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Gran Hotel de Merida
Ranked #34 of 105 Hotels in Merida
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 11, 2011

While visiting the Mayan countryside during the 1990s, I happened across the Gran Hotel while exploring Merida. The elegant woodwork and marble staircase struck me, and I promised myself to stay at the Gran Hotel de Merida someday.

That someday arrived during January 2011, when my wife and I were guests at the Gran for three nights.

The Gran’s location is ideal, about a block and a half from the central square with all its history, people watching, architecture and dining venues.

Photos of the Gran are indeed Grand. The woodwork, the marble, and the statues are impressive. It reminds one of a romantic movie. Close your eyes and imagine the lovely Adelita awaiting her handsome revolutionary in the courtyard just outside the hotel entrance. Don’t know how much of the revolution touched Merida, but the courtyard image of the lovers in passionate embrace is nice.

The Gran is not quite like the photos. The wear of over 100 years is apparent. It is not bad, decrepit wear but wear nonetheless. Adjust your expectations and remind yourself that you are staying at the Gran for an experience as well as an accommodation. If you want an intercontinental hotel, where you won’t be able to determine if you are in Toronto, Amsterdam, Tokyo or Minneapolis, then head up the Paseo de Montejo.

There are no elevators at the Gran. If you are tired or want to save your back, ask one of the staff to haul your luggage up the stairs.

Our room was large and had an elegant feel. We enjoyed sitting, reading and at times working on our laptop in the large hallways next to our room. The wireless was first rate.

As is the case in many Mexican hotels, you do not flush your toilet paper. Rather, you place it in the wastebasket located next to the toilet tank. The air conditioning was loud but had lots of cooling power.

If you are looking for a good experience that the Holiday Inn and Marriot will never, never provide, stay at the Gran.

Room Tip: Interior rooms are quieter than rooms facing the street.
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  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 5, 2011

Rooms renovated, clean with very comfy beds. Toiletriesmprovided and the hotel has an ellegantnfeeling.Staff quite indifferent. Didn't seem to care much about guests.

  • Stayed: November 2011
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Reviewed May 26, 2011

This hotel is great. As soon as you walk in you feel you go back in time. The stairs are magnificent, the tiled floors so shiny! Oh well, what i loved the most were those huge old wooden doors. When we got there we got upgraded to a Jr. Suite with 2 bedrooms and balcony with view to the little square where the hotel is nicely located. We asked for this because my mother stayed here before and the bathroom in the double room he stayed at last time, didnt have a complete wall separating it from the rest of the room, a little bit awkward if you are sharing the room! Although the rooms are very spacious i have to say the bathroom was a little bit cramped, but clean. Definetely, if you are up to modern and minimalistic hotels, this place is not your for you. You have to love history and feel part of it. Too bad the only restaurant in the hotel is from a different owner i think, and well, it is a little too small. But, the hotel is so well located that you just go for a little walk and choose whatever food you want to eat. The hotel is well located just a block away from the main plaza so charming on sundays, it can be a little bit too noisy on the weekends, but nothing you cant handle. If you want to avoid this just make sure to request one of the rooms in the back, although i feel like those are dark even though they have a huge window facing the interior.
They have a lot of antiques you can even buy! And of course, some of these antiques are the main decoration of the building and rooms. The service is very nice as well. The only minus i would give to the hotel, is that the parking lot is 2 blocks away from it and it is a completely different management. The guy in the parking asked for money even though the hotel clearly says is for free. We talked to the reception guy about this and he nicely told us he would take care of the problem, and he did.
A funny story is, a soon as i got to my room i saw this very old sepia picture hanging from the wall, a very creepy woman posing, you know those old style pictures all dressed in black, and i couldnt help to tell the bellboy i didnt like it, and without hesitating he just took it off and hid it inside a closet! Anyway, i would definetely go back there!

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 1, 2011

This kind of hotels are usually either closed (because too old and shabby) or five star and really expensive. But in Merida everything is different, time seems to have come to a stop in the 1960s (1960s rugs and furniture in the rooms) and in the lobby you feel propelled back to 1901 when the hotel was built: beautiful furniture, but horrible "feliz navidad"-decoration, hope they won't repeat that sin for Xmas in 2011! The rooms without windows are a little smelly, but quiet and the price is ok.

Stayed: December 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 4, 2010

The Gran Hotel looks like you want a Gran Hotel to look like, which has been build up over 100 years ago! The moment you walk into the inner courtyard you feel like jumping into a old picture. The hotel offers rooms with windows to the street or rooms which have only a window to the inner courtyard and the open corridor. One might think it is an easy decision between those two types of rooms, but the location right in the center of town also provides a very lively streetscene and traffic as well as music at weekend evenings. So we choose to have no street window and we were happy with this decision. The room was really huge and clean. But the carpets and furnitures have seen better times. You either love it or hate it. Try it!

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 12, 2010

We stayed our first night in Merida at the hotel next door, which was a few dollars cheaper. Big mistake. We moved the following morning to this charming and elegant 100 year old plus beauty.
The entry courtyard reaches up three stories, accessed by white Carrera marble stairs and ballustrades, surrounded by columned interior hallways that all open out into the center airspace. The lighting in the courtyard and hallways changes hourly and is captivating. The tile work, the furniture, the atmosphere is all part of the historic experience.
The rooms are huge (get one with two beds). #4 was preferable looking out over the street. The ceilings are high, the carved wood trim and tall windows are romantic. The rooms are all refitted with mini-split Air Conditioning. The bathrooms are large and clean. The beds are perfectly soft enough. get a pitcher of cold water at the front desk. parking is difficult downtown but they have a lot a couple blocks away.
Stay here. It beats all we saw in the historic district. Walk one block to the old cathedral (symphony played there Saturday night) and to main city park with vendors, food and folkloric dancers.
Would and will stay here again. Imagined Zapata or Madero staying in my room and his horse tied up out front while they planned the revolution. in 1910. Awesome.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 5, 2010

When we walked into the lobby of this gorgeous retro relic, my husband and I just smiled and decided we had to stay there. It's just beautiful, clean, and fresh. We had spent the previous few nights in a budget hotel called The Trinidad which had a lovely lobby, but the room was pretty bad...especially the bed, linens, and towels. For that dump we paid $35/night. So I was shocked that the Gran Hotel...an elegant masterpiece was only $54.

The room did not disappoint. Great bed, etc. We had the lovliest view of the plaza and church. Of course, we paid the price for our lovely view by being subjected to some fairly bad music during the night...but it didn't go too late.

The location couldn't be better. Stay here if you can. It's totally worth it.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Gran Hotel de Merida

Address: Calle 60 No 496 | Frente al parque Hidalgo, Merida 97000, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Yucatan > Merida
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
#14 Family Hotel in Merida
Price Range: $46 - $94 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Gran Hotel de Merida 3*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Offering international and local food at the restaurant, and free Wi-Fi throughout, El Gran Hotel is located in a Colonial-style building, 100 metres from Merida Main Square. The rooms offer Colonial decor, cable TV, air conditioning and wardrobe. Featuring a shower, private bathrooms also come with a hairdryer and a bathrobe. Extras include a safety deposit box. A wide range of restaurants can be reached within 30 metres. At El Gran Hotel you will find a 24-hour front desk and a terrace. Other facilities offered include a tour desk. The hotel is 100 metres from Merida Cathedral and 600 metres from La Mejorada Park. The property offers free parking. ... more   less 
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