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Hotel Doralba Inn
Ranked #34 of 103 Hotels in Merida
Kissimmee, Florida
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Very GOOD....”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

This is not a five stars hotel; However is by far the best in Merida. The hotel people, Celia, Aracely, Vicente and others are simply EXCELLENT. They care about their guests, and will do the extras to make your stay pleasant. The hotel itself is very clean and charming. Located three blocks from downtow. You can walk to everything Merida has to offer. Very important to mention that after traveling to many cities and places in Mexico, for us, Merida is the best place to visit in Mexico.

Room Tip: Talk to Celia at front desk.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mims, Florida
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

They have a Holiday Inn in Merida. If you want to pretend you're still in the states or Western Europe, stay there or the Fiesta Americana. But if you want to see how Mexicans vacation, then this is a great spot. It is in Centro, and all that is good and bad about that applies. For me I thought it was great and the hotel is a gem, a hidden treat. The staff was courteous and helpful. The breakfast was plentiful. Our room worked.
Note: the new rooms by the pool (Which you should request) have one way glass on their pool facing windows. After dark and with your lights on that effect is almost reversed. That was an interesting dinner conversation with my kids.
Note #2: Congratulations to the newlywed couple just down the hall, it appeared you guys were having a great time.

Room Tip: Next to the pool, newer rooms I was told by a local
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Enjoyed our stay in Merida, lots of bustle and bustle on the streets, the plaza’s come alive at night, there are churches and galleries to visit, lots of shopping to be had and some great and cheap food. Merida is close to Chitchen Itza and lots of Cenote’s. The hotel is located very close to centre of town, we walked everywhere. Our room was very basic, the room was quite dark, with one smallish window, the bed mattress was bearable but not what I would call comfy, the bedding was quite out dated and threadbare and the pillows were a bit on the hard side, there is was no refrigerator in the room, the room had air-conditioning and a ceiling fan. There were no tea/coffee facilities in the room, there is a coffee/hot water machine in the lobby which dispensed a drinkable cup of coffee or hot water, there were tea bags, powdered milk & sugar available next to the machine
The room was clean and serviced daily, no creepy crawlies evident. There is a central pool which was great to cool down in as the days were very hot, 38c - 43c.
The architecture is Spanish style with a mixture of Spanish & Mexican decor, it is tasteful and gave a nice ambiance, you know you are in Mexico, unlike some hotels that look the same no matter where in the world you are. There is a courtyard eating area and a small dining room. The Wi Fi was free and acceptable speed.
The breakfast was a bit disappointing scrambled eggs, with sausage in it, bread, cake, coffee, juice, water & melon in cups, none of which were particularly good, the menu never changed, I would think a review of this would be in order. The staff were very friendly, always smiling, acknowledging you and very helpful, very were made to feel very welcome, much better than some of my experiences at more expensive hotels. We booked a tour of Chichen Itza and a cave/cenote tour through the front desk both were fantastic and reasonable value.
If you’re looking for a budget hotel close to the centre of town, this is a good choice, if your expectations of the rooms are not too high, you won’t be disappointed.

Room Tip: I saw they had better quality rooms facing onto the pool area, perhaps check these out.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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El Paso, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed June 18, 2013

This hotel is a few blocks away from the main plaza in a very busy street. The hotel looks nice but, the rooms need some improvement. The bedspreads are ugly and the fabric is awful. We loved the old rocking chairs. Breakfast is ok but, could be much better specially in a city where the fruit and bread is so inexpensive and delicious. The Chef needs to make eggs with spinach and something else instead of Mexican sausage all the time. Coffee was good. Pool was nice specially during the afternoon and early morning. Take a bottle of mosquito repellent since this city has a lot of mosquitos. The bathrooms are very basic don't expect luxury.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed June 16, 2013

This hotel have almost everything you need, good food, nice pool, parking, clean and quite rooms, the only issue is the place where is located, is a central area from Merida, and had become in a poor area but it is close to the main plaza, a very nice place to visit and enjoy, specially on sundays, the vehicles traffic is prohibited and there are traditional food and handcrafts, beside a very nice streets and buildings to visit.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed June 5, 2013 via mobile

The hotel is picturesque and very convenient for the centre of Merida and its many attractions. The breakfast was very good and the facilities very decent. Our room was a bit dark and we seemed to have a few little unwanted guests in our bed. To be fair, we chose one of the old rooms.
The swimming pool was lovely and provided a good way of unwinding after a hectic day out in the city. Recommended if you are on a budget and looking for a comfy place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

We paid for a premium room by the pool and it was really nice. Great pool and great room. Shame about the ghastly breakfast in the morning!. It takes some effort for a hotel to make a breakfast as bad as this. Why does a nice hotel ruin its reputation with one of the worst breakfasts we have ever seen in our lives?
- Orange squash
- Horrible looking scrambled egg with sausages
- Undrinkable instant coffee
- Bad quality bread.
We reckoned they put on breakfast so that their hotel looks better value in their web advertising! If so it's a cynical piece of work.
The dolores alba hotel in Chitzen Itza has the same problem. Nice hotel but spoiled by a miserable breakfast. We wouldn't go back to either again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Doralba Inn
Address: Calle 63 No 464 x 52 y 54 | Downtown, Merida 97000, Mexico (Formerly Hotel Dolores Alba)
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Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Yucatan > Merida
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #34 of 103 Hotels in Merida
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Doralba Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enchanting hotel in the center of Merida, 400 year old colonial mansion, family fun, all services at the best value. Free inside parking, elevator, Freida Kahlo picture decoration free high speed internet, laundry, restaurant facing old arches, swimming pool with top technology. 50 rooms in the new section and 50 in the colonial area. ... more   less 
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