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3 of 5 bubbles Review of Caribe Hotel

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Caribe Hotel
Ranked #43 of 103 Hotels in Merida
St. Neots, United Kingdom
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“Hot powerful shower”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

Hotel Caribe, beautifuly set in a square right in the centre of Merida. Took room on ground floor off central coutyard with fountain and flowers; bed too soft. Shower was hot and powerful. Clean room, a little damp.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2012

Nice old Spanish colonial style hotel, probably a 2* rating at best. So long as you are not expecting luxury or rolling lawns then this place is fine. Price is totally reasonable, their website seems to have offers on all the time. The small rooftop pool is a great place to get away from the Merida traffic (which is hell). Make sure you ask for a room 'away from the stairs', in the courtyard bit, those by the stairs are a bit dark and gloomy. Location within Merida is hard to beat, very close to the main square and very handy for car hire and restaurants.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bordentown, New Jersey
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2012

I have no doubt that my dissatisfaction with the Hotel Caribe had everything to do with the stress related to Merida's ever-present traffic jam and my own travel-weariness from being on the road for a week; however, the hotel did nothing to alleviate the pain of arriving, and I will stay elsewhere the next time I go to Merida.

It was still daylight. We drove in endless circles around the block, stop and go, bumper to bumper, with policía who blew whistles and yelled at us from the intersections to keep moving, however impossible. We could not even bring the car close enough to the building to see it. Unfortunately, we had pulled into Merida during rush hour, just as the streets begin to close down and traffic is diverted to transform the roads into pedestrian plazas. Hotel Caribe is right in the middle of things, which is excellent if you are already situated, but terrible if you are just arriving.

All we wanted was to stop the car and to get to the hotel. Caribe claims to have free parking somewhere, but I believe this is untrue. We spoke with the man who runs the lot attached to the back of the building, and he had no knowledge of parking validation from the hotel; in fact, none of the lots in the area had any connection to the hotel at all, as far as we could ascertain with our broken preguntas. We ended up parking several blocks away and dragging our luggage along the narrow, crowded sidewalks to the hotel, paying too much for overnight rates.

It was dark when we finally found the entrance, invisibly tucked away in the corner of Hidalgo Park. The man at the desk seemed concerned for a moment that we could not find the parking lot, but he did not follow up with any questions or suggestions to help us beyond a vague finger in the air that dropped too quickly to actually point someplace. In Mexico, it is considered rude to not give directions to someone who needs them, even if those directions are wrong or don't exist. He could not meet our request for a room with one bed instead of two, though he did carry our luggage up the stairs for us, perhaps sensing our exhaustion. I barely noticed how beautiful the lit church towers were, imposing themselves over the open court yard.

The room itself was dingy, outright dirty in some places: there were remnants of the previous guests that had not been cleaned before we arrived. Skeeved, we checked for bedbugs but found none. Yes, it was that kind of hotel.

After a hot shower and a warm beer pulled from my suitcase, we realized we were hungry, so we happily left the hotel and walked through the streets, now completely closed to traffic. A Pancho Villa themed tourist restaurant was nearby, and though expensive when compared to the local restaurants, it was actually pretty fun and the food was good. Our waiter was an outgoing guy and talked to me about what beers people from Mexico like to drink, ultimately making some good recommendations. I tried enough of them to take the edge off of the wearisome day, and after dinner we continued our walk, where I felt content to enjoy the life happening all around us, if only for a little while before we fell asleep in our separate beds.

Despite our disappointment in the hotel, it was difficult to have anything but a good time in Merida.

Room Tip: Insist on a clean room to see if you can find one.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

I stayed at this property after seeing pretty good reviews on their website.

The positives:

EXCELLENT LOCATION - you cant beat the location. the place is set back in a beautiful colonial square. from the rooftop balcony you can see two magnificent cathedrals and several prominent buildings.

Now a few negatives:

Hmmm, lets start with the plumbing. how hard can it be to keep this stuff in working order, really? Now lets move on to the internet - same comments as the plumbing. Finally, lets talk about those biting insects in the lobby that love to bite away at my ankles. the bites ITCH!

Overall, good place to spend the night, so long as the price is right, and you dont plan on spending too much time in the room, but then again, why else would you visit Merida?

Room Tip: just dont look too closely in the corners. and remember, your trash-can in the room can always be...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012

My room was more on the dingy side & away from the courtyard in the middle. The water was a trickled & it was an art to get hot water. However the hotel itself (not including room) was beautiful to look at & in such a prime location that it made up for it. The view of the cathedral at night from the 2nd floor was marvelous.

Room Tip: Try to get one facing the courtyard - has a much bigger window.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2012

The hotel is really beautiful, the location is excellent, prices are great, but the service is really poor.

I screwed it in the date of my reservation and they didn´t help me, I had to cancelled it and pay a cancellation fee, instead of changing the reservation.
The air conditioner was really noisy so it woke up us in the middle of the night and they couldn´t fix it, also the last day we had breakfast and we forgot the credit card at the restaurant and they never told us, we were there for 3 o 4 hours after eating, before checking out, so we lost the credit card.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2012 via mobile

Gorgeous on the outside, perfect location in the square near the two cathedrals in Merida. The rooms left ALOT to be desired! The owner needs to update all of the rooms!!! We occupied two of them with our family. My husband & I stayed in a room to a throwback of the 50's sitcom...we had our own twin beds!!! The bathroom was just nasty! The sink was clogged the whole time, we flooded the bathroom when we showered! The concierge was an older gentleman who was wonderful & helpful, but he can't do it all!! The restaurant was HORRIBLE! No wonder no one was ever in it! They screwed up ALL of our orders! They spoke NO English, so our broken Spanish must not have been enough! When we asked to see menu & pointed out that our meal didn't look like what was pictured, the manager on duty told us "that is just picture, it no look like that" We wanted a plain hamburger, stressing "pan y queso no mas" that's EXACTLY what we got...hamburger bread & cheese!! No hamburger!!! So if you want an excellent location & beautiful building, then by all means, enjoy...without any standard amenities!

  • Stayed August 2012
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Property: Caribe Hotel
Address: 59 St and 60 St No. 500, Corner Inside Hidalgo Park, Downtown | Just Half Block From Main Square, Merida 97000, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Yucatan > Merida
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #43 of 103 Hotels in Merida
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Caribe Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
There's a place in which for a moment you can forget of the world, and in another, realize you're still there. This double reality shakes you until the point you become addicted, in a sway of the colonial and modern styles.The beautiful musical notes of the living romantic songs will delight you every afternoon at restaurant, while you enjoy a regional dish from the extensive variety of our menu. The spectacular view of the pool, located on the third floor, will tell you about how impressive Merida is, and once you've tried to discover it by yourself, you'll never forget of the perfect location where you are, surrounded by the most touristic atmosphere of the city.The Hotel has 53 rooms; all equipped with air conditioned, wireless Internet, satellite color television, safe deposit box, amenities, hair dryer and telephones with extensions. This rooms can have 2 double beds, 3 individual beds or 1 double and 1 individual. ... more   less 
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