First, we had been stranded in Cancun during hurricane Wilma. After sleeping for 5 days on a school room floor aka..hurricane shelter..we finally got a bus to Merida. The airport was overwelmed and all the major hotels in Merida booked. We lucked out with a super nice cabbie who drove around to smaller hotels until we found a vacancy at Hotel Santa Ana. 45 dollars for a room with two double beds. We would have paid 500. Small rooms but spotless. Plenty of hot water which felt good after 5 days with no shower and soft comfy beds. Plenty of places to eat within walking distance. We stayed 4 nights until we were able to get a flight back to USA. The hotel has lots of character and charm. It was a life saver for our family.