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15 Stylish Boutique Hotels In Merida


Looking for the best boutique hotels in Merida?

The capital of the Yucatan state, the modern habitation of Merida, was founded all the way back in 1542. Since then, its popularity and prosperity have risen and fallen with the turning of the centuries. At one point, it was said to have more millionaires than any other metropolis in the world. These individuals built glorious mansions that later fell into disrepair as the city’s star waned.

Today, many of those grand residences have been turned into museums, restaurants, and some of the best boutique hotels in Merida Mexico.

Known as the White City thanks to the preponderance of white limestone used in the construction of its grand architecture, Merida is a great place to chow down on mouthwatering local fare (we particularly recommend the cochinita pibil), go on day trips to fantastic Mayan ruins (we fell in love with Uxmal), and enjoy all that the luxury hotels in Merida Mexico have to offer.

So, without further ado, let’s dig into some of the stunning Merida Mexico boutique hotels on offer!

TOP Pick Of Boutique Hotels In Merida

🌟TOP Pick🌟
Casa Olivia - one of the best boutique hotels in Merida.


The chic and rustic Casa Olivia boasts elegant suites and is located a 15-minute walk to Plaza Grande and a range of restaurants and bars.

Other fantastic picks:

🌟MOST UNIQUE 📍El Palacito Secreto ➡️ CHECK RATES

🌟TOP MODERN PICK 📍Antelar Casa Destino ➡️ CHECK RATES

🌟BEST HOTEL FOR SPA LOVERS 📍Casa Lecanda Boutique Hotel ➡️ CHECK RATES

Luxury Boutique Hotels Merida Mexico

We’ve divided this post into two broad categories: the top Merida luxury hotels and more mid-range options. Naturally, we’re starting with the crème de la crème!

Combining year-round outdoor pools, individually decorated spaces, and delicious homemade breakfasts, these boutique spots exude character and panache, utilising the city’s history in their design to transport visitors back in time to an era when Merida was synonymous with riches and decadence.

#1 The Diplomat Boutique Hotel – One of The Friendliest Boutique Hotels In Merida Yucatan.

We always appreciate the extra sense of chummy, personalized service you get from a property that’s independently managed, and that’s exactly what you get at The Diplomat, which is a passion project for the couple who run the establishment.

LOCATION | The Diplomat is to the west of the historic centre of Merida, 20 minutes walk from the Plaza Grande.

FACILITIES | What we love most about this property is its beautiful outdoor pool, complemented by a handful of loungers, dining tables, and an honest bar. A daily breakfast consisting of seasonal fruits and homemade fare is complimentary as part of every stay.

There’s also free street parking (Merida is one of the safest places in all of Mexico, so you can feel secure leaving your vehicle outside the property).

ROOMS | Each of the five suites at The Diplomat is wonderfully light and bright, with individual pieces of furniture and some lovely patterned tilework.

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#2 El Palacito Secreto Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa – A Secret That Needs to Be Shared.

Concealed behind an unassuming exterior wall, El Palacito Secreto is one of several boutique hotels in Merida that has set up shop in a 19th-century colonial building replete with period features.

LOCATION | Down one of the many roads of colourful houses that lead out from the grid-like centre of Merida, this hotel is 10 minutes from the stunning Palacio Canton and 20 minutes from Plaza Grande.

FACILITIES | Another spot with a gorgeous outdoor pool and terrace, El Palacito Secreto offers a daily breakfast, as well as a self-service bar and a shared kitchen.

ROOMS | All of the eight suites here open out onto the central courtyard, with first-floor rooms offering private balconies. The décor intentionally leans towards the old-fashioned, with weighty dark wood furniture, frilly lampshades, and gilded mirrors.

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#3 Casa Olivia – Rustic Yet Chic.

A bed and breakfast that combines Old World and New World charm, the Casa Olivia is one of the more intimate boutique hotels in Merida, serving up oodles of personality.

LOCATION | A few steps away is the small Parque de Santiago market, where you can pick up fresh fruit and veg with the locals, as well as a few readymade snacks. There are lots of restaurants nearby, with the Plaza Grande around 15 minutes away.

FACILITIES | Amenities here are fairly limited, though Casa Olivia does have the essentials covered, by which we mean an excellent breakfast and swimming pool in the internal courtyard, which is accoutred with plenty of outdoor seating.

ROOMS | Largely decorated in tan and beige with loads of examples of local craftsmanship, the rooms here are filled with fabrics, tiles, and antique wooden furniture, simultaneously making the hotel feel rustic and chic.

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#4 Boutique by the Museo – Family-Friendly Boutique Hotel Merida Mexico.

For something a touch more modern but still with plenty of local personalities, the Boutique by the Museo has just four lodgings, though the largest is able to accommodate up to six people.

LOCATION | As its name suggests, the Boutique by the Museum rubs shoulders with the Museo de Antropologia e Historia, housed in the Palacio Canton. Since you’re in the area, we recommend popping around the corner to the Nahualli Gallery, which has a great little collection of local art. The centre of Merida is a short walk away.

FACILITIES | The pool is probably the highlight in terms of free facilities, though the personal cooking class for two is a nice touch. A fairly simple breakfast costs extra, so you might be better off scouting out the local area for your morning repast.

ROOMS | Accommodation here ranges from cosy deluxe rooms to sprawling three-bedroom suites, making this a great option for groups or families.

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#5 Casa Lecanda Boutique Hotel – Adults-Only Luxury Hotel Merida Mexico.

The result of an extensive restoration and renovation effort, the Casa Lecanda is a smartly appointed property with exquisite tilework. If you’re looking for boutique hotels in Merida where you can escape work stress, noisy streets, and little children, look no further!

LOCATION | Plaza Grande is a 15-minute stroll from the hotel, which has several adorable coffee shops in its vicinity, plus a handful of restaurants serving up an international smorgasbord of cuisine.

FACILITIES | At the heart of the Case Lecanda is its neoclassical courtyard, featuring a pool overlooked by loungers and tables where you can relax with a book and a beverage. Our favourite things, though, are the additional services that are offered here, from spa treatments in your hotel room to cooking lessons and yoga classes.

ROOMS | There are several compact patio rooms right off the swimming pool that feature either one extra-large or two standard doubles, but personally, we prefer the balcony rooms, which are a little larger and come with a small outdoor seating area where you can gaze down on the pool, tequila in hand.

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#6 CIGNO HOTEL BOUTIQUE – Laidback Vibes in Elegant Environs.

CIGNO is frequently cited as one of the top five-star hotels in Merida Mexico, welcoming guests into an adults-only space that is dressed up in cooling blues and stylish wooden furnishings.

LOCATION | Around 15 minutes south of the centre of Merida, this property is also a short distance from the Museum of the City of Merida, which details the history of the region, as well as the striking colonial-era church in Parque de San Juan.

FACILITIES | One of the more facility-rich boutique hotels in Merida, Cigno has a restaurant serving up prettily plated meals throughout the day, a serene pool space with Jacuzzi and bar, complimentary bicycles, and free private parking.

ROOMS | Even the smallest room here is a substantial 323 square feet, while the premium rooftop suite is double the size and has its own rooftop terrace. In fact, each of the seven lodgings has something unique to offer, whether it’s a private plunge pool or a balcony with a hammock.

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#7 TreeHouse Boutique Hotel – No Kids Allowed at This Tree House Hideout.

Another adults-only choice to consider, the TreeHouse Boutique draws inspiration from the Yucatan forests to create a verdant oasis of calm that’s not far from the heart of the city.

LOCATION | The hotel is situated 20 minutes north of Plaza Grande, while in the other direction, you can visit the Quina Montes Molina, a perfectly preserved little mansion with period furniture that provides a picture of the lavish style Merida residents lived in during the city’s most prosperous era.

FACILITIES | Naturally, this arboreally minded residence has a garden, as well as a swimming pool, a bar, and a shared indoor lounge that opens out onto the grounds.

ROOMS | There are 15 rooms at the TreeHouse, which makes it one of the larger boutique hotels in Merida that we’ve included on this list. Wooden features play into the nature theme of the hotel, with floral tiling completing the picture.

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Best Mid-Range Merida Boutique Hotels

Boutique hotels in Merida abound, thanks partly to the city’s relatively underexplored nature and partly due to its urban layout, which supplies a large number of residences ripe for conversion into visitor accommodation. Thanks to this bounty, you can find a lot of mid-range options that aren’t far off the luxury end of the hotel scale.

#8 Mansión Mérida Boutique Hotel – A Belle Epoque Beauty.

The equal of many Merida five-star hotels, this boutique is situated in an opulent 19th-century mansion that is inspired by the French styles of yesteryear. That means ostentatious chandeliers, high ceilings, and beautiful finishing touches that come straight out of the quintessential Belle Epoque designer’s handbook.

LOCATION | Right in the heart of town, Mansion Merida is just off the Parque Hidalgo, a street over from the Plaza Grande. The imposing Catedral de Merida, with its solid stone walls, is a short stroll away.

FACILITIES | There are four different food and beverage spaces at this property, including a bistro in the outside park, a tree-ensconced restaurant in the inner courtyard, a funkily apparelled bar, and an ornate private dining space. There’s also a sizable outdoor pool, plus a spa and a gym.

ROOMS | Floral frescoes and elaborate floor tiles decorate the 14 suites, which are ideal for those who want to imagine what it might have been like to live as minor nobility a couple of centuries ago. All rooms come with seating areas where you can enjoy breakfast in your room, though the larger accommodations have more spacious living and bathing areas.

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#9 Künük Hotel Boutique – One of The Best Merida Hotels 5 Star For A Mid-Range Price.

A portmanteau of the Yucatec Maya words meaning ‘big’ and ‘gold,’ the Kunuk is a sparkling treasure of a hotel whose standout area is the elaborately decorated period lounge area, where you can look out through floor-to-ceiling windows with elaborate metalwork onto the pool-dominated courtyard.

If you’re looking for an affordable but elegant stay, 5 star hotels in Merida Mexico, don’t get any better.

LOCATION | Just around the corner from The Diplomat, Kunuk is 20 minutes from the centre of town, with the city zoo and the natural history museum a leisurely stroll away.

FACILITIES | The highlight for us is easily the leafy pool area, which is a lovely space to cool off during the hot (and they do get very hot) Merida days. An American-style breakfast is offered in the mornings, while the restaurant and bar supply meals and drinks for the rest of the day. The Kunuk also squeezes a modest spa and fitness room into the property.

ROOMS | Similarly to many of the boutique hotels in Merida, the 13 rooms are arranged around the building’s central courtyard. Wooden furniture evokes a natural vibe, with stone floors helping to keep the rooms cool.

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#10 Villa Orquídea Boutique Hotel – Suites with Soothing Colour Schemes.

Forget harking back to the colonial past of Merida, Villa Orquídea is all about modern design and comfort.

LOCATION | This part of town just east of the centre is a great spot for chilled-out bars with plenty of local flavours, as well as a couple of quirky museums – our favourite is the innocuous Museo de Arte Popular de Yucatan, which features funky folk art.

FACILITIES | Among the amenities here are a pool with a sun deck, a TV room, and a laundry room if you run short on clean clothing. A full English breakfast is served daily, with massage treatments available to order, too.

ROOMS | A cream-colour palette is accented with wooden shutters to present a soothing ambience as you enter the rooms. There are several different styles of suites at the Villa Orquidea, whether you prefer to have the use of a balcony, a kitchenette, or two double beds during your stay.

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#11 Antelar Casa Destino – Each Suite a Different Destination.

If sizable outdoor relaxation areas are what you’re looking for, make sure you add Antelar Casa Destino to your shortlist of boutique hotels in Merida, as its decent-sized outdoor pool has numerous hammocks, loungers, and sofas arranged around its perimeter.

LOCATION | Despite being nestled in a residential neighbourhood, the Antelar Casa Destino is within easy reach of restaurants, shops, and the main downtown attractions.

FACILITIES | Aside from the pool, what we like most about this property is the variety of communal spaces you’ll find dotted throughout the building, all excellent for sitting a spell and reflecting on the day’s adventures.

ROOMS | Each of the seven accommodations at this property has been given an imaginative name, from the pool-adjacent Tiger room to the two-bed Two Camels room. Unintrusive but interesting bits of traditional handicrafts add a little character to the warm colour palette.

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#12 Hotel Hacienda Mérida VIP – The Ultimate in Exclusivity.

Terracotta is the primary colour at work in the Hotel Hacienda, which takes guests back in time to colonial-era 19th-century Mexico.

LOCATION | There are a couple of nice handicraft souvenir stores run by friendly shopkeepers opposite the Hotel Hacienda, which has the plentiful food and drink options of the town centre within reach.

FACILITIES | The Hotel Hacienda is actually two connected boutique hotels in Merida, run by the same proprietor. The VIP section has its own pool, as well as access to a restaurant, bar, and spa.

ROOMS | Abstract local artwork adds a nice aesthetic touch to the sizable suites, which also use items of local artisanship in the décor. These deluxe accommodations come with either sunflower-yellow walls and crimson-red floors or sparklingly white décor.

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#13 DIEZ DIEZ COLLECTION – One of The Best Boutique Hotels In Merida For Nightlife.

Wood, steel, and concrete are the principal materials used to craft this little hideaway, which is in a lively part of town just north of the centre.

LOCATION | Late-night hot dog stands, dessert parlours, and burrito joints with refreshing margaritas make this part of town an excellent place to stay for night owls and barflies.

FACILITIES | Pairing nicely with the surroundings, Diez Diez is lit up in neon at night, with a rooftop bar and terrace where you can dip your feet in a paddling pool while sucking back a cocktail. There’s also a trendy restaurant on site serving up modern Yucatecan dishes.

ROOMS | Jazzy black-and-white floor tiles are in each of the rooms, which meld designer light fixtures and mirrors with tongue-in-cheek contemporary art.

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#14 Casa Lucia Hotel Boutique – A Simple B&B With Pool.

Steak out the Casa Lucia if you like barbecued meats, late-night chilling, and unfussy decor.

LOCATION | The Parque de Santa Lucia just outside comes alive with nighttime socialising, making the Casa Lucia another excellent choice for those who want to experience the buzzier side of Merida.

Both the Paseo de Montejo and the Plaza Grande are within easy reach, offering even more options for nightlife, as well as restaurants, shops, and cafes.

FACILITIES | A nice pool is an axis around which the rest of the hotel revolves, though carnivores absolutely cannot miss out on a meal at Sobernana Steakhouse, which serves up local specialities like arrachera (skirt steak) and a version of agua chile made with rib eye.

ROOMS | Rooms here remind us of a slightly upmarket motel decorated in a simple style with slight echoes of Merida’s colonial past. If clean, well-located accommodation is what you’re after, this is a good option to have.

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#15 Más Palomas Concept House by Palomas Group – More Modern Than the Rest.

A thoroughly up-to-date property, Mas Palomas Concept House was opened just last year and is a sibling of the nearby Casa de Las Palomas.

LOCATION | In a quieter part of the historic centre, this stylish spot is a welcomingly tranquil bolt-hole where you can retreat once you’ve imbibed your fill of the attractions and nightlife of downtown Merida.

FACILITIES | Spa and dry-cleaning services are offered on-site, as is a long, narrow swimming pool. There’s also a restaurant at Mas Palomas’ sister hotel serving up contemporary Yucatecan cuisine, though, given the location, there’s no shortage of other eateries to choose from nearby.

ROOMS | The owners of Mas Palomas have invested a good deal of time and money into transforming a fairly nondescript example of Merida architecture into five fantastically modern suites. A clean white colour palette is accented with silver design elements, flashy light fixtures, and tasteful furniture pieces to create some of the most elegant rooms you’re likely to find in Merida.

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Boutique Hotels In Merida: FAQ

What is the best part of Merida to stay?

The best place to stay in Merida is the historic centre. Not only is it the most charming part of the city, but it’s also the most convenient for exploring all that Merida has to offer. From the stunning colonial architecture to the bustling markets and plazas, you’ll find yourself immersed in the authentic culture of the Yucatan. Plus, the array of restaurants, bars, and accommodation options is sure to please any type of traveller.

Is it worth visiting Merida Mexico?

Merida Mexico is truly a hidden gem waiting to be explored and 100% worth visiting. This vibrant city is home to some of the most unique and beautiful colonial architecture, mansions, and haciendas in the Yucatan.

Not only is it visually stunning, but it’s also one of the safest places to visit. Merida boasts interesting museums, nightly events organised by the city, great shopping, and excellent dining options that will leave you wanting more.

What are the nicest areas of Merida Mexico?

The nicest areas in Merida Mexico are the historic centre and Paseo de Montejo. The historic centre has been beautifully preserved since colonial times and is home to many of Merida’s most iconic attractions, while Paseo de Montejo offers a more modern feel with its grand boulevards lined with cafes, shops, and galleries.

How many days do you need for Merida?

For a comprehensive exploration of Merida, you would ideally need around three to four days. This would allow ample time to visit the city’s main attractions, experience its vibrant culture, taste local cuisine, and even take a day trip to some nearby archaeological sites. However, if you plan to relax and soak in the city’s ambience at a slower pace, you may want to consider extending your stay.

What is the best month to visit Merida Mexico?

The best time to visit Merida Mexico is between the months of December and March when temperatures are mild. This is also the most popular tourist season, so you can expect higher prices for flights and accommodation during this period.

Do you need a car in Merida?

It depends on the nature of your stay. If you plan on exploring the city’s central area and nearby attractions, then walking, biking, or taking public transportation is your best bet. However, if you’re hoping to venture further out into the rural areas or visit remote cenotes, beaches and Mayan ruins renting a car would be a wise investment.

What airport do you fly into for Merida Mexico?

Lucky for travellers, Merida has its own international airport, Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport. Located just ten minutes outside of downtown Merida, this airport serves both domestic and international flights, making it a convenient and practical option for any traveller. Another option is to fly to Cancun and take a connecting flight or bus to Merida.

Is Merida Mexico expensive?

Merida, like any city, can be as expensive or as budget-friendly as you make it. Generally, the cost of living is much lower than in many other places in Mexico, for example, Cancun or Tulum. Dining can be incredibly affordable, especially if you eat at local markets or street food stalls.

Accommodation rates can vary, with elegant boutique hotels in Merida starting at $150 per night and decent guesthouses at $50. Entrance fees to most of the city’s museums and attractions are reasonable, and public transportation is also quite cheap.

Boutique Hotels in Merida: Final Word

We hope you enjoyed this guide to the best boutique hotels in Merida.

Merida has a relatively modest selection of places to stay compared to some of the more frequented Mexican cities. The ones that do exist, however, tend to have lots of personality. When it comes to the best boutique hotels Merida has to offer, each one of the properties we’ve highlighted has its very own sense of style that’s totally unique.

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