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Hotel Hacienda VIP
Ranked #20 of 103 Hotels in Merida
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“Lovely and great service”
Reviewed 21 February 2014

This hotel is a wonderfully restored old home in a part of Merida quite convenient to the historic center.
Manager Luis is very friendly and professional, and there was nothing too difficult for him to do to make us feel comfortable and happy. He made excellent margaritas for us every evening and even cooked us a very delicious dinner one night of our stay. All of the staff were extremely friendly and helpful.
Our room was beautiful, large and cool, with very comfortable beds. Although the wifi did not work inside the room, it was quite fast on the balcony and in other areas of the hotel.
If you are seeking a high quality, central accommodation that is professionally managed, this hotel should meet your expectations. It certainly satisfied us!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

I had already come to Merida a few times before, and had stayed in the other properties of the same owners (Hotel Hacienda Merida and the house rentals Jardins de Merida). This time, I stayed at the VIP hotel, and, needless to say, it was my favorite! It's right next to the other hotel, so right in the middle of the colonial city. The rooms are very spacious and the decoration is gorgeous!! Best of all is the service, very friendly yet discreet. I recommend this hotel for anyone wanting to get away from the busy city while being in the middle of it (hotel is extremely calm).

Room Tip: Room number 4 was amazing! View on the pool and modern decoration.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 January 2014 via mobile

Very close to historic center and fabulous bars and restaurants!
Inside a like a treasure, very Moroccan feel.We used the bigger pool at the adjustant sister hotel though. The rooms with terrace or balcony are very airy, unless you want to enjoy the hacienda style rather high ceiling type room with just window and antique doors.
Everybody very courteous and helpful, we like to come back!

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

Don’t let the name fool you, this is not a real Hacienda, but that does not mean it is less spectacular, with an incredible service and food and very nice architectural/decoration touches.
The hotel: It is located in the downtown of Merida, within walking distance of many of the places you will like to visit, as Paseo Montejo, the Cathedral and some others.
Also, for accessing the wonders that surround Merida city, this place is perfect to take it as a base and do day-trips to the fantastic locations described below.
This place has a sister hotel, just one lot apart which is not “VIP”, being almost the only difference that rooms are not so large and the not-VIP hotel has a little bit more rooms. Any of the two is fantastic.
When you stay here you will really get a grasp of what life was like in Merida during the mid 1800s. Besides you get access to internet, air conditioning and top service from is corteous staff.
If there is a minor inconvenience, it might be that the parking lot is not inside the hotel and is half a block away. But really in downtown Merida there is no other choice. It just gets a little complicated when hauling your luggage back and forth, but it is not a real problem.

Other places you should visit:

In Mérida:
TAQUERÍA NUEVO SAN FERNANDO. (in calle 33) The best “cochinita” in the world, really.
Don’t expect a fancy place. This a real –but safe for your stomach- Merida traditional “fonda” (Mexican small, cheap lunch place) similar in style to having dinner at a market. The menu is limited because there is not much need of anything else: Cochinita or Lechón. And you can have that in “tortas” (some kind of sandwich) or tacos.
For a regular person, a torta of cochinita and two tacos of lechón are all right, maybe another panucho of cochinita is OK, beyond that…¡is up to you!
Walking distance from Paseo Montejo.
Not walking distance from Hotel Mérida VIP, a taxi will take you there for just $40 pesos (around 4 bucks, dec-2013)

Outside Mérida.
For all these next places it is best to rent a car and drive around. Roads around Mérida are above the general condition in Mexico; safe and well maintained.


CELESTUN. (92 kilometers from Merida, just a little bit more than an hour)
This is the western-most port close to Merida (keep in mind that even when Merida is close to the ocean, it is NOT located in the seaside, does not have a beach)
Celestun is a nature reserve, mainly for flamingoes.
When you arrive into Celestun, just after crossing the bridge that takes you to the town, you will find on your left hand an “embarcadero” which is the base of the small boats that will take you on the trip.
There is a centralized office ticket, price is paid by boat not by person, so you can have a boat for a small party or share it with someone else.
The tour will take between 1.5 and 2 hours. Here you will see larger groups of flamingo than in Florida or South Africa. A fair explanation is provided by the tourguide/boat operator in Spanish and limited english. Also, other birds, alligators and some other animals are easy to spot.
Then they take you to a natural-water spring within the river which is nice and not-so-common.
The tour definitely is worth and the driving scenery to get there is very, very nice, crossing one traditional pueblo.

RUTA PUUC (This is not a single place but a series of places over a single route, a full day is enough to visit most of it)
Start by the farthest end which, which will give you time to get back relaxed; The caves of Loltun (112 kms form Merida, almost 2 hours) brings to you the chance of enjoying a remarkable route to get there. In your way, you will find ruins and pyramids along the way, and will be tempted to stop but don’t stop there until you get back.
In Loltun Caves there are hourly tours, you must take any of them, running the latest at around 16:00 (it varies depending on the time of the year) Some vestiges of mayan culture have been found there. A relevant issue is that many cultures hand painted their caves, like getting a “negative” of the palm of their hand, just like putting paint in your hand and stamping it directly onto the wall, but in Loltun the situation is the opposite; a hand was placed in the wall and paint was “sprayed” around it leaving a “positive” image, interesting.
After your visit to the caves, return back visiting the archeological places you want/can visit but DO NOT skip Uxmal. It is a good idea to leave Uxmal for the evening, when the sun has set because there is a light/sound show running at 19:00 and 20:00 (Spanish spoken and English spoken in that order)
In Uxmal there is a nice comfortable hotel if you want to stay the night there so as not to drive back to Merida in the night. The restaurant of the only hotel is very, very good, a nice open palapa in which you must try the “Queso relleno”.

CHICHEN ITZA (126 kilometers from Merida, around 1.5 hours)
Chichen is more or less half-way between Merida and Cancun. If you are doing a complete Peninsula-de-Yucatán-trip you can plan to visit Chichen on your last day in Merida so you can drive to Cancun after visiting Chichen.
The highway that takes you to Chichen Itza is half the fun because it is very nice, well paved and interesting, with lots of vegetation in its surroundings.
The relevance and splendor of Chichen Itza is beyond words with many of its buildings constituting a world heritage by themselves. Don’t hesitate to visit this place and spend at leats 3-4 hours there. Get a guide, there are many guides fluent in Spanish, English, German, French, Dutch, Japanese, etc.
After visiting Chichen, move to the nearby town of Piste to have dinner, many of the places around are OK. In Chichen Itza there is a small coffee shop, but better move to Piste

Hope that this information is useful for you and moves you to make a trip to Yucatán peninsula on your next vacation. Please rate this as “useful” if you think so.
Have a nice trip

Room Tip: Room 6 (teh one on top) seems to be the best; quieter and with best view. If climbing stairs with l...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Poughkeepsie, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2013

A lovely place and charming stay, the staff and owner couldn't have been nicer.Its so beautiful in Merida !! And this place is a perfect example of what Merida is...BEAUTIFUL!!!!
LOVE IT ! WILL STAY AGAIN!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2013

PROs: the location of the hotel is great, very close to the town centre and the main sights. The hotel itself is a nice building, full of character with a lovely small courtyard and pool area. The staff are very friendly and helpful - booking our day trip to Uxmal for us.

CONs: we were in room 1 right by reception and unfortunately this room doesn't have windows, only small roof lights which made it very dark and by the end of our 4 night stay quite oppressive to be in (if we'd known at the time of booking we definitely wouldn't have booked it). Because we were so close to reception it was quite noisy and on our last night we were woken up at 4am by the arrival of a tour group checking in. The wifi didn't work in our room, and the air conditioning unit was so noisy that we couldn't sleep with it on at night.

Overall, I'd say this is a nice hotel with very nice staff. If we'd been in a different room I'm sure we'd have had nothing but praise for it. If you're staying there just make sure you ask them for a room with a window or otherwise stay in the main Hacienda hotel next door.

Room Tip: Make sure you ask for a room with a window away from reception and try and avoid room 1.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2013

Behind the beautifully restored colonial facade lies a gem of a boutique hotel! Behind the big wood doors lies a wonderful surprise, a big reception area with nice decorations, a hallway with colonial styled arches, a swimming pool over the length of the garden. At the front of the hotel is the traditional tiled Mexican kitchen. The staff and owner were very helpful during our stay, always trying to give personal suggestions. The room we had was large and comfortable, breakfast was good and the location of the hotel is very central. We loved our stay!

Room Tip: Our room at the back of the hotel was very comfortable and quiet
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Hacienda VIP
Address: Calle 62 441-A x 51 y 53 | Centro, Merida 97000, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Yucatan > Merida
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #20 of 103 Hotels in Merida
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Hacienda VIP 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience our hidden oasis where contemporary art and deco chic meets colonial classicism. In the historical center of the colonial city of Merida, the Hotel Hacienda Merida VIP is our new exclusive getaway for a perfect relaxing vacation in the mist of the exhilarating Mexican lifestyle. Discover this newly remodeled 1820 historical home, with its exclusive 4 luxurious bedrooms, distinguished hospitality and personalized service. ... more   less 
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