One evening was set aside to find a nighttime view. We started on Calle 60, where The New York Times said that Piedra de Agua’s bar had a view of the cathedral. Here’s where I made an incorrect assumption. We walked in, and were stopped by a wary receptionist in the foyer who had no idea what roof bar I was talking about. I tried to insist there must be one, and could she please check again, until I concluded that she would probably know better than I if a roof bar existed, even if I read about it in the New York Times. The trendy courtyard bar behind the lobby was occupied by a private party, but the receptionist agreed to let us see it.
That’s where I saw what the Times was talking about. You can see the cathedral’s from the ground, which is where the fashionable bar is, and where we were clearly underdressed. Everyone was so young and spiffy. I was happy to leave.
Over on 62, is the Colonial, which would never make anyone feel underdressed. I read somewhere about an unused rooftop bar (the building is only four stories) so we walked in to the lobby. The receptionist seem indifferent, and I didn’t want to be told the space was for guests only, so we pretended we belonged there and made our way to the top floor. The view was pretty good (it’s the top photo in this post). The lights of the main plaza were a few blocks away, but you could see them. Too bad that it was high season and the roof bar was abandoned.
I remember writing about this a couple of years ago. OK, so I’m repeating myself. But I had been intensely interested in the vacant pink hotel on 57 and 60, the former Hotel Misión Mérida. What views that hotel must have. Someone told me they heard the Holiday Inn bought it. I don’t know if that’s true, but something’s up. One day we walked past and the front door was ajar! I rushed across the street and cautiously examined it. The door was chained and wouldn’t open farther, so I reached inside with my iPhone and took a picture.
The camera saw what I couldn’t. For a hotel that’s been closed about five years, it didn’t look so bad! The last reviews the hotel received online before it was shuttered were not so hot. Obviously it will take a corporation with the resources of a Holiday Inn to restore it. But when it does, I want to take the elevator all the way to the top. I want my view of Mérida, with a drink in my hand.