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Mérida is the capital, and largest city, on the Yucatán Peninsula. Mérida is also the region's vibrant cultural heart, rich in colonial history with its graceful plazas and far reaching cuisine choices, but also beating with traditional colour in the narrow streets and bustling markets. And you're close to the peninsula's ancient treasures and the beaches and resorts of Quintana Roo. It is the kind of city with something to offer every budget. The best places to stay in Mérida range from friendly hostels, elegant colonial grand dames and luxurious jungle escapes with all the trimmings.

Mérida's Plaza Grande, the historic centre, is where you'll find a lot of the little shops and cafes, but it also hosts regular markets, concerts and performances. This is also where you'll find the severe, square cathedral, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Governor's Palace and stonework reclaimed from the ancient Mayan city Mérida was built on top of. The downtown area is also where you'll find the hostels and inexpensive restaurants, while the more boutique offerings and elegant restaurants are in the city's north.

Mérida retains a wonderful colonial feel, partly due to the jungle setting and architecture, and partly from the climate - it's tropical, so people get most of their work done in the morning, take long siestas in the afternoon and come back in the evening when the cooler breezes roll in off the Gulf of Mexico.

Nowhere is Mérida's grace and elegance more obvious than on El Paseo Montejo, a romantic street upon which to stroll of an evening. One of the other great places to be is the Plaza Grande on Sunday evenings when the whole area around is closed to traffic and there are bands and free concerts and street vendors keeping everyone sated and refreshed.

Our pick of the best places to stay in Mérida vary from boutique city centre pads to a luxury jungle retreat with all the trimmings.

Best Places to Stay in Mérida

In Mérida's historic heart

  • Rosas & Xocolate (Chocolate and Roses) is a themed property, converted from two beautiful mansions. The conversion is luxurious, and the themes run all the way to the chocolate spa treatments.

For a jungle escape

  • The Hacienda San José is a stylish jungle escape with a world class spa. Accommodation is in a collection of 11 rooms and four very private villas. The villas have private jacuzzi pools and hanging double beds.

On a budget

  • Hotel Hacienda Mérida offers fabulously stylish accommodation just a short walk from the main square. A traditional exterior belies contemporary interiors plus a bar and two pools.

Still undecided? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Mérida, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.

Best Hotels in Mérida

  • Hotel Hacienda Merida 12 rooms from $77

    Mérida (No 439 x 51 y 53 Centro)

    Unlike its traditional facade, this hacienda, located in the heart of Merida is contemporary in style. There is a bar and two chlorine-free pools. Whilst only breakfast is served, you are stumbling distance from the bars and cafes of Plaza Mayor. Book early for the balcony rooms!

    Local markets  -  Mercado Maya for local souvenires such as Panama hats and hammocks
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the beautiful Iglesia de Jesus
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Hacienda San José 15 rooms from $196

    Mérida (Yucatan)

    This lovingly restored 18th-century hacienda in the jungle is the perfect romantic hideaway. Stunning rooms and villas feature cool tile floors, tropical hardwood furnishings and private plunge pools. Lush tropical gardens, hammocks and spa complete the picture. A garden of Eden.

    Eco break  -  They grow their own produce plus the owners run the World Haciendas Foundation, supporting henequen rope-making communities.
    Romantic Break  -  Book the Mayan Villa, with king-sized 'hammock bed', a private pool and candlite dinner under the stars.
    Total relaxation  -  Spend a lazy day lounging by the pool, being pampered in the spa or snoozing in your hammock.
    Sights nearby  -  Take a Chauffeur-driven trip to the breathtaking archaological and historic sites such as Chichin Itza and Izamal.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Kiwi Collection
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  • Rosas & Xocolate 14 rooms from $235

    Colonia Centro Mérida

    Uniquely themed hotel made of two converted mansions. 'Chocolate and Roses' run throughout the property, from the simple but attractive decor to the chocolate spa treatments. Also offers a luxury range of amenities such as spa, gym, restaurant, breakfast in bed and swimming pool. A quirky delight.

    Spa  -  Unique cocoa paste used for facials and massage.
    Swimming Pool  -  Interior courtyard pool.
    Lively  -  Offers DJ/Nightclub
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
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