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.