The 10 Best Hotels in Merida, Mexico

The 10 Best Hotels in Merida, Mexico

Merida is a beautiful city tucked inland on the Yucatan Peninsula. It’s often overlooked by tourists in favor of big beachside hitters like Cancun and Playa del Carmen, but Merida more than holds its own in terms of beauty and attractions. If you’re planning to see Merida on your next trip to Mexico, the first thing you’ll need to do is pick your accommodation. 

Before we jump into that though, let’s make sure you’re ready for a great getaway with a few travel tips and things to know before you visit Merida

Why Visit Merida?

Merida is the Yucatan state’s capital and the largest city in southeast Mexico. Steeped in fascinating history and cultural traditions, any visit to the Yucatan region should ideally include a trip to the city.

Spanish conquistadors founded Merida in 1542 on the site of the Maya city of T’hó. This combination of cultures has made for some incredible architecture and many of the colonial buildings are constructed from carved Maya stones. There’s also some stunning 19th-century mansions along the famous Paseo de Montejo which further adds to the city’s architectural prowess.

The location of Merida also makes it a desirable place to visit. Being centrally located in Yucatan state, visitors can explore miles of white sand beaches, the biggest and best cities on the peninsula, and some of the most incredible ancient ruins in the world: all within an hour or two’s drive.

Merida is also considered to be the safest city in Mexico and one of the safest in all of the Americas, so it’s extremely family-friendly. Merida also has a great reputation for LGBTQ+ safety and is widely known to be one of the most tolerant cities in Mexico.

What are the Top Things to do in Merida?

When visiting Merida you’ll never be short of things to do. Here are some of our favorite activities to add to your itinerary.

Take a Free Walking Tour

A free walking tour of the historic center departs from Plaza Grande every morning. On this tip-based tour, visitors learn about the city’s fascinating history while being given recommendations for the best restaurants, bars, and tourist sites. This tour is recommended at the beginning of a visit to Merida as it’s a great way to orient yourself.

Discover Centro Historico

Merida has the third largest Centro Historico (historical center) in all of the Americas behind Mexico City and Havana, Cuba. With that in mind, any visit to Merida should include an afternoon wandering around taking in the sights, smells, and sounds of this area of living history. As well as spectacular architecture that gives a glimpse of how life used to be in Merida, visitors are rewarded with some of the best food in the city.

Taste Merida’s Authentic Food

Speaking of which, food can’t be missed on a trip to Merida. The Yucatan is home to many of Mexico’s tastiest dishes. Salbutes and Panuchos (fried tortillas with toppings) are great snacks for on-the-go, and Cochinita Pibil (marinated and spiced pork meat) is an unbeatable lunch. For something a little lighter, sopa de lima (lime soup) is a refreshing option for beating the heat in sweltering Merida.

Take a Day Trip

Being centrally positioned makes Merida a great base for day trips to other parts of the Yucatan Peninsula. The world-famous Maya ruins of Chichen Itza are just a two-hour drive away, making it relatively easy to get there and back in a single day. Valladolid, which is one of Mexico’s pueblos magicos (magic towns), and Campeche, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are just two of the impressive cities nearby. Or, if you’re looking for a day trip with a slower pace, a day in sleepy Izamal is well worth it to see the area’s famous yellow buildings.

For a taste of nature, head to the Ria Celestun Biosphere to see flamingos, or rent a car and go on a mission to discover the extremely Instagrammable Las Coloradas pink lakes. The closest beach to Merida is Puerto Progreso which is a great place to swim and relax in the sun.

When is the Best Time to Visit Merida?

Merida is a hot and steamy place so the weather is the key consideration when planning a trip to the city. December to March are the most comfortable weather with the coolest and driest climate of the year. April and May are the hottest months with daytime temperatures hovering around 100°F. Semana Santa (Easter) festivities also fall during this time so shops and restaurants may close or reduce their operating hours. June to November is very rainy and humid but if you brave a visit at the latter end of this period you’ll have the chance to experience the incredible Dia de los Muertos festival.

Visiting in January has another selling point in addition to the weather: Merida Fest. The city’s annual celebration of its founding is held during this time. Expect to be greeted with arts and cultural displays by artists from all over Mexico. As well as dance, theater, literature, and visual arts, the Merida Fest celebration also offers an incredible array of food that’ll give you an authentic taste of the Yucatan.

Now you know what to do in Merida, let’s look at the 10 best hotels in Merida, Mexico.

1. Fiesta Americana

Kicking off our list is the 5-star Fiesta Americana hotel.

This huge property has a superb location near Merida’s historic center which makes it a perfect base for exploring. The Porfirian architecture gives the property a classic feel while the contemporary amenities deliver ultimate comfort. The outdoor pool is perfect for cooling off and the gym is modern and well-equipped. There’s also a beautiful spa on-site where you can relax, while children can have fun at the Fiesta Kids Club. There are three restaurants at Fiesta Americana serving a variety of cuisines, and La Hach bar is the perfect spot for evening cocktails. 24-hour room service is also available.

Speaking of rooms, comfort and style are central to their design. The beds are big and comfortable, the showers are also extremely well-sized, and each room offers a balcony with either a city or pool view. There is a wide range of room types available for various budgets and requirements, from the ‘standard’ Superior Room to the decadent Master Suite.

Top amenities include:

  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa
  • Kids club
  • On-site bar and restaurants

Check availability for this 5-star property here.

2. Hotel Plaza by Kavia

If you’re driving as part of your trip, Hotel Plaza with free private parking is a great option.

This 4-star hotel isn’t quite as central as Fiesta Americana but is still within one mile of the main square and in an extremely walkable area. The on-site pool is a great place to chill on hot days, and the sun terrace is ideal for taking in Merida’s beautiful sunsets. A 24-hour front desk is handy for flexible check-ins and there’s luggage storage available for guests. The tour desk is a great touch for visitors that want to explore the Yucatan Peninsula including world-famous sites like Chichen Itza.

Rooms at Hotel Plaza are well-appointed and some include a terrace or balcony. Whichever room you choose, you’ll have a desk, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, a fridge, and a coffee machine. If you’re traveling as a group, the family suite with a sofa bed is a great option. Wi-Fi is also available on the property and all guests are offered a delicious continental breakfast.

Top amenities include:

  • Free private parking
  • Tour desk
  • Outdoor pool
  • Family rooms

Check availability for this well-equipped property here.

3. Villa Orquídea Boutique Hotel

This stylish hotel in central Merida is a fabulous choice for your Yucatan adventure. The location of this boutique hotel is highly convenient: Merida Cathedral is 0.6 miles away and the main square can be reached on foot in just 12 minutes.

The hotel itself is decorated with neutral colors with cool wood and stone accents. The entire property feels bright and modern, and the central outdoor swimming pool makes for a stylish place to relax.

This contemporary style is carried through to the rooms, giving them a luxury vibe. All rooms are air-conditioned and have a desk, flat-screen TV, and private bathroom. Some rooms also have a balcony and kitchen with a fridge and microwave.

Amenities aren’t lacking at Villa Orquídea and include free Wi-Fi, a garden and terrace, and massage services (for an additional fee). An à la carte breakfast is also available to guests each morning.

Top amenities include:

  • Outdoor pool
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Rooms with kitchens
  • Á la carte breakfast

Check availability for this stylish hotel here.

4. Kuka y Naranjo

Another incredibly stylish option for hotels in Merida is Kuka y Naranjo. This charming bed and breakfast strikes the perfect balance of style and cozy functionality.

Rooms at Kuka y Naranjo are neutrally decorated with modern accents and comfortable furniture. All rooms are air-conditioned and have a private bathroom with free toiletries. Some have a private balcony and there are also rooms available with hammocks. If you’re traveling as a group, the deluxe double room with a balcony provides plenty of space to spread out. The hotel is pet-friendly, too, so the furry members of your family are also welcome.

Outside of the room, you’ll find lots of peaceful, shaded common areas to relax in. The small outdoor pool is great for cooling off and the sun terrace is a calm spot for golden hour drinks. The on-site bar and restaurant serves lunch and dinner, and all guests are offered an à la carte breakfast.

Top amenities include:

  • Outdoor pool
  • Sun terrace and common areas
  • On-site restaurant and bar
  • Pet-friendly

Check availability for this peaceful oasis here.

5. Courtyard by Marriott

The Courtyard by Marriott chain has a great reputation worldwide and the Downtown Merida branch is no exception.

This hotel’s wow factor has to be the rooftop pool with panoramic views of Merida. There’s arguably no better spot to enjoy a margarita while taking in Merida’s beautiful skyline. The on-site restaurant serves tasty local and international cuisine and the breakfast is fresh and varied. Other amenities include the on-site gym that’s packed with modern equipment and the secure parking garage with direct elevator access.

The entire property is sparkling clean and attentive staff are on hand 24 hours per day for anything you might need. Moving into the rooms, you’ll be greeted with an extra-large bed, seating area, desk, coffee maker, and a flat-screen TV. The bathrooms are spacious and well-equipped with everything you might need during your stay.

Top amenities include:

  • Rooftop pool
  • Modern fitness facilities
  • On-site restaurant and bar
  • Secure parking garage

Check availability for this wow factor hotel here.

6. Hotel Boutique Casa Flor de Mayo

If you’re looking for authentic Mexican hacienda-style accommodation for your trip to Merida, this boutique hotel is our top pick.

There are just eight rooms at Casa Flor de Mayo, giving you a much more intimate experience than the bigger chain hotels. The entire property is decorated with vibrant colors and a mixture of styles from Yucatan’s native Mayan past and present. The rooms themselves are an ideal mix of traditional decor and modern amenities. Each one has air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and a private bathroom. Some rooms also offer a private terrace. Included in the price are a fresh free breakfast and daily maid service.

Casa Flor de Mayo is located within walking distance of Merida’s main attractions including the historic center and the beautiful Paseo de Montejo street. This hotel is a den of tranquility and the relaxing outdoor swimming pool will transport you far away from the noise of the city. There are some great common areas for guests to use, including a full kitchen, a lush garden, and a living room with a flat-screen smart TV.

Top amenities include:

  • Kitchen for guests’ use
  • Outdoor pool
  • Rooms with private balconies
  • Daily maid service

Check availability for this authentic hacienda-style accommodation here.

7. Camino Real

For 5-star luxury outside the city center, Camino Real is your best bet.

There’s a great range of rooms on offer and every option is spacious, stylish, and comfortable. For a real taste of luxury, upgrade to the Master Suite to enjoy incredible city views, a sumptuous seating area, and a modern bathroom with a bath and huge separate shower.

Much like the Marriott Courtyard hotel, Camino Real’s rooftop pool is the jewel in its crown. The fitness center is also impressive and the restaurant serves international and Mexican cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The bar is open throughout the day (because tourism is thirsty work).

The staff is multilingual and extremely helpful, and the 24-hour desk offers express check-ins and check-outs. There’s also a concierge service and tour desk to help with planning your trip, and the on-site ATM is another handy feature. If you’re driving you can take advantage of the free parking, and if not there’s an airport shuttle service for an additional charge.

Top amenities include:

  • Rooftop pool
  • Fitness center
  • Tour desk
  • Secure parking

Check availability for Merida’s best luxury hotels here.

8. Residence Inn Merida

If you’re looking for somewhere suited to longer rentals, Residence Inn aparthotel is ideal.

Every spacious room is equipped with a bed, sofa, seating area, flat-screen TV, and private bathroom. They also all have a well-appointed kitchen with a dishwasher, fridge, microwave, and coffee machine.

Outside of the room, you’ll find a beautiful rooftop featuring an outdoor pool and plenty of space to kick back and enjoy the sun. If you like to stay active you’ll appreciate the on-site gym.

Although this property is further from el centro than other options on the list, there are free bicycles for hire. There’s also free parking on-site if you have a car with you. Remote workers will appreciate the on-site business center and powerful Wi-Fi throughout the property.

Top amenities include:

  • Rooms with kitchens
  • Rooftop pool
  • Fitness center
  • Free bicycle hire

Check availability for this well-equipped aparthotel here.

9. Hotel La Piazzetta

Situated in the heart of Merida, La Piazzetta is cozy, quaint, and budget-friendly. The host at La Piazzetta is exceptionally friendly and is on-hand to offer advice on restaurants and sites not to be missed in Merida. For a step up from a hostel without breaking the bank, you’ll love this hotel in Merida.

Rooms are comfortable and clean with air conditioning and a fan. The marble bathrooms have hot and powerful Italian-style wetroom showers and separate toilets. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property including the rooms.

The central courtyard is filled with lush greenery that feels more jungle than city-center, and guests love relaxing in this tranquil, shaded space. The indoor common areas are equally as comfortable and the entire property has a homely feel to it that guests just love.

Top amenities include:

  • Helpful host
  • Great showers
  • Lush courtyard
  • Free Wi-Fi

Check availability for this homey hotel here.

10. El Palacito Secreto

The final hotel on our list is the spectacular El Palacito Secreto Luxury Boutique Hotel and Spa.

The property itself is a superb example of French architecture that was seen widely in Merida during the 19th century. Stepping inside the property, the sense of decadence continues throughout the common areas and the eight luxury suites.

Authentic antique furnishings and comfortable seating are ample for those days when you want to relax and take in your unique surroundings. The outdoor swimming pool and terrace are ideal for enjoying Merida’s sunny weather and there’s a spa on-site for a little extra pampering.

Each room is decorated in a colonial style and features air-conditioning, a fan, a safe, and a work desk. There’s also a private balcony attached to each room with serene pool views. In the en-suite bathrooms, you’ll find a hairdryer, luxury toiletries, and a bath or shower (some rooms have both).

And, if you can tear yourself away from this beautiful hotel, many of Merida’s top attractions are just a short walk away.

Top amenities include:

  • 19th-century architecture
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Rooms with baths

Check availability for this 5-star spa hotel here.

You’ll Love Your Stay at These Merida Hotels

So there you have it: the 10 best hotels in Merida, Mexico. With its central location, sunny weather, and rich history, Merida is a wonderful place to visit. 

And now that you know there are so many stunning hotels to choose from, there’s nothing stopping you!