Merida
Mexico
By Jennifer Levin

Mérida, Mexico is the capital of the state of Yucatan located in the northwest part of the Yucatan Peninsula and is one of the most populous cities in the county. The city is an alluring mix of stunning historical architecture and modern venues for exhibitions of culture. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, Mérida will delight and surprise you.

Mérida is served by Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport (MID), which provides daily service to cities in Mexico as well as international hubs. When you’ve decided when to visit this Mexican city, book your flight with WhatsCheaper.com here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php). You’ll have many choices in terms of lodging during your stay. There are several highly-rated luxury hotels, clean hostels, cute and comfortable B&Bs, and vacation rentals which usually have the benefit of a full kitchen. When you’ve chosen a place to spend your nights while in town, book your stay with us here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

Mérida is known as “The White City” mostly due to the color of its buildings. It has also been speculated that the city’s cleanliness also lends to the nickname. Mérida’s center city is laid out in a Spanish style, with Calles (streets) 60 and 61 encompassing the Plaza Grande in the city’s innermost heart. Mérida is well known for its architectural gems.  The remnants of Mayan culture can be seen and felt as you walk the streets of the city. Several different walking tours are available for booking, and WhatsCheaper.com recommends booking one early in your stay so you can get to know the “lay of the land” from a knowledgeable source.

Mérida serves as the Yucatan state’s cultural center.  There are several museums and historical spots you won’t want to miss during your time here. The Anthropology and History Museum is one of the most popular museums in town. If you’re interested in history and Mayan culture, make sure to visit this exquisite museum.  The Catedral de San Ildefonso is one of Mérida’s most impressive houses of worship. Directly across the square from the cathedral is the Palacio Municipal, which was originally built in 1542 and has been refurbished twice since then. If your taste tends more toward art appreciation, visit the Museo de Arte Popular de Yucatán for some truly incredible artistic expression. These are only a few among many museums, gardens, and governmental or historical buildings that will catch your eye as you wander the town.

Mérida is home to many arts and entertainment venues. Every Saturday the city stages a free show for citizens and tourists alike featuring comedy, music, and dancing. The endless array of restaurants, shops and theaters will keep you entertained during all the evenings of your time here.

The food you’ll find here may be a bit different from the Mexican-style food you can find in the United States.  You’ll find influences of the Mayan culture along with European, Middle Easter and Caribbean flavors.  WhatsCheaper.com strongly recommends tasting some of the numerous local dishes while you’re in Mérida. Among them are a sopa de lima, a lime soup with a chicken broth base, usually accompanied by shredded chicken or pork, bul keken, which is a traditional pork and black bean soup, and cochinita bipil, perhaps the most well- known yucatecan food, which is a dish of marinated pork.

Mérida is an exciting town, entrapping tourists with its food, music, and sense of deep-rooted cultural history. Its sultry climate and bustling streets lend to a magnificent energy that seems to emanate from the sidewalks of the city itself.

MUST SEE IN Merida LIST:

  • 1. Plaza Grande
  • 2. Paseo de Montejo
  • 3. Magistrate's House
  • 4. Placio de Gobierno
  • 5. City Museum
  • 6. Anthropology Museum
  • 7. Parque de la Madre
  • 8. Parque Santa Ana
  • 9. Iglesia de Santa Lucia
  • 10. Universidad de Yucatan

Merida EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Mérida International Arts Festival - January
  • 2. Carnaval - March
  • 3. Autumn Festival - September
  • 4. Bird Festival - November

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Holiday Inn Merida
Av. Colon : 498 Entre Paseo Montejo Y Calle 60 Merida , 97000 Mexico
By Zak Scholl

Welcome to Holiday Inn’s Mérida. Located in practically the center of this vibrant Mexican city, the hotel is merely six miles (10 km) from the airport! So if a guest happens to have a late flight in there is no need to dread that seemingly endless final leg of travel. Check in is at 3 p.m. and being in the center of town, this location offers great access to local shopping and entertainment.

This hotel offers, double bed (two double beds), king bed (single king bed), junior suite, and Jacuzzi suite rooming options that should suit the needs of most guests. In the event a guest should want joining rooms the hotel also offers those based on availability. Wi-Fi or wired high-speed internet is available and a 32” TV is located in each room. Some of the suites feature dining rooms and living rooms equipped with a sofa and a premium work desk. Triple sheeted beds warm guests softly into a remarkable slumber.

For those traveling on business this hotel offers a business center for all office related needs.  Staying in shape is not a problem even in the heart of Mérida Mexico. Stairclimbers, treadmills, free-weights and more are ready to greet those willing to get some exercise while staying in this wonderful city.  Have kids? Need some separation? No problem. Holiday Inn’s Hotel Mérida offers an outdoor pool and live entertainment to keep them occupied.  Also, children 12 and under can eat for free while accompanied by an adult at either of the hotel’s two restaurants.

Check out is at 1 p.m. The hotel offers breakfast, buffet style, at La Veranda for those who want to grab a bite before embarking on their next journey. The hotel offers free parking and valet service so guests can wait comfortably in the lobby while their car is pulled up for them. Book this incredible hotel for your next stay in Mérida on WhatsCheaper.com by clicking (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php). 

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