Best Hotels in Merida Mexico: Yucatan Family Travel

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Best Hotels in Merida Mexico

Any family planning to visit Mexico should spend some time in the Yucatan Peninsula with kids, and our favorite city in the Yucatan is Merida. There are so many things to do in Merida Mexico: and the city is full of places to learn, play, eat and grow.

The Mayan ruins are what draw many people to the Yucatan. For example, Mayan culture is not ancient history, but alive and well in Merida. In fact, it adds a new layer of energy to the city. Read on, and find the best places to stay in the Yucatan’s most cultural city.

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Best Hotels in Merida Mexico

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Tips & Advice: Merida Mexico Hotels

Before we get to our Merida Mexico Hotels list, here are a few pointers on how to get the best out of your Yucatan holiday.

When to Visit: Best Merida Mexico Hotels

The Yucatan is hot and humid all year round, but you’ll get the coolest temperatures from October to February. Rainy seasons runs from October to January and April to July. Even then, the rain doesn’t last long. Sometimes a drizzle, but often a torrent. It comes and goes within a few hours.

We think visiting between September and February is best. The weather cools by late October. The evenings/morning drop as low as 65ºF/19ºC. There is less rain, and you have some fun events worth considering.

Where to Stay in Merida

There is so much to see and do around Northern and Central Merida, but we think staying in the Centro area is best. All of our recommendations for where to stay in Merida are near Centro.

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Merida Landmarks

All of the best family hotels in Merida listed here are in or near Centro, the central area of downtown. There are many other great Merida Mexico hotels around the city, but I have chosen to focus on the downtown area because that’s where most of the action is and that’s where you can walk around with ease. I use some of the following landmarks to explain where each Merida hotel is in the city.

Plaza Grande: This is Merida’s main square, and where most of the city’s action takes place and radiates outward.

Parque Santa Lucia: A small quaint square with excellent restaurants, and the site of Thursday’s Serenata en Santa Lucía cultural/musical event.

Park Parque de Santa Ana: A charming open square near restaurants, a market, and some galleries. Also a beautiful church. Many events and marketplaces set up here at different times of the year.

Paseo de Montejo: Merida’s main thoroughfare, with museums and stunning colonial architecture. Widest sidewalks and a number of events take place around here.

Mercado 60: This new(ish) space is like an upscale food court with live music and open courtyard seating. It reminds me of the great hawker stall centers in Penang, but with a classier backdrop. I list it as a landmark because (A) it’s a good place for families, and (B) it’s a nice mid-point between Paseo de Montejo and Merida’s Central Square.

Getting Around: Best Hotels in Merida Mexico

Central Merida is extremely walkable. Buses further afield are frequent and possible but less predictable. Uber is available and widely used, but technically illegal. Cabify is the legal, city-sanctioned app and also popular. Regular cabs work well too and aren’t cut-throat like they can be in places like Cancun.

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Safety: Where to Stay in Merida with Kids

After being in Merida for several months, I can say that Merida is a very safe city to walk around — even at night. Merida is actually listed as one of the safest cities in the world. No kidding. That said, of course, watch your belongings, especially during crowded festivals like Noche Blanca and Dia de Los Muertos, as there could be opportunistic pickpockets.

Traffic is slow downtown thanks to copious speed bumps. Cars will let you pass in the downtown areas, but still be careful with little kids near the roads.

Best Hotels in Merida Mexico

Here is our list of the best hotels in Merida Mexico. If you have Merida hotel info that could make this list better, please comment below or let me know!

Merida Santiago Hotel Boutique

The Merida Santiago Hotel Boutique is certainly one of the best hotels in Merida Mexico. There is a beautiful pool, as well as lots of activities available. There are cooking classes, yoga lessons, walking tours, and more.

They also offer lots of tours to places further afield such as Celestun, Chichen Itza, and Uxmal. This is a great place to stay in Merida with kids. That said, keep in mind that they only accept kids 11years old and up (no exceptions).

It’s a 15-minute walk to Centro and the cultural centers, but taxis are cheap and luxury like this is priceless. The zoo and Century Park are 10 minutes to the west. Out of all the best hotels in Merida Mexico found on this list, this is the furthest from downtown, but the level of accommodation warrants its inclusion.

  • Pool: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: Short walk/shorter drive to downtown to the east and the zoo & Century Park to the west.
  • Room Details: Family room with two extra large beds available. An additional kids/adult charged USD $15/night using existing bedding.
  • Other info: For kids older than 11 only — no exceptions.

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Hotel Hacienda Merida

With only eight rooms, this is one of the smallest and best hotels in Merida Mexico. Hotel Hacienda Merida is situated on a property built in the 1840’s and it praised for exceptional service. Here you’ll find old world charm and an ideal location only a few blocks from some of the best cultural events and restaurants Merida has to offer.

The inner courtyard is charming and secluded with a pool to cool off in the heat of the day.

  • Pool: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: Minutes from Parque de Santa Lucia and Mercado 60, less than 10 minutes to the Plaza Grande.
  • Room Details: All rooms have one extra large double bed. One kid under 13 free using existing bedding. One kid under two sleeps free in a cot/crib. One additional kid/adult stays free in an extra bed. One kid under 4 stays free using existing bedding. Maximum extra beds/cots allowed: 1.
  • Other info: Nomadas Hostel is next door. There have been reports of noise from next door, but not often.

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Boutique by the Museo

Located just off the Paseo de Montejo, Boutique by the Museo is one of the best hotels in Merida Mexico for gallery and museum lovers. Food lovers too: my girl and I took a cooking class at the Boutique by the Museo and loved it. It is located right behind the Palacio Canton Museum. It’s within a stone’s throw of several galleries and cultural events. That includes Saturday’s “Noche Mexicana” event and the markets that take place in Parque de Santa Ana.

Three-bedroom suites are available, as well as other sleeping configurations. The courtyard has hammocks and a small pool for cooling off.

The good news for those who are traveling to Mexico with kids is that Boutique by the Museo is accustomed to family travelers. What’s more, they can help arrange activities and meals some of Merida’s best family-friendly restaurants.

  • Pool: Yes (small, but good to cool off)
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: Seconds from Paseo de Montejo, minutes to Parque de Santa Ana. 12 minutes to Parque Santa Lucia
  • Room Details: Great family room options, including suites with up to three double beds. Suites also have a kitchenette.
  • Other info: Shuttle service and tours available. Fantastic cooking class.

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La Mision de Fray Diego

Located less than two blocks west of the Plaza Grande and the Olimpo Cultural Center, La Mision de Fray Diego is built inside a converted convent. It’s one of the best hotels in Merida Mexico for families thanks to the location, the pool, and the well-regarded staff.

Driving in Merida? La Mision de Fray Diego also has valet parking service.

  • Pool: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: Less than two blocks from the central square
  • Room Details: Some rooms have two double beds. Up to 2 children under 12 stay free using existing bedding.

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Luz en Yucatan

Easily one of the best hotels in Merida Mexico, especially for families. The Luz en Yucatan is an excellent example of restored buildings transformed into something special. Here you’ll find a beautiful family suite decorated in Yucatecan style. Expect a stocked kitchen and reliable aircon and internet.

Luz en Yucatan has a full-size pool — a rare treat in the downtown area. They also have a communal kitchen for guests to use.

From here it’s only a few blocks to the center square and only a few steps to Santa Lucia Park.

  • Pool: Yes. Nice and large
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: Seconds from Santa Lucia square, minutes from Paseo de Montejo and the Plaza Grande
  • Room Details: Rooms for up to 5 or more. Such as 2 double beds and one single. Up to 3 kids under 12 charged USD $5/night using existing bedding. No space for more beds.
  • Other info: 5-gallon water provided

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Hotel del Peregrino

Set apart from the noise of Centro, Hotel del Peregrino is one of the best hotels in Merida Mexico because of its service, location, and cleanliness. The location is just far enough from downtown. Yet it’s still close enough to places like Mercado 60 and the Saturday Noche Mexicana show near Paseo de Montejo.

Breakfasts are made to order, but only between 7:30 to 9:30. There is a pool, but it’s located nearby and not on the hotel grounds.

  • Pool: Yes, but offsite
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: Just south of the Paseo de Montejo
  • Room Details: Family room options include 2 doubles or 2 singles & 1 double. Up to 2 kids under 6 years stay free with existing bedding. No room for extra beds.
  • Other info: Upstairs rooms are quieter

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Hotel Casa Lucia

You’re paying for location here at Casa Lucia. There are fancier places in the area, but Casa Lucia’s location is just across from the St Lucia Square — an ideal location for one of the best hotels in Merida Mexico. This adds dramatically to this place’s appeal.

Breakfast is included and the pool is rather large for downtown. Worth a look!

  • Pool: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes (public areas only)
  • Location: Across the street from Parque de Santa Lucia
  • Room Details: Family rooms with two double beds. No room for more.

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Gamma de Fiesta Inn Merida El Castellano

Don’t let the garish paint job fool you. The fuschia-colored exterior may not scream “traditional” hotels in Merida Mexico, but the tall colorful building may help guide you home as it’s hard to miss.

Inside you have nice midrange rooms and a pool, restaurant and other facilities.

  • Pool: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: Minutes from Parque Santa Lucia. Seconds from great restaurant La Chaya Maya.
  • Room Details: Some rooms have 2 double beds. Up to 2 kids under 12 stay free using existing bedding. 1 child under two stays free in cot/crib. One additional child or adult charged USD $18.59/night using existing bedding. The maximum number of cots/cribs is 1.

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Hotel María Jose

Simple and clean, Hotel Hotel María Jose makes our list of the best hotels in Merida Mexico for families on a budget. Rooms are simple but clean and offer value for the location. Stay here and you’re only two blocks from Santa Lucia Park and four blocks from the Plaza Grande.

Hotel Maria Jose has a variety of room arrangements and also does car rentals if you want to go further out of town.

  • Pool: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Location: 10 min to Plaza Grande, 5 minutes to Santa Lucia Park
  • Room Details: Two double beds. Suites have a kitchenette (fridge, microwave, and coffee maker). Up to 2 kids under twelve stay free using existing bedding. One additional kid/adult costs MXN 122.56/night with existing bedding. No room for extra beds.

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Nomadas Hostel (Best Hostel in Merida Mexico)

Seeking budget-friendly places to stay in Merida? Then look for Nomadas Hostel. It’s simple but clean and provides fresh towels and bed linens. Private rooms with doubles, singles, and bunks available. This is probably the best hostel in Merida. That’s why it made our list of the best hotels in Merida Mexico.

Nomadas Hostel also has a variety of free classes available. For example, instructors teach yoga, salsa dancing, and cooking, but schedules and availability vary.

Airconditioning is available from 10 pm to 4 am — enough to keep you cool enough even in the hottest months.

They also have a pool, which is an essential element of any Merida family vacation. Only a few blocks from Santa Lucia park and around the corner from Mercado 60.

  • Pool: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes (Public areas only)
  • Location: Behind Mercado 60. Less than 10 minutes to Santa Lucia Park and the main square
  • Room Details: Room configurations include 1 single/1 double, 1 double/1 bunk bed and 4-bunk room dorms (under 40 years old only). Up to 2 kids under 16 cost MXN 150/night using existing bedding. No room for extra beds.
  • Other info: Lights out at midnight. Guests required to wear wristbands.

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Airbnb & Apartment Rental in Merida

There are lots of opportunities to stay in apartment rentals and Airbnb in Merida. Some of them aren’t as nice as the best family hotels in Merida listed here, but they can help with your travel budget and also give you a kitchen to cook for yourself.

That said, choose apartment rentals in Merida carefully. We used Airbnb in Merida several times and found it very useful. However, don’t just book like you would a hotel.

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  1. Vijay Patel says:

    Wow!! All of them are so beautiful. But I and my family were lucky enough to get a booking in Hotel Hacienda Merida. They have the best support system for families. Thanks, Jason for the details.

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