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“Good location, great breakfast”
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Hostal Zocalo
Ranked #1 of 72 Specialty Lodging in Merida
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Panorama, Canada
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Good location, great breakfast”
Reviewed June 4, 2012

We spend 2 nights at this hostel and we payed 290 pesos/1 night for private room with shared bathroom, breakfast included. It is very good deal, it has excellent location and the building is beautiful. We got room at very bottom floor, with fan. There are two bathrooms at the floor and also little common area with table and chairs. They dont clean the bathrooms every day and it was little bit dirty but ok.
The guy, which was at the reception when we came, spoke english and was very nice and helpful. There was another lady, who doesnt speak english (or doesnt want?) and wasnt very friendly not so helpful. I got my laundry done by the housekeeping lady who is very nice, doesnt speak english at all and I dont speak spanish but we made it! It cost 100 pesos and it was one load so it seems little overpriced but I needed it.
Breakfast is amazing!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed May 30, 2012

Was a really good spot to be and a beautiful building, but otherwise, was un-impressive...our private room was on the bottom floor without really any windows, but it was clean. we couldn't get hot water and the staff, while very nice, weren't too ready with helpful info when we arrived (i.e. a map, bus info, etc). the wifi worked, the breakfast was good. was kinda noisy with people at night but not bad enough that we couldn't sleep.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 25, 2012

This hostel is located on the main square, we stayed in a basic double which was only 290 pasos a night, small room with a fan and comfy bed. Breakfasts are good! Women's showers and toilets are ok, men's not as good (no door on the toilet) worth the money!

  • Stayed April 2012
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed April 11, 2012

Good location but when we got there they tried to charge us for breakfast even though it says it's included, so it doesn't work out good value. Showers were cold, people smoke inside.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Palenque
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Reviewed March 8, 2012

Nice hostel in a fantastic location with helpful & pleasant staff.

The rooms overlooking the Zocalo have awesome balconies, and a great place to sit in the evenings.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed March 8, 2012

Easily the best breakfast I have had included at a hostel, with loads of fruit, cereals, bread and pancakes on offer!! The staff are friendly, if a little disorganised (missing bookings are not unusual) and the building itself is beautiful (an old colonial mansion on the square), also the location is perfect. Rooms are fine, some smaller than others, those with balconies overlooking the square are lovely but a little bit noisy (bring your earplugs) - worth it for the view though!!! There is a bit of a shortage of bathrooms but they are clean. It would be great if they provided some more information about the city, things to do and restaurants etc. WiFi (which works!) & laundry service available.

I would definitely stay again :)

Room Tip: Balcony rooms overlook the square which is stunning at night.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 5, 2012

Beautiful old colonial house on the main plaza. If you get a room at the front you have a balcony that overlooks the main square, which is really pretty, and the price is really cheap. Jonathan, one of the managers, and all the staff were friendly and helpful. Like others say, the reason we chose Zocalo was because the breakfast was included, we weren't disappointed, it's the best breakfast we've had by far in any hostel.

It's a family business and we got talking to Moises who is now renovating a colonial house in Progresso and decided to go there. The ground floor is renovated but they're working on the second floor, but the price is very cheap to take this into consideration and we barely noticed the work going on. So glad we did go there, Moises and Trina met us at the bus station and made us feel so welcome it felt like a home. They cooked for all their guests on the Sunday and we had a fantastic meal. Only thing about there was the young boy who worked there, one morning he didn't seem that keen to cook breakfast and it seemed used the language barrier excuse to slope out of the kitchen. Was fine as Trina came in and cooked for us, and if this happens you can just speak to Trina or Moises and they'll make sure you get what you want. We definitely hope to go back there one day to see it fully renovated.

Room Tip: In Zocalo you forgo a bathroom for the view of the square but for us it was worth it. All the rooms...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hostal Zocalo
Address: Calle 63 #508 Planta Alta x 60 y 62 | Off he central square of Merida City, Merida 97000, Mexico
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Yucatan > Merida
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 72 Specialty Lodging in Merida
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Old residence of the famous yucatecan artist Jose Peon Contreras, located in the heart of Merida, with a spectacular view of The Plaza Grande on 63rd Street in the ancient Mayan City of Tho' founded, whatever it was rigth in the palace of warriors. Here is your home! We ensure that your rest is pleasant, with hot water, comfortable beds and clean cotton sheets. The kitchen is the heart of this space, where you can meet people from all over the world, that tell fantastic historis about great travelers... In a creative and free environment. And to be sure you will to the march whit a firm step through these lands of the Mayab, we offer the best breakfast you can find, rich, healthy, varied, plentiful and quality; whit all The fruit you could want, eggs, cereal, bread, milk, coffee, tea, jams, caramel milk, peanut butter, honey, brown sugar, yogurt and more.... YOUR ARE WELCOM! ... more   less 
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