An oasis with a colonial past witness to the history of Yucatan
It is one of the only ten residences in Paseo de Montejo that are part of the Historic Heritage of Merida. This colonial style residence retains its original charm. Open tropical courtyards and secret gardens, a luxury in the historic centre. It was the home of Carlos R. Menéndez (1872-1961), journalist, historian and poet, who directed La Revista de Mérida and later founded the Diario de Yucatán, one of the oldest newspapers in Mexico. He used the house as a communication tool by hanging messages on its façade denouncing social injustices in the form of “lira popular”, a five-line stanza of Spanish and Italian metrics. The elderly people of Mérida still remember the poet’s verses on its façade, which is why it is popularly known as Casa Lira.
The antique details and its careful decoration make it a unique place to spend a stay in the beautiful city of Mérida. Strategically located, it is next to the best restaurants, squares, colonial palaces and cathedrals. After long walks, Casa Lira awaits us, a haven of peace in this vibrant city. Tropical gardens, its swimming pool, the courtyard, the old portico, its colonial doors, its colourful Mexican style kitchen …every detail takes us back in time but with modern comforts, surrounded by silence and the sounds of water in the courtyard. The exterior of the property is surrounded by ancient stone walls, providing privacy while enjoying a swim in the pool, reading in the courtyard or an aperitif of ceviche made with fresh fish of the day, bought at a market just a few minutes from the house.
The villa has four private suites (two with double beds), one with two twin beds and one with two double beds (all equipped with air conditioning, private bathrooms and flat screen TVs with streaming services).
There is the possibility of having the chef of the house who will turn dinners into a real delight.
And if you want to know more details about his past…
Don Carlos R. Menéndez was a defender of independent journalism who suffered greatly for defending freedom of expression in the Yucatán peninsula. He was exiled and stripped of his publications on several occasions, the last in 1931, when a campaign of solidarity from national and international media and the intervention of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation forced the local government to reopen the Diario de Yucatán in 1933.
Don Carlos was a founding member and honorary life president of the Mexican Press Association, a member of the Mexican Academy of History, the Cuban Academy of History, the New York Associated Press, the Societe Academique de Histoire de Paris, and was recognised as a Knight of the French Legion of Honour.
Casa Lira is still in the family of D. Carlos, five generations later.