By: Lisa Coleman
One of the great things about a city like Merida is there is truly something for everyone…especially when it comes to hotels. You’ll find the gamut here with everything from intimate, high-end boutique hotels and refurbished haciendas to cozy inns and big chain properties. But in the end, it simply boils down to what is important to you in a hotel stay. For me, it’s about service, attitude and amenities. It’s also about location, convenience and quality. (And, personally, I really need that internet connection to work!)
After my recent trip to Merida, I can tell you the new Hotel Victoria fit the bill for me. Opened in July of 2011, this slick, 91-room property gets it all done at a very, very affordable price. Located in a prime spot at the beginning of the famous Paseo de Montejo, Victoria is undeniably European. Crafted in the architectural style of many of the famous French-inspired buildings that line the avenue, this hotel is the ideal place to launch your exploration of the city.
The formula for success here is: keep it simple and keep it good. The outside of the building and lobby look and feel like a sleek little hotel that might be found off the Champs Elysees in Paris. The front desk staff is bilingual and helpful, and everything is neat as a pin. The double rooms are small (so if you need more space opt for a Junior Suite), but the 32” flat screen television hung on the wall, comfy beds (with awesome pillows and sheets), and lightning fast high-speed wireless internet bring it all together.
Popular with the business crowd, the Hotel Victoria boasts an intimate boardroom (that accommodates 10 people) as well as meeting and event space for up to 120. And, the latest addition to the property is the rooftop terrace with great views of the Paseo de Montejo – perfect for the most elegant gathering.
The café-style Verona restaurant (complete with a cozy outdoor patio) has excellent food and is always buzzing. Breakfast and lunch feature an optional buffet and dinner is served a la carte. Room service is right off the menu and is equally as good.
There’s a lot to like at the Hotel Victoria, and with prices starting at around $65 USD a night, you really can’t go wrong. I have no doubt you’ll be out exploring a lot while in Merida, but trust me when I tell you this is the perfect place to call home while you’re there. For more information visit www.hotelvictoriamerida.com
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