Hostel Zocalo

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The Hostelz.com Review

Hostel Zocalo provides all the basic hostel amenities, plus a great complimentary breakfast and a good vibe. Whatever the age or type of traveler, this hostel can accommodate. This hostel is not a party hostel, however it is still the perfect place to meet other travelers.

The Location

The hostel has a great location, right on the main square, next to a OXXO (similar to a 7-11 shop), and an ATM. There are main restaurants, bars, shops, markets, and museums located within a couple of minutes' walking distance from the hostel. There are several bus stations located in Mérida, all are about a twenty-minute walk from the hostel.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are a number of different-sized dorm rooms and private rooms. Some private rooms have a balcony that overlooks the central park. Some of the beds in the dorm rooms are extremely close together, with limited room for your belongings, or to even walk from one bed to the other. Some of the dorm rooms do not have keys, and are left open throughout the day. There are some lockers available, however not enough for all guests if the hostel is at full capacity. There are several bathrooms (designated for males and females), with hot water showers, toilets, and sinks. There is plenty of room for getting changed in the bathroom. Some of the toilets have curtains instead of a proper cubicle, which can be a little uncomfortable.

Common Spaces

There is a small, simple communal kitchen, with communal fridges and stove. Free purified water is available. There is a large dining area, and a few couches dotted around the hostel. There is access to the roof, however there are no chairs or tables to sit up there and enjoy the view. There is a decent view of the main square and surrounding neighbourhood. A free breakfast is provided each morning between 7 and 10 a.m., and includes eggs, bread, fruit, jams, cereal, and coffee. We were informed that granola is included in the breakfast, however we did not see any granola. The Wi-Fi connection reaches most places in the hostel, unless you are in one of the downstairs dorm rooms. The hostel also provides daily excursion, for an additional price.

Summary

With many travelers, good breakfast, and great location, this hostel is a great, budget choice for solo travelers or those traveling as a couple or with a group of friends. If you are looking for something a bit more intimate, then this hostel may not be for you.
by Kelly Sheldrick
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
2013-09-16
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Communal area
Communal area
Painting in the communal area
4 bed dorm
Extra bathroom
Extra bathroom
Balcony in the private double room
Painting in the private double room

Map

(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Hostel Zocalo" at Calle 63 entre 60 y 62, # 508.)

Location/Contact

Address
Calle 63 entre 60 y 62, # 508, Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
Coordinates
20.964455, -89.655331 (accuracy not guaranteed)
Location
Website
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Telephone
+(52)-(999)-930-95-62
Fax
+52 999 930 95 62
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How is Hostel Zocalo rated on other websites?

  Cleanliness Location Atmosphere Overall
Hostelworld
(634 ratings)
85%
98%
89%
89%
HostelBookers
(133 ratings)
86%
97%
89%
88%
HostelsClub
Not listed on HostelsClub.
Hostels.com
(21 ratings)
88%
100%
87%
90%
Average
85%
98%
89%
89%

Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

 
"Mi casa es tu casa"
that's how you will feel in this hostel. It's a super friendly place, wonderful house in the middle of the city center that we would recommend to everybody. the people who run this place are super super super friendly and welcoming. the breakfast is perfect -- lots of fresh fruits, cereals, yogurt, bread, omelet, beans! the rooms are clean, nice and the whole place simply has good vibes.
julia & sarah
Age 26, German
2014-06-24
 
TOO MANY STARS
I spent few days in the hostel and I sent a not positive review to a hostel review site that was not published. So I understand why this hostel has too many stars in this site. Yes, the position of the hostel is very central and the breakfast is rich and various. But consider also this -- the hostel has not a true reception. In front of the square there is a parfum store and the travel agency; at the top of the staircase there are 2 passages, one to the common area and the other to a sitting-room not always presided. If you arrive later without luggage, you can enter easily in the dorms, sleep in an empty bed, have breakfast and go out without problems (I hope without objects of the guests). At the arrival they don't give any information and the free towels. In the dorm the window is without glasses and so in the cold nights (and also when the AC works) you sleep in a fridge -- they haven't blankets. The rooms in front of the square are very noisy. The male bathroom need work -- the 2 WWC are behind a curtain.
maurizio
Age 53, italian
2014-03-04
 
This place is amazing!
Amazing breakfast, amazing pillow-topped bed and gorgeous architecture. It was as central as you can get as it is located on the central plaza. The front balcony rooms are definitely the best.
Maggie
(Canada)
2013-02-12
 
Very friendly hotel
I was there for 1 night. The en suite room was not very big, but very clean. The owner was very, very friendly and helpful and the included breakfast was superb!
Peter
(Germany)
2013-01-05
 
Best Hostal in Yucatan!
We stay there to rest a while and had a double room. We slept very well in the clean place. The staff is friendly and helped us with our questions around the buses. But the important thing is the breakfast, it was a really great buffet with all what you can believe. You can chill there or make some party, everybody find his place in the big building.
Tina
2012-12-04
 
Lovely service and slammin' breakfast!
I truly loved this hostel. I had barely stepped off the bus in Merida to find some sweet characters who worked for Zocalo trying to get us to stay there. The price was right so we proceeded to the hostel. We got a full scale tour about the native garb of the locals, the food, the sights, the natural attractions and even a bit of historical info about the city itself. What a delight Oscar is! The hostel was clean and magnificent from the start. Large French doors greet you in the main hall which has a lovely breeze just about all day. The beds were more than comfortable and clean. Laundry service and a tasty full scale breakfast was the highlight of the place. Located in the heart of the city on one of the most happening places in town, we found ourselves surrounded by the ancient culture and beauty that Merida is. I would highly recommend it to others.
Hannah
(USA)
2012-05-14
 
One of the best hostels in Mexico!
We originally stayed somewhere else in Merida and hated it! We moved to Zacalo after one night. We checked in first thing and the owner offered us breakfast. (Which was awesome by the way! Eggs, bread, cereal, cheese, and a few different fresh fruits!!) There is wireless internet and they're right on the main square. The living room is great and the old building has so much character! I'm staying here the next time I'm in Merida!!
Anonymous
(U.S.A.)
2010-05-06
 
Don't book this Hostal!!!
I booked this place but they dont reply to my emails nor do they answer the phone! These people are not reliable, I dont recommend it to anyone!
Annemarie
(Austrian)
2009-10-25

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