Hotel Merida Santiago
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- Parking On Site
A stay at Hotel Merida Santiago places you in the heart of Merida, steps from Casa Frederick Catherwood and close to Merida English Library. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Zoological Park of Centenario and Plaza Grande.
Make yourself at home in one of the 6 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring free minibar items and LED televisions. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Rooms have private furnished balconies or patios. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms have rainfall showerheads and complimentary toiletries.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Relax and unwind with massages and facials. Additional features at this Colonial hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.
Food & Drink
Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Hotel Merida Santiago. Meet other guests and eat at a complimentary reception. While enjoying a refreshing dip in the hotel pool, you can order your favorite drink at the poolside bar.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include express check-in, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. A shuttle from the airport to the hotel is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
Small boutique hotel with spacious, clean, well-furnished rooms in the up and coming Barrio Santiago district. It's about 20 minutes walk away from the main tourist sights but just minutes from interesting bars and eateries.
For excellent daytime local fare eat at the Santiago Market (less than five minutes walk). If you want to make Yucatan dishes at home look for achiote and bistec pastes to buy. Building on a rich culinary culture, Merida has developed a very exciting and dynamic gastronomic sector. Ask hotel owners Jan and Rita for what's hot and not on the city's rapidly expanding fine dining scene.
We particularly liked the Museo de Gastronomia (about 15 minutes walk) which despite its name is a restaurant. To try to live up to its title they have demonstrations of Yucatan cooking. While we were there they showed how local speciality cochinita pibil is cooked underground in a hand-dug pit (pibil is the Mayan word for buried, apparently). Once the piglet was disinterred they gave us a small piece to taste.
In the evenings there are some great bars nearby. La Negrita is the furthest (15 minutes) but the best with very danceable Latin music every night (we saw Jesús Alemañy of Cubanismo fame on the night we went). As well as music there's a terrific vibe, generous drinks and non-stop snacks. The food is decent off the al a carte menu too. Around the corner is El Dzalbay, a much smaller venue but still buzzy and featuring rockier acts. Closest to the hotel is El Cardenal where the vibe us more local and the music jazzier.
Some of the best food, however, is in the hotel itself. Talented chef Jacob Herrera has given his own special twist to local Yucatan favourites such as poc chuc and cochinita pibil. If you want to learn how to cook his recipes, he teaches classes in the hotel and if you want to find out more about tequilas and mezcals, he teaches that too. If nothing else, make sure you have the breakfast.
All round, Merida Santiago Hotel is a great place to stay in a wonderful city with a lot to enjoy.
The description and reviews were all very accurate, and it was even more charming. Rita, Jan and their staff are very welcoming and knowledgable and the food is super-delicious and beautifully presented. The common areas are nice, and we enjoyed our private patio too.
We recommend this hotel very highly.
This hotel is definitely wonderful in every way. The owner's attention to detail and involvement was fabulous. He was very attentive and sociable, with lots of information and a warm friendly personality. During our time in Merida Mexico I had gotten a stomach bug for 24 hours. Because the hotel and grounds were so pretty, we decided it would be a nice place to stay while I was recovering from being sick. The next day I felt completely better so we decided to stay an additional night to enjoy the hotel. Everything was amazing! The food was super yummy with fabulous presentation. Our room was beautiful, super clean and very spacious. All of the staff that work there were helpful caring and friendly. I can't say enough about how much we enjoyed our two nights at this cute little hotel. I will forever remember how thoughtful they all were during the time I wasn't feeling well at the beginning of our stay. We would definitely recommend this hotel for location, great food, beautiful rooms and wonderful staff.
Thanks again, Bill and Lalay