The Villa @ Mirida, Mérida $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
For the exercising of colonial fantasies, this white-colonnaded tomato-red 19th-century nobleman's estate just outside the historic barrio de Santiago is just the thing. A mere seven rooms plus a chilled, efficient Mexican-Canadian staff make it seem all yours, especially while wandering the tropical gardens, dipping in the pool, or contemplating the courtyard fountain from the shade of the cloisters. Rooms have polished terra-cotta or blue-and-white tiled floors, extravagant carved mahogany or wrought-iron beds with white matelassé bedspreads and pale violet or ocher walls. The nicest have verandas overlooking the gardens. There's a charming bar-lounge with light food, and the chef will do dinner on request, but downtown Mérida's on your doorstep.