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After 20 years, two Merida icons return to life

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The Hotel “Misión Merida” reopens its doors to travelers and the City Hall clock tower bell will ring again….

MERIDA — The new International Congress Center area and the Historic “Centro” are the preferred locations for investors to develop new real estate projects. With the inauguration of the Hotel “Mérida”, the center of the city will have a breakthrough in hotel accommdations, said Héctor Navarrete Medina, president of the Mexican Hotel Association of Yucatan.

He said that the center is booming in the opening of boutique hotels, that is, those buildings between seven and eleven rooms, specializing in accommodating a small number of people and giving them a personalized treatment.

Hotel Misión Mérida (Photo: Google)

“Before the end of September it is expected to open one of the most emblematic hotels in the city, the Hotel “Misión Merida “, which is in a privileged location (60 with 57 streets), which helps to attract more people,” he added.

The work had an investment of $40 million pesos and began in March 2016, foreseeing its reopening last February. However, due to adjustments established by the INAH, it managed to start operations this week, with a 100% renovation and new administrative staff. It has 34 rooms.

The Hotel “Mérida”, was inaugurated in 1942, and since then it has been a reference point in the Yucatecan capital for more than five decades until financial problems forced to close it in 1997.

In addition to this event it is expected that in the next few weeks the emblematic clock in the City Hall tower will sound again, and after a routine maintenance, it will return to its usual shedule of chimes.

“The vibration of the bells, for so many years that they carried in that place, damaged the walls, as well as the wooden crossbar from which they are hung; when fissures were detected on the walls, Public Works asked for permission to fix them, but that is where the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) temporarily stopped the work,” said councilor José Luis Martínez Semerena.

Mérida City Hall (Photo: Google)

He added that the commune is waiting for the INAH to release the permits to resume work, as it has the budget and the person in charge of repairing the bell tower.

“The idea is that the old clock of the city to sound again, the mechanism is in optimal conditions and the sound is adequate, it only has to connect it, the only thing that would be asked is to streamline the process and that the Meridanos will enjoy again the sound of the bells,” he said.

The clock has three bells that until 20 years ago sounded when giving the hour, half, and quarter of an hour, each one in different occasion. After inspection, it was determined that the mechanism works perfectly.

He recalled that the clock was disconnected due to risk of collapse, because the bells weigh more than one ton.


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