Nomadas Hostel, Mérida

Centro Historico
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This was my second visit to Nomadas

This seems to be the model for all the other (new-style) hostels in Mexico ... back-in-the-day, hosteling was a bare-bones, frill-free experience. don't get me wrong; that version had its appeal, too. This "full service" place in a converted historic home in Merida's city center (but 6 or 7 blocks from the noisy tourist area) is just the right combination of laid-back, quiet, and active ... this time I especially enjoyed the guest chef's information on local Yucatecan recipes.

Jeremías del Norte

Most Overrated Hostel I've Ever Stayed At!

i've done my fair share of traveling in the last 2years and this would have to be the worst ran hostel i've stayed at, apart from the more than friendly girls who work the morning shift. As far as the setup at this hostel it's old but has a lot of character and a very nice pool area but if your looking to have a good time of a night time at this "hostel" then you're better off looking elsewhere! Any time after 9:30-10pm is when the fun police are in full force so if your looking to have quite beer and talk to fellow travelers around the pool area then think again because once it clicks over 10pm then no noise for the rest of the night. Lets be honest if your staying at a hostel you should expect to hear a little bit of noise until at least midnight and shouldn't have to put up with being harassed by the night shift staff for talking in a quite and respectable matter. The one thing that did it for me and the 2 mates i was traveling with at this hostel was had another friend who was checking in on the second night and she got in around 2am from a late bus and when she went to book in they had cancelled her booking because she didn't check in before 10pm and told her "you need to book more than 24hours in advance for this hostel so you'll have to stay somewhere else tonight" so at 3am in the morning when there were plenty of vacant rooms she had to walk the streets of Mexico by herself to find a near by hostel, i'm 6" 2 and i wouldn't feel safe walking by myself that time of night so i could imagine how Anna would have felt. So in conclusion the positives of the hostels are it's in a great location and has a very nice pool area for chilling out during the day. Negatives are has all sorts of rules about alcohol possession (only beer and wine, no liquor), rude and very irresponsible night shift staff, it's rules are like a hotel not hostel and your not allowed to drink in the pool like every other hostel in mexico! My advice if you want to have fun don't stay here because there are plenty of other better hotels in Merida.

Age 24 | Australian

Great facilities, terrible staff, major letdown

The hostel looks amazing in the pictures simply for the fact that the facilities are amazing however this is where the positives end. The staff are extremely rude and unhelpful. My mates' girlfriend was turned away at 3 in the morning because they presumed earlier in the night she wasn't coming despite the 24hr check-in. Therefore on arrival they said they had no room. Despite us having many beds free in the large dorm that we were staying in that night.She had to wonder the streets by herself to find alternative accommodation. The next day she was not allowed to enter the hostel to visit us even for 5 minutes despite she had never actually met me at this stage and was from another country. Zero empathy or common sense was used by the staff. Also after 9 o'clock they are very against drinking alcohol (beer and wine is only allowed in the hostel in the first place). Large groups of people were cooking talking and laughing however because we had a few drinks on our table we were constantly being told to be quiet when the signs clearly stated noise was permitted at a time later then 9pm. The people that go here are lovely, however this isn't saying much, it is a hostel and 90% of people that stay at them are good people and are up for a good time. The atmosphere though was terrible due to the way it was ran disallowing a hostel vibe conducive to a positive hostel vibe. There were other hostels in merida with better locations and far better staff. The facilities granted were poorer. Overall extremely disappointed, mainly because of the great potential I saw and heard, but ultimately was the biggest letdown of my entire trip, and definitely my time in Mexico.

Age 23 | Australia

Good location and a good hostel experience.

Clean, good location, helpful staff, internet, breakfast. No issues.


Nomadas Hostel Merida is of an incredibly high standard and is among the best we have ever stayed at.

The Location

Nomadas Hostel is around a ten-minute walk from the Zocalo region and a kilometer from the major bus station in Merida. Everything is easily accessible and within walkable distance from the hostel.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorm rooms here are really large and roomy. There is a girls-only dorm and a mixed dorm room. Each bed is allocated a locker (with a lock and a key), which is really big and can fit all of your belongings. The girls' dorms have some double-sized beds that are a complete luxury to sleep in as a backpacker. All of the beds and sheets are of a high standard and really comfortable.

Common Spaces

There is an abundance of common spaces where you can sit around and meet people; it is very well set out. There is a pool out back, which is really well kept and awesome to swim in. There are an abundance of hammocks around the hostel, including over the top of the pool, where you can lounge around and read a book or relax. They have a large dining area in the front of the hostel just through from reception; they serve breakfast here in the morning and in the evening they have a musician come in and play traditional Mexican music acoustically while you eat your dinner. In the front of the hostel they have heaps of couches that you can lounge around and a television you can watch. They also have a book exchange where you can change your book if you are done with the one you are reading.


They have free salsa dancing lessons every evening. The staff are super friendly and helpful and most of them speak fairly good English as well as Spanish. Upon arrival, the staff give you a map of the town with all of the points of interest, along with a bus timetable to get to all of the attractions around the area and a list of attractions, approximate prices for entry fees, and transport if doing it on your own or within a tour. This takes out a lot of the hassle of trying to plan and organize your activities in Merida. You won't find a better hostel than the Nomadas in Merida.


Good location, great pool, well-priced ...

Very well run, no issues, nice dorms with fans. The pool is excellent and very clean and well maintained. The tours offered are very good value and great fun. GO TO THE CENOTES! Absolutely outstanding!

Paul G

Best hostel I´ve Ever Stayed at!

LOVED everything about this hostel and it made my time in Merida probably one of my favourite stops in my 4 months of travel. The weather was awful, but the showers were cool and had great pressure. The pool was amazing. The hammocks and tables with umbrellas everywhere give a great ambiance, and the live music and salsa dancing classes every night were incredible. Dorms got HOT, but individual super duty fans next to EVERY bed mitigated that. Best group of people I've ever met at a hostel too. Just uber friendly and fun every night. No real downside whatsoever.


A mediocre Choice

I really don't understand the fascination with the place. Stayed here last year, and found it to be passable. Stayed here this year, and it had gone downhill even further. Yes, the common area is nice. But the owner thinks it is a privilege to stay there, and has all sorts of rules about alcohol possession (only beer and wine, no liquor) and generally treats guest a bit snootily. Charges for everything, even leaving luggage a couple hours after check out time. Internet service was down more often than not for most of my stay. A friend stayed here in early May, and as of late June the same two smelly toilets were still out of order. There was not even a minimal attempt at cleaning the private room I was in. I had booked it online, and in 4 days they never even emptied the garbage, much less passed through it with a mop! It still has the advantages of a diverse group of travelers and a nice courtyard, but you can do better in Merida at a cheap hotel, especially if there are more than one of you.

Tom Sanderson

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Location and Contact




Address: Calle 62 #433 por 51, Centro Historico, Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico

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Website Nomadas Hostel Mérida
Phone Number: +52 999 924 5223
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Facilities and Amenities

Female Solo Traveller

Solo Traveller




Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

City Tours

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage


Air Conditioning

Concierge/Info Desk

Currency Exchange


Hot Showers


Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Pool Table

Swimming Pool

Table Tennis

Themed Dinner Nights

Yoga Classes

Credit Card Payments

Checkout: 12:00 (12 Noon)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Large (60-100 beds)


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