We spent three weeks in Merida last Nov/Dec. We stayed at El Castellano and it was a very good choice. I must qualify this by saying that it was a perfect fit for us, in that we wanted a hotel that reflected a true sense of the Yucatan Peninsula and its culture, which in Merida is all over. The hotel location made it very easy to access all the numerous recitals, piano competitions, theater, music, dance and fairs which take place in the different central theaters and plazas. It is an almost permanent joyous, quaint, authentic environment. The hotel itself has a pure Mexican flavor: from the large restaurant, with a breakfast buffet that includes jiuces, fruits, breads, desserts, over 10 entrees in heated basins plus an omelette station that also caters the meats with all kinds of dipping sauces all quite delicious. We spent one week using our timeshare exchange and the rest of the time in their standard rooms that are quite comfortable. However, if you're thinking of anything along the Marriott lines you'll be disappointed. We did have a problem with a sink in our timeshare, and after we were all unpacked and moved in, we were told the sink required a lot of work, so, we had to move to another room (say what!!??) we took it all in stride. In this new room we had some condensation in the ceiling so, it "rained" when we were trying to brush our teeth. However, they did fix it right away. The gym is great, ample and with a good number of machines. The pool was clean and large enough, the lobby is comfortable if run of the mill. The big pluses are the fact that it is kept immaculately clean, the free wifi/computer use and the free parking along with the fantastic breakfast buffet and the location. When it comes to this particular hotel, you will really love it if you come to immerse yourself in the culture and leave the sanitized versions to the international hotel zone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at the historic center of Merida, the Gamma by Fiesta Inn Hotel, whose 10 floors and 153 rooms, presents an architecture that combines the colonial and modern style; inside, details and decor, invite you to spend some time relaxing, taking a break from modern life. The spacious rooms will make you feel relaxed, no matter whether these leisure or business making the perfect place to stay. The most representative cultural and architectural richness of Merida is in its historic center. A few steps from Gamma Fiesta Inn, you can admire our architectural, cultural and gastronomic richness that both identifies us. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Castellano Merida
- El Castellano Hotel Merida
- Hotel El Castellano