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Got up at about 06.30am this morning to set off in our mini coach for Chichen Itza, after meeting and going out for dinner with all of my new G-Adventures pals last night. Luckily, no idiots - bar me - which is a definite plus. In a stroke of massive luck, due to the number of people on our trip, I have also been lucky enough to have my own private room for the entire 12 days. Which is a bit of a result, seeing as everyone else has to share!
We left our hotel in Cancun at around ...
... enjoy our room for the night.
The next day, we once again awoke early to go to the famous ancient site of Uxmal (pronounced ooshmal). To us, Uxmal had a magic and spirit greater than Chichen Itza.
The name Uxmal means ‘thrice-built’ in Mayan, referring to the construction of its highest structure, the Pyramid of the Magician. The Maya would often build a new temple over an existing one, and in this case five stages of construction ...
... most of the four hour journey so I seemed to arrive very quickly! I got off the bus and strolled out into central Mérida. My first impressions were that Mérida was not as different to Cancún as I had imagined it would be, and that the narrower streets give it a more claustrophobic feel. As I wandered for a while to get my bearings I saw several private security vehicles and in this part of town it felt like security was important for some reason. One of the security ...
... which as the story goes the captain of the losing team would have his head cut off by the winning teams captain at the end of the game. The guide also mentioned that no bodies have been found in the area with their head cut off so it might just be fictional stories, most bodies were buried in the family home and none were headless so the guide explains it could have just been bible stories and they would just play the sport not cut people's heads off. After the tour we had ...
... signs to give us some info. At most of the Mayan ruin locations we were the only people there which was nice to explore by ourselves. The bus cost about $15 for the whole day and it took about 8 hours to complete the loop. Our favourite spot was the last stop, Uxmal (ooshmal). This had a large pyramid (of the magician) and has over 120 different ruins. It housed up to 10,000 Mayans at some stage in the past and its heyday was 850-950AD. It had a lot of 'puuk' styling ...
How has this b&b rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
- Pets allowed
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Marionetas Merida
This truly is an exceptional hotel
We travelled through the Yucatan in November as part of an around the world trip from Australia. We stayed with Daniel and Sophie at Las Marionetas for 2 nights after reading reviews on Tripadvisor. We weren't disappointed. The small hotel is beautifully renovated in typical mexican style with vivid colours and antiques.Beds and rooms are very comfortable. Merida is a beautiful city. make sure you visit Pancho Villas for dinner.At Las Marionetas, Daniel and Sophie make you instantly welcome and we were treated like personal friends, even though we arrived late evening. Nothing is too much trouble. This truly is an exceptional hotel.
I recently stayed at the new Hotel Marionetas in Merida, Mexico. This small hotel is beautifully decorated, clean, fresh, the food was wonderful and the hosts, Daniel and Sofi were incredibly friendly and accommodating. I believe that a boutique hotel like this (only 8 rooms) is a welcome change for the weary traveller and at US$70 per night (including taxes and a fabulous breakfast) is a very reasonable price for the quality. I thoroughly recommend this hotel and can't wait to go back there.
Pleasant, clean, extremely nice management
Marionetas has much to recommend it. Small (just 6 rooms), close to the Historic Center's lively ambience, and open just a few months, it's lovingly managed by a refreshingly kind and open twosome, Dan and Sophie (he Argentine and she Macedonian, giving the place a cosmopolitan feel). Our room, downstairs in the quiet two-story hotel building that's set back from the street, looked out at the pool so we could see the aquamarine light from the pool at night - very romantic. Rooms are simply furnished and ultra-clean, shower is luxurious and bathroom nicely appointed. Just off the street is a large sitting area with bar, but breakfast was served in a covered patio outside near the pool (at least on the mild December mornings when we visited). I admire this young couple for plunking themselves down in Merida, Mexico, and becoming hoteliers. In just a few days, I came to care for them -- two people among what I predict will be many pioneers, from many places, who will be drawn to Merida for its friendly, optimistic, mood and low-priced Spanish-colonial houses just crying out to be rehabed and lived in. We've traveled on the Mexican Caribbean coast quite a bit and only this time made it to Merida. We hope to return soon: it's a special place that may well become an expat favorite (watch out, San Miguel de Allende and Playa del Carmen). Merida is now officially on OUR list of places to visit again -- or even move to if America's current downward spiral (thanks, neocons) gets REALLY serious.
Charming tranquil hotel
This charming hotel is a peaceful oasis within walking distance of the centre of Merida. Our room was large and airy, with a very comfortable kingsize bed, and a spotless bathroom. We liked the tranquil interior courtyard garden with its inviting swimming pool. We enjoyed the al-fresco breakfasts, and appreciated the relaxed and friendly atmosphere created by our charming hosts. We liked it so much that we have already been back.
Oasis in the City
A friend and I just returned home from a visit to the Yucatan, which included a stay at the lovely Hotel Marionetas. Not only is this charming B&B beautiful, peaceful and in a wonderful location from which to tour the City of Merida, but the hosts and staff are warm, welcoming, helpful and fun. Every detail shows the care that Sofi and Dan put into their hotel. No need to look further...this is the place to stay!!!
A slice of paradise in the City!
I stayed at Hotel Marionetas in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico with friends for five nights and my husband joined me for two more nights. The prices are extremely reasonable ($75-$85 per night, double occupancy) for all the conviences you get.
The rooms are large and warmly decorated with King and Double beds. Between the natural breezes and the air conditioner, the rooms cool down nicely at night. In the morning, your hosts Sofi and Daniel greet you with coffee, tea, ham, biscuits, jam, butter, cereal, fruit, yogurt and anything else you might need for a delightful, healthy breakfast.
The Bed & Breakfast is comfortably small so you don't feel like just another customer. Sofi and Daniel treat you like family and will recommend the best sites, best restaurants, and best ways to travel. The pool is available for cooling down after a hard day of shopping or just sitting in the cafe drinking coffee and chatting with the hosts brings about a nice air of relaxation. Free internet is available in the cafe area.
After staying at two other hotels in the Merida area, that while cheaper, certainly were no match for Hotel Marionetas for comfort, service, and overall good feeling. They made my first time to Mexico much more enjoyable and I highly recommend Hotel Marionetas for anyone who enjoys nice hotels and great service!
Romantic little Garden of Eden
Eight of my best friends and I recently stayed at this lovely B&B type hotel located in the centro area of Merida, Yucatan. It was wonderful! The place itself is absolutely gorgeous and has a soul all its own. Walking in off the street one is immediately greeted into a delightful hideaway complete with eight beautifully and uniquely outfitted rooms. The meticulous decor of the charming rooms, the small pool, and a towering palm tree all combine to create an unforgetable romantic experience. To top it off, Hotel Marionetas is just minutes (by foot) from outstanding shopping opportunities and some pretty good restaurants! And rest assured that the owners will do their best to make sure you have a wonderful time!
The ultimate Yucatecan experience!
Hotel Marionetas is a charming little "villita" in the heart of Merida that beautifully reflects the colonial architecture and brilliant colors of Mexico. Great attention to detail is evident in each guest room, with hand-painted mosaics and tiled floor. My friends and I stayed there for 5 days, and relaxing in the open air palapa overlooking the impeccably maintained gardens and pool with a capuccino in hand was heaven. The local owners are gracious and caring hosts, and they have created a peaceful and beautiful haven for those who are looking for the ultimate Yucatecan experience - with personalized service and comfortable accomodations that reflect the simple elegance and artistry of Mexico. Enjoy!
"My daughter and I were guests at Hotel Marionetas, in Merida, Yucatan,
Mexico for nine beautiful days. We immensely enjoyed our stay at this
extremely cozy hotel with such an interesting historical background.
Wherever we turned there was something to admire: whether it was the
swimming pool, spacious room with lovely and easy décor, the green
or the cafeteria with delicious cappuccinos. The atmosphere created by
owners, Sofia and Dan, was warm, easy-going, and their
hospitality-outstanding! It was much more than we ever expected - thank
Sofi and Dan for making us feel at home away from home."
Absolute Gem in Heart of Historical Merida
An absolute gem of a small family operated hotel in the historical heart of Merida! The Marionetas' rooms are spotlessly clean, bright, cheerful and air conditioned with totally new premium beds and furnishings. The hotel's owners, Sofi & Dan, are the consummate hosts who are totally delightful, extraordinarily helpful and attentive, and who make you instantly feel part of their family and fully at ease in Merida. We will return frequently in the years to come. Marionetas is truly special and well worth a trip to Merida simply to experience its ambience, charm and warmth. Charles and Susan, San Francisco, USA