is a truly modern style Hotel with a peacful atmosphere for your lodgings in Merida. Located in the heart of
Merida, less than one block from the bus terminal.
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500 feet from the bus terminal your home in Merida Nacional Hotel Merida which
forms a part of Excellent City hotels located in the center of the historic
I mean everything is right there! On 67th and 62nd streets find Parque San Juan. On 67th and 60th is the artesanias bazar. Santa Lucia can be found on 55th and 60th if you want to get down and pray. The Grand Plaza is on 63rd and 60th.
Surrounded by theaters, shopping,
restaurants, must see churches, and other tourist attractions in Merida.
The front of Hotel Nacional of Merida
shown at left.
Calle 61 #474 x 54 y 56 No. 474.
Situated in the city center, this
hotel is close to Plaza Grande and Teatro Peon Contreras.
Nearby are cinemas, theaters , ancient
churches, government institutions and businesses.
buying your hammock in Merida:
Firstly, check for triple woven hammocks where three threads are interwoven in a continuous, overlapping manner throughout the whole hammock body. This is stronger.
Then look at the weave of the hammock. Is it tightly woven? Threads that are loosely woven together will not give you a lot more support.
Ask about the material the hammock is made with. Cotton is the most comfortable good people. Avoid Nylon hammocks as they get uncomfortable in warmer weather. If they claim that a hammock is made from ‘sisal’ , don't be too fast to believe this. Hammocks are rarely made from this material anymore.
Merida is famous for its great quality hammocks. So buy it from here while you are in this area.
If you are buying a hammock from Merida and you’re not too keen on bargaining, check out Hamacas De Merida on Calle 65 as they sell their hammocks by weight at a fixed price.
There is also a prison in Merida which sells hammocks cheap. Did you know that
hammock weaving is a tradition that dates back over 4,000 years. The skills needed to create a traditional handmade hammock have been passed down through the generations. The basic design has hardly changed during that time. The weaving of Mexican hammocks is an integral part of Mayan culture.
You can use them on the beach and save money from renting a beach chair. The hammock becomes your lodgings Merida You can also use them as ultra cheap accommodation. Sleep on your hammock outside under the stars with the sounds of the crashing waves lulling you to sleep.
Standard: All rooms have air conditioning, cable TV and wireless internet.
yes free wireless internet! in a cheap hotel
standard rooms have two double beds and can accommodate up to four people. Some
rooms have a king. (Subject to availability).
Superior: These rooms are spacious, have air conditioning, allow up to four people and
which have two double beds. The rate includes wireless internet and cable TV Larger than the standard room allowing more space for you.
These are also called the executive rooms.
Habitación de una cama king zize o dos matrimoniales, Escritorio, Closet, Teléfono. Baño privado, a/c., tv con Cable, Teléfono, Wifi gratis, Secadora de pelo.
hotel also has a pool as shown to the left. Relax after a day at the archeological sites.
The hotel has a business center as well.
Bar and cafeteria.
Laundrymat if you need to wash something.
Another view of room below...
In this white city is the Hotel Nacional of Merida, for 35 years has been home to local and foreign tourists visiting the city for pleasure or business.
Attracted by the variety of attractions in the city, the comfort of the hotel, the quality of services and the friendly and cordial staff, which has made the hotel one of the best of its kind in the city.
This hotel has to be your best deal in Merida good people.
Pesos per night including tax as shown 2017 regular season
680 promo win game below then just 670
12 free with parents. Prices include tax and fees. Courtesy room for groups.
Ask. AmericanBreakfast $115 pesos per person Buffet $130 pesos per person
Pesos per night including tax as shown 2017 high season
680 promo win game below then just 670
12 free with parents. Prices include tax and fees. Courtesy room for groups.
Ask. Breakfast $85 pesos per person
Pesos per night including tax as shown 2016 regular seasons
580 promo August 16 to December 14 2016 just 570
12 free with parents. Prices do not include 19% tax. Courtesy room for groups.
Ask. American Breakfast $95 pesos per person
high season in 2016 Mar 22 - Apr 5th | July 15 - August 17 | Dec 21 15 - Jan 5 16 | Dec 20 16 - Jan 6 17
high season in 2015 March 29 - April 4th | July 15 - August 15 | Dec 15 - 31
Pesos per night including tax as shown 2016 high seasons
680 promo August 16 to December 14 2016 just 670
12 free with parents. Prices do not include tax. Courtesy room for groups.
Ask. Breakfast $95 pesos per person American breakfast
Close by the hotel:
A few blocks from Plaza Grande in the market district, on Calle 56 between 65 and 65A, the Museo de la Ciudad (City Museum) the grand old post office building. An exhibit outlining Mérida's history includes explanatory text in English. Visiting hours are from Tuesday to Friday from 8AM to 8PM, Saturday and Sunday from 8AM to 2PM. No admission charge. Closed Mondays.
Next door to the cathedral is the old bishop's palace once a palace inhabited by an old bishop, now converted into the city's contemporary art museum, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo or MACAY. The palace was confiscated throwing the old bishop into the gutter; and then rebuilt during the Mexican Revolution in 1915.
Near the Hotel Nacional is everything. Pay the lowest price here. For a GREAT but cheap Merida vacation.
And while here discover the Mayan culture. Did you know they had 20 days in their week. Yes. Imix, cakemix, Kan, Can't, Chikchen, lamb, Lamat, wheresitat, Ok, Eb, Kawak, Kiwanis.
The ancient Maya were great visionaries as they consumed peyote. The present Merida is great vacationary. The Mayans dedicated thousands of years to the observations of cycles of time. When the golden-age leaders developed the calendars, they entered into the cosmic in communion to discover the truth of things. The Mayans understood everything is cyclic in nature. They studied the cycle of insects, fish, plants, humans, the earth, the solar system, cycles of the macro and micro cosmos, Universal cycles, and even moon cycles. They created 20 calendars. My favorite was one of the Starship Enterprise. The western world knows of only five. Today the living Maya are allowed to speak of 15 of these calendars. Five of these Calendars they do not speak of at this time. These are the Calendars of the cosmic ancestors.
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Lots of folks talk about the fact the Mayan calendar did not go past December 21st 2012. Some said it was because the world would end.
And now The Mayan Channel forecast. Thursday: cloudy, chance of showers, high 82 degrees. Friday: volcanoes, asteroid strikes, apocalypse.
Actually the truth is Pedro Chuc Pool Muc when engraving the calendar on stone ran out of space after December 21st.
But don't get down on Mayans for predicting the end of the world. The Jehovah Witnesses back in 1899 predicted the end of the world in the year 1900. Need we say more?
Some say a piece of the Mayan calendar was lost. Others say some religious cults try scare tactics to bring in more monetary donations to their houses of Bible study.
When Francisco Hernández de Córdoba first arrived in 1517
Cabo Catoche, Yucatan
he asked the
“what do you call this place?”
The Mayans were supposed to
have responded with something that sounded like
allegedly meaning I don't know what you're talking about“. Remember the Mayans did not speak Spanish at that time. And we did not yet offer lodgings in Merida.
Oppressive policies of inequality and prejudice were imposed on the native Mayans by the cruel Spanish colonial government. In November 1761, Jacinto Canek, a Mayan had enough. He led an armed uprising against the government, which was quickly put down. He could have won but at the point of victory the Mayans returned to their farms to harvest the corn. Captured insurgents were taken to Mérida, where they were tried and tortured. As a warning to the population against rebellion, a town was burned and covered with salt.
This abortive rebellion was not of great importance to the colonial regime, but it marked the history of the peninsula and clearly delineated anti-colonial tensions in this region. The uprising was a precursor to the social upheaval that would explode soon, as the Caste War. The Canek rebellion is remembered today as a symbol of the racial and social conflict that predominated for centuries in the Spanish colonies and putting salt on the wounds.
cusine in the region:
The regional cuisine of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, which isknown as Yucatecan cuisine, is a unique mix of influences from Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean.
The influence of the old Maya, whose legacy can be felt in many aspects of life in the Yucatan, is especially prevalent in the food of the region.
Some of the dishes are unique to the Yucatan and difficult to find outside of the peninsula but right there next to the Hotel Nacional in downtown Merida.
(Still others, like ceviche, are popular throughout the entire Caribbean and Latin American region as well.)
Pavo (turkey), pollo (chicken) and pork are the main meat dishes, along with fish closer to the coasts, while seasonings like achiote -- a sweet, slightly peppery red sauce made from the seed of the tropical annatto plant— and sour orange (brought to Mexico by the Spanish) impart a distinctive flavor profile to many Yucatecan dishes.
Ceviche is a dish consisting of raw fish marinated in citrus juice (such as lime or lemon) and served with chopped onion, chiles, cilantro and sometimes fruit.
Chilaquiles is a breakfast dish consisting of fried tortilla strips simmered in a red or green salsa and often toped with beans, eggs, cheese or meat.
Chiles rellenos is dish consisting of a green poblano chile stuffed with cheese, then battered and deep fried.
Pibil is a dish consisting of marinated meat wrapped in spices and banana leaves, then cooked in a barbecue pit. Cochinita Pibil, meanwhile, is made from a whole suckling pig.
The delicious platter shown above is not local cusine but is found in restaurants in downtown Merida close to the Nacional.
A few blocks from your Merida lodgings, the Hotel Nacional Merida find the Cathedral of San Ildefonso or Merida cathedral which got its name from when it was assigned to the head of the Archbishop of Toledo. People said, thank God it wasn't assigned to Howdy Doody. It is considered the oldest church in the Americas built on the mainland. Its construction, made from the stones of the pyramids of the ancient Maya city of T’hó, began in 1561 when the Spanards looted the site, and the first stage was completed 37 years later, in 1598.
With siesta, fiesta, mañana it took long to complete. But see it. As the cathedral is a wonder. Vaulted ceilings dome shaped.
It is considered to be Renaissance, mannerist style; as well as Herrerian; no art deco here baby; (the building is similar to the architectural style of the known Spanish architect Juan de Herrera1); although the interior is noted by its Moorish style, as are the towers. 1 don't know about you but I never heard of him. Frank Lloyd Wright yes. But who's herring?
The façade contains the main door (Door of Forgiveness), which is only open on special dates (when they find the key), flanked by the sculptures of Saint Peter and Saint Paul (some ask where's Mary?. On the sides are four columns which symbolize the four apostles charged with protecting and instilling the religion. Up above, in the center, used to be the Royal Spanish coat of arms of Felipe II carved in stone, replaced in 1822 by the Mexican post-colonial coat of arms as well as the eagle which was the symbol of the first and only emperor of Mexico, Agustín de Iturbide. But there are still two stone blocks on either side of this coat of arms, pertaining to the Spanish kingdom.
The machinery of the enormous clock was built in London in 1731, and gave the correct time until 1871. Now best to set your watches by the time indicated on your mobile devices or the radio. On the north wall of the church, where there are still various wooden crosses, is the entrance to a fresh-water spring, closed a long time ago, noticeable by its walled-in arch.
There used to be an official bell ringer, who had his own room, measuring approxiamtely 4.5 meters by 2.5 meters, with his hammock, a candle, and a small organ (we refer to a musical instrament). His job was to climb up and ring the enormous bells a half hour before each mass. At that time there was a mass every hour, so the bell ringer had to have good running shoes, as well as a pair of good strong legs. A bell ringer is no longer needed, as new technology allows this function to be carried out mechanically with electricity.
So if you should see the poor old bellringer outside begging alms be generous. Remember what Hemmingway once said for whom the bell tolls.
During the revolutionary period various altars and images were destroyed or disappeared, including the revered Christ of the Blisters and the altarpiece at the back. The Christ of the Blisters which is there today is a replica. Today there are no remaining pieces of great antiquity. Between 1903 and 1905, during the henequén boom, the choir was built to protect the first of the Cathedral’s organs, which was manufactured in Germany. Unfortunately, the organ (the musical instrument) was destroyed during General Alvarado’s looting.
Alvarado served in the Mexican military during the Mexican Revolution and as a statesman. He was a general of the Constitutionalist Army under the orders of Venustiano Carranza who told him oye disgraciado no robo nada de le pueblo!. But Alvarado took things anyway and busted the organ (not his own mind you).