Recommendations

Hotels

Hotel Casa Lucia

We have a great rate here. Contact Jeanette Marin via email at: ventas2@diplader.com  Be sure to tell her you want the Life in Mérida rate with Amy Jones. I’ve stayed here several times & it’s my first choice of affordable hotels in Centro. The rate includes breakfast & a discount at Soberana Restaurant – highly recommend!

City Express Plus 

This hotel in Paseo 60 is great – very clean, modern, bright, & great location. Good wifi connection with shopping, ADO station, & restaurant options on the ground floor. Rate includes breakfast until 9:00 am but I was not a fan. Regardless, Expedia has the best pricing for this great option in Centro.  

IOH Hotel (North)

Very impressed with the entire experience at IOH. The check in was a bit awkward as I didn’t know to go upstairs but from that point forward everything was fantastic. Great customer service from the front desk & 
the cafe.  They have a variety of different room types depending upon your needs. (PET FRIENDLY)

Hotel Casa del Balam

Located just down the street from Hotel Casa Lucia. Casa Balam features an interior courtyard and beautiful fountain with a slight Lebanese influence. Even though I have not stayed here, it is highly rated. Bistrola 57 is the restaurant which features live music weekly.

Hotel Maya Yucatan

Even though this hotel is a block from Santa Lucia park, it is a great option. I stayed here recently (December 2021) and found it very budget friendly and clean but basic. The restaurant, Cartas a Frida, is their restaurant offering breakfast.

Hotel Plaza by Kavia

Love this hotel on the Paseo de Montejo next to Marago Coffee. You can choose a room rate with or without breakfast. It’s new, clean, stylish, comfy, and affordable. Rooms facing the Paseo can be a little noisy. Request a room off the street if that’s a concern. I loved being able to watch all the activity on the street from my room.

 

Hotel Luz en Yucatan

Highly recommended from locals. This hotel tends to sell out quickly so if this is an option, book well in advance. You’ll find a great restaurant right next door, La Bianca with nightly music.

Hotel Casa Palomino

This budget friendly hotel is conveniently located on the corner of Calle 60 and 39. Parking, light breakfast of fruit, toast and coffee and one small bottle of water per day are included. Boho Spa is across the street and the receptionist speaks English.

Casa Tavera

Personable, bilingual staff staff, beautiful grounds, & comfortable rooms. They now offer complimentary continental breakfast. Convenient location in Centro.

Casa del Maya B & B

Beautifully restored colonial home that feels like home away from home. Owners go above & beyond to make your stay memorable & comfortable. Great location in Centro. Beautiful colors, amenities, & pool. Intimate & unique. 

Airbnb Favorites - Centro

Casa Sandia: Design Home Featured in The Guardian (Our #1 Choice)

Casa Dovela: Brand-New, Modern Santiago Gem 

 

Casa Arpista: Modern, Central, & Group-Friendly 

Casa Arquitecto: Your Oasis in THE Prime Location

Casa Santa Anita: Santa Ana + Paseo Montejo Centro

Casa Limonero – Conde Nast Featured Design Home

Casa Jardinero: Perfect Location + Great Price

 

Accommodation Info

Short Term Stays (less than one week)
Consider staying in one of our recommended hotels OR find more options on Expedia.mx
(add google translate to your browser to make it simpler). WHY? They offer lower prices across the board. AND, you may find your desired hotel has availability on this platform vs. booking with the hotel directly.

Longer Term Stays (one week up or more)
You’ll find a variety of accommodation platforms such as Airbnb, VRBO, Home Away, & Facebook Marketplace. 
Here are some tips when booking a longer term stay:

 

Air-conditioning
Typically, the bedroom & at least one other area will have A/C BUT don’t assume. It’s important to know where the units are located & how many there are.

Consistent/Fast WiFi Believe it or not, depending on where you are in the city, the Wifi can go down if the wind changes direction. Always ask about consistent/fast WiFi.

Property Instructions
In regards to trash, emergencies & other details, make sure you have this essential information. You may even want to ask what is the nearest hospital or clinic in the event of an emergency.

Hot season necessity: a pool
Pools come in a variety of sizes from small, dipping pools to larger pools. You will also want to know when the pool is serviced & if the pool guy (or other service providers like a house cleaner) has a key.

Necessary Essentials
A coffee pot with coffee, sugar, & mugs may seem like common sense but sometimes it’s not. The same goes for toilet paper, trash bags, & water. Read the house rules to see what is & isn’t provided. Then, inquire about anything you’re not sure of.

Activities

Sunday
Mérida BiciRuta – Paseo de Montejo
8:00 am to 12:30 pm
Enjoy participating or watching cyclists on the Paseo de Montejo (one side is closed off). Bike rentals available.

Sunday
Artists on the Paseo – Paseo de Montejo
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Find local art, artisanal products, & more.

Sunday
Mérida en Domingo
– Plaza Grande
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Hand-crafts, street food, live music, traditional dance exhibitions, & assorted local vendors.

Monday
Vaqueria Dancing
– Palacio Municipal – Plaza Grande
8:00 pm
This colorful dance has origins from Yucatan’s colonial days. 

Tuesday
Remembranzas Musicales – Calle 59 y 70 (Santiago Park)
8:30 pm 
Dance under the stars to the cha-cha, the mambo, salsa, & other Latin dances.

Tuesday
Trova Music
– Centro Cultural Olimpo (Plaza Grande)
8:00 pm
Trova is a style of Cuban music originating in the 19th century which is also traditional music in Yucatecan.

Wednesday
Romantic Night – Museo de la Cancion Yucateca, Calle 57 #464 (Mejorada)
8:30 pm – 2nd Wednesdays 
Enjoy a variety of Trova music, the traditional music of Yucatan.

Thursday
Yucatecan Serenade – Calle 60 y 55 (Santa Lucia Park)
9:00 pm
Open-air event featuring live music & local history with  traditional costumes & dancing since 1965.

Friday
Video Mapping Projections – San Ildefonso Cathedral (Plaza Grande)
8:30 pm
High-tech, light & sound show depicting the region’s history & culture.  

Saturday
Original Slow Food Market – Calle 33ᴰ #498, Colonia Reparto Dolores Patrón 97070 (Garcia Gineres)
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Regional, organic produce, baked goods, cheeses, herbs, sausages, & more. Bring your own shopping bags & arrive early. 

North Location – Parque Piste Roja x 71 y 75 Calle 46, Cordemex 97115
8:30 am to 1:00 pm
There are different vendors at each location.

Saturday
Noches Mexicana – Calle 56A #485 y Paseo de Montejo (Remate)
9:00 pm
Different states & regions of Mexico are represented through dance, music, & other art forms with food & handcraft vendors.

Saturday
Fiesta Saturdays – Calle 59 x 60 (Parque Hidalgo)
Around Dusk Daily
Vendors set up to sell handmade crafts, hammocks, jewelry, clothing, shoes, & more. 

Saturday
Pok Ta Pok Ball Game
– Catedral de San Ildefonso (Plaza Grande)
8:00 pm
A kind of football, Pok Ta Pok, was played with great ceremony for centuries & is steeped in mysticism.

Shopping

Posheria
Located on the Paseo de Montejo, we love this place for gifts. Be sure & taste Pox & Xtabentun while you’re there.

Tejon Rojo
Also on the Paseo de Montejo, this campy shop has a great selection of t-shirts, cards, jewelry & more.

Casa T’HO
Concept house & cafe features local artisans, fashion, jewelry & more. Highly recommend stopping by for a peek!

Taller Maya
On Calle 60 across from Santa Ana park, is an exceptional display of artesanal items from Mexico. A definite stop to peruse the different types of artistry from this beautiful country. 

Paseo 60
Located on the iconic Calle 60, Paseo 60 combines restaurants, shopping, personal services, food court, live music nightly, & the Armando Manzanero Museum

You’ll find a variety of products for your home, clothing, decorations, & more in this unique venue where you can shop, have a glass of wine or craft beer, eat a snack, get your haircut, shop some more, & have a gastronomic dinner.

 

Restaurants - Breakfast

CENTRO

Sempere
A speakeasy-type literary cafe in Centro with a cool vibe. Upstairs close to the new Chaya Maya restaurant in Centro. Ask for Tania or Mika.

Cafe Montejo
Step inside this old colonial mansion in Centro & enjoy a traditional Yucatecan breakfast in the courtyard. 

Maiz, Canela y Cilantro
A restored colonial house in Centro, each table has a view of the kitchen where you can see the owner Chef Ana Lilia Machuca Gallegos & her team create dishes with love. 

Marago Coffee
Located on the Paseo de Montejo, you’ll find exceptional coffee, smoothies, frappes, & food as well as high speed internet. 

NORTH

Petite Delice
French style bakery located in North Mérida with outstanding bread, pastries & desserts from the French chef & owner. 

Kii’wik
A little hidden gem in North Mérida with outstanding local dishes, bread & coffee. 

Bachour Cafe

An outstanding collection of French pastries, chocolate, & coffee in the City 32 center. You can also enjoy Chef Antonio Bachour’s other restaurants:  Habibi & Bachour.

More restaurant recommendations:

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Restaurants - Lunch

CENTRO

Catrin
Located on Calle 47 (Centro’s Restaurant Row), you’ll find Mérida’s version of a tapas bar. Oustanding sauces & light show in the evenings on the patio.

Santa Ana Parque (loncherias)
For authentic traditional local Yucatecan food, you can’t beat the salbutes, panuchos, & tortas here. 

Punto y Coma (Garcia Rejon Market)
Our favorite for relleno negro tacos. Watch the lunch ladies assemble the tacos like pros. A must-have experience!

Avec Amor 
Yucatecan & French fusion in a beautiful atmosphere in Santa Lucia Park in Centro. They have lunch specials & oustanding cocktails. 

Chooj
Located in an exquisite boutique hotel, Chooj will surprise & delight you.

NORTH

Miyabi
Located on the Prol. Montejo, step into the cool patio complete with Koi pond under the canopy of an amazingly large tree. 

Food Court at City 32 

We love this modern center with Camino Real Hotel, specialty shopping, personal services, and FOOD! Check out the food court upstairs for a variety of local & regional cuisines including a wine bar. 

Restaurants - Dinner

CENTRO

Micaela Mar y Lena
In our opinion, this is the BEST seafood restaurant in town, without exception. But what we also love is the story behind the Micaela concept which you can read HERE.

La Bianca (& dancing)
Another favorite in Centro close to Santa Lucia park. Music nightly, dancing under the stars & a small but exceptional wine list. Ask for the manager Larry & he will take excellent care of you.

Querreke Paseo 60
Gastopub located in Paseo 60 with other restaurants, a hotel & the Armando Manzanero museum. Great outdoor &  indoor dining.

 

NORTH

Astro 
One of the most upscale, charming, & intimate restaurants located in the north. Astro takes fine dining to a whole new level.

Il Rustico 
We’ve tried almost all of the pizza in Mérida & this is (in our opinion) the BEST. Great atmosphere, menu & wine list. Located in the same plaza as Astro.  

Yakuza

Presentation, service & food are perfection. If you like cold sake, definitely recommended. There’s also a speakeasy “The Goat” upstairs – you’ll need to make a reservation at Yakuza.

Nightlife

CENTRO

Dzalbay Cantina – Calle 64 x 53 
The house of Jazz in Mérida with craft beers, mezcal, signature cocktails & the best live music in the city.

Bird – Calle 56 #463 x 55 y 53
New taproom & concept bar by the owners of Dzalbay. 

Murciélago Mezcaleria – Calle 57 x 58 y 60 
The first mezcalería in Mérida: dedicated exclusively to the rescue & promotion of
Mezcal in the region.

La Bianca Tropical – Calle 55 #497B 
Enjoy good vibes, authentic dishes, cocktails, live music, & dance classes.  

Mayan Pub – Calle 62 #473 x 55 y 57 
A service industry favorite with a variety of music:  rock, salsa, cumbia, ska, & reggae. Outdoor garden & ice cold beer.

La Bierhaus – Calle 62 #487 x 57 y 59 
An authentic German-style pub, experience typical food & a wide selection of imported beers.

Mercado 60 – Calle 60 #461 x 53 y 51 
18 different restaurants, live music daily, street art, pop up stores, live shows, performances & more.

Volta Cafe – Calle 53 501C 
Restaurant with outdoor patio, drinks, & chill ambiance. Live jazz every Thursday & Friday evenings starting at 7:30pm

El Cardenal – Calle 63 #527 x 70 y 72 
“Rescuing the noble tradition of the Yucatecan Brewery.” A local & traveler favorite.

Tropico56 – Calle 56a #425a (Remate)
Fun place for food, drinks, live music, & dancing including dance lessons. 

Paseo 60 – Calle 60 x 35 
A collection of shops, restaurants, & food court. Live music every night from 9:00 pm. Family friendly. 

NORTH

La Bierhaus – Calle 23 #93 x 18 y 20, Col. México 97125 (2 locations – one in Centro & in the North)

500 Noches – Av. Líbano #54 x Calle 7, Col. México Norte 97314
Unique atmosphere with live music nightly & limited Happy Hour 4:00pm – 6:00pm. 

Momahaus – La Isla Mall 
Live music Wednesdays to Saturdays on the terrace with views of the lake at La Isla. Exceptional ambiance.

Maya de Asia – Harbor Lifestyle Mall
A unique culinary concept combining Yucatecan & Asian. Music every Friday night.

Real Estate

RENTALS

Claudia Escalante
Mayakin Master Broker
WhatsApp:  +52 999.159.8179
I’ve worked with Claudia personally & she is a trusted friend. She is fluent in English, responsive, & has a great work ethic. 

PURCHASES

Linda O’Donnell & Rob Rhett
Merida Sold
WhatsApp:  +52 999.381.6321
Personal friends of Angel & I, they understand the expat difference & worked for many years as real estate agents in the U.S. 

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