International Awards

In recent years, Casa Mexilio has been recognized internationally by the TRADE LEADER’S CLUB and EDITORIAL OFICE – in Madrid in 2004 and 2005 and with an INTERNATIONAL AWARD for QUALITY in Paris in 2007.


We, at Casa Mexilio, are a diversified group.  The blood of Scottish highlanders and that of the Welsh and English prisoners turned settlers to the New World runs through our veins.  Not to mention that of the Spanish invaders from Extremadura.  Native American strains are represented in us by the Seminole and Yucatec Maya.

We are  Protestant, Atheist, Catholic and Questioning.  We are Humanists, Democrats, Panistas and Populists.

We are straights and gays affirming the dignity and commonality which we celebrate as a group of friends and co-workers.  In short, we were born to be Gay, Straight, Native American Indian, White,  Colored  and Mestizo –  plus other varying shades that intellectuals and musicians come in.

None of us have blue eyes.

“Gay rights are human rights.” — Hillary Clinton

“This is a human rights issue. Just as I was very proud to say the obvious more than 15 years ago in Beijing that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, well, let me say today that human rights are gay rights and gay rights are human rights, once and for all.  “

All are welcome.


post for 9 de enero, 2014

The houses I’ve occupied during the past forty years have been large. And as I became aware of the tragedy of LGBT children living on the streets of large American cities, children, kicked out, and made homeless by their religious (mainly Christian) families, I realized that the building which I owned in Merida, Yucatan, could be equipped as a facility for such cases.

The thought to offer my friend, the doctor, space for his consulting office, also, in the same building, took form, as I proceeded with changing my will and snuggling down into the comfort of my new beneficent persona.

The search for funding and location for the Ali Forney LGBT center for homeless youth in Manhattan had been very much in the news, and that, together with the surprising death of a young Mexican friend, is what had spurred me into action.

But, later, I learned that the death was caused, not by homelessness, but by being left on the street, in an alcoholic stupor, by his friends, as they left a downtown club.

Searching for the homeless and disadvantaged gay youth was easy, my contacts many . . . but after a while, the search was met with surprise.    As . . . there were no disadvantaged, gay youth, forced from their homes by bigoted, homophobic parents, to be found in Merida, Yucatan. They don’t seem to exist in this culture, as Catholic as it is  !  After all, we all know that the Vatican is one of the most persistently evil and homophobic institutions on the planet.  And Mexico is a Catholic country, right ?

Occasionally, there is an ‘escapee’ from the abusive homes where religion-based bigotry is present,  but the hard core cases of abuse are rare and could not be found by me or my searchers.

My friend and employee, who left home at age 14 to find his own way in the world, in Mexico City, Morelia, Tabasco and Yucatan, recounts that he has known only one girl who was forced from her home by bigoted, Christian parents, but she returned, after the parents recognized their mistake.

So, my well-intended trial period as a serious do-gooder, ended. And, another reason why I ended up here, in the first place, is made known to me.

posted by Roger 

Ali He’shun Forney (April 12, 1975 – December 5, 1997) was an African-American and transgender youth who also used the name Luscious.[1] He was a peer counselor of and advocate for homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth and was killed on the street in Harlem. The Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBT youth was named after him when it opened in June 2002.

MODELS at CM – racy and otherwise




The Rooftop Bar (LA TAVERNA) on a special night

These are by IVAN CASTRO ivancastro30@hotmail.com

This is Sindy in the dressing room of Casa Yolanda with texture and patina galore.

Lookout Tower atop Casa Mexilio

http://www.e-mociones.net/mexilio/panorama4.jpgLeft to Right:  sea grape trees, royal palms in Sta. Lucia park, a modern hotel for tour bus one-nighters, an abandoned hotel, Casa de Balam just below the railing, dome of Peon Contreras Opera House also just below the railing, two spires of Tercera Orden 1700s Jesuit church, ugly Telmex building with metal towers, a royal palm that I planted twelve years ago, brilliantly illuminated spires of the Merida Cathedral on the opposite side of the Main Plaza, the clock tower of the Merida City Hall, Las Monjas church and ex convent in the shadows below the railing, Del Gobernador Hotel  –  and of course, the reason for this photo, showing off the new polished terracotta floor of Casa Mexilio’s Lookout Tower.

History of Casa Mexilio

History of Casa Mexilio in Merida Yucatan

Casa Mexilio Merida, Yucatan

Welcome to the house that still strikes a dominant chord in Yucatan’s cultural, political, and artistic life… as it did in past centuries.

Built by Vicente Solis Leon for two of his sons and their wives, the Classical Venetian-inspired townhouse looks east toward the colonial spires and belfries of Merida’s historic center four blocks away. He was also architect and builder of the Lighthouse of the nearby Port of Progresso, first lighted in 1897. Learn More »

The Gardens

The GARDENS keep trying to come inside. Some plants have been part of our family for more than twenty-five years — a combination of terrace container gardens and ancient fruit trees. Avocados, mamey, limes, guava, almond, bitter orange and black zapote are produced in the back garden. A passion fruit vine insists on covering third floor arbors and tile roofs.
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Photo Gallery

Looking west, the Santiago Church, Park and Market as viewed from the Casa Mexilio lookout terrace.  The photo is by Brian Hoffsis, a guest in the hotel. www.bfhstudios.com

These photos are representative of the mosaic which is the Casa Mexilio.   All objects pictured are owned or displayed by the hotel.


Chichen Itza Yucatan, Mexico.

Chichen Itza Yucatan, Mexico.

You will find the two most popular tour destinations UXMAL and CHICHEN ITZA available for purchase and booking once you click the blue RESERVATIONS BUTTON. These most requested departures cost approximately $375 pesos per person, including transport, guide and lunch, but not including entrance fees into the archaeological zones.  The entrance fees today are:  $116 pesos.  They are due to rise to $166 pesos on Sept. 1. Learn More »

The Great Room

photo by Brian Hoffsis, a guest at Casa Mexilio


photo by Brian Hoffsis, a guest at Casa Mexilio