Before & After
In 2009 the new owners along with a team of architects from Yucatán began the process of restoration and adapting the ruined Casa Lecanda into a concept hotel with the main goal to maintain all the authenticity of the house while using most original materials and elements of the home. This process restored most of the original woodwork, clay floors and finishes with the addition of all the comforts of a luxurious, contemporary hotel.
The house is lived in the three distinct patios connected by the exterior gardens that run the length of the property. The first patio features a fountain surrounded by plants and palms, all enclosed in an original stone floor design. Three Neoclassical facades face this central patio and serve as the entry way to most of the living areas of the home. The second patio connects the day area from the rooms with elegant stone and marble archways that blend with the tropical vegetation and white waters of the pool, an ideal setting to mitigate the tropical climate. The third and last patio is nestled under antique French tiles featuring authentic Meridian hammocks which characterize authentic local traditions of Yucatán living, a perfect place to enjoy the warm afternoons.
The whole concept uses a light color palette, to augment the effect of solar lighting in the interior areas. The prominence of details in its floors based on paste tiles and stone, as well as the extensive use of wood in carpentry and furniture, contribute to have warm and human areas, the use of terraces as solariums, balconies and gardens, duplicate the open space of the home. Authentic high ceilings and massive walls are all softened by the poetic use of architecture and lighting to create a hospitable and relaxing atmosphere. The majority of the illumination, interior design and furniture take reference to the typical Meridian elements with a contemporary flare, all of which are crafted by skilled local artisans to incorporate seamlessly with the natural environment of the home.