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Hostal Zocalo
Ranked #1 of 78 Specialty Lodging in Merida
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

i'm in mexico for a month alraedy...
is the best hostel untill now, clean, nice,
and the people are really kind....
easy going place, no rush, no stress, you can find the time for yourself and find new friends

and...the hostel is in the center, right on the zocalo...



good place

andrea

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

We got a room overlooking the plaza with its own balcony, which was magical. Nice high ceilings, friendly staff. The bathrooms could use some work, but the breakfast was nice, and the location is absolutely fantastic. The dorms didn't look special, so shoot for the rooms just to the left of the check in desk. Those are the good ones, and worth the extra money. There's two beds, so you can split the cost if you're traveling with a friend.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

I stayed in the mixed dorm that had the female bathroom - all the females had to walk through the dorm to get to it, so it was a little bit inconvenient . Otherwise the room was okay; the hostel is located right at the central plaza.

The staff is friendly, and helpful to traveling to areas around Merida.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

Excellent location, average hostel. I stayed one night in the women's dorm for 140 pesos. The layout makes it so that all the women have to walk through the women's dorm in order to get to the bathroom. That's my biggest complaint--lots of disruption during the evening, night, and morning. Otherwise, the hostel is pretty clean, has pleasant decor, and a filling breakfast. There is a well-stocked (though not super clean) kitchen available. I was impressed with how comfortable my bed was. Staff and guests smoke all throughout the common spaces of the hostel, even though there is a '100% smoke-free' sticker posted. There is wi-fi and a computer available, though it was down during the time I was there.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 28, 2012

After traveling from Hawaii, many hours later, we arrived in Merida and at the door of Hostal Zocalo. Just like we'd been warned online, they had no record of our reservation....even though we had prepaid 10%, luckily it was slow season and the place was probably only 30% full. We were greeted warmly upstairs, and shown to a private room with bathroom downstairs, and it felt great to stretch out on a comfy bed.
At 11p we were unsure what would be available to do/see/eat, but headed out to the plaza to find out. What a sight. The plaza is directly in front of H Zocalo, and what a beautiful scene it is at night. There were still plenty of people relaxing on benches and chairs, mariachi musicians awaiting someone to play for, horse drawn buggies to be rented on every corner, a lovely open air art exhibition, the main attraction on the plaza is the old church/fort and it is lit up beautifully at night, an ice cream parlor, an espresso cafe next door to the hostel, a few pharmacias, and some lively and friendly young men selling the best (the best, we went again in the morning) fresh fruit popsicles i have ever had!
The plaza is perfect for a late night stroll, the scene was gorgeous in the late night June humidity, and those still about were friendly and not bothered by a picture snapping tourist.
The offering of omelettes and fresh fruits with coffee and tea and juice were a perfect touch for weary travelers, and the place to interact with fellow travelers from all over the world. English was somewhat widely spoken within the staff and visitors, and any attempt at my poor spanish speaking was appreciated and met with smiles and a laugh.
Great stay on a picturesque and friendly plaza. 20 minute walk to ADO bus station, or 4 minute cab ride which ran about $5 us.

Room Tip: downstairs room was very quiet, with huge high celings and working fan.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 13, 2012

I really loved the place, it's an historical big house very well located. And the staff: it's the best ever =)

Guillermo

  • Stayed: June 2012
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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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1  Thank LucianaCZ
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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 Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 78 Specialty Lodging in Merida
Price Range: $19 - $26 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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