InterContinental Presidente Merida
What We Love
- Boutique hotel style and service, but all the big amenities of a larger resort (pool, restaurant, bar, gym and business center)
- Central location a short walk from Merida’s historic center
- Frutas y Flores restaurant serves Mexican and international fare in a traditional dining room
- Mod cons: 42-inch flat-screen TVs, minibars, coffeemakers and iPod docking stations
What To Know
- Most rooms have views of the central courtyard
- Consulado bar is open from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. only
- The pool is not heated
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In what was originally a Spanish general’s mansion dating from the early 20th century, this 127-room boutique sleep is a comfy base in Merida’s central, upscale Palacado Monteo neighborhood. Renovated in 2012, the property retains many original features, from the ornate lobby decked out in marble, chandeliers and huge columns, to the elegant central courtyard and interior corridors. The guestrooms are classically styled in white, beige and gold, and all have 42-inch flat-screen TVs, minibars, coffeemakers, iPod docking stations, desks and en suite bathrooms with walk-in rainfall showers. Most rooms overlook the sunny internal courtyard, though the Suites have private balconies with views of the cityscape. On the ground floor, the Frutas y Flores restaurant is open from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily and dishes up traditional Mexican and international fare in an ornate dining room. The Consulado bar serves beer, wine and cocktails until 11 p.m. daily. If you’re looking to keep up your workout, the small gym is open around the clock, and there’s an outdoor pool surrounded by manicured gardens.
In the Area
Start at Merida’s main square, variously called the Zocalo (after Mexico City’s famous square) or the Plaza Grande, and check out the historic sights with which it’s lined, from the 16th-century cathedral (the second-oldest in the Americas) to the Museo Casa Montejo, which was once the home of Spanish conquistador Francisco Montejo. Don’t miss the modern art museum MACAY, which showcases the contemporary side of this ancient city. Sample Merida’s best home-cooked Yucatecan food at La Chaya Maya, a buzzy restaurant with two downtown locations (the newest in a lovely mansion) where you can dine on such regional specialties as chichinita pibil (a roasted pork dish) or salbutes (fried tortillas heaped with turkey, pickled onions and avocado). Nearby, see what’s cooking at Apoala, an upscale joint on Santa Lucia Square that serves mostly Oaxacan-inspired dishes to well-heeled Meridanos. Shop for beautiful artisanal clothing and accessories, as well as hand-crafted candles and fragrances made in nearby Valladolid, at Coqui Coqui, a chic boutique that wouldn’t be out of place in New York or Paris.
How to Get There
Location within 1 block of major thoroughfare lined with historic buildings. Very clean, nice, modern hotel with great breakfast selection. Rooms clean and nice and well maintained property. During a 95-plus degree week, rooms were very comfortably cooled.
I have been coming to this hotel for years and it is always PERFECT in ALL ASPECTS! Usually you see a decline over the years, but not at this hotel. The hotel is well maintained and has a unique historic charm with modern amenities. The hotel public areas as well as the rooms are extremely clean. The rooms are spacious and well appointed - especially the club floor rooms - well worth the upgrade! The a/c is one of the best ever, the pool is well maintained in a tranquil courtyard, Room service, the restaurant, and the hotel bar is top of the line - no concerns, But the best attribute to this hotel is the AMAZING STAFF! Truly the best staff of any hotel I have ever stayed at anywhere in the world! Special thanks to Carlos (Front Office Supervisor) and Mariabel (concierge lounge) for their outstanding service always, but MOST OF ALL - Carlos (Chief Concierge) for going above and beyond to ensure that my return stays are always the best. He makes me feel welcomed like family.
Every stay I have ever had is TRULY PERFECT. This is the only hotel in the world that I can say this about. SERIOUSLY! I will always chose this hotel no matter what. I actually travel to this hotel not so much for the city, but just to stay at this hotel once a year. It is like visiting family!
Modern hotel near the Merida center. Spacious and clean rooms, large and clean bathroom. Walk in shower with glass. Comfortable bed, good sleep quality.
Panorama from the room on an interior space, not very nice.
Desk a little bit difficult to use for dining in the room
International breakfast with lots of choice.
Room rating 8
Bathroom rating 7
Hotel rating 8