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“Very pleased” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Meson del Mar
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Esteban Morales No. 543, Veracruz, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #4 of 79 Hotels in Veracruz
Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Very pleased”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2010

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Meson del Mar. I've traveled through Mexico and stayed at a lot of economical hotels. At this price, I can't imagine anything better and I CAN imagine a whole lot worse. The rooms are much nicer and better-appointed than you would expect for this price. The staff in January of '10 was delightful. The location is great, just 3 blocks from the Plaza Principal and about the same to the Malecon. And even though the rooms facing Calle Zaragosa can be very noisy, the upstairs rooms have double-doors to the terrazas that quiet the room beautifully when closed. It's a great place.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
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English first
mexico
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2009

no critica. perfect service. nice and helpful staff. everything was perfect. nice and clean room. clean bath-room.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Netherlands
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2009

Being the author's pick in a Lonely Planet guide made my colleagues and I select this hotel for a stay. The hotel looks quite nice, the rooms are clean and charming. But, as the hotel sits on a busy corner, I guess only a few rooms have adequate windows. We were not in those rooms and noise and fumes from the street came in unfiltered. In the room on the top floor, the airconditioning was crucial for survival, and the water was either cold in the morning, or boiling hot in the afternoon. We had to leave the hotel around 8 to go to our congress, but breakfast was only served from 9 / 9.30!!! We had breakfast once and it was ok. But as a result, we had to spend money every morning having our breakfast somewhere else, while it was included in our hotel price. No other guests appeared to be present in the hotel during our 6 nights stay (only 1 other room was indicated occupied on the pc for some days), leaving the staffmembers to entertain themselves (with very loud TV in the lobby at 6 in the morning some days). The mythical owner Arturo who seems to be one of the most appealing factors of this hotel, never showed up. Only 1 of the staffmembers speaks English well (Samantha, who was only there sporadically). All others do not understand even a word of basic English. Overall, the price of 350/450 was ok for the area compared to other hotels like Colonial, but as we would learn throughout the rest of our journey in Mexico, the Lonely Planet selection of hotels does not guarantee the best night's sleep...

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Birmingham, Alabama
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2007

I was at the hotel during hurricane Stan. Under terrible circumstances the staff made sure I was safe, comfortable, and informed. The manager even personally moved my rental car to a safe place to avoid damage from the flooding and brought it back when it was safe to do so. My companion was ill for a couple of days, and the staff kept a steady stream of toast and tea for him without being asked and without charge. I casually mentioned he wasn't feeling well as I went out one day, and they took it from there. The rooms are comfortable and charming, the location excellent, but the service tops anything I've ever experienced. Over the years I've stayed in half a dozen hotels in Veracruz, ranging from a suite at the Emporio to a basic room at the Amparo. Meson de Mar is the only place I will ever stay again. I can't over emphasize how genuinely caring and attentive they were.

  • Liked — Superb personal service
  • Disliked — No pool
  • Stayed October 2005, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Toronto
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2007

Hotel Meson del Mar is a charming boutique hotel in the "Centro Historico" of Veracruz. The building itself used to be a mansion of a Spanish countess, and prior to that, it was a "House of Correction" for women. It is beautifully renovated and furnished and has a little courtyard with a reception area and a restaurant that specializes in seafood. The rooms have double windows, and are quiet and very clean. Internet service offered free (two computers serve clients who do not have their own laptop with them). Breakfast menu has good selections including very good coffee.
The staff is friendly and helpful. Some of them speak English. I enjoy staying there for many reasons; among them are the good location, the comfortable rooms, the friendly atmosphere and the Very Competitive price that includes breakfast. I have been returning to this hotel for several years already.

  • Liked — comfort,location and price
  • Disliked — public areas are not air conditioned. Can be a problem in a hot day.
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Queretaro, Mexico
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2007

Just stayed with my wife and 13 year-old son at a great little (21 room) hotel in an 18th century building. The hotel is located 4 blocks from the zocalo, harbor and other attractions in colonial Veracruz. The Meson del Mar offers nice clean rooms and good staff, most of whom do not speak English. The owner, who is usually there in the afternoon, speaks good English. There is a decent little restaurant downstairs with a selection of local fare and good coffee.

We stayed in the bridal suite with three exterior balcony windows. Despite the location on a very busy and loud corner, our room was remarkable quiet due to the double doors on all the balconies. The suite has a king-sized bed with a very firm mattress and a loft with a single, accessed by a spiral staircase. The bathroom was a bit funky and small, but in good shape with plenty of hot water.

There is an excellent pastry shop and seafood restaurant one block north of the hotel on Zaragosa. For a unique experience, get up early and go one block east to the Naval Academy to listen to the naval band rehearse in the square.

  • Liked — Cost and location
  • Disliked — No elevator for older and handicapped guests.
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Meson del Mar

Address: Esteban Morales No. 543, Veracruz, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Central Mexico and Gulf Coast > Veracruz > Veracruz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 79 Hotels in Veracruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Meson del Mar 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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