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La Mision de Fray Diego
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Calle 61 No 524 entre 64 y 66, Merida 97300, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #36 of 88 Hotels in Merida
Detroit
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Worth the stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

This beautiful little hotel is "off the beaten track" in that it is down a one-way street and adjacent to some not so nice buildings (don't worry, Merida is safe and the hotel is close to everything in the Centro). Nonetheless, once you enter the front door, you are greeting with a garden, fountain, beautiful greenery and a trip back into time. Go a little farther and check out the inviting pool (it was HOT when we were there) and take time to enjoy the restaurant (one word of caution: When we were there, alcohoic beverages were pretty pricey).
Our room was beautiful, with a king size bed, sitting area, marble floors and a first class en suite bath. It was also neat, clean and cool.
The staff was most friendly and accomodating.
If/when we return to Merida, we will certainly do our best to return to La Mision de Fray Diego.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Melbourne
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60 reviews 60 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

This was a lovely little boutique hotel with a real homely feel to it. The staff were lovely, and always gave recommendations that were spot on (ie restaurants, etc).

Location was good, we felt very safe and central. I would highly recommend to anyone travelling to Merida for its value and comfort.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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cape town, south africa
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27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

What a lovely entrance as we stepped into this old Friars compound. many hotel sin the Yucatan have wonderful courtyards with fountains and heaps of huge palms, flowering creepers, and terra cotta potted palnts. Your key was a huge crucufix. My room was large and opened onto the small sparkling pool. The walls were covered in creeping vegitation and flowers. The staff was friendly and helpful. The breakfast were served in the courtyard and quite nice. We dined one evening and had a lovely dinner in the candle lit courtyard.
Very close to the main square in old Merida, an easy walk to many of the towns sites.

Room Tip: ask for a room by the pool
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

We stayed for 3 nights and were very comfortable and cool. We arrived at midnight (as planned)and were checked in and shown our room very efficiently. The beds were comfortable, all was very clean and amenities good. The character of La Mision has been beautifully preserved and the artifacts are lovely throughout. The staff were pleasant and helpful and it is only a 5 minute stroll to the plaza and sights.Breakfasts are good value, dinners very average but such a lovely setting.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Zagreb, Croatia
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9 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

In January we spent only 1 night in the hotel, which is a good thing.

For a short visit or stopover in the city for a night – location is very good. It is just few minutes walk directly from lovely main city square.

Hotel has beautiful, picturesque and well maintained courtyard, as other reviewers already described, nothing to add on that. This definitely gives a great impression upon entrance from the street.

However, our room, at the ground floor right near the pool was quite awful, nothing of the rooms I see on pictures from other reviewers. It was room No 6 if I remember well, so avoid it in any way you can.

First, in the room was terrible smell of mould, I suppose it’s because of pool proximity. I wouldn’t complain if that would have been the only drawback. Same smell, just more intensive, and black traces of mould was in the bathroom. Shower was worst, mould and scale all around.

Room decoration would be nice (interesting wooden furniture in old domestic style) if it would have been maintained, but feeling of falling apart and dirt was all around. Bed covers were white and with several obvious dirt spots!!! Towels in the bathroom were also very poor and smelly. TV is hidden in wooden cabinet, I put on the side that it’s ancient TV set with dirty remote controller, but signal is very bad and it’s hard to watch anything. It was not important to us, as we just wanted to watch basic news and found that on the internet. Wireless internet was working and that was OK.

We couldn’t find more than one socket in the room (for that one we unplugged bed side lamp) to re-charge mobile phones and laptop.

Breakfast in the morning was OK (they serve it upon your order of available standard stuff, not buffet style), with huge minus that they do not have espresso coffee (not even as option to be paid).

Despite really lovely impression upon entrance – I wouldn’t choose this hotel again and thus wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. But again, it was just our room, I get impression that other rooms are much better than what we've got. So if you have to go there, avoid ground floor rooms on the pool side.

Room Tip: Avoid room No. 6, possibly all other rooms on the groundfloor near the pool.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Tucson, Arizona
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103 reviews 103 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2012

You might not notice this hotel from the busy street it is on just two blocks from the Plaza but walk through the doorway into the courtyard and you are in another world. From the lobby courtyard walk through the gate into the inner courtyard where the rooms are located on three levels. It is serene and peaceful, just like you imagine a monastery would be. The rooms and bathrooms are small but very comfortable and extremely clean. The trees in the courtyards attracted beautiful birds. A small pool in the inner courtyard would be a nice place to cool off if the weather was hot. The room has a TV although it seemed almost sacrilegious to watch it. The courtyards are decorated with religious items which I found to be beautiful, however, I do like that type of thing. We had a good breakfast in the hotel's restaurant and also ate at several other good restaurants within a few blocks of the hotel. I didn't have the time I needed to really explore Merida so plan to come back and will again stay in this quiet, peaceful gem.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Valparaiso, Indiana
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30 reviews 30 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

This was my second stay. The first time I also had reservations at Hotel Caribe, but was sent to La Mision De Fray Diego. But this trip I had reserved the room directly here. The courtyards are pleasant and cooling. We enjoyed bird watching while eating breakfast. The restaurant is always comfortable and has some of the best local Yucatecan specialities. Arturo was our waiter most of the time, but Jose was very attentative as well. This is not a 4 star american resort. If you want that stay in Cancun where you won't even know you are not in the US! But I want to have an experience that is local, not something I can experience in Indianapolis. This is a nice local hotel that has a mix of clientele, with Mexican families, Mexican businessmen, European and North American visitors coming and going. We stayed 9 nights and had a very nice stay. There are only about 26 rooms and three levels. I will stay there again.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about La Mision de Fray Diego

Address: Calle 61 No 524 entre 64 y 66, Merida 97300, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Yucatan > Merida
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #36 of 88 Hotels in Merida
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — La Mision de Fray Diego 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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