If you’re a flexible traveler and don’t need a chocolate mint on your pillow to have a relaxing and memorable vacation, hostels are a great alternative to pricey hotels and resorts. In addition to saving you mucho dinero, which can the be put toward adventurous day trips, a stay at a hostel gives you the chance to meet new people from all over the world.

There are more hostels and frugal hotels opening daily in Mérida with a variety of accommodations and amenities- and most are within walking distance from the city’s main attractions.

We have reviewed a few of them to give you an idea of what is available. But because things are changing quickly in Mérida, we highly suggest you also check other websites, such as hostelworld.com for feedback from recent visitors. Also, prices at hostels in Mérida are very dependent on the time of year and the competition. So please take the prices in this article as guidelines, not the definitive word.

The Luna Nueva Hostel is located at the foot of Paseo de Montejo. It has 5 rooms, both private and shared. Cafeteria, Internet, showers and bathrooms. Calle 49 #487 x Paseo de Montejo. Tel. 999 923 0482. Website: www.lunanuevahostel.com

One of the most beautiful frugal hotels in Mérida is Hotel del Peregrino. Also located in the Centro Histórico, it boasts a terraza bar, private rooms, and breakfast included. This hotel is in a tastefully renovated colonial home, with a new Canadian owner as of December 2008. There is easy access to the roof terrace and the Palapa Bar, a great place to have a drink and watch the sunset or the stars. Also included is free wireless Internet access, and the use of their beautifully decorated kitchen to prepare your own lunch or dinner. www.hoteldelperegrino.com

Hostal Zocalo, the former home of José Peón Contreras, is located on the Plaza Mayor of Mérida – the laid-back colonial capital of the Yucatán State. Hostel Zocalo exudes a quiet elegance in which budget travelers can kick back and relax after spending full days roaming around ancient Maya cities, swimming in spectacular natural wells, and marveling in the diverse cultures and colorful fauna and flora of the Yucatán peninsula. Come and experience a hostel with the feel of a guesthouse! The kitchen is the heart of this lovely house, and the fact that all beds come with a fantastic breakfast buffet of eggs, bread, butter, marmalade, honey, cereal, fresh milk, five tropical fruits, coffee and tea, encourages guests to spend time in this social hub of the house. People gather at the kitchen table for dining, music, and general good cheer both day and night, but there are many additional spaces to enjoy, including a 20 meter long hall, or pasillo, and the lower deck garden.
Calle 63 #508 between 60 and 62. Centro Histórico. Mérida, Yucatán.
Tel. (999) 930-9562.

The Hostel Faby is a beautiful house which has been transformed into a most charming and comfortable hostel. The hostel is situated on Calle 44 #501-D between 63 and 61 streets in the historic heart of the city of Mérida, in the quiet “barrio” known as Mejorada. A 10 minute stroll will take you to the main square, the Governor’s Palace, the City Museum, the House of Montejo “El Mozo” and San Ildefonso Cathedral, the oldest ever built on the American continent. Only 5 minutes from the Hostel Faby can be found the Museum of the Yucatecan Song. Here you will find all you need to know about the great Yucatecan composers. The Faby Hostel has two kinds of quiet and comfortable dorms which allow 4 people per room. Some dorms have ceiling fans and shared bathrooms, and others have air conditioning and private bathrooms. There are also some private rooms with a king size bed, private bathroom, ceiling fan, or air conditioning. Every morning the guests enjoy a continental breakfast at no extra charge. The hostel has a well-equipped kitchen for the guests, and it also has a pleasant terrace with sun beds and hammocks. Other services offered by the Faby Hostel include tours to the main archaeological zones and other nice places in our state. The staff is very efficient and friendly and they are always ready to help you with everything you need. Hostel Faby is one of the quietest and safest hostels in town and it is highly recommended.


Nomadas Hostel is another excellent choice, located on Calle 62 near Santa Lucía Park. Beds in gender-segregated dorms with lockers (with deposit) and shared bathrooms are available. There are also private rooms with or without a private bathroom. There are basins for hand washing clothes. There is a common room with T.V. and a large, attractive patio area that hosts free live music and salsa lessons for guests from Monday to Saturday. A continental breakfast is provided each day, and there are also kitchen facilities and a small restaurant and bar on the premises. One of Nomadas’ best perks is the in-house travel agency. The staff is extremely welcoming and helpful. A listing of local events like trova concerts and craft markets is posted each week in the lobby, and the building is conveniently one block from both a laundromat and an Internet café.

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To find out more about these hostels in Mérida, you can email or go to the individual websites listed below. Or visit www.hostels.net

The Luna Nueva Hostel
At the foot of Paseo de Montejo.
Calle 49 No. 487 x Paseo de Montejo.
Tel. 999 923 0482.

Hotel del Peregrino
Calle 51 #488 x Calle 54 y 56, 
Tel. (999) 924-5491
Website: www.hoteldelperegrino.com

Hostel Zocalo
Calle 63 #508 x 60 y 62 (en el Zocalo)
Tel. 52-999-930-9562.

Faby Hostel
Calle 44 No. 501-D entre 61 y 63 centro
Tel. (999) 928 8593
Mobile (999) 142 2010
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.hostelfaby.com.mx

Nomadas Hostel
Calle 62 #433 x Calle 51, Centro
Tel. (999) 924-5223
E-mail: [email protected]

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