship.

Restaurant Cocina

For epicurean travelers, Cigno’s restaurant, Cocina, is a veritable homage to the local culinary scene and its tantalizing flavors. Chef Ángel Peláez takes traditional recipes and elevates them to the new heights, presenting innovative dishes like palm-heart ceviche and shrimp risotto—culinary delights that embody the spirit of contemporary gastronomy. Quench your thirst and indulge your senses with expertly crafted cocktails and a meticulously curated wine collection, available at two bars—namely the lobby and the upper terrace. To uncover one of Merida’s best-kept secrets, venture into Aljibe, a hidden gem nestled within the hotel grounds, boasting a cellar adorned with a remarkable selection of wines and spirits.



Hotel: Hotel Cigno

Location: Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Architect Roger González

Photo credits: Courtesy of Hotel Cigno


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