Mérida’s food scene as a whole, and one boutique hotel in particular, found a double-helping of love in Mexico City last week.
Once again, Mérida scored highest in a readers’ poll for the best gourmet destination in Mexico. The city was an underdog last year when it took the top prize for the first time.
The Food and Travel Readers Awards also gave top honors to Rosas & Xocolate, the hotel/spa/restaurant on the Paseo Montejo, for best urban hotel. This is also the second consecutive honor for the stylishly pink resort.
Accepting the awards was the head of the Ministry of Tourism Promotion (SEFOTUR), Saul Ancona Salazar, who attended a gala dinner in the former convent of San Hipolito in Mexico City on Wednesday.
The Food and Travel Readers Awards are a tribute to the best of the national tourism industry. In this third edition, Mérida was nominated along with Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende, Puebla, Oaxaca and Guadalajara.
Mérida has piled up the accolates of late: After being chosen the Cultural Capital of the Americas for 2017, Lonely Planet put the city on its top-10 list of must-visit places next year. A trade magazine also said Mérida was the best place in all of Latin America for hosting a convention.
The gastronomic theme highlights the presence in Mérida recently of renowned chefs gathered at the International Gastronomic Meeting of the Mayab at Kóoben.
Here are Food and Travel’s complete poll results:
Best Chef Revelation
Best Restaurant in Mexico City and Metropolitan Area
Best Restaurant of the Interior of the Republic
Best New Restaurant in Mexico
Consolidated Restaurant Best Mexico
Best Mexico gourmet space
Best Sweet space
Bo! Jose Ramon Castillo
Best Mexico destination
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Best Destination in Mexico Gourmet
Best International Destination
Best Destination Gourmet International
Best Domestic Airline
Best International Airline
Delta Air Lines
Best Hotel in Mexico City
The St. Regis Mexico City
Best Urban Hotel in the Interior of the Republic
Rosas & Xocolate
Best Hotel in Magic Town or City Colonial
Rosewood San Miguel de Allende
Best Beach Hotel in Mexico
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita
Best Cruise Line
Royal Caribbean International
Best Eco Hotel
Best Travel Agency