The Hacienda Santa Rosa

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

Km 129 Carretera Merida-Campeche, Santa Rosa, Merida, Yucatan Peninsula, 97800, Mexico
Hacienda Santa Rosa, A Luxury Collection Hotel
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Value Score Poor Value

Costs 90% more than similarly rated 5 star hotels

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by fgfi about Hacienda Santa Rosa

Choosing to stay in haciendas instead of normal hotels was one of the rules of this vacation. Time seems to have stopped there. Of course service was also great. Santa Rosa was especially beautiful maybe because it was the first haceinda we met during our itinerary. The hacienda is located in the heart of a tiny village not too far from the colonial town of Maxcanu. Merida is about 45 minutes far. By the late 19th century, Santa Rosa was a plantation, producing mostly sisal with a stock of cattle and horses.
There are only 11 really deserves a visit.

Enchanting Lunch at Hacienda Santa Rosa

by poortrekkers

After our serene, but hot, exploration of the Oxkintoc Runis (15Ks east of Maxcanu off Rt 180 from Merida), we were dying to find a place where we could get some cold drinks and good food. On a lark, we headed west toward Hotel Hacienda Santa Rosa. What a find! This place was in the middle of nowhere, but beautiful! We were told that it is one of the smallest Haciendas on the Yucatan, but this did not seem to affect the service or the quality of our meal. We enjoyed a delightful meal on an open patio surrounded by a well manicured little jungle.


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Forum Posts

Bus from Cancun Int'l to Merida

by Kate222

I will be staying in Chelem area in Feb. but will have company arriving at Cancun Int'l midway thru my stay. What is the easiest way to have them bus to either Merida or Progreso? Or should I do the 6hr return drive to pick them up?

Re: Bus from Cancun Int'l to Merida

by Gatopardo


Do you have a car?
If I was you, if I have the time and the car, I would go to Cancun and pick them up. If not...

I would say to pick your friend in Merida. It's about 1 hour to drive from Chelem to Merida.
Have the person take the airport shuttle to Cancun bus terminal, then to Merida Fiesta Americana terminal (1 block from Paseo Montejo). Meet there and drive to Chelem. You can park inside the Fiesta Americana.

Key words in Spanish: Donde esta el camion a la terminal de autobuses? Where is the bus to the bus terminal?

Cuanto cuesta el boleto a Merida? Cuando sale? How much for the ticket to Merida? When does it leave?

1. There is a suttle from Cancun Airport to the bus station, it's unexpensive.

2. Buses to Merida Fiesta Americana or ADO are very comfortable and they have departures often.

3. The bus terminal from Merida Progreso is 1 block and half from the Plaza Grande, you need to ride a taxi from your bus station if you are bringing too much luggage. It's in walking distance if you have light luggage and use ADO Terminal. It's a bit confusing when you are just arriving to the cities, all the streets look the same. See for free maps of the city.

4. The bus will drop the person in downtown Progreso, to visit Chelem they might need to ride one of the colectivos.

Re: Bus from Cancun Int'l to Merida

by Redlats

I was going to answer this too, but no need, just follow Zahari's instructions.

If you have a vehicle and don't fancy the drive to Cancun, at least pick them up at the ADO bus depot in Merida. We had some fun getting from the ADO bus terminal to the Progreso bus terminal with our luggage when we made a similar trip.

Re: Bus from Cancun Int'l to Merida

by LawsonWilliam

You'll find the day to be exhausting - driving there and back in one day. I would suggest the ADO bus to Merida; have them arrive at the Fiesta Americana terminal where you can pick them up easily. They will arrive rested and happy; the bus is VERY comfortable!

Travel Tips for Mérida

Heavy and dark

by karenincalifornia about Alberto's

All of the guidebooks recommended Alberto's, so we ate one dinner there. When will I learn not to trust guidebooks? Alberto's is considered to be one of the best restaurants in Merida. I'm sure they try, but the food was mediocre, even their middle eastern dishes that they made such a big deal about, the regional dishes were sparse, the decor was heavy and pedantic, and the prices were too high. They had very few options for vegetarians, but the same could be said for many restaurants and cafes in Merida.

The other red flag I saw as soon as I sat down was all of the patrons were obviously tourists, with most being from the USA.

I wouldn't go back. I'd recommend exploring the smaller, local cafes and restaurants that are not listed in the guidebooks. The Turkish coffee was good - just like what I had in Bosnia-Hercegovina.


by Sandi-2004

In the center of the main square or Plaza Grande is a good sized park with many trees and benches. Around the square are buildings like this 16th century town hall. Under the archways are many shops with handicrafts, food or books.

Museum of Contemporary Art

by Redlats

The entrance to this art museum (also called Museo Macay) is on the main square. This free museum is worth a stop. The ground floor has a nice quiet courtyard with all sorts of greenery. Good for a quiet sit down after being a busy tourist all day.

The second floor has room after room of art - from permanent exhibitions of the work of Yucatecan artists like three or four more paintings by Fernando Castro Pacheco, the painter of murals in the State Hall. There are also many temporary exhibits. The various climate controlled rooms are not connected, you have to keep stepping outside, and there are attendants to make sure you close the doors behind you.

Actually, the piece of art that impressed me that I took the photo of was not even in this gallery, but in the Olimpo Cultural Centre, but don't tell the Macay curators.


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Address: Km 129 Carretera Merida-Campeche, Santa Rosa, Merida, Yucatan Peninsula, 97800, Mexico