Hotel El Conquistador

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

Avenida Paseo de Montejo X 35, Colonia Centro, Merida, Yucatan Peninsula, 97127, Mexico
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Satisfaction Excellent
Excellent
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4
Very Good
35%
7
Average
35%
7
Poor
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Terrible
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2

Value Score Great Value!

Costs 50% less than similarly rated 5 star hotels

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Good For Families
  • Families77
  • Couples62
  • Solo50
  • Business68

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Cancun Bus Stop & Travel in the Yucatan

by Ladyplus

I will be arriving in Cancun at 6 PM.

1. I would like to take the ADO 1st class bus from Cancun to Merida. Can I take the bus directly from the airport? If not, what is the best way to get to the bus station?

2. Is it safe for a single woman to take the 4 hour bus trip at night?

3. I'd prefer to take a private car, or taxi. Does anyone know of an inexspensive (less than $100 US) way that I could do this?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions and help!

Re: Cancun Bus Stop & Travel in the Yucatan

by ileanardz

Hi Lady.

When you arrived to Cancun airport you can take the shuttle bus from there (It cost around 30 pesos, 2.5 USD) It will leave you in the Bus Station. There you can buy your ADO Cancun-Merida Ticket.

It is pretty safe to travel at night, but be sure to take a taxi when you get Merida, beacause is gonna be late. Merida is small so I do not think it will be expensive. Anyway when you take the taxi ask before how much will cost to your travel destination.

Re: Cancun Bus Stop & Travel in the Yucatan

by Gatopardo

Great tip! It's exactly what you have to do.

It's okay for you to arrive to Merida late and 6 pm is a good hour to arrive to Cancun. Now, about the bus to Merida: it's a lot better if you arrive to Fiesta Americana bus terminal in Merida than CAME. If you take the ride to CAME, the taxis will be right at the door of the bus station.

The bus terminals in Merida are in the central part of the city, check yucatantoday.com for some local maps, so you see how far you are from your final destination.

Oh! Make sure you have some pesos with you for the bus and the taxi!

Re: Cancun Bus Stop & Travel in the Yucatan

by Ladyplus

Thank you both for your great help, it's much appreciated.

Travel Tips for Mérida

Sisal and Haciendas

by Redlats

When we drove from Uxmal to Celestun, we passed six or more haciendas. These deserted haciendas are linked to the henequen or sisal plant. Until the discovery of the plastic industry (during World War I approximately), the threads from the sisal plant were used to make rope -- especially rope for ships as it weathered well.

This plant grew well in the Yucatan, and the haciendados (hacienda owners) became very rich exporting sisal. Mérida was the preferred home for many of these millionaires, and they built their fancy homes on Paseo Montejo.

As I indicated earlier, you can walk or drive down Paseo Montejo to see some of these mansions - some of which are restored. Once nylons and the like became the standard for rope-making, sisal became worth much less, and there are not other crops than could be built in the desert with no irrigation, so most of the mansions were deserted.

Tourist Information

by Redlats

Getting help in Mérida is a bit dicey. Besides talking to other Canadian/American tourists, there are three sources.

1) The Tourist Information booths. We asked at various tourist information booths a few times. There seem to be quite a few of them - two around the Plaza Grande, another near the concert hall (Teatro Peon Contreras). We found that their employees knew more English than we knew Spanish, but not enough to give advice or directions.

2) A second source was the tourist police (Polica Turistica). They were most friendly, spoke English well, but we suspected their advice. I had the suspicion (unsubstantiated) that their advice was not unbiased and that they had friends at the restaurants and shops that they directed us to.

3) The Yucatan Today is a free magazine tourist guide (English and Spanish) that we used a lot. A new version comes out monthly and is available in all the tourist information booths. It really has an amazing amount of information -- covering Mérida, Celestùn, Uxmal, the whole Yucatan peninsula. Perhaps the only negative is that the way it is laid out, we often only found out the information after we had visited the attraction already.

There is also an online version (see website below) which gives tourist suggestions (like good day trips), has maps to view, restaurants, hotels, etc. Good for pre-trip planning.

We also used a couple of guides we borrowed from our library - Fodor's and LP.

THATCHED ROOF GUESTHOUSE AT MAYALAND

by Sandi-2004

There are many of these separate bungalows for guests at various places in the beautifully landscaped grounds at Mayaland. We arrived after dark after coming from Cancun and having dinner in Valladolid. We spent the evening relaxing on the porch of the bungalow while a gentle rain fell. Lights illuminate the palms and other tropical plants. It was very quiet, peaceful and relaxing.

graveyards

by leffe3

Mexicans are renowned for their Day of the Dead celebrations, so 'when In Rome....'. I love visiting cemetries, Mexican ones are great and Merida is superb - a real celebration (although seeing a couple of the gravestones that have fallen into disrepair and human bones sitting there can be a little macabre!).

Its on the edge of town - so best thing is to get a taxi from the centre ($3-4) and then get a bus back.

Museo de Antropologia en Merida

by darthmilmo

Afterwards, I walked up north until I got to the Paseo/Avenue de Montejo (not to be confuse with the Palace de Montejo). From there, it was just a few blocks to the interesting Museo de Antropologia en Merida. It's definitely worth a visit! It puts several of the sights you can see in Mexico and beyond into perspective.

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