Hostel Zocalo

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Merida, Mexico
01 999 930 9562

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andrejav andrejav
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Hostel Zocalo Jan 08, 2012
Merida was indeed a biggest surprise while roaming the Yucatan peninsula. I simply did not expect such city atmosphere, interesting people, place to scroll around, nice cultural events and city market that spreads all over the city center.

Hostel Zocalo is located on the central square, which is actually a small nice park, in the old building full of character. That building used to be some kind of mansion or home of influential family which you can see in the style of which this place is made. Coming up from the street, you have to pass trough few shops that are tucked in the spaces around the staircase. One of them (internet café) is actually the place that provides wireless internet to the hostel (maybe they are part of hostel…). Nice old stairway (that is falling apart) leads to the reception area where really interesting and colorful guy got me all the information about current happenings in the city. Building has really high ceiling and it is a bit weird to go to the rooms that can easily have one more floor above. We took the private room (and the house cat that loved that room) with the shared bathroom, and everything was nice and clean. Toilets are a bit uncomfortable because there is no door, and sheet that acts as a door is too close to the bathroom seat. Couple stalls for shower are also shrinked to the minimum possible space, or maybe I am too tall for that water sport… Men’s bathroom was also very under lighten, and you had to wait a bit for your eyes to get accommodated with the dim light.

Breakfast is included and it is one of the best that I have tried in hostels. Two girls are making egg omelets for everyone and there is lots of fruit on the table. You can also choose some cereal or help yourself with good bread. They also made very tasty pancakes…

Being on the second floor has advantages in the warm climates, and there was slight breeze going through the hostels huge ornate doorways at all times. Large veranda is the place that most of the people hang around (aside of kitchen) and there are lots of nice, comfortable sofas for you to sit and enjoy. Large wall towards the end of veranda has lots of large lockers where you can place whole backpack and lock it secure.

Owners live in one of the rooms and it is very cozy and nice atmosphere. It was the time when I had to wash my stuff, and they arrange it with the local women to wash it, dry it and fold it for some incredibly cheap price. All around the square there are very nice restaurants and shops, and you can also go to the market and get some excellent local food.

Bus station is not far from the center, and it can be easily walked to. There are two stations, one for 1st class and another for 2nd class, and that is important because you don’t want to wait for the bus that will never come to the station… We almost missed our bus, and luckily we asked few minutes before departure time, and got to the bus when it was leaving the station…
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nocturne42 nocturne…
1 reviews
What a gem! Sep 24, 2011
I truly loved this hostel. I had barely stepped off the bus in Merida to find some sweet characters who worked for Zocalo trying to get us to stay there. The price was right so we proceeded to the hostel. We got a full scale tour about the native garb of the locals, the food, the sights, the natural attractions and even a bit of historical info about the city itself. What a delight Oscar is! The hostel was clean and magnificent from the start. Large French doors greet you in the main hall which has a lovely breeze just about all day. The beds were more than comfortable and clean. Laundry service and a tasty full scale breakfast was the highlight of the place. Located in the heart of the city on one of the most happening places in town, we found ourselves surrounded by the ancient culture and beauty that Merida is. I would highly recommend it to others.
geokid geokid
146 reviews
Hostel Zocalo Dec 01, 2009
I have stayed here many times in nearly all of the second floor rooms with a view of the zocalo. These rooms are great for candid shots with a telephoto lens. That is not the only plus to the Hostel Zocalo. The Hostel Zocalo is locating in a historic 18th century colonial home immediately next door to the historic home CASA DE MONTEJO, the founder of the modern city of Merida. Also the general location of the Hostel Zocalo is perfect for exploring the colonial center of Merida the market and Calle 60 with all the secondary zocalos and dozens of quality shops selling a wide variety of Yucatan handcrafts. The Hostel Zocalo is located just a ten minutes walk (6 blocks)from the second class bus terminal. Finally the breakfast at Hostel Zocalo is very good quality and more than ample in quantity.

Now I need to mention the 4 minuses to the Hostel Zocalo. First the Hostel Zocalo is on the main town square with circulating street traffic nearly 24/7. Second, some of the "Private Rooms" at the Hostel Zocalo are large colonial rooms divided into the "Private Rooms" by partitioned wall that do not reach to the ceiling. As such you can easily hear your neighbors. Third, at times there may be staff members that either are not suited to be in the service industry or truly dislike tourist or foreigners. Forth, the Hostel Zocalo room price structure is probably one of the highest in Merida, particularly for the "Private Rooms". You could easily find a regular hotel with lower prices, but that hotel will not be on the Zocalo with great views from some of the second floor rooms.

The price structure; dorm beds are $10.00, single private rooms range from $15.00 to $18.00, private doubles range from $23.00 to $28.00, private triples are $30.00 and quad rooms are $38.00. All of the beds I have used are standard size double beds and were comfortable.

The breakfast is included in the price of the rooms and includes coffee, milk, tea, hot chocolate, cereal, fresh local fruits, eggs, bread, butter and honey.

The facility of Hostel Zocalo includes a kitchen, in-room lockers, a guest lounge, a non-cable television, a book exchange, a laundry room (fee involved), a travel information desk, a currency exchange, 24/7 reception, 24/7 security, free parking, internet access (fee involved), free city tours, room fans, clean linens and luggage storage (possible fee involved for long deposits).
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vivian_m says:
thanks for the review!
Posted on: Apr 08, 2011

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