I was staying with an educational group at a hotel on the same block. My original hotel, the Castellano was quite fine, but a bit pricey. My wife was coming to join me for a stay in Merida. So I asked our local guide, Alfonso Escobedo to recommend something in the same central historic neighborhood, but more affordable. He highly recommended the Hotel Montejo, telling me, oddly enough, that "a lot of archaeologists stay there."
I did walk around the neighborhood and poke my head in a few other hotel options, some were a little cheaper. I went with the Montejo and have not regrets. The Montejo was about 600 pesos, about $55 U.S for a double with a/c. We didn't meet any archaeologists. it wasn't crowded, seemed the other guests were Mexican tourists from other parts of the country.
The colonial-style courtyard is lovely, looked like a Zorro movie set. The room had giant doors, comfy beds, large bathroom. One nice thing was two large complimentary 1 liter bottles of water. The other, more costly, hotel charged 20 pesos for opening their water bottle, even to make coffee.
There is a pool at the Montejo, it is small, clean and refreshing. Free wifi. The free continental breakfast was frankly minimal, but a welcome start to the day: toast. fruit plate, and decent coffee.
The folks working the front desk were all very nice, especially David. Right across the street is Maya Chaya, a wonderful restaurant that always has a line.
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