We were offered a double room with private bathroom on the 3rd floor for 250 Bolivar which isn't as cheap as other hostels but the view from the room was incredible. We also had a hammock just outside our door and you can just sit, relax and enjoy the view of Merida's mountains. It's not totally far from the centre but we love to walk alot so check out the map if you don't like walking too much. The water was steaming hot - a necessity for me! The room was on the small side and the wifi connection was extremely slow from up there but we were there for just one night so I cannot really comment. We didn't get to meet the owner so I cannot comment on that either. I would go again if I'm in Merida because in the end all you need is a comfy bed and a hot shower and we got that plus the incredible view.