I only had the opportunity to stay in Merida for one night, so I wanted something reasonably close to both the bus station and the city centre in order to enjoy the nights stay.
The hostel is certainly within walking distance to the main hub, but you will likely need to arrange a taxi or local collectivo to get to and from the bus station.
Located in quite an affluent location with boutiques and trendy hotels, you wouldn’t expect to find such a budget hostel. And given how inexpensive it is, to then be met with cool marble forecourts and well-appointed interiors was certainly a surprise!
The dorm rooms are very spacious and are on the top floor which provides a vantage over some of the historical sites in the city. The bathrooms are outside of the rooms and the facilities are quite good with both hot and cold water, and reasonable pressure.
The worst part for me was the breakfast in the morning. Very basic and the eating area is characteristically departed from the aesthetics of the main building. The staff were initially friendly but turned sour in the morning when they refused to take card payment despite the website and previous night staff acknowledging that they could. (There are numerous ATMS near by though)
For a short stay, I would still recommend the site as it was a very affordable and comfortable stay in a very good location with respect to the historical centre of the city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luna Nueva has the following ammenities to make your stay more comfortable: Front Desk, A small cafe where you’ll find deli sandwiches, snacks, desserts, and hot and cold drinks. The cafeteria has a microwave and a coffee maker, 2 computers with high speed internet access. Luna Nueva has 1 shared rooms with fans. These rooms have 7 bunk beds each, and each bed has its own locker with a key to guard your personal belongings. Men’s and Ladies restrooms, showers with hot and cold water. 3 double rooms with 1 full size bed, 2 double room with 2 individual beds ad 1 double room with king size. Each double room has a private bathroom, closet, air conditioning and a fan. ... more less
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