Mérida, Mexico is one of the best Yucatan destinations. With several incredible hotels in Merida, you’ll want to know where to call home when visiting.
Mérida, Mexico has been getting a lot of attention lately, and it’s easy to see why. The city is bursting with creative energy. An influx of new museums, galleries, and restaurants has many travelers adding it to their bucket list.
If you’re one of those travelers, you’ll need a place to stay. There are plenty of unique Mérida hotels to choose from. From luxury boutique properties to historic haciendas to vacation rentals, you’ll have options across a wide spectrum.
I just spent several days exploring this bohemian city, checking out where to stay when visiting. These are my picks for the best hotels in Mérida, Mexico.
Short on time? Here are my top picks for the best hotels in Mérida, Mexico:
- CIGNO Hotel, for the best adults-only hotel
- Decu Downtown, for the best design hotel
- Kuka y Naranja, for the best design-for-dollar hotel
The Best Hotels in Mérida, Mexico
The Best 5-Star Hotels in Mérida
Rosas & Xocolate, which comprises two historic mansions outfitted with modern details, is the best-known hotel in Mérida for a reason. Here, luxury and romance take center stage, with features such as open-sky bathtubs and private terraces lending to the atmosphere. Its spa and award-winning contemporary restaurant are standouts. Book the best rates here.
Address: P.º de Montejo 480, Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
Hang your hat in one of five suites in The Diplomat. This comfortable and well-appointed property is on a quiet street in Centro Mérida. Highlights of the property include a pool with nearby hammocks for lounging, especially on hot days. Don’t miss the cocktail menu featuring drinks infused with local fruits, spices, and herbs from the hotel garden. Book the best rates here.
Address: C. 78 493A, Barrio de Santiago, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
3. Casa Lecanda
In 2009, hotel Casa Lecanda’s new owners and a team of local architects embarked on a restoration process. It would turn ruins into a hotel, preserving many key architectural details in the process. Today, it’s a stunning, upscale property whose arches and three patios steal the show. Book the best rates here.
Address: Calle 47 471, Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro, 97000 Centro, Yuc., Mexico
Personalized attention is a hallmark of the experience at Decu Downtown, which features just eight rooms. Architecturally, it blends the classic and the modern to create a gorgeous, design-forward space. This hotel is nearly brand new, having opened its doors in 2021. Book the best rates here.
Address: C. 56 468, Parque Santa Lucia, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
The Best Design Hotels in Mérida
Diez Diez defines the concept behind the hotel as “a fusion of architecture, plastic arts, and bon vivant.” Rooms are trendy and modern, featuring bold, graphic patterns and materials such as leather, wood, steel, and concrete. A rooftop pool and bar and a restaurant serving new Yucatan cuisine are all on the list of amenities. Book the best rates here.
Address: Entre 54 y 56 Calle 37 487, P.º de Montejo, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
6. CIGNO Hotel
CIGNO is an adults-only property that showcases original building details such as high ceilings and a French façade. These details are blended with trendy design touches, including open shelving and cane furniture. CIGNO’s on-site restaurant turns local ingredients into beautifully plated dishes. Don’t miss the rooftop restaurant that offers beautiful views of the local barrio. Book the best rates here.
Address: C. 66 593, Barrio de la Ermita, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
7. Casa Olivia
If there’s one word to describe Casa Olivia, it’s elegant. Gorgeous antique furniture and décor pieces give the four rooms at this adults-only property a luxury feel. Air conditioning and an outdoor pool keep guests cool. The on-site concierge can help you plan excursions from your home base in the heart of the city. Book the best rates here.
Address: C. 72 481, entre Calle 57, Barrio de Santiago, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
Kuka y Naranjo has a special mission of promoting Yucatecan culture through sustainable experiences. A stay here invites guests to connect with Mexico and its history through design, activities like cooking classes, and more. Rooms are inspired by Mérida’s eight most important downtown historic districts. One plus is that the rooms are pet-friendly. Book the best rates here.
Address: Calle 62 #562 entre 69 y 71, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
Steps away from Mérida’s historic center, Künük promises peace and harmony through a focus on nature. Its 13 spacious rooms feature wood detailing and large windows to bring the outside in. Its name combines the Mayan words for “big” and “gold,” which the hotel believes accurately describes its location and surroundings. Book the best rates here.
Address: C. 59 609, Barrio de Santiago, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
Old and new come together at Ya’ax, which fuses an original house with modern construction. Ya’ax’s features local materials that preserve its heritage. Each of the hotel’s 11 rooms has its own character, but they’re all incredibly aesthetic. Its on-site restaurant, Chooj, provides an exclusive culinary experience. Book the best rates here.
Address: C. 57 461, Parque de la Mejorada, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
Steps from Santa Lucia Square, you’ll find Coqui Coqui set within a 1903 Belle Epoque townhouse. Along with the brand’s signature perfumery, spa, boutique, and café, it houses just one suite. It’s an ornately decorated suite with period furniture, freestanding French bathtubs, a private terrace, and a rooftop pool. Book the best rates here.
Address: Calle 55 516 entre Calle 62 y Calle 64, Centro, 97121 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
The Best Hacienda Stays in Mérida
15 minutes away from the city center, this restored 18th-century hacienda harbors 18 historic suites and 36 that are brand new. The property is surrounded by four acres of private gardens overflowing with lush plants and tropical flowers. An Olympic-sized swimming pool, fitness center, and spa are the icing on the cake. Book the best rates here.
Address: Calle 20 S/N x 19 y 19A Comisaría Xcanatún, 97302 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
You don’t need to leave city limits to stay in a historic hacienda. This 19th-century mansion bears a historical monument designation. The central location is perfect for those looking to spend much of their time exploring. High ceilings are just one of the architectural features that lend this property an air of elegance. Book the best rates here.
Address: Calle 62 No. 441-A por Calle 51, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
Originally founded as a Franciscan monastery in 1640, this hacienda was an estate home before eventually becoming a luxury hotel brimming with history. It sits on more than 12 acres and sports 25 rooms and suites. Lamp-lit gardens add to the magical atmosphere on the property. Book the best rates here.
Address: C. 86 S/N, Santa Cruz Palomeque, 97315 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
Looking for a budget-friendly hotel option in Mérida?
If you’d rather spend less on accommodation, I recommend checking out the NH Collection Merida. The hotel has 120 newly refurbished rooms are simple, minimal, and modern, and some look out onto Mérida’s haciendas. The hotel also has a rooftop bar that’s perfect for watching the sunset and offers free parking. Book the best rates here.
Address: C. 60 346, Zona Paseo Montejo, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
Looking for a private rental? These are my picks:
16. Highlighted Vacation Rental: Casa Pantera
If you pick one vacation rental in Mérida, let it be Casa Pantera. From the talented Watts Design House, Casa Panterea embodies the historical and architectural joy that Merida is known for. Each detail in the 3-bedroom historic home has been carefully hand selected. With locally sourced materials, an eye for design, and an unbeatable location, Casa Pantera is an idyllic Merida stay. Book the best rates here.
17. Casa Aurora
One-bedroom apartment. Prices from $145. Book the best rates here.
18. Majikal B&B
Two-bedroom house. Prices from $200. Book the best rates here.
19. Casa Osito
Two-bedroom house. Avg. price $104. Book the best rates here.
20. Historical Home
Two-bedroom house. Avg. price $117. Book the best rates here.
21. Downtown Stay
Two-bedroom house. Avg. price $90. Book the best rates here.
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FAQ: Hotels in Mérida, Mexico
Which area to stay in Mérida, Mexico?
For a first-timer, I recommend staying in or near Centro, the city’s historic center. Several design hotels mentioned below are in this area. Staying there will put you just steps away from some of Mérida’s must-see sites and must-visit restaurants.
What are the nicest areas of Mérida, Mexico?
Zona Paseo Montejo, the neighborhood around the city’s main boulevard, Paseo de Montejo, is a top pick. It’s a beautiful area that, like Centro Historico, will put you within walking distance of bars, restaurants, shopping, and more.
Other top “barrios” or neighborhoods to stay in are Santa Ana, Santiago, and near Plaza Grande. You’ll find a lot of boutique hotels close to the downtown, which is most important.
How many days do you need for Mérida?
To fully take in all the sights in Mérida, I recommend staying three full days. There’s plenty to do nearby, like enjoying the local buildings, exploring Mayan ruins, observing flamingo groups, and swimming in cenotes.
What to expect from hotels in Mérida?
If you’re hoping to stay at an international chain hotel, Mérida is not the place to go. Mérida hotels have a boutique feel, and a smaller, boutique size to match.
When choosing, keep in mind that summers can be very hot, so air conditioning and/or a pool are necessary.
When should I book my hotel in Mérida?
I recommend booking your hotel in Mérida as soon as you can. Mérida hotels are small—Rosas & Xocolate, one of the best hotels in Merida, has just 17 rooms, for example. So if you want to lock in your first choice, timeliness is important.
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