We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Excellent choice”
Review of Hotel Medio Mundo

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Hotel Medio Mundo
Ranked #5 of 84 Merida B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Austin, TX
Level Contributor
32 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Excellent choice”
Reviewed January 6, 2008

We spent 3 nights at MedioMundo over New Year's (2007). The place is lovely, the staff friendly, the rooms beautiful and comfortable. We would not hesitate to return.

Stayed December 2007
Helpful?
Thank texmexicana
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

344 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    272
    62
    9
    0
    1
See reviews for
58
173
21
3
Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
  • Location
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (54)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed December 31, 2007

My husband and I spent nearly a week at Medio Mundo in October as our base of operations for a Yucatan trip. It was the best hotel we have stayed at, hands down, in 10 years of traveling.

The room was incredibly clean, the service wonderful, and we can't say enough about the staff. We had breakfast at the hotel every day, we kept aiming to try something else, but couldn't tear ourselves away from the garden, the coffee, food, and the great conversation.

Nelson was a great resource for local information, we really enjoyed talking to him. All of the staff had great recommendations (especially a swim and some Sopa De Lima when overheated after a long day of sight seeing) and were very accommodating.

We will recommend this hotel to anyone we know who is going to Merida, and we hope to return soon too!

Thank you, Nelson and Nicole for the hospitality, and the gorgeous experience at your hotel. We are trying to remember your mantra in our daily lives, "it is not elegant to hurry".

  • Liked — It was incredibly peaceful.
  • Disliked — We had to go home.
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank brynelope
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
ydetre
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed October 24, 2007

Just returned from MedioMundo. Still basking in the glow of the experience--and Merida, in general. MedioMundo provides the essential elements: beautiful, simple rooms, a clean, refreshing pool, and a warm, accomodating staff. Like most of the buildings in Merida, the hotel has an anonymous facade, but once the doors open you step into a foyer where you're confronted with a beautiful garden and fountain. The rooms ring the courtyard on the first and second floors-- I'd suggest requesting a corner room towards the back. In the rear of hotel is the poo, surrounded by tables for breakfast. The only critique I have is the breakfast -- it's essentially fruit, yogurt, and bread. Not all that remarkable. And you're money will go much farther a few blocks away. But, the coffee is wonderful and the waiters are great. And it's the perfect spot to start the day.

By way of comparison, many of our friends were at the Marionetas a few blocks away. It's cute, about half the size of MedioMundo, and, from what I understand, a bit more expensive. Given the choice, I would stay again at MedioMundo. It had a very captivating vibe. And the owners were really nice.

  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
5 Thank ydetre
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Miami Beach, Florida
Level Contributor
35 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed September 19, 2007

I seem to disagree with all the reviews in trip advisor, giving medio mundo several stars. My stay in the hotel has been one of the most disappointed and annoying experiences I ever had. First, the atmosphere is a controlling one, since the hot water, the entrance to the hotel (you should give your key when leaving and call for entering), so that I felt always like being watched. With the excuse of being "cool" they do not provide any tv, radio in the rooms, but something they do quickly reveal their truly intentions: saving. If you forgot to turn off the air conditioning when leaving the room, (something quiet reasonable as you expect to find a cool room when back) you are going to be charge an exorbitant fee to cover the expense of the electricity wasted. I recommend nobody the hotel. Merida is full of less expensive with a more leniant policy toward cancellation and without having to be careful about what you do during your stay.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — everything else
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
15 Thank tonintonin
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
yemanja, owner and manager at Hotel Medio Mundo, responded to this review, October 8, 2007
Before the internet, travelers had to rely on information from travel agents, guide books (which are sometimes researched and written a minimum of a year before they actually land on the shelf of a bookstore), word of mouth, or just by taking a chance. Thanks to the internet, travelers have up to the moment access to information about destinations, hotels, weather, etc. Now we can easily book flights and find hotels on a computer in the convenience of our homes or offices. Hotels create websites to describe their property and amenities, provide colorful photos of rooms and public areas, and provide access to contact the hotel to make a reservation. All at our finger tips...it's a modern day marvel.

We designed a website for our Hotel MedioMundo to help potential guests preview what we have to offer and make an informed decision. We have a page called "expectations" that describes our services and amenities that are available at the hotel and in each room. For example, it is clearly stated that we do not have TVs or telephones in the rooms. We do not state the reason why, maybe we should. Over the years, we have added information to the website that we noticed potential guests asked for. Our goal as hotel owners is to offer travelers what we look for when we travel; security, comfort, cleanliness, serenity, basic essentials like a good bed, running hot and cold water, good ventilation, and most of all good intentions from the staff to provide quality service. We did not open the hotel with a list of policies that the guests have to abide by to control them. The house and reservation policies started to develop along the way. Some have risen out of common sense and in the best interest of our guests, and some have risen because of bad experiences that we wanted to avoid in the future.

There is a wide variety of lodging options that provide various levels of services and amenities in Merida including the 20 B&Bs/Inns and over 50 hotels listed on Trip Advisor. As a traveler and a hotel owner/manager, I felt the need to comment on this review because it is unclear to me why this person decided to stay at our hotel since there are so many choices in our city. After I read his review, I contacted the reviewer privately by email to ask him a few clarifying questions regarding how and why he chose to stay with us so we can learn from his experience. Every guest counts and we don't like to disappoint anyone that stays with us. He exercised his right to freedom of speech by publicly declaring his opinion about his stay. I never received a reply so he is also exercising his right to remain silent. Therefore, I will address each of his complaints based on his publicized opinion.

"...the entrance to the hotel (you should give your key when leaving and call for entering), so that I felt always like being watched."
Although Merida is a relatively safe city, things do happen, and we are located in the heart of downtown. Our best security precaution is keeping the front entrance closed at all times as most small hotels do in our area. Guests ring the bell and a staff member quickly answers the door. By keeping the door closed we know who is coming in to the hotel. Most guests feel an added sense of security, not that they are being watched. An added value to keeping the entrance doors closed is the reduction of traffic noise, car exhaust, and the heat from the street. We ask guests to leave their room key at the hotel when they are out so we know who is in or out for room cleaning, and for receiving phone calls or visitors. The staff has master keys, and we offer a safe for valuables at the office. Why would anyone want the responsibility of carrying a key around while on vacation if you don't need to?

"With the excuse of being 'cool' they do not provide any TV, radio in the rooms..." We intentionally do not have televisions and telephones in our rooms because our clientele enjoys the serenity of our place. Most of our guests tell us that one of the main reasons they chose our hotel is because we do not have televisions and telephones in our rooms. They can really rest after a hard day of vacationing as one guest put it. We want to attract guests, like us, who travel to disconnect from their hectic life and immerse themselves in the local culture. On the bottom of each page of our website there is the statement after our name that says "An urban oasis in the historical center with a relaxed atmosphere for leisure travelers." If you want a TV, radio, and phone in your room, stay in a hotel that offers those amenities. It is your vacation, why set yourself up for disappointment and then damage the reputation of a place because they don't fit the hotel profile you want?

"...but something they do quickly reveal their truly intentions: saving. If you forgot to turn off the air conditioning when leaving the room, (something quiet reasonable as you expect to find a cool room when back) you are going to be charge an exorbitant fee to cover the expense of the electricity wasted."
When did saving energy and money become taboo? How many people leave their home for hours and keep the air conditioning on all day? Many guests visit archeological sites for more than 8 hours at a time. Our rooms stay reasonably cool and are well-ventilated with windows that open, high ceilings, and thick walls. We leave ceiling fans on all the time to keep the rooms fresh. Even though we have a policy of charging a fee if an A/C is left on "deliberately," we have never done so. The policy is more of a deterrent. If a guest accidentally or deliberately leaves the A/C on all day, we make them aware that electricity is very expensive, and ask them not to leave it on. We then offer the guest to turn on the air conditioning for them within an hour before their expected arrival. Our minisplits have remote controls that can be programmed to turn on before a guest returns to the room. The policy was created because we have had a few guests that leave the windows open and the A/C on for hours. Does anyone really do that in their own home when they are paying for electricity? We are not in business to waste energy or keep the electric company well fed.

"since the hot water..." although this phrase is incomplete, I am assuming that his visit was when we had problems with our hot water pump. We regret such an inconvenience to any of our guests and we had the pump replaced immediately once we realized why the hot water was taking so long to reach the rooms. These things happen.

"Merida is full of less expensive with a more lenient policy toward cancellation and without having to be careful about what you do during your stay." He is right about that. Our cancellation policies were also developed over time through bad experiences and financial losses. We have accepted cancellations when there was an illness or a serious crisis. We are a small hotel with 12 rooms so if someone cancels without giving us the opportunity to rerent the room, that hurts us financially. No one opens a business to lose money and we have the right to protect our interest like any other business. If we had a 200 room hotel and 2 rooms cancel, that isn't such a loss.
Most small hotels and B&Bs in Merida do not give refunds or allow cancellations within a week of arrival for the same reason. We all need to eat and provide for our families. So if you like to travel without committing to specific dates, then read the cancellation policies of a hotel before making a commitment. When filling out our website's online reservation form, we ask that you read our reservation and cancellation policy first. As an added measure to ensure that a potential guest understands and agrees with our policy, he must click on a box that says "I have read and agree to Hotel MedioMundo's reservation and cancellation policy." or the reservation is not accepted by the system. Why? Because we want potential guests to be aware of what they are committing to, and not set themselves up for disappointment and set us up for failure. If you do not like our policies, please choose another hotel that will make you happy, we won't mind.

"...and without having to be careful about what you do during your stay." This is the defining statement for me. This traveler is saying that while he is on vacation, no social rules apply, he does not have to act responsibly, he should not have to be careful.

Speaking as the owner of Hotel MedioMundo: I really didn't uproot my family and move to Mexico to open a business we dreamed of for years with the intention of ruining people's vacations. We all work hard every single day to provide the best of what we have to offer to each guest that walks through our doors.

Speaking as a passionate traveler: Traveling is a great privilege and only a small percentage of the world population has the affluence to disconnect from their daily life and travel. I feel fortunate to have had a spectrum of travel experiences from sleeping under a thatched roof in Zipolite to a five star hotel in South Africa outside a natural wildlife reserve. Wherever I go, I like to show my respect to the people and their culture since I am after all, a guest in their country and establishment. A smile with a "please" and "thank you" have open doors to great adventures and encounters in my life even though I didn't know the native language. I also try to travel without preconceived notions and expectations of where I am going especially if I am looking for the off the beaten path special kind of place. Wherever you decide to stay in Merida or any place in the world, we at MedioMundo wish you great adventures.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
London
Level Contributor
18 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2007

Merida is in itself a really beautiful city resembling Madrid and other Spanish cities - but of course with the lovely Yucatan style. MedioMundo is a lovely oasis of colonial charm and tranquility - extremely good value. The rooms are spacious and decorated with care and class. The breakfast is phenomenal and well worth the price - you could stock up for the day! The staff are lovely and friendly but quiet and unobtrusive. Well recommended for a good central position and a quiet atmopshere in a fairly busy city.

  • Stayed July 2007
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
6 Thank katiets1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Calgary
Level Contributor
52 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed April 9, 2007

We had just the best stay here at Medio Mundo - it is exactly as it looks on the website and all of the staff give 110% all of the time. Breakfast by the pool wound us down from the N American rat race in no time and it was such a treat to come home to a cool peaceful oasis after a busy day of sightseeing. Comfortable beds, HUGE rooms, wonderful hosts and a very conveninent safe location - we will be back for sure and hopefully they won't have changed a thing!

  • Liked — cool, quiet & tranquil
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Service
Helpful?
7 Thank trubrit7
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sydney
Level Contributor
24 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed April 5, 2007

Stayed in Merida for 1 week in Nov 07 at Hotel Medio Mundo. It was a great place, fantastic hosts (Nelson and Nicole). Beautiful ambience and friendly staff. Highley recommended.

Simon K. Sydney Australia

Helpful?
6 Thank EssKaySydney
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Merida hotels
0.2 mi away
Hotel Casa del Balam
Hotel Casa del Balam
#13 of 103 in Merida
4.0 of 5 bubbles 502 reviews
0.3 mi away
Luz En Yucatan
Luz En Yucatan
#3 of 103 in Merida
5.0 of 5 bubbles 991 reviews
0.1 mi away
Hotel Hacienda Merida
Hotel Hacienda Merida
#7 of 103 in Merida
4.5 of 5 bubbles 445 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.4 mi away
Hotel del Peregrino
Hotel del Peregrino
#19 of 103 in Merida
4.5 of 5 bubbles 468 reviews
0.5 mi away
Mision Merida Panamericana
0.5 mi away
Hotel Merida Santiago
Hotel Merida Santiago
#2 of 103 in Merida
5.0 of 5 bubbles 431 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Hotel Medio Mundo? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Hotel Medio Mundo

Property: Hotel Medio Mundo
Address: Calle 64 Y 66 | Centro Merida, Merida 97000, Mexico
Phone Number:
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Yucatan > Merida
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 84 B&Bs / Inns in Merida
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel MedioMundo is an enchanting 10 guestroom hotel located in the historical center of the colonial city of Merida, Mexico on the Yucatan Peninsula. A fine quality gift shop and a cafe serving 100% vegan international cuisine are located on the premises and are open to the public. Hotel MedioMundo has been welcoming travelers from all over the world since 2001. We offer our guests an urban oasis with lush tropical patios and pool, an intimate and serene atmosphere, and genuine Yucatecan hospitality to come home to after a hard day of vacationing. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com and Priceline so you can book your Hotel Medio Mundo reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing