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Hotel Doralba Inn
Ranked #35 of 104 Hotels in Merida
Charlotte, North Carolina
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“Very good...but?”
Reviewed 19 March 2014

A very clean hotel, staff friendly, the owners are not friendly at less they have to they verily say hello. This hotel is about four blocks from the main square. The neighborhood is so so. We had a nice room with a balcony facing the pool with two nice rocking chairs,I know it is a budget hotel, but they need to provided better towels we were two in a room with only two towels that you had to use to dried yourself after a shower and use same towel to dry your hands, no iron is provided I think if they offer to rent you one you gladly pay for it,we were in this hotels twelve days and I was forced to buy blouses for the same amount of days and wear wrinkle shorts. They have a washer and drier and you can wash you clothes for $ 80.00 pesos, but how can you iron your clothes?
Breakfast is included if you can eat the same every day, white beans, scramble eggs and chopped hot dogs with chopped potatoes mix in, coffee was ugh terrible and same marble pound cake,cereal and same fruit daily.they only include two small soaps. It is a shame if they only included the two extra towels and rent you an iron, even if you have the same breakfast the hotel could be nice enough for the price. If you rent a car their parking is limited, the owner got tree spaces that are like double spaces each. Next time I'll take my towels and iron, for the price is an okey place.

Room Tip: The newer rooms are the bests, wifi, air condition and hot water are excelent.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Halifax, Canada
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

We came to Merida for a weekend with friends, found this hotel on Expedia, our 6th hotel in two months, not a problem with reservations and all were as represented. Not much to look at from the street but lovely inside, all rooms surround the courtyard, we had a small balcony overlooking the pool area. Staff at reception and elsewhere were very friendly and helpful. I must agree with others that the free breakfast could have been better (Meridians must have something for hotdogs, they're everywhere). This is a budget hotel, no shampoo, hair dryer, but if you're just looking for an inexpensive place to stay for a few days, I'd recommend Hotel Dolores Alba.

Room Tip: The windows are reflective glass, providing privacy by day. However at night when the lights are on...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 March 2014 via mobile

Spent 2-nights here. Stayed in a new room in back. Room was clean, AC worked well. Shower had hot water. WiFi worked fine. No street noise but quite a bit of noise from other rooms. Not possible to fully darken room so if you need a really dark room, bring eye shades. Breakfast was worthless. Location is near a bus stop and very commercial (not a good commercial) - I do not understand other trip advisor reviews extolling the virtues if the location - not long walks to many places, but not exactly in a nice part of the city either (and let's face it, a city of almost 1-million will have so-so neighborhoods, which is where this hotel is located).

If you're on a budget and don't want to spend more than about $50/night, not a bad option. But if you want more of a "hotel" or vacation experience, spend a few bucks more and go elsewhere - this place is pure utility (feels safe, quiet, clean). One towel per person, no wash cloth, shower is functional but a bit oddly laid out, etc.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

Great staff for a slightly ageing hotel.
About 10 minutes walk from the Cathedral square, the hotel is basically the amalgamation of two houses that were converted into a hotel. It has seen better days (specifically our bathrooom was decent but starting to get on the older side) and the cleaning was flawed (my feet were black after walking around in the room for a few minutes...).
Finally the breakfast was so so, specifically the coffee was pretty bad.
However, none of this is shocking for a budget hotel.

The one thing I do think is an issue is that there is a store a few blocks away with an alarm ringing permanently from 6pm to 9am. I initially thought this could not be held against the hotel but when this happens for a third day in a row, you expect the hotel's management to try and act on it and reach out to the store's proprietor

in the meantime the front desk was great (very good restaurant recommendation and even a voucher for a free drink !) and was keen for us to have a great stay !

Room Tip: Try and get a room on the side of the hotel that is furthest from the Cathedral square. It might sav...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Thunder Bay, Canada
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

I found that the staff were excellent, that the hotel was clean and fairly well managed. I found the breakfast a bit difficult to stomach after the second day, the coffee was absolutely awful. The pool was great, and again i really liked the staff, i will stay here again!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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Surrey, Canada
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

We enjoyed a five night stay in the new section of the hotel at the back where it was quiet at night. The room was clean was clean with two comfortable beds, the air conditioning worked well, there was a good selection of cable channels and good wifi access. We had booked the Dolores Alba because of the pool area and were not disappointed as we were able to relax around the pool in the afternoon and enjoy a refreshing dip.

The staff at the hotel were friendly and very helpful with suggestions of things to do and the locations of restaurants and banks in the area. Being only five minutes from the main square was great - a nice walk during the day and a quieter location at night.

The Dolores Alba is a budget hotel, so there were no bathroom toiletries and only two towels. We were prepared for this so it was no problem. A breakfast is also included. It's the same everyday and is not overly exciting, but given the price of our stay there was no complaints. We ate in two days and tried local restaurants the other days.

Room Tip: The newer section of the hotel is preferable.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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County Kerry, Ireland
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Reviewed 11 February 2014 via mobile

Great, clean, good wifi, lovely pool area, plenty of breakfast choice, spacious rooms, comfortable beds, good air con, good showers, quiet.
Docking it one because we paid for a better room with terrace and pool views but they gave us the standard room until we realised after the first night. They could have dealt with it a bit better when we mentioned it. Also note it is slightly on the dirtier side of the town but still only 5 mins from main square. Didn't bother us. Again, can't be beaten for value.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Doralba Inn
Address: Calle 63 No 464 x 52 y 54 | Downtown, Merida 97000, Mexico (Formerly Hotel Dolores Alba)
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Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Yucatan > Merida
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #35 of 104 Hotels in Merida
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Doralba Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enchanting hotel in the center of Merida, 400 year old colonial mansion, family fun, all services at the best value. Free inside parking, elevator, Freida Kahlo picture decoration free high speed internet, laundry, restaurant facing old arches, swimming pool with top technology. 50 rooms in the new section and 50 in the colonial area. ... more   less 
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