About Us

A Brief History of the Hotel Lerma


In 1952, the Lerma Family purchased an old elementary school, and converted it to a hotel.  The hotel is in the perfect location.  The address is three blocks from the beach and the Malecon boardwalk to one side, and the historic Central District on the other.  From the Lerma, it is an easy walk to restaurants, night clubs, shops, the famous Central District Mercado, Plaza Machado and the large Catholic Cathedral.  When the downtown starts to shut down at 7PM, the bustling neighborhood becomes quiet enough to sleep with all your windows open.  The fresh ocean breezes ensure a restful night sleep. 


The romantic arches of the Hotel Lerma

glow red at sunset.



The Hotel Lerma is built around a large courtyard.  The large gates give easy access by day for even the largest SUVs.  It also gives security at night, when the evening manager shuts the gates at 10PM.  The wide, covered, open air passages (pasillos) are uniquely Mexico.  The arches and pillars are works of art. 


The hotel has an international clientele.  On any given day, the guests can include young European tourists, Mexican families on vacation, American backpackers and enterprising merchants who drive to town with their pickup trucks filled with blankets, toys, or other goods to sell in the markets.  It’s hard to not feel like an international traveler at the Hotel Lerma.


The Hotel Lerma is a family affair.  In 1952, Carlos’s parents created and ran the hotel.  Carlos Lerma runs it now, having learned from his parents as he grew up how to run the Hotel.  Carlos’s nephew Donicio works hard to keep things painted and repaired just as Carlos once did.   Carlos’s Mother still makes the Hotel Lerma her home. 


                                                                Carlos Lerma                               Donicio Lerma