We set out for Progreso with high hopes of a week of sun and surf. (It’s about 40 minutes north by taxi from Mérida.) We had reservations in the bag for a week at Playa Linda, located right across from the beach. It was billed as a new hotel on their website and showed well. Unfortunately, the hotel is SO NEW that it´s not finished! One day it will be a great place to stay, but right now is not the time to try it out.
When we arrived and heard all the banging and drilling, I asked if we could shorten our stay to 2 days. The receptionist spoke no English, so this would have been impossible if I couldn´t have negotiated a bit in Spanish. She phoned the owner and he said it was okay. The workers would only be at it from 9 AM to 6 PM (and they did hold to that). Since we planned on a lot of time at the beach and sight-seeing, this didn´t seem to be a problem at the time.
However, while on a walk the first afternoon, the rain started, unusual for that time of year, we were told. Of course, we don’t blame anyone for the rain! And the drizzle turned into a full-blown tropical storm in no time, with winds of 80 km. (50 miles) per hour and rain pouring down in buckets. We had a hard time finding a restaurant open (fortunately, I had an umbrella) as most places shut down while we were in Progreso. No sun, no tourists!
When I got up around midnight, I got the shock of my life as I stepped into an inch of water. I screamed, my hubby got up, and checked out what was happening out in the hall. He discovered a river running down the hall from a skylight which had not yet been completed! The staff was obviously aware of the situation, as they had tried to keep the water out of our room with rolled-up towels. Men in bare feet were running up the scaffolding outside the window in an effort to stop the leak; my heart went out to them. Since no water was coming into the room from our ceiling, our only option was to go back to bed and wait for the morning.
The next day the wind abated somewhat and the rain stopped which allowed us to explore the town and marina with its many fishing boats waiting out the storm. With more ideal weather conditions and a fully completed hotel, our stay in Progreso would have been a delight. As it was, we headed back to Mérida and the Hotel Santa María (see my review on that one) for the rest of the week.
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- Hotel nuevo, habitaciones standard y suites con cocina equipada. ... more less
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